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King of Sadism, Dudley Caligula
- #G-BT09/017EN  

Reviewed: Jan. 16, 2017

[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):[Counter Blast (1) & Choose two cards from your hand, and put them into your soul & Choose a face down card named "King of Sadism, Dudley Caligula" from your G zone, and turn it face up] When this unit attacks a vanguard, if you have a heart card with "Dudley" in its card name, you may pay the cost. If you do, reveal eleven cards from the top of your deck, choose up to three cards with "Dudley" in its card name from among them, call them to separate open (RC), and they get [Power]+2000 until end of turn. Shuffle your deck.

Rating: 2.50

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King of Sadism, Dudley Caligula
So continuing with the things from Divine Dragon Caper that are either bland or grudgingly okay, a new Dudley G Unit, which, when you have a Dudley heart, Counterblasts 1, G Persona Blasts and moves 2 hand cards to the soul to call 3 Dudley cards from the top 11 cards of your deck, and the called cards gain 2k until end of turn.
...Well, it's a +1, but to be honest, I'm not impressed. Plussing is its only real feature since the Dudley deck as a whole cannot perform the string of attacks that other Spike decks are capable of. That shouldn't be what Spikes are about, they're about putting all your eggs in one turn to perform bullshit attacks and beat the opponent to death.
Were this not limited to the worst of the Spike cards, this may get a pass. Otherwise, use something else.

Winston Fairwinds

So, Caligula is basically the Stride reincarnation of Dudley Emperor. He only costs 1 counterblast, which is more manageable than the Emperor's cost. He also can call three units rather than two. Woot.
Caligula's pretty competent as a multiple attack enabler. You'd want to swing with Brakki, Reckless Express, or Dudley units that have Turborappler's effect applied to them first. Then those guys clear the RC so Caligula can call two to three more Dudley units. Caligula is reliant on what's on top of your deck for his superior calls, but if you can't find two or three Dudley units from a whopping eleven-card scry, then you'd better fix your deckbuild. That, or it's super-late game and you burned through your Dudley units. 
Caligula synergizes better with Turborappler as your heart, because that measly 2k buff won't amount to much. (Go figure, since they came out in the same set.) Turbolapper basically makes Caligula a 7k buff, but if you need to keep the Dudley units on board for some reason, you can forego using Turbolapper's on-stride skill and just settle for the 2k buff. Also, since Caligula only calls units to open RC, hopefully you have Brakki and Reckless Express in hand to evacuate the RC if your heart is something other than Turborappler. Of course, there's things like Machine Gun Gloria and Dudley Phantom that'll leave the board. TL;DR it's not a lost cause if you stride into Caligula with some other Dudley as your heart.
Overall, Dudley.dek's numbers won't reach as high as Rising.dek, but Dudleys have things they can do before Generation Break. That's just the tradeoff. Back to the main subject, Caligula is a nice first Stride for Dudleys. Push the opponent to high damage so that Geronimo can clean up shop later in the game. Pick up your 4 copies, Oldguard enthusiasts.


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