Dragstrider, Luard
     – #G-BT12/001

[Stride]-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down.
[AUTO](VC) Generation Break 2 Ritual 7:[Choose two of your rear-guards, and retire them] When this unit attacks, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose any number of cards from your hand, discard them, and this unit gets [Power]+3000 for each discarded card. If you discarded two or more cards, until end of that battle, this unit gets [Critical]+1/Drive+1, and your opponent cannot call grade 1 or greater cards from hand to (GC).
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2017

Rating:  3.0

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Saikyo Cardfighter R

Only makes sense to save the best for last. New Luard’s got a lot going on, so let’s break it down. It costs 2 cards in the hand to force another 5k shield out of the opponent (unless you pay 5 for the price of 6, since 5 cards is 15k more shield eaten). Generally though, any more than 2 and you’re looking at diminishing returns: a -1 for an additional 5k stage of attack is understandable, but 2? At least you get another Drive Check plus a Critical on top of Perfect Guard sealing.

I will say though that you’re looking at the Phantom Blaster Diablo replacement: G Guardians power-crept it out of true usefulness as a finisher, and this should seal all of the important guardians, especially if combined with Enid or that promo Ferdiad as long as you can pitch 2 cards, and given we have Swordbreaker and much more shenanigans besides to load the hand that isn’t difficult.

Ritual 7’s a bit steep, so odds are that this will get dropped as a third Stride at the earliest, and this is still a net minus no matter how you spin it even with Belial Owl.

This card just takes a long game, which Luard was probably going to win anyway, and assures the win. That’s it. It’s not something to spam. No way.