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Omniscience Dragon, Afanc - #G-TCB02/003EN

Reviewed: Sep. 2, 2016

[Stride]-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]:[Counter Blast (1) & Choose a face down card from your G zone, and turn it face up] Choose any number of your rear-guards, and until end of turn, they get "[CONT](RC):This unit cannot be retired by card effects.", and for each rear-guard chosen with this effect, this unit gets [Power]+4000.

Rating:  3.25

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Omniscience Dragon, Afanc
Closing the week is the worst of the GRs in this set in my mind, Afanc, but okay sorta. His skill is ACT and costs Counterblast 1 and flips a G Unit in the G Zone face-up. Any number of your rear-guards currently on the board will not be retired by card effects this turn, and then Afanc gains 4k for every card you chose to gain the non-retire skills.
Well he isn't BAD, but the main problem is one I didn't touch on last review: Obtirandus has no real synergy with anything other than Darkface because of the costs going into paralyzing and how much of it it can do. Likewise, the only Great Nature deck that could leverage Afanc well is Bigbelly. Something like a Tester Fox deck and Hammsuke deck for hippies build WANTS their shit to die to increase hand, so for obvious reasons this is not staple. Leo-pald decks also find this largely redundant due to how they can revive their shit. Afanc's only here to allow things like Crayon Tiger to work better, since dying is not a condition to draw cards in GN usually. 
Not cost efficient unless the plan is to murder several things at once in the same turn. And I severely doubt you're going to use Afanc just for the massive VG lane, which is even more depressing.

Winston Fairwinds

[Omniscience Dragon, Afanc]

Sorry Kagero players. Immediately after getting your stellar G-Guards, Great Nature gets a first stride that makes them unusable while this Stride is on board. 

I don't like how the Stride only give power to itself, but the balance fairy in my ear says it shouldn't, given the utility it provides. Now, you can draw cards with no minus to your field, which is great when you're versus Phantom Blaster Diablo or the looming threat of Lawless Mutant Deity, Obtirandus. Great Nature did excel at drawing more cards than they retired, but G-Great Nature doesn't even have to play that balancing act anymore. You'll still want to clear your board versus Link Joker, Brawlers, and Vanquisher though, so Omniscience Dragon, Afanc probably won't be utilized in those matchups.

Omniscience Dragon, Afanc isn't as effective with older units and effects that *require* things to actually hit the Drop Zone, like the Hamsters and Tester legion. Bigbelly pulls his weight and more with the new support, so as far as serious Great Nature playing is concerned, it might be time to move on.



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