Thursday, June 21, 2018

Today's Card Analysis: Winged Dragon, Skyptero

The Japanese Card of the Dayfor June 21st, 2018, is a Tachikaze Single Rare from V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar, Winged Dragon Skyptero.
AUTO: When this unit is retired from Rearguard Circle during your turn, [Cost: Counterblast 1] return this unit to your hand.
A remake of BT02: Onslaught of Dragon Souls' Skyptero, the skill is almost an exact replica of the original but with an important caveat--"during your turn." The original Skyptero could be used to foil retire skills that targeted it, while the new incarnation is strictly intended for synergy with retire costs like Tyrant Deathrex's. Given that this version of Skyptero has average base power rather than being below the margin, it's a welcome exchange.

While Skyptero allows for retire costs to be offset into neutral exchanges, the card also allows Tachikaze to be noncommital with its rearguard placement. You can call Skyptero to an Accel circle for a base 18 swing, retire it with Deathrex and then return it to hand, freeing the circle for a more powerful attacker later like Sharangastego. This flexibility is natural to Tachikaze, and by returning Skyptero to hand allows you to guard with him during the opponent's turn just as the clan did with the Skyptero and Dragon Egg of seven years' past.

The previous Japanese Card of the Day was Cheer Girl, Franny.

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.