Sunday, 11 January 2015

V News: An Age of Light! Fajar Muttaqien wins Vanguard World Finals with Thing Saver Alfred

The champion of 2014 has been decided.

Fajar Muttaqien, winner of the Indonesia Regional with BT15 Dragonic Overlord, The Re-Birth, and runner up of the Asia-Oceania Continental while using "Aybss" Revengers, has been crowned World Champion of 2015 using Royal Paladin Seeker, specifically a Light Origin Thing Saver variant of the build.

A deck which I've been testing for a while while trying to prove it being just as effective as Thing Saver abyss. But that isn't currently important.

So that's that huh? Another year down and Royals are set to reign sacred Dominion while trying to defend their title for the next 12 months. Not likely when we have DOTX round the corner. <.<

As for Muttaqien, I want to look over his ascension. And the armies he commanded as he fought to the top.


Indonesia

Champion, Fajar Muttaqien - Flame of Rebirth

GRADE 0
1x Lizard Soldier, Fargo (First Vanguard)
2x Seal Dragon, Biella (CT)
4x Blue Ray Dracokid (CT)
2x Demonic Dragon Mage, Apalala (CT)
2x Dragon Dancer, Barbara (HT)
2x Dragon Dancer, Therese (HT)
2x Gattling Claw Dragon (Draw Trigger)
2x Seal Dragon, Artpique (DT)
GRADE 1
2x Dragon Monk, Gojo
4x Wyvern Guard, Barri (PG)
2x Calamity Tower Wyvern
4x Eternal Bringer Griffin
2x Violence Horn Dragon
GRADE 2
4x Burning Horn Dragon
4x Dragonic Burnout
3x Dragon Dancer, Arabella
GRADE 3
4x Dragonic Overlord (Break Ride)
4x Dragonic Overlord "The Яe-birth"

While sticking to the very popular 8/4/4 line up of Crit/Heal/Draw the choices made create an opportunity to fool the opponent, making them unsure what your actual ratio is.

The key Overlord Support of Eternal Bringer Griffin and Dragonic Burnout working together to provide consistency and pressure, Calamity Tower Wyvern also using the soul as a resource to fuel what many consider free draws.

Dragon Monk, Gojo is used primarally for dropping dead cards (as far as the hand is concerned) to attempt drawing more useful resources, but he is also usable for a different purpose, by preparing one of the conditions required to activate the skill of Dragonic Burnout.

When this deck hits it's Cross Break Ride and goes for a triple Vanguard attack, it makes for a devastating turn than can leave the opponent completely drained, on all following turns though, using the skill of Re-Birth alone, while driving up the center lane power, and it's pressure, limit the user to just 2 attacks. Which can also mean the opponent needs less guard to survive your turn.

Side-Note: the 1st of 3 heroes sealed away by the Void at the dawn of the Liberation War, This is related to something I want to bring up towards this post's end.

While Re-Birth had name good match-ups, there was one opponent that if faced was a major threat to the deck, Link Joker. Although on personal preference I'd rather nuke Re-Birth's field with Chaos Breaker as opposed to Trying to keep it in lock down.

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By the time of the Continental rounds the Legion Trial Decks and Extra Boosters had been released, and other than that you're only option for Legion decks was using the promo cards or one of the two legions from Fighter's Collection 2014.

It's no surprise then that during this time,the most prominent deck in competitive play was Aybss Revengers, Muttaqien was no exception, himself also Championing Revengers at this critical stage in which the meta was perhaps at it's smallest image to date.
While there were 3 variations of the "Abyss"  build in play in the pro scene, Muttaqien decided to take reign of a build using both Mordred and Cormack as alternate rides.


1st Runner-Up, Fajar Muttaqien - Notice Me Please? TwT

GRADE 0
1x Judgebau Revenger
4x Grim Revenger (CT)
4x Revenger, Air Raid Dragon (CT)
4x Freezing Revenger (DT)
4x Healing Revenger (HT)
GRADE 1
4x Transient Revenger, Masquerade
4x Dark Revenger, Mac Lir (PG)
4x Barrier Troop Revenger, Dorint
2x Sharp Point Revenger, Shadow Lancer 
GRADE 2
4x Blaster Dark Revenger
4x Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss"
3x Fighting Spirit Revenger, Macart
GRADE 3
2x Illusionary Revenger, Mordred Phantom
4x Revenger, Phantom Blaster "Abyss"
2x Ambitious Spirit Revenger, Cormack



Coming second in the continental round, loosing out in the finals to a Raging "Abyss" build. The main difference between this build and the Raging Abyss build is in the Grade 3 line-up. In Muttaqien's build his Grade 3 options mean he can push either of his two legion into higher power stages if he rides Mordred first, and this also works in favor of Judgebau Revenger as any attack with him boosting a Phantom Vanguard that hits, can call out Barrier Troop Revenger, Dorint from the deck and that sets up the Decks' damage unflip, requiring one other component, Blaster Dark Revenger. With the heavy Counterblasting the deck demands, the inclusion of Barrier Troop Revenger, Dorint and  Blaster Dark Revenger is almost universal. This also means that with the inclusion of Blaster Dark Revenger "Abyss", being both the mate of RPBA and a good support card for the deck, even without factoring in his function as mate. This means that the 11-12 Grade 2 line-up, is frequently taken up by 8 Blaster Darks, one for damage unflip and front row retires, the other for back row sniping.

This deck also makes use of the second of the 3 heroes once sealed away by Void.

By the time of the World Finals the meta was down to the Three Paladin Clans, and Link Joker. Although we did see Great Nature gain recognision as rouges via the ARG circuit (as covered by Touya)

With this in mind, Muttaqien, equipped the Royal Paladins' Seekers for the final showdown commanded the powerful Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon.


Champion, Fajar Muttaqien - Glory of Banjarmasin! Knight of Indonesia!
GRADE 0
1x Advance Party Seeker, File
4x Seeker, Hallowed Breath Dragon (CT)
4x Impact Seeker, Modoron (CT)
4x Seeker, Loving Healer (HT)
4x Margal (DT)

GRADE 1
3x Honest Seeker, Cynric
3x Defending Seeker, Shiron (PG)
1x Seeker, Plume Wall Angel (QW)
3x Flail Seeker, Isbuzzard
2x Grynngal Seeker
2x Lake Maiden, Lien
GRADE 2
1x Full Bloom Seeker, Cerdic
4x Great Crossbow Seeker, Gildas
2x Heaven Bow Seeker, Morvi
4x Blaster Blade Seeker
GRADE 3
4x Light Source Seeker, Alfred Exiv
4x Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon

It's interesting to note the presence of a Quintet Wall in this deck, I wonder if this was down to choice or resources? Additionally the one copy of Full Bloom Seeker, Cerdic, does seem out of place, but it is by no means a bad card, being the Seeker 12k Beater, but then that raises the question of why 3 copies of Heaven Bow Seeker, Morvi, when the same result can be achieved more consistently with Cerdic?

The rest of build is more easily explained, Light Source Seeker, Alfred Exiv gains additional power for each other Seeker unit on the field while in legion, and this counts his mate to, to top this off if you have 5 or more Rearguards he gains an additional Crit. This means he combos well with Great Crossbow Seeker, Gildas  who helps in filling the field, typically by calling either Flail Seeker, Isbuzzard or Grynngal Seeker from the deck. One for momentarily higher power lanes, the other for additional on-hit pressure and aiding in Counterblast management by unflipping damage if an attack hits in which it boosted with Blaster Blade Seeker in the same lane.

The typical scenario for this deck is to try and and get off Seeker, Thing Saver Dragon's Legion Skill as many times as possible in a turn. And it is even possible for him to get in a triple re-stand (4 attacks) if the correct situation were to occur. In mirror matches of this deck, the game is usually decided by who get's off their gambit first, if you beat your opponent to it, you've won the match.

This build also makes use of the third and final hero captured and imprisoned by Void.

And so it is as it was, as it will be written down in history, of how the three heroes came together, led by their joint Vanguard.
English Cardfight Vanguard World Champion 2014: Fajar Muttaqien of Indonesia

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In Worlds 2014, there were 9 contenders, using the following between them:
5 Royal Paladin (1 Thing Saver "Abyss")
2 Revengers
1 Link Joker
1 Liberators

Royal Paladin builds took all 3 of the top spots, the final was an Alfred/Thing Saver mirror match, 3rd and 4th place going to Wingal/Thing Saver and Liberators respectively.

As for Fighter's Names:
Champion: Fajar Muttaqien (Indonesia)
Runner-up: Kevin Elijah Cho (Illinois - US)
3rd: Chow Yee Shean (Malaysia)
4th: Danny Katt (Germany)

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P.S. Expect Touya to do an article on this to, of much better quality than this, he does this as a profession, I do this because I can.