The card we will be discussing this week is one that really isn’t a budget friendly option due to the fact that it is only able to be run in one of the more expensive decks in the game. Though this is the case, this one common has been so defining in an archetype that I thought an article would be suitable.
Amon has been known to be one of the more expensive deck builds in Cardfight!! Vanguard, but the Amon grade 3’s were not the cards to bring this archetype back into the spotlight. Amon’s follower, Barmaid Grace is quite arguably, by some more well-known players standards, the strongest starter in the game.Let’s see why.
First of all, this starter does not require generation break to function, which allows the starter to activate its skills faster than starters released in the generation format. Secondly, it has a good base of 5000 power allowing it to make attacks reasonable for the one turn you may actually boost with this card. Then we have this effect here that synergies with the dark irregular mechanic so well. For one counterblast and resting this unit, you may soul charge 2 and give any unit you control +1000 power for every card in your soul. Let’s look at this.
Most starters do not provide more than a 5000 boost unless you are in legion or generation break. Though this is the case, the starter is ready and willing to give you a potential 10k+ or more worth of power to any card on your field, especially in the late game. Her power only gets amplified in that her soul charging skill is an act skill, which means that she soul charges during the main phase. This allows her to enable certain units, like Doreen the Thruster. Grace gives Doreen an amazing 6k additional power due to Doreen’s skill and Grace’s soul charge, turning her into a 12k booster as early as turn two on top of giving any unit. This starter is beyond a doubt one of the reasons Amon is such a powerful deck and a force to be reckoned with in the right hands. Such a reliance on this starter is why most Amon players will use more than one copy in the deck just in case she is retired in the early game.
She is a card that single handedly allows a deck to compete in such a fast environment and works so well with nearly the entirety of the clan, yet she can only really function in an expensive archetype of Dark Irregulars, which is Amon. Her ability to be relevant in ALL stages of the game is unrivaled by almost any starter. You need to make Gille-de-Rais hit a number so high that your opponent has to use more than 5 cards to make it a one to pass? This starter can make that happen. You need to make your early columns hit 31k with a boosting Doreen while you’re intentionally sitting at grade 2? This starter can do that. In the end, it’s the fact she has such high versatility and synergy with the rest of the deck she’s meant to be played in and her relevancy in the current format that made the card more than worthy to be card of the week.
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