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Amon's Leader, Astaroth - #PR/0164EN

Date Reviewed: Feb. 24, 2015

[ACT](VC): Legion21000 "Demon World Marquis, Amon" (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) [CONT](VC) If this unit is Legion, this unit gets [Critical]+1 for every ten cards in your soul. [AUTO](VC):When your opponent's rear-guard is put into the drop zone due to an effect from one of your cards, if you have another unit with "Amon" in its card name in your middle column, Soul Charge (3). This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.

Rating:  3.50

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Amon's Leader, Astaroth


...Better. I guess. This Legions with Demon World Marquis, Amon, and for your troubles, he gains an extra critical for every 10 cards you have in your soul. And whenever a unit the opponent controls is retired by your skill, you Soulcharge 3 cards.


...Neat. Assuming you fulfill the condition to get at least one Critical, factoring in Amon's skill, it's 31k unboosted with Critical whenever it attacks. Nothing to sneeze at and certainly easy enough to set up. Amon's skill is more often than not the main way to spring the 3rd skill to get the 10 you need, so it's 4 soul right off the bat. Apart from that, I don't really recommend going out of your way to accrue like 20 soul in here just to gain more. 1 more crit is all you need to pressure an opponent on 3 damage, and there's the risk of decking out. Just use it to spring stuff like Doreen or that Psychic of Dust guy for a swift 9k power bonus and drive them columns home.


As far as fail-cons go, Amon isn't a bad ride, and as soon as you ride Astaroth at least Amon is in the soul to fuel both you new Vanguards so you don't lose THAT much.


It's nice to see Dark Irregulars gain another incremental reward for soul beside MORE sodding power. I'd say he's probably the most viable build at the moment so don't be shy to grab him. If you can afford 4 Trial Decks, anyway. They'll make nice presents, perhaps.




Amon's Leader, Astaroth
And here's another throw-back Legion for everyone.  This time he legions with Amon, the original super high numbers Vanguard.
Fun fact, when I saw Thing Saver Dragon, my first thought was "if I could run that in a Dark Irregular Deck, it would actually be really good."
According to the lore, after Link Joker disappeared and Amon lost the power of the Reverse, he also lost a ton of his power, so he joined up with Astaroth here to eliminate the stagnation in the Dark Zone.  Both are plotting to destroy each other later on down the line, but for now, they work together.
A little tidbit for you, Astaroth is the Ancient Babylonian Demon Prince of Hell.
So, unlike the other Throw-Back Legions we've covered so far, Astaroth here has a skill that actually works when not in Legion.  You can have one of the House of Amon units behind him and use Gwynn the Ripper to retire a unit, then Soul Charge 3.  That's pretty cool.
Anyway, when in Legion with Amon, for every 10 cards in the soul, you get +1 critical.
This is the point where we all say that Amon R was better, since it only needed 6 in the soul to get +1 critical, right?
Oh, right, Amon himself still gets +1000 for each Dark Irregular in the Soul and can retire rear guards by moving one of your Dark Irregulars into the soul.  So...  Soul Charge of 4 for 1 CB.  That's...  Really good.  It lets Doreen the Thruster get to some stupidly high numbers as well.  The biggest downside is that, well, besides needing 10 in the soul for +1 critical, and, it should be noted that if there's 20 in the soul, it's +2, 30 is +3, but if you have 30 in the soul, you don't have much of a deck left, is the incredible reliance on Doreen for the deck.  In fact, that's one of the biggest problems Dark Irregulars have, they just pump up the soul, they don't DO much with it outside of big numbers.  At least Pale Moon and Genesis, both clans that pump up the soul, can do things with it other than "big soul is big numbers".
Granted, I get it, they're demons and they consume the souls of the fallen to increase their strength, but there really needs to be something for Dark Irregulars other than just piling on the soul.
...Well, there is Stil Vampir, who is still pretty nasty.
And, if you're in Legion with Astaroth as your Legion, you do NOT need a booster once you get to +1 critical, as that's 31,000 by itself.
At least Dark Irregulars have several options when it comes to what they want to run in the current format, unlike some of the clans out there, which is nice.
Rating: 4/5


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