Thursday, December 18, 2014

Unit of The Week: Brawler, Big Bang Knuckle Dragon

This fist shake the heavens and earth! Howl, Big Bang Knuckle! 
[ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Brawler, Big Bang Slash Dragon" (If your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone into your deck once, search your deck for the specified card, and Legion)
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (2)-card with "Brawler" in its card name] If this unit is Legion, until end of turn, this unit gets [Power]+5000 and "[CONT](VC):This unit battles all of your opponent's units in the front row in one attack.".
[AUTO](VC):[Soul Blast (1)] When this unit attacks a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, this unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of that battle.
The proud leader of the Brawls is a passionate warrior who fights for justice and people of Cray. Sometimes he can be rude and too rough to handle at times, but he has good intentions. Blaster Blade knows he can call on the big man whenever he needs him to join the fight for justice. His name is Brawler, Big Bang Knuckle Dragon and his Big Bang Knuckle Punch will knock Link Joker back into the space!

Brawl, Big Bang Knuckle Dragon's Legion skill gives him an additional 5K power and allows him to attack all units in your opponent's front row, he basically clears the opponent's front row of its rear-guards. Using this skill multiple times per game will quickly destroy your opponent's resources. His skills seem like I have seen them somewhere in the distant past. Big Bang Knuckle Dragon does everything faster and more efficient with more power than Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion.

Furthermore, the Brawler's leader has an all-star lineup to support his skills. First, Brawler, Plasma Claw Dragon is one of Big Bang Knuckle Dragon's best support cards. The dragon can soul charge one card and turn one card in the damage zone, face up. Its skill basically supports both of Big Bang Knuckle Dragon's skill to allow him to use both of his skills multiple times in a match, and your opponent will be forced to block Plasma Claw Dragon's attacks if he or she does not want to work with an empty front row at the start of every turn. Second, Military Brawler, Lisei gains 3K power when an opponent's rear-guard is put into the drop zone so he gains 6K power when Big Ban Kunckle Dragon takes down the competition with his Legion skill. Thirdly, his Legion Mate Brawler, Big Bang Slash Dragon will add more pressure in the front-row with Lisei.

In conclusion, Brawler, Big Bang Knuckle Dragon is a high-octane Brawler with plenty of fight in him to win many big games. Destroying his opponents' front rows to obtain victory is the key to his success. He puts on a show with his Brawlers by giving them powerful front rows to beat-down the opposing vanguard. Brawler, Big Bang Knuckle Dragon is ready to rumble on the field!

Card Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ACG's Winners and Losers of 2014

2014 is coming to a close. There were many high moments and we also witnessed very low moments in TCG history. Yu-Gi-Oh! continued to prove that it is the number one trading card game on the market. Cardfight!! Vanguard grew with every new booster set and starter deck. MegaMan returned to Nintendo in Super Smash Bros! Only the very best can be winners. Let's take a look at the winners and losers of 2014.

Winners

Best YugiTube Channel-Mkohl40


Mkohl40 is by far this year's best Yugituber in my book. The longtime duelist has entertained and informed us about the very game we love to play. His upload consistency is impressive by uploading relevant content every day. Did I also mention he has an awesome intro?

Best Vanguard Channel-I am vanguard


I am vanguard is a unique Cardfight!! Vanguard channel. He brings to you matches, community discussions, deck profiles, and so much more. His creativity and interaction with the community makes him the best in 2014. His most impressive videos are focused on the community and the game's competitive state.

Comeback Clan of the Year - Royal Paladin 


Royal Paladins lost their glory during the mediocre Jewel Knights' era. Jewel Knights provided the worst Break Ride card and archetype to the game. However, Blaster Blade was not going to allow his paladins continue to sink into mediocrity. He formed the Seekers to reclaim his clan's former glory. Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon rose to the top as it dominated Japan's meta for nearly an entire year.

Comeback of the Year- Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game

Nobody ever thought Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game would ever return until one faithful day in San Diego. DBZ fans flocked to their locals on opening day to take part in the game's historic return to greatness. Gamers around the world are now reliving the greatest battles in Dragon Ball Z history with trading cards!

Best Blog- Some Vanguard Blog

To be a good blogger a writer must be dedicated to his craft. To be a great blogger one must not only be dedicated to his work, but also influence others with his writing. SomeGamerDude's Some Vanguard Blog is one of the best blogs to read about Cardfight!! Vanguard. You will be able to take your game to the next level by studying his blog, .

Losers

Worst Dub - Cardfight!! Vanguard's English Dub


Horrible is an understatement to describe how bad the acting and casting were in Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker's dub. The actors were unable to express emotions and directors fail to correct the poor acting. The poor writing did not help their cause as well.

Banned For Life - Dark Magician of Chaos


I had high hopes for Dark Magician of Chaos to return this year from the ban list, but my dreams went unfulfilled. Dark Magician of Chaos should be limited to one per deck in today's format. He is not the play maker that he once was in his prime. World of Prophecy is a much stronger card than Dark Magician of Chaos is legal at three copies per deck. This Spellcaster is perfectly fine at one.

Biggest Failure-Capcom

There goes another year without a new MegaMan game made by Capcom. Sure MegaMan stars in the new Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. However, Capcom has not finished a MegaMan game for a video game console in four years. Capcom is lost at what to do with their beloved blue robot since Keiji Inafune left the company to start his own company.

Worst Story- Power Rangers Super MegaForce


Power Rangers MegaForce and its second part Super MegaForce are two of the worst seasons in the franchise to date. The series has so many problems that they would take me over two hundred hours to complete an entire article looking at the weak story. The story's problems range from horrible writing, Tory lacks a personality, and most battles don't have any real meaning to the story.

The final battle with the past rangers was very unsatisfying because the fight focused on the MegaForce Rangers. Tommy and the past rangers should have been given deeper roles in the final story. Fans wanted more than just seeing past rangers take off their helmets.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Unit of The Week: Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon

Life and hope are my wings! Flash forth, Eternal Wing!  
[ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Blaster Blade Seeker" (If your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone into your deck once, search your deck for the specified card, and Legion)
[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (2) & Soul Blast (3) & Choose two cards from your hand, and discard them] At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, if this unit is in Legion, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one card named "Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon", ride it as [Stand], shuffle your deck, choose one card named "Blaster Blade Seeker" from your soul, and perform Legion.
[AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle
The Royal Paladins sought help from the past to help defeat Link Joker once and for all. The guardian dragon from the past, Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon has been called to join the fight. Unknowing to the dragon, a few citizens such as Blaster Blade and Soul Saver Dragon know Thing Saver Dragon is their time's Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss". Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon is assigned to be Blaster Blade's personal bodyguard and Legion Leader.

The Legion skill costs two counter blasts, three soul blasts, and discarding two cards from your hand to superior Legion Seek, Thing Saver Dragon from the deck, and Blaster Blade Seeker in the soul will become its mate. The skill is very costly, but it is worth every penny. Back to back Legion attacks can put your opponent in a bind, and triggers from both Twin Drives can be given to rear-guards just in case the Legion cannot hit the opposing vanguard.

Furthermore, building the Soul for Seeker, Thing Saver appears be challenging because the archetype lacks cards to directly soul charge as the majority of low-grade Seekers focus on gaining power. However, there is plenty of support to build Soul using non-seekers. Margal is an optional draw trigger in the deck to easily build the Soul. The deck's starter, Advance Party Seeker, File will return to the Soul to superior call Blaster Blade Seeker, then use Blaster Blade Seeker's skill to return an opposing grade 2 to prevent it from intercepting the upcoming Legion attack. Seeker of Bravery, Ars is also a good card in the deck because he turns face down cards in the damage zone face up.

Finally, you want to build off your momentum from the first Legion attack to pressure your opponent. You can pull off a triple dose of momentum with three consecutive Legion attacks. Play Seeker, Sacred Wingal to be the first Legion during the mid-game. This gives you a total of five cards in the soul when you ride Thing Saver Dragon, and once you superior ride Thing Saver Dragon, then you will have three cards in the Soul for the second superior ride.

Given these points, Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon is one of the most unique Legion Leaders in the game. The Royal Paladins were given the worst Break Ride unit in the past format and now has one of the best cards in the game. It has just more than enough support to be able to compete at a high-level in every game. Blaster Blade Seeker and Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon are going to give your opponent a triple dose of Legion attacks!

Card Rating: 4 out of 5

Monday, December 8, 2014

My First Opinion on Cardfight!! Vanguard G


Cardfight!! Vanguard G has hit television screens across Japan and many computer screens around the world. The series features a new cast of main characters along with favorites such as Kamui. Fans have quickly shared their thoughts on the new series after each episode and so far many fans have expressed great concerns for the series future as they are not impressed with the new series so far. I must say I am in agreement with many disappointed fans.

A Boring Cast of Characters

Currently there is not a single character that I can honestly say I like in the show thus far. Chrono is a very stereotypical lone-wolf type character, who is always bored of nearly everything except for vanguard. Shion is the boring rich kid, who can never wrong in everyone's eyes especially women. The story between the characters is very annoying to watch as Shion is the attractive guy who is always innocent, and Chrono is falsely accused of being a troublemaker. Chrono's conflicts with others are solely based on prejudices that are very stupid to say the least. If Chrono has a troubled past, then the views on him would be understandable to a degree. However, there are not any suggestions leading me to believe Chrono has a history of trouble.

Kamui has been my biggest disappointment so far in the new series. He still has a fiery passion to play vanguard with his Nova Grapplers. Yet I don't see his cockiness that made him standout from his teammates and rivals. In the original Cardfight Vanguard series, Kamui went from being an immature teammate that quit Team Q4 to a reliable teammate that his friends can count on in big games. He would have been the perfect character to be the leading protagonist to lead the new characters on a potentially new team.

Finally, I thought this was a show about a character's problems and trading card games. Now we only have characters with problem minus trading card games so this show has become a Soap Opera. If I wanted to watch a soap opera, then I would turn back time to watch The Young and the Restless with my grandmother (bless her soul).

Horrible Cardfights

It is an understatement to say cardfights in Cardfight!! Vanguard G have been lackluster. The fights do not provide any content to the story. They are rushed with high quality animations to impress the viewer, but fall flat for not explaining, what is happening during a match. Skills are no longer explain as players play cards and attack each other. On the other hand, the original Cardfight!! Vanguard anime series was able to balance storytelling and fights by combining them into cardfights. We see both characters making fantastic plays as they speak to each other about their current conflict. Most importantly it was a great way to learn how to play the game. Sure the characters would occasionally make a misplay, they also showed us fantastic combos with a variety of cards.

Failing to Showcase the Mysterious Clan

Gear Chronicle is the newest clan in the game. Characters often refer to it as a very mysterious clan because they never heard about it until Chrono played it. However, cardfights' lack of actual content does not showcase the clan's abilities. How can a clan be mysterious when its skills are not being displayed? Chrono has not been shown to activate a single skill in any of his match so far in the first six episodes. Characters have not been surprised to see the clan's interesting mechanic to return opposing rear-guards to the deck.

Bushiroad built a lot of hype for Gear Chronicle as the new top clan in the series, it is the main protagonist's clan. However, they have failed to backup the hype. Aqua Force's and Link Joker's introductions made an impact to the overall story as both clans abilities were shown in their debuts. Their abilities led to them winning their first matches to show their dominance. The same should have been done with Gear Chronicle instead of a fight without substance.

Final Thoughts

Cardfight!! Vanguard G has started in the wrong direction, and is on course of being the worst season in the series to date. There are not any positives in any areas of the show. The characters, cardfights, and story lack a lot of substance to take vanguard to the next level. Every new series should improve upon the previous series, but so far Cardfight!! Vanguard G has greatly regressed the series. Bushiroad had a very good formula for the original series, and should have stuck to it for the new series. If Cardfight!! Vanguard G continues to put viewers to sleep, then it will be the biggest bust since Kwame Brown!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Unit of The Week: Sprout Jewel Knight, Camille

Giving thanks to everything. The jewels will heed your call if you do so. 
[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (1)] At the beginning of your main phase, if the number of rear-guards you have is three or less, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one card with "Jewel Knight" in its card name, call it to (RC), and shuffle your deck.
[AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle.
When the Jewel Knights' leader Ashli fell injured in battle, Sprout Jewel Knight, Camille took the role to as captain as she became Salome's right-hand partner. Now the Jewel Knights' interim captain will lead her troops in battle to stop Link Joker's invasion. The Jewel Knights must buy time for the Liberators to arrive before the Star-vaders lock their hopes of victory. Can Camille successful lead the troops or will she crumble under the pressure?

Sprout Jewel Knight Camille is the latest Limit Break unit for Jewel Knights. Her Limit Break superior calls one card with Jewel Knight in its name from the deck if you have three or less rear-guards, and her second skill gives her 2000 power when she attacks a vanguard. Overall, Camille's Limit Break skill is very lackluster as you only gain a small advantage. Limit Breaks are suppose to turn the tide in your favor when you are on the edge of defeat, and Camille fails to deliver the comeback.

Furthermore, there are many units that do her job so much better at the same cost or just a little more costly. King of Knights' Vanguard, Ezzell and Wolf Fang Liberator, Garmore do a much better job at superior calling units to the field to gain a massive advantage. I would rather play an unit that can superior call multiple units instead of a card like Camille that gives very little advantage.

Finally, Camille lacks chemistry with Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei's Break Ride skill as Camille's skills does not have any combo plays with Ashlei unlike her Jewel Knight comrades. Ashlei "Яeverse", Julia, Salome, and Yvain each has their own combo play when Break Riding over Ashlei to gain more advantage. Camille only gains a critical and power from the Break Ride skill, and every opponent will guard with a Perfect Guard to avoid taking massive damage.

Sprout Jewel Knight, Camille is by far the worst boss to run in a Jewel Knight deck as she does not deserve to be a RRR. She is far from being the leader that she is described to be. Her Limit Break gives very little advantage to you as you are only gaining one card. She is also the only Jewel Knight with Limit Break that does not have any synergy with Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei. She is so bad that she can't be a trap to trick players into adding her to their decks. If you pull her from a booster pack, then just put her in a sleeve tucked away in your binder unless of course you want to play her for fun.

Card Rating: 1 out of 5

Monday, December 1, 2014

Card Discussion: Armory Arm

[Machine/Synchro/Effect]
1 Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters
Once per turn, you can either: Target 1 monster on the field; equip this card to that target, OR: Unequip this card and Special Summon it in Attack Position. While equipped by this effect, that target gains 1000 ATK. If that target destroys a monster by battle and sends it to the Graveyard: Inflict damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the destroyed monster in the Graveyard.
Armory Arm is the first Machine Synchro monster introduced to the game. Its ATK and DEF are not impressive, but its effects makeup for the lack of attack power. It's not always the card, it's how you play your cards. Armory Arm also appears to be based on the Armor monsters used by Valon in his duel against Joey. Each Armor monster is a separate piece of armor that attaches itself to Valon as his body becomes the actual monster in play.

Synchro summoning Armory Arm is not easy as some decks lack combos to special summon low level monsters. The best decks to Synchro summon Armory Arm are decks that focus on special summoning low-level monsters for Synchro summons or XYZ summons such as Junk, Planet, and Synchron. One simple play is to use Junk Synchron's effect to special summon any level one non-Tuner monster from the graveyard to quickly summon Armory Arm.

Armory Arm has two very notable effects. First, once per turn, you can equip or unequip Armory Arm to any monster on the field, and the monster gains 1000 ATK. If your opponent has a much stronger monster on the field, then you can find a way out of the problem by equipping Armory Arm to a weaker monster. A weak level four monster equipped with Armory Arm will be able to take down a much stronger level seven monster. The effect is even more effective when equipped with a strong monster with high ATK.

Furthermore, Armory Arm's second effect is extremely devastating as it inflicts damage to your opponent equal to the destroyed monster's ATK. Destroying an opponent's monster with high ATK will at least reduce 1/4 of an opponent's Life Points. It can either give you early advantage in the game or make a huge push to win the game during the latter stages of the game. It has many potential game ending plays with Black Rose Dragon, Black Luster Soldier Envoy of the Beginning, and Shooting Star Dragon.

All in all, Armory Arm is a really good Synchro monster that can make big plays that will affect the outcome of a game. Synchro decks definitely want to take advantage of Armory Arm's abilities to change the game in their favor. Its ability heavily damages an opponent by inflicting additional damage to your opponent equal to the ATK of the destroyed monster. Armory Arm can take over any game with an iron fist!

Card Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Friday, November 28, 2014

Unit of The Week: Seeker, Light Saver Dragon

The sacred dragon does not fight his enemies with anger, but with the sword of grief. 
[ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Seeker, Light Blaze Dragon" (If your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone into your deck once, search your deck for the specified card, and Legion)
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (2)-card with "Seeker" in its card name] If this unit is Legion, choose up to three of your units, and those units get [Power]+5000 until end of turn. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.
[AUTO](VC):[Choose a card from your hand, and discard it] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one card with "Seeker" in its card name, call it to (RC), and shuffle your deck.
Seeker, Light Saver Dragon is one of the six promo cards from Bushiroad's Legion Campaign. Seeker players have a lot of options to choose from for their Legion pairings. Light Seeker Dragon is a nice Legion for budget player's to pickup. It has more than enough support in the current English meta to be pretty competitive.

This is one of the best Legions for beginners to learn how to play Cardfight!! Vanguard. I'm considering building a beginner's deck based on Seeker, Light  Saver Dragon.Vanguard. Both of its skills are relatively simple and do not require any complex combo plays. The supporting units are also very basic cards. Anyone would be able to understand the game's basics and master the deck in just a few games.

Furthermore, vanilla beatdown is Seeker, Light Saver Dragon's playstyle. Its Legion skill gives 5,000 power to three units for the cost of two counter blasts with Seeker in their names. It gives a lot of pressure to your opponent in the early game as both rear-guard columns will easily have over 20K power before applying any trigger's effects to them. Combined Strength Seeker, Locrinus and Full Bloom Seeker, Cerdic are the best two rear-guards to reap the benefits from the Legion skill. If Light Save Dragon's attack is unable to hit a vanguard, then give all effects from triggers to your guards as they will be lethal with an extra critical.

Finally, Seeker, Light Saver Dragon's second allows you to swap a card for a better card if this unit's attack hits your opponent's vanguard. This is a nice skill for you remove an unneeded card in your hand for a card that can make an impact in the game. If you have an extra copy of Seeker, Light Saver Dragon in your hand, then you can discard it to superior call Blaster Blade Seeker, and he will finish the combo by retiring an opponent's rear-guard!

Overall, Seeker, Light Saver Dragon is a very good Legion for budget decks, and is a very easy for beginners to start learning how to play the game. It's Legion skill will frustrate opponents as they are forced to guard with more cards than usual because your rear-guards are attacking with more than 20K power. The early pressure will eventually break your opponent's defenses to leave him or her wide open. I definitely recommend Seeker, Light Saver Dragon to beginners and budget players alike.

Card Rating: 3 out of 5