The G Era introduced the [Stride] mechanic to Cardfight!! Vanguard a few years ago and it was a major hit with the player base. Unfortunately, that was the last we saw of it and players can only enjoy [Stride] in the Premium format nowadays. However, with the release of this Gear Chronicle Trial Deck, Bushiroad is launching [Stride]-like cards that operate much in the same way as the fan favorite mechanic.
Each trial deck includes 50 cards, three Force Gift Markers, a beginner's guide, a paper playmat, and four different holographic cards. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of 14,99 € and is available beginning 8 May 2020. Will [Stride] be as much fun as it was? What is this new [Order] mechanic? Let's find out!
Chronojet Dragon was the "Blaster Blade" of the G Era. It was introduced as the main unit of the Gear Chronicle clan, a [Stride] clan composed of steampunk beings, including Gear Dragons, Gear Beasts, and Workeroids. In the V Series, Chronojet allows the player to Superior ride grade 4 cards directly from the deck by discarding one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from their hand. At the end of the turn, the same grade 4 card is retired, and a grade 3 from the soul goes back in the (VC), preferably Chronojet Dragon. It's basically [Stride] without an extra deck, which is a pretty neat addition to the Standard format.
The grade 4 that this preconstructed deck includes is Interdimensional Beast, Metallica Phoenix. Metallica Phoenix doesn't have any effects other that it can't Normal ride, but expect more new grade 4 cards in the next expansion sets with meta-breaking effects.
Another feature introduced by V Trial 10: Chronojet are the [Order] cards. [Order] is a new type of card that provides new interactions to the game. In other TCGs, they are usually called 'sorcery cards' or 'spell cards'. However, players can only use [Order] cards whose grade is equal to or less than their Vanguard's grade - and they can be used only once per turn. There are two types of order cards: Normal order and Blitz order. Normal order can only be used in the main phase while Blitz order can be used during the guard step of your opponent's turn. Power Rise Elixir is a Normal [Order] card and by paying [Counter Blast (2)], one of the player's units gets +20000 [Power] until the end of turn.
Trial Decks are not only a great way to start getting into Cardfight!! Vanguard, but it also tests out new mechanics and even card types. All players have a reason to pick up their copy of Chronojet, because it offers such a significant change to the way the game will be played moving forward. So grab yours while you can!