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Storm Rider, Diamantes
May 23, 2013
[AUTO](RC): When this unit attacks a vanguard, if you have an «Aqua Force» vanguard, and if it is the first battle of that turn, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle, and at the beginning of the close step of that battle, choose another of your «Aqua Force» rear-guards in the same column as this unit, and exchange positions with this unit. (The state of the card does not change)
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Hey everyone, Azure here, and its my 21st Birthday!
Anywho, this week we seem to be covering key units from
Aqua Force. For anyone who hasn't tried this clan, I
highly recommend it, its a different style of thinking
and requires different setups(For obvious) reasons to
max out the potential they bring to the table. Today we
have Storm Rider, Diamantes.
Diamantes has a relatively straight forward effect.
When you attack first with it, it gains +2k power for
that battle. As a rearguard in the Aqua Force, this is
great, can hit most Vanguards and rearguards without a
boost, and switches with the unit behind it creating
more attacks to further reach the goal of 3rd and 4th
attacks for your Vanguard.
However I do believe there is one obvious draw back.
The 9000 power can be crushing if forced to ride and use
it as your Vanguard. So be aware of the numbers you can
All in All, I'm going to give this guy a 3/5. While
yes he a great rearguard grade 3, between the 11k
attacks and the switching. He's rather poor as the
Vanguard and theres always the risk that you would have
to ride him. Also, if you stand him for whatever reason,
he doesnt gain his boost. So again, 3/5 for the Storm
What's up, you guys?! It's time for day 4 of Aqua
Force week, and today, we have...
Storm Rider, Diamantes
Clan: Aqua Force
[AUTO](RC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, if you
have an «Aqua Force» vanguard, and if it is the first
battle of that turn, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until
end of that battle, and at the beginning of the close
step of that battle, choose another of your «Aqua Force»
rear-guards in the same column as this unit, and
exchange positions with this unit. (The state of the
card does not change.)
See, now THIS is what I'm talking about! Instead of
sounding like a broken record and practically repeat
what I said about Basil in here, let's talk about why I
love this over Basil so much: Diamantes starts off the
attacks at 11,000 and can swap spots with the unit
behind it. That extra 1,000 in power allows the first
attack to be just as threatening as the other attacks
especially against an 11,000 Vanguard (basically,
nothing that's Majesty Lord Blaster or a Crossride)
unlike Basil which makes him fall shy by that same 1,000
power. Also, when you decide to swap, you normally would
swap spots with Lazarus, Algos, Valeria, etc. Basically,
either the 10,000 vanilla or anything that has an effect
after a certain number of attacks.
The other thing that needs to be noted is that when
he does move back to the backrow, it lets an interceptor
up to guard during the opponent's turn AND it makes it
so that the only things that can tag Diamantes while
he's back there is Tejas, FUSHIMI (yes, it's spelt like
that), Blaster Blade and anything else that can tag a
backrow unit which is pretty minimal these days and all
but solidifies that you will be attacking 4 times a turn
while he's just relaxing safely in the back line. Basil,
on the other hand, is a Grade 2, so that makes him much
more of a target by Berserk Dragon and Dragonic
Deathscythe just to name a couple off the top of my
In short, Diamantes is the eldest brother of the
Storm Riders for a VERY good reason, and that's because
he knows how the...*puts on sunglasses* eb and flow of
battle works *cue CSI: Miami theme*!
Rating: 4.5/5 (Can't give it a solid 5 as if you are
forced to ride into him, you practically are screwed.
Next time: ...I thought Iron Man was the one with the
Go Rogue...Go Pro!!!
Storm Rider Diamantes
Now we get into
the more threatening of the storm riders. Diamantes is
exactly like Basil, with the exception of being one
grade higher, and 1k bigger. Like Basil, he attacks at a
+2k bonus if attacking first, and is attacking the
vanguard. The difference is that attacking at 11k can
actually force a guard from the opponent much more often
than just 10k. Because of this, Diamantes allows greater
optimization of your attacks, forcing your opponent to
take more damage or lose more cards by the time your
vanguard is attacking. Throw in a stand trigger or two
and you are potentially looking at a very quick endgame.
much higher utility than Basil; not only with his higher
attacking power, but the fact that he is grade 3 makes
him searchable by Officer Cadet Erikk, who is the
typical starter for Aqua Force decks.
Rating: 5/5 –
Ideal storm rider after riding to grade 3.