Friday, June 20, 2014

Unit of The Week: Amber Dragon, Eclipse

Banish all light. Eternal Eclipse! 
[CONT](VC):If you have a card named "Amber Dragon, Dusk" in your soul, this unit gets [Power]+1000. 
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (2)] This unit gets "[AUTO](VC):When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, choose up to 2 of your opponent's rear-guards, and retire them." until end of turn.
Not every dragon on Cray has recognition like Dragonic Overlord the End, Phantom Blaster Dragon, and Seeker, Sing Saver Dragon. Amber Dragon, Eclipse is one of the forgotten dragons in the Kagero clan. He did have one moment in the spotlight when Kai used him to wreck Kourin's Blizzard Formation.

Amber Dragon, Eclipse's skill wrecks opposing fields. He can retire two of the opponent's rear-guards if his attack is successful. Also use Heatnail Salamander to boost Eclipse to retire three rear-guards and Bellicosity Dragon can turn a card in the damage zone face up to fuel Eclipse's skill. He is very good against decks that relay on field presence such as King of Knights Alfred, Blizzard Formation, and Jewel Knight, Salome.

Furthermore, Break Rides help give Eclipse a nice boost for more power and attacks to increase the probability of activating his skill. Dragonic Overlord (Break Ride) is the perfect Break Ride unit for Eclipse. Eclipse can retire up to three rear-guards with Dragonic Overlord's Break Ride by attacking a rear-guard and using his skill. It is much cheaper than Dauntless Drive Dragon because Dragonic Overlord's skill requires one discard while Dauntless Drive Dragon's skill requires three discards. Dauntless Drive Dragon has the potential to give Eclipse the ability to retire four rear-guards. However, it demands a lot of resources and it will not be worth it if Eclipse's attacks fail.

However, the Amber Dragons have not seen a lot of play. This is because Eclipse's skill is inconsistent and underwhelming. It is a hit skill and Eclispe does not attack at high numbers without break riding. He is lacking high boosting boosters to give him an edge. Opponents can block the attack to avoid triggering Eclipse's skill.

In closing, Amber Dragon Eclipse is a balanced card for its time. He can do some major damage when paired with a power Break Ride like Dragonic Overlord. His supporting cast is decent. However, he is not without flaws. He needs a little bit more support. He can be a better card if he had a good booster to boost high numbers. It would be interesting to see him get a Cross Ride or Legion. They can give him a huge boost.

Card Rating: 2 out of 5