How has it been, everyone? Josephine here once again with another update for Cardfight!! Vanguard Stride to Victory.
We are less than month away from the release of the game, and while the updates for new information seems to have slowed down since the previous update there has been quite a bit of information included this this week’s Monthly Bushiroad magazine, or so I have heard. I have yet to receive my copy, but the official twitter was kind enough to provide the online version of the interview with the producer.
The focus of this interview, as well as this update, is none other than the game-only trial decks!
Carrying over the concept from the previous game, Lock On Victory, Stride to Victory will include these new trial decks that the player can purchase in the game. Of course, these are only available in the game itself; you would not be able to find these anywhere else unless your local card shop does sell their own pre-made decks.
And this time, we have thirteen of these trial decks, three more than what was included in the first game! And here they are!
As you can see, there is quite a various assortment we have here. Some of you who play these clans would be extremely pleased with this. Each of these decks are built with existing booster sets and promotion cards. Including the G-generation trial decks, there are a total of 18 clans in total for you to begin with!
Let’s look at them one at a time, shall we? I will begin from the top, going from left to right as I go down. Do note that you can only buy one of each of these decks in the game. In order to complete them, you need to purchase packs regularly or utilise the new CP card-buying system as mentioned in the previous update.
I apologise that the individual images are rather small; these were retrieved from the original article.
Note that while each trial deck is provided with a reading of its name, the some of words are too faded for my eyes to pick up. In this case I would have to credit the wikia for the some of the translations that are already provided. That being said, not every trial deck has an article on the site, so that is where I have to garner my own guesses.
Deck name: Maiden of Divine Strike (神撃の乙女; Shingeki no Otome)
Clan: Oracle Think Thank
From what is shown, the main unit of focus for this deck would be “Battle Sister, Mille-feuille“. Along with her, you will be given “Soaring Auspicious Beast, Kirin“, “Imperial Shrine Guard, Asuha” and “Battle Sister, Chocolat“.
This could possibly get you started on a Battle Sisters deck, which you can find support for mostly in BT01: Descent of the King of Knights, EB05: Celestial Valkyries and EB07: Mystical Magus.
Deck name: Blessing of Angels (天使の祝福; Tenshi no Shukufuku)
Clan: Angel Feather
Highlighted for the Angel Feather trial deck is “Holy Seraph, Raziel“. Also included in this deck are “Booting Celestial, Sandalphon“, “Black Slice, Harut” and “Pure Keeper, Requiel“.
In personal opinion, I would use this deck as a starter to build a G-generation deck focused on “Black Shiver, Gavrail”, which is supported in G-BT04: Soul Strike against the Supreme. If that is not to your liking, you can also invest in a deck surrounding the Celestials archetype.
Deck name: Hellfire of Twin Dragons (双竜の業火; Sōryū no Gōka)
The unit to note for this deck is “Divine Dragon Knight, Mahmud“. In addition, “Heroic Saga Dragon“, “Double Perish Dragon” and “Wyvern Guard, Barri” are also included.
While I am not an expert in this clan, it appears that this is a decent starter for a G-generation Kagerou deck, most likely focused on “Dragonic Blademaster“. You can find support for this deck in G-BT01: Generation Stride and G-BT03: Sovereign Star Dragon.
Deck name: Tryant of Explosive Advance (爆進の暴君; Bakushin no Bōkun)
“Destruction Tyrant, Archraider” takes the spotlight for this deck. You can also find “Ancient Dragon, Magmaarmor“, “Ancient Dragon, Tyrannoquake” and “Ancient Dragon, Crestrunner” included in this deck.
Without me even needing to mention, you can see that this trial deck centers on the Ancient Dragons archetype. You can support for this mainly in BT11: Seal Dragons Unleashed and BT17: Blazing Perdition.
Deck name: Stealth Road of Shura (修羅の忍道; Shura no Nindō)
This deck, was honestly, quite unexpected. It makes me happy to learn that Nubatama is finally get some attention, especially with the only legion unit “Shura Stealth Dragon, Mandoracongo” which is rather difficult to obtain in Japanese. Other units included in this deck are “Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Gedatsurakan“, “Stealth Dragon, Voidmaster” and “Stealth Beast, Mijingakure“.
Support for this clan can be found mostly in BT13: Catastrophic Outbreak.
Deck name: Assassin of Dark Night (闇夜の刺客; An’ya no Shikaku)
Leading this band of shinobi is “Ambush Demon Stealth Fiend, Ushimitsu Train“. Following closely behind are “Stealth Rogue of Revelation, Yasuie“, “Stealth Fiend, Nyudo Cloud” and “Stealth Beast, Leaves Mirage”.
Similar to some of the decks listed above, this deck prepares for you a G-era deck, with “Stealth Rogue of Revelation, Yasuie” as your ace. You can find additional support for this clan in G-BT03: Sovereign Star Dragon and BT-09: Clash of the Knights and Dragons.
Deck name: Challenger of Fighting Machines (闘機の挑戦者; Tōki no Chōsensha)
Clan: Nova Grappler
The main G-unit to note would be “Meteokaiser, Vic-Ten“. Included in this deck are also “Muscle Shriek“, “Extreme Leader Mu-sashi” and “Twin Blader“.
This is another deck geared up for the G-era build, which you can find support for mainly in G-BT01: Generation Stride.
Deck name: Cradle of the Succubus (夢魔の搖籃; Muma no Yōran)
Clan: Dark Irregulars
As you can guess from the title and the image preview, the main unit for this deck is “Love Tempest, Kisskill Lira“. This deck also includes “Sweet Predator“, “Alluring Succubus” to aid in early soul-charging as well as “March Rabbit of Nightmareland“.
If you are intending to build a G-era deck, G-BT03: Sovereign Star Dragon is the box you would want to purchase.
Deck name: Sprint of Super Combatants (超戦士の疾走; Chōsenshi no Shissō)
Clan: Spike Brothers
For this deck, the star of the team is “Godly-Speed, Flash Bruce“. Joining in as part of the lineout and preparing to join in the scrum are “Juggernaut Maximum” and “Bloody Ogle“; cheering them on is “Cheer Girl, Marilyn“.
If you are aiming to play with legion as your main focus, BT16: Legion of Dragons & Blades would contain what you are seeking.
Deck name: Great Performance of Fiendish Sword (妖剣の大公演; Yōken no Daikōen)
Clan: Pale Moon
The star of this circus troupe is “Miracle of Luna Square, Clifford“. Along with him are “Sword Magician, Sarah“, “Barking Wyvern” and “Hades Hypnotist“.
Do note that this game does not cover the G-era support for Pale Moon, meaning that it is not possible to build a deck containing cards from G-TD07: Illusionist of the Cresent Moon and G-BT05: Moonlit Dragonfang. Instead you may opt for a Silver Thorn or Beast Tamer deck, or whatever that suits your fancy.
Deck name: Invasion of Pirates (海賊の侵撃; Kaizoku no Shingeki)
A new ship has arisen from the seas of Magallanica! Taking the helm, we have “Pirate King of the Abyss, Blueheart“. On board are also “Young Pirate Noble, Pinot Noir“, “Master Swordsman, Nightstorm” and “Gust Jinn“.
Most likely, this deck will be focused on the legion build released in BT17: Blazing Perdition. After all, like Pale Moon, the vital units for a G-era build are not available. In fact, they would not be out until next February.
Deck name: Raid of Monsterous Insects (怪虫の襲撃; Kaichū no Shūgeki)
Leading this colony we have “Poison Spear Mutant Diety, Paraspear“. Swarming along we have “Longhorn Hunter“, “Bewitching Officer, Lady Butterfly” and “Paralyze Madonna“.
It seems that you can consider building a stride-focused deck. You would find support for this in BT04: Soul Strike Against the Supreme. If this is not to your liking, you can also pick up the Machinings.
Deck name: School of Mother Nature (大自然の学舎; Daishizen no Gakusha)
Clan: Great Nature
This new deck of academics is headed by “Immortality Profressor, Phoeniciax“. Assisting him are “Contradictory Instructor, Tusk Master“, “Abacus Bear” and “Cable Sheep“.
You would probably be looking into BT07: Rampage of the Beast King and G-BT02: Soaring Ascent of Gale and Blossom to further support this deck.
Well, with such a wide spread for us to choose from, we are certainly going to be spoiled for choice once we get our paws on this game. Would you start with a new clan that you have been wanting to try out, or with the clan that you are most familiar with? In both cases, just make sure you have lots of fun playing Vanguard on the console as you do in real life.
To end off, we have the television commercial of the game! You can find this on the official site and on Furyu’s official youtube channel.
We have finally come to the end of this rather lengthy update. The most important bit that is left to be covered would be the story: the original plot created just for this game. Hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am!
Until next time, happy fighting!