Monday, October 13, 2014

Absolute Legion: Deflection.

 Bushiroad has started a campaign named "Grade 3 Revival campaign". This campaign was to bring back the old grade 3 units that at some point in the game had been very popular. This is again is yet another series of articles that will focus on this campaign. I gave the title  "Absolute Legion" to this series because the cards will be released during this campaign will be Legion cards that will have a grade 3 Mate. That is pretty "absolute to me".
 Now, during this campaign, a lot of clans got the above mentioned type of Legion, including Oracle Think Tank (for future reference, OTT for short.) That is one of the few events that stirred up the Vanguard community. Bushiroad isn't known for giving equal support to all clans.
 Even if OTT got a lot of support at the beginning of the game, it started to get more rare and rare until they were reduced to extra boosters and promos support only. To make this matter worse, the OTT clan which was used by Misaki Tokura in the beginning of the anime was losing practically all of her fights (with the exception of the decisive ones). They couldn't let Kamui to lose sometimes (talking about marketing.) With all that above, the OTT clan fainted away and therefore downgrade. However in the new arc (at least in the first set of it), it is already confirmed OTT support.
 As for the strategy, OTT is the "strategist" of the Cray planet. Their lore states tha they exceed in prediction and also in defense (oh boy.) which makes this clan very hard to beat (if they would get regular, effective support that is.) None the less, the clans possible builds are quite various. Some of them focus on either draw or prediction, and others have a little bit of both. This deck is falls under the third category.

Grade 0:
1x Little Witch, LuLu 
4x Psychic Bird 
4x Oracle Guardian, Nike
4x Battle Sister, Ginger
4x Lozenge Magus

Grade 1:
4x Oracle Guardian, Gemini 
4x Battle Sister, Chocolat 
4x Weather Forecaster, Miss_Mist 
3x  Battle Maiden, Sayorihime

Grade 2:
4x  Battle Deity, Susanoo
4x Silent Tom
4x Oracle Guardian, Wiseman

Grade 3:
3x CEO Amaterasu 
3x Goddess of the Treasured Mirror, Ohirume
  The trigger ratio in the deck is the latest fashion in the OTT clan. Since they can draw on their own quite good and stands are no use in the OTT, the only type of trigger available left is an additional set of critical triggers. The first vanguard is Little Witch, LuLu. Some players argue that in this deck the soul is important because of CEO Amaterasu (below is explained why) and Little Witch, LuLu doesn't belong in the deck. Honestly, I don't care emptying the soul since it will grow very fast. On top of that, Little Witch, LuLu provides two cards into the drop zone (which brings you closer to Legion), an extra draw (so OTT-like) and a 5k booster (kind of meh but still decent. ).
 The final deck was made after a lot of testing and consideration. I have kept some staple units but I also made some changes to withstand with the meta.
 Practically, all players have quitted on vanillas. The most common base power in the grade one is 7000and 9,000 base power in the grade 2 section. They have some nice skills and that is why they prefer them over the simple vanillas.
 That is why I have Oracle Guardian, Wiseman (which is a grade 2 vanilla.) Some people argue that I should play Battle Maiden, Tagitsuhime over this but I decided to run it becuase it will be my first choice for ride at the grade 2 "stage" of the game. This way, I can fend off my opponents grade 2 vanguard attacks with a 10000 shield (the "no pass" type of shield) and besides I already have Battle Deity, Susanoo as 12000 attacker .
 Oracle Guardian, Gemini (the grade one vanilla.) is the best booster of the deck. It can make good numbers with all of the cards but in the most cases he is used with Silent Tom. This pair go way back in the history of this game and it is widely used in the OTT decks. It is best to stack triggers on them to form the 21000 or 26000 magic  numbers and given Silent Toms skill, your opponent only saving is eihher a Sentinel or half o his hand.
 Speaking of Sentinels, in this deck there are 4 (Battle Sister, Chocolat)...tehnically speaking. There was another card that brought OTT on the first page besides Goddess of the Treasured Mirror, Ohirume. That card was Weather Forecaster, Miss_Mist. Bushiroad already ruled that her skill to nullify Vanguard's attack can be used at anytime as long as your opponent has a grade 2 on his VC. Legioning, in most of the cases, involves having a grade 2 Mate. So if you are facing off a Legion deck (the odds are  in your favour.), you will have 8 Sentinels.
 Now, let the Absolute Legion descend.
[ACT](VC): Legion 21000 "CEO Amaterasu" (If your opponent's vanguard is grade 3 or greater, this unit may return four cards from your drop zone into your deck once, search your deck for the specified card, and Legion)
[ACT](VC):[Counter Blast (1)] If this unit is in Legion, declare a card name, and reveal the top card of your deck. If the revealed card is the card you declared, Soul Charge (2), choose up to two cards from your damage zone, and turn them face up. Then, if the revealed card is a card with the same name as a unit on your (VC), draw two cards. This ability cannot be used for the rest of that turn.

 [CONT](VC):During your turn, if the number of cards in your hand is four or greater, this unit gets [Power]+4000.
[AUTO](VC):At the beginning of your main phase, Soul Charge (1), look at the top card of your deck, and put that card on the top or the bottom of your deck.
[AUTO](VC/RC):[Soul Blast (8) & Counter Blast (5)] When this unit's attack hits, you may pay the cost. If you do, draw up to five cards.
 In this case it is impossible to talk about Goddess of the Treasured Mirror, Ohirume without involving CEO Amaterasu. First of all, what you should know is that all Amaterasu skills that activate on the Vannguard Circle on her own, will activate in Legion as well. With that said  the attack value of your Legion attack alone will not be 21000 but 25000. More over, thanks to CEO Amaterasu, you will know when to use Goddess of the Treasured Mirror, Ohirume's Legion skill  and you will never get it wrong. Most of the times I use it when I have one of those two on the top of the deck so I can get the two extra draws.
 The last skill of CEO Amaterasu is a sweet addition. Thanks to this mega soulcharge (with both skills you will soulcharge three cards per turn.), your opponent should watch what attacks they should card. The size of a hand makes the difference between win or lose.
 In conclusion the deck brings back the old days of OTT days where having a strategy actually mattered.
 The End.


  1. May I ask something? Ohirume's skill gave us the opportunity to unflip damage to use more counterblasts, but I see that in this deck there
    's no CB units? Wouldn't it be such a waste?

    1. The other choices involving counterblasts didn't work that well together. I have tried Stellar Magus + Crescent Magus but that would require using Circle Magus as well since we cannot have the two candidates for the a single top card. Another combo I thought of was Candy+Lemonade but also involves a lot of cards, waiting and resources in comparison to a simple pressure that has low chances of succeeding.
      However, since some OTT support is coming in the way in the new G-Booster, I thing we might have a wider pool of cards to choose from.