News: Fireball VGCS Decklists, Hakata and Sapporo Tournaments Dominated by Kagerou, Post-BT15 Aqua Force Emerges
The third Laketown Vanguard Championship decklists went up on Card Shop Fireball’s official blog early yesterday morning, showcasing some of the first competitive decks of the Infinite Rebirth-on format. Tournament winner Kado’s “Ω” Glendios deck is of particular interest in part because it’s the first Glendios deck seen in tournament play, and also due to its unusual composition, running a huge count of twelve grade 3s and just seven grade 2s. Previously only Aqua Force, Dimension Police and Nova Grappler cardfighters tended to run grade 3 heavy decks on a regular basis, due to their variety of grade 3 options and necessity for two or more gameplans in one deck, but Glendios is a different beast entirety. Some concern over the validity of the results has been expressed due to this Fireball CS only seeing a turnout of 34 persons when 60~80 is more common in VGCS events, but now that the decklist is visible it’s clear that a thorough amount of work was put into its construction.
At the third Hakata VGCS, Nouvelle Vague has continued a steady train of dominance under first place cardfighter Seishirou, while Dragruler-Raging Form and Minerva fighters are managing to hold their own with it in the top ranks of tournament play. In particular, the new definitive Revenger deck is clearly emerging in these early tournaments. Taking a leaf from EX’s deck from the Half Moon VGCS, the basic framework of Kaakun’s build was two of each Phantom grade 3 paired with four copies of Raging Form Dragon and a supporting rearguard lineup of double Judgebaus into double Sword Breakers with multiple ways to superior call the second Judgebau Revenger through Mana, Tartu and Darkbond, and the paired rearguards Rakia and Lukea who power up when low-grade rearguards are called. The most surprising shared feature of these decks is the absence of Blaster Dark Revenger, whose field control and unflipping with Dorint once made him a staple of the Revenger build.
Meanwhile word has gotten out that Kagerou is likewise dominating the first Sapporo VGCS over on the opposite end of the archipelago. Sapporo’s top 8 was made up of three Kagerou, three Link Joker, one Shadow Paladin and one Aqua Force cardfighters. As this is the first major headway for Aqua Force in the wake of BT15, many observers are eager to see where professional cardfighters have developed the clan in the first two weeks of the new format.