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Star-Vader, Ruin Magician

- #BT15/033EN (R)

Date Reviewed: Oct. 21, 2014

[AUTO]:[Counter Blast (1)] When this unit is placed on (RC), if you have a «Link Joker» vanguard, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose a card from your drop zone with "Я" in its card name for each different rear-guard you have with "Я" in its card name, and put it into your hand.

Rating:  3.0

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Star-Vader, Ruin Magician


Now to move onto the next card, Ruin Magician. When called, counterblast 1 to retrieve from your drop zone, a Reverse unit for every different Reverse rear-guard you have.


Obviously this is supposed to allow you to pay for Glendios's Limit Break again by adding fodder to toss and keep stuff locked for a little longer. But how effective Ruin Magician truly is depends on what's been locked when he resolves. He is at least a +1 for CB1 in the average scenario, then Omega generates an inverted +0 by keeping stuff locked (-1 from the LB, then save guard on next turn for on average +1). Yet, having to spend CB2 for the sake of locking just 1 thing seems quite iffy, especially since for that sort of price a direct +1 with something like Kagero or Narukami could be achieved. What's worse is that the options to search for any more Reverse units are somewhat limited, so Ruin on a good day can realistically only achieve 1 more Omega Lock before Glendios is forced to play the Vanilla game afterwards.


Yet, again in the absence of anything else, Ruin Magician has a spot saved for it in its own build.



Star-vader, Ruin Magician
This is what allows a Glendios deck to keep going, so long as you have reverse units in play, for each one with a different name, you can return a reverse unit from your drop zone to your hand for a single counterblast.  Combine this with Praseodymium (how the heck do you pronounce that name?) and you can get back 2-3 units from the drop zone and unflip 2-3 damage in a single turn, provided you have two different reverse units, of course.
It really sets up Glendios, both the Omega Lock and the World's End.
Rating: 4/5


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