Written and Edited by:
Matt Perez and Chad Leiske
Visions of the Future
Welcome to the first entry in an article series we're titling "Future Vision". My name is Matt Perez and I'll be writing this bi-weekly article series for Team Vision. Future Vision articles will take a look at recently revealed cards from Bushiroad Japan and analyze them with the information we have at that current time. We believe that understanding, play testing and theory crafting about cards long before they reach our shores is a surefire way to improve your play ability.
Some disclaimers before we get into the meat of the article. Since this is a very early preview of these cards, be aware that additional cards, rulings or information may come out that may invalidate, or make my statements here no longer correct. A great example is that on 6/24/2019 Bushiroad Japan clarified that you will not be able to stride over Blaster Blades in Premium. Vision wants to get you thinking about what cards are going to be good in the next set, and potential applications they could have!
V-BT-05 Aerial Steed Liberation
V-BT-05's first reveal has set the tone for a set that will change the way Vanguard is played in Standard. Bushiroad is looking to bring the other clans up to speed with Bermuda Triangle, and also begin to tackle the advantage that players have when going first. Solitary Knight, Gancelot is an interesting card design that pushes the boundaries of Vanguard, and will be a key player in the upcoming meta.
Not so Solitary?
[CONT](VC):All of the "Blaster Blade" on your (VC) or (RC) get [Power]+10000.
[CONT](VC):During your turn, if your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, your front row circles with "Blaster Blade" on them become (VC).
((VC) abilities activate, and perform drive checks)
Every Blaster Blade on the field gets 10,000 power, and front row circles occupied by Blaster Blades become VG circles with a drive check! While the transforming circle mechanic is unique, we have seen something similar to this before with Divine Knight King, Alfred Holy Saver, which gave Blaster Blade twin drive.
Another factor to keep in mind is that VG abilities will be active on these circles. Bushiroad themselves mentioned that if you have four other RGs out that Blaster Blade will get an additional critical! Other applications include riding on top of Blaster Blade which will accrue you a Force Marker and allow any on-ride Vanguard abilities to activate! Remember that once Blaster Blade leaves the circle it will no longer be a VG circle.
An important line of text on this card that is indicative of Bushiroad's design philosophy in this set is "if your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater". This rewards players who go second, as they will have access to a far more explosive turn than the first player. So while player one may get access to their gift first, player 2 will be able to have 3-4 drive checks with additional power to the front row.
Expect to see more lines of text very similar to this through BT-05 as Bushiroad begins to tackle the problem of going second immediately putting you at a disadvantage.
Worried that you may not be able to find your Blaster Blade's in time? Don't worry, Bushiroad has you covered.
Consistency is King
[AUTO](RC):When placed, if your vanguard is grade 3 or greater, COST [Counter Blast (1)], search your deck for up to one "Blaster Blade", reveal it and put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.
Knight of the Harp, Tristan is functionally an additional four copies of Blaster Blade. No longer will you need to worry about being able to find Blaster Blade by your Exculpate turn, or now by your Gancelot turn.
This card enables you to run fewer cards that say "CB1 Draw One" such as Knight Squire Allen, and Little Sage Marron as you no longer will have to draw blindly, just tutor the card directly.
Blaster Blade and Man's Best Friend
This changes a few other cards in the deck also. As of 6/24/2019, no other card is more effective at supporting Blaster Blade than Wingal. I believe that Wingal will become more of a staple card now. Wingal boosting a Blaster Blade will be 23,000 power by themselves, adding Gancelot's power will put them at an incredibly strong magic number of 33,000.
Hypothetically, your Grade 1 line up will look like this:
4x Knight of Friendship, Kay
4x Knight of the Harp, Tristan
Unless we see better Grade 2s, Bedivere and Kay are still a fantastic duo and are a must include in the deck!
Gancelot enables Royal Paladin to be powerful both going first, and going second, something only Bermuda Triangle has been capable of up to this point. I fully expect cards like this to be revealed for all clans to narrow the gap between first and second.
Gancelot's abilities are nothing short of fantastic. Utilizing Blaster Blades to reach up to four drive checks a turn in Standard is terrifying for any opponent to contend with. Compound that with the fact that the deck now has a way to search Blaster Blade to the hand, you have the makings of a very powerful deck that will make waves in the meta on release. Much like Bermuda Triangle, your goal is to get your opponent to three damage before your first Grade 3 ride. Utilizing Bedivere and Kay for 24,000 power columns will be potent against Protect and Accel decks as it makes them drop 20,000 shield to guard.
Consider picking up these cards for the deck, as they are core components to the deck that will likely not change: Flash Shield Iseult, Knight of Loyalty Bediviere, Knight of Friendship, Kay, and Exculpate the Blaster.
The craziest part about all of this? We're only a few cards into the reveals and the clan is already this good! Strap in, we're about to see the biggest meta-game shift in ages!
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