Monday, 17 November 2014

Card Of The Week (W/C: 17th November): Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss"

Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss"
[ACT](VC)Legion 20000 "Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss"" (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):[Counter Blast (2) & Choose three of your rear-guards with "Revenger" in its card name, and retire them] During the turn that this unit Legion, at the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] all of your vanguards. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.(Even if you do not pay the cost, this ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.)[AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle.

Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss"
[AUTO]:[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit is placed on (RC), if you have a vanguard with "Revenger" in its card name, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your opponent's grade 1 or less rear-guards, and retire it.

I was going to do a genesis unit this week but due to Shadow Disaster pulling an SP Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Aybss" I had a change of plan one rather apt to considering the performance of "Aybss" deck in Japan.

This Friday Japan recives the G-Trail Decks, Awakening of the Inter-dimensional Dragon, and Divine Swordsman of the Shiny Star. Meanwhile we enter Legion Mate with the simultaneous release of FIVE different sets. Among which is of course EB11 Requiem at Dusk.

So aside from the SP pull, why did I change my initial plan?

Well because I wanted a chance to discuss why Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" decks remain the go-to deck for the end of the Legion era, despite the existance of Kagero's Perditions and Link Joker's vast selection of weapons, play-styles and bosses.

Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss" is a Legion essentially an on-legion Revenger, Raging Form Dragon. A unit which itself has recently sprung back to action at the end of the Regional tour of the Bushiroad WCQ allowing for 2 qualifying Revenger decks to take places in the World Champion Continental rounds.

The "Abyss" deck, that has seen the most rise to fame, is itself essentially a modified Raging Form build, usaully sacrificing Tartu/Mana to fit 4 Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss" while also keeping 3-4 Blaster Dark Revenger in the deck to use with Blaster Troop Revenger, Dorint as an un-flip engine.


Anyway, on to the card itself.
PB"A" when solo attacks for 13000 without a boost, on the turn it performs Legion it gains Revenger, Ragin Form Dragon's skill, a card which as I've pointed out is popular in it's own right. Additionally while in legion the PB"A" can hit 22000 power without needing a boost, that's 3 stages against a typical 11k base vangaurd, which means dropping 5 stages (5x5000) to guard for a two to break, and 6 stages for no pass.

The mate, Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss" now snipes boosters, which contrasts with all his previous forms but more importantly it contrasts with Blaster Blade, demonstrating his own style instead of attempting to match and beat Blaster Blade at the latter's own game.

However I feel that the success of the deck in Japan has made the prices for this legion become inflated higher than they should be with some dealers asking for £20 for either half of it, one instance of the full legion will cost you £40, 40x4=£160, I could build a new deck from scratch for that much.