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Top 10 Cards of 2014

#2 - Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon - #BT16/002EN

Date Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2014

[ACT](VC): Legion 20000 "Blaster Blade Seeker" (If your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone into your deck once, search your deck for the specified card, and Legion) [AUTO](VC):[Counter Blast (2) & Soul Blast (3) & Choose two cards from your hand, and discard them] At the end of the battle that this unit attacked a vanguard, if this unit is in Legion, you may pay the cost. If you do, search your deck for up to one card named "Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon", ride it as [Stand], shuffle your deck, choose one card named "Blaster Blade Seeker" from your soul, and perform Legion. [AUTO](VC):When this unit attacks a vanguard, this unit gets [Power]+2000 until end of that battle.

Rating:  4.50

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Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon


New thing! Literally! It's the reason you're cracking BT16 open, it's Thing Saver Dragon! (Doesn't specify WHAT things, exactly, but never mind!) As usual for any Seeker ace that receives any coverage, it legions with Blaster Blade Seeker. And your reward is: after finishing attacking the Vanguard, you Counterblast 2, Soulblast 3 and pitch 2 from the hand to ride another Sing Saver from the deck. Then, the Blaster Blade Seeker in the soul Legions with the new Sing Saver. (And yes, on Legion units like Gildas trigger here too.)


3 soul's not hard, riding nets you 2, and File can provide the third. Sadly, not repeatable because of soul deficiency (unless you ride another Legion unit first, perform Legion, and then ride Sing Saver, providing a total of 6 soul to play with, mwahahaha), but if you go off with Sing even once you've pretty much won, usually.


There isn't much I can say about her other than she's the reason Seekers are a thing, so instead I'll just bitch about a certain deck in Japan she used to be in.


Thing/Abyss doesn't really work, guys.


I'm serious. You can't use Phantom Blaster "Abyss" and then hope to use Thing Saver twice. There's too much Counterblast spoken for (unless you don't use PBA in which case I'd ask what the hell was wrong with running mono-Seekers and doing the same thing). And another thing that caught my eye was why the hell people run only 5 Grade 3s in the build and hope Wingal Brave will pick up the slack. Wingal Brave can be blocked or retired, and the lower count of Grade 3s in that case will bite you in the ass.


No, I don't care that it topped in Japan, if there's a ton of people using the same deck chance dictates it has more chances of topping. It doesn't represent what's actually good.


The whole deck sounds like a brilliant solution to a problem people are imposing on themselves and is pretty much totally preventable. Pure Abyss or Pure Thing Saver, pick a camp and stick with it. Just don't use this convoluted mess.


P.S If ever you do fight this deck, just no pass anything Wingal Brave boosts and watch their low Grade 3 bit them during their Twin Drive-less turns. They'll be sorry.



Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon
Kai, why did you turn Raging Form Dragon into a Seeker?
Just to annoy Saikyo, I'm going to do a one sentence review of this thing.
"Hope you like running vanilla beat, because this thing doesn't work with anything else."
Okay, now for the actual review itself.
First of all, STD here has the dumbest name in Vanguard.  Sheesh.  Yes, I'm calling it STD, shaddup.
Secondly, this really shouldn't be this high on the list.
And finally, this card is, well, I'll let the other two tell you what you probably came here for, glowing reviews, but I'm going to be critical of this thing.
But, first, the Lore.  Apparently STD here turns into Phantom Blaster "Abyss" sometime down the line.  Which is the only reason why the Abyssal Revengers are still part of the main timeline, since the Seekers are part of the main time-line.  So, there we go.  Back to being critical of this thing.
The problem with this card is simply this, it doesn't fit into a Seeker or a Royal Paladin deck build.  Royals in general and Seekers, other than this card, have ALWAYS been about searching the deck, filling the rear guards up, powering them up to hit high numbers that aren't easily guarded against
The problems with this card is that, unlike the other Seekers, which work to flood the field full of units to overwhelm an opponent's defense, this card stands alone, very much the antithesis of what Royal Paladin decks have done since forever from Alfred (both King and Early) to Soul Saver to the Jewel Knights to the other Seekers.
Heck, the only deck that this works similar to is Majesty Lord Blaster, and even THAT unit at least doesn't use counter blasts to use his effect, freeing them up for other units in the deck to use them.
The real shame is that to use this card, you can't use any of the other seekers that use counterblasts to do tricks, like Blaster Blade Seeker, Celyn, Alfred; nor can you use Soul Blast units like Pelham, Octavius, etc., to dump cards to the drop zone or draw an extra card.  Nope, STD has to be a greedy little...  *ahem* I won't say the next word out of respect for the mean dragon who's glaring at me now.  Anyway, STD works alone.
By itself, as a Legion, despite my ranting, it's a good card, basically a better Raging Form Dragon.  But, to use his effect to the fullest, you have to run vanilla beat, basically.  So just 10 and 12K beaters and nothing else.
Despite what Saikyo said about it being a "non-negotiable staple" in a Seeker deck, it's not.  If it was a Kagero, Shadow Paladin, Dimension Police or, heck, even a Genesis or Dark Irregular boss monster, I wouldn't complain because it would at least fit with the theme of the vanguard doing all the work.
But, as a Seeker?  No.  Just...  Just no.
It'll work most of the time, but, if you're running Seekers, I don't recommend running this in a Seeker deck.
Interestingly enough, Saikyo's the one who gave me the idea for what Royal Paladin deck to run this card in.
I mentioned the card before...
Majesty Lord Blaster
At least there, both decks run somewhat similar.
Rating: 2/5 (doesn't fit the theme of Royal Paladins, I'm lowering the rating for that)
Legion Rating: 4/5 (doesn't negate how dang good this Legion can be at times)

Jonathan Mindham
Had this at #6 on his Top 10 List


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