Hello again, Vision fans! It's the one guy that’s barely on Vision, Bailey Kehret, back with another fun and interesting Premium deck list; Valkerion Restand.
This is a deck that aims for a setup involving Giant Deity of Distant World, Valkerion and some stand triggers. Having a rearguard Valkerion which can get up to five drive checks per attack along with a 70k body is pretty great. But wouldn’t getting multiple attacks with him be even greater? Through getting lucky and hitting some stand triggers during any of your turn’s drive checks or by utilizing the effect of Goddess of Sound Sleep, Tahro, this multi-attack dream can become a reality. The execution of the “combo” is something that will be explained later in the article. First, I would like to address the rest of the deck.
This deck is closer to being Standard +, meaning it is a Premium deck which uses many cards from Standard. The goal of the deck is the same in Premium as it is in Standard, getting the Astral Plane and getting Valkerion. You are able to get the Astral Plane by getting a certain amount of Force markers on your Vanguard Circle and having Origin Deity of Heavenly Light, Uranus, Gleaming Lord, Uranus, or Quaking Heavenly Dragon, Astraios Dragon as your vanguard. The rest of the deck is filled with cards that help gain resources. Phinomenus of the Constellations, Dikei of the Just Path, Atlas of Heavenly Sphere, and Deputize Bear are all units that help gain Force markers or card advantage and Astraia of the Full Heavens helps by providing a loot skill and a conditional soulcharge.
As for the Premium cards that are run in the deck, Witch of Grapes, Grappa is a card that soulcharges when it gets soulblasted and Angelic Wiseman is a card that is able to help extend our flurry of attacks with Valkerion if he happens to whiff on a drive check. Wiseman is also very potent in combination with one of the strides in the deck, Complete Beauty, Amaruda Aphross. Amaruda can give Wiseman an additional 10k and a critical, and Wiseman’s skill in combination with Tahro can create multiple attacks. Amaruda is more of a “side win condition” as the main FLEX we are going for is with the main man Valkerion.
For some further explanation on how the interaction between Wiseman and Tahro works, when Wiseman attacks, he may soulblast three cards to gain an additional 4k power for the battle. As long as you have GB1 active, Tahro’s skill can activate. When Tahro is soulblasted, you may put her to the bottom of your deck in order to restand a rearguard. In this case, we choose Wiseman. Even though Wiseman gets restood in the middle of his attack, the attack still carries on like normal. With the addition of an Amaruda skill, Wiseman attacks for at least 24k with an additional crit and can multi-attack as long as you have a Tahro or two in soul.
Now, how does Wiseman’s restand interaction work with Valkerion? Well, if your Valkerion fails to check a stand trigger, you can attack with Wiseman and use its skill to soulblast a Tahro. Instead of targeting Wiseman with the restand ability, you choose Valkerion. Now you can continue to Ora! Ora! Ora! your opponents as much as you want. Astraia of the Full Heavens works in the same way as Wiseman in this situation with her second skill. After she boosts a unit, you can soulblast to return her to your hand. If you soulblast Tahro, you can use the triggered ability of Tahro to restand Valkerion.
The weakness of this deck lies in its consistency and its survivability. This deck requires you to have your Astral Plane and your Valkerion ready along with some stand triggers to “pop off”. Some games the Valkerion just doesn’t show up. Other games you can’t find a Tahro to put into soul or a Wiseman or Astraia to soulblast the Tahros in battle phase. Along with the consistency not being great, the deck does not have a lot for it in terms of surviving the current aggressive matchups in Premium such as Dark Irregulars and Neo Nectar. The G-Guards in this deck, such as Ultimate Regalia of Affection, Eir and Goddess of Seven Color, Iris are more concerned with getting Tahros in soul and less on the shield value that they provide. Along with these weaknesses, the current meta doesn’t support these types of combo decks as most matchups won’t allow this deck the time it needs.
While this deck currently is not in a good position to take over any regional event, it is absolutely a fun way to “style” on your locals and I would highly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you already have the support from the new set, Astral Force, as the rest of the Premium cards are fairly cheap.
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