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  1. Slate ridge mauler

    I've used them several times, and found them a very useful model. Not a great damage dealer, but one of our most resilient models for cost, and in a way that unlike too much of the faction isn't reliant on armour, which simply isn't an ability to rely on. I've also got a lot of use out of their Bear-hug action, a good zero action that can reliably both slow enemy models and pull them out of position, especially since their upgrade pushed it up to MI7, which is hard to resist. Also since the upgrade, a MI6 on their crushing claws means that while they aren't doing large amounts of damage, they are usually getting some hits in. The bearskin honestly hasn't come up much, but the similar evasive ability on an arachnid swarm has proved very useful on one occasion against a Molly crew. It's a niche ability, but when you need it, you *really* need it. As well as hiring it, I've also found it useful as an alternative model to summon with Myranda's shapeshift in the many situations where a cerberus would simply die instantly.
  2. In considering the strength of a master the crew is, quite simply, far too important a factor to just ignore. Some masters are more independent than others, but there are few if any that don't rely on their crew in at least some small way. Marcus, to use the example quoted, needs Beasts to use as ablative armour, lacking any other useful defences. The Viks gain a few extra pushes that help them make sure of getting their blows in first, Rasputina needs minions to ice mirror through, etc. It does become a weakness when a master is so focussed on supporting a crew that they lack good actions when seperated from them, if only because it's usually easier to kill the models around a master than it is to kill a master. It's certainly been one of my key difficulties with Kaeris that the situational nature of her support actions often leaves her with no other option but her weak attack actions. Masters which run the other way are somewhat rarer, but there are also situations where it's the wrong circumstances to attack, and it helps to have other useful actions. The scariest masters I've faced would be ones which *always* seemed to have a powerful action or ability in use, whether that was attacking or supporting their crew.
  3. While she's my favourite master, Kaeris certainly also feels like one of the most limited, while also lacking the concentrated power of the true specialists. Not so much a jack of all trades as an 8 or 9. She also suffers badly from a lack of themed models which actually support her abilities in a useful manner, and a flawed central mechanic that tries to change nearly every aspect of the burning condition. By contrast, the wave 4 masters seem to have a lot less limitations than their predecessors, not just in flexibility of how many things they can do, but also in how much they can do, with abundant useful (0) actions, and several bonus actions that occur outside the normal pattern of activating and spending AP. Hard to pick a top one due to limited actual experience, but I'd certainly place Asami pretty high.
  4. Arcanist Game: Card Draw List

    OK, how about this- Ramos Arcane Reservoir, Philosopher's stone, Imbued energies two oxfordian mages + imbued energies two electrical creations two mercenary Ronin Arcane emissary+Arcane Conflux. Draw 7 cards. Soulstone to draw 2 and discard 2. Electrical creations hang out next to the oxfordian mages and deal damage to them for being in base contact. Oxfordian mages activate to get rid of that silly shield. Ramos activates, discards philospher's stone to draw 2, then blows himself up, catching the electrical creations and mages in the blast. By the time the dust settles, three copies of imbued energies have gone up in flames, so draw 12 cards. Ronin follow their glorious leader's example and kill themselves for another 2 cards each, total of 4. Arcane emissary uses the zero from arcane conflux to draw 2 and discard 2, and seriously reconsiders its choice of allegiance.... Total 7+2+2+12+4+2=29 cards drawn, but 4 discarded, for a total hand size of 25 at the end of the turn, and all it took were a few minor sacrifices.
  5. M2e Kaeris

    Thoughts on Shastar Vidaya Guard with Kaeris? I've played them in a couple of games and found that the ability to draw a card when you cheat a defence duel adds a useful bit of efficiency to Kaeris' card draw technique, or a handy bonus if I was setting them on fire for scheme markers/healing. At the same time, they seemed to fill an important niche in a Kaeris crew, acting as a solid damage dealer without requiring the heavy SS cost of a Howard or upgraded henchman. The zero action was also a constant extra bit of utility-it may only be a 2" push, but when it's always just there each turn it adds up. Any other thoughts or experiences with them?
  6. Spreadsheet on Each Master's Focus Areas

    As it's currently represented, the Resource Management category feels more like a weakness than a strength, in that it generally acts as a limit on certain abilities-for example, Ramos is limited in his summoning by the need for a scrap marker. Since you're listing his strengths, it seems best to simply put summoning in, and leave the scrap marker as a subset of that ability. A better way of looking at it as a strength might be 'does this Master create resources that their crew can make use of?' The simplest example of this would be the many abilites to draw cards, but some Masters also generate Soulstones, additional AP, or even extra actions in Sandeep's case. In the case of Cards and Soulstones, you could also give a mark for masters which are largely independant of these resources-Kaeris, for example, has high Ca values and most of her suits built in, meaning she doesn't depend on high cards and soulstones, which leaves these resources free for other members of her crew to use. Using less resources is subtly different to actually generating them, but the end result is much the same. Combined with Truth in Flame, I'd actually rate this quite high in Kaeris's abilities. Her dependence on Burning, by contrast, is her biggest *weakness*. A better alternative to a 'flexible' category would probably be to divide the 6 points between more than three categories-for example 2-2-1-1 instead of 3-2-1. Neatly portrays a slightly less focused master which can do a larger variety of tasks, but isn't great at any of them. For example, I'd personally be inclined to place Kaeris as Control 2, Resources 2, Scheme manipulation 1, mobility 1. Conditions, as above, is in her case a weakness rather than a strength, since she's dependant on burning for many of her abilities, and has to spend AP every turn to apply it. She doesn't increase it's effect, or even apply it enough to do large amounts of damage.
  7. Sandeep experiences so far?

    Bit of an odd thought, but does anyone have experience using the Arachnid Swarm with Sandeep? Glancing over their abilities, it seems there's a few points in their favour. to all damage flips makes Arcane Storm a lot more effective. As a tough melee model but still a minion, it can make good use of the teleport. When the summoned Gamin are inevitably turned into Scrap markers, the Swarm can salvage their remains for some good healing. Of course, that's untested theory, but I'm interested to know if anyone's tested it in practice. Thoughts?
  8. Comprehensive Understudy

    There's 'Primal Flame' and 'Hunting Call' from Myranda. Also, the Silent One's 'Frozen Touch' is MI and not Ca, so sadly(but not too sadly) unavailable for understudy.
  9. GenCon games

    How resource intensive did you find Sandeep to be? Looking at his card, I can't help but notice that nearly all his actions need a 5+, which goes up to a 6+ if anything uses them via beacon, and either also require a specific suit or depend heavily on suited triggers to be effective. Combined with high cost suited summoning and a discard and specific suit to trigger Student of all, and it feels like his abilities will be a big drain on his hand for a master with very limited ability to draw cards. Is he a master at a disadvantage from needing a large Cache dedicated to suits, or would he be able to manage with a smaller Cache used more flexibly? On the subject of the Academic support, they feel somewhat too specific to Oxfordian Mages rather than Academics in general, especially when combined with an unnecessary extra upgrade to the Mages themselves. There's no support for tactical cast actions, and academics with melee attacks or attacks that don't randomize gain little from being able to shoot freely into melee. I also see that one wound per card adding up pretty fast.
  10. Schemes & Stones Wave 4 Previews (Sandeep)

    Kudra's Df/Wp trigger to draw a card-is it specifically against enemies, or against anyone? If it works against friendly actions, it has a lot of potential to be useful.
  11. Also regarding the rules, I can find nothing in the Rules Manual to support your assertion that upgrades "count as printed on the stat card" regarding Sandeep's Beacon ability, while the context of other abilities like the Wendigo's 'Magical extension' which use more general language implies a definite intention to exclude Ca options on upgrades.
  12. Design-a-totem

    I actually like the Essence of Power as a concept for a generic totem-it's themed to the faction as a whole rather than any generic master, and benefits any of them that are using Ca actions or soulstones. It just feels a little bit too restricted in having to remain immobile to boost Ca actions to quite be worth taking, especially for the masters that have a very good specific totem. With this in mind, and accepting that a new generic totem is needed, I'd rather see the Essence of Power improved to be able to fill that role by changing it's (2) action to a (1), giving it some other means of moving, or simply increasing the range of it's aura. If I'm required to name a new totem rather than an improvement of the existing one, I'd like to see some sort of sinister Tome of Arcane secrets, either levitating under it's own mysterious intelligence or accompanied by an equally sinister keeper. However, it would probably end up being very similar in it's role during the game to the Essence of Power, so it feels somewhat redundant.
  13. Arcanist Lineup

    This does kind of fit in with the current background on Arcanists, and the covert nature of their conflict with the Guild. While Marcus and Rasputina oppose the guild openly, Ramos, Mei Feng and Colette are all out there in plain sight, and relying on a strong public image as heroes of the people/best theatre act in Malifaux to keep them safe. They're too popular for the Guild to act against without very strong evidence, and too careful to have given them that evidence. In this respect, the important battle between Ramos and the Guild is whether they can change public opinion to the point where they can freely investigate Ramos without risking an all out revolt. It's quite nice to see that reflected more solidly on the Guild side.
  14. This is precisely my point. He has two limited upgrades, he's designed so that he has to take one of them, and rather than conferring differing playstyles and themes, as with Kaeris, they're both summon Gamin upgrades. There's no prospect for playing a version of Sandeep which isn't focussed on summoning weak minions, and even if I was interested in playing that style of master, it feels redundant in a faction that already has Ramos and the Mech Rider. Aside from anything else, Gamin simply aren't interesting as the theme for a crew, being not even true bound spirits but merely sub-sentient spells. Even more than their usefulness, their character is dependant on their being a small element of a larger theme, meaning it's lost if they are removed from their original crew.
  15. True, but considering that the bonus from Arcane Conflux applies to all minions, it feels like a waste to use it on the weakest minions in the faction rather than the stronger ones, and most of those stronger minions will usually do better using their own attacks than borrowing Sandeep's with a -1 Ca penalty. Generally, I'm finding it hard to see how the Gamin can form a useful summoning pool given they are not only the factions weakest minions, but also in most cases designed to provide specific synergies to a specific master and crew which don't apply to Sandeep. One Gamin focussed upgrade wouldn't be too bad, but two definitely feels excessive, especially in the context of 'a Master who will always want to take one of his limited upgrades'.
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