Teaching Cardfight!! Vanguard

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Omniscience Dragon, Wisdom Teller Dragon

Most Vanguard players who really enjoy the game attempt to get their friends to play. Sometimes, this does not go well and can leave potentially new players frustrated. When introducing someone to Vanguard, here are some tips that will make the transition smoother.

In preparation of teaching someone Cardfight!! Vanguard, assemble a deck of basic skills similar to a trial deck. When obtaining or creating these decks, decks with needlessly intricate combos are not recommended. Try to include at least one trigger of each trigger type, one G unit, and one G guardian. Legion is one of the hardest skills to explain so having a basic legion in the deck might be a good idea. An example of a simple legion would be the 10k grade 3 legion units that gets +5k in legion. In addition to obtaining decks to teach with, getting a play mat that displays the card zones goes a long way in helping beginners get a feel of the board. The paper play mats included in trial decks are best.

First, explain the basic differences between the different types of units (normal, trigger, G, G guardian) and explain what the player can do with each card. Next, try having an “open hand” teaching game to explain game mechanics. This method of play is where you walk through a game with someone with both your hand and your opponent’s hand revealed, allowing both players to see how a game progresses. Start with how many cards to draw, what to look for, and the redraw. If the person learning Vanguard has played other card games that you have also played, try to use that terminology from such games as a way to explain the rules (e.g. if you both know or play Magic, define resting as tapping). Don’t get too hung up on actual terms. Go slow and try to avoid explaining everything at once. For the first game or two, avoid using card skills (such as ACT, AUTO, and CONT) and just focus on game mechanics (e.g. boost, intercept, twin drive, guard, stride, etc.). G Assist at least once if possible. Explaining these basic mechanics will allow the new player to adjust and learn at his or her own pace. Then, once they have a good understanding of the game at this point, start explaining skill timings and costs (e.g. generation break).

Along with the suggestions above, there are other things to consider when teaching new players the game. Be patient with beginners as they are trying to understand. Encourage them to ask questions if needed, and try not to interrupt them. Avoid being completely pro at the game when teaching. Making some rookie mistakes can make the beginner feel more confident about starting this game.

I hope you enjoyed this guide. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to put them in the comments section.


This article was a collaboration of vanguard393, standupthevanguard, and vesselofemolga.

Images of cards came from http://cardfight.wikia.com/wiki/Cardfight!!_Vanguard_Wiki. These images may have been re-sized.

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