as i had some time to spare, but i was not in the mood to continue my actual run i did some testing.
it was done in the pocket plane with a sarevok and a anomen at high level. sarevok was equipping the vorpal halberd and anomen foa+doe, he was also buffed and protected from death. each one was grand master in his weapon. i sent them one against the other. most of the times buffed anomen was literally destroying mr tob, a couple of times even surviving a deathbringer assault. i did not test anomen against korgan but i suspect that the outcome would be similar.
the hp boost that he gets from his buff and the damage reduction given by doe and armor of faith make anomen able to take some serious hits before he dies and the helm of the rock, that i did not use in the test, should make him even more resilient. offensively the buffs make him hit like a rock, solid damage, and the slowing effect of foa is devasting. he was protected against death as the purpose of the test was to judge who of the 2 has the better mix of offensive power and defensive capability and the enemies in soa don't use vorpal weapons.
i found that result pretty impressive as he is also a high level divine spellcaster able to call a deva, cast firestorm, implosion and other powerful spells.
the need to buff him before each hard battle can be annoying for someone, even if he has plenty of slots to do it without compelling you to early resting. the fact that he can bring his str to 25 without using any gear but his symbol, and he can do it also before he gets it, must also be factored in as other party members can use that gear. at the end the whole party power is more important of the power of a single toon.
usually when someone ask about a strong fighter to add to his party sarewok, korgan and keldorn, with his dispel magic and super sword, are named, very seldom i read "pick anomen".
as i used him only in my early ignorant playing, before knowing how to buff him properly i don't have a direct experience of his strength as mlee fighter and tank in real game environment.
can someone who use him mainly as a frontliner share his experience and opinion about him?