Unit of The Week: Crimson Lion Cub, Kyrph

It is daybreak. The true battle is about to begin. 

[AUTO]:When another «Gold Paladin» rides this unit, you may call this card to (RC).
[ACT](RC):[Choose a unit named “Crimson Lion Cub, Kyrph”, and a unit named “Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth” from your (RC), and put them into your soul] If you have a unit named “Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains” on your (VC), search your deck for up to one card named “Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel”, ride it, and shuffle your deck.

Crimson Lion Cub, Kyrph is one of the very first cards I pulled from a Cardfight!! Vanguard booster pack. He serves as a starting vanguard for Blond Ezel’s decks. He may look small. He can’t pack much of a punch. However, his early game skill can change game’s winning image!

Crimson Lion Cub, Kyrph only has one purpose on the battlefield and that is to superior ride Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel! His skill only requires Elegant Skills, Gareth in the rear-guard circle and Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains as the vanguard. This is very easy to accomplish when running four copies of each required card. Riding to grade 3 on the second turn is a nice advantage. It gives the player early access to Twin Drive.

In addition to the superior ride, Kyrph’s skill quickly builds the soul. This gives enough fuel to Salvation Lion, Grand Ezel Scissors to activate his skill in three consecutive turns. This is also perfect for Listener of Truth, Dindrane and Silver Fang Witch as it adds draw power. Their skills require soul blasts to draw a card.

Furthermore, Kyrph’s skill is very useful when a player does not have a grade 3 in his or her hand. This is a much better option than using stereotypical grade 3 searchers. They are very inconsistent and are not fit for most decks out side of Shadow Paladins. Kyrph on the other hand directly searches and rides a specific grade 3.

However, Crimson Lion Cub, Kryph does not give a player additional resources. You lose two units on the field to get an early Twin Drive which is two cards to the hand. It is very decent, but not great or game changing. There is no advantaged gained or lost from the play.

All in all, Crimson Lion Cub, Kyrph is a fine starter for Ezel decks. He is best used to superior ride  Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel when a player does not have a grade 3 in his or her hand. He also builds up the soul for the almighty Salvation Lion, Grand Ezel Scissors. However, his days may be numbered with Scarlet Lion Cub, Caria’s upcoming release.

Card Rating: 3 out of 5

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