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Storm Dominator, Commander Thavas
- #G-CB02/001EN

Date Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2015

Card Effect(s) [Stride] (Released when both players' vanguards are grade 3 or greater!)-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down. [ACT](VC)[1/Turn]:[Choose a face down card named "Storm Dominator, Commander Thavas" from your G zone, and turn it face up] Choose up to one of your rear-guards, until end of turn, it gets [Power]+5000, "[CONT](RC):This unit can attack from the back row.", and until end of turn, this unit gets "[AUTO](VC) Generation Break 3 Wave-4th time (This ability is active during the specified battles of each turn):When your unit attacks a vanguard, choose three of your opponent's rear-guards, your opponent chooses one rear-guard from among them, and retires it.".

Rating: 3.25 / 5.00

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Storm Dominator, Commander Thavas
You know, if I wanted an easy GB2 sprung I'd have just ran 4 Lambros. Commander Thavas like Lambros isn't GB2 restricted but needs to be to get the fullest mileage out of him. Once per turn he chooses a RG, does a G Persona Blast, and the chosen unit gains 5k power and the ability to attack from the back row. Then if you have GB3 active after this, you get to retire an enemy rear-guard if you successfully declare a fourth attack.
Well, it's nice...I guess? I suppose having a way to ensure every battle for that turn can land helps, but to be frank it only really exists for Thavas's sake, because any other boss G3 he can combine with tends not to give two shits as long as a minimum quota on battles is met. Even later in the game when this could be combined with Thavas for a +2 in cost-less advantage, by that stage I would rather stake a win on the soft advantage and better capacity to finish with Lambros. 2 more attacks is 10k more shield thrown out so about -2 minimum, -4 if it's all 5k shields and you're lucky. This, this is an extra 5k from the souped up unit plus a +2 hard advantage that doesn't affect the opponent's hand. So all in all in terms of long term benefits I'd rather have Lambros, especially given Thavas's lack of freedom on what dies.
Retirement isn't Aqua Force's strong point and shouldn't be encouraged really. It's a 2-of copy just so he works at most but since it isn't enough to entirely screw with field filler decks just put your stakes in consecutive attacks.


Storm Dominator, Commander Thavas
So, the other Aqua Force stride from this set that's worth a RRR spot.  No specific heart needed, persona flip, give a back-row unit +5000 power and the ability to attack from the back row?  Nice.  If this is your second stride and you're at GB3, on the 4th attack, and ONLY on the 4th attack, not attacks afterwords, whatever unit attacks the Vanguard gets to select three of your opponent's units, but, sadly, they get to choose one of them to retire, not you.
Still, it can be a pain in the butt to deal with if not accounted for properly.
Not sure if better than yesterday's card, but it is pretty good for a general purpose stride.
Rating: 3.5/5


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