Tournament

Fighter’s Road 2012 National Champions

This is a little bit of a flashback post, but I believe it is a pretty important one, considering it took me awhile to find it.  Credit for the decklists goes to vanguardus.blogspot.sg

In July, 23, 2012 the Fighter’s Road tournament took place, with some pretty shocking, and amazing results.  People were expecting the usual Majesty Lord, The End dominance, and they got something very different. We’ll talk more after you read the decklists

Japanese National Championship 2012
Seniors Division
National Champion: Gotou Kiyomi/後藤聖弥
Grade 0
x1 Wingal Brave (FVG)
x4 Future Knight, Llew CT
x4 Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine HT
x4 Alabaster Owl CT
x4 Bringer of Good Luck, Epona CT
Grade 1
x4 Flash Shield, Iseult
x4 Little Sage, Marron
x3 Lake Maiden, Lien
x4 Toypugal
Grade 2
x4 Blaster Blade
x3 Knight of Silence, Gallatin
x2 High Dog Breeder, Akane
x2 Knight of Determination, Lamorak
Grade 3
x4 Knight of Knights, Alfred
x3 Swordsman of Explosive Flames, Palamedes

Runner-Up: Kanamaru Makoto/金丸眞人
Grade 0
x1 Bermuda Triangle Cadet, Riviere (FVG)
x4 Comical Rainy CT
x4 Cooking Caspian DT
x4 Drive Quartet, Flows HT
x4 Drive Quartet, Shuplu CT
Grade 1
x3 Mermaid Idol, Erie
x4 Mermaid Idol, Sedna
x2 Prism of the Water’s Surface, Miltoa
x4 Mermaid Idol, Riviere
x2 Navy Dolphin, Ameer
Grade 2
x4 Top Idol, Aqua
x4 Super Idol, Riviere
x3 Mermaid Idol, Flute
Grade 3
x1 Top Idol, Pacifica
x2 Super Idol, Salem
x4 Top Idol, Riviere

Third Place: Nakamura Seishirou/中村誠士郎
Grade 0
x1 Lizard Soldier, Conroe (FVG)
x4 Embodiment of Spear, Tahr CT
x4 Dragon Monk, Genjo HT
x4 Gatling Claw Dragon DT
x2 Blue-Ray Dracokid CT
x2 Red Gem Carbuncle DT
Grade 1
x4 Wyvern Guard, Barri
x4 Embodiment of Armor, Bahr
x3 Dragon Monk, Gojo
x2 Heat Nail Salamander
x1 Flame of Promise, Aermo
Grade 2
x4 Burning Horn Dragon
x4 Bellicosity Dragon
x3 Berserk Dragon
Grade 3
x4 Dragonic Overlord
x4 Dragonic Overlord The End

Fourth Place: Minami Takeshi/南武志
Grade 0
x1 Wingal Brave (FVG)
x4 Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine HT
x4 Margal DT
x4 Alabaster Owl CT
x4 Bringer of Good Luck, Epona CT
Grade 1
x4 Flash Shield, Iseult
x4 Little Sage, Marron
x2 Toypugal
x3 Knight of Friendship, Kay
Grade 2
x4 Blaster Blade
x1 High Dog Breeder, Akane
x3 Blaster Dark
x3 Starcall Trumpeter
x1 Knight of Loyalty, Bedivere
Grade 3
x3 King of Knights, Alfred
x1 Solitary Knight, Gancelot
x4 Majesty Lord Blaster

Juniors Division
National Champion: Rikino Sakura/力野桜
Grade 0 
x1 Little Witch, LuLu (FVG)
x4 Lozenge Magus HT
x3 Oracle Guardian, Nike CT
x4 Psychic Bird CT
x2 Victory Maker DT
x3 Battle Sister, Ginger CT
Grade 1 
x4 Battle Sister, Chocolat
x4 Oracle Guardian, Gemini
x1 Weather Girl, Milk
x2 Luck Bird
x3 Dark Cat
Grade 2
x4 Battle Sister, Mocha
x4 Oracle Guardian, Wiseman
x3 Silent Tom 
Grade 3
x4 Scarlet Witch, CoCo
x4 Goddess of Flower Divination, Sakuya

Runner-Up: Murosaki Yuki/室崎祐希
Grade 0
x1 Lizard Soldier, Conroe (FVG)
x4 Embodiment of Spear, Tahr CT
x4 Dragon Monk, Genjo HT
x4 Gatling Claw Dragon DT
x3 Blue-Ray Dracokid CT
x1 Red Gem Carbuncle DT
Grade 1
x4 Wyvern Guard, Barri
x4 Embodiment of Armor, Bahr
x3 Dragon Monk, Gojo
x2 Demonic Dragon Mage, Kimnara
x1 Flame of Promise, Aermo
Grade 2
x2 Dragon Knight, Nehalem
x4 Burning Horn Dragon
x3 Cross Shot, Garp
x2 Berserk Dragon
Grade 3
x4 Dragonic Overlord
x4 Dragonic Overlord The End

Third Place: Nakamura Shunto/中村俊斗
Grade 0
x1 Wingal Brave (FVG)
x3 Future Knight, Llew CT
x3 Yggdrasil Maiden, Elaine HT
x2 Margal DT
x4 Alabaster Owl CT
x4 Bringer of Good Luck, Epona CT
Grade 1
x3 Flash Shield, Iseult
x4 Little Sage, Marron
x3 Lake Maiden, Lien
x3 Knight of Friendship, Kay
x2 Apocalypse Bat
Grade 2
x4 Blaster Blade
x4 Blaster Dark
x2 Starcall Trumpeter
x1 Knight of Loyalty, Bedivere
Grade 3
x1 King of Knights, Alfred
x2 Swordsman of the Explosive Flames, Palamedes
x4 Majesty Lord Blaster

Fourth Place:  Takenaka Shun’ichi/竹中駿一
Grade 0
x1 Black Dragon Whelp, Vortimer (FVG)
x4 Flame of Victory CT
x4 Speeder Hound CT
x2 Silent Punisher CT
x2 Weapons Dealer, Gwydion DT
x4 Elixir Sommelier HT
Grade 1 
x4 Halo Shield, Mark
x4 Knight of Elegant Skills, Gareth
x2 Little Battler, Tron
x1 Listener of Truth, Dindrane
x4 Scout of Darkness, Vortimer
Grade 2
x3 Player of the Holy Bow, Viviane
x2 Knight of Superior Skills, Beaumains
x1 Lop Ear Shooter
x4 Black Dragon Knight, Vortimer
Grade 3
x2 Incandescent Lion, Blond Ezel
x3 Holy Mage, Manawydan
x2 Spectral Duke Dragon
x1 Great Silver Wolf, Garmore

What’s the first thing you take away from this?  Is it possibly the fact that the Royal Paladin player, Gotou Kiyomi, piloted the deck using, in the Japanese Meta, outdated tactics?  There are only 2 cards that were released after Set 3 in his deck, Wingal Brave and Knight of Determination, Lamorak.  There is no Majesty Lord and there is no Blaster Dark.  This is a deck that could almost be made using what we have available in the West.  This is amazing not only because it shows that old Royal Paladin isn’t dead, but also shows that the dominance of decks in the West may not necessarily be due to decks being overwhelmed.  It may be that it is player choice in the West that is shaping our meta into a Gold Paladin dominated one.

The second thing I noticed was the Bermuda Triangle deck.  This one completely shocked me.  While it is true that the player was then called out for cheating, the deck is still extremely well structured and sadly, may have placed without the players tampering.  He uses standard tactics in an excellent way, bringing out the full potential of his deck to be able to fight against those overwhelming 13k vanguards.

The thing that I find most noteworthy and indeed, the most satisfying, is the winner of the Junior Division.  Soulless OTT.  This is a deck that I have always seen as being extremely explosive with potential to win overwhelmingly, I just couldn’t see how to build it to achieve the consistency it needs. Well, 2 time National Champion Rikino Sakura has shown me why I couldn’t see it.  She used a strategy incorporating Goddess of Flower Divination, Sakuya which meant she ALWAYS had an ideal ride.  If she rode Coco, she would get the classic 3 draw that Soulless is known for.  However, if she did not have it, she could easily ride Sakuya, gain the draw from Lulu, then add it back to her hand with Sakuya’s effect.  This means she could then put a more ideal booster to the field, and gain a draw all in one move.  Another great thing that she did in the deck was the extra crit.  We’ll talk more about trigger construction at a later date, but this shows one of the basic rules.  If you are going to be gaining advantage through your decks mechanics, you do not need to run as many draw triggers.  It allows your deck to be much more offensive, more defensive with the extra shield, and reduces the chance of drawing into your own triggers.  This shows alot of forward thought and great use of the cards available to her.

The third thing to note is the almost complete lack of Gold Paladins.  Considering their fantastic showing at regionals, people were expecting alot more and instead, got alot less.  The Gold Paladin build is unconventional, well thought out, and, obviously, well played.  This marks shows that Spectral Duke may easily be the best GP Vanguard.  I am all for this as I believe that Spectral Duke and Garmore are among the strongest cards.  I am also happy to see Spectral Duke finally top somewhere in Japan.

All in all, we can take from this the demonstration that every deck in Vanguard is viable.  It comes down to the pilot of the deck to show everyone its power, and to demonstrate its effectiveness.

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2 thoughts on “Fighter’s Road 2012 National Champions

  1. Another good read, and I have to admit I was shocked to see Bermuda Triangle as the Runner-Up. I was already looking forward to building the deck, but seeing this makes me wanna do it even more. The only other thing I got from this besides RP is still good is that Soulless OTT winning Juniors backs up my theory that Soulless is the best OTT build.

    • I’m also looking forward to giving the deck a try. Will be interesting to see whether Pacifica or Rivere are able to mold a place for themselves in the English format. I definitely agree that Soulless OTT as it stands is better then Tsukiyomi. It provides alot of burst power and early game rush. I would say that a Tsukiyomi deck that gets it’s ride chain off MIGHT be better, but thats again what makes Soulless so strong is its consistency. Not relying on a ride chain can win you games.

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