Among halls of academia stand the animal students, assistants, and professors of the Great Nature clan. This clan focuses on powering up rearguards when attacking the vanguard and retiring them in the end phase. This clan also focuses on giving skills to the rearguards that are to be retired from these increases in power, allowing them to give bonus countercharges or draws to the player. That being said, this budget deck list allows the player in possession of this deck to see the best that Great Nature has to offer without taking out student loans to do pay for it. Here is the deck list:
Grade 4 Units
4x Immortality Professor, Phoeniciax
4x Omniscience Dragon, Wisdom Teller Dragon
Grade 3 Units
4x Magic Scientist, Tester Fox
4x Fervent Professor, Guru Tiger
Grade 2 Units
4x Capable Assistant, Guru Wolf
4x Illusion Scientist, Researcher Fox
3x Sleepy Tapir
Grade 1 Units
4x Cable Sheep (Perfect Guard)
4x Coiling Duckbill
4x Honorary Assistant, Mikesaburo
2x Balloon Raccoon
Grade 0 Units
4x Ruler Chameleon (Critical)
4x Cutter Falcon (Critical)
4x Castanet Donkey (Draw)
4x Broadcast Rabbit (Heal)
1x Blackboard Parrot (Starter)
This deck mainly focuses on the legions that Great Nature has to offer, which are the cards Tester Fox and Guru Tiger. Tester Fox can give 4K power to a rearguard when he attacks, retiring the rearguard in the end phase that received the increase in power. Tester Fox’s legion ability allows the player to countercharge a damage when a rearguard is retired. In addition to this, the legion skill allows the player to draw then put two cards to the bottom of the deck if the player retired a copy of the legion in the end phase. This works very well with Tester Fox’s mate, Researcher Fox. When Researcher Fox is retired in the end phase while the vanguard is in legion state, the player can search the deck for another copy of Researcher Fox from the deck and add it to hand. In short, when Researcher Fox is retired and the vanguard in legion is Tester Fox, the player essentially searches Researcher Fox for no net counterblast and draws a card from Tester Fox’s legion skill. Guru Tiger, who legions with Guru Wolf, also can give a rearguard 4K power when it attacks a vanguard, retiring the rearguard in the end phase that received the increase in power. Guru Tiger’s legion skill allows the player to discard a copy of the vanguard while the player is in legion (which is either a copy of Guru Tiger or Guru Wolf) to give up to two rearguards a skill for the rest of the turn. Furthermore, the skill given by Guru Tiger’s skill which enables the rearguard to return to the field, the player to draw one card, and to countercharge one damage. As an additional note, this legion skill can be given multiple times as long as the cost can be paid (since this skill is an ACT skill).
Overall, the legions in this deck focus on gaining additional draws through the retiring of rearguards, varying from draws from the top of the deck to searching the deck for copies of the rearguard that was retired in the end phase and adding them to hand. With this in mind, the rest of the main deck enhances this strategy by either providing rearguards that benefit from retiring in the end phase or rearguards that give skills to other rearguards that are to be retired in the end phase. When Duckbill is placed on the rearguard, it can give a rearguard other than itself the skill that the player draws one card when the rearguard with this skill retires in the end phase. Blackboard Parrot has a similar skill when it is put into the soul, which gives one rearguard the skill that the player draws one card when retired in the end phase. When Mikesaburo is placed on the rearguard, it can give a rearguard other than itself the skill that the player searches the deck for one grade 3 unit and adds it to hand when the rearguard with this skill retires in the end phase. Balloon Raccoon can be put into the bind zone when it retires in the end phase and for one counterblast. In addition to this, the player can use Balloon Raccoon to guard from the bind zone as a 10K shield through the use of Raccoon’s skill. Ruler Chameleon can search for another copy of itself when it is retired in the end phase for one counterblast. Though it seems unwise to filter critical triggers out of the deck, they can be put back into the deck when the vanguard legions.
The rest of the cards in the deck beyond the perfect guards and trigger units are put in the deck to either power up rearguards or benefit from being powered up. Sleepy Tapir gives another rearguard 4K power when it attacks a vanguard and retires the rearguard that received power from the skill. In a similar fashion, Phoeniciax gives up to two rearguards 4K power when it attacks a vanguard and retires the rearguard(s) that received power from the skill. Wisdom Teller Dragon gives a rearguard 4K power and a skill when it hits the vanguard. The skill that Wisdom Teller gives is that if the rearguard with the skill attacks for a power of 20K or more (which includes the booster), then the player draws a card. As an additional note, Wisdom Teller’s ability to give power is unlike most of the deck in the fact that it does not retire the rearguard that it gives the power to. This power and skill are also a good combination with Guru Wolf’s skill, which specifies that the player draws a card if Guru Wolf’s attack hits a vanguard and Guru Wolf’s power at that point is 20K or more.
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