Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Today's Card Analysis: Bloody Hercules

The Japanese Card of the Day for May 30th, 2018, is a Megacolony Single Rare from V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar, Bloody Hercules.
AUTO [Rearguard Circle]: When placed, [Cost: Soulblast 1] this unit gets Power +6000 until end of turn.
AUTO [Vanguard/Rearguard Circles]: When its attack hits, Countercharge 1, and 1 of your units gets Power +6000 until end of turn.
Like all of the Protect grade 2s seen thus far Hercules is a base 9k, with its first skill being copied directly from Silent Tom's template over in Oracle Think Tank. With Phantom Black, Hercules jumps up to a 29k lane that blocks the opponent from guarding with Normal Units, an attack that can only be guarded with one guardian via a Heal Trigger; otherwise it requires a minimum two cards to stop.

Hercules' on-hit skill is among the few repeatable countercharges in the Standard game, along with Transraizer's on-boost and Perfect Raizer's on-hit. The difference being, Transraizer is restricted by soul and Perfect Raizer has to hit a vanguard. Hercules can countercharge off of hitting anything, and so can dive on a key rearguard and still benefit from unflipping a damage and powering up a unit. Speaking of, that 6k is anything but arbitrary--like with Phantom Black, it's designed to turn columns made up of a 9k attacker and 8k booster into 23ks, grazing them into the threshold where the opponent needs to drop a Critical Trigger to block. While no counterblasts for Megacolony have been revealed just yet, having regular access to countercharge from turn 2 as well as a pressure attack that can lure the opponent into guarding unnecessarily is a powerful asset.

The primary concern right now is what Megacolony will be capable of and at what cost thresholds. Kagerо̄ can already kill units on-place for as low as counterblast 1 if grade-restricted, and CB1 SB1 if not. It's conceivable Megacolony will be able to stun rearguards of any grade (or even multiple rearguards simultaneously) for just CB1, which Hercules could turn into free stuns.

Of note is that Hercules' set number is #030, so there's one more card between it and Phantom Black.

The previous Japanese Card of the Day was Assist Pteryx.

V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar will launch in Japan June 29th, 2018, and August 2nd for the English-speaking world. The accompanying new anime series, codenamed "Origin," began airing May 5th, with an English-subtitled simulcast on both YouTube and Crunchyroll.