card review Stern Blaukluger [SP]: Here Comes Stern Blaukruger!
Stern Blaukluger [SP]
Here Comes Stern Blaukruger!
written by swarmpert
General Description of SternBlaukruger:
This is the lore of Stern Blaukruger I copy from the Cardfight wikia.
"The final model of the "Blau" series type airframe which was strengthened using the data obtained during numerous battles.
Equipped with high output energy weapons "Stern", long-range artillery at high firepower become possible.
The full power salvo is commonly referred to as "Sternen Blitz" which is done by borrowing energy supplies from nearby airframes to enable continuous irregular emissions which can last up to 692 seconds."
Awesome settings, isn't it? Just like a Gundam's setting so I really like it XD
How would I use Stern? Well, for me, an abusive deck build for Stern is better. Why? Let’s take a look on Stern’s skills.
[CONT](VC):If you have a card named "Blaukluger" in your soul, this unit gets [Power]+1000.
[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (2) & Choose two «Nova Grappler» from your hand, and discard them] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] all of your units in the same column as this unit, and this unit loses "Twin Drive!!" until end of turn.
First skill is included in all chain ride, so let’s see the second skill straightly. This is a skill which can let your vanguard to do twice, or more attack in a turn. This skill is always companied by other unit’s skill to do some combo, like Toolkit Boy, Dancing Wolf etc.
Strategies and game play:
For Stern, the strategies are easy: That’s concentrate in consuming opponent’s hands to guard Stern’s every attack. With this aim, 2 types of deck build appear, that is deck with triggers concentrated in critical or stand. Of course, a standard trigger build is also can be used for a Stern deck, but I don’t suggest this type of trigger build because it has too much of variables when trigger check which will cause you becomes luck-depending. Concentrate in one type of trigger (critical or stand) in deck will be the best, at least for Stern’s deck.
The strategy of different deck builds:
1. Critical: This deck build will give out an aggressive Stern Blaukruger. With many critical triggers in deck, your opponent would think more when considering how to guard your vanguard’s attack. Always let Stern be the first to attack. If they let Stern’s attack in, and if you drive a trigger, you can have more choices in giving the effect to which unit, even give to Stern and pay cost to do once more attack. This can help you dig up your deck to get more chances for a trigger.
2. Stand: This deck build concentrated in creating more waves of attack, slowly consume your opponents hand. It’ll also become a defensive deck. But for Stern’s skill which costs two hand card, you maybe less defensive, so I don’t recommend this build if you want to use it for tournaments.
Combos with other cards (Strengths/Pros):
The most interesting way to play is combo. So let’s see what combo can be carry out.
Stern Blaukruger needs 2 counterblast to use its skill. 2 counterblast, too much? No worry. Nova Grapplers also aimed to unflip counterblast. Let me introduce some types of damage unflipper.
1. Real time unflip: Toolkit Boy and Grapple Mania
This is an interesting combo, I think. Because they can immediately unflip 1 damage after using Stern’s skill, so the counterblast needed is looks like 1. Grapple Mania’s additional skill to return to deck can also increase the trigger in deck.
2. Unflip next turn by using Red Lightning (not recommended) / Hungry Dumpty/ Claydol Mechanic.
3. Hit and unflip: Super Electromagnetic Lifeform, Storm
Well, this unit is also not recommended to use, if you really want to increase the chance for Stern to hit opponents vanguard, because this will cause a competitive in using which skill.
Now, crossride are everywhere. So a booster with higher power is needed. But Nova Grapplers still don’t have a 10k booster, so the choice left is Dancing Wolf (only?)
Dancing Wolf can boosts to 10k for the second attack. This is quite useful if you don’t get a trigger in the previous attack.
Another way to boosts Stern’s power up:
--Beast Deity, Ethics Buster
Yes, finally a break ride unit for Nova Grappler. A 10k is added immediately when you break ride. Additionaly, your front row rearguards have one more chance to attack! This combo is extremely powerful, isn’t it?
--Rocket Hammerman, a sidekick of Nova Grappler…
An additional 2k power for every turn, if you want. But it has a disadvantage for critical deck, that’s it need to rest, and causing your rearguard’s power lowered. Stand deck at least got a chance to stand it to boost your rearguard.
Because the skill of chain ride, Stern Blaukruger gets an additional 1k as long as Blaukruger is in your soul. A defense point of 11k can decrease the chance to using more hand cards to guard opponent’s attack, especially the power like “20k”.
Did I hear Limit Break? Another important advantage of Stern Blaukruger is it don’t restrict by any “Break”! All it needs is just 2 counterblast (of course, and 2 hand cards) So we can use its skill in early game to force opponent takes more damage or lose more hand cards.
Ways to counteract it (Weaknesses/Cons):
-Ways to overcome Stern Blaukruger’s Sternen Blitz? It’s easy! I recommend you to use only a perfect guard to nullify Stern’s attack. I think no need to explain, isn’t it? Can’t hit your vanguard, Stern Blaukruger won’t be able to use its skill. So, if you don’t want Stern activates its skill, just don’t let its attack hit.
-As a chain ride unit, Stern has another weakness, that’s when Blaukruger doesn’t in your soul. And Nova Grappler don’t have a unit like Nightmare Painter which can solve this problem.
Variations & Artwork:
Now, Stern Blaukruger already included in both Japanese and English version. And it has 2 rarities which is RRR and SP.
Well, Stern Blaukruger only has 1 artwork until now, which is the masterpiece of Takayamatoshyaki...this is a sad case for us, the Stern Blaukruger’s fans thought…
I’ll give Stern Blaukruger a rate of 9/10 because of the weakness of it’s skill, which needs to drop 2 cards…I REALLY HATE THIS COST! This made Stern Blaukruger unperfect.
Modified on June 28, 2013 01:57 pm
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