Cardfighter’s Column – 2016.02.19

2016/02/17 Column


Let’s Relay Fight. Vanguard Relay!!

Author: Ronin

Happy Friday! Did you guys catch last week’s episode of Cardfight!! Vanguard G GIRS Crisis? If you did, it should come as no surprise that today’s article is about a new way to play your favorite game, Cardfight!! Vanguard! This new way of playing Cardfight!! Vanguard is known as Relay Fight!

So what is Relay Fight, exactly?

As the name suggests, Relay Fight is a 3-on-3 game format played in the “relay” style. In order to have a Relay Fight, you need form a team of 3 Fighters with your friends, and you will play against other 3-player teams. Each team member is assigned a position: 1st Fighter, 2nd Fighter and 3rd Fighter, also known as the Vanguard, Centerfield and Captain respectively. Within a team, all members must use a clan different from the other members; for example, the 1st Fighter can use Royal Paladin, the 2nd Fighter can use Neo Nectar and the 3rd Fighter can use Gear Chronicle (refer to the picture on the right). Having 2 of the same clan in your team is a no-go!

Sounds quite similar to the upcoming Bushiroad Spring Fest Team League tournaments, doesn’t it? Here comes the twist.

Start a Relay Fight!

As the name “Relay” suggests, the 1st Fighter of each team takes the stage first, followed by the 2nd Fighter, and finally the 3rd Fighter. Once the 1st Fighter loses, the 2nd Fighter takes over, and once the 2nd Fighter loses, the 3rd Fighter takes over. The game ends once the 3rd Fighter of either team loses as well.

In this format, players no longer play until their 6th damage. The 1st Fighter can take 5 damage before he loses, the 2nd Fighter can take additional 3 damage after taking over, and the 3rd Fighter can take another 3 damage. In total, a team can take 11 damage before it loses.

But what happens if I’m the 1st Player at 4 damage, and my opponent hits me with 2 critical? you ask. In Relay Fight, should a situation like that occur, you will take 1 damage, bringing you to a total of 5, and the rest of the damage will be cancelled. All remaining damage checks will not be performed.

In addition, when a fighter loses, the attacking side’s turn ends as well. All abilities that trigger “when attack hits”, “at the end of the battle”, “at the beginning of the end phase of that turn” will all still trigger and resolve, though!

Vanguard Circle】:When this unit’s attack hits a vanguard, choose one of your opponent’s rear-guards, and retire it.

For example, When “Divine Dragon Knight, Mahmud” hits the opponent’s vanguard and results in 5 damage for opposing 1st Fighter, the card’s ability (to retire an opponent’s rear-guard) still resolves before the turn ends.

Transitioning to the Next Fighter

Next, you’re going to ask “What happens to the previous Fighter’s cards when the next Fighter takes over?”! Due to the nature of this format, some cards will remain on the field, while some others will be retrieved by the previous Fighter.

The following cards will be retrieved by the owner:

  • Remaining cards in the deck
  • Face down cards in the G zone
  • Cards in the hand

The following cards will remain on the field:

  • Face up cards in the G zone
  • Cards on the field, i.e., vanguard and rear-guard circles
  • Cards in damage zone, drop zone and bind zone

These cards remaining on the field are still eligible for use in paying costs for effects.

After transition, the next Fighter will place his/her own deck, and draw X+3 cards from the top of their deck, where X is the number of cards in the previous Fighter’s hand before they lost. For example, if the 1st Fighter has 4 cards in hand when he loses, the 2nd Fighter will draw 7 cards from their deck when they take over.

What happens when I am at 5 damage, and I have to heal 1 damage? you ask. You will remain as the active Fighter, and continue the Relay Fight as per normal! The previous Fighter does not take over the game from you if that happens.

Special Rules!

In addition to above-mentioned rules, there are also some special rules for Relay Fight:

First Vanguard

As the 2nd and 3rd Fighters continue the game from the previous Fighter, they will already have a vanguard on the field. Their first vanguard cards should therefore be shuffled into their decks.


As there will be a mixture of clans on the field, the restrictions of the “Lord” ability do not apply to the 3 clans in a team. All other restrictions, such as requiring a card of a specific clan, race, or card name, still apply as per normal.

Cards Belong to the Owner

After transition to the next fighter, there will be some cards from the previous player remaining on the field. If a card effect or cost would send cards from the drop zone back to the deck, and you choose to return cards that do not belong to you, they are instead returned to the owner’s deck. Cards that do not belong to you cannot be returned to your hand either.

Doctoroid Refros

Here are two examples:

E.g. 1: “Doctoroid Refros“: when cards are returned to the deck from the damage zone, the cards are returned to the owner’s deck, but shuffle the current fighter’s deck. After that, take the cards from the fighter’s deck to the damage zone, and then draw a card from the fighter’s deck as well.

E.g. 2: When a card is returned to the deck from the drop zone due to Legion’s cost, the card is returned to the owner’s deck, but the Legion mate is searched from the fighter’s deck.

Original Deletor, Egorg

Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios

Do note that you cannot search for cards from other members’ decks either! Additional victory conditions, such as those of Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios and Original Deletor, Egorg, can also still be used as per normal.

[Update] If you are on the receiving end of Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios or Original Deletor, Egorg’s effects, you lose the game, but your teammates can still play on! The 2nd Fighter will still play to 8 damage, and the 3rd Fighter will still play till 11 damage!

If any Fighter runs out of cards of cards in the deck, the same thing happens! The team whose player decks out transitions to the next Fighter.

Hope you can enjoy this new way of playing Cardfight!! Vanguard! If you have any questions on Relay Fight, please feel free to contact our support team at Do note that the Relay Fight will NOT be the tournament format for upcoming Bushiroad Spring Fest.



The Wandering Columnist

An avid card gamer who dabbles a little in every card game he can get his hands on. Considers weakness a sin. Thinks that the weak ones should just go home.

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