On july 18th 2014 we will receive our fourteenth set called Brilliant Strike. Brilliant strike was released in Japan in December of 2013. This set has 102 cards which 3 of them are reprints. This set includes support for the Kagero, Narukami, Gensis, Murakum, Neo Nectar and the Royal and Gold paladin clans and have further cross rides and break rides. This set introduces the new concept of Quintet Wall units, which we will cover soon. Note that in the English version there will be 3 promo cards of 12 in total in each box.
Quintet Wall Units
When a Quintet Wall card is placed in the guarding circle, a player may counter blast 1 to reveal the top 5 cards of their deck and all cards of the same clan as the Quintet Wall are added to the guard circle. Note that the player must chose 1 by 1 the order of the cards in which he wishes to defend. Also, a very nice thing to note is that if a player triggers a perfect shield to go in the guard circle, that effect will activate.
A player cannot have more than 4 combined Sentinel cards in their deck. So you cannot play 4 Quintet cards and 4 perfect shields. They must combine to 4, so any combination of 4-0, 3-1, 2-2, is acceptable.
Now let us get to the cards!
Salvation Lion, Grand Ezel Scissors
This card’s effect states:
[ACT](VC) Limit Break 4 [Counter Blast (2) & Soul Blast (2)] Unlock all of your locked cards, and if you have five «Gold Paladin» rear-guards, this unit gets [Power]+10000/[Critical]+1 until end of turn, and at the end of that turn, Soul Charge (1), choose a card from your damage zone, and turn it face up. [CONT](VC):During your turn, this unit gets [Power]+1000 for each of your «Gold Paladin» rear-guards.
With a base strength of 11k, this card can easily hit the magic numbers. If you use cards to fill up your soul fast or turn up your damage quickly you can even get up to 40k and 4k criticals! You can use cards like Throw Blade Knight, Maleagant or Twin Holy Beast, White Lion which also come in this set.
Another Eradicator card! Eradicator, Tempest Bolt Dragon
His effect states:
[ACT](VC) Limit Break 4:[Counter Blast (3)-card with “Eradicator” in its card name] Retire all of each fighter’s rear-guards. [CONT](VC):During your turn, this unit gets [Power]+2000 for each fighter’s open (RC).
This card’s amazing first ability allows you to obliterate your opponent’s board and yours. And before you get his limit break, you can just sit back and enjoy his amazing passive boost. He also has 11k base damage, (of course!) This card can be the deciding factor in a game because you will not worry about intercepts and such!
This set also gives a good amount of power to Genesis cards, and they really needed it. Omniscience Regalia, Minerva, a very beautiful card allows her to stand after an attack by counter blasting, soul blasting and discarding 3 Genesis cards.
Dauntless drive dragon gets a cross ride: Dauntless Dominate Dragon “Reverse” His ability allows you to retire opponent rear-guards.
Overall, this set is great but is not ground-breaking for the game of Vanguard as was set 6, Breaker of Limits for example. We hope you enjoy this new set and we will see you for the next review!