Saturday, 6 September 2014

Card Reveals and First Impressions: Star-vader, Venom Dancer

Time to piss off some Nova Grappler Players as the emissary of Void steals their play style, and frankly love Bushiroad for this.

[ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Star-vader, Sword Viper" (If your opponent has a grade 3 or greater vanguard, only once, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone to your deck, and search your deck for the specified card, and perform Legion.)
[AUTO] (VC): [Counter Blast (1)] At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, if this unit is inLegion, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose up to one of your rear-guard for each of your opponent's lock cards, and [Stand] it.
[ACT] (VC): [Counter Blast (1)-with Star-Vader in its card name.] If you have another unit in the center column, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your opponent's rear-guards in the back row, and lock it. (The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner's turn.)

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First things first, a Counter Blast 1 to stand one rear-guard for each locked unit on the field?

And an eqaully cheap especial counterblast to "lock" once during any main phase?

Well we're at 2 Counterblast already but let's see how many units we can lock/stand and what it may potentially cost.

But to work this out we're going to need to look at more units. I'm only going to go over one example of a combo play but it is by no means the optimal gambit.

First things first, let's find out what the mate does while on Rearguard and work out how we can use it.
Star-vader, Sword Viper
[AUTO](RC): When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if your vanguard is in Legion, and your opponent has a locked card, choose one of your opponent's rear-guards, and lock it.(The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner's turn.)

The comparison has already been made by others online but this is essentially a 9k Legion specific Singularity Sniper.
Also not in the Star-vader subclan so can't be used for sub-clan specific especial counterblasts. Something Star-vader's make quite a bit of use of.

Moving on to other possible support and gambits. We also have Star-vader, Robin Knight.
[AUTO]: Forerunner (When a unit of the same clan rides this unit, you may call this unit to (RC))
[ACT](RC):[Counter Blast (1) & Put this unit into your soul] If your vanguard is in Legion, and your opponent has a locked card, choose a rear-guard from your opponent's front row and back row, and lock them. (The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner's turn.)

With Star-vader, Dust Tail Unicorn being the current go-to starter for Link Joker, it'll be no surprise if this upgrade takes his place. Able to lock 2 units for the cost as Dust Tail take to lock just 1.

But something that can be used for added pressure AND consistency is actually pairing up Venom Dancer with another Legion, although it does add to the overall cost of the combination. Star-Vader, Dark Zodiac
 OMEGA LOCK!!!!!
[ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Star-vader, Astro Reaper" (If your opponent has a grade 3 or greater vanguard, only once, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone to your deck, and search your deck for the specified card, and perform Legion.)
[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit performs Legion, you may pay the cost. If you do, all of your opponent's locked cards cannot be unlocked during your opponent's next end phase.
[ACT](VC):[Choose one card with the same name as a unit in your (VC) from your hand, and discard it] Choose a rear-guard from your opponent's front row and back row, and lock them. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn. (The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner's turn.)

Persona Blast to Lock but Counterblast is only required to Seal those Locks with The Power of Omega, a skill that can only be used when Dark Zodiac performs Legion.

But I guess I now have to show off his Legion partner. Even though he doesn't do much to help the restand gambit.
[AUTO](RC):[Soul Blast (1)] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, look at five cards from the top of your deck, search for up to one card with the same name as a unit in your (VC), reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and put the rest on the bottom of your deck in any order.

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Combo

1. Lock 2 with Dark Zodiac Counterblast free (6 chance Persona Blast)
2a. Lock 2 with Robin Knight -1 Unit and Counterblast 1
2b. Legion Omega Lock Counterblast 1 !IMPORTANT!
3. Next turn, Ride, Legion AND Lock with Venom Dancer's [ACT]. +1
4. Attack with Rearguards
5. Attack with Venom Dancer
6. Restand Rearguards
7. Profit!! :D

Total Counterblast cost: 3

It's a deck I'd gladly build in English when these cards hit the English format but I fear Dark Zodiac will push the build above my budget. Cause honestly he'll be looking to be the most expensive unit in the deck.

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Getting back to the point though, as someone who plays Nova Grappler among my roster of decks, Star-vader, Venom Dancer, with a combination that only takes 3 Counterblast to reduce your opponent to Vanguard Only Attacks for 2 turns while allowing you to stand all rearguards for one turn. That is impressive, tests are required to judge viability but the theory seems creditable. 

The Legion and mate, even indendantly of other support, team up to provide a brilliant amount of pressure with Sword Viper's on-hit lock being capable of adding to the effectivness of Venom Dancer's primary with a possible 2-3 locks per turn so long as you hold the correct field for it. The pressure Sword Viper provides also makes it likely that an opponent will want to take him out.

Just the teo units together get high grading scores from me, although bias and preference may be affecting better judgement. Regardless of that though, I don't give a damn. I like this legion and that's good enough for me.

8/10