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Unspeakable Brothers
Baxar's War

Reviewed January 19, 2007

Constructed: 3
Sealed: 3.5

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


Unspeakable Brothers

Icky. I'm glad most (otherwise) normal siamese twins aren't that messed up, otherwise we'd have some real problems on our hands.

Until the release of Chrysotic Plague and Pearlthorn Dragon Knight, these brothers are the Janus Legion's big beaters. 12MM buys you 6 6|12 (notice a mathematical theme here?) which, really, isn't that bad. Wednesday's Sir Glorious Bolster's these two to 8 Defense, which definitely makes them better, but just looking at them, you can tell that defense is not their preferred play style.

As it turns out, the Unspeakable Brothers are really nothing more than a larger, more consistent All-Seeing Mage. Same amount of blades gets you the same amount of warpstrikes for roughly the same power you could expect in a well built Janus warband, give or take one point of power, depending on the band and your luck. Cost wise, it does balance out, because for 5 more spawn points and an extra aspect point cost, you are trippling your defense and are just under twice the life total, as well as doubling the raw power. Maybe they are unspeakable cousins or something, I don't know.

Thing is, Warpstrike hasn't proven to be a particularly good ability. I can't think of any major recent warbands that use any warpstrikers at all, so it's either (1.) a case of the people not seeing what's in front of their eyes, or (2.) it genuinely not being truly good. While it does make for a great casual band, warpstrike simply hasn't proven itself tournament viable. A pity, but that's the simple fact of the matter. I would like nothing more than to see a warpstrike band beat the Temple Good Stuff and Kitsune Beats/Rage bands that are doing most of the winning, so if someone is in fact doing that, do please contact me.

Thing is, this guy is already obsolete, at least in a Janus band. PDK is pretty much guaranteed to snatch the high spot on the spawn curve when he comes out. Not exactly surprising, really.

Constructed: 3/5 Janus in name and appearance only. The other two major pieces actually help the rest out. This guy doesn't. Now if he had multiblade Janus Warpstrike or did some other fun thing like Chaos Puppeteer, he'd probably have been pretty good. But he doesn't, so he isn't.
Limited: 3.5/5 Definitely the big beater of your team, unless you luck out and grab an Angel of Sunrise or some such thing. The same thing that makes All-Seeing Mage and Sir Glorious neigh unplayable in limited actually makes him decent there, because he isn't reliant on having other Janus allies.
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