Unit of The Week: Dragstrider, Luard

There is a victory that I want to grab even if I must obliterate everything. 

[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) Generation Break 2 Ritual 7:[Choose two of your rear-guards, and retire them] When this unit attacks, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose any number of cards from your hand, discard them, and this unit gets [Power]+3000 for each discarded card. If you discarded two or more cards, until end of that battle, this unit gets [Critical]+1/Drive+1, and your opponent cannot call grade 1 or greater cards from hand to (GC).

Dragwizard, Luard is the most efficient grade 3 unit in Shadow Paladins. Free strides to G-Units build resources to use on other areas such as rear-guards for offense or cards in your hand for defense. Luard continues to evolve to higher levels of power. He can transform into an unstoppable dragon with immense power! He is Dragstrider, Luard! Dragstrider, Luard has the highest ritual count as of date. His ritual is seven cards in the drop zone.

Dragstrider, Luard’s skill requires Generation break and Ritual seven! Dragstrider, Luard gains 3,000 power for each card discarded and if you discard two or more cards, then your opponent cannot guard with grade 1 or greater cards from his or her hand. Dragstrider, Luard gains one critical and one drive in battle! The additional drive check is very attractive. Players have a greater probability of checking critical triggers. This skill is made for a deck with twelve critical triggers.

Furthermore, this skill can easily win games. Players can abuse Dragstrider, Luard’s ability to gain power by discarding any amount of cards. Opponents are unable to use perfect guards in most circumstances. Stack Dragstrider, Luard’s power to level that your opponent will not be able to defendant. Increase his power beyond the reach of a G-Guardian.

Ritual seven appears to be a huge number. Setting up the ability is easier than a player may expect from the requirements. Play a lot of units with the ability to discard a card and draw a new card from the deck. Dragwizard, Liafail, Direct Owlner, Debihira, and Dragwizard, Knies send units to the drop zone and you may draw a card to make an even exchange. My favorite of the three cards is Direct Owlner, Debihira. Her skill can be used early in the game. She is not restricted by Generation Break or Ritual.

Overall, Dragstrider, Luard is my new favorite G-Unit for Shadow Paladin decks with Ritual. This big guy brings all of the qualities of a strong final boss. He restricts your opponent’s defense, gains one critical damage, and has quadruple drive! There is overwhelming pressure on all sides. The best ability is the extra drive check. It adds an extra card to your hand. Unleash Dragwizard, Luard’s full potential in  Dragstrider, Luard!

Card Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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