Cardfighter’s Column – 2018.02.16

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BCS 2017 World Finals: The Majority

Author: Kai

The Bushiroad Championship Series 2017 World Finals for Cardfight!! Vanguard featured a total of 45 best Cardfighters from 19 different countries around the world. We are curious to find out what decks they would bring to the tournament so here are the statistic on the choice of clans used in the tournament. Do note that G-EB02 was not allowed in the tournament despite being released on the same weekend.

We are not too surprised with 《Kagero》 being the most played clan here, because of its recent boost from G-BT13 for the “Dragonic Overlord” archetype.

《Link Joker》 was the 2nd most popular clan. However, there were 3 different archetypes present at the tournament. “Deletor” was the most popular archetype with 7 players using it, followed by 2 “Messiah” and 1 “Star-vader”.

Today, we will take a quick look at the 2 most popular archetypes in this tournament – “Dragonic Overlord” and “Deletor”

Dragonic Overlord

In a tournament which you are competing with 40+ other great players from around the world, picking a deck that is consistent is pretty important. I would say the “Dragonic Overlord” deck is one of the best choice and is pretty straightforward when it comes to damage dealing.

These 2 new “Dragonic Overlord” from G-BT13 brought this all-time favorite archetype to a brand-new level.

Dragonic Overlord “The Destiny” gets to retire a unit at the beginning of your ride phase with the cost of 1 Soul Blast. Take note that the skill says “Choose any circle other than a VG circle, and put all of the cards on that circle into the drop zone”. This means besides retiring an opponent’s rear-guard, you can also use it to remove a locked card on your circle. This puts you in a great position when you play against a 《Link Joker》 opponent who uses a lot of the lock ability.

The second skill of Dragonic Overlord “The Destiny” also allows you to consistently get a Grade 3 unit in preparation for a Stride in the following turn, as well as gearing up for the skill of Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Overlord “The Purge”. Do note that there are chances that you might not get any card from this skill, so do your calculations well before using it.

Supreme Heavenly Emperor Dragon, Dragonic Overlord “The Purge” is the MVP of the deck. No complains about a kill that can deal damage to your opponent directly and on top of that, nullifying its trigger effects.

What makes it really strong is that this unit gets the same number of drive checks as your opponent’s damage. If things work out well, you can get 5 drive checks during the attack!! In the 2nd game of the grand finals, we saw how huge the advantage of getting 4 to 5 drive checks every turn gets you. However, do remember that if your opponent only has 1 or 2 damage, this skill sets you in a disadvantage, so you might want to either plan your attack using the rear-guard well, or choose another G unit for that turn.

《Kagero》 players also gets the benefit of having a Zeroth Dragon in their deck at the World Finals. Although games often end before the need of Ultimate Striding into a Zeroth Dragon of Inferno, Drachma arises, having it as a last resort is not a bad idea too!

Apart from these 3 new cards, we also have Doom Bringer High Flame, Burning Horn Evolute, Glow Heater Dragon and more, to make the deck work more consistently. Let’s not forget all-time 《Kagero》 favorites, such as Flame Wing Steel Beast, Denial Griffin and Flare Arms, Ziegenburg, who made appearances in all the “Dragon Overlord” decks too.

With this, we can conclude that the “Dragonic Overlord” is probably the best deck for the tournament.


While most player agree that the “Dragonic Overlord” deck is indeed very strong, some of them chose to play the “Deletor” deck as their answer to the tournament.

The “Deletor” was given a boost from G-CB06 and since then have been quite a popular deck in tournaments. In the World Finals, it is the 2nd most used archetype!!

The “Deletor”, as its name suggests, deletes the opponent’s vanguard, leaving them with 0 power and no ability. The deleted vanguard still retains its original name, skill icon and grade. When you successfully delete your opponent’s vanguard, your opponent will need to make quite an effort to guard against your waves of attacks since the defending vanguard is now at 0 power. Some players even play a total of 12 stand triggers to make sure they have enough offensive power.

Here are some of the key cards in the deck:

Darkjet Deletor, Greiend has the skill to delete your opponent’s vanguard by itself. When you stride it, you can superior call a rear-guard from the top of your deck, give +2000 power boost to one of your units, and vanish delete 2 cards from your opponent’s drop zone.

The superior call and power boost set up your attacks pretty well. While the vanish delete skill seem pretty irrelevant here, they could be quite a good disruption to drop zone dependent decks like 《Granblue》 and 《Shadow Paladin》’s “Luard”.

Deliberate Deletor, Aodaien is always the G unit that you want to stride into. Apart from deleting your opponent’s vanguard, it gives power boost based on the number of face up cards with the same name as this card in the G zone. Do note that it requires flipping a card with the same name from your G zone, so you could only stride this unit a maximum of 2 times per game. Therefore, you would either want to end the game on your second wave of attack, or have a good strategy following that.

The “Deletor” deck tends to deplete their cards in hand pretty fast and could be quite vulnerable when your rear-guard gets retired too often. Most of the lists run 6 Grade 3 units, which could cause you to miss the ride to the next grade pretty often. Regardless, it is still a pretty decent deck and could win really fast but could be quite inconsistent at times.

Fret not, the “Deletor” will be getting more support from G-EB03 and we could probably see more action from this awesome deck.

Stay tuned to the column as we come back to you with more analysis from the World Finals.

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Kai(not Toshiki Kai) is a the previous host of BUSHI NAVI International. Loves drinking coffee.


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