Saturday, April 5, 2014

Unit of The Week: Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom

This is, the last storm! 
[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):When this unit attacks a vanguard, if it is the fourth battle of that turn or more, until end of that battle, this unit gets [Power]+5000 and "[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit's attack hits, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw a card, choose one opponent's rear-guards, and retire it.".
[CONT](VC/RC):If you have a non-«Aqua Force» vanguard or rear-guard, this unit gets [Power]-2000.
Feel the hurricane's deadly power! It will overtake you. Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstorm will help the Soryu people regain their former glory! Maelstorm is Leon Soryu's avatar in season 2. Maelstorm serves as the commander of the Aqua Force army.

Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom has the best +5000 Limit Break in the game. This is solely due to its draw engine and ability to retire any of your opponent's rear-guards. This is very useful against strong rear-guards and vanguards who heavily rely on rear-guards. Extra draws are always an advantage in any card game especially Cardfight!! Vanguard. Drawing additional cards in the late game can strengthen a defense. Plus the skill is cheap and optional. However, it is so cheap that the option to decline can be overlooked.

Furthermore, the Limit Break's requirements are not difficult to acquire as it appears. Aqua Force is very similar to Nova Grapplers. Both clans' theme is to stand units in battle to have multiple attacks per turn. However, both clans achieve this with different methods. Nova Grapplers often rely on the vanguard and Twin Drive to activate effects to stand back up while Aqua Force's rear-guards have the skills to stand back up.

Finally, Maelstorm's comrades have the skills to reach four or more attacks before Maelstorm attacks the opponent's vanguard. Tidal Assault and Storm Rider, Basil are two excellent units to help trigger Maelstorm's skill. Tidal Assault is capable of attacking twice per turn. Storm Rider, Basil switches places with the unit behind him.

In closing, Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom is a good base unit. I think his Limit Break is very underrated. Draw power alongside the ability to retire an opponent's unit is a good advantage. He has a strong winning image in his true form Blue Storm Supreme Dragon, Glory Maelstorm. Be sure to come back next week for Blue Storm Supreme Dragon, Glory Maelstrom's review!

Card Rating: 4 out of 5