Today we have a Cardfighter Spotlight! I’ll be having the opportunity to interview the Aqua Force player that accomplished Top 8 in the Bushiroad Rumble Online (BRO) 2021 AO for the Premium format! His name is Isseikairu and is from The Philippines! Let’s get right into the interview!
Jaime: First off, congratulations to Isseikairu for getting Top 8 in the Bushiroad Rumble Online (BRO) 2021 AO! When I saw the results and you were playing our beloved clan Aqua Force, I was happy to see Aqua Force being represented. Today I wanted to do an interview with you about your overall experience. Sounds good amigo?
Isseikairu: With sincere pleasure, thank you for the time!
Jaime: Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Are you from any specific Vanguard teams/communities? Any other events that you and/or team have done well? Etc.
Isseikairu: Goody Day! My Name is Kyle Spencer F. Go from the Philippines in the city of Sta.Rosa, Laguna. Uhmm.. I dont have any Vanguard communities in our place, so what I do is I go to other communities to play vanguard.
The events that I and/or my friends have done well is.. conquering a hobbyshop. Well, there are times that I topped in most hobbyshop or even become a champion on those hobbyshops XD
Jaime: That’s awesome, how did you start playing Cardfight Vanguard?
Isseikairu: Ahh a nostalgic question I see…. I started playing Vanguard when I was 11 yrs old, my brother introduced me to Vanguard but I didn’t like it at first. But when I saw the commercial of Vanguard sometime later… I noticed that I was amazed at the commercial in which they introduced the first release of the Aqua Force clan. So.. I bought a trial deck and played cards with my brother and as the day went on, I gained experience on how does
vanguard works/played. Plus I made a bunch of friends because of Vanguard. Ahh, it was a fun game too.
Jaime: That’s great to hear! During your preparation, what are some things that you mainly focused on? Certain matchups, deck builds, strategies, etc.
Isseikairu: To be honest, I did not expect to make it this far for the BRO tournament but there is one certain strategy that I focused on is “TO SURVIVE”. In any matchups, whenever is a control, utility, or aggressive. Also, I’ve always thought that there will be the worst possible outcome in every game, so I build so many techs in my deck that surpasses any clan as far as I can.
If my deck could reliably beat those most-played decks whilst also having a solid matchup vs those other 2, I considered it a success.
Jaime: Makes sense! What made you decide on Aqua Force to play with? Why a more Thavas variant?
Isseikairu: The reason I played Aqua Force on the BRO tournament is that… Aqua Force is mainly my favorite clan especially the Thavas Variant since G-ERA. When I see Thavas.. I know for myself that I can surpass any matchups as far as I can with this deck due to its unique playstyle, such as the massive draw, bunch of resist that supports him very well, and etc. Also, the resting mechanics in the new support of Thavas during the main phase is quite splendid for me.
Jaime: Awesome, let’s dive into your deck list. You have a really diversified deck list. So let’s break it down from your unique choices. I see that you’re playing Riptide, Ruler Thavas, Original Tidal Assault, Nikki (G Era), and Orthia. Interesting 1 of’s, can you elaborate why you came to those choices/ratios?
Isseikairu: Well, the scary restanders like Ruler Thavas, OG Tidal Assualt, and Orthia don’t do much in the early game to first stride (unless I wanted to push my opponents in a tighter situation) especially the Tidal Assault.
Back in the old days, OG Tidal Assault is a great card that can attack two times in the early game, but with the release of a Heal Guardians.. multiple attacks on the early game will be difficult for me.
The reason I run 1 of’s of the restanders is that it can just draw so much on my Genbold turn. So I can fetch them so easily and keep them until I’ll reach a Valeos Revive turn or Alexandros turn.
The Nikki (G Era) can help me transition from Thavas V to Ruler Thavas when I’m against decks that have interruptions like Kagero (Denial Griffin), Granblue (Skeleton Cannoneer), Gear Chronicle (Hetero-round), and etc.
Lastly, I run only one Riptide because I think they did not expect to face a Riptide on a Thavas deck due to his certain battle in order for Riptide to attack which is harder at first but with certain practice I can manage to utilize Riptide.
Jaime: I also see that you’re playing cards like Coil Dragon, Coral Assault, Denis, Agias, Beragios, Nerissa, Nikki (V Era), Penguin, and 3 G3 Heal Guardians with 1 Blue Wave Heal. What made you play these cards and also come to their unique ratios?
Isseikairu: I play 2 of’s of the Coil Dragon to reach out a two-time 14k attacker when I’m against force clans.
A set of Coral Assault is there so that I can swing with 24k attacker against accel and protect clan…leading to 20k guard. And at the end of the turn, the skill of Coral Assault helped me so much so that I can fetch some of my pieces and increase my guarding capacity on their next turn with proper resting units.
Agias is just there so that I can rest rearguards so much easier when performing the Thavas superior ride into Lambros.
3 of’s of Denis is simply fine so that you can setting up your field during the early game.
Beragios can make me fetch some combo pieces like Ruler Thavas, Riptide,
or even Heal Guardians to prevent me from getting rushed.
I run 3 of’s of Nerissa beacuse there are two scenarios that this card can do, either use her skill when she was rested with Denis skill so that it can swing to 18k power even the
opponent gets a defensive trigger or heal guardians effect.
I run two of the penguins because of the resting ability.. giving the same column unit as the penguin get +5k power and perform unexpected countercharge during battle phase
with his other skill. (If opponents aren’t aware of the penguin skill).
For the heals.. the reason I run 3 G3 Heal Guardians with 1 Blue Wave Heal. Heal Guardians are great at the first three turns… but when both parties reach
G3’s it will be just a vanilla 15k shield for me, with the one Blue Wave Heal… it’s a possibility that I can draw that card with skills like Genbold, Coral Assault, Nerissa, and etc… leading to one countercharge.
Jaime: Great points and it makes a lot of sense, I see you’re playing the Cray Over Trigger instead of the Stoicheia one, any reason for it? Any other card choices you’d like to point out, perhaps the strides?
Isseikairu: Ohhh… I don’t have a Stoicheia one haha so I run the Cray Over Trigger instead xD. Uhmm there is nothing to point out in the decklist… it’s just.. it needs to play it creatively.. That’s it.
Jaime: Awesome thanks for explaining those card choices. With this build, what was your winning image for most of your games? Like did you have a setup, game state, or strategy that you focused on?
Isseikairu: Hmmm… the only thing I can come up with is TO SURVIVE. When I’m going first, I just need cards like Denis and Nerissa so a can attack at least 2 each turn even they got a defensive trigger or Heal Guardian while setting up your
Then, the usual Thavas-Lambros combo to rush your opponent and riding down into G2 (depending on the match-ups and flow of the game).
When getting the first stride, I have these phases which are Set-up Phase (Genbold), Tempo Phase (Depending on the situation), Burst Phase (Alexandros), and Miracle Phase (Commander Thavas).
Genbold can set up your field dramatically so that you can draw so many that you need them on the Tempo Phase.
When it reaches the Tempo Phase… this is where the big decision starts either striding to Lambros if you can spam the Nerissa skill 3 times, Valeos Revive if I sensed a trigger/Overtrigger or pushed the opponent into 5 damage, or another Genbold if things get rough.
Moving on, the Burst Phase… this is will be the kill turn with Alexandros, with the cards that you keep such as Ruler Thavas, OG Tidal Assault, and Orthia from Genbold and Valeos revive skill. I can push my opponents on a greater edge but it takes some sacrifices in order to burst out your opponent with the restander units..
And Lastly, the Miracle Phase is striding into Commander Thavas. Usually I just deck-out after 3rd Stride… I know my limits that after the 3rd Stide… my deck will be closed to empty and of course, my vanguard can’t attack at that point. So.. Commander Thavas is the way because it gives another attacker to the back row and his GB3 to retire another rearguard from the opponent’s board. It’s like my final turn at that point.
Jaime: Yes after 3rd stride you are close to deck out! During your games, which decks/clans did you face?
Isseikairu: Dimension Police, Shadow Paladin (Raging Form), Granblue, Narukami (Vanquisher), Granblue, Narukami (Vanquisher), and Pale Moon (Nightmare Dolls).
Jaime: Nice, a good variety! Was there a game you would like to highlight? Like your toughest matchup, best game, break or deal moments, etc.
Isseikairu: The toughest matchup that I’m against with is the Dimension Police… like damn… 5 crits on vanguard XD. It’s either Perfect Guard or Nothing at that point especially the Daikaizer play, good thing I stayed at 2 damage.
I would just lose there if I didn’t ask the opponent what are their cards do. The best game is when I’m against Simon which is Pale Moon (Nightmare Dolls). That game was so intense that I even survived their barrage of his attacks but end up losing XD.. It was so fun that I got to face a challenging/strong opponent.
Jaime: Wow, you definitely had some tough moments ha! During your games, what is something that you appreciated about your deck from the preparation you’ve done? The strategy of it, consistency, power, plays, etc.
Isseikairu: I think the great thing about my deck is that it can survive so many decks.. even Nightmare Dolls and Granblue can’t kill me.. it’s like that… I’m so proud that I survived those turns. Especially on my Tempo Phase, I just created a deck that can withstand any situation as far as I can.
Jaime: Survivability is necessary for most matchups before you’re able to do your Winning Image. How many rounds were in the tournament? How was your record throughout?
Isseikairu: From round 1 to 5.. it’s a miracle that I won 6 in a row… but when it comes to round 6 to 7.. I just lost because all of my hand cards are triggers at that moment, and my opponent didn’t show up on the last round sadly. So my overall standing is 6-2.
Jaime: How was your last game?
Isseikairu: It.. was intense but fun at the same time. At first, I didn’t know what was going on when it comes to Top 8 but as the game goes on… it was fun in the end.
Jaime: After the tournament, did you take some time to reflect? Anything that you learned from your experience?
Isseikairu: There is one thing for certain… and that is.. Aqua Force (Thavas variant) can compete with the current meta and I’m so proud of it for making it to the Top 8.
Jaime: I would also agree that Thavas has a more versatile ability to do fairly well against most matchups. We still need Pursuit Assault though ha. Would you like to do any shout-outs to people that you know and/or have helped you along your journey?
Isseikairu: I would like to shout out to my friends in Laguna who helped me complete this deck the day before the BRO tournament especially for my friends (Dan Albert Guerrero) and Patrick for believing that Thavas can compete in big events and building the deck with insights and practicing the deck until night.. without them.. I will not have been able to get into into Top 8.
Jaime: That’s great stuff! I’m sure your amigos are happy and excited about your accomplishment! Just one more question and we’ll be done amigo. While preparing with Aqua Force, did you use/see any social media to help you solidify your build? Such as blogs, YouTube videos/channels, Facebook, Reddit, etc.
Isseikairu: I only watch Aqua Force Deck Profiles on YouTube and that’s it… because for me is… anticipated your opponent like knowing on what they gonna is somehow boring.. so I want to surpass/fight any decks with their best combos head-on without knowing their capabilities so that I have a challenging fight against them.
Jaime: Wow, you do really like a challenge! Thanks again for joining me in this interview!
Isseikairu: Thank you for the interview invitation. It was a pleasure to do this!
Jaime: I wish you the best and hope to see more from you in the metagame! Till next time amigos!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this interview! I just wanted to highlight some takeaways that can help players out!
Survivability Against Most Decks
Isseikairu mentioned, “…there is one certain strategy that I focused on is “TO SURVIVE”“
Sometimes when not playing a top deck, we have to think a bit differently on strategy. In this case, Isseikairu wanted to make sure he was able to survive most match ups and do his Winning Image.
It may not be the best strategy but if the deck you’re using can only do so much, it may be your best option.
Your Strides Have Specific Purposes
Isseikairu also mentioned, “When getting the first stride, I have these phases which are Set-up Phase (Genbold), Tempo Phase (Depending on the situation), Burst Phase (Alexandros), and Miracle Phase (Commander Thavas). ”
Sometimes we think that most decks always rely and win with only one specific stride. A good example would be Shadow Paladin’s Morfessa. However, do remember that your Stride zone has many options that can help with specific scenarios.
It also helps to categorize them, which Isseikairu did! He even gave them names such as Set-up, Tempo, Burst, and Miracle. It’s important to understand what your Stride zone has to offer as a whole.
Thanks again for reading this Cardfighter Spotlight article! It’s great to see an awesome Cardfighter like Isseikairu achieving Top 8! Thanks again to Isseikairu for joining us today as well! Till next time amigos!
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