The amount of BT17 we're NOT reviewing this week is too.
So we start with...a card that's not even legal to play
until February. Harmonics Messiah. He's the intro to the
new mechanic we'll see in the Trial decks, Stride. First
of all, he's not meant to go in the Main Deck. He goes
in Vanguard's equivalent of an Extra Deck from Yu-Gi-Oh,
called the G Zone. Then, when both players are at Grade
3, after the Ride Phase, you can move to the new part of
a turn called the "Stride Phase". To play this, first,
you have to discard cards in your hand who's Grade
totals 3 or more, and then, from the Extra deck, then
select the face-down Harmonics Messiah, and this card
becomes your Vanguard!
But that's not all. Messiah then turns your old Vanguard
(or Vanguards if its in Legion) into something called
its "heart". It's a mechanic meant to keep
it separate from the soul so you don't abuse this in
Messiah then inherits the name of one of your Vanguards,
and adds its power to its base power. At the end of the
turn, it goes back to the G Zone, face-up, and your
Vanguard returns to normal. So unless you flip it back
face-down, the same Harmonics Messiah cannot be Stridden
again. You are however welcome to Stride a second copy
on the next turn though.
But that isn't all. G units like Messiah have a unique
ability to Drive Check not once, not twice, but THREE
times on attack. Triple Drive!
Whew, that was a really long type exercise. But now that
I've explained this, I can review the new Stride units
in the future with a bit less strain on my fingers. So
how does he stack up?
Well, his only real ability after all that is to be
treated as having EVERY clan and nation. So he's to be
splashed in every deck that doesn't have a G-Unit of its
own just yet (so come February, anything not Royal
Paladin, Neo Nectar or Gear Chronicle). He's 16k base,
so on the turn you Stride on an 11k Vanguard that's 27k
unboosted for the turn. He's a -1 to play, and then nets
3 cards, so it's +2 overall, the same as not riding and
Twin Drive on attack. The real reason to use this is for
the extra chance at a trigger and the massive body of
attacking for the turn.
Reviewing Messiah is pretty much me reviewing the Stride
mechanic as a whole, really. So I'll summarize it thus:
1. It's a nice way to do something in the middle of the
game when you can't Legion just yet.
2. It's about a 75% chance of at least 1 trigger for the
turn. Which is helpful always.
3. Stride is basically you pumping up your Vanguard for
no penalty as opposed to playing normally. As long as a
Grade 3 is the cost (and most of the time it should be).
Messiah fills the void for anything that has no G Units
for itself yet. It's pretty vanilla but it's certainly
not encroaching on anything, so its okay.
P.S Do any of you have Commander Laurel...? Hehehehe...
Hey everyone, hoped you recovered from that nightmare
that was last Friday, anyway it's our transition to set
17 week. We'll be looking at some promos and a
couple cards out of set 17.
And first up is the God of Cray himself, Harmonics
Okay, some things to note, this is a G(enerations) Unit.
It does not go in your main deck, instead, it goes in a
G-Deck off to the side above the damage zone.
Think of it as an Extra Deck or the Commander Zone for
those of you who have played Yu-Gi-Oh or Magic the
Gathering before. The G-Deck can have a maximum of
8 units in there.
And, before I get into any more specifics, the new
G-Units introduce some new mechanics and even new phases
to the game.
Before, the game phases were Stand, Draw, Ride, Main,
Now, the game phases are Stand, Draw, G-Assist (if
needed), Ride, Stride, Main, Battle End
So, now that we have that out of the way, let's break
each phase down. First, the G-Assist Phase.
If, after you draw, you are not yet at Grade 3 and you
do not have the correct grade to ride to the next grade,
you can reveal your hand to your opponent, then,
afterwords, look at the top 5 cards for the correct
grade that you need to ride up. If you find one
that you need in the top 5 cards, you then add it to
your hand and shuffle your deck. Afterwords, you
remove 2 units from your G-Deck and 2 cards from your
hand from the game permanently. However, if you do
not find the unit you need to ride up with, nothing
happens and you shuffle your deck.
In effect, this gives every deck the Worldline Dragon
treatment. Grade Locking, even with proper grade
ratios, is a thing, and this really does take the sting
out of being grade stuck. Plus, even if you don't
get the right grade, you at least shuffle your deck and
change the odds of you getting the right grade
Next is the Stride Phase.
If both you and your opponent are at Grade 3, you can
discard a total of 3 grades (or more) from your hand to
take a FACE DOWN G-Unit and put it face up on the
Vanguard circle. It should be noted that Striding
is NOT Riding, so a Dauntless Drive Dragon or an
Infinite Zero Dragon's Break Ride skill will not
activate when you Stride.
Now, when you Stride, you choose one of the units that
are in the Heart, which is one of the Vanguards under
your G-unit, and that G-Unit gains the name of the
Heart, but also that Heart's power.
Also, Bushiroad, Heart and Soul? Really punny
So, for example, with Harmonics Messiah here, if you
Stride over Bad End Dragger, the name and power of this
unit would be Harmonics Messiah Bad End Dragger with
I almost forgot, when you Stride, if your Vanguard is
Deleted, the new Stride Unit will undo the Delete.
Which is why Stun is the most powerful Vanguard
affecting ability, since G-Units and Legion-Mates comes
into play in the same position as your Vanguard.
Now, onto the G-Units themselves.
If you notice, Harmonics Messiah, as well as every
G-Unit from here on out, has a new symbol under the
Grade. And, yes, all G-Units (so far) are Grade 4.
The new symbol is Trinity (or Triple) Drive check.
Remember how insane a triple Drive check from Great
Daikaiser's Cross-Break Ride was? Well, all
G-Units have that ability.
Now, it should be noted that, when your turn is over,
the G-unit that you put into play that turn returns to
the G-Deck FACE UP. Which means, for those of you
who might not understand, you can NOT use that specific
G-Unit again for the rest of the game.
And... That's all there is to say about Harmonics
Messiah. Needless to say, get G-Units and run them
in your decks. Thankfully, they'll be really cheap
and easy to get a hold of.
So, in closing, G-Units are ones that should be run in
every deck. Regardless if you use them to Stride
or not. That G-Assist step is too valuable to pass
up. Yes, that means that G-Units are in the same
class as Heal Triggers and Perfect Guards.
Now, in the future, we'll get G-Units that will be
clan-specific, but Cray Elementals, like Harmonics
Messiah here, are every clan and nation. So any
units that say "When you have a <<___>> Vanguard" will
still be able to use their effects, plus units with the
Lord ability, if you have stuff from Block 3, will still
be able to attack if you have a Cray Elemental as your