CardFight Vanguard to Reboot in May?

Posted: March 19, 2018 in Bushiroad, Cardfight Vanguard, Tabletop Gaming
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On Wednesday, Bushiroad held a live stream discussing the future of the beloved trading card game franchise. The speculation was high on what we could possibly see. Would there be a new anime? Would we see the arrival of a new clan? What new mechanics would be showcased? With all eyes on the screen, Bushiroad announced something that I think very, very few would have expected:

They are honestly relaunching the anime?

Did not see that one coming.

The relaunch, however, does appear to set closer to the manga this time. Though I never read the manga, I can’t say I’m completely upset by this. I have fond memories of binge watching the original seasons through Asia Circuit and those three seasons essentially making me want to play the game. There is a major change, though, in the introduction of a new mechanic (seen briefly in the trailer when Kai rides into his avatar, Dragonic Overlord) known as Imaginary Gift.

The Imaginary Gift mechanic grants one of three possible “gifts” to the player that triggers the gift. The first adds an additional front rear guard that gets a +10,000 attack on that player’s turn. The second gift grants up to a +20,000 attack, depending on the number of circles with the gift. The final gift grants a bonus perfect guard to their hand.

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Triggers also received an upgrade. All triggers going forward will have a power increase to +10,000 from the original +5,000. Stand triggers are taking a back seat for the new Front trigger that will give all front row units +10,000.

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Aside from the new mechanic, we are getting two new trial decks that follow the theme of the reboot. The original trial decks were Blaster Blade and Overlord based and these are the same!

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The first booster launch of the rebooted series will be based on the original Vanguard super team, Team Q4! Featuring Royal Paladins, Kagero, Oracle Think Tank and Nova Grappler.

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I can’t help but get a little giddy seeing any new artwork featuring Q4. Plus, that Alfred looks amazing.

We also got a bit of a look into the future of the set releases. It looks like up through September will only cover the original clans from Cardfight Vanguard. As a primarily Link Joker and Shadow Paladin player, the lack of new cards will be rather taxing. However, I’ll definitely be taking the time to try out new clans until the releases.

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Now…the most interesting thing to the actual game that isn’t related to the lore per say. Bushiroad announced a new tournament format structure.

Standard Format will feature only the newest released cards, essentially rotating out the original and G-era cards. Premium Format will allow for all eras of cards, from the original launch to the newest releases. G Format will only feature the cards released prior to the relaunched sets.

The last few days have seen post after post online discussing the merits of the format changes and asking players which formats they’ll be partaking in. Honestly, I’m going to be sticking to Premium Format for the foreseeable future. I’m not stupid, though. Standard Format is going to be the focus of Bushiroad as it allows for new players to more easily get into the game. That being said, I am giving it until the beginning of 2019 that the Premium Format series will be sidelined to secondary events before being phased out completely.

That being said, it’s never been easier to get in on the game now (at least not since the game originally launched). That can only be good for the health of the game and the community.

Finally, they left off with a really nice surprise: a mobile game!

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I’ve been an avid player of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links since the game’s launch. I’ve said on multiple occasions that the layout of the game would have leant itself perfectly to CardFight Vanguard. Looking at the screen grab they posted, and short video, the game looks straight up like a Duel Links clone. So much so that I wonder if Konami is getting a developmental fee with this game’s release.

Thats not a bad thing, mind you. Ever since the cancelation of CardFight Online, players have been chomping at the bit for a digital, on the go version of the game for some time. As long as the game is kept up with and has a passable player-vs-player mode, then this is going to be a huge release for Bushiroad.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with Bushi’s attempt at shaking things up. They are opening up the gates to make it easier to get new players in with a streamlined reboot and new mechanics. With the new mobile game, they give players the ability to play even if they don’t have a community or local game store support.

The game is in an exciting place and I, for one, cannot wait to see how it all unfolds.

Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

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