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All-Seeing Mage
Base Set

Reviewed January 15, 2007

Constructed: 2
Sealed: 1.5

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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All-Seeing Mage

Today we start Janus Week, to comemorate the lineage that shall be challenging the Hivelings in Chrysotic Plague. As anyone familiar with the back story can tell you, the Janus Legion is basically a privately funded swat team for the dreamscape, though whether their ultimate goals are benign is anyone's guess. As is clear to anyone holding a Janus creature, the most obvious mark is the fact that they have two heads or faces, or, in some cases, are split and mirrored down the middle. A lot of Janus Legionnaires really do have eyes in the back of their heads.

Now that think of it, I wonder if some of my teachers were members.

We begin with All-Seeing Mage, a creature that is, for all intents and purposes, the sniper of the team. Stats are lackluster, however, but the ability will, especially with the advent of several more Janus Legionnaires, doubtless be a powerful warpstriker. 7M getting 3 power is pretty sad, and the D&L aren't much better. 2 Defense is, even for a Madness piece, outright abysmal, and while the Life score is considerably higher, it's still rather low for the cost. Another one or two would have made things so much better.

Janus Warpstrike (times two, even) is the reason this creature is spawned at all, and truth be told, it is a good reason. There is in fact one piece that sees regular play that would feed this ability very well, even though it hasn't really meant much. Spellbound Scissors, what is arguably the most perfect weeny we have, backs up Mage quite well. We also have the upcoming Pearlthorn Dragon Knight, exactly what the doctor ordered to pull whatever other Janus figures are in the area to help him out as well. With proper board positioning, All Seeing Mage could easily be popping off two 6 or 7 Power warpstrikes at a time. If Sir Glorious is one of those guys helping out, the synergy increases further, bringing Mage up to a more respectable (for Madness at least) 4 Defense, while, of course, adding to the over all power.

Sadly though, that is a good deal of work, especially for what is otherwise a pretty weak creature. I do fervently hope that Janus gets some more support along the lines of PDK, because god knows they are going to need it. On its own, A-SM is entirely useless, but with luck, it, and the Janus Legion, shall grow with Chrysotic Plague.

Constructed: 2/5 now, 3.5-4.5/5 depending on the quality of Janus creatures and support in CP. As I've said, he's weak now, but he definitely has the potential to grow.
Limited: 1.5/5 You have next to no chance of pulling many other Janus creatures, aside from, maybe, a Scissors, and his stats certainly don't merit playing on their own. Curse the gods of Dreamblade booster pulling gods if this is one of your uncommons.
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