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card review Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom 'Reverse': Pressure at Its Best

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Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom "Reverse": click to enlarge
Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom "Reverse"

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[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose one of your rear-guards, [Rest] it, and lock it] When this unit attacks a vanguard, if it is the fourth battle of that turn or more, you may pay the cost. If you do, until end of that battle, this unit gets [Power]+5000/[Critical]+1 and "[AUTO](VC): At the end of the battle that this unit attacked, if the attack did not hit during that battle, draw a card, choose one opponent's rear-guards, and retire it.".
(The locked card is turned face down, and cannot do anything. It turns face up at the end of the owner's turn.)
[CONT](VC): If you have a card named "Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom" in your soul, this unit gets [Power]+2000.
[CONT](VC/RC): Lord (If you have a unit without a same clan as this unit, this unit cannot attack)

Sink into the spiraling emptiness! Reverse Maelstrom!

  • Number: BT15-008
  • Rarity: RRR
  • Clan: Aqua Force
  • Nation: Magallanica
  • Race: Tear Dragon
  • Power: 11000
  • Grade / Skill: Grade 3 / Twin Drive!!
  • Trigger: None
Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom "Reverse"
Pressure at Its Best

written by monchehian_13 Premium Member LV9
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General description:
"It is another possibility of "Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom", generated by the power of the avatar of Void, "Link Joker". During the invasion of "Nova Grappler", the invaders have witnessed and confirmed a new phenomenon that the separated power of "Reverse" can act with its own mind. Based on this observation, they decided to carry out an experiment. The "reverse" of mind---as they could not create perfect clones of mighty warriors up to now, they performed this project simultaneously with the clone production project. They targeted "Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom" as the core of the project. The dragon has entered a deep slumber as the cost of having exerted an extraordinary power, which makes it a vulnerable target to "Link Joker". The stolen heart of the dragon was captured and dominated by "Void".

The soul of the dragon is forced to bear a heavy karma. The fallen mind of the dragon summons a black storm which heralds destruction and tries to sink the world.---The wind has ceased.
"- Cardfight Vanguard Wiki

So,lore-wisely this unit is not like some of the other "Reverse" units-it can act on its own will.It is because the dragon's power had been greatly expensed,it became an easy target of "Link Joker".It suffers a heavy sin and tries to send the world into the swirling void..---Dark Cloud Sacrifice!

I like this card because 1)it is an interesting card for me 2)it got a cool skill.

This card's ability enables you to gain advantage,regardless of your opponent's reaction.It is also a Cross Ride unit-which gives good defense.


Uses:
For me(and everyone,I suppose),we will have a specific build for this dragon because it requires clinical calculations and precise strategy to optimize the dragon's true power.I am gonna use the old guys because they use less CB and are more flexible.My deck's idea is to include couple of Storm Rider, Diamantes and combine it with Spyros or Lysandros.I choose Katy as the starting vanguard so that either Spyros or Lysandros can force guard from the opponent as Katy can add power to any "Aqua Force".(Even though Lysandros and Spyros requires a special "Counterblast",but I don't think four of non-"Storm Rider" can hurt especially when the real ace doesn't the same specific "Counterblast")

Or it can be like a deck totally full of "Blue Storm",provides more power but eats Counterblast.

Strategies and game play:
This card really put pressure as either you guard or not,an unpleasant effect will take place(for the opponent,that is).So,it is either your opponent will shed hand guarding or loses rearguard.But the user also must has the specific card to get the ability going.A bit hard there.So it is balanced.Anyway,a nice ace for Aqua Force.

Combos with other cards:

*Setuppers

With great power,comes technical difficulties(In Vanguard,that is).And that is when these willl help.

A high-powered single unit is required in a "Aqua Force" build since they tend to attack with every unit on the field unboosted,to achieve the high number of attack.That's why these are required.

[AUTO](RC):When this unit attacks, if you have a vanguard with "Blue Storm" in its card name, this unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of that battle.


[AUTO](RC):When this unit attacks, if you have a vanguard with "Blue Storm" in its card name, this unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of that battle.


And to achieve that extra attack.There are many,I will just name a few..

[AUTO](RC):[Counter Blast (1)-card with "Blue Storm" in its card name] At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, if you have a grade 3 or greater ?Aqua Force? vanguard, and it is the first or second battle of that turn, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] this unit. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.


[AUTO](RC):[Counter Blast (1)-card with "Blue Storm" in its card name] At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, if you have a grade 3 or greater ?Aqua Force? vanguard, and it is the first or second battle of that turn, you may pay the cost. If you do, [Stand] this unit. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.


[AUTO](RC): At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, if you have an ?Aqua Force? vanguard, [Stand] this unit, and this unit gets [Power]-5000 until end of turn. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.






My idea is like this :-

1)Attack with Diamantes(1st).Change position.
2)Attack with either Spyros or Lysandros(2nd).Make sure they are powered up(Katy/Tempest Blader etc.)
3)Attack again with Lysandros or Spyros(3rd).
4)(4TH!!)Maelstrom charges in-Dark Cloud Sacrifice!!-by locking the other column backrow Rearguard

Outcome:-
1)You got one standing RG for trigger
2)Rested RG for Stand trigger(if you want)
3)Consumes 2CB
4)Expenses your opponent's hand greatly

or for a cheaper one :-

1)Attack with Diamantes(1st).Change position.
2)Attack with Tidal or Benedict(2nd)(Powered up by katy etc).Stand back.
3)Attack again with Tidal or Benedict(3rd).
4)Limit Break!!-by locking the other column backrow Rearguard

The only difference is that this lack a bit of power from the above one and use 1 less CB.Your choice.

*It's either You or Me.

Since this unit is an on hit-unit,it is really good to have another on-hit unit on the field.Your opponent's hand will be really loose!

[AUTO](RC):[Counter Blast (1)-card with "Blue Storm" in its card name] When an attack hits a vanguard during the battle that this unit boosted, if you have an ?Aqua Force? vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose up to one ?Aqua Force? from your hand, and call it to (RC).
This unit's ability enables you to call unit during battle phase,gives you a chance to call another attacker to get that number of battles in a turn.


Act as the last attacker of the turn,trigger target.Effect can be pull off.


Act as the last attacker of the turn,trigger target.Effect can be pull off.


[AUTO](VC/RC): When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have an ?Aqua Force? vanguard, choose one card from your damage zone, and turn it face up.


[AUTO](VC/RC):[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit's attack hits a vanguard, if you have an ?Aqua Force? vanguard, and if it is the fourth battle of that turn or more, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose another of your ?Aqua Force? rear-guards, [Stand] it, and that unit gets [Power]+5000 until end of turn.
Act as the last attacker of the turn,trigger target.Effect can be pull off.


Act as the last attacker of the turn,trigger target.Effect can be pull off.


P/S : These are not the only on-hit units in "Aqua Force" but by taking several measures,calculating their position in the field,these are the most appropriate one.

*Power Giver

Since Spyros and Lysandros are relatively low in power,they can't hit the Vanguard on their own(assuming the Vanguard's power is 11k).So they must get support from the others and here some.

[AUTO]:When this unit is placed on (RC), choose another of your units with "Blue Storm" in its card name, and that unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of turn.


[AUTO]: Forerunner (When a unit of the same clan rides this unit, you may call this unit to (RC).
[ACT](RC):[Put this unit into your soul] Choose up to one of your ?Aqua Force?, and that unit gets [Power]+3000 until end of turn.


*Benefitters

Because of the large number of attacks produced,some other cards can take advantage of it.That what "Aqua Force" do anyway.

Be the last attacker of the turn,act as trigger-receiver if "Reverse" Maelstrom got PG'ed.


[AUTO](RC):[Choose a card from your hand, and discard it] When this unit boosts a ?Aqua Force?, if you have an ?Aqua Force? vanguard, and if it is the fourth battle of that turn or more, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw a card.
Put behind "Reverse" Maelstrom to recycle card


Be the last attacker of the turn,act as trigger-receiver if "Reverse" Maelstrom got PG'ed.


and etc.

Ways to counteract it:
1)Retires key Rearguard
2)Lock(special for "LJ") any Rearguard(they will really got messed up!)
3)Paralyzing(special for Megacolony) will interrupt a bit(they can call another RG so it is not that problematic)

Strengths/Pros:
1)Guard or not,you still pull off some effect.
2)Cheap CB
3)Crossride-gives more power

Weaknesses/Cons:
1)Lock rearguard-minus power.
2)Requires rearguard.


Variations:

BT15/008 (RRR) (Sample)
Booster Set 15: Infinite Rebirth


BT15/008 (RRR)
Booster Set 15: Infinite Rebirth


BT15/S08 (SP)
Booster Set 15: Infinite Rebirth


Artwork and aesthetics:
The artwork is amazing.The illustrator has put up many effort on drawing it.Yeah,the ring is cool---"Reverse"

Overall rating:
8/10

 

Modified on August 12, 2014 04:54 am



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herogeneral
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Subject:    Posted: August 9, 2014 06:08 am Reply with quote Report content icon

This card looks great. I have an Aqua Force deck, which is more a storm rider/Tear Dragon build, so this would definitely work for me. As soon as I get the regular card.
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Subject:    Posted: August 11, 2014 07:53 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Just have to know. How did the void show up again? wasn't it soundly thrashed in Asia Circuit?
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