Monday, 24 November 2014

Card Of The Week (W/C/: 24th November): Oath Liberator, Aglovale


[AUTO]:[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit is placed on (RC), if you have a vanguard with "Liberator" in its card name, you may pay the cost. If you do, look at three cards from the top of your deck, search for up to one card with "Liberator" in its card name, call it to an open (RC), and put the rest on the bottom of your deck in any order.

So the trial decks are out, and if you were to ask me what is the best card between all 3 trial decks, it becomes a toss up between Aglovale and Companion Star-vader, Photon. Algovale wins because of the potential to spark a chain of top calls which give you pluses but can also ramp up the power of May Rain Liberator, Bruno and Overcast Liberator, Geraint. Also, theoretically should be available as a Rare in BT16 ver.E meaning you only need one Trail Deck and that's for the triggers. Unfortunately for the the Trial Decks, as they are with only one of each of their key units are becoming harder to justify spending money on, especially since we know we'll be getting G in February and with there being no major events between now and then it makes investing seriously in Legion in general less viable, at least for me.

This unit being a Mate for 2 separate Legions also in an odd way hurts it. You want to call it to rearguard, but need it as your mate, which is the problem with only being one per trial deck. The card itself is a brilliant asset in any Liberator Deck, but the product it is initially available in is easily passable on.

Would I buy a trial deck for this card?  No, I'd rater get singles of this and Bluish Flame Liberator, Percival, but more to the point is this, the last Trial Deck I bough was Dimensional Brave Kaiser, and that I bought 4 copies of because it just that good of a trial deck you can compete with just what's in the box, which is quite rare. You can't compete well, but you can compete. What hurts the current Trial decks further is that with Break Rides, the Break Rides in a trial deck were often required to then build a clans completed deck. With the legion Trial Decks, you can completely skip them, unless Blaster Blade Seeker, Companion Star-vader, Photon and this are removed from their Rare slots in BT16 Ver.E, which, while unlikely, if it happens will force people to buy the Trail Decks for those units, but have unmatching art, or attempt to pull Legion Rares. Unlikely to happen, but a possibility.

I realize I've gone on more about general merchandising behaviors than the card itself but a valid point is always worth the mention.