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Pearlthorn Dragon Knight
Valor
Omens: Chrysotic Plague



Reviewed January 12, 2007

Constructed: 4.9
Sealed: 5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating
 

That Guy That Plays DreamBlade

 

Pearlthorn Dragon Knight

Ok, so to top off the week, we get a rare that I finally like. I'm sure others will agree just by looking at him. I assumed he was Janus before this though, because if you look at it, you can see what I thought to be another head right behind it, and thats the classic trademark for Janus: two faces. Now this guy fits a hole in the Janus curve pretty nice. Baxar gave Janus Unspeakable Brothers. Now as an 11 drop, we get something more secure. With stats of 6 - 11/11, this thing has great stats and pretty close to Noble Dragon. However, this fits more into Janus's union theme well with its effect. Rally 2, a spawn phase ability for two spawn, brings two adjacent allies into this cell with him if you can. Now for flat out valor, Im uncertain whether he will be included over Angel of Sunrise, considering both have their ups and downs. Spawn phase movement made me think of Kitsune, our friend from the powerful Bloodcut lineage. However, the same discussion can be made for choice at the 11 spot, although Angel's utility shines more here. Finally, for the band it should see play in, I think it is just what they needed. A way to group the pieces together to ensure blades for Janus Warpstrike cannot be stressed enough, seeing as the Madness aspect keeps them apart alot of the time. With Arch of Triumph (which coincidentally has flavor text linking to Janus), its potential jumps a little higher. The big plus in this ability makes it possible to strike before shifting, and possibly strike again. Of course, there are downsides to it being "adjacent" allies. Make of it what you will, I like it.


Constructed: 3.5/5 - Have yet to see how the upcoming Janus works with him, but i think the results might be pretty good (not Kitty Tier though)

Sealed: 4/5 - Very solid drop, so if you have a decent amount of fodder to ensure he's out at mid-game, then definitly include him.

Artwork: 4/5 - His flavor text is funny, the idea is cool...but the way its second head is...
 


Charninja

Pearlthorn Dragon Knight

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And while he was a little late on getting us gifts, he definitely pulled through. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the single best Janus figure we currently have, AND what is pretty much guaranteed to be one of the best pieces in Chrysotic Plage, AND is one of the best pieces out there.

This is what big Valor pieces should be. Just like with Angel of Sunrise, Pearlthorn Dragon Knight has great stats and an awesome ability. PDK has Rally, and Rally is GOOD.

First things though, 11VV getting 6 11|11 is definitely cool. Only Inscirbed Axebeast and Noble Dragon have 6 power in Valor, and all things considered... he beats them soundly. Inscribed Axebeast is too reliant on being in a losing situation (or in a situation where you are letting your opponent way too much leniency), and while Noble Dragon IS good... he's just not as good as this.

But... of course... he does have some serious competition with the aforementioned Angel of Sunrise. Is Rally better than Haste?

...

*shudders*

That's not a debate I have any interest in dealing with. I like my body parts right where they are, thank you.

Anyway, anyway, enough dillydallying, let's get on to what Rally does.

For 2 spawn points, you can pull two adjacent allies to the same cell as PDK. Sweet swarmage all mighty. If we ever get some more Chargers (especially Janus ones), we just got a nice combo, but it works quite well enough in a standard kitsune/hammer band already. And consider that you are going to have three pieces in that cell, you could easily be topping 12 or 13 dice in the strike, and there ain't much that will survive that. Probably even make a Ragedrake whimper, so you KNOW that is cool. Does kinda weaken board position, but when you need to take out a Drake or Ogre, you need to take out a Drake or Ogre. If you have to, you could always just skirmish something out to reclaim some board strength.

I am a bit confuzzled though. Faceless King already has Rally Lost, and yet it's a completely different ability. I guess it's kinda like Gambit or something, with it having different meanings depending on what comes after the keyword... or whatever WotC decides just because they decide it.

I only have one caveat: 11 Defense AND 11 Life. Your opponent just has to roll 11 to have their way with the guy. I'd much prefer it if PDK had at least 12 Life so it would take a bit more work to take him out.

Constructed: 4.9/5 He is great, and his ability is awesome. If you are paranoid about Haste Gambit giving your opponent that one extra point, he makes the perfect alternative, and if Valor ever gets support for a swarm based band, he'd be great. Heck, it doesn't even have to be all Valor. With Baba Yaga's Hut the way it is, it's friggin sweet in ANY kind of swarm band.

Limited: 5/5 If you can tell Me one reason why you shouldn't play him out of the box... you are wrong.
 
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