Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spotlight: Watanabe Genki/渡辺元気

Fighter's Spotlight is an ongoing project concerned with tracking real-world professional cardfighters across the globe.

Watanabe is at the left; center is Kakuhara Misaki, right is Sawada Yuu.
Watanabe Genki/渡辺元気
Age: Unknown
Titles Won: Osaka Trio Battle Champion (Vanguard Festival 2012)
Current Status: Osaka Trio Battle Champion
Deck Type: Royal Paladin (Majesty Lord Blaster)
Watanabe Genki was one of the first Royal Paladin cardfighters to prove the Majesty Lord Blaster deck to the world, entering into the Osaka Team Festival as his team's captain. The success of Watanabe's team influenced the professional scene heavily in the coming year by codifying Majesty Lord Blaster, Phantom Blaster Overlord and Dragonic Overlord The End as a definitive team formation, although he has not made major appearances since then.

Decks and Play Style
Watanabe's deck worked to synthesize the Royal and Shadow Paladin strategies into a single build, but compared to the fighters that would follow in his footsteps he was relatively conservative in how he brought it together. His grade 1 setup reflects an experienced background with the Royals, instead of taking the somewhat riskier move of including Apocalypse Bat as a vanguard booster. Rather than the radical twelve critical of future Royal Paladin decks, Watanabe stuck to traditional conventions and operated on a six draw, six critical build, using the extra draw power to compensate for the -2 incurred by Majesty Lord Blaster's autoskill.

Also markedly different from his successors, Watanabe eschewed subgroup support almost entirely, omitting both Kay and Bedivere despite the offensive push that they could have brought his deck, reserving the grade 1 space for Toypugal to form a 21000 line with Lord Blaster. This sets a clear divide between Watanabe and more experimental cardfighters who were willing to try riskier modifications within the confines of Majesty's build, like Palamedes or Kay.

Grade 0
x1 Wingal Brave (FVG)
x2 Weapons Dealer, Govanon DT
x4 Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine HT
x4 Margal DT
x2 Alabaster Owl CT
x4 Bringer of Good Luck, Epona CT
Grade 1
x4 Flash Shield, Iseult
x4 Little Sage, Marron
x4 Lake Maiden, Lien
x3 Toypugal
Grade 2
x4 Blaster Blade
x4 Blaster Dark
x3 Star Call Trumpeter
Grade 3
x2 King of Knights, Alfred
x1 Solitary Knight, Gancelot
x4 Majesty Lord Blaster