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Top 10 New Cardfight Vanguard Cards of 2013

#8 - Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom

- #BT08/005EN

Date Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2013

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Go Rogue,
Go Pro

What's up, you guys?!  It's Friday, and time for the #8 card in the Top 10 Cards of 2013.  Let's see what I chose this time...
Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom
Power: 11000
Grade 3
Clan: Aqua Force
Race: Tear Dragon
[AUTO](VC) Limit Break 4 (This ability is active if you have four or more damage):When this unit attacks a vanguard, if it is the fourth battle of that turn or more, until end of that battle, this unit gets [Power]+5000 and "[AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit's attack hits, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw a card, choose one opponent's rear-guards, and retire it.".
[CONT](VC/RC):If you have a non-«Aqua Force» vanguard or rear-guard, this unit gets [Power]-2000.

...now I know I'm going to get a lot of hate for this one, but hear me out on this one.  This one was another tough decision seeing how I was deciding between this and my other honorable mentions, Trans-core Dragon or the Crossride, Glory Maelstrom, but I had to choose regular Maelstrom for one simple reason: out of all of the aces that Aqua Force has, nothing adds more CONSTANT pressure than Maelstrom.  Trans-core adds the extra Critical in exchange of a discard, but that's only for a turn unless you keep riding into more Trans-cores.  Glory Maelstrom is able to pressure by forcing only Grade 0's to guard, but that's only at Ultimate Break and is still limited by your Counterblasts, and after the first or second time, most players will be able to expect the next time it happens, but with Maelstrom, that Limit Break will happen each and every time without any huge cost aside from making him the 4th or higher attack, and with Aqua Force, that is VERY possible with Diamantes, Basil, Benedict or any other units that re-stand or switch vertical positions, and I never even got a chance to the effect.  Aside from the 5,000 power boost, should Maelstrom hit, then at a cost of a Counterblast, you get to draw a card AND retire an opponent's rear-guard.  That right there is a two card profit as you are gaining one and your opponent is losing one!

The fact that Maelstrom can...turn the tide...at a single attack is incredible and noteworthy to put onto my list.

Rating: 4.5/5
Art: 4/5
Next Week: People bought Trial Decks JUST for #7...

Go Rogue...Go Pro!
...and DON'T be a Sackboy!!!


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