Unit of The Week: Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon

[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.
[ACT](VC)[1/Turn]:[Counter Blast (3) & Soul Blast (3) & Choose a face down card from your G zone, and turn it face up] Choose any number of your rear-guards, and retire them. Your opponent chooses the same number of his or her rear-guards as the number of your rear-guards retired with this effect, and retires them. If the total number retired with this effect is six or more, draw two cards, Counter Charge (1)/Soul Charge (1), and this unit gets [Power]+20000 until end of turn.

Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon is one many dragons in Shadow Paladins to be a G-unit. His signature weapon is a gigantic lance in an aura of lighting. He is a RRR Fighter’s Collection 2016. Bushiroad has not revealed his lore. His origins remain a mystery for now.

Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon’s skill retires any number of your rear-guards and your opponent must retire the same amount of rear-guards. You can draw a card, counter charge, and soul charge if you force six units to retire with his skill.  His power becomes 35,000 before adding power from the heart and booster. The increase in power is the most attractive feature from the skill. It pressures your opponent. Not guarding would be risking defeat if you can check three critical triggers. Your opponent is forced to guard with a perfect guard or defend the vanguard with many cards from his or her hand.

The best play is to retire your three units in the back row and force your opponent to retire three of his or her rear-guards. This fulfills Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon’s requirements to regain some of your resources. You can call the two new cards in your hand to replace your rear-guards. You can retire all five rear-guards to force your opponent to retire all of his or her rear-guards, but I do not recommend this tactic. You would be giving up too many resources and you opponent could easily superior call more units if he or she is playing Gold Paladins or Royal Paladins.

Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon needs a lot of support to minimize his skill’s hefty cost. Cursed Eye Raven is the one of the few Shadow Paladins that supports Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon. Cursed Eye Raven returns to your deck to superior call the top two cards from your deck. Your new units can be retired under Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon’s effect. You lost one card to gain an additional unit to retire.

Overall, Dark Shadow Paladins have better options than Dragon, Distress Dragon. He is outclassed by every Shadow Paladin G-unit before his release. Supremacy Black Dragon, Aurageyser Dragon, Dark Dragon, Phantom Blaster “Diablo”, and Dark Dragon, Spectral Blaster “Diablo” are more popular cards among players. They give up far less resources and are bigger threats on the field. Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon is just a poorly designed card. You give up too many resources to gain 20,000 and nothing more from the skill. I do not expect to see Dark Dragon, Distress Dragon in competitive decks.

Card Rating: 2 out of 5

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