Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wall Boy shown in third episode of Origin anime

As in the previous two weeks, episode 3 of the Cardfight!! Vanguard "Origin" anime series was light on card reveals, but nonetheless teased one card we haven't seen leaked: Wall Boy, a remake of the clan's Heal Trigger from the manga and Extra Booster 1: Comic Style Vol. 1. The card was not shown clearly, but Kamui guarded a Stardrive Dragon-Margal column (23000) with it while on Hi-powered Raizer Custom (9000) and it later appeared as a grade 0 in his discard pile.

The specific marking is obscured by his deck, but the yellow border at the bottom is a dead giveaway that this is a new trigger unit. If the resolution were higher it would be possible to confirm the type by its shield value, but for now we'll have to run with the assumption it's a Heal.

Wall Boy's Comic Style print from the original game.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Psychic Bird and Miracle Kid shown in Monthly Bushiroad

The June issue of Monthly Bushiroad magazine contained a detail that flew beneath the notice of most readers: Oracle Think Tank's first trigger units of the Standard Format were shown in the magazine's demonstration of the new Amaterasu support. Although they're scaled down to be very small for the demonstration, close-ups reveal the returning Psychic Bird and Miracle Kid will be reprising their roles as Critical and Draw Triggers for the clan.

While Psychic was an effect trigger in the previous game, in Standard the only trigger units with effects are Draw Trigger perfect guards. Keeping with this, the new Psychic Bird is a vanilla with 5k power.

Miracle Kid is likewise a vanilla Draw, with just 5000 shield. While it may be tempting to say these are only mock-ups and the final versions could have effects, it should be kept in mind that neither Royal Paladin nor Kagerо̄ have triggers in the set outside of Iseult and Barri, leaving the Trial Deck triggers as the only ones available. It seems the standard for Standard is vanilla grade 0s, and for every clan to have at least two types of Draw, and likely two types of Crit as well. This would rather neatly explain Nova Grappler's nine grade 0s in V-BT01, where Oracle Think Tank will at most have six. Nova needs the space to fit in another Draw Trigger, two Criticals, another Front, a Heal, and Cat Butler, alongside the previously confirmed Battleraizer, Tap the Hyper, and Turboraizer.

105 more locations added to English Demo Caravan

The total number of participating locations in the 2018 Cardfight!! Vanguard Demo Caravan for the English format has been raised to 282, bringing the number of locations closer to the promised 300. Just two days ago that number was down at 127. The expanded lineup of shops includes many of the major locations on the American west coast and midwest that make up vital stretches of Vanguard's US market. Singapore, Bushiroad's international headquarters, remains curiously unattended.

Although the Caravan nominally begins May 29th, many locations are not holding their events until July and August or later--long after the launch of the first Trial Decks, Booster Set, and even after Extra Booster 1's launch on August 2nd. Other shops report not having been put on the list despite having their times already confirmed with Bushiroad; once again, readers are encouraged to contact their local store to ask about Caravan dates and times.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

New sleeves feature V-BT01 Vanguard Rares

Web retailer AmiAmi leaked four upcoming Cardfight!! Vanguard sleeves today featuring the four Vanguard Rare units from V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4. Respectively these are King of Knights Alfred, Dragonic Waterfall, Imperial Daughter, and Perfect Raizer. The sleeves will launch in the latter half of June at 800 yen per pack, and one pack will contain 70 sleeves.

King of Knights, Alfred
Dragonic Waterfall
Imperial Daughter
Perfect Raizer

Today's Card Analysis: Dragonic Waterfall and Dragonic Gaias

The Japanese Cards of the day for May 18th, 2018, are Kagerо̄'s Vanguard Rare and a Double Rare from V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4, Dragonic Waterfall and Dragonic Gaias. Kai's trump card from the climax of the manga's fourth volume was originally designed to give the most raw power in the game, a mark it's long fallen short of. The rebooted card restores Waterfall to its former glory by giving it the ability to override one of the game's fundamental balancing mechanics.
Dragonic Waterfall
AUTO [Vanguard Circle]: When placed, choose 1 of your opponent's grade 2 or greater rearguards, and retire it.
AUTO [Vanguard Circle]: When it attacks, [Cost: Soulblast 1 grade 3 card] this unit gets power +10000/Critical +1 until the end of that battle, and your opponent cannot call cards with "Sentinel" to Guardian Circle from hand.
The new Waterfall is designed to be used as a second or third ride after beginning the match on Dragonic Overlord, putting it in the same class as Soul Saver Dragon and Victorious Deer as an endgame finisher. Like Victorious, Waterfall requires soulblasting grade 3s as part of its cost, restricting it to the endgame unless you can randomly soulcharge a grade 3 off of Cruel Dragon's on-hit skill. The on-ride skill ensures the opponent is dragged down with you as you invest another card onto your vanguard circle, and allows for easy removal of key attackers like Maximum Raizer and Gigantech Charger.

Waterfall's Super Vanguard Rare print.
Waterfall's on-attack autoskill is the primary reason to run the card, and should not go underestimated. Like Overlord, Waterfall possesses the Force ability and Kagerо̄ favors putting its Force Markers on the vanguard circle to develop aggressive centers. The opponent will likely be exhausted from defending Dragonic Overlord up to this point in the match, and with two to three Force Gifts on Waterfall and a boost from Gojo, Aermo, or Raopia they'll be staring down a functional 53~63k 2 Critical center; Waterfall preventing the opponent from calling Sentinels means they haven o option to simply negate the attack. Even Protect Markers have the Sentinel keyword on them and so are not exempt from this, so the only means of guarding Waterfall is to guard manually. That's putting down 55~65k shield for two-triggers-to-pass, equivalent to two Heals and a Critical Trigger if 53k, or three Heals and an intercept if 63k.

As stated back in April, 53k is one of the most important numbers in the game because it is completely impossible to guard with less than three guardians except using a perfect guard. This means that Waterfall is at minimum a -3 for the opponent under optimal conditions, and more commonly a -4--guarding with three Criticals and one 10k, or a -5 for four Crits and a 5k guardian to make an 78k no-pass. Effectively doubling the strain on the opponent's card advantage engine when compared with being able to perfect guard means two Waterfall turns at 4+ damage will win the game, if the first turn doesn't do the other fighter in outright. It's simply not feasible to repeatedly endure Waterfall while still needing to guard the rearguard lanes.

The other Card of the Day is a fellow Tear Dragon to Waterfall and another of Kai's cards, Gaias.
Dragonic Gaias
AUTO [Rearguard Circle]: When it boosts a grade 3 or greater, [Cost: Counterblast 1, put this unit into your soul] the boosted unit gets Critical +1 until the end of that battle. (If you put it into the soul, the boosted unit does not receive Power.)
Gaias is a generally-faithful preservation of the original card from the manga. The original effect rested Gaias to give the boosted unit no power but increase its Critical by 1. Do note that because the additional Critical only lasts until end of battle, Gaias cannot be abused to give Dragonic Overlord 2 Critical on both attacks as Striken can. What Gaias can do is make Waterfall into a 3 Crit unit for a near-guaranteed on-hit win, as well as fuel the soul for Overlord's cost will increasing the impact of him hitting in the early game. You can also make plays like swing with a Forced Overlord unboosted for 33k on a rearguard, restand, then use Gaias during the second swing to guarantee a crit.

With this, the final Kagerо̄ lineup is at last taking shape.
Grade 1
x4 Flame of Hope, Aermo
x4 Dragonic Gaias
x4 Lizard Soldier, Raopia
x1 Dragon Knight, Burj
Grade 2
x4 Berserk Dragon
x4 Prowling Dragon, Striken or Spillover Dragon
x4 Dragon Knight, Nehalem
Grade 3
x4 Dragonic Overlord
x4 Dragonic Waterfall
Accounting for Oracle Think Tank likely getting a grade 1 perfect guard as a Single Rare and 4 trigger units along with Lozenge Magus for their grade 0 Commons, Kagerо̄ has just 2~4 cards left to reveal in the set, all at C rarity.

"Ride the Vanguard! Water Spirit Dragon, show yourself from within the fountain!"
The previous Japanese Card of the Day was Conjurer of Mithril.

V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4 will launch in Japan May 25th, 2018, and in English June 22nd. It will be accompanied by sleeves based on Dragonic Overlord and Blaster Blade. V-Trial Deck 01: Sendou Aichi and V-TD02: Kai Toshiki will launch in English June 8th.

The first Extra Booster set of Standard, V-EB01: The Destructive Roar will launch in Japan June 29th, 2018, and August 2nd for the English-speaking world. The accompanying new anime series, codenamed "Origin," began airing May 5th, with an English-subtitled simulcast on both YouTube and Crunchyroll.

Burstraizer revealed on Vanguard YouTube Channel

The official Japanese Cardfight!! Vanguard YouTube channel revealed a new card as part of its weekly roundup, a Nova Grappler Single Rare from V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4.
AUTO [Rearguard Circle]: When your vanguard attacks, [Cost: Counterblast 1, Soulblast 1] Stand this unit, and if the number of cards in your opponent's damage zone is 4 or greater, this unit gets Power +3000 until end of turn.
As Bushiroad points out in the episode, Burstraizer is perfect to use in conjunction with Perfect Raizer to stand 3 units, and with Raizer Custom as the ideal booster to make a self-standing column. On an Accel circle the card will become 22k on its second swing, making a magic number versus 12k bases like Imperial Daughter.

While up to now the Raizer deck was shaping up to use some combination of Hi-powered Raizer Custom, Boomerang Thrower, and Iron Killer, Burstraizer is likely to take Killer's spot. The extra 5k shield Killer takes away on-attack is outweighed Burstraizer doing an entire second attack. However, with how counterblast- and soulblast-intensive the Raizer deck is proving between Perfect, Burst, and Transraizer, Boomerang Thrower isn't likely to leave unless Nova Grappler's final Single Rare or Commons contain a more compelling means of doing both countercharging and soulcharging.

Last week's YouTube exclusive was the Goddess of Insight, Sotoorihime.

V-Booster Set 01: UNITE! TEAM Q4 will launch in Japan May 25th, 2018, and in English June 22nd. It will be accompanied by sleeves based on Dragonic Overlord and Blaster Blade. V-Trial Deck 01: Sendou Aichi and V-TD02: Kai Toshiki will launch in English June 8th.

The first Extra Booster set of Standard, V-EB01: The Destructive Roar will launch in Japan June 29th, 2018, and August 2nd for the English-speaking world. The accompanying new anime series, codenamed "Origin," began airing May 5th, with an English-subtitled simulcast on both YouTube and Crunchyroll.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

50 Demo Caravan locations added for the English format

The official English Cardfight portal updated with 50 more locations for the 2018 Spring Demo Caravan today, primarily in Canada. When the Caravan was first announced twelve days ago it comprised just 127 locations in total, and the new additions bring the total up to just over half of the promised 300+ shops. Most of the participating shops in the United States remain unlisted despite having already received their Caravan times; readers may do better by asking the managers of their local hobby shops directly to find out when the demo event is being held. Participants will receive a free Stardrive Dragon Start Deck containing alternate versions of cards found in the Royal Paladin Trial Deck, while its Kagerо̄ counterpart can be obtained at Bushiroad Spring Fest tournaments held on or after May 12th.

Additionally, the Caravan's Demo Caravan promos have been announced: Yoko & Nia for Weiss Schwarz, Garga "SD" for Buddyfight, and The Songstress for Dragoborne. While the Japanese format received a promotional Blaster Blade, no similar distribution has been announced for the English game.