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Reviewed: Feb. 3, 2017
[AUTO]:When this unit is placed on (RC) from hand, look at seven cards from the top of your deck, search for up to one card with "Luard" in its card name from among them, reveal it, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck. If you put a card into your hand, choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them.
[AUTO] Ritual 3 (Active if there are three or more grade 1 cards in your drop zone):When this unit is retired from (RC) for the cost or effect of your card with "Luard" in its card name, Counter Charge (1). (Include this card in the number of cards for ritual too)
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Saving the best for last, Abyssal Owl. Being called from
the hand lets you check the top 7 cards of the deck for
a Luard card, then if you add one to your hand by this
effect, you must discard cards whose Grade equals 3. And
his Ritual is to Countercharge 1 when a Luard Vanguard
retires it for a skill.
Well the first skill is fair enough. Grabs a Luard if
you're lucky. Unfortunately if you open with only one
Grade 3 then yeah you get him, but then you have to
pitch the Stride fodder to not minus yourself so you
need to hope you open good. The countercharging is where
it's at really. Gets back the cost of a Spectral Blaster
Diablo in a pinch or just allows a rear-guard to do
As long as Luard's the main or backup Grade 3, run this.
Is good stuff.
Since Claret Sword got the standard
"ditch a Grade 3 and search" kind of stride
fodder/search fodder, they're doing a different style of
searching for Luard. Instead of needing a Grade 3, you
just ditch cards equaling Grade 3 if you find Luard. If.
The chances of him being one of the top seven cards is
likely, but not guaranteed. Ditching cards for Abyssal
Owl's search does load up your drop zone for Ritual
requirements, but I wouldn't ditch 2 or 3 cards just to
search that early in the game. That's a lot of aggro
potential wasted. Better off using Abyssal Owl when you
have the Grade 3 to discard for cost.
Of course, Abyssal Owl could lose
his top effect entirely and be useful since he's part of
your countercharge engine for Luard.dek. So, you're
running 3 to 4 of this Owl regardless.