Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today's Card Analysis: Transraizer and Twin Blader

The Japanese cards of the day for May 15th, 2018, are two Nova Grappler units from V-BT01: UNITE! TEAM Q4, Transraizer and Twin Blader.
AUTO [Rearguard Circle]: When it boosts. [Cost: Soulblast 2], Countercharge 1, and if that attack targeted a vanguard, this unit gets Power +3000 until the end of that battle.
Transraizer was previously revealed at the Anaheim Team League event this past weekend, while Twin Blader was all but confirmed by the first episode of the Origin anime series. Due to the power of boosting units being continuously applied to the boosted unit during the battle phase, Transraizer's additional 3k will transfer to the unit it's paired with. Ideally that would be Extra Muscular, Iron Killer, or Cup Bowler to make a 23k+ column, but the 3k isn't what's really valuable about Transraizer.

Rather, it's the countercharge that makes the card useful. One countercharge off Transraizer means a second use of Perfect Raizer's counterblast or a full refund on Asura Kaiser. In conjunction with Boomerang Thrower you can further refund the soul cost and make Transraizer more sustainable, and by carefully timing your use of Hi-powered Raizer Custom you can pull Battleraizer out of the soul to soulcharge with Boomerang Thrower, then throw Battleraizer back into the soul mid-battle phase with Hi-powered, and soulblast the card with Transraizer to countercharge.

Twin Blader is the clan's Draw Trigger perfect guard, matching Iseult, Barri, and Miss Mist.
Twin Blader
CONT: Sentinel (You may only have up to 4 cards in your deck with "Sentinel")
AUTO [Guardian Circle]: When placed, [Cost: Discard 1 card from your hand], and one of your units cannot be hit until the end of that battle.
As in the other decks, Twin Blader is an important component of a good Nova Grappler build for freeing up grade 1 space. With Raizer Custom, Transraizer, Jetraizer, Death Army Guy, Rocket Hammerman, and at least one more unrevealed card all competing for those slots, the free space is a welcome addition regardless of whether you're maining Raizers or Heroes.

With this, all of Nova Grappler's Vanguard Rares, Triple Rares, and Double Rares have been revealed; There are two to three Single Rares left for the clan, depending on whether V-BT01/037 R is a Nova Grappler grade 3, a Kagerо̄ grade 1, or Kagerо̄ grade 0.

The previous Japanese Cards of the Day were Circle Magus and Luck Bird.

V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4 will launch in Japan May 25th, 2018, and in English June 22nd. It will be accompanied by sleeves based on Dragonic Overlord and Blaster Blade. V-Trial Deck 01: Sendou Aichi and V-TD02: Kai Toshiki will launch in English June 8th.

The first Extra Booster set of Standard, V-EB01: 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.