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Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Blademaster "Taiten"
- #G-BT07/005EN

Date Reviewed: June 16, 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. [AUTO](VC/RC):Blaze (At the beginning of each of your attack, if the number of rear-guards you have is greater than your opponent's, your vanguard becomes blazing until end of turn) [ACT](VC)[1/Turn] Generation Break 2:[Counter Blast (1) & Choose a face down card from your G zone, and turn it face up] Choose up to the same number of your opponent's rear-guards as the number of face up cards named "Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Blademaster "Taiten"" in your G zone, retire them, and until end of turn, this unit gets "[CONT](VC):If this unit is blazing, this unit gets [Critical]+1.".

Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Blademaster "Taiten"
"This is the blade the surpasses the limits"? Bushi, English, plz.
Taiten packs Blaze, which puts him in the Blazing state any time a unit attacks when you have more rear-guards than the opponent, and has a GB2 ACT skill on top. Once per turn, he Counterblasts 1 and flips a G Zone card to retire opposing rear-guards equal to the number of face-up Taiten in the G Zone. Then he gains a skill that gives him +1 Critical when he's Blazing.
Well, okay, being able to murder cards for pretty cheap is nice. This will require a quick Vortex Desire or Mustafa to set him up to a point he's practical as a second Stride, and after all that, what's he got to show for it? Just a Critical. Late in the game that's pretty irrelevant, so it really only exists to soften up hand before the need to drop the Ace or Nouvelle Vague L'Express comes around.
Is this what Kagero liked? Certainly. Is it what Kagero NEEDS? Probably not. None of which changes the fact my own deck is running three of these bastards, so make of it how you will.

Winston Fairwinds
[Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Blademaster "Taiten"]
(Cue Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen.mp3)

What we have here is Kagero at its purest: no guard restriction, no restanding, just pure board sniping. He's not a persona flip, so if you want to stride into this crit-bearing beatstick more than twice, flip over another unit. Just remember the amount of units he retires depends on how much of him is face-up in the G-Zone. He doesn't do a lot against Magia and Hollow, but those decks occasionally leave one or two units on the board permanently, and Taiten's crit happens regardless of if you sniped units or not. He has a lot of countercharge available to him, so you might just forget his effect even costed a counterblast. Though Magia and Hollow are concerns as far as matchups go, everyone else is gonna hate their board being mangled for 1 Counterblast. And that's not including Grade 3 Blademaster, Twilight Horn, etc.

His skill is an ACT skill, so Dizmel and Saint-Germain ain't coming to save nobody.

Might as well bring Overlord into the conversation: if you want to run 4 Taiten in your Overlord G-Zone, your space is already tight, but you can always flip a copy of Taiten over with Vortex Desire if you can't get a G-Guardian off before your first stride. Easy.



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