Sometimes, there is a deck or archetype in Cardfight!! Vanguard that is either ignored or forgotten after not being present in local play for so long. Of these forgotten archetypes, there is one that stands as a secret garden to players who find it: the Maidens. Though their mechanics have not been refined until recently through cards that were released in Fighter’s Collection 2015 Winter, it contains cards that span back to the beginning of the game until the current format. Here is the deck list:
Grade 4 Units
4x Protector Lotus Maiden of Yggdrasil
3x Flower Princess of Spring’s Beginning, Arborea
1x Flower Princess of Spring’s Beginning, Primavera
Grade 3 Units
4x Maiden of Trailing Rose
4x Maiden of Rambling Rose
Grade 2 Units
4x Maiden of Cherry Bloom
4x Maiden of Rainbow Wood
3x Maiden of Gladiolus
Grade 1 Units
2x Valkyrie of Reclamation, Padmini (Stride Helper)
4x Maiden of Blossom Rain (Perfect Guard)
4x Maiden of Waterpot
4x Maiden of Cherry Stone
Grade 0 Units
4x Maiden of Eggplant (Draw)
4x Maiden of Dimorph0us (Critical)
4x Night Queen Musketeer, Daniel (Critical)
4x Sweet Honey (Heal)
1x Maiden of Physalis (Starter)
This deck contains a large amount of pressure through the use of on-hit skills from cards in the deck. Specifically, the on-hit skills in the deck are able to generate rearguards on the players field, which the opponent will tend to guard heavily against to prevent their activation. Maiden of Cherry Stone calls Maiden of Cherry Blossom at rest from the deck and shuffles the deck when it boosts a successful attack on the opponent’s vanguard and puts itself to the top of the deck. This card is mainly used to either help fix the player’s field by supplying a grade 2 unit from deck that can create columns or set up Maiden of Cherry Blossom for building a field in the early game. Maiden of Cherry Blossom calls Maiden of Cherry Stone at rest from the deck and shuffles for one counterblast and one soul blast when it hits the opponent’s vanguard. This ability allows the player to gain field units without using much of the player’s hand while pressuring the opponent to guard in order to prevent this from happening. Maiden of Physalis is able to grade 1 unit at rest from the top five cards of the deck when it boosts a successful attack on the opponent’s vanguard and is put to soul. The stride deck also has its share of providing the deck with on-hit skills. Protector Lotus Maiden of Yggdrasil is able to give up to three units with “Maiden of” in their names 5K power and the on-hit skill to check the top 5 for a unit with the same name as one of the cards in the vanguard or the rearguard. Arborea is able to call a unit from the deck with the same unit as one presently on field and give the called unit 2K power when she hits the opponent’s vanguard. Maiden of Trailing Rose is able to check the top five cards of deck and call up to two cards from among them (and shuffling the remaining cards back into the deck) for a persona blast and one counterblast if she hits.
Abilities that call copies of without relying on on-hit skills is another good way of increasing field presence in the late game. Through this method of copying units, copied units can call over other rearguards, allowing for multiple attacks from one column in one turn. There are several units capable of copying through abilities that do not rely on hitting the opponent’s vanguard in this deck. One such unit is Maiden of Rambling Rose. When Rambling Rose is placed on the vanguard circle, she can soul blast two cards to call a copy of a grade 1 or grade 0 unit that is on the field from the deck. In addition to this, when Rambling Rose legions with Trailing Rose, its legion skill allows the player to search the deck for two cards that are the same as the vanguard circle, to put one of those cards to hand, and to call the remaining card to the rearguard. This skill only comes at a cost of legioning with Rambling Rose and discarding a card from hand, which is relatively low cost. Primavera is able to call two copies of two rearguards from the deck when she attacks with the cost of putting units that are not grade 0 back to the deck, three counterblast, and discarding one card from hand. Gladiolus generation break is able to call a copy of a rearguard other than herself from the deck to the rearguard when she is boosted and counterblasts one damage.
Since the deck contains cards that have skills that are activated when a card is discarded from hand, the deck contains a substantial amount of draw power. This allows the player to be able to pay for skills that require a discard from hand while maintaining a decent size hand for guarding. Maiden of Rainbow Wood allows the player to draw one card for counterblast two when she hits. Maiden of Waterpot allows the player to draw one card and countercharge one card when a unit with “Maiden of” in its name is called from the deck, Waterpot is placed in the soul, and one non-trigger unit is returned to the deck from the drop zone. This card has nice combinations with a good portion of the deck, since almost all of the cards that can be called in this deck have “Maiden of” in their name. After testing the deck, it was found that this goes especially well with Maiden of Cherry Blossom and Maiden of Cherry Stone in the early game, since these units can call each other with their skills. This deck also runs draw triggers in order to ensure there is enough hand to pay for certain skills.
There are notes that should be mentioned after describing this particular build of the Maidens of Neo Nectar. Speaking from experience in testing this deck, there is a good amount of flexibility in the way one can build this deck. First of all, the trigger line up can change if the player desires to add stands to emphasize on-hit pressure in the deck. If the player wishes to add stands to this build, this author would recommend Maiden of Daybreak and/or Maiden of Morning Glory. Though the trigger line up is flexible in this build, this specific trigger line up was chosen to emphasize critical pressure and draw power. Secondly, Maiden of Trailing Rose’s price is too high for some players, ranging from $8-10 per card at the time this article was written*. The current and past pricing of Trailing Rose can be found here. Though this is the case, the rest of the deck is cheap in comparison, since the rest of the individual cards not exceeding $2.50 for the rest of the deck’s double and triple rares. If the player does not wish to run Maiden of the Trailing Rose, there are lower cost alternatives that the player can run in this build instead. This author’s recommendation for alternatives to Maiden of Rambling Rose and Maiden of Trailing Rose are Maiden of Venus Fly Trap, Muse and Maiden of Frilldrod. Maiden of Venus Fly Trap’s limit break allows her to check the top five cards when she attacks for a copy of one of the player’s rearguards, which he or she can call if found in those top five cards. Maiden of Frilldrod is able to call a copy of a rearguard from the deck to the rearguard for one counterblast when it hits the vanguard with its generation break.
I hope you enjoyed this deck list. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to put them in the comments section.
9 March 2015:
Notes: Through research and testing, I have found that this deck is able to be modified to become even more competitive in the current meta. If the player is willing to invest more into this deck list, the player should consider including a play set of Dream-spinning Ranunculus, Ahsha in the stride deck list. Her effect allows her to gain the ability to add 5K power to the front row if the player has two copies of a unit with the same name in the rearguard for the cost of flipping a copy of Dream-spinning Ranunculus, Ahsha face up in the G zone. In addition to this, the ability also allows the player to search the deck for a copy of a rearguard and to place that copy on the rearguard with 2K additional power if the number of face-up grade 4 units in the G zone after the cost of the ability is paid. This stride is powerful since the copying ability and the power up ability can be resolved in any order that the player chooses. With this unit in mind, the player should consider running Maiden of Flower Screen if the player wishes to include the Ahsha stride in the stride deck. Flower Screen’s generation break one allows her to be considered as a unit with the same name as another unit on the field, which comes in handy if the player chooses to power up the front row with the use of Dream-spinning Ranunculus, Ahsha’s ability. Although these changes are very powerful, these changes are potentially expensive. This is mainly in reference to the Ahsha stride, which is priced at approximately $23 per copy at the moment. If player does not wish to invest an additional $80-$90 in this deck, please do not heed the suggested changes for this update.
Grade 4 Units:
-1 Protector Lotus Maiden of Yggdrasil
-3 Flower Princess of Spring’s Beginning, Arborea
+4 Dream-spinning Ranunculus, Ahsha
Grade 2 Units:
-4 Maiden of Rainbow Wood
+1 Maiden of Gladiolus
+3 Maiden of Flower Screen
* Pricing is based on median prices found for individual cards at the lowest rarity at http://www.tcgplayer.com/.
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