Saturday, June 7, 2014

Unit of The Week: Solitary Knight, Gancelot

White wings of noble pride. A solitary knight is one who dances through the battlefield. 
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (2)] If you have a card named "Blaster Blade" in your soul, this unit gets [Power]+5000/[Critical]+1 until end of turn.
[ACT](Hand):[Reveal this card to your opponent, and put it on top of your deck] Search your deck for up to one card named "Blaster Blade", reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.
This week I am going to take a look at the past at a classic Royal Paladin. Solitary Knight, Gancelot is one of the first Royal Paladin vanguards and Blaster Blade's support cards. He is also Aichi's very first grade 3 in the anime. I find it odd that he is a common Trial Deck: Blaster Blade and a double rare in
Descent of the King of Knights. He should have been a rare in the trial deck because he is the trial deck's boss.

Gancelot did not stay in the spotlight as a vanguard for a longtime. However, he was once one of the most dangerous vanguards for a few months. His first skill is pretty good and he needs Blaster Blade in the soul to activate it. You can use Dream Painter to put Blaster Blade in the soul if he was not there when you rode Gancelot. He quickly stacks at least one critical and 5,000 power. It's a nice skill to push for game during the late or mid game depending upon your opponent's resources. Ironically, Aichi tries to abuse Gancelot's skill in the anime and failed every time.

Gancelot is also a very useful card to run in Blaster decks. His second skill activates in the hand and easily searches for a Blaster Blade in the deck. This is extremely useful to set up plays for Majesty Lord Blaster and Exculpate the Blaster. However, running him is very risk because a player might be forced to ride him if the player does not have optional grade 3's available. 9K vanguards are very weak in today's game and guarding would be far more difficult with Gancelot as the vanguard.

In closing, Solitary Knight Grancelot was a disappointment due to his lack of power. He would have been a better card if he had 10K power instead of a mediocre 9K power. He was still a fun card to play alongside Blaster Blade. However, he did receive justice when Bushiroad upgraded him to Solitary Liberator, Gancelot. Gancelot became a fantastic Break Ride unit for Gold Paladins!

Card Rating: 2 out of 5