Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #40

Welcome back to another weekly update of the new cards for Cardfight!! Vanguard. This week we have a bunch more G Guardians for several clans with two being Cray Elementals.

G-FC03-051-RR_(Sample)Dark Element, Dysmel is one of the Cray Elemental G Guardians. She has Resist which makes her a strong unit against Dimension Police, as well as that, when she guards you can choose one of your rear-guards and that unit cannot be hit and they gain the effects of resist, which will help you against Kagero, Narukami, and Link Joker. This can help out Royal Paladins if you play on G Guarding more than once in a turn because you will be able to use this to protect a Grade 2 for Laserguard Dragon‘s skill to give you a bigger shield. Another little trick with her, this time if you’re using a Glendios deck, is if your opponent is coming in for a crazy amount of power and crits, use Dysmel to stop one of your Reverse units from getting hit, then use Taboo Star-vader, Rubidium‘s effect to make the attack go to that Reverse unit and the attack becomes nullified.

The other Cray Elemental is Metal Element, Scryew. When this unit is placed on GC you can discard a card from your hand and Scryew will gain +10000 shield. This will prove useful for decks that use many draw triggers as you can discard a 10k shield and a 5k shield to gain a 25k shield. Even if you discard another 10k shield that can help if you are against cards that will prevent you guarding from your hand like Dark Dragon, Phantom Blaster “Diablo” and Blue Storm Marine General, Despina.

G-FC03-047-RR_(Sample)For Great Nature we have Immortality Professor, Kundalini. When he is placed on the GC you can choose one of your rear-guards to gain an ability that has them retired at the end of the turn to Counter Charge 1. If you give the rear-guard this skill then Kundalini gains +5000 shield. The great thing is you can then intercept with the chosen unit as it doesn’t need to be retired to get the extra shield. You could also use Stamp Sea Otter to avoid any of your rear-guards being retired from the effect, though then you wouldn’t get the Counter Charge. Or you could use Balloon Raccoon to ensure having a big shield the next turn too.

Tachikaze get Iron Armor Chancellor, Dimor Phalanx. If you have less rear-guards than your opponent then this unit gains +5000 shield. This won’t do so well if you are using Ancient Dragons as they have a bit of a habit to bring their guys back from the drop zone but with the new G deck it works very well. There are some decks that this may fall a bit short against, such as Shadow Paladins, Murakumo, and G Pale Moon. Though against most match-ups this card should be able to get his extra shield.

Buy 2016 New Cocktail DressesShadow Paladin’s Dark Knight, Ludwik allows for your rear-guards that wouldn’t normally be able to intercept to go into the GC. When he is placed on the GC you may choose one of your Grade 1 or less rear-guards and put it into the GC along with it. Ludwik does not gain any extra shield but can get you an additional 5000 shield, 10000 shield, or perfect guard (As long as you are using the old PGs) from his skill. This doesn’t really help with Witches apart from to use it with Goewin if you superior call her with Lir, but apart from that Witches would do better with the Cray Elementals for now.

Continuing through the United Sanctuary we have the Angel Feather unit, Holy Seraph, Orifiel. She is a sort of limit break G Guardian that only gets the +5000 shield if you have four or more damage. It’s simple but you may want some Cray Elementals in there for early game or if you’re using Holy Seraph, Raphael and Dreamlight Unicorn.

Finally Narukami with their very G-themed G Guardian, Lightning King Spirit Emperor, Vritra. He has a Thunderstrike 1 (Your opponent must have one card in their bind zone) that you must fulfill in order to get his +5000 shield. Luckily you can use this in many decks thanks to Voltage Horn but if you don’t have room for that then you probably won’t be using this in a non-G deck.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #38

Welcome back to another weekly update of the new cards for Cardfight!! Vanguard. Yet again there aren’t many cards to talk about this week but the ones we do get are very good. There are the last of the GRs and RRRs from Fighter’s Collection 2016, a new stride for the Daigo set, and info about the next clan booster.

G-FC03-006-GR_(Sample)Interdimensional Dragon, Warp Drive Dragon is the GR stride for Gear Chronicle in the Fighter’s Collection and boy does he make a good early game and late game stride. It has an ACT cost of CB1 and SB1 and the option to flip another card G unit face-up. If you did the Counter Blast and Soul Blast then you can Time Leap as many of your rear-guards equal to the amount of face-up Warp Drive Dragons you have in the G zone, then choose one of your opponent’s rear-guards with a Grade equal to or less than the amount of cards you Time Leapt with this effect, then put that card to the bottom of their deck. There are some great cards you can select to Time Leap for early game like Steam Worker, Etana to get in some extra damage; Steam Maiden, Lasina-bel to mess with your opponent’s set-up; and having Tickaway Dragon during all of this will stop you from decking out and will ensure that you have the right cards to Time Leap to.

For Aqua Force’s RRR they have Marine General of Heavenly Silk, Khristos who fixes up any weaker columns. When he attacks you may Counter Blast 1 to give your front row rear-guards +2000 power and they gain the abilities to draw a card if their attacks hit on either the third or fourth battle of the turn. This will work well with Magnum Assault and Battle Siren, Adelaide to keep your units stood, ready for the third and fourth battles, though it would have been nicer if the skill was wave fourth and fifth. Still, this will put pressure on your opponent and may force them to use 10k shields on fairly weak rear-guards.

G-FC03-010-RRR_(Sample)Shadow Paladin’s stride is Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon and he does what you would expect him to do, mass retirement. As an ACT you can CB3, SB3, and G blast 1, then you can choose any number of your rear-guards to retire and your opponent retires the same amount. Then if the amount of units retired in total was six or more you draw two cards, Counter Charge 1, Soul Charge 1, and your Vanguard gets +20k power. Retiring Promising Knight, DavidPitch Black Sage, Charon; or Mage of the Rogue Eye, Arsur can really hurt your opponent as they would have to retire two cards for you only retiring one.

Having trouble with Grade 2 stallers? Wish you could get a stride without your opponent being at Grade 3? Well from the creators of Air Elemental, Twitterun, I have for you Air Elemental, Sebreeze! If there are no face-up cards in your G zone and you are at Grade 3 while your opponent is at Grade 2 and they didn’t ride on their previous turn, then you may stride this card. Having your opponent try to guard as a Grade 2 against this card and your GB1 rear-guards is going to prove extremely difficult for them, though I’m sure a lot of people won’t be using this just because they want their G zone to only have their clan in this, so you stall decks will still be safe against a few decks, though in competitive play it would always be good to have one of these in your G zone. I guess there’s only one thing for it… Grade 1 stall decks!

For the Daigo set Holy Dragon, Sanctuary Guard Imperial was recently revealed. You may CB1 for it’s ACT ability to give one of your Grade 1 or less rear-guards +3000 power for each of your Grade 1 or less units, including itself. Then if that unit hits a Vanguard, your Vanguard gains +10000 power and +1 crit. Though Regalie may be a better option most of the time, Imperial does work well if your opponent doesn’t have many cards in their hand so you can get in as much damage as you can in one turn.

Lastly there’s some exciting news for Bermuda Triangle players with the new G Clan Booster 3: Blessing of Divas.
mermaid celebrity dresses onlineFrom the looks of it Lauris is our GR of this set. There also seems to be Raindear and Coral in the picture as well as the three on the end being a new PRISM trio. Not only that but we have confirmation of a new rarity for this set! If you remember the SPs from the last Bermuda set then you’ll know they had alternate art with a summer theme. Well in this one we still have the SPs but also WSPs. It’s expected that the SPs will just be the same art like most SPs but with the text border gone, though the “W” in WSP stands for “Wedding”, meaning you’ll get to see your favourite Bermuda girls in a wedding dress. Cardfight!! Vanguard has turned into a dating sim for your Bermuda waifu, I’m sure many will be pleased.

That’s everything for this week. Join me again for next week for more spoilers on the latest sets, decks, and promos.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #37

Welcome back to another weekly update of the new cards for Cardfight!! Vanguard. This week’s update is coming a little sooner than usual due to the Easter holidays but there are still some awesome cards to go through this week with some new Fighter’s Collection cards and all-new promos.

G-FC03-001-GR_(Sample)This first one up today is the new Royal Paladin GR stride for Fighter’s Collection, Divine Knight of Rainbow Brocade, Clotenus. As an ACT you can CB1, SB1, and G blast to superior call Grade 2s from the deck up to the same amount of face-up Divine Knight of Rainbow Brocade, Clotenus in the G zone. Then, if you also have five rear-guards and are at GB3, Clotenus himself gains +10000 power and an extra crit. Luckily with this skill happening before attacking you can very easily be on Brave and you can prepare for Clotenus but using Transcending the Heavens, Altmile to flip Clotenus face-up so you can superior call more Grade 2s and have a better chance of getting the power boost. The same thing can be applied to Climax Jewel Knight Lord, Evangeline if you plan on using this guy in a Jewel Knight deck.

Dark Irregulars get a pretty nice RRR stride with Rebellious Retainer of Fresh Blood, Frederick. With the ACT cost of putting a card from your hand into your soul to gain +1000 power for each card in the soul. You can use this multiple times in one turn but if his power gain goes to 10k or higher then you can’t do it anymore that turn but your rear-guards in the front row get +5000 power. I like how you choose from the hand because this gives you a better idea with what’s going to happen with Dimension Creeper and Hades Carriage of the Witching Hour who usually rely completely on luck whether they get into the soul or not.

G-FC03-004-GR_(Sample)Lastly for this week’s Fighter’s Collection cards we have the Link Joker GR stride, Genesis Dragon, Trancels Messiah. When Trancels Messiah is placed on the Vanguard circle, you may CB1 and G Persona Blast to lock all rear-guards of both players and unlock any units that were already locked before this effect, though this skill can only be used if you have a Messiah heart. While doing this, if you activate Alter Ego Messiah‘s on-stride ability before Trancels then you can lock one of your own units and unlock it again straight after. Using Alter Ego’s skill on Blast Monk of the Thunder Foot can be a big advantage to you to then have him unlock Dark Metal Chameleon when he attacks for him to gain +4000 power and Dark Metal’s skill of Counter Charging 1 when he is unlocked to make the whole cost of it CB1 instead of CB2. At the end of your turn Alter Ego’s other ability can then kick into play to Soul Blast 1, when one of your units is unlocked, to draw a card. If you have a big soul then it’s possible to be able to draw five cards at the end of your turn with this effect, making nine new cards in your hand for the whole turn if you count the starting draw and triple drive.

PR-0402_(Sample)Seeing as a lot of G units are characters from the future it’s only fitting that we would eventually see them as normal units and it seems they wanted to start this trend off with Bermuda Triangle’s Olyvia. The new Cheer Free Etoile, Olyvia has a CONT ability that gives her +5000 power for each face-up School Etoile, Olyvia in the G zone. When School Etoile, Olyvia strides over her then you must reveal the top seven cards of your deck and if they all have different names then call two of them to RC and choose a card from your hand and put it into your soul. People have been saying that to make this card consistent you must make your deck inconsistent and they are correct. You’ll have to be running a lot of 1s and 2s of card to pull this card off but at least that way it’s still more consistent than Mystery Flare Dragon.

Dreaming Step, Shizuku is a very odd card to have in the G series. Her ability is to drop a Grade 3 from hand so she can gain +5000 power, then if she is in harmony you look at the top five cards of your deck for a Grade 3 and put it into your hand. Back before the G series, this would have been pretty good with your Grade 3s still giving you some benefit after riding, but now that Grade 3s are valuable to use for striding it sorta kills Shizuku a little bit. The main benefit to this is you can use it before GB but I’m not sure if it’s really worth it… unless… Bermuda stall deck!

Meer gets a new stride form with Duo Absolute Sister, Meer. If you have a heart with Meer in the name and you SB1 you can bounce one Duo into your hand and search your deck for a Meer card to put into your hand. Then if you reveal three cards in your hand with the same name you can search your deck for another Meer. This helps greatly by giving you the resources you need to stride the two turns after this stride.

PR-0439_(Sample)Enough with the Bermuda love for now, other clans got promos too, including a Dark Irregulars promo, Eccentric Dissector. At the beginning of your main phase, this little Grade 1 with give you the option to Soul Charge 1. This has replaced the need for Yellow Bolt after all these years, and I’m glad it gives you the option to Soul Charge or not because it would have been a little embarrassing decking out because of this guy.

Hidden Edge Crow is a new Shadow Paladin promo who is a 6k Grade 1 but because 10k as long as you have less rear-guards than your opponent. I think this card would have been fine without the GB1 but alas, it has it, though having less rear-guards than your opponent isn’t hard for Shadow Paladins.

Kagero get two promos. The first one being Endless Flare Dragon who is a 9k Grade 2 who gains +3000 if you reveal a Grade 3 as he attacks. This is easy in the Dragonic Overlord decks with their need for lots of Dragonic Overlord Grade 3s to activate abilities. The second promo is Dragon Knight, Ruhlen who is also a 9k Grade 2 and when he intercepts you can give your Vanguard the ability to retire one of your opponent’s rested units if the attack on your Vanguard didn’t hit.

That’s everything for this week. Join me again for next week for more spoilers on the latest sets, decks, and promos.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #34

Welcome back to another weekly update of the new cards for Cardfight!! Vanguard. This week we get a better look at what the new Fighter’s Collection has to offer so let’s dive right in a see if there are any cards that can help your clan.

G-FC03-015-RRR_(Sample)First off is Tachikaze with their new stride, Destruction Tyrant, Grado Gigant. When this unit attacks you can activate its Engorge ability which will give it +5000 power for each unit it consumes and if the number of units is three or more then you get to draw a card. This works especially well with Gaia Emperor allowing you to attack once again with two of the retired units and the draw will help you defend next turn just by getting rid of something minor like a draw trigger in your hand. This generally makes for a great first stride for Tachis and I would highly recommend having at least one of these in a Gaia Emperor deck.

Next up we have a Genesis stride who acts like a mini Vanargandr. This new unit, Vanquishing Beast War Deity, Tyr, has an ACT that has you Soul Blast 3 to check the top card of your deck and choose whether to put it on the top or bottom of your deck. The Soul Blast gives you an additional skill where every time you are to reveal a Grade 1 or greater in your drive check then you Soul Charge 3. With this high amount of Soul Charging you will want to be careful on how many times you use this guy, I’d say using him once for your first stride would be good for a game but you may want a second one as backup. This is also a nice way to give cards like Mythic Beast, Hati and Mythic Snake, Jormungand a good power boost early, though Doom Brace can be an equally good unit to use for your first stride.

G-FC03-003-GR_(Sample)Time for Nova Grapplers and they finally get the stride people were waiting for with Meteokaiser, Bustered. People are saying that this new card is a replacement for Victoplasma and I can see why. When Bustered attacks you can Counter Blast 1 and G Blast one G unit and you can restand an amount of rear-guards equal to the amount of face-up Meteokaiser, Bustereds in your G zone. If you do this then at the end of the battle, if you have five rear-guards, you can Counter Blast 1 again and drop two cards from your hand to restand Bustered but he only gets one drive check. Being to stand up himself and up to four rear-guards will be devastating for your opponent, especially with the new Rush skills but I’ve also heard that this works great for Beast Deities by them just constantly standing, forcing your opponent further and further back. There certainly seems to be a wide gap between GRs and RRRs in this set.

As tradition with Neo Nectar our all-powerful stride is a cute little animal, and of course it looks like a cat with wings but apparently that makes it a dragon, this being Omniscience Dragon, Hrimthurs. At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a Vanguard you may Soul Blast 1 to give a rear-guard +4000 power, you may give them a second +4000 power and if you do they are retired at the end of the turn, if that unit had 20000 power or more when it was retired then you also get to draw a card. Combine this guy with Bigbelly and Crayon Tiger for more drawing and better chances of getting that 20000 power and luckily Hrimthurs doesn’t use and Counter Blasts which will help out the deck a lot. I’d recommend aiming the power boost at Guru Wolf and you can defend yourself for days with the amount of cards you’ll have in your hand.

G-FC03-014-RRR_(Sample)Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Gonrakan is a new stride for Nubatama that forces your opponent to choose two of their rear-guards when he hits the Vanguard circle and they have to put all other rear-guards in their bind zone. If three cards were put into the bind zone through this then your opponent chooses two cards in their bind zone and puts them into the drop zone and puts anything that wasn’t put into the drop zone into their hand at the end of the turn. To weed away their rear-guards further you can use Shiranui’s on-stride ability to stop those intercepts.

Lastly for this week’s Fighter’s Collection cards is Lucky Rise, Elprina the Bermuda Triangle stride who simple but so, so effective. With the ACT to Soul Blast 1 you can bounce two units back to your hand. You can only use this once per turn but it is crazy to let you sort out your field and then get amazing bounce benefits and will let you re-establish your Harmony skills. This can also be used to refuel yourself by bouncing units that will give you Soul Charges and Counter Charges.

G-DG01-004_(Sample)So for the new DAIGO deck coming out, along with Sanctuary Guard Dragon and Sanctuary Guard Guarantee we were promised a new Sanctuary Guard Grade 3, Sanctuary Guard Arc, and his skills have finally been revealed. Firstly his GB2 skill gives all Grade 1 and lower units +5000 power. So unlike Sanctuary Guard tradition of Grade 1s giving power, the power is given to the Grade 1s. He also gets an on-stride ability to discard one card and search your deck for one Grade 1 or less and bring it onto the field, on top of that, the newly called unit and your Vanguard get +3000 power. As you can probably tell, this works amazingly well with Sanctuary Guard Regalie and we have yet to see what the skill of the new Sanctuary Guard Imperial stride but we can only guess that it will most likely word with having a large amount of Grade 1s as is Sanctuary Guard tradition.

Daigo himself even gets a promo stride for Entrager. Sanctuary Guard DAIGO is just a vanilla stride unfortunately but due to him being Entrager the chances of us actually getting him in English is extremely slim.

PR-0433_(Sample)Continuing with the promo cards we have a Gear Chronicle card, Steam Maiden, Kuluracina. When she is placed on the rear-guard circle each player may put a card from their drop zone into their deck. If both players do put a card away then the player controlling Kuluracina gets to Counter Charge 1. Having to rely on your opponent to put one back into the deck is very risky. They may want to put their triggers or perfect guards back but they will probably think it’s not worth it if you’ll be able to pull off more deadly skills.

For Kagero we have Dragon Knight, Pharrell, a 15k booster for Blazing units. He’s usually a 5k Grade 1 but if he’s boosting a unit with Blaze he boosts 10k and if that unit is Blazing then he gives 15k! This can lead to some very strong columns but we’ll have to see what kind of cards will have Blaze in the future.

Lastly we have a Blaster Dark promo which has alternate art similar to the Blaster Blade promo recently. Blaster Blade’s art showed him with Thing Saver in the background where the new Blaster Dark has Phantom Blaster in the background.

That’s everything for this week. Join me again for next week where there will most likely be more showing for Kagero’s new cards as well as more Fighter’s Collection cards and perhaps even some G-BT07 spoilers.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #32

Welcome again to the weekly Vanguard update. All the G-BT06 cards have finally been revealed so I will go over all the new cards shown for it but before I get into that large amount of cards I’ll quickly go over some of the Legend Deck and Starter Deck cards.

G-LD02-002_(Sample)A stride for Kagero has been revealed for the Legend Deck. Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Vortex Desire (Wait.. are you the emperor or is Dragonic Overlord..? I’m so confused!) has a risk of having to pay the cost before the ability’s conditions are met. When Vortex Desire attacks you may G blast (Choose any face-down card in your G zone and turn it face-up) to then gain the ability where if his attack hits you choose one of your opponent’s Grade 2 or less rear-guards and retire it for every Flame Dragon on the Vanguard circle. This basically means if you have Dragonic Overlord (Just an example of a card with the race of Flame Dragon) as your Grade 3 Vanguard you’ll be able to retire two units as Vortex Desire is a Flame Dragon himself, and if you were to have Vortex Dragonewt and your Vanguard while legion’d and you stride then you can retire three.

Say that Mr. Vortex’s attack doesn’t hit, that doesn’t mean his attack will go in vain. With the twin-headed dragon, Berserk Lord Dragon you can Counter Blast 1 when your Grade 4 Vanguard attacks to retire one of your opponent’s Grade 2 or less rear-guards. This along with Emperor Dragon Knight, Nehalem makes the most  of using more Grade 3s in your deck so you can stride more consistently.

Who remembers Undeux? Probably those of you who didn’t exile him from your deck as soon as you got Conroe to replace him. Well he’s been crying lonely tears for a long time now, for so long that his sadness has made him stronger. He is just a Fullbau Brave with the ability to go into the soul and put an Overlord from your deck but this helps a lot more with Overlord decks than Blaster, especially with Dragonic Overlord “The Ace”.

G-SD01-001EN_(Sample)In the new G Start Deck 1 for Gear Chronicle we’ve been told that it will all be reprints apart from one card. That card is the Grade 4 unit, Thunderbolt Shockwave Colossus. This card is a G zone refresher of sorts which, when he goes back into the G zone, can Counter Blast 1 to turn one face-up G unit face-down, allowing you to use those units again. This unit can have it’s uses but the Counter Blast hurts it a bit and you might struggle to find room for it. There are other options like Wakey Wakey Worker who doesn’t use up Counter Blasts but you’ll have to decide if you want to run stands just for him or now.

Onto the G-BT06 cards and staying in the Dark Zone I will introduce our lovely new Pale Moon units! The first one being the Grade 1, Cutie Paratrooper, an extremely useful but Harri specific card. With a GB1 and when she’s brought out from the soul from a Magia ability, Soul Charge 1 and choose another unit from the soul to Magia out in the same column as this card and that new unit gets +5000 power. With Harri’s skill you can call Cutie Paratrooper out with CB1 and give her +5000 power and then use her skill to fill the rest of the column and giving the column a total boost of +10000 power… That’s nasty.

Now Artillery Man isn’t the best Grade 3 ever but I really like him and I feel that he would at least make a good backup. Once per turn with a GB1 when a card is put into your soul you may retire one of your opponent’s rear-guards with the same Grade as the card put into your soul, as well as that he has another once per turn skill that allows you to put a card going into your soul into the drop zone instead and Artillery Man him self gains power equal to the card put in the drop zone. The second skill isn’t GB1 restricted so pulling off some early powerful plays will help you and if your opponent decides to stall on Grade 2 then you have a skill to back you up.

Gold Paladin’s skills have been stolen yet again, this time by Dreaming Pegasus. When this Grade 2 is placed on the rear-guard circle, with a GB1, look at the top three cards of your deck and put one into your soul and put the rest to the bottom of your deck. With Granblue getting Disappear-running Zombie it does seem that Pale Moon drew the short straw with this skill, though it is still powerful.

Now, if you’re looking for a card for early game then Pale Moon do have a new 6k Grade 1, Signal Snake Tamer. With a CB1 and resting himself Snake Tamer will let you look at the top card of your deck and search your soul for a card with the same Grade and bring it out to field. I know I said this was early game, and technically it is, but if you want to use this skill to its fullest then I’m afraid you’ll need to do some setting up first. Chances are when you have a Grade 1 Vanguard that you’ll have a very small soul or most of the time no soul at all. It is a shame and if they gave him 7000 power he might have been used more but this little unit may be going to the backbench, though I hope someone can find a good use for him and maybe one day I’ll see him in competitive play.

Lastly for Pale Moon we have a Silver Thorn critical trigger, Silver Thorn Assistant, Dixie, to give support to Luquier. Her skill is short and simple allowing you to put her to the top of your deck and shuffle if you have a Luquier Vanguard to choose a Silver Thorn in your soul and bring it out onto the field. This can be used to bring herself out from the soul if she got accidentally soul charge’d in to then put more triggers back into the deck.

G-BT06-001EN-GR_(Sample)A couple of weeks ago we saw the new Ahsha stride and now it’s time for Altmile to get his glorious new form. Transcending the Heavens, Altmile has a GB2 which will let you Counter Blast 1 and G blast (only if you have an Altmile heart) to give him two skills. The first skill activates when Altmile attacks a Vanguard which will let you search your deck for a Grade 2 and bring it to the field with +5000 power. This is a nice bonus if you attack first with your rear-guards, allowing you to get in an extra attack. His second skill gives the whole front row +2000 power for each face-up copy of Aerial Divine Knight, Altmile (The previous Altmile stride unit) in your G zone. This can go up to a buff of +8k to the front row and combine that with the Grade 3 Altmile’s on-stride skill of giving +5000 power to two units as well as this Altmile’s superior call with +5000 power and you’re going to have a seriously powerful turn.

Another superior caller comes in the form of an 8k Grade 2 named Hopesong Angel. Much like Starlight Violinist and Benizel has you SB1 and CB1 for a superior call one, though unlike the two previously mentioned cards Hopesong Angel isn’t restricted to Grade 2 searching, instead he searches your deck for a card with Brave and calls it to rear-guard circle. Another plus this has over Benizel is it isn’t GB restricted, allowing you to use this early game to set up your Brave-filled field.

As for the actual Brave units we have three new High Beasts with the keyword. Firstly the defensive unit with Brave, Scouting Owl, a Grade 1 who acts as a 10k shield if you SB1 and move him from a rear-guard circle to the guardian circle. A great way to fight back in a defensive manner when you’re being pushed too far by your opponent’s attacks. The second Brave unit, Shyngal, is a more offensive one with the Brave. This Grade 2 is given +2000 power and if he hits a Vanguard you can Counter Blast 1 to draw a card. Similarly the stand trigger Salgal allows you to draw a card while in brave only this time it’s when he is placed on Vanguard circle and at the end of turn you have shuffled him back into your deck. The great thing with Shyngal and Salgal is that you draw the cards in your end phase so it does not interfere with any of your other Brave skills and with the new stride stands seem a lot more useful in Royal Paladin builds.

G-BT06-031-R_(Sample)Nova Grappler finally get their Glimmer Breath clone with Extreme Battler, Abarail. With a GB1, if your Vanguard is Victor, and when this unit is placed on a rear-guard circle, you may SB1 and CB1 to give Abarail +2000 power and when he attacks a Vanguard choose one of your rear-guards and stand it with an extra +5000 power. This is a great effect allowing for two powerful attacks though Cool Hank is especially great for using in Rush decks.

Moving down the Grades we have the Perfect Guard, Extreme Battler, Gachibattle. When Gachibattle is placed on the guardian circle he gives the usual skill of dropping one to nullify attack as well, if you are on GB1 and you have another copy in the drop zone then can choose one of your rear-guards and it’s given a skill to Counter Blast 1 and at the beginning of one of your guard steps on that turn you can bring that chosen unit to the guardian circle with +10000 shield.

Next in the Extreme Battler series get a new forerunner with GB1. Extreme Battler, Cabtron can put himself into the soul and by Counter Blasting 1 at the end of the battle that this unit boosted to stand one of your rear-guards and give it +2000 power. This is a nice and easy way to get those Rush abilities activated. Extreme Battler, Runbhol may still be a choice for many people though due to Cabtron eating away at the Counter Blasts when you could be using them on things like Cool Hank and Abarail.

Speaking of Runbhol there is a very similar Grade 1 option, Ratchadamnoen Kid. Ratchadamnoen only stands back up once a card with Rush has been stood up in the same column. Due to this Rush restriction it allows Ratchadamnoen to have a 7k base but not having a GB1 does wonders for this card and is sure to be used in nearly all Rush decks.

Raizer get some more support with a new legion with the leader being Ultimate Raizer Glory-hand. Now Glory-hand can legion with either the old unit Ultimate Raizer Dual-flare or the new unit Ultimate Raizer Speed-star. If another of your Raizers stands from an effect of one of your units and if Glory-hand is in Legion then that stood unit gets +5000 power. He has the power but does not have an ability to stand units himself but that’s where his mate comes in. While on the rear-guard circle and your vanguard is in legion Speed-star can Soul Blast 1 Raizer to gain +3000 power and if his attack hits a Vanguard you can stand another unit and Glory-hand will give that unit +5000 power.

Shinobiraizer‘s skill activates when another of your Raizers in the same column stands due to an effect. He allows you the chance to look at the top three cards of your deck and if you do you and all the shown cards are all Raizers you can put one of the cards into your hand and put the other two in the drop zone, however, if one or more of the revealed cards isn’t a Raizer then they all go into the drop zone. This skill is a good way to have a choice in what you draw while also giving you fodder to legion with seeing as the amount of Raizer legions are slowly building.

Finally for Raizers we have a forerunner, Turboraizer Custom. As an ACT you can CB1 and retire Turboraizer Custom to give one of your units the ability to stand after they have attacked with an added +5000 power. This is another way to fill your drop zone in preparation for legion-ing and the skill itself helps out Glory-hand, giving the stood units +10000 power.

Lastly for Novas we have the triggers. Extreme Battler, Buchinurk is the critical trigger who is the Heart Thump Worker clone who goes into the soul when you Victor Vanguard attacks to give it +5000 power and draws you an extra card. A stand trigger under the name of Beast Deity, Great Eater can go back into the deck when one of your units stands from an effect, and if it does you can draw a card. The stand trigger Perfect Referee 2.99 gives another unit the Rush keyword to give it +5000 power when it attacks a Vanguard after restanding. Other than that we also have a vanilla heal trigger, Training Therapist, and a vanilla draw trigger, Totem Brothers.

G-BT06-100-C_(Sample)A great little Maiden of card for Neo Nectar has made an appearance with the addition of Maiden of Rambler.  When you are paying the cost of striding she counts as a Grade 2 and when she hits the drop zone from playing the stride cost then you can call her to a rear-guard circle and draw a card. This is interesting in the way that it encourages you to you more than just one card to stride also lowering the pressure of thinking you need a Grade 3 to drop to stride effectively. She only gets these abilities if you have a Maiden of Vanguard but they are getting pretty powerful lately and even have their own legion and stride.

Maiden of Noisette is a new forerunner for the sub-clan with an ability to CB1 with Maiden of in the name and putting Noisette into the soul to give two of your Maiden of units the ability to draw a card if their attacks hit and if you have two units on your Vanguard circle with Maiden of in the name.

To help you get your Maiden of Rambling Rose and Maiden of Trailing Rose for the legion skills there is Maiden of Damascena. When Damascena’s attack hits a Vanguard you can Counter Blast a card with Maiden of in the name to search your deck for a Grade 3 Maiden of and put it into your hand. Not having a GB makes me love this card because it makes the deck a lot more consistent and works well early and late game.

Red Leaf Dragon is an interested Grade 3 allowing you to have up to sixteen of it in your main deck and at the beginning of the main phase, either on the Vanguard circle or rear-guard circle, you can Counter Blast 1 to search for another copy of him and place it on rear-guard circle and the unit you CB’d with gets +1000 for each Red Leaf Dragon on the field until end of turn. This will work great for keeping a constantly cloned field and also having the option to have more than four eliminates the risk of too many falling into your damage zone.

As well as Afoo Roccoli having one of the most ridiculous pieces of artwork in Vanguard this Grade 1 also has a pretty decent skill. With a GB1 and when an attack hits in the battle that he boosted you may retire him to choose one of your units and superior call another copy from the deck. Yet again this just helps Neos get the constancy they need though finding space for this guy is going to be a little tricky.

As for some Bloom support we have Crop Maker Dragon. When Crop Maker is placed on a rear-guard circle you may CB1 to retire a unit with the Bloom ability to search your deck for up to two copies of that card and place them on the rear-guard circle and they gain +3000 power. It gets a bit awkward with Crop Maker being a Grade 2 by it being limited to what you can clone if you want to make full use of his skill but by bringing out Greenshot Elf you can turn her into a booster and she will even gain extra power through Bloom.

Finally for Neo we have Tomboy Elf who continues the Bloom support by putting a normal unit from your drop zone into your deck, allowing you to give a unit with the Bloom keyword a buff of +2000 power for each card on the field with the same name.

G-BT06-S07Onto the Granblue support and we have a new Grade 3, Ghoul Dragon, Gast Dragon. Gast Dragon has Hollow and a GB skill that allows you to mill two card from the top of your deck when he attacks a Vanguard and he gains +3000 power AND if he is Hollowed then he gains an extra +5000 power. Now you may be thinking that you would prefer to use him as payment for stride… why not do both? He has another skill to choose one of your Grade 2 or higher rear-guards and retire them and CB1 to call this card to a rear-guard circle, allowing you to make use of his Hollow keyword several times in a game.

Another Grade 3 Granblue that has been revealed is Sleepless Ship’s Captain, Blackgeek. When Blackgeek is placed on the Vanguard circle you may CB1 and SB1 to choose a Grade 2 from your drop zone and bring it onto the field and as an ACT once per turn you can CB1 to call a card from your drop zone and give it +5000 power and at the end of the turn retire that unit.

The Grade 3s don’t stop there as we have some support for the Seven Seas subclan with Seven Seas Dragon Undead, Prisoner Dragon. Similar to Gast Dragon, this unit can CB1 and retire a Grade 2 or higher to call himself though this time it is when your Seven Seas Vanguard has attacked, allowing for some extra attacks by attacking with your rear-guards and then replacing them for this fella. Dragon Undead also gains +2000 power when brought out onto the field from the drop zone so he is able to penetrate crossride levels of defence.

As for Grade 2 Seven Seas support we will be getting Seven Seas Witch Doctor, Raceruler. When Raceruler is placed on a rear-guard circle and if you have a Seven Seas Vanguard you may CB1 to call a unit from your drop zone and that unit gains +5000 power until end of turn. At the end of the turn you must retire that card but it leads to some powerful early plays.

Seven Seas Apprentice, Nightrunner is a new forerunner who’s skill works from the drop zone. At the beginning of your main phase you may mill four cards from the top of your deck to call this card to a rear-guard circle. Unfortunately you have to retire him at the end of the turn but it at least fills your drop zone up a bit. Grenache has shown to be everyone’s favourite Granblue forerunner at the moment but Nightrunner may see some action with future Granblue releases.

If you thought Disappear-running Zombie was great then you’re going to love Ghostie Great King, Obadaia. When Obadaia hits the Vanguard circle you search your deck for three cards and put them into the drop zone. This sorts out the randomness of milling from the top of the deck but it doesn’t stop there. If two or more of the cards you put into the drop zone had the Hollow keyword then you can choose a Ghostie normal unit from your drop zone and place it onto the rear-guard circle. Not only does this guy have amazing art but he also has an amazing skill!

And for the final clan we have Shadow Paladin. I’ll start with their new Grade 3, Death Spray Dragon. Death Spray has a GB1 skill that activates at the end of his battle if you CB1 and retire one of your units and has you retiring one of your opponent’s rear-guards. This guy does work on the rear-guard circle but generally because of the high cost he may not be used in battle much.

G-BT06-028-RA card that will be seen a lot though is Cradle Knight, Oscar who is here to directly support Claret Sword. If you have a Claret Sword Vanguard and are at GB1 you can put Oscar into the soul to search your deck for a Grade 1 and shuffle your deck then put the Grade 1 on top of your deck and Counter Charge 1. Some may still be wanting to keep David but after I tell you about this new stand trigger you may think differently.

Demon Eye Mage, Alsur is a new stand trigger and he is truly something. When he would be retired he gets David’s skill of counting as two units and when he is put into the drop zone you can put him into the deck and shuffle. This is an amazing card for Shadows and will make many want to use stand triggers in many different Shadow decks.

For Revengers we have Vigor Revenger, Maul. When Maul is placed on a rear-guard circle and you have a Grade 3 or greater Revenger then you may CB1 Revenger to put a card from your deck into your hand with the same name as a card on your Vanguard circle. This will mostly be used for Raging Form Dragon for his Persona Blast skill to ride another copy of himself after attacking. After that there are nothing more than some vanilla triggers for Shadows, those triggers being Grave Horn Unicorn a critical trigger, Ingenius Strategist, Ophir a draw trigger, and Illegal Alchemist a heal trigger.

Well that is finally everything for G-BT06. It is definitely an interesting and diverse booster with so many different sub-clans and different builds in general getting supported. I am personally looking forward to this set. Be sure to check in next week when I’m sure there will be more Legend Deck cards revealed.

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #31

Welcome again to the weekly Vanguard update. This week we have some Royal, Shadow, and Grablue reveals, as well as some extra stuff for later sets but I’ll talk about them as we go.

G-BT06-056-C_(Sample)People have been waiting a long time for the Shadow Paladins to get their versions of Blaster Rapier and Blaster Axe that were shown in the manga and we finally get them along with Blaster Dagger who people have also been longing to see.

I will start with Blaster Rapier who’s skill takes effect on both the Vanguard and rear-guard circles. When her attack hits a Vanguard you can Counter Blast 1 with Blaster in its name to superior call one Grade 1 or less from the deck. This is a great card to ride seeing as a lot of people tend to take the attack from your Grade 2 Vanguard to save cards in their hand for later game, so this gives you a chance to fill out your field early.

Another Grade 2 Blaster is Blaster Axe who, unfortunately, does not have a skill so he is only a 10k vanilla but it’s useful to have him to have a better chance of filling up the soul with Blasters for Gust Blaster Dragon.

Lastly we have the young lad, Blaster Dagger. This 6k Grade 1 may not be the best choice if you’re going for the Gust Blaster build but may be better for a Phantom Blaster build. When he boosts another Blaster you can Soul Blast a Blaster card to have the boosted unit get a total of +11000 power.

G-BT06-004EN-RRR_(Sample)Whirlwind of Darkness, Vortimer “Diablo” had a skill that specified a certain unit, and now that unit has been revealed to us! Dark Dragon, Spectral Blaster “Diablo” is the new “Diablo” stride who, with a Soul Blast, G Blast (Flipping any G unit face-up), and retiring one of your units, gets an ability to superior call one Grade 1 from your deck if you have a “Diablo” heart and another ability that allows you to re-stand at the end of his battle if you Counter Blast 2, retire two of your rear-guards, and are on a Generation Break of 3, though he loses two drives of his Triple Drive. With Whirlwind of Darkness, Vortimer “Diablo” it shouldn’t be too hard to get the cards you need to retire and with Kahedin and Hoel it continues to make the retiring and Counter Blasting much more bearable.

Blaster support and “Diablo” support.. what more could Shadow Paladins get in this set? Oh wait! There’s also some Claret Sword support and with G boss support comes Glimmer Breath clones. Graymyu is most closely related to Benizel in terms of skill. When he is placed on the Vanguard or rear-guard circle, if you have a Claret Sword Vanguard, then you may Counter Blast and Soul Blast to superior call a Grade 1 from your deck, then Graymyu gets +2000 power. This may seem a little underwhelming compared to the other clones but he is only a common making him very easy to get a hold of.

The second of the Claret Sword support is Abyss Summoner, a Grade 1 who gains +3000 power every time one of your other units is retired due to an effect of one of your unit’s abilities, though only if you have a Claret Sword Vanguard. His usefulness doesn’t stop there. As well as the power boost, you also Counter Charge and Soul Charge 1 when those units are retired.

G-BT06-051-C_(Sample)Now we go onto the path of nostalgia with some of the new Royal Paladin cards. I’ll start with everyone’s favourite pink dog, Flogal who, despite originally only being a stand trigger with no additional abilities, left quite an impact on many players. Her new for, Floral Paladin, Flogal, is now a critical trigger who also has the power of a stand. When Blaster Blade attacks, at the end of his battle you may Counter Blast 1 with Flogal’s skill to stand up a Blaster Blade on a rear-guard circle and afterwards you must put Flogal back into the deck and shuffle.

As well as Flogal there is also a new Grade 1 version of Barcgal named Blaster Friend, Barcgal. Whenever Blaster Blade is placed in the same column as Barcgal, if you have a Blaster Vanguard then you Counter Charge 1. This will really help to nullify Flogal’s cost as well as essentially being able to half Blaster Blade’s on-call ability.

Favorite Disciple of Light and Darkness, Llew is the last of the nostalgic trio. When he is boosted by either the new Flogal or Barcgal then he gets an extra +3000 power for the battle. He also gets an ability to Counter Blast 1 and put him into the soul after the battle that he attacked a Vanguard to superior call a Grade 2 Blaster from the deck and that new unit gets +3000 power for the turn.

Lastly for Royal Paladin is the new Brave perfect guard, Hope Keeper. When Hope Keeper is placed on a rear-guard circle and is Brave she gains +2000 power making her an 8k booster, also at the end of the turn you can Counter Blast 1 to return her to your hand. This is a bit of an awkward card to use but it can make for a good final push and if everything goes wrong then you still have a perfect guard to use next turn.

G-BT06-019-RR_(Sample)Onto Granblue we have the Glimmer Breath clone who is extremely useful for Nightrose. When Witch Doctor of Languor, Negrolazy is placed on a rear-guard circle you can Counter Blast 1 and Soul Blast 1 with a Generation Break 1 to call a Grade 2 or less from the drop zone that doesn’t share the same name as Negrolazy and Negrolazy gains +2000 power. If Negrolazy is also Hollowed then when we would retire due to Hollow you can Counter Charge and Soul Charge 1, essentially nullifying the cost of the superior call.

A great unit to call with Negrolazy would be Witch Doctor of the Bone Powder, Negrobone. With a GB1 at the end of the battle that Negrobone boosted a rear-guard you can Counter Blast 1 and retire that unit to put any card with Hollow from your drop zone onto a rear-guard circle. You need a Nightrose Vanguard but having this boost Ruin Shade until you have the right cards in your drop zone can be a good way to get extra attacks and get things out like Negrolazy to bring even more units out.

We also get an upgrade from Gust Jinn with the new perfect guard G, Tornado Jinn. This is the non-Hollow version of the perfect guard G so it will give you a Counter Charge and Soul Charge as long as there is another version of him in the drop zone which can help with the new high-cost units like Mist Phantasm Pirate King, Nightrose.

As well as all of that there are (What seem to be) a couple of vanilla triggers. The critical trigger Assault Command, Carignan and the heal trigger Charming Banshee.

G-BT06-104EN-C_(Sample)There is one last card to talk about for this set which is a little Grade 1 Cray Elemental. Due to problems G decks have had when they’re against people stalling on Grade 2 (Ripples have shown to be a truly fierce threat with this kind of strategy) it leaves G decks basically a deck full on vanillas… well Air Elemental, Twittern is here to help out all those G decks. If you have no face up cards in your G zone and you are on Grade 3 with your opponent not placing any card on their Vanguard circle in their previous turn then you can rest Twitterun and put him face-up in your G zone and gives you a draw. This gives you the GB1 you need to stopping your deck from becoming a big vanilla-y mess. This won’t give you a permanent GB boost because when your opponent rides a Grade 3 you must put Twitterun  into the drop zone but it won’t matter at that point because you’ll finally be able to stride!

A couple of the Fighter’s Collection 2016 cards have already been revealed. The first one being Super Cosmic Hero, X-phoenix. When X-phoenix has 35000 power or more and his attack doesn’t hit, you may Counter Blast 1 to draw a card. This doesn’t seem like much but it’s very easy to get him to that power level and getting card advantage on your first stride isn’t bad. He’s not the greatest stride in the world but it may be good to run one as a backup. It could be good if you know your opponent has a perfect guard in hand, that way you’re not losing out too much when it doesn’t hit.

The Narukami stride is Conquering Supreme Dragon, Voltech Zapper Dragon. When you have a Thunderstike of 3 and Voltech attacks he gains +10000 power and the ability to Counter Blast 1 at the end of the battle to force your opponent to retire one of their rear-guards for every two cards in their bind zone and bind the newly retired cards. This definitely seems to be the better stride of the two shown cards but whether their rarities are the same has yet to be shown.

That is all for this week’s reveals. Hopefully there was some support that you have been eager for, perhaps the Blasters or “Diablo”, or maybe you were more interested in the amazing new Granblue cards. They are shaping up to be a powerful clan indeed, but we are sure to see some more great cards next week!

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #29

Welcome again to the weekly Vanguard update. The last of the Technical Booster cards have been revealed as well as some cards for G-BT05 with a nice show of the new Granblue units. Let’s finish this Technical Booster off then, shall we!

G-TCB01-068If you were worried that to get power boosts in the new Spike Brothers you’d have to be charging then you would be wrong. Spike Brothers get the generic (but useful) 12k Grade 2 on their side and all you need is a Generation Break 1. With Moodmaker Nyanrook boosting this card you can get the column up to 23k that turn. Having Nyanrook go to the bottom of the deck can also make a non-boosted Genie a 16k attacker!

Hive Maker is a new Grade 3 for Spike Brothers with a charge ability that allows you to CB1 when he goes back into the deck to choose a card from your hand and bring it onto the field, thus activating that new card’s Charge. However, when Hive Maker is placed onto the Vanguard circle you can CB1 and SB1 to look at the top five cards of your deck and put one card with Charge into your hand. The first ability is where this card truly shines, allowing for additional attacks and additional Charges. I feel this will see a lot of play as a backup Grade 3 in SB decks.

G-TCB01-075If you needed some Counter Charging and Soul Charging then this little trigger has you covered. Devil Watch is a Stand Trigger with Charge that gives him +3000 power when boosting OR attacking and allows you to Counter Charge and Soul Charge 1. This will really help with keeping up your resources with the kinda big downside of it being a Stand Trigger. Although the fact the Bushiroad are trying to give Stands some love is good, Stands aren’t the best with Spike Brothers due to things going back into the deck after attacking. Still, I’m sure a fair few people will give this card a try and hopefully it works out for them. We also are getting two more vanilla triggers, Magical Manager the Heal Trigger and Mecha Advisor the Draw Trigger.

Lastly for Spike Brothers there are two forerunners. The first one is Psychic Mel with the generic ability to CB1 and search the top five cards for a Grade 3 and put it into your hand. This will work well for Bad End Dragger to ensure that you can Break Ride and maybe to have more Bad Ends in your hand so you can keep on Break Riding turn after turn. Mecha Analyzer is the second forerunner that helps out a bit more with the G decks. With a GB1 and when a rear-guard is put into the deck you can put Mecha Analyzer into your soul, if you do then you can put one of your rear-guards into the bind zone and then put it onto a rear-guard circle and it gets +3000 power. This is great, allowing to essentially stand your rear-guard back up, rearrange it on the field, and put it into charge with an additional 3k on top. I’m sure this card will see heavy play in Rising decks.

G-TCB01-029Raging Strength Equipment, Hammer Gewalt is a new G unit for Tachikaze. When Hammer Gewalt is Engorged he gains +3000 power and if you Engorged on two units then you can retire a card in your opponent’s front row. This may seem like a big cost but if you stride over Gaiaemperor then you can get those two units back with just a CB1.

Ancient Dragons get more support in this set. The first one I’ll talk about is the Grade 2 Ancient Dragon, Hypnohang that can stand up after attacking and giving +3000 power if you have a Vanguard with Spino in its name and you retire a rear-guard at the end of the battle that Hypnohang attacked. There are currently only two Grade 3s with Spino in their name and they are Ancient Dragon, Spinodriver and Ancient Dragon, Spinocommando. With Spinocommando bringing back the Spinos in this set hopefully we will see them in competative play. Unfortunately you can’t keep on using Hypnohang’s ability to stand up though due to it being a once per turn effect.

Ancient Dragon, Nodtank will help you get more of that sweet, sweet Counter Blasting. When Nodtank is put into the drop zone from a rear-guard circle you may Soul Blast 1 card with Ancient Dragon in its name to Counter Charge 1 and give another unit +4000 power. This helps so much with Tachikaze and I’m sure will be a staple in any Ancient Dragon deck. I’m sure people have been wanting something like this for a very long time but better late than never!

G-TCB01-061Lastly for Ancient Dragons there is a new forerunner Tiffany clone. Ancient Dragon, Babybird gives +3000 power to two of your Ancient Dragons when he is put into the drop zone. Whether people will be using this or Babyrex will all depend on how badly you need the face-up damage for later game but Babyrex definitely gives you better early game.

Tank Mammoth only has 8k attack but if he’s retired and you CB1 and SB1 you can bring him back onto the field and give him +3000 power. Having to CB1 and SB1 may seem like a bit of a heavy cost and may have people struggling to find room in their deck for him but he’s great for consistency with the high retiring abilities and could be great with Gluttony Dogma.

Tachikaze also get a 12k Grade 2. Accel Tiger Will help in some decks and may be chosen over Tank Mammoth just for the more consistant skill but with a GB1 you will only be getting it late game where as Tank Mammoth has the potential to give some early game pressure.

Sheer Magnum is a new Stand Trigger that can go back into the deck when it’s retired and gives +5000 power to a unit as well as letting you draw a card. I have to say this is probably one of the most useful Stand Triggers yet, for Tachikaze to have this as retire fodder and getting additional power from it helps them so much. Yet again, Stands aren’t the best for this clan but with the ability it really shows that it has potential and will hopefully lead people to use it in their decks.

Closing off on the Tachis we have the last two Savages. We have a very hungry lady named Savage Heroine who has the Engorge ability and for every unit she retires she then gets +3000 power when she attacks. She’s a 6k Grade 1 so chances are you won’t be using her very often but she could be good for a final attack. Plus it’s fun to think of her eating four cyborg dinosaurs in a matter of seconds. The last Savage is Savage Healer, just a vanilla Heal Trigger with a cute girl looking non-savage.

G-TCB01-043Now for the last lot of the Technical Booster gang, the Nubatama ninjas. Starting off with a Grade 3 named Stealth Beast, Hagurejishi. Hagurjishi is a good backup Grade 3 with Afterimage allowing you to attack and then putting him back into the hand if you want to stride next turn. He also gains +4000 power for each unit placed on rear-guard circle that turn. This skill works but as a Vanguard and rear-guard allowing to rack up some serious power turn after turn.

Stealth Dragon, Kegareshinmyo is another Grade 3 for Nubas who also has Afterimage. When he’s placed on a rear-guard you can give another unit +3000 power. Kegareshinmyo also has a similar ability to Hive Maker for when he’s placed on the Vanguard you can CB1 and SB1 to look at the top five cards of your deck and put one card with Afterimage from them into your hand.

Like the other two, Nubatama also get their 12k attacker. Stealth Beast, Kibamaru unfortunately is one of the weakest out of the three due to the clan he’s a part of. He may still find play just for the consistent power.

G-TCB01-011Stealth Rogue of Night Fog, Miyabi is the Amber clone of the Nubas. As Amber clones go, with a GB1 and when she’s boosted you can CB1 to give her +3000 power and if you have less cards in your hand than your opponent then you bind an opponent’s card from their hand and it’s put back into their hand at the end of the turn. Letting you bind a random card from their hand is very risky but has the chance to deny them a 10k shield or maybe even a perfect guard, giving you a great offensive advantage.

Stealth Beast, Karasudoji is a new forerunner with the same skill as Psychic Mel to allow you to put it into the soul, Counter Blast 1, and look at the top five cards for a Grade 3 and put it into your hand.

Nubatama also get three vanilla Triggers. Living Method Stealth Rogue, Shigure the Heal Trigger, Stealth Fiend, Warashibehime the Draw Trigger, and Stealth Rogue of Piercing Death, Samidare the Critical Trigger.

G-TD08-006EN_(Sample)Onto the non-Technical Booster cards I will go through the new Granblue units which are very exciting. With another Amber clone we have Pirate Swordsman, Colombard who is extremely useful for the clan. When Colombard attacks and is boosted, with a GB1 and CB1, you can superior call any card from drop zone. With cards like Ruin Shade you can fill your drop zone with a great amount of different cards.

Granblue’s new Grade 3 also shows the effects of the new Hollow keyword. When a card is placed on a rear-guard circle you can choose for it to become Hollowed, if you do you retire it at the end of the turn, becoming Hallowed allows you to activate all sorts of special abilities. The Grade 3 Mighty Rogue, Nightstorm has the Hollow keyword and at the end of the turn that he attacks when he is Hollowed you can CB1 to choose a card from your drop zone with a different name to him and call it to a separate rear-guard circle. He also has the Hive Maker skill for when he’s placed on the Vanguard circle to CB1 and SB1 and look at the top five cards of your deck and put a Hollow from among them into your hand. I’m sure Nightstorm will make a great backup Grade 3 for a lot of Granblue decks with being able to use the drop zone so well.

G-BT06-089-C_(Sample)For a consistent booster we have Seven Seas Helmsman, Nightcrow. You may retire a rear-guard from your field if you have a Vanguard with Seven Seas in its name to replace the retired card with this 7k Grade 1. Combining this with Hades Steersman will allow you to bring out the Steersman when you hit Grade 3 and quickly replace it with Nightcrow for a much bigger boost. I think this card is great, whenever they had something like this before they’ve always had really low power but this having the usual power of a Grade 1 really helps.

Beast Deity, Horned Hulk is there to support the Beast Deities of G-BT05. You can SB1 a card with Beast Deity in its name and rest Horned Hulk to give another Beast Deity +5000 power. This helps a tremendous amount with Deadliest Beast Deity, Ethics Buster Reverse by allowing you to rest and give power then lock those rested units so you’re not missing out as much on the rear-guard power.

Revenger, Dark Breath Angel is bringing back the on-retire abilities for Shadow Paladin. When she is retired due to an effect of one of your cards and you have a Grade 3 or greater Vanguard with Revenger in its name then you can CB1 to superior call a Grade 1 from the deck and put it onto the field. This is similar to Darkpride Dragon but Revenger specific which really helps with Revenger, Phantom Blaster “Abyss” and would allow you to stand him up twice in one turn.

For Neo Nectar we have the new Bloom effect shown. A card goes into Bloom if another card with the same name is placed on a rear-guard circle. Green Shot Elf has the Bloom effect and when she goes into Bloom with a GB1 you can choose up to five units named Green Shot Elf  and they get +2000 power and the ability to boost. This should be a great power up over the field with each of the already placed Green Shot Elves giving power and having cards that can gain its name.

Lastly we have a Spike Brothers promo, Devildam Chemist. He’s an early Grade 2 12k with not needing a GB1 but only has 6k power with the ability to SB1 and double his power. This is a nice early aggression but using up the soul like that can be a bit of a double-edged sword.

That’s all for this week. We’ve gone through a lot of cards in such a short amount but the Technical Booster is finally completely revealed. I’m sure next week we’ll be seeing a load of new G-BT05 and G-LD02 cards so make sure to come back for next week’s article!

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Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly Card Update #22

Welcome once again to the weekly Vanguard update! We have got some exciting new Fighter’s Collection cards shown this week. Luckily this week’s update will be a lot shorter than last week’s four-parter but the reveals are just as good, if not better.

G-FC02-009-RRR_(Sample)Seeing as Oracle Think Tank have had such bad luck with a lot of people finding the Susanoo support somewhat underwhelming it’s only right that they get some buff units to balance it out, and the best buff unit to get the job done is this young lady, Floral Witch Master, MiMi. Yes, the Oracle Think Tank Witches are back and better than ever! MiMi is a stride that comes in the next Fighter’s Collection and when she is placed on the Vanguard circle you may discard a card with “Witch” in it’s card name from your hand and if you have a “Witch” heart your opponent has to make the decision to either discard two cards from their hand or take one point of damage with all trigger effects of that check nullified. Due to this not needing a flip you can use her four times in a game and there are no restrictions on how much damage your opponent must be on so this skill can be the finishing blow. Your opponent will most likely have two or more cards in their hand at the time you use this but they may feel they can prevent more damage by keeping the cards in their hand so it’s a nice way to whittle them down. To ensure you have Witches in your hand while still keeping a stable field it may be wise to use Emerald Witch, Lala who can recycle your hand and Little Witch, LuLu for the extra draw.

G-FC02-026-RR_(Sample)In case you’re struggling to claw your way towards a Scarlet Witch, CoCo this set has you covered for another Grade 3 OTT Witch. Rose Red Witch, CuCu is an 11k Grade 3 who can work both on the Vanguard circle and rear-guard circle. When she is placed on either of the before mentioned circles, if you have a Witch Vanguard, and you have one or less cards in your soul you may Counter Blast 1 to draw two cards and discard one card from your hand. This allows for a bigger chance of having Witches in your hand for MiMi’s skill. This will also give more defensive options in the long run to have an 11k Grade 3 which OTT Witches did not have before, though luckily we do now have Light Elemental, Peaker so you can get CoCo to the same defensive power as CuCu. What they really need now is some more Grade 1 and 2 Witches, though with such support people might call out “Overpowered!” but I personally think these Witches are really cool and deserve more support after all this time.

Pacifica gets more support in this set with Friend of the Sun, Malucca. Malucca’s ability is extremely useful for the new Pacifica stride, Twinkle Happiness☆Pacifica. When Malucca is returned to the hand from the rear-guard circle and you have a Pacifica Vanguard you may search your deck for a Pacifica card and put it into your hand. You may then reveal three Pacifica cards from your hand with different names to Counter Charge 1, Soul Charge 1, and give another unit +5000 power. Combining this with Twinkle Happiness☆Pacifica makes it extremely easy for Pacifica to gain the extra critical by making it a lot more consistent to have those three Pacificas in hand.

G-FC02-003EN-GR_(Sample)From cute mermaid idols to giant flame dragons of death, we have some Seal Dragon support for Kagero with Helldeity Seal Dragon, Crossorigin. Crossorigin has the ACT ability with the cost of Counter Blast 1 and turn any G unit face-up and for every face-up Crossorigin choose one of your opponent’s rear-guards and retire it, then for each rear-guard retired your opponent reveals the top four cards of their deck and chooses a Grade 2 from among them and calls it to an open rear-guard circle and then if your opponent has two or more Grade 2s Crossorigin gains +1 critical. This is a great, consistent unit for Seal Dragons and making it so your opponent has to call the units to open rear-guard circles is a nice touch. As we can see from the clans who had their two cards shown, the two cards a clan gets will work well together and are helping a certain build so we can expect another Seal Dragon unit.

Sword Physical Liberator, Magnus is a nice Grade 2 for Gold Paladin’s Bluish Flame Liberators. When Magnus is placed on a rear-guard circle from the deck and you have two or more cards with “Liberator” in their name on the Vanguard circle (Meaning you could have a Liberator legion, strode over a Liberator legion with a non-Liberator, or even strode over a single Liberator with a Liberator stride.) then you can look at the top three cards of your deck and search for one card with “Liberator” in it’s name to call to a rear-guard circle and put the rest at the bottom of your deck. If you called a Bluish Flame unit you may then put it into your hand. This allows you to have a better chance of using Prominence Glare‘s ability to drop a Bluish Flame to gain +1 critical and prevent your opponent from perfect guarding, and using Holy Flame‘s skill will give you a bigger chance of bringing Magnus out.

G-FC02-028EN-RR_(Sample)A new Shadow Paladin Witch has been shown, Witch of Intelligence, Dehtail. When Dehtail is placed on rear-guard and you have two or more cards with Witch in their original name on the Vanguard circle (This works the same as Magnus’s condition) then you can choose an opponent’s rear-guard circle that is occupied by a rear-guard and your opponent reveals the top five cards of their deck and searches for a Grade 0 from among them to call to that circle. As an SP Witch player I can say from experience how amazing this card really is going to be. The biggest worry with the new stride, Witch Queen of Transfiguration, Sinclair, was that your opponent wouldn’t have enough Grade 0s to activate her skill but this helps to pull it off and it’s a nice addition to have a rear-guard Witch who has a wider range of your opponent’s cards to work with to get those Grade 0s on the field. I will definitely be running this card but the Grade 2 slots in Witch decks are already very tight so watch out for what you take out for this card.

 

 

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We have now had official announcements for G Trial Deck 8: Vampire Princess of the Hades Hour and G Booster Set 6: Transcension of Blade and Blossom. We have two cards officially confirmed for the Trial Deck and those are the Grade 3 Night Mist Vampire Princess, Nightrose (who can Rough_Seas_Bansheebe seen to the left of the Trial Deck’s poster) and a reprint of a beloved critical trigger for Granblue, Rough Seas Banshee, with alternate art. This is a very exciting time for Granblue and I’m enjoying all this support for previously highly unsupported clans.

For the next Booster Set (Transcension of Blade and Blossom ) Royal Paladin, Shadow Paladin, Nova Grappler, Pale Moon, Granblue, and Neo Nectar are all getting additional support as well as some Cray Elemental cards. So far not much has been revealed about this new set. What we do know however is it will contain Secret Packs (Booster packs containing five Secret Rares) which will include reprints of Blaster Dark Revenger “Abyss”; Revenger, Phantom Blaster Dragon “Abyss”; Blue Sky Knight, Altmile; Ranunculus Flower Maiden, Ahsha; and lastly Exxtreme Battler, Victor. There are two new units for G-BT06 that have had their names and pictures revealed, these are the new versions of Altmile and Ahsha, Transcending the Heavens, Altmile and Ranunculus in Glorious Bloom, Ahsha.

alty-and-ahshyWe also have the name revealed for a new Granblue stride, Mist Phantasm Pirate King, Nightrose and the pictures (but no names) for a Shadow Paladin dragon and a Nova Grappler Raizer Legion.

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Lastly we just have a couple of promos. The first one is a Grade 1 Royal Paladin, Transition Sage, Lyron. When he is placed on a rear-guard circle you may Soul Blast 2 to draw a card. This is the second card that has this ability for Royal Paladin (The first one being Knight of Reform, Ladinas) though the previous one was also a promo so this may have just been PR-0374_(Sample)made to give people another chance of getting this kind of card. A big hand size is always nice but with a Soul Blast 2 in modern Royal Paladin decks it may seem like a very big cost to pay unless you have a lot of cards to fill the soul back up.

The second promo is for Link Joker. When Star-vader, Mulepton is placed on the rear-guard circle and your opponent has at least one locked card you may Counter Blast 2 to choose an opponent’s rear-guard circle and they must choose a card from their hand to place on that circle and locked. This will mostly be helping for Chaos Breaker decks and now that there is an efficient Counter Charger in the form of Confusion Star-vader, Zinc this card may see some play despite it’s high Counter Blast cost.

Well, this concludes this week’s update. The reveals this week have been very exciting a contain a lot of really cool and useful cards (But maybe I’m just saying this because of SP Witch support) and I hope the reveals stay just as exciting for next week well we’ll most likely see more Fighter’s Collection and hopefully some Granblue cards for the upcoming G-TD08 and G-BT06. Thank you for joining us this week and don’t forget to join us again next week for the cards revealed in the next seven days.

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