speaking of which ... all you BW naysers and such... the preview has a rank 3 BW spell that does potentially 9+Int+WP+Fel damage. Assuming a 5 int/wp and a 3 fel (all pretty standard for a min/max wizard pc) that's 9+5+5+3=22 damage! Only 3 successes and 4 boons. That's up there and beyond nearly all of the melee action cards (in fact, i think it is the highest damage potential card in the game right now that i can think of against a single target)
Lets take a moment to look at this in more detail.
Compare to Reckless Cleave with a Great Weapon, Str: +5, DR: 7
RC Recharge: 2 or 4
BoA Recharge: 5
RC Range: Engaged
BoA Range: Close
Difficulty RC: 1d + Defence of Target + Active Defences
Difficulty BoA: 1d + 1m + 1d (if channelling is used on the same turn) + 1d (if engaged)
- One Success (RC): 13
- One Success (BoA): 10
- Two Successes (BoA): 12
- Three Successes (RS): 15
- Three Successes (BoA): 14
- One Boon (RS): +5
- One Boon (BoA): +5
- Two Boons (BoA): +3
- Two Boons (BoA): +2 Critical
- SC (RC): +2 Critical
- SC (BoA): +2 Wounds +1 Critical
RC (3 Succeses, 1 Boon, 1 SC): 20 + 2 Criticals
BoA (3 Succeses, 1 Boon, 1 SC): 21 + 1 Criticals
BoA Maximal Success (3 Succeses, 5 Boons, 1 SC): 24 + 3 Criticals
It should be noted that getting 3 successes, 5 boons and a SC is very, very unlikely.
So a Rank 3 BW can compet with a Rank 1 Melee character. The recharge is higher than RC. If he fails to channel enough power he cannot cast it. He needs to get within Close range...
I wonder what the Rank 3 version of Reckless Cleave will look like?