Welcome to another card of the week! This week, we are taking a closer look at Heat Element, Juge. Beyond the wonderful art that this card provides, this Cray Elemental can prove to be very useful in providing defensive options to many players for any clan.
When Juge is used to guard against a grade 2 vanguard, it can choose one of your units being attacked and prevent that unit from being hit during that battle. This ability can be used early to guard against an opponent’s grade 2 rush, especially high-pressure grade 2 vanguards like Rising Ripple, Pavroth. In addition to this, this card is able to defend a vanguard that is in legion, since the grade 2 vanguard is attacking with the grade 3 vanguard when in legion. This is due to the ruling that happened around cards like Weather Forecaster, Miss Mist, which allows her and Juge to guard against the grade 2 in the legion, which would stop the legion’s entire attack. This ruling can be found on the Cardfight!! Vanguard Wiki, which is found here. In addition to this, it is a Cray Elemental, which means that it can be a good technical option for players when deck-building for any clan.
Although this is the case, this card does have some weaknesses. Since Juge can only guard against only a grade 2 vanguard, it will not be able to defend against non-legion grade 3 units and stride units, which seems to be the norm in the current format. In addition to this, Juge is a grade 1 unit with a base power of 6000, which can lead to weaker rearguard columns. This can prove problematic if the player does not include cards in his or her build that can attack for 10K or higher from the front row in the rearguard columns, which would help the rearguard columns attack for 16K or higher when Juge is boosting. This relates to the concept of magic numbers in columns, which can be described in greater detail here.
Overall, this is very useful in stopping grade 2 rush decks and legions that are seen in decks in the current format. In terms of legions, the author is referring specifically to grade 3 legions that include a grade 2 legion mate, revival grade 3 legions(e.g. Rolling Ripple, Miltiadis). With this in mind, the playability of this card hinges on whether the meta (whether local or general) contains many grade 2 rush decks and/or legions as specified above. Though this is the case, it would also be recommended to run this card in more defensive clans in order to advance the deck build’s strategy of defending against such threats. With the common rarity, this Cray Elemental would be a great defensive tech option for decks being played today.
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