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King of Knights' Vanguard, Ezzell - #PR/0144EN

Date Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2015

[ACT](VC): Legion21000 "King of Knights, Alfred" (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) [ACT](VC):[Soul Blast (2) & Choose a card from your hand with the same name as a unit on your (VC), and discard it] If this unit is Legion, search your deck for up to one grade 2, grade 1 and grade 0 card, call them to separate (RC), and shuffle your deck. [CONT](VC):If this unit is Legion, your units cannot boost this unit.

Rating:  2.50

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King of Knights' Vanguard, Ezzell
Speaking of a VERY old card getting a new trick, here's king of Knights' Vanguard, Ezzell. He Legions with the King of Knights, Alfred, and for all that effort, you seal Ezzell's ability to be boosted, but at the same time, you can soulblast 2 and discard a copy of himself or Alfred from the hand to call from the deck a Grade 0, 1 and 2 to separate circles.
...I can't really get into this. Like before Alfred gets all of its skills on VG circle, so unboosted (and it will be), it's 31k power total. But a beatstick is pretty much the only thing it can reasonably do. Its main skill is reminiscent of Luquier in that it calls a massive hail. In theory. Except it usually never happens unless your opponent is a retire-based deck or you called jack-all that game because the hand just sucked. It's also an ACT skill that requires 1 of 6 potential targets still left in the hand and deck, so it's chance-based as well.
Alfred Exiv with a decent booster is Ezzell, in a nutshell. It's got collector's value but I wouldn't really use it in a deck while Seekers outclass it.

King of Knights' Vanguard, Ezzell
...I'm going to go by the original Japanese translation for this guy.
Vanguard of the King of Knights, Ezzell/Ezer
Though, considering that L and R are the same letter in Japan, it does make sense to translate Ezer and Ezzell.  That silly Japanese language.
Anyway, Ezzell is another Throwback Legion and one of the Throwback Legions I was most worried about.  The other one would have been if they made the original Dragonic Overlord a Legion Mate, but then Bushiroad went a step further and out-did my worst fears.  We'll get to those at another time.
Ezzell here Legions with the original King of Knights, Alfred, and thankfully Bushiroad recognized that it would be a problem if Ezzell could be boosted while in Legion, so they made it so that Ezzell had Alfred's "no boosting this unit on V" ability when it's in Legion.  Otherwise Rune Eagle would make this a 41,000 (or more) Legion attack every turn.  And no one wants to see that.
The Throwback skill is to Soul Blast 2 and Persona Blast either Ezzell or Alfred to superior Call a Grade 2, a Grade 1 and a Grade 0, well, up to one of each, from the deck to the field.  And, yes, you can do it more than once a turn if you want to. Loaded field with minimal fuss?  Yes, please.
If we had Kuraudia, this deck could be even better.  Kuraudia, for those who don't know, is a forerunner with Margal/Silent Sage, Sharon's ability to put itself into the Soul and give a Royal Paladin +3000 for the turn.  It came in the Burst trial deck in Japan.  (Which is also where Blaster Blade Burst came from, grr!)
As someone once said to me when I was using this against him online "the King has returned to his former glory".
I will admit that Seeker Alfred, thanks to Rune Eagle, can hit for higher power, plus get the extra critical.  So, this isn't as good as Seeker Alfred, but, hey, if you wanted to dust off your old, um, current, um...  Damn you Time Travel!  If you wanted to dust off the original...  DANG IT!  Stupid Ezzell, why do you have to be Alfred's father and have a card called King of Knights, Ezzell?
Anyway, if you have any BT-01 Alfreds laying around in your binder and you get this card, why not dust off that deck and give it new life?
Still, it's not bad, and it could lead to some very interesting and entertaining Royal Paladin decks in the future.
Rating: 3/5


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