Unit of The Week: Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom the Break Ride

Maelstrom, the blue dragon among the blue dragons. 

[AUTO] Limit Break 4:[Counter Blast (1)] When an «Aqua Force» rides this unit, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose one of your vanguards, until end of turn, that unit gets [Power]+10000, and “[AUTO](VC)Wave-4th time or more (This ability is active during the specified battles of each turn):When this unit attacks a vanguard, draw a card, choose one of your opponent’s rear-guards, retire it, and until end of that battle, your opponent cannot call grade 0 cards from hand to (GC).”.
[AUTO](VC)Wave-3rd time or more (This ability is active during the specified battles of each turn):When this unit’s attack hits a vanguard, search your deck for up to one card with “Maelstrom” in its card name, reveal it to your opponent, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.

Aqua Force has a lot of hype for its coming clan booster set Commander of the Incessant Waves. A signature unit in Aqua Force has been revived again! Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom is the third classic card to be transformed into a Break Ride! Maelstrom also has the new text Wave. It has the same rulings as previous updated cards. You can only have four copies of a card with the same name. You can have two copies of the original and two copies of the new card. However, you cannot have four copies of the original card and four copies of the new card in your deck.

Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom’s Break Ride skill is completely broken with Blue Storm Supreme Dragon, Glory Maelstrom. The original Maelstrom prevents your opponent from guarding with grade 0 cards and Glory Maelstrom prevents your opponent from guarding with grade 1 and 2 cards. You opponent is nearly unable to block your vanguard’s attack. It is unlikely for him or her to have enough grade 2 cards in hand to successfully block the attack. Victory is nearly guaranteed if you are able to get a critical trigger.

Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom “Яeverse” is very disruptive with Maelstrom’s Break Ride skill. Your opponent can use perfect guards to block its attack, but there are consequences for blocking the attack. Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom “Яeverse” will retire another rear-guard and you can draw a card. Don’t forget  Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom’s skill also retires a rear-guard. That’s two cards and two retired units from both the Break Ride skill and Limit Break!

Finally, you need to play cards with the ability to attack multiple times per turn. An experienced Aqua Force player knows method to get to Wave four with no problem. Getting four Waves in a turn is simple in every Aqua Force deck. You need to play Tidal Assault and Magnum Assault to gain extra attacks per turn. I prefer playing Magnum Assault because he gains power when he stands back up.

Overall, Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom is now the best Break Ride in Cardfight!! Vanguard. This card gives players many advantages. Its skill with Blue Storm Supreme Dragon, Glory Maelstrom is strong enough to be considered a game condition. It makes your vanguard’s attack nearly unstoppable and you draw a card to gain an upper hand in resources. Defending is much easier when you draw extra cards to build a large hand. Blue Storm Karma Dragon, Maelstrom “Яeverse” becomes more disruptive than ever before. Ride the wave to victory with Blue Storm Dragon, Maelstrom.

Card Rating: 5 out of 5

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