Sunday, May 27, 2018

Royal Paladin tops Card Kingdom Akiba tournament

Yesterday at Card Kingdom's Akiba branch in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Royal Paladin cardfighter Uchida made first out of 37 participants with a Soul Saver-King of Knights deck. Card Kingdom is one of the bigger card shop chains in Japan, thought to be one of the inspirations for Card Capital in the Vanguard anime series.
1st Place: Uchida/ウチダ
Grade 0: 17
x1 Glyme (First Vanguard)
x4 Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine (Heal Trigger)
x4 Flash Shield, Iseult (Draw Trigger)
x4 Bringer of Good Luck, Epona (Critical Trigger)
x4 Flogal (Critical Trigger)
Grade 1: 13
x4 Little Sage, Marron
x3 Knight Squire, Allen
x4 Pongal
x2 Wingal
Grade 2: 12
x4 Blaster Blade
x4 High Dog Breeder, Akane
x4 Conjurer of Mithril
Grade 3: 8
x4 King of Knights, Alfred
x4 Soul Saver Dragon
Compared with Guld's third-place deck from the 1st TraCaider VGCS, Uchida's deck is almost identical save for his choice to run Wingal over Lion Mane Stallion. Although Lion Mane and Wingal can both make 23k columns--with Akane for Lion Mane and Blaster Blade for Wingal--the additional 5k from King of Knights' superior call means Blaster Blade can actually reach 28k, a more important guard threshold in Standard for how it forces the opponent to use a Heal Trigger or two guardians.