Wednesday, 21 December 2016

MB Promos: Trinity Dragon Version

We got the Monthly Bushiroad Promos revealed and in typical promo fashion you can go with out them. Oracle Think Tank's is so bad even I'm not going spend much time on it.

[CONT](RC) GB1 Oracle: This Unit gains Power+2000.
[AUTO] (RC): When this Unit Boosts a Unit with the Oracle ability, during that battle, the Boosted Unit gains Power+2000.

That's all it does. A promo it may be but it is disappointing even then.

I somewhat don't show Great Nature's just because I don't like the art but it's the most sensible of the promos spoiled.

Recorder Parakeet

[AUTO]: When this Unit is placed on (RC), choose up to 1 of your other Rear-guards, during that turn, it gains Power+4000, when that turn ends, retire that Unit.

I don't expect incredible promos but I do expect functional and this card certainly achieves that. There's certainly better cards to use, of course there's going to be, but this card is functional while giving a little glimpse at what a clan does I have no complaints here given the card is what it is-.

I can't say the same for the final of these three cards.

And again I don't like that art.

Lady Skylark

Burst-[AUTO]:[Counter Blast (1) & Soul Blast (1)] When this unit is placed on (RC), if your vanguard's [Power] is 30000 or greater, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your other rear-guards, and it gets "[CONT](RC):Resist" until end of turn. If your vanguard's [Power] is 40000 or greater, you may retire this unit. If you do that, the chosen unit gets [Power]+10000 until end of the turn.

As a promo this is a good card but it does get criticism. While it gains abilities based on the vanguard's power, as is how Burst works, it places too much emphasis on rearguard support to accurately reflect what Dimension Police is about, which is a key function of a promo, providing a clear sample of what a clan, or a deck is about.
That nit pick aside, giving Grade 1 Commander Laurel resist? Yes please!
Flipping the coin though I struggle to see what build I'd use this in, where does she fit, which deck has the room to accommodate? With a tip of the hat the first answer to come to mind is Metalborgs, the Burst deck itself probably has the room to accommodate also, however that deck is not in a position to run Grade 1 Laurel so instead of my brief example from above you'd grant "[CONT](RC):Resist" to a front row unit, it's then up to the user and current situation as to if you'd want to enact Burst Phase 2, which is where this card really fails as a promo for me as it no longer feels like a Dimension Police unit.
For Burst Phase 2 you retire this unit to give your Burst Phase 1 target +10000 power. That's power that's not even going on the vanguard which is strange and contradictory to what the deck wishes to do, which is ramp all its power into the vanguard then swing for the heavens. If anything this ability is more in line with something I expect to see from Shadow Paladin which is why as a PROMO card, this card fails, not due to poor quality but because it doesn't feel like the clan it's supposed to be promoting.

Oh and there's no reason it need to cost CB1,SB1 either so you remember me saying it's a good card? Factor in that cost and think again. Moreso the CB1 in an already CB heavy clan.