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card review Bairanax at Home

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Bairanax at Home

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Unique. Unless Bairanax Ahunt is in play, Ovir Hollow has an additional automatic-attack: Dragon-2 strikes at 15/7. In addition, the hazard limit against any company facing one or more animal hazard creature attacks is increased by one.
"'Well, thief! I smell you and I feel your air. I hear your breath...'"-Hob

  • Card Number: TD115
  • Rarity: Rare3
  • Card Type: Hazard Event
  • Alignment: Neutral
  • Artist: Rob Alexander
Bairanax at Home
written by LV43
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here are plenty of At Home dragon manifestation with more interesting and effective special abilities. Daelomin at Home is the one that most often finds its way into my decks. Bairanax is one of the smaller dragons, lacking the punch of, say, Itangast (but doesn't everybody?). That smallness can, of course, work toward your advantage. There are two reasons to play this card, and the enterprising player could make a deck that works with both of them.

First off, let's admit - you're not going to want to play this card to keep your opponent from going to Ovir Hollow. "Oh, no, I can't go there! Where oh WHERE can I get a major item now?" Gondmaeglom is a little trickier, but basically the same. Ovir Hollow isn't even an option for a minion player, and when it does become one, Gondmaeglom will have more stuff playable there. No, like most of the At Homes, if they happen to *beep* up somebody's plans to visit that lair, it's just an unexpected bonus.

Bairanax's special ability: up the hazard limit by one if you're playing an animal against your opponent. Can this be worthwhile? It's not exactly tourny-level hazard strategy, although everybody knows what a pain Watchers in the Water can be. When I saw Landroval for the first time I thought immediately of Bairanax at Home - one more ingredient for an animal-only hazard deck. It'll need a few more cards before it's really workable, but throw in some spiders or wolves and you've got yourself a decent hazard side. Certain Animals Which We Shall Not Name are playable almost anywhere, so getting the hazard limit bonus most turns shouldn't be a problem. Never underestimate the advantage of an added hazard limit - it's a valuable commodity.

The second reason to play this card is the better one: Bairanax is a wuss. If you're out to kill an At-Home dragon in order to score King Under the Mountain and Returned Exiles, this one makes a juicy target. Obviously you have to pack the At-Homes yourself, and equally obviously having just one in the deck won't cut it. Leucaruth at Home is arguably the best dragon to slay for this purpose, but Bairanax is a close and indispensable second.

The Mountain-King deck with an animal/spider hazard side is, thus, the place Bairanax at Home was meant to be. And if more animals hazards start showing up (here's hopin'), its stock will rise accordingly.


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The reviewing team consisted of Gwaihir (Chris Farrell), Gimli (Nathan Bruinooge), Ohtar (Charles E. Bouldin, Esq.), Radagast (James Kight), Joshua B. Grace (Beorn), Martijn Steultjens (Fram Frumgarson), Jason Klank (Saruman) and Jeffery Dobberpuhl (Wormtongue)


Modified on July 13, 2011 05:54 pm

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Subject:    Posted: July 13, 2011 05:54 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

it would appear this rare card has more drawbacks than advantages - needing a skilled player to get the most out of it - not for the novice among us
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