Choosing from Multiple Decks for Tournament Play

Card Dealer, Jacqueline

Card Dealer, Jacqueline

One of the more strategically difficult things to do in the tournament scene of Vanguard is to decide what deck to play, especially for those who own multiple decks. When a player has multiple decks at his or her disposal, it is important to choose a deck from the one he or she owns that will be the most effective against the potential deck choices of other people attending tournaments. To ease the process of choosing a deck to play in a tournament setting, the writer of this article has attempted to boil down the process into four simple steps along with additional advice, especially for those new to the problem of choosing decks to play in tournaments.

NOTE: This article is similar to our article on championing a deck, which means that some of the steps of choosing a deck will be similar. With this in mind, this article has one key difference: this article assumes that the player owns multiple decks that need to be chosen from for tournament play.

With this in mind, it is advised to follow these steps to simplify the selection process:

NOTE: Follow the steps in order from 1 to 4. In the event that a following a current step would eliminate all deck choices available to the player, ignore the current step and proceed to the next step.

  1. Consider the decks you own. This is the most simple step presented here, since it is common sense that a player cannot play a deck that he or she does not own. If the player is comfortable with the process, this can also apply to decks that he or she can borrow from trusted friends.
  2. Consider what decks you are comfortable with. When the player has considered what decks he or she owns or has access to, the player needs to consider what decks the player is comfortable enough to play with. A player may have the best deck in the game, but the player that is inexperienced with what the deck does will not be as effective at knowing how to play the deck and knowing the matchups for the deck generally. It is advised to play a deck one is comfortable with so that the player can perform optimally with a deck due to experience.
  3. Consider how your decks perform against decks in meta game. Once the player has narrowed the selection of decks to what he or she is comfortable with playing in tournaments, it is time to consider how the decks that are left to consider fair in the meta game. In other words, consider how the decks will do against other decks that are more likely to show up to the tournament that the player is considering participating in. In the game of Vanguard, one can determine the generic nature of the meta game from clans that are being played at the current time (in addition to knowledge of the most popular builds, which comes from experience). For a clan guide with strengths and weaknesses, one can read our clan guide here. For more help on reading the meta game, one can read our article on reading the meta game here.
  4. Pick the most fun from what is left. At this point, decks have been narrowed down to a small number of decks (if not one deck). In the event that there are still decks left to consider, pick the one that seems to be the most fun to play. After all, games are meant to be enjoyed!

Once the player has chosen a deck for tournament play, the following steps are recommended to prepare for tournament play with the deck that has been chosen:

  • Play the deck.  This may seem obvious, but sometimes people forget that they cannot master a deck until they play it first. In order to become an expert, practice and play testing are beneficial in learning the mechanics and capabilities of the deck that you are trying to pilot.
  • Practice against most likely matchups. Practicing against decks that the player is most likely to face will allow the player to adjust the deck build or the play style of the deck to answer threats and dangers that certain matchups provide. Whether or not one is able to practice against such decks, research how popular decks work currently, and create a plan that the player can use against them.
  • Seek advice if needed. On the flip side of the point above, it is important to seek help on how you play the deck from other people who play the same deck if you need the help. Do not be afraid to ask for help, since most people are happy to help.

I hope this article helps. If you have any questions or comments around the content of this article, please leave them in the comments section of this article.


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

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