Wednesday, March 26, 2014

News! Extra Booster 11: Requim at Dusk & Extra Booster 12: Waltz of the Goddess

Bushiroad has announced two upcoming extra booster sets! Extra Booster 11: Requim at Dusk features Ren's Shadow Paladins. More importantly it will provide additional support for the Revenger archetype. Extra Booster 12: Waltz of the Goddess features Misaki's soul blasting Genesis units! EB12 will include additional support for the Regalia archetype. Both sets will also introduce new archetypes! EB11 will introduce a new Shadow Paladin archetype Jet-Black Witch, and EB12 will introduce Snow-White Witches for Genesis!
EB11 and EB12 are set to be released in Japan on June 20th, 2014! Each set will feature 35 cards, 25 new cards, and 10 reprints. They will also include two Legion Rare cards! Revengers may also have a new boss unit who appears to be Phantom Blaster Dragon. If this is true, then Blaster Dark Revenger will probability be Phantom Blaster Dragon's mate. Blaster Dark Revenger may be slightly modified with the Legion marker to be similar to Blaster Blade Seeker.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Unit of The Week: Silver Thorn Beast Tamer, Maricica

Silver Thorn is also a name for the best stage. 
[AUTO](VC/RC):[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have a «Pale Moon» vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose up to one card from your soul with "Silver Thorn" in its card name, call it to (RC), and at the end of that turn, put that unit into your soul.
Let's welcome the next performer on stage! She will join Luquier in a marvelous performance! I recently pulled the beautiful Silver Thorn Beast Tamer, Maricica! She is one of the top performers in the Pale Moon Circus!

The Pale Moon clan is famous for superior calling units from the soul for additional attacks. Silver Thorn Beast Tamer, Maricica stays true to her clan's tactics. Silver Thorn Beast Tamer, Maricica can superior call a Silver Thorn unit from the soul to a rear guard circle. Maricica allows players to gain an additional attack when her attack hits a vanguard. It's great for a limit game push!

Furthermore, Maricica is a great performer in a Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier "Яeverse" deck. She gains 5,000 power from Luquier's skill. This compensates for the possible locked booster. She would have just enough power to hit a Cross Ride unit. If her attack hits, then she will add another attacker from the soul. This gives Luquier the pressure she needs against opponents.

Finally, Maricica's skill help counter Kagero's and Narukami's retiring tactics and Link Joker's Lock ability. The superior called unit returns to the Soul at the end of the turn. The unit will avoid being retired and locked. The process can be repeated without the fear of losing the unit.

In closing, Silver Thorn Beast Tamer, Maricica perfectly fits in Silver Thorn decks. She really helps Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier "Яeverse" by superior calling a unit from the soul. Additional pressure is always good pressure. Maricica is ready for her performance!

Card Rating: 4 out of 5

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Card Discussion: Stardust Dragon

During either player's turn, when a card or effect is activated that would destroy a card(s) on the field: You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. During the End Phase, if this effect was activated this turn (and was not negated): You can Special Summon this card from your Graveyard.
Stardust Dragon is a powerful level eight Synchro monster. Stardust Dragon is famous for being Yusei Fudo's signature card. He is Yusei's "Dark Magician". He is one of the best Synchro monsters in the game. He is also a must have for collectors!

Stardust Dragon is one of the most splashable Synchro monsters in the game. He can literally fit into almost every Extra Deck and most decks can easily special summon it. The popular tuner monster, Effect Veiler is in many decks and Side Decks, and can quickly summon a Stardust Dragon.

Furthermore, Stardust Dragon's strength is in his skill. He protects the field from one card or effect that can destroy cards on the field. Stardust Dragon negates some of the game's most powerful cards such as Dark Hole, Mirror Force, and High Priestess of Prophecy. Opening the game with him can be a huge advantage. You have established a protected field.

However, Stardust Dragon isn't invincible. The best methods to destroy him are by battle and casting Book of Moon. His 2500 attack points are pretty good. However, many monsters can easily destroy Stardust Dragon in battle. Book of Moon renders Stardust Dragon useless as he would not be able to use his skill.

In Closing, Stardust Dragon is a great card for any Extra Deck. He will always be a relevant card. His ability to protect the entire is a very attractive skill. That's why he is often placed in extra decks. He has an important spot in my Extra Deck's lineup!

Card Rating: 4 out of 5

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Unit of The Week: Witch of Cursed Talisman, Etain

Don't take me for a frail princess. Let me return this to you.
[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (2) & Choose two of your «Shadow Paladin» rear-guards, and retire them] At the beginning of the guard step of the battle that this unit was attacked, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose an opponent's rear-guards not attacking or boosting, and retire it.
[AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of that battle.
Witch of Cursed Talisman, Etain is the first female grade 3 Shadow Paladin. It's nice to see the Shadow Paladins being an egalitarian society with female leaders. I wanted a copy of Witch of Cursed Talisman, Etain the first moment I saw her and my copy of Witch of Talisman, Etain along with The Dark Dictator arrived in the mail this week!

Her Limit Break is very interesting. Most Limit Breaks focus on offensive tactics. However, Etain's Limit Break is a defensive skill. I love unique defensive abilities because I strongly believe a strong defense can win many games. When attacked she can retire any opponent's unit, who is not attacking or boosting when the Limit Break is activated. She can retire a front row rear guard, who is currently standing and ready to attack. Most notably she can prevent Blue Storm Dragon, MaelstromRevenger, Raging Form Dragon, and Spectral Duke Dragon from activating their skills because they would lack the requirements to activate their Limit Breaks. Her Limit Break also weakens units like King of Knights, Alfred, Leading Jewel Knight, Salome, and The Dark Dictator.

Unfortunately, her Limit Break has major setbacks. Its cost is the most notable problem. Her Limit Break requires two Counter Blasts and you must retire two Shadow Paladin rear guard units. That's a very high price to prevent one attack.

However, you can minimize her Limit Break's cost with a little help from her Shadow Paladin comrades. Illusionary Revenger, Mordred Phantom is the most obvious support unit. Break riding Etain above him will give her a 10,000 power boost and most importantly superior call a grade 2 or less Shadow Paladin from the deck to the rear guard. Skull Witch, Nemain is Etain's best friend. Nemain's skill allows the player to draw two cards. Revenger, Dark Bond Trumpeter is also a pretty good card. Revenger, Dark Body Trumpeter can cheaply superior call a grade 0 unit from the deck to the rear guard. These units help fuel Etain's Limit Break's cost.

Finally, Witched of Cursed Talisman, Etain's best skill is her vanguard skill. It is very ironic for a defensive card's more attractive skill to her offensive skill. As a vanguard, she gains 3,000 power when attacking the opposing vanguard. The power boost makes up for her 10K base. This really helps her to battle against Cross Ride units.

In closing, Witch of Cursed Talisman, Etain is a very nice card to add to a collection. However, she needs more support to be an effective vanguard. She has potential to be a good card if she receives efficient support such as a damage flipper and possibly a Cross Ride unit to further advance her defense.

Card Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

News! Extra Booster 10: Divas Duet Update


Extra Booster 10: Divas Duet is the next extra booster set! Divas Duet features the super cute Bermuda Triangle clan! The extra booster set introduces the new archetype Duo. This is also the first set with two different versions, Black Version and White Version! Black Version and White Version contain the same cards with alternate artworks. Each box will have one of three new RRR promo cards, Costume Idol, Alk, Planet Idol, Pacifica, and Shangri-La Star Coral! Extra Booster 10: Divas Duet will be released in Japan on March 21st, 2014!


Shangri-La Star, Coral

[ACT](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (1) & Soul Blast (1)] Choose one of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards, return it to your hand, and this unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of turn. You may choose up to one card with "Coral" in its card name from your hand, and put it into your soul. If you do, draw two cards. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.
[CONT](VC):If you have a card named "Aurora Star, Coral" 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)




Planet Idol, Pacifica

[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):When a «Bermuda Triangle» rides this unit, choose your vanguard, and until end of turn, that unit gets [Power]+10000 and "[AUTO](VC):When your «Bermuda Triangle» is returned to your hand from (RC), search your deck for up to one «Bermuda Triangle», call it to (RC), and shuffle your deck. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.".
[ACT](Soul):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose a unit named "Top Idol, Pacifica" from your (RC), and put it into your soul] Put this card into your hand, choose up to one of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards, and return it to your hand.
[CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)



Costume Idol, Alk

[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, choose a grade 3 «Bermuda Triangle» from your hand, and you may ride it as [Rest]. If you do, choose a card named "Costume Idol, Alk" from your soul, put it into your hand, and draw a card. [AUTO]:[Soul Blast (1)] When this unit is placed on (VC), you may pay the cost. If you do, choose up to one of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards, return it to your hand, and this unit gets [Power]+5000 until end of turn. [CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)






Duo Stage Storm, Iori

[ACT](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Soul Blast (1) & Choose a card named "Duo Stage Storm, Iori" from your hand, and discard it] Choose one of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards, return it to your hand, search your deck for up to two cards with the same name as that unit, reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (2)-card with "Duo" in its card name] This unit gets [Power]+5000 until end of turn.
[CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)






Duo Temptation, Ryito

[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (2)] At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, you may choose two cards with "Duo" in its card name from your hand, and discard them. If all of the discarded cards have the same name, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] this unit, and this unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of turn. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.
[AUTO](VC):[Soul Blast (1)] When this unit attacks a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your rear-guards with "Duo" in its card name, and return it to your hand.
[CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)




Duo True Sister, Mer

[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):When a «Bermuda Triangle» rides this unit, choose your vanguard, and until end of turn, that unit gets [Power]+10000 and "[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit attacks a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, return all of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards to your hand, then choose up to two «Bermuda Triangle» from your hand, and call them to separate (RC).".
[CONT](VC):During your turn, if the number of «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards you have is four or more, 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)




Duo Flower Girl, Lily

[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (2)] When this unit attacks a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your rear-guards with "Duo" in its card name, return it to your hand, search your deck for up to one card with the same name as that unit, call it to (RC), and shuffle your deck.
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (1)] This unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of turn.
[CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)


Duo Mini Hat, Rhone

[AUTO](VC/RC):[Counter Blast (1)-card with "Duo" in its card name] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have a «Bermuda Triangle» vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose another of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards, return it to your hand, and search your deck for up to one card with the same name as that unit, reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.









PR♥ISM-Duo, Slaney

[AUTO]:[Counter Blast (1?)] When this unit is placed on (RC), if you have a «Bermuda Triangle» vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose another of your «Bermuda Triangle» rear-guards, and return it to your hand.












Duo Far Marine Chateau, Thames

Card Effect(s) [AUTO]:[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit is returned to your hand from (RC), if you have a vanguard with "Duo" in its card name, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw a card, choose up to three cards named "Duo Far Marine Chateau, Thames" from your hand, and you may reveal them. If you revealed three cards, choose a card from your damage zone, and turn it face up.









Duo White Crystal, Ricca

[AUTO]:When this unit is returned to your hand from (RC), if you have a «Bermuda Triangle» vanguard, Soul Charge (1), choose a card from your damage zone, and turn it face up.













PR♥ISM-Duo, Aria

Card Effect(s) [CONT]: Sentinel (You may only have up to four cards with "[CONT]: Sentinel" in a deck) [AUTO]:[Choose a «Bermuda Triangle» from your hand, and discard it] When this unit is placed on (GC), you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your «Bermuda Triangle» that is being attacked, and that unit cannot be hit until end of that battle.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Unit of The Week: Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier Reverse

Be reversed. You're already, my servant. 
[ACT](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose one of your «Pale Moon» rear-guards, and lock it] Choose a «Pale Moon» from your soul, call it to (RC), and that unit gets [Power]+5000 until end of 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 "Silver Thorn Dragon Tamer, Luquier" 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)
Bow down to the queen of Pale Moon clan! She is the leading performer in a wonderful act of death. Her performance of death will continue eternally! Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier Reverse is the second Reverse unit to make an appearance in the anime. Link Joker and the Void quickly snatched Luquier as their first victim of becoming Reverse.

Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier Reverse's Limit Break locks a unit and superior calls another unit from the Soul with an additional 5,000 power. Her Limit Break is at its best when performing combos with units who have skills that activate when they are superior called from the Soul. Jumping Glenn is an excellent card alongside Luquier Reverse. Their combination of skills will make Jumping Glenn a 15K booster. Jumping Glenn can boost Luquier Reverse up to 28,000 power.

Furthermore, Jumping Jill is another talented unit who works very well with Silver Thorn Dragon Queen Luquier Reverse. Jumping Jill gains 3,000 power when she is superior called from the Soul. The additional 5,000 power from Luquier Reverse's skill will give Jumping Jill a grand total of 17,000 power.

However, Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier Reverse's Limit Break does have a few setbacks. It is unlikely that a player will lock Luquier's booster. The unit who is superior called from the soul will not be boosted because the rear guard in the back row is locked. Thankfully the superior called unit will be compensated with 5,000 power. However, the compensation is really lacking considering the cost of one Counter Blast and a locked unit. The additional 5,000 power will not be very effective against opposing Cross Ride units.

In conclusion, Silver Thorn Dragon Queen, Luquier Reverse is a very fun and unique Cross Ride unit. She works best with units who activate their skills when they are superior called from the Soul. However, her skill doesn't give you an advantage because one of your units is locked and the power boost is very low. She is still very appealing for being a unique card and very fun to play. I can't wait to get my hands on one!

Card Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Saturday, March 1, 2014

News: Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate


Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion is season 4 of Cardfight!! Vanguard. Legion Mate will introduce a new skill named Legion. Toshiki Kai will be the new main protagonist. This is a very interesting twist. Fans have wanted more character development for Kai. Kai is also playing Royal Paladins. TV-Tokyo's official website is updated with a synopsis of the season's upcoming storyline.
Several days after the mortal battle against Link Joker which embroils the whole world, the world has returned to peace.  
But Kai Toshiki faces a surprising situation. Sendou Aichi, the hero who saved the world from the invasion of Link Joker, has suddenly disappeared. In addition, everyone's memory about Aichi is lost...Almost all hints have been lost, and Kai starts to search Aichi with "Blaster Blade" and the deck of Royal Paladin, the only existing hint and the proof of their bonds.  
Kai is approached by fighters who call themselves "Quatre Knights". The four---Gaillard, Neve, Ratie and Sarah---are fighters with world-class power in vanguard fights. They control mysterious power and urge Kai to give up searching Aichi. What is their purpose...!? And what is their relationship with Aichi...!?  
Kai, with the new power "Legion" in his hand, fights to take Aichi back. Now, the war has begun!
The mysterious Quatre Knights are the new antagonist and know about Aichi's whereabouts. Blaster Blade and Kai start to search for their friend Aichi. Cardfight!! Vanguard Legion Mate premieres in Japan on March 9th, 2014.