Saturday, September 13, 2014

News: Royal Paladins are Limit to 4 Blaster Dark and Grade 4 Harmonics Messiah

Bushiroad made a major change for Royal Paladin and Shadow Paladin rulings. Royal Paladin decks may only have 4 copies of Blaster Dark (this is not include Blaster Dark Revenger, Blaster Dark Revenger, Abyss and Blaster Dark Spirit) and no other Shadow Paladins. The previous ruling was Royal Paladin decks can have up to ten Shadow Paladin cards per deck. This change was made to limit Seekers' capability. Seekers have dominated the Japanese meta. Seekers could exploit the previous ruling with ten supporting Shadow Paladins to create powerful plays for Seeker, Sing Savor Dragon to superior Legion twice in a turn. The four copies of Blaster Dark are for Majesty Lord Blaster decks. It is unfortunate that Majesty Lord Blaster can no longer use other Shadow Paladins to assist the deck.

G Unit/Grade 4/Triple Drive/16000 Power/No Shield/Critical 1/No Clan or Nation - Messiah/
"Shining on the darkness of chaos, oh grand light of truth----!"
(This card cannot be put in your Main Deck)
STRIDE (By meeting the condition and cost, until the end of the turn you may Stride)
CONT: This card belongs to all clans and all nations.

The promo card for the upcoming movie Neon Messiah has been leak! It is a Grade 4 unit named Harmonics Messiah. Harmonics Messiah is available for all clans and nations. It is an intimate boost for every deck. Harmonics Messiah is a card for the new Extra Deck. It is also a "G" unit with Triple Drive Check! The Triple Drive is a major offensive advantage for every deck. Its abilities can only be used while Stride is active. Stride is also an unknown skill at this time.

News: Noble Knights of the Round Table Box Set

Noble Knights of the Round Table Box Set is a special release featuring the Noble Knights! Players can now enjoy having a complete Noble Knight deck. The box set includes a preconstructed deck containing 43 cards. The TCG's version will introduce the new rarity Platinum Rare! All 43 cards will be Platinum Rare!

The box set includes:

  • 1 Preconstructed Deck (43 cards)
  • 1 Power-Up Pack with 3 cards from a 6-card set
  • 1 Game Mat
  • 70 Sleeves
  • 1 Storage Box

  • Noble Knights of the Round Table is set to be released in America on November 21, 2014!

    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Unit of The Week: Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse"

    This is destiny...... mine, and your's. 
    [ACT](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose one of your rear-guards with "Jewel Knight" in its card name, and lock it] Choose up to one rear-guard in your opponent's front row, retire it, search your deck for up to one card with "Jewel Knight" in its card name, call it to (RC), and shuffle your deck. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.
    (The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner's turn.)
    [CONT](VC):If you have a card named "Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei" in your soul, this unit gets [Power]+2000.
    [CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)
    Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei's blade rivals the true vanguard Majesty Lord Blaster's sword. Star-vader Chaos Breaker Dragon learns about Ashlei's intense power and orders the Star-vaders to attack the Jewel Knights. The assault is a success and Ashlei is captured by the Star-vaders. The invaders once again corrupts another soldier with Link Joker's power. Ashlei has accepted her new destiny as Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse"! Ashlei is sexier than ever and she is ready to attack on Link Joker's behalf!

    Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse"'s Limit Break costs one Counter Blast and requires a Jewel Knight to be locked to retire an opponent's rear-guard in the front row and superior call one card with Jewel Knight in its name to the rear-guard circle. A player can retire an opponent's best front row unit every turn. It slowly depletes an opponent's battle formation. The opponent loses an interceptor per turn.

    Furthermore, her Limit Break searches for any Jewel Knight from the deck. This sets up many combo plays to dominate the competition! Superior calling Linking Jewel Knight, Tilda will set up the battle formation. Linking Jewel Knight, Tilda's skill superior calls a grade one Jewel Knight from the deck for one Counter Blast. A player can also take an offensive approach and superior call Banding Jewel Knight, Miranda and Fellowship Jewel Knight, Tracie.

    Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse" does not gain much advantage by break riding above Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei. Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei's Break Ride skill does not provide significant advantage to the player. However, Pure Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei is useful for being the base unit for the Cross Ride. Her main purpose is to give 2,000 power to Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse".

    Overall, Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse" is one of the stronger Reverse units. Her Limit Break is simply magnificent! The Limit Break is cheap and provides advantage to the player every turn. Retiring an opponent's unit and superior calling a Jewel Knight every turn are major game changers. Don't let Broken Heart Jewel Knight, Ashlei "Яeverse"s beauty distract you or you will also fall to Link Joker!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    News: Panini America Launches Official Blog and Releases DBZ TCG Rule Book!

    We're a little more than a month away from the return of Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card! Today Panini America has launched its official blog for Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game. There you can find information about the game and the latest updates. Hopefully Panini America will also post game tips for beginners.

    Click here to check out the blog! 

    Click here to view the new rule book!

    Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game's official rule book was released as well. There are major rule changes to fix the original game's past mistakes. One of most notable changes is the new ruling for Named Cards. Named Cards were available to all characters in the original game. However, the new rules state that only the character named in the card can use the card.

    Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game is set to be released on October 17th, 2014. Hit Hard! Hit Often!

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Card Discussion: Hierophant of Prophecy

    2 Level 7 Spellcaster-Type monsters
    Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card; destroy Spell/Trap Card(s) your opponent controls, up to the number of "Spellbook" Spell Cards in your Graveyard.
    Hierophant of Prophecy is a rank seven XYZ monster. He can only be XYZ summoned with two level seven Spellcasters. He has a very good 2800 ATK and 2600 DEF. He is an Ultra Rare and Ultimate Rare in the TCG's and OCG's Return of the Duelist. Hierophant of Prophecy is one of the coolest looking Spellcasters. His stunning artwork makes him one of my favorite XYZ monsters. He looks like he is ready to go to war with his duelist!

    Hierophant of Prophecy's effect allows him to destroy Spell and Trap cards your opponent controls up to the number of Spellbook Spell cards in the player's Graveyard for the cost of detaching one XYZ Material. His effect is a repeatable Heavy Storm and can be amazing when timed perfectly. A Spellcaster deck with Spellbooks can easily put five or more Spellbooks in the Graveyard to maximize the effect. The effect is best used when an opponent has multiple cards in the back-row. If an opponent has one card in their back-row, then a simple Mystical Space Typhoon or Breaker the Magical Warrior are better options to destroy a single card.

    Spellcasters have many unique options to XYZ summon Hierophant of Prophecy! There are many level seven Spellcasters to choose from! The Dark Magician and High Priestess of Prophecy are very easy to special summon to the field. First, a very lucky player can special summon two copies of High Priestess of Prophecy from the hand to use them to perform the XYZ summon. Secondly, The Spellbook of Life manipulates a Spellcaster's level and can increase the Spellcaster's level to seven to use it as XYZ Material.

    Furthermore, Spellbook of Miracles can special summon Hierophant of Prophecy from the graveyard and attach two banished Spellbooks to him as XYZ Material. A player can easily banish two Spellbooks in two turns with High Priestess of Prophecy's effect or do it in one turn by activating the powerful Spellbook of Fate. Not only is he special summoned to the field, he also has fresh XYZ Materials to use to activate his effect again.

    Unfortunately, Hierophant of Prophecy does not receive much attention because there are better ranked seven XYZ monsters for Spellcaster decks. Number 11: Big Eye and Ebon Illusion Magician are major game changers. They are in a league above Hierophant of Prophecy. Furthermore, Spellcasters also have efficient cards to protect field such as Spellbook of Wisdom, High Priestess of Prophecy, and Spellbook of Fate.

    In conclusion, Hierophant of Prophecy is one of my favorite XYZ Spellcasters. He is easy to summon and has a very good effect.  His effect can be truly devastating to the opponent's back-row! It is a bit disappointing to see him overlooked because he is a very good card to destroy multiple spells and traps per turn. Hierophant of Prophecy is ready to shine bright alongside his fellow Spellcasters.

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker Is The Worst Dubbed Anime

    Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker's English dub is currently airing on YouTube. Only a few episodes are remaining. It has received mixed reviews from the fans. Some fans praise the English dub while others like me have given a lot of negative feedback. Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker is by far the worst English dub in the series. It is so bad that I question Bushiroad's staff for approving the terrible translation for its English players.

    The Worst Writers In Anime

    The writing has been fairly consistent with the original script until this season. Season three's English script has major errors and even problematic changes in the arc. The most ridiculous line is from Episode 152 The True Form of Friendship when Misaki tells a Reversed Miwa that he keeps Kai in check. Miwa never kept Kai's ego in check. Kai is a leader and often ignores his friend's advice. I would argue that Kai kept Miwa in check. Another notable change in this episode is when Naoki says Miwa blocked Misaki's attacks and Aichi responds by saying Misaki was prepared for it. This change is very notable because it is bigger than what it appears on the surface. In the original script, Aichi tells Naoki to notice the Critical Trigger's effects were given to Jupiter, and Naoki learns a bit more about the game from Aichi.

    Furthermore, the worst change to the original script is in Episode 112 Kai's Shadow. The Japanese edition of this episode is famous for Morikawa's lines "The End is never ending". These lines are removed from the English version and a much weaker script is the replacement. I was extremely disappointed in the change when I first watched this episode English. It was very unnecessary and ruined the scene for loyal fans like me. This trend has continued and every fight script has major changes from the original script.

    The Worst Actors In Anime

    Cardfight!! Vanguard's English dub has the worst actors in any anime that I have ever watched. Their bad acting is very disrespectful to the Japanesse actors who put their hearts and soul in the characters. I can feel and hear their emotions as they express characters' thoughts and emotions. On the other hand, the English actors have been unable to express their characters' emotions. Furthermore, some of the actors don't fit with their characters. Kourin's voice sounds much older than an 18 year old teenager in high school and Miwa's new actor's voice does not fit well with Miwa's character.

    The Ignorant Phrase-If You Don't Like It Then Don't Watch It

    This is the most common excuse from fans. Saying "If you don't like it then don't watch it" is an attempt to ignore or discredit a viewer's experience and opinion A person will not know if he or she will dislike a video before watching it. If a person dislikes a video, then he or she can give credible and constructive criticism.

    Effort Does Not Equal Greatness

    There are some viewers who have told me that I am wrong because the actors put in effort (I don't agree). Effort is a great quality for everyone to have in life. People should always put in 100% effort in everything they do. However, effort does not mean someone deserves praise for their work. You can put in the most effort and still provide the worst result. There are thousands of athletes who try their very best at their respected sport and do not make a roster in the NBA, NFL, and MLB. Their effort deserves respect, but their talent is not as equally deserving of praise.

    Final Thoughts 

    Overall, I am very surprised that Bushiroad approved of the newest production from the English version. I have never watched an English dub this bad in my life. Cardfight!! Vanguard Link Joker's English dub is a major step backwards for the English edition. Seasons one and two are much better dubs than the latest English dub. They are only better because the writing is much better and the acting is decent at times in the first two seasons. Bushiroad's English department needs a major overhaul for allowing this to occur because this season is an embarrassment and comes off worse than an unprofessional fan dub. There needs to be new writers and actors for Cardfight!! Vanguard Legion Mate or we're going to experience another season with bad acting and writing .

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Unit of The Week: Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss"

    Become an echo of the death and agony, roar, Eternal Abyss! 
    [ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss"" (If your opponent has a grade 3 or greater vanguard, only once, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone to your deck, and search your deck for the specified card, and perform Legion.)
    [AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (2) & Choose three of your rear-guards with "Revenger" in its card name, and retire them] During the turn that this unit performed Legion, at the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] all of your vanguard. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn. (Even if you do not pay the cost, this ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.)
    [AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle.
    Phantom Blaster Dragon was responsible for the civil war on Cray. It was once believed that he was slayed by the true vanguard Majesty Lord Blaster (Blaster Blade) until Illusionary Revenger, Mordred Phantom revealed his true self! Illusionary Revenger, Mordred Phantom was the light inside of Phantom Blaster Dragon and Gust Blaster Dragon was the darkness inside of Phantom Blaster Dragon. Phantom Blaster Dragon has returned as Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" to once again fight by Blaster Dark's side.

    Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss"'s Legion skill is very powerful, but costly. However, card fighters must take risks to gain rewards. The vanguards stand at the end of a battle that they attacked a vanguard by retiring three Revengers and paying two Counter Blasts. The two vanguards will stand up to attack with at least 22K power. A player can give power and criticals from triggers to the vanguards during the first Twin Drive. This will only increase the pressure from the second Legion attack. Furthermore, if  Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" break rides on top of  Illusionary Revenger, Mordred Phantom, then this Legion duo can stand up with 32K power!

    Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" needs very cost effective support to be able to use its Legion skill twice per match. Judgebau Revenger is one of the few units in the deck to use Counter Blasts in the match. Judgebau Revenger recovers the field by superior calling two grade one or less Revengers from the deck to the field. The skill saves much needed resources and prepares for the next Legion attack.

    Furthermore, Battle Spirit Revenger, Mackart is one of the best support cards for Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss". Mackart superior calls a grade one or less Revenger from the deck when Legion is performed. The best feature is that the skill does not cost a single Counter Blast. Having two copies of Mackart on the field together will superior call two Revengers from the deck. Mackart's skill is more cost effective than Revenger, Dark Bond Trumpeter's and Dark Cloak Revenger, Tartu 's skills

    Overall, Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" marks the return of Phantom Blaster Dragon. He is once again sacrificing his allies to gain powerful abilities. Its skill's cost is my main problem with the card. It demands too many resources. However, Battle Spirit Revenger, Mackart and Judgebau Revenger are key players to balance the Legion skill's high cost. Phantom Blaster Dragon and Blaster Dark unleash their Legion attack!