[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.".
"This is the blade the surpasses the limits"? Bushi,
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.
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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