Welcome once again to the weekly Vanguard update. Once again more Technical Booster cards have been spoiled along with an announcement for the next Legend deck. The clan who’s had the most love this week is Nubatama.
Like Spike Brothers, Nubatama also get two perfect guards, Stealth Rogue of Veils, Kurenai who is the standard Counter Charger and Stealth Beast, Aramatatabi who doesn’t get to Counter Charge but gets additional skills. Aramatatabi has the Afterimage keyword so she can go back into your hand at the end of turn if your opponent puts a bound card into their hand and you have six or less cards in your hand. As well as that she can also allow you to Soul Blast 1 with a GB1, when you have another copy of her in the drop zone, and when she boosts to force your opponent to retire a card in their bind zone. People may struggle to decide which PG to use but I think it all depends how badly you need those Counter Blasts, if you have a heavy Counter Blast deck then it may be best to go with Kurenai but Aramatatabi is definitely a strong unit that you’ll want to use if you have the chance.
There is also a new forerunner named Stealth Rogue of Cold Wintry Wind, Kamojigusa though full details of this card are unknown. All we know so far is that it has afterimage and the chance to retire a card in your opponent’s bind zone.
Lastly we have the RRR stride for Nubas, Rikudo Stealth Rogue, Atagolord. When Atagolord attacks, with a GB2, CB1, and G Persona Blast your opponent binds a card from their hand and if the number of cards in their hand is three or less he gains a crit. This is a pretty simple skill compared to a lot of the other Nubas but it is useful, the pressure will definitely help for late when you bring out Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Tsukumorakan.
Tachikaze also got their special PG with Barrier Dragon, Styracolord. Unfortunately the whole skill hasn’t been revealed though it seems to have the engorge keyword and when it becomes engorged it gains +5000 power it goes back into your hand, making it a highly defensive and offensive unit. I think Styracolord is the best one out of the three with the sheer power it brings and retiring your own units isn’t a big deal for Tachis because there’s a good chance you’ll just get that unit back onto the field anyway.
The GR for Spike Brothers is the very deadly Great Villain, Dirty Picaro. Picaro can be very strong though it’s probably best not to rely completely on him. When he attacks you can CB2, flip any face-down G unit face-up, and put a card from your hand into your soul to search your deck for card(s) up to the same amount of face-up cards in your G-zone and call them to the field. Giving you the possibility to refresh your whole field mid-battle phase with any cards in your deck is an astonishing ability. It would also allow you to have a whole field of charging rear-guards, though that would leave you with an empty field at the end of it. The biggest problem Picaro has is that he can only be used effectively late game and a CB2 with Spike Brothers is going to be harder to pull off with their heavy Counter Blasting. He is still a solid unit though and a great back-up if everything goes wrong. I would suggest every Spike Brothers deck should have at least one of this if you can get a hold of one.
Frog Raider is a new Grade 1 to help “Rising“. He has a GB1 and when a unit with the charge ability is placed in the same column as him allowing him to really help with the new Spike Brothers by standing up several times throughout the game to give constant boosts. A great card for Frog Raider is Heave Wheeze. When Heave Wheeze is charging he gains +10000 power. These two together can easily get to 26k and with Dirty Picaro you can easily bring out Coe Ho to both side columns allowing for some extremely strong attacks towards you opponent.
A few promos have been shown and Maiden of Sweet Berry for Neo Nectar is one of them. This little 6k Grade 1 has a GB1 ACT that allows you to choose one of your rear-guards and clone it with no Counter Blasts or Soul Blasts. Once you have cloned the rear-guard you have to put Sweet Berry into your deck and shuffle. This is a useful backup but not necessary, two of this card may be enough in most Neo Nectar decks.
Chrono Dran will be getting a reprint as a promo with a golden hot stamp. Another hot-stamped promo is Knight of Early Morning, Koel the Gold Paladin Grade 0. His skill has yet to be revealed but I feel he will be a forerunner who works well alongside Gurguit due to the title of Koel.
Well… the second Legend Deck has finally been revealed. Last time we had Ren Suzugamori’s Shadow Paladins… but this time… it’s Kagero’s time to shine!
Ol’ Dragonic Overlord is back as Dragonic Overlord “The Legend”. His and many other’s skills have yet to be revealed but we were also shown a few more familiar faces in their new forms of Lizard Hero, Undeux; Berserk Lord Dragon; Dragon Partner, Monica; and Armor of Flame Dragon, Bahr as well as the art of what looks like a new form of Nouvelle Vague as a stride.
There is one card that has had his skill revealed though and that’s Emperor Dragon Knight, Nehalem. If you have a Vanguard with “Overlord” in the name then Nehalem gets +2000 power making him an 11k Grade 2, but when your Grade 4 Vanguard attacks then he gains another +5000 power. Using this with Dragonic Overlord “the Ace” can give Nehalem a boost of +12000 in total making him 21k on his own.
We will hopefully be seeing more of this new Legend Deck in the near future, named G Legend Deck 2: The Overlord blaze “Toshiki Kai” in the Japanese version. If you miss your old Kagero buds you may want to pick one of these up and I’m sure it will be just as good, if not better, than the first Legend Deck.
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