Back again with another deck profile for you!
We covered Jasmine’s Shadow Paladin deck in this video in a previous post, but on request by Youtube handle, chua jiemin, let’s flip the spectrum in the opposite direction and show you JJ’s Gear Chronicle Deck he calls “Reversal Power”.
Let’s get right into it then…
4 Heart Thump Worker (Critical)
1 Steam Battler, Dadasig (Critical)
1 Steam Battler, Meshda (Critical)
4 Steam Maiden, Uluru (Heal)
4 Vainglory-dream Gear Cat (Stand)
2 Wakey Wakey Worker (Stand)
3 Chronodragon Nextage
1 Interdimensional Beast, Upheaval Pegasus
1 Interdimensional Dragon, Epoch-maker Dragon
1 Interdimensional Dragon, Faterider Dragon
2 Interdimensional Dragon, Ragnaclock Dragon
Some points to take note:
- Starting with your First Vanguard, Gunnergear Dracokid allows the player to search his deck for a grade 3, mainly for striding purposes, since it’s skill only activates at Generation Break 1. Alternate First Vanguard that this deck can play is Timepiece Dracokid, for a chance to find your grade 3, in the chance you are missing a grade 3 or need another. Others include Brass-winged Gear Hawk and Steam Worker, Kuda, in the focus of the deck’s main mechanic of sending your opponent’s rear guards to the bottom of his/her deck, though maintaining upkeep for Gear Hawk’s +5000 power can be difficult.
- JJ plays a 6 critical, 6 stand, and 4 heals trigger lineup. That is purely how he set it up as. The highlight to make here here is on Heart Thump Worker, Vainglory-dream Gear Cat and Wakey Wakey Worker.
- Heart Thump lets the player draw, while increasing your “Chronojet” Vanguard’s power by 5000 on your Vangaurd’s attack. Playing it right will forces your opponent to put up another 5000 shield, while you get another card in hand to play.
- Gear Cat gives +10000 power to another unit, Vanguard or Rear-guard, when you send an opponent’s rear-guard to the bottom of their deck.
- Wakey Wakey plays a more interesting role, with its ability to flip over your “used” G Units. This unit is the reason why JJ only plays 3 Chronodragon Nextage. He aims to use Wakey Wakey to flip over 1 copy of Nextage, so that he will be able to use it a second time. Generally, one should not rely on this ability too much. You still need your grade 0s for guarding purposes. It is a great ability to have, but one you should not revolve your entire strategy around.
- In his grade 1 line-up, Summit Crest Gear Wolf and Mist Geyser Dragon both powers up when you send an opponent’s rear-guard to the bottom of the deck. This is his main focus of power, as they immediately can turn to a 10000 and 11000 booster respectively. In combination with Gear Cat, upon activation of Chronojet Dragon’s on-stride skill or on Steam Knight, Kalibum’s and Glimmer Breath Dragon’s call, the entire field’s power goes up significantly.
- As you already know, the Ace of this deck is Chronojet Dragon, for both his name and his ability. Steam Fighter, Balih is the best Ace supporter card among all clans, with its ability to swap your Stride Heart to Chronojet Dragon. As long as you can stride, by the end of it, your vanguard is guaranteed to be Chronojet Dragon.
- I mentioned earlier that JJ plays only 3 Chronodragon Nextage. It opens up his G Unit slot for other G Units to work around any situation, for his first stride. Upheaval Pegasus can counteract an opponent who floods his field and Epoch-maker Dragon can convert a rear-guard into a grade 3 for a turn to reinforce, should you need it. Faterider Dragon is a trump card, in the sense that it can potentially power up your entire field even further, beyond any boosts units already get from Chronojet Dragon’s on-stride skill. Ragnaclock Dragon provides critical threat and possibly a finish, if he/she exhausted all of his perfect guards. Chronodragon Nextage, as explained in the video, could also catch an unprepared player off guard, when he realises he cannot perfect guard Chronojet Dragon, thanks to his GB2 skill. With Wakey Wakey Worker in the works, it opens up a lot of possibilities one could set up their G Zone.
- There are some flaws that this deck does have. It is counterblast heavy. Steam Maiden, Arlim and Distance-running Gear Horse are the only ones in this deck that can help to counteract them to a certain degree, but they aren’t full guarantees. You must think twice about using Chronojet Dragon’s skill at every stride, especially if it will not result in anything favorable to your advantage. Learning to control your counterblast will help you, not just in this deck, but in many others as well.
- One last note to make is regarding the viability of incorporating units with Time Leap. In theory, it is difficult to hybridize both styles of Gear Chronicle into a single drck. Both are valid playstyles on their own and the opinion here is to keep them as such. It is a challenge to do so, but not impossible. However, it will take a lot of thought and dedication to the build to make it work.
Welp, I think that covers everything that this deck has to offer. Just the same as always, if you have any queries, comments or suggestions, feel free to let Dempster, Leon or myself know. If you like this and would like to see more Vanguard content that we have come up with, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us here on our blog. You can keep up to date on all of our releases on Twitter @CrossboneVGs, and on our Facebook page here.
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