Attacking is, obviously, a pretty important part of Vanguard. It seems like it’s a pretty easy thing to do but there is actually a strategy behind attacking that can make or break a game. Triggers play a major role in this too, as depending on the triggers you run or the triggers you get, it changes the attack order. So lets dive right in.
With attacking, there are some very basic strategies that need to be followed to get the most out of your turn. Firstly, it is usually the correct choice to attack with your Vanguard first. This may change due to your Trigger line-up, but it usually remains true throughout. The reason behind this is because when you trigger, if you are guarded, you can put extra pressure on your opponent by putting these triggers on your rearguards. The times when you may change this would be due to two different scenarios. If you run stand triggers, you obviously want to attack with one of your rearguards first. The other time that you would like to attack with a rearguard first is if it is unboosted and a trigger would make it unable to attack. This could be used to attack the Vanguard or a Rearguard depending on the scenario.
When choosing which rearguard to attack with first there are a couple things to take into account. If you are attacking with your rearguard because you have stand triggers, take into account how powerful your opponents Vanguard is. Will your rearguard be able to hit the Vanguard if your opponent gets a trigger? Think very hard on this. For instance, say your rearguards are 10k and 11k. Your opponent has an 11k Vanguard. If you attack with your 10k first and your opponent gets a trigger, if you get a Stand Trigger, your rearguard is now 15k against your opponents 16k Vanguard, meaning it can’t hit. If you attack with your 11k rearguard first and your opponent gets a trigger, if you get a Stand Trigger, your rearguard is 16k against a 16k Vanguard, meaning you can attack the Vanguard again. Always attack with the rearguard with the highest chance to do a follow-up attack if you get a Stand Trigger, do your best not to limit your attacks.
Another factor that comes into play when deciding which rearguard to attack with first is the power of the rearguards. It may be tempting to attack with your strongest rows first, but you don’t want to allow your opponent to take the attack making his next guard easier. If you have a 17k rearguard attack and a 21k rearguard attack, you should probably attack with the 17k rearguard first. This is because if your opponent gets a trigger, it will still take a 10k guard to guard your 21k attack, while if you attack with the 21k attack, they will be inclined to just take it, potentially getting a trigger and making the 17k attack need only a 5k guard.
Now, this isn’t necessarily the case when triggers become involved. Triggers almost always make it possible for you to break that 20/21k barrier, forcing your opponent to guard for more. However, if there is a critical on your rearguard, you need to take this into account. If attacking with this rearguard will win you the game, you should attack with it first. This will force your opponent to guard this attack without a chance to try for a trigger. By forcing these types of guards out of your opponent, you wittle down their hand-size until they just won’t be able to guard anymore.
Basically what all attack orders are meant to accomplish is forcing the greatest amount of guard out of your opponents hands based on multiple scenarios. Always think about how you plan to attack and make sure that your plan will accomplish the greatest damage to your opponent, whether literally or just dealing damage to their hand. If you attack smartly with proper order, you will wear down your opponent.