Monday, April 23, 2018

Today's Card Analysis: Damanance Dragon & Savage Hellfire Gabiya

The Japanese cards of the day for April 24th, 2018 are Damanance Dragon and Savage Hellfire Gabiya, a pair of Kagerо̄ commons from V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4.
Damanance Dragon
AUTO [Vanguard/Rearguard Circles]: When it attacks a vanguard, if the number of your rearguards is greater than your opponent's, this unit gets Power +5000 until end of battle.
Savage Hellfire, Gabiya
AUTO [Vanguard/Rearguard Circles]: When it attacks a vanguard, if an opponent's rearguard was retired this turn, this unit gets Power +10000 during that battle.
Both of these units are grade 1 attackers that gain power based on the Kagerо̄ deck doing Kagerо̄ things: retiring the opponent's rearguards to disrupt the opponent's field and make aggressive plays. Gabiya's condition is arguably easier to fulfill later in the game with the introduction of cheap retires from Nehalem, Berserk Dragon, and Bahr; with the latter active she makes a 28k column for one turn, then reverts to just 25 after that. Gabiya also doesn't specify "main phase" like Joka or Chain-attack Sutherland from years past, so if you retire an opponent's rearguard by attacking it with Dragonic Overlord that will also meet her condition. Both units being active on vanguard and rearguard sets them apart from the more generic attackers like Anil.

Damanance will be easier to get off in the early game rather the late, but so long as you maintain a full board and can successfully retire one unit he'll remain active. While he only swings for 13k, his higher base power makes him a more effective back row booster than Gabiya and he still makes a 23k column when boosted by Gojo. That's functionally the same cap with every booster but Bahr, as Gabiya only makes a 27 with Gojo which is functionally identical to 23k.

With Kagerо̄'s grade 1 space freed up by the introduction of Draw Trigger Sentinels, there's now an incentive to find new cards to fill up the space. What do we fill it with, though? The ideal lineup now looks like...
Grade 1
x4 Embodiment of Armor, Bahr
x4 Dragon Monk, Gojo
x3 Dragon Knight, Burj
...That leaves 2~3 more slots to fill. Pending further reveals, Damanance is the easiest to fit in that space, as he requires comparatively little commitment each turn compared to Gabiya. It is worth keeping mind that Lizard Soldier Raopia is going to feature in the set as a card of comparative importance to Pongal, and its skill is likely to push one of these two out of the deck.

On one final note, Damanance Dragon is number 065 in the set listing, while Gabiya is 067. That means Kagerо̄ will get at least one more grade 1 Common. It's not

The previous Japanese cards of the day were Sage of Literary and Military Arts Jarron, and Auspice Falcon.

V-Trial Deck 01: Sendou Aichi and V-TD02: Kai Toshiki will launch in Japanese May 11th, 2018, and in English June 8th, 2018. They will be accompanied by a new sleeve based on the "Imaginary Gift" design. The first Booster Set of the Standard format, V-BT 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4 will launch in Japan May 25th, 2018, and in English June 22nd, 2018. It will be accompanied by sleeves based on Dragonic Overlord and Blaster Blade.

The first Extra Booster set of Standard, V-EB01: The Destructive Roar will launch in Japan June 29th, 2018, and August 3rd for the English-speaking world. The accompanying new anime series, codenamed "Origin," will begin airing May 5th, 2018, on TV Tokyo and affiliated stations. It will be simulcast with English subtitles on YouTube and Crunchyroll.