Single card analysis – Radiant Dragon

radiant

Blademasters “glimmer clone”

[AUTO] Generation Break 1:[Counter Blast (1) & Soul Blast (1)] When this unit is placed on (RC), if you have a vanguard with “Dragonic Blademaster” in its card name, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose up to one of your opponent’s grade 1 or less rear-guards, retire it, and until end of turn, this unit gets [Power]+2000, and “[CONT](RC):If your vanguard is blazing, this unit gets [Power]+2000 for each of your opponent’s open (RC).”.

I wanted to get an article up to bridge the gap between my next big article. So lets look at Radiant Dragon an all star in Blademaster and an interesting tool in Overlord.

Blademaster

As far as Blademaster concerned this cards is fantastic it nets an extra retire (only grade 1 or less) adding to the already stellar board clear of the build but that’s not the real reason I think this card is an auto-include in Blademaster. In a build that consistently wipes the board this card is almost always going to be hitting 21k, throw a regular booster down for 28k and Nadel let’s it hit 32k. Power columns are a sore spot for kagero so this card definitely helps a lot there. The biggest issue with this card is like most glimmer clones the skill is only for the turn it’s placed leaving it as a vanilla on subsequent turns.

Auto-include in Blademaster 8/10

Overlord

So this is a little more interesting since there are a few drawbacks to Radiant in this build. The most notable is that this card is only live on Taiten turns and also the soul cost, Taiten turns are pretty common so that isn’t too bad but defintely still relevant but the soul cost is much more significant. Overlords soul is mostly divided up for The Legend’s on ride skill and Dragonic Burnout, if you don’t use your starter or it gets shot down that’s even less soul to spend on Radiant. All these issues are only exemplified by Overlords own beatstick Nehalem with all this out of the way what does Radiant’s inclusion add to the build?

Well this card goes into one of your more flexible grade 2 slots and personally I would be using it over Neoflame or Burning Horn most likely Neoflame since it has more games where it does nothing. Overlord doesn’t wipe the board as easily as Blademaster so although you might get the full power a lot of the time it’s not as consistent as in Blademaster. Another issue is that while Overlord can countercharge a lot it is also during battle phase meaning that there may be turns where you cannot afford to use the skill (on top of the soul cost). However with all this in mind I do think the card can find a home in the tech slots of Overlord decks as I too often find myself placing Neoflame down as just a 9k with no skill, it really comes down to your local meta if you see a lot of decks with powerful early game Neoflame is probably the best choice but if you see later game decks or even a lot of decks with evasive rearguards Radiant is a great option to have.

Worth considering as a tech 6/10

And with that my first single card analysis is done, and also my first kagero based article (expect more).

As always thanks for reading.

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