Monday, 15 September 2014

Card Of The Week (W/C: 15th Sept): Star-vader, "Ω" Glendiose

[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 5 (This ability is active if you have five or more damage):At the beginning of your main phase, if the number of your opponent's locked cards is five or more, you win the game.
[ACT](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose a card with "Я" in its card name from your hand, and discard it] All your opponent's locked cards cannot be unlocked during his or her next end phase.
[AUTO](VC):When your unit with "Я" in its card name is placed on (RC), choose one of your opponent's rear-guards, and lock it. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.
[CONT](VC):All of your rear-guards with "Я" in its card name is also a «Link Joker», and during your turn get [Power]+4000.

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That's a lot of ability text, however for this weeks card of the week it is also irrelevant.

Obviously with VGE-BT15 Infinite Rebirth releasing this week there's no avoiding coverage of its units, and Omega is the icon of the set!

The ultimate weapon of destruction, crafted by the Star-vader, Chaos Breaker Dragon itself, and a very VERY rare card indeed.... or is it?

Fact: In the Japanese format, Omega was distrusted as product number designation BT15/000 at 1 copy per case.

Fact: The card however was also obtainable through various promotions making the promo card variant more common and thus more frequently used in decks.

Fact: The English printing of the game doesn't support the many avenues covered by the original Japanese version.

Speculation: What if the English Omega is just as common as any other RRR card or sold at the same rarity as a pack-in promo card?

Well it just so happens, that may be what's happening after all.
Word has spread, with origins of these reports coming from New Zealand, that it is possible to acquire 4-5 Omega's in a shipping case. These reports have not been verified but if found to be true, and you've pre-ordered copies of this card at £90+, you've been hoodwinked of your own doing.

So let's see, current forecasts place Omega at anywhere between £70-£130, where as original forecasts placed him at £100+. If he's 4-5 copies a case you can expect his value will remain high, but it's high cap will probably drop to £100 tops but at that point you're paying too much.
I'd be wagering on putting it's value between £60-£80.

As for how this card will affect the meta, well if it's not as scarce as originally believed then we may see a quite a fair few Glendiose decks, in the several regionals still to come. Some will focus on World End, others on Reverse Beat down. I personally prefer the latter play style for having the higher consistency success rate. But both gambits will be sure to utilise this unit's signature skill, Omega Lock. A skill that extends the duration of locks by another of your opponent's turns, granting Omega users greater physical advantage and pressure. But what I really like is this unit's last skill.

"[CONT](VC):All of your rear-guards with "Я" in its card name is also a «Link Joker», and during your turn get [Power]+4000."
~Ok so I lied slightly, the skills are relevant.

All "Яunits have 11000 power at base, however they also have Lord, with this skill those units become 15k base in power, at that power even just a 6k booster will push a RG lane into 3 stages to guard an 11k Vanguard. That requires dropping a minimal of two cards at all times in order to defend, this can only be lasted against for so long. Oh and that peaky Lord skill is no longer a bother as all your "Я" units also become Link Joker at all times.

As for this units's alternate win condition, World End is very hard to consistently achieve so it would be ill-advised to make that the focus of your deck.

So there you have it, a compulsory card to cover in a way so I guess I can say I'm glad to this one out the way so that I may return to my own picks next week, ah who am I kidding, I'll probably end up covering one of the two DO forms next week since BT15 will still be fresh so it would make sense, after all, this marks the end of season 3 in English, and we know what's coming next. (And I don't mean Fighter's Collection 2014)