That is the faint light, that passes like a baby’s first cry.
Today marks the beginning of the series of events that will be taking place all over the world known as the Bushiroad Spring Fest. During this series of events, teams of three people each will be competing to see who is the best set of Cardfight!! Vanguard players are in the world. I would like to start in wishing everyone that is competing the best of luck in the upcoming competitions!
I have been competitive person for most of my life, and I have been competing in Cardfight!! Vanguard for around two years now. I have ranked in last place before. I have topped in several tournaments at this point, which are included in my writer’s profile if you must know what tournaments specifically. Over my experiences in this game, I have enjoyed the best and worst of the competitive scene in Vanguard. As I think about it, I wonder to myself at times what I would suggest to veteran players and new players alike. After having some time to think about it, I have thought of one thing that I would like to tell everyone: stay humble, and know that victories in this game are temporary.
It is good to enjoy the joy of victory, no matter what area of life you are in. On the other hand, it is another thing to think that the glory of your victories will carry you through the rest of your life. In episode 43 of Vanguard G, one of the main characters receives a note with this written on it:
By the sweat of your face
will you eat bread until you
return to the ground.
For you are dust, and to dust you
If this excerpt of text looks familiar, then you have probably seen or heard this before:
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.
— Genesis 3:19 NIV
So… why would this show up in a Cardfight!! Vanguard G episode? Good question. To put this in context, this is a part of the story line of the show where certain characters are pursuing the continuous state of victory in the game of Vanguard. During the pursuit of victory by these characters, they receive a message with this Bible verse on it. This does not seem to fit until one looks at the Bible for context. Specifically, these were the words given to man after his disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden. According to the commentaries around this verse, it shows that the verse speaks to man’s mortality1.
The victories or the losses that we receive in this game can be a positive force, allowing us to forge friendships and experiences that can last for a lifetime. Though this is the case, our life here on Earth is limited. Use it wisely, and remember that your past victories in this game are temporary. Remember the words of the George Patton, who spoke to the success of military generals.
For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeteers, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.
— George Patton
Play hard, stay humble, and good luck in the upcoming competitions.
Cardfight Lab Tech
Editor in Chief
1. “Genesis 3:19.” Bible Hub. Bible Hub. Web, 9 February 2016.
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