Saturday, April 7, 2018

Unit of The Week: Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani

Suffer to your heart's content, in this "Hard Mode". 
[Stride]-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down.
[AUTO]:[Soul Blast (1) & Choose a face down card with "Chaos" in its card name from your G zone, and turn it face up] When this unit is placed on (VC), if you have a heart card with "Chaos" in its card name, you may pay the cost. If you do, your opponent chooses two of his or her rear-guards, and lock them. If he or she could not lock two cards, you draw two cards, choose two of your units, and they get [Power]+2000 until end of turn.
Chaos Breaker Dragon has three future possibilities. Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani is the final G-Unit for Chaos Breaker Dragon. This final version was created with Gyze's power and Chaos Breaker's technology. It is just another clone of the vile jester. Chaos Breaker released his clone to destroy a nearby galaxy in the name of the Star-vaders.

Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani's skill forces your opponent to choose two of his or hear rear-guards to lock. If he or she is unable to lock two rear-guards, then you draw two cards and give 2,000 power to two of your units. You will be able to draw two cards and give power if your opponent is only able to lock one card because they must two lock cards to prevent you from gaining an advantage. This skill punishes players for withholding cards early in games to avoid being locked. Their strategy is wise for protecting their cards for offense, but it enables you to build resources from Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani.

Furthermore, your opponent is forced to choose one of two bad scenarios. First, he or she can call units prior to your Stride for you can lock them and not be able to draw to cards. He or she can minimize their limitations by locking rear-guards in the back row. Second, he or she will not call units prior to your Stride and allow you to draw cards. Your opponent will be able to generate offense on their next turn if he or she conserves units in his or her hand.

Finally, you are able to quickly shut down your opponent's entire field. Disorder Star-vader, Iron continues the despair of locking units. Iron can only lock an opponent's rear-guard if your vanguard has Chaos in its name and your opponent has at least one locked card. I used this combo in a game. First, I used Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani to lock two of my opponent's rear-guards. Second, I called two Disorder Star-vader, Irons to lock two more cards. Finally, I restored my counter blasts and soul with Turmoil Star-vader, Zinc.

Overall, Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani is a great option for Chaos Breaker. You can quickly gain resources from two draws or lock two of your opponent's cards. I am playing a full set of Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani in my deck. The results have been very good. I am drawing two cards with my first turn with Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani. Then, I may use it to lock two cards for a single Soul Blast. Activate Death Star-vader, Chaos Universe Alththani's hard mode to obtain victory!

Card Rating: 5 out of 5

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Loyal Subjects Mega Man Battle Damage Figures at Walmart


I was shopping at Walmart yesterday, and had the feeling to check the toys section for Mega Man collectibles. My intuition was spot on! I found the Loyal Subjects' Mega Man Battle Damage figures. Each figure costs $12.93 at my local Walmart. The price may vary at different locations. The Battle Damage series depicts characters with damage from a boss battle. I like this perspective because I create scenes of characters in intense boss battles. This series includes Mega Man, Proto Man, Zero, and Cut Man with Battle Damage, and normal versions of Mega Man X in his Ultimate Armor.


The only downside is the boxes containing a random figure. You do not know what is inside in the box. I purchased two boxes at the risk of getting the same figure in both boxes. My first box had Zero with Battle Damage, and my second box had Proto Man with Battle Damage. Both figures come with accessories. Zero's figure comes with two Z-Sabers and his Z-Buster. Proto Man's figure includes his shield and Proto-Buster.

These mini-figures are fantastic. They are great for recreating a scene from the classic games and putting them on your office desk. I want to get Mega Man X in his Ultimate Armor. It is one of the few forms of X that I do not own. I hope Loyal Subjects will release more figures of Mega Man and his co-stars. Hurry and grab your Mega Man Battle Damage figures at Walmart before they are gone!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Unit of The Week: Ultimate Regalia of Crimson, Muspell

The spark of the hopes of humans will become burning passions of gods. 
[Stride]-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down.
[ACT](VC)[1/Turn]:[Choose a face down card from your G zone, turn it face up] Soul Blast any number of cards, choose one of your rear-guards for each card Soul Blast, and they get [Power]+4000 until end of turn. If you Soul Blast three or more cards, draw a card or Counter Charge (1).
Regalia is Genesis's first archetype. They were released during the Limit Break format, and continued to receive new cards in the Legion format. Bushiroad has done a fantastic job at making legacy support. Regalia received a lot of good cards from Divine Arpchyo. Regalia of Crimson, Muspell is one of two new G-Units for Regalia. She is a single R. You should not have a difficult time pulling a copy.

Ultimate Regalia of Crimson, Muspell's skill Soul Blasts any number of cards and one of your rear-guards for each Soul Blast gains 4,000 power until end of your turn. This skill does not stack. You are not allowed to choose the same rear-guard for each Soul Blast. Spread the power among the rear-guards. Give the power to the rear-guards in the front row and your rear-guard behind the vanguard. Each column will receive additional power.

Furthermore, the final part of her skill generates a resource. If you Soul Blast three or more cards, than you draw a card or Counter Charge a card in the damage zone. She is one of the few cards with the ability to Counter Charge for Regalia. I would most likely Counter Charge a card because Regalia has a lot of cards with the ability to draw a card. This strategy gives me more resources to pay for my skills of drawing extra cards.

Finally, Regalia has plenty of cards to support Ultimate Regalia of Crimson, Muspell. Regalia of Abundance, Freyja is one of the new cards for Regalia. She is good at gaining power and soul charging. She draws one card and Soul Charges two cards from the drop zone. Her skill costs one Counter Blast. She also gains 3,000 power when your vanguard with Regalia in its name attacks an opponent. You may regain your counter blast with Ultimate Regalia of Crimson, Muspell's skill.

Overall, Ultimate Regalia of Crimson, Muspell is definitely a good card for your first G-unit. I am playing a full set of her in my Regalia deck. Ultimate Regalia of Crimson, Muspell and Regalia of Abundance, Freyja make an awesome tag-team. Both ladies gather resources, Muspell can refuel your Counter Blasts to use more skills. Regalia's resurgence in Vanguard has once again made it a really good deck.

Card Rating: 4 out of 5

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Apostles Part 3: Evil Bishop Gastille


Evil Bishop Gastille is the leader of the six apostles of Dragon Deity of Destruction, Gyze and founder of the church of Gyze. I assume he is the original apostle of Gyze because he is the bishop. Gyze plan is to eradicate life in the universe. He believes nothing is true equality and peace. Conflict would not exist if people with opposing positions existed. Gastille strongly believe in his God's vile intentions. Gastille acts as a direct link for Gyze on Earth. He says humans' and units' from Cray are begging to be destroyed. He references violence, junk food, and greed as three of the reasons for life to be destroyed. He takes a relaxed approach to his style of leadership. He allows weaker apostles or followers to fail when they are disobedient comrades. He now sees them as useless individuals or pawns.

Gyze and Valeos are defeated in the first war on Cray. Gredora treats under the surface and fakes her death. Gastille prepares for the day that Gyze would return. His talent in affecting an individual mind would be his more effective strategy to fulfill his goal. His next step is spreading the word of his god to the people of Cray.

The Church of Gyze

Gastille is slowly spreading a corrupt religion for Gyze. He manipulates people to worship Gyze. He seeks individuals and groups of people in less than desirable situations. Then, he promises a better life with a new world under Gyze. Gyze's new worshipers believe Gyze can make a positive change in their lives by destroying Cardfight!! Vanguard on Earth. He tells untruthful stories of the game directly affects their lives. Some units want freedom from the decisions in each major game. However, Gastille withholds Gyze's true intentions to end all life. Gastille knows the truth of Gyze's true intentions. He knows he will also be destroyed by Gyze, and he sees this as a blessing.

Gastille's most notable victim is Shiranui. Shiranui was in a very vulnerable position after losing many of his comrades. Gastille approaches him to lure him into finding a host for Gyze. Shiranui's first mission is to find a host for Chaos Breaker and his second mission is to find Gyze's potential host. Shiranui is successful in leading Chaos Breaker to Earth, but he is defeated by Chrono before he is able to find a host for Gyze. Shiranui eventually sees the truth from Chrono, and changes his alliance in the war.

Diffride

His arrival on Earth was not shown. Chaos Breaker most likely committed the act for Gastille to come to our world. His host is Arte Hibino. Gastille is able to find all six cards of the Zeroth Dragons. There is no explanation on how he found all six cards. His first command for his apostles is to capture all fighters with a history of defeating members of Team Diffrider.

Gastille quickly makes himself a huge threat to Team TRY3 and Team Q4. His fellow apostles defeats Shion, Chrono, Kazuma, and Taiyou. They seals Chrono, Kazuma, and Taiyou in Relics to convert one into Gyze's host. Gastille attempts to steer Chrono's mind to accept Gyze's blessing. He tries to manipulate Chrono just like Gyze's worshipers. His brilliant plan falls short. Team Q4 and their allies are able to rescue Team Striders from Relics and temporarily destroy it.

He is the only apostle, who is able to use special abilities on Earth. He traps Kouji Ibuki in a different dimension. He curses Ibuki and the Messiah. The curse attacks Ibuki's heart after he takes damage in a game, and the Messiah will die if Ibuki is defeated. Ibuki is able to hold his ground for most of the fight, but his heart becomes too weak for him to stand. Chrono is able to breakthrough Gastille's gate to join the two opponents. Chrono steps in the cardfight, and is able to play Ibuki's deck to perfection. Chrono and Ibuki defeat Gastille in an epic cardfight.

Defeated Bishop

However, Gastille's plan fails and he is sent back to Cray. Gastille disappeared after his defeat at Chrono's hands. He is lurking in the shadows on Planet Cray. Waiting for his chance to strike. Blue Wave Marshall, Valeos becomes the apostles' leaders on Earth in Gastille's absence. Evil God Bishop, Gastille briefly returns in the twenty-first episode of Cardfight!! Vanguard G Z. He joins Gredora and Valeos on the battlefield with their evil God's army.

The Evil Bishop

Gastille is one of my favorite villains in the series. I am always fascinated by villains within a religious cult. He strongly believes his actions are righteous. His beliefs of righteousness is the polar opposite of the universal view on righteousness. The average person would not believe death and destruction is the best solution to end suffering. The average person would say creating a better society of equal opportunity is the best solution. This is the reason that he manipulates Shiranui to do his bidding for Gyze. He is very direct with his corrupt religion with his fellow apostles and our heroes.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Unit of The Week: Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua


[Stride]-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down.
[ACT](VC)[1/Turn]:[Choose a face down card from your G zone, and turn it face up] This unit gets "[CONT](VC):All of the units with "Chouchou" in their card names in your front row get [Power]+5000 for each of your open (RC).".
[AUTO](VC)[1/Turn] Generation Break 3:At the end of the battle that this unit attacked, choose up to three of your rear-guards, and put them on the bottom of your deck in any order. If three cards were put, [Stand] this unit, and it gets drive -2.
I feel in love with the Chouchou archetype last summer. I have amazing luck and skills with the deck. My version of the deck has a very high winning percentage. Their style is unique for Bermuda Triangle. They return units to the deck to draw cards and gain new skills. Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua is the queen of the Chouchou. Tirua has finally revealed her future form. She is a regal beauty with amazing skills.

Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua's first skill gives 5,000 power to all units with Chouchou in their names. Opponents were able to withstand Chouchou's original cards because they lack power. Their problem is finally resolved. Tirua gives much needed offense to the deck. This additional power may be desired if you do not have boosters after returning rear-guards to the deck to activate skills. Your rear-guards can hit your opponent's vanguard. This skill helps when Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua prepares for her second attack.

Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua' second skill returns three rear-guards to the deck, and Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua stands with two less drive checks. She is one dangerous vanguard. Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua's second attack is fueled by her first skill and any triggers from her first attack. Her second attack will at least have 31,000 power. Triggers can greatly increase her power above 40,000 power.

Finally, Chouchou's new cards strongly assist Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua. Chouchou, Ranfa benefits from this skill. Her skill activates and she stands after a rear-guard is sent back to the deck. Her skill gives another opportunity to defeat your opponent. She also gains 5,000 power. Her power will be 19,000 with the combination of her and Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua's skills.

Overall, Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua is the final piece of Chouchou's greatness. The deck was only lacking offense, and it was able to win a lot of games for me because its defense is already awesome. The offense makes Chouchou the best archetype in Bermuda Triangle for the Premium Format. These mermaids are able to deal heavy damage. Opponents will be forced to drop a lot more cards to block your rear-guards' attacks. Enjoy the performance from Chouchou Popular Favor, Tirua.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Unit of the Week: Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo


[Ultimate Stride] (Released when the number of face up cards in your G zone is three or more! When it returns to the G zone, remove your G zone!)-Stride Step-[Choose a card with the same card name as your vanguard from your hand, and discard it] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down.
[AUTO]:[Counter Blast (2)] When this unit is placed on (VC), you may pay the cost. If you do, choose up to five cards in total from your hand and drop zone, call them to separate (RC), until end of turn, they get [Power]+5000, and "[AUTO](RC):At the end of the battle that this unit attacked, choose one of your other rear-guards, and you may exchange positions with this unit.".
The first Zeroth Dragon revealed in Cardfight!! Vanguard G was Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo. He is the Zeroth Dragon for Magallanica. He is wielded by the insane Blue Wave Marshall, Valeos. Gyze and Valeos use this Zeroth Dragon to destroy life in Cray's oceans. Aqua Force, Bermuda Triangle and Granblue may activate Ultimate Stride for Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo.

He superior calls five cards from your hand or drop zone, each unit gains 5,000 power. They may exchange positions after their attacks. Players are able to attack more than the average of three times in a single turn. At least five attacks should occur in battle. This massive wave of attacks is difficult to defend against. Every rear-guard received power, and do not need a booster because of the increase of power from the skill. This skill has chemistry with every clan from Magallanica.

First, Aqua Force specializes in creating additional attacks in combat. You can easily have more than five attacks per turn. Battle Siren, Cipla is one of the best cards to play with Thavas. She is a rear-guard with 11,000 power at all times with Thavas as your vanguard. She also gains 3,000 power in the 2nd and 4th waves. Her power becomes 19,000 with Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo.

Second, Granblue's second hand is the drop zone. There will be many options to choose from. Ruin Shade can set up your strategy. She sends two cards in your drop zone when she attacks an opponent's vanguard, and she gains 2,000 power. You want her skill to send grade 2 cards to use for your Ultimate Stride. They can generate enough power to hit your opponent's vanguard. Ruin Shade will have 16,000 power with Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo's skill.

Third, I cannot overlook the ladies from Bermuda Triangle. My only Bermuda Triangle deck features Chouchou. Chouchou, Lirun is one of the best units to call with Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo's skill. She gives resist to all grade 2 or greater cards with Chouchou in their names. Your opponent is unable to burn your rear-guards with Flame Wing Steel Beast, Denial Griffin, or lock your rear-guards with Large Wheel of the Cosmos, Cosmo Wreath.

Overall, Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo is a fiercesome card. He has characteristics from all three clans from Magallanica. He superior calls units from the hand for Bermuda Triangle. He superior calls units from the drop zone for Granblue. He exchanges positions in battle for Aqua Force. He must be in every deck for his respected nation. He is just too good to pass on if you own a copy of his card. Defeat your opponents with powerful waves from Zeroth Dragon of Distant Sea, Megiddo!

Friday, March 16, 2018

News: Cardfight!! Vanguard Reboot


Bushiroad made a surprising announcement on Wednesday. Fans have been expecting a new series. I did not expect this turn of events. Bushiroad is rebooting the original Cardfight!! Vanguard series. This new series will follow manga by Akira Ito. Aichi and Kai return as the main protagonist. The trailer shows the classic game between Aichi and Kai. We will witness the manga's version of the creation of the legendary Team Q4.

New Rules!

A new series come with new cards and rules. First, we have a new mechanic, The Imaginary Gift. A unit with the marker for an Imaginary Gift will give a blessing to the player. There are three types of blessings. Accel, Force, and Protect are the first three Imaginary Gifts. Each clan has access to one of the three Imaginary Gifts.

Second, All triggers now give 10,000 power to units, and we have a new trigger. The new trigger is Front Trigger. It gives 10,000 power to the entire front row. This trigger will change the game! It brings a new dimension in building a strategy. You may want to play extra Front Triggers to overwhelm your opponent or you may make a deck with 12 Critical Triggers to deal extra damage with just a single attack. The power is in your hands.

However, Stand Triggers are not currently in the Standard Format. Stand Triggers did not see much play in most of the original Cardfight!! Vanguard's history. The G-Era turned a new page for Stand Triggers. Bushiroad developed many new Stand Triggers with powerful abilities. I play two to four Stand Triggers per deck. Their abilities can give me an edge and getting an extra attack can seal the deal for many games.

New Formats!

Cardfight!! Vanguard will feature two formats for the foreseeable future. The first format is Standard. Standard format only features cards from the new Cardfight!! Vanguard series. The Premium format is our second format. Premium format features every card in the history of Cardfight!! Vanguard. Do not throwaway your G-Zone just yet! You may still enjoy these cards with the new cards! Extend your Premium decks with the upcoming trial decks and booster set!

New Trial Decks and Booster Set!



Cardfight!! Vanguard will release two Trial Decks. These Trial Decks are Aichi Sendou and Toshiki Kai! The decks will include four copies of Blaster Blade and Dragonic Overlord. Then, Bushiroad will release the first booster set for the new series. Unite Team Q4 features new cards for Kagero, Oracle Think Tank, Nova Grappler, and Royal Paladin! Each booster box will contain sixteen booster packs of seven cards. Each booster pack contains five common cards and two cards of a higher rarity. They are set to be released on June 8th, 2018!

The End of the G-Era and Original Cardfight!! Vanguard

Cardfight Vanguard!! G had a great run. The last two years have been some of the best times for the game. Interaction between players brought a new element to the game. There was a time when players did not interact often during their opponents' turns. Every clan became very good. They received the proper cards to evaluate their abilities. Decks from every generation of vanguard continued to receive new cards in every set.

I am preparing to move on to the next era. I am not going to buy any new product of Cardfight!! Vanguard G. My plan is to save money for the upcoming trial decks and booster set. I do not believe Premium format will continue to generate interest from players and the format may become a small community over time. Many players are excited to see Cardfight!! Vanguard be revamped into its former glory. Former players are returning to the game. New players are now interested in learning a cheaper and easier game. Standard will continue to grow as it expands.

The Final Word

I am looking forward to the revamped Cardfight!! Vanguard series. I missed the time of a slower game with balanced cards. I hope Bushiroad will redevelop the interactions from Cardfight!! Vanguard G to the new Cardfight!! Vanguard. It will keep layers interested in the game. Key words should be added to this version without the G-units. This coming summer will be Cardfight!! Vanguard's best summer yet!