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Liner (ライナー, Rainā) is a Performance Tip released as part of the Burst System. It debuted with the release of the B-64 Beyblade Super Custom Set Heavy Ver. on November 12th, 2016. It later debuted in western countries with the release of the Starter Pack Ifritor I2 Magnum Liner.

Description

Liner is a Performance Tip that features a free-spinning wheel that's positioned vertically. As its name suggests, Liner features a "Stabilization" gimmick that is meant to realign the Beyblade; in this case, through the use of its free-spinning wheel.

At first, depending on the parts used, Liner is mostly stationary and easily takes refuge in the center of the stadium. However, once struck by the opponent, Liner's free-spinning wheel will move, creating a somewhat erratic movement pattern, and thus, theoretically, will retake refuge in the center of the stadium. In practice, the Beyblade is easily capable of heading back into the center when struck, and thus Liner's "Stabilization" gimmick works as intended.

At the same time, this gimmick also allows the Beyblade to counterattack the opponent, and at times, potentially KOing or Bursting the opponent. Sometimes, this even results in continuous head-on collisions. However, while this may imply Attack potential, Liner can become unbalanced, which acts as a "double-edged sword"; as the unbalanced nature, while it is beneficial in Attack Combinations, can also increase the risk of Bursts and creates poor late-game Stamina. This also makes Liner ill-suited for Spin Equalization Combinations, as the late-game unstable spin of the tip's wheel will prevent the Combination's Layer's rubber from making direct contact with the opponent.

As such, Liner is best suited for KO Defense Combinations; as the ability to quickly get from the Tornado Ridge to the center of the stadium allows it to avoid potential KOs than most other Performance Tips, such as Atomic.

Use in KO Defense Combinations

Liner can be put to use in the KO Defense Combination Kerbeus K4/Balkesh B3 0/4/7 Cross/Glaive Liner. The heavy weight and Stamina of 0/4/7 bolster Kerbeus K4/Balkesh B3's Stamina, while the free-spinning wheel of Liner and the Layer's low-recoil design shrug off the opponent's attacks and waste their Stamina. This Combination is effective against Same-Spin Attack Combinations, and is highly ineffective against Opposite-Spin Combinations.

Overall

While Liner does have a working gimmick, its drawbacks limit its use for most commonly used types of Combinations, and only works best in KO Defense Combinations. While it can take back the center more quickly than Atomic or Yard/Yard-S, they are considered better options over Liner due to having better late-game Stamina, and aren't as unbalanced as Liner is near the end of a battle. As such, Liner is only effective if used against Same-Spin Attack Combinations, mainly ones that use rubber Performance Tips such as Xtreme/Xtreme' or Hunter/Hunter'/Hunter-S; as their low Stamina makes it difficult to KO the Combination if it uses a low-recoil Layer such as Kerbeus K4 or Balkesh B3.

As such, Liner is not a must-have, but is a welcome addition to a blader's collection.

Products

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Gallery

Takara Tomy

Hasbro

Trivia

  • If used with this Combination Khalzar K3 0 Liner, Liner can bounce akin to Quake and Operate/Operate-S (Attack Mode). However, like the aforementioned Performance Tips, this is inconsistent.
  • If the Beyblade using Liner is left alone while in an unbalanced state, its free-spinning wheel will slowly bring the Beyblade back upright and keep it in a straight position. It will later wobble near the end of its spin.
  • Liner is similar to Loop; in that both Performance Tips use wheels to bring themselves back upright. Loop only differs by using two wheels instead of one. In that sense, Loop can be considered an upgrade to Liner.

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