Monday, 12 December 2016

JP Trinity Dragon COTD 12/12/2016: NUNS WITH GUNS

Two cards from Bushiroad today, and they hail from Oracle Think Tank... Battle Sisters. That already doesn't inspire confidence but hopefully there's something to praise in this wave since Kumi is using Battle Sisters as part of Team Tokaha.

Sideshow first.

Battle Sister, Compote



[AUTO]:Forerunner
[ACT](RC):[Counter Blast (1) & Put this unit into your soul] Reveal three cards from the top of your deck, if all those cards have "Battle Sister" in its card name, choose a card other than "Battle Sister, Compote" from among them, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.


It's not a plus. If anything this card reeks of generic and could be cloned into any archtype- and still not see use.
Jank Rare - Dud.







Battle Sister, Madeleine




[AUTO](VC) Generation Break 2:[Counter Blast (1)-card with "Battle Sister" in its card name] At the end of your opponent's turn, if the number of your units with "Battle Sister" in its card name is three or more and cards in your hand is three or less, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw a card.

[AUTO](VC):During your turn, when your G unit with "Battle Sister" in its original card name Stride, choose one of your vanguards, and until end of turn, it gets "[AUTO](VC):[Soul Blast (1)] At the end of the battle that your rear-guard with "Battle Sister" in its card name attacked a vanguard, if the attack did not hit, you may pay the cost. If you do, Counter Charge (1).".


I hope you never miss a stride with this as that GB2 isn't going to do much saving.
And on the note of stride this card confirms a Battle Sister stride in this set. Will it be a reissue of that one promo card? (I don't see EN getting it otherwise at least.) Beyond that point though, they are many Battle Sister rearguards who have on-hit abilities that offer minor soft gains in one form or another, typically just drawing though. This card offers something to support them when you stride by covering for the alternative situation when you're not hitting.
 Countercharge; not something you can ever go wrong with but it's not much of a deterrent for blocking either.

Both these cards come across as generic, which is ironic since they come from archetype but generic is the general issue Oracle Think Tank finds itself in, like a complete mid-range that everything else branched off and formed it's own thing in time. These cards and currently the Oracle clan on the whole feel more like a template than something with their own identity.
Unfortunate that it's not a situation I can see changing with this set based on the few cards we've seen from them thus far. There's potential in this clan but it is questionable if Bushiroad know's how to access it.