Thursday, June 7, 2018

Burner Ant revealed on Vanguard YouTube Channel

The official Japanese YouTube channel revealed a new card as part of its weekly roundup, a Megacolony Common from V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar, Burner Ant.
ACT [Rearguard Circle]: [Cost: Rest this unit] Choose 1 of your opponent's rearguards in the same column as this unit, and move it to one of your opponent's empty Rearguard Circles.
ACT [Rearguard Circle]: [Cost: Discard 1 card from your hand] Stand this unit, and it gets Power +5000 until end of turn.
Like Nasty Smog, Burner Ant follows one of Megacolony's new themes of manipulating the opponent's rearguards in the same column as itself. Burner can essentially retire a rearguard for the cost of resting itself, by moving a front row attacker to the circle behind the opponent's vanguard, or force the opponent to intercept by moving it behind another attacker. Choosing to use its second skill shifts that cost to a discard, but needs to be used carefully; considering that Megacolony now has a pattern of using discard costs and self retiring for its effects, stacking them recklessly will deplete the hand faster than you can replenish it and leave you exposed. One way around this is to use the clan's Protect Gift to pay the costs, utilizing the extra cards offensively rather than defensively.

Being an 8k, Burner actually has the lowest base power of any grade 2 in Standard. This can be offset with Phantom Black, Butterfly Officer, and/or his own power bonuses, though each come at a -1. The card also synergizes with the aforementioned Smog by relocating rearguards to the same column as Smog, actually denying the opponent their intercept and keeping them from standing that back row unit.

The episode also confirms that Bushiroad's official translation of Tachikaze's unique mechanic Busou Gauge is "Equip Gauge," rather than Armament or Armed Gauge.

Last week's YouTube exclusive was Satanic Middleguard.

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.