Friday, May 22, 2015

Unit of The Week: Ultimate Raizer Mega-flare

Raizer has finally surpassed “Perfect”, to become "Ultimate" 
[ACT](VC): Legion20000 "Ultimate Raizer Dual-flare" (If your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone into your deck once, search your deck for the specified card, and Legion)
[AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, if this unit is Legion, and the number of [Rest] units you have is four or more, this unit gets [Critical]+1 until end of that battle.
[AUTO](VC):When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have another unit with "Raizer" in its card name in your middle column, choose one of your rear-guards, and [Stand] it.
Perfect Raizer received major upgrades to become the Ultimate Raizer Mega-flare! He was upgraded to be ready to combat Link Joker's forces on Cray. He made his debut in Kamui's only match against Kai in Legion Mate. Kai always had the edge over his younger rival and Q4 teammate Kamui. Mega-flare sparked his fellow Raizers to help Kamui to defeat Kai for the very first time.

The Legion skill appears to be very unimpressive. Ultimate Raizer Mega-flare gains one critical when he attacks a vanguard if you have four resting units. In other words, your opponent is not going to let his attacks hit their vanguard. However, if the attack is blocked, then Cat Butler can stand your vanguard since Ultimate Raizer Dual-flare is a grade 2! Retire Cat Butler to stand your Ultimate Raizer Mega-flare for another legion attack with at least 20,000 power and two criticals! If you checked a trigger during your first Twin Drive, then your legion attack is going critical. Retiring Cat Butler is a small lost as you will gain two cards from your second Twin Drive.

Next, let's take a look at the second vanguard skill. When Mega-flare's attack hits, if you have another Raizer in your middle column, then you stand a rear-guard. If your drive check revealed a Stand Trigger, then you have the option of standing a booster to boost your newly standing rear-guard. The extra attack is punishing your opponent. The extra pressure will force more cards out of his or her hand.

Cat Butler is the entire show. Without their lucky cat, Raizers would have never topped tournaments in Japan. If he ever becomes limited or banned, then Ultimate Raizer Mega-flare would be a horrible card. He does not give you a lot of advantage in a pure Raizer deck. This is how low he has fallen in Japan. He has not met the same fate in the English edition. This is mostly due to players jumping on Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon's bandwagon.

Overall, Ultimate Raizer Mega-flare does not deserve to be a RRR card. If Cat Butler did not exist or had a different ruling, the Mega-flare would be Mega-fizz. Mega-flare's skills give you very little advantage by himself. He needs help from Cat Butler to be very effective. Cat Butler is limit in Japan, but is unlimited in English. If the English edition receives the same fate in the future or worse, then Mega-flare's value will go down the drain. Perfect Raizer should have gone to Apple instead of Bushiroad for his upgrade.

Card Rating With Cat Butler: 4 out of 5