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Taboo Star-Vader, Rubidium

- #BT15/032EN (R)

Date Reviewed: Oct. 22, 2014

[AUTO]:[Retire this unit] When this unit is placed on (GC), if you have a card named "Star-vader, "Omega" Glendios" on your (VC), you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your rear-guards with "Я" in its card name, the unit that is being attacked during that battle changes to that unit, and all of your guardians guard that unit.

Rating: 3.00

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Taboo Star-Vader, Rubidium


Wednesday bring what is basically Glendios's main line of defence, Rubidium. When the opponent attacks Glendios, drop this as guard, and then it disappears from the guardian circle as a cost to redirect the attack to a Reverse rear-guard.


NOTE ON OFFICIAL RULING: If a card like Dragonic Kaiser Vermillion attacks more than one unit and you drop this, it forces all the attacks to become one singular attack towards the Reverse unit. Also, since your interceptor is no longer being attacked, it can now intercept. It's the ultimate troll play when they've spent Counterblast 3 and you drop this effectively costless shield.


The reason for this thing's existence is obvious. You're meant to deal with the fact that you can't toss Reverse units as the cost for the Perfect Guard by having this card as your defence instead. Truthfully however, I am not comfortable with abandoning them entirely, not since the number of available Reverse units is thin enough as it is, and realistically the number of non-Link Joker Reverse units run in the deck isn't really making enough of an impact in terms of available fodder (especially since Reverse Cradle, which is already a Link Joker exists).

Second problem is what, apart from PGs, you would reasonably drop to make room. You've got Ruin Magicians, Praseodymiums, and however many PGs you want, and realistically not much more than that since you've had to cut other Grades to make room for the Reverse cards in your deck. You need to remember that for every one of this you run, you're giving up not running the Perfect Guard instead.


It's okay, I suppose, but I don't really enjoy sacrificing the consistency PGs afford me.



Taboo Star-vader, Rubidium
The fact that you'll likely have a lot of grade 3s in your hand, not to mention that most of them won't be Link Joker, it really makes it hard for Glendios to use perfect guards.
Well, this card makes up for it in a major, major way.  When your opponent attacks Glendios, you can redirect the attack towards a Reverse unit that you control, keeping Glendios safe and only losing some of your field in the process.
Essentially, it's a cost-less Perfect Guard.  However, there is a big benefit for this card.  Any card that has an effect that will only activate when attacking the vanguard will lose that ability because they're not attacking the Vanguard, they're attacking a rear guard.
If you've got the World's End ready to go, you can just sit there and go "where are you aiming?".  And even if you aren't going for that, you still get to control the flow of the opponent's attacks, thus saving you a lot of cards in your hand.
Rating: 3.5/5


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