Updated: Jun 7, 2019
“May the FORCE be with you”
-General Dodonna (A New Hope)
Written and Edited by
Rodney "Based Crit" Chan, Chad Leiske, and China Ross
With the release of Dragonic Overlord the Great, and the Colorful Pastorale crew, Cardfight Vanguard is entering a Force dominated meta for the first time in the reboot's history. How did we get to this point? It's a far cry from the original dominance of the Protect gift and Oracle Think Tank. Let's take a look at the history of the game and why it may have taken so long for Force to become the dominant gift.
At the launch of the Cardfight Vanguard reboot only one clan dominated the meta, Oracle Think Tank. Oracle Think Tank is a protect gift clan that relies heavily on drawing cards and manipulating the top card of the deck in order to achieve high pressure turns. Due to the nature of Force clans and their limitation of three attacks per turn, protect clans were able to use their imaginary gifts in order to nullify the largest attacks on a turn. Protect clans dictated the pace of the game.
This stifled many Force Clan strategies as the majority of them relied on their Vanguard to apply pressure. Royal Paladin, Kagero, Spike Brothers, Dimensional Police, Shadow Paladin, Genesis, Gear Chronicle and Neo Nectar all had battle-ship strategies. While this may have changed with the release of AL4 and Murakumo a clan designed to restrict and control reriding, OTT remained as a significant chunk of the meta share over the following months.
The release of the Ultra-Rare Miracle Collection further cemented the weaknesses of the Force clan strategies of vanguard centric gameplay. Angel Feather and their ability to heal damage and ride multiple times a turn generated massive amounts of advantage in a short period of time. Not only could Angel Feather guard your largest attack, they could heal your second largest attack making battle with them a tedious and fruitless endeavor.
The dominance of Protect gifts shifted many players into the decks that could effectively combat them. This can be seen in the largest tournament of the year the World Championships where Accel decks represented a significant portion of the meta share. Out hunting both Oracle Think Tank and Angel Feather, players took towards their counters in Murakumo and Great Nature, decks that represent fast and high pressure strategies.
With the release of EB05 Primary Melody, and EB06 Light of Salvation, Logic of Destruction Force clans have received major assets in the form of the Melody keyword, and multi-attacking.
EB05 Primary Melody introduces Bermuda Triangle, and the Melody keyword. Their overall power level is incredibly strong, and as of EB06 they represent 49% of the meta share in Japan. Bermuda Triangle is able to generate massive amounts of card advantage, search for units in the deck and produce huge un-guardable columns for little to no cost.
EB06 Light of Salvation, Logic of Destruction introduces new Kagero support that changes the dynamic of what it means to be a Force clan. No longer are you restricted by three attacks a turn with the release of Dragonic Overlord the Great, a vanguard with the ability to restand not only itself but also a rearguard Dragonic Neoflame. This means that a Kagero player can reach up to 5 attacks a turn.
Combined with their inherent advantage of being 10,000 base power grade 2 and 13,000 base power grade 3 Force clans are pushing Accel clans out of the meta. As of EB06 the Japanese meta share is taken up almost entirely by Bermuda Triangle, Kagero and Oracle Think Tank.
For the majority of Summer and Fall 2018, Oracle Think Tank was the Protect Clan that defined the meta. In Spring 2019 we saw Murakumo and Angel Feather become dominant. Summer of 2019, we can expect a changing of the guard. Strap in and be ready to swing in with huge numbers. It's a Force meta for the foreseeable future.