Arboros Dragon, Sephirot
With the release of the most recent booster set (specifically, Transcension of Blade and Blossom), Neo Nectar received interesting support outside the support of the bloom keyword or Ahsha’s archetype. If you are a fan of ride chains, you will enjoy seeing the Arboros Dragons make a comeback! With its new support and new combinations due to stride mechanics, there’s a new flair when one dusts off this ride chain and takes it for a joy ride. Here is the deck list:
Grade 4 Units
4x Arboros Dragon, Ain Soph Aur
4x Flower Princess of Perpetual Summer, Verano
2x Sacred Tree Dragon, Multivitamin Dragon
1x Flower Princess of Spring’s Beginning, Primavera
1x Dark Element Dyzmal (G Guard)
3x Sacred Tree Dragon, Rain Breath Dragon (G Guard)
1x Metal Element, Scryew (G Guard)
Grade 3 Units
4x Arboros Compost Dragon
4x Arboros Dragon, Sephirot (Ride Chain)
Grade 2 Units
4x Warden of Arboros, Airi
3x Maiden of Gladiolus
4x Arboros Dragon, Timber (Ride Chain)
Grade 1 Units
4x Screen of Arboros, Aila
4x Arboros Dragon, Branch (Ride Chain)
4x Maiden of Passionflower (Perfect Guard)
2x Valkyrie of Reclamation, Padmini (Stride Helper)
Grade 0 Units
4x Maiden of Zephyranthes (Critical)
4x Maiden of Dimorphotecs (Critical)
4x Maiden of Daybreak (Stand)
4x Fairy Light Dragon (Heal)
1 x Arboros Dragon, Ratoon (Starter) (Ride Chain)
The object with this budget deck is to push as hard as possible with the amount of attacking power that the ride chain generates through the copying of rearguards and giving additional power to copies generated. In order to enhance this, this deck uses newer support from the G era in order to make the Arboros ride chain more consistent and relevant with the use of strides, G guards, and additional rearguard support.
The original Arboros Dragon ride chain consists of Ratoon, Branch, Timber, and Sephirot. When Ratoon is rode by Branch, the player can search the top seven cards of the deck for one copy of either Timber or Sephirot, add that one card to hand, and shuffle the rest back to the deck. If Branch is rode by Timber, and Ratoon is in the soul, Branch’s skill allows the player can choose on of his or her Neo Nectar rearguards, search a copy of that chosen card in the deck, call that copy to the rearguard, and shuffle the deck. Like Branch, Timber has the same skill to copy a rearguard when Sephirot rides on top of it and Branch is in the soul. Sephirot does not copy units on it’s own, but its limit break gives every unit on the field the skill that gives a unit 3K additional power when an additional copy of the card with the given ability is on the field.
Arboros Dragon, Ain Soph Aur
The grade 4 units in this deck either focus on strengthening the field by copying or powering up units or protecting rearguards for the sake of setting up copying units later in the game. The main stride in this deck is Ain Soph Aur, which focuses on having a heart with “Arboros” in its name. Once a turn, Ain Soph Aur can soul blast one if it has a heart with “Arboros” in its card name in order to gain two skills. The first skill allows Ain Soph Aur to copy a unit from the deck and call it to field when it attacks. The second skill is a continuous generation break two ability that gives all cards with “Arboros” in their card names in the front row to gain 5K additional power. After paying her cost (which is one soul blast, flipping over one G unit face up in the G zone, and returning one card from the drop zone to the deck), Verano allows the player to call up to two units from hand to the rearguard and the call a copy of one rearguard for each copy of Verano in the G zone when she appears on the vanguard circle. The player needs to make sure to at least have Compost Dragon in hand to call out and clone with Verano’s skill, since it can potentially a 22K column with either Airi or Compost Dragon or allow the player to have two Compost Dragons to swing from the front row. Both methods can apply pressure because of its on-hit skills. The same thing can be suggested with Airi as well, but it might not be as powerful. Primavera is able to call two copies of two rearguards from the deck when she attacks with the cost of putting units that are not grade 0 back to the deck, three counterblast, and discarding one card from hand. This stride allows the player to potentially finish the game with multiple attacking columns during the turn, in addition to setting up a field full of duplicated rearguards for future turns with Sephirot or Ain Soph Aur. Multivitamin Dragon gives 5K to a rearguard when calling a copy of that rearguard to the field from the deck. In terms of G Guards, they are either selected due to their ability to call units for later copying skills (e.g. Rain Breath Dragon) or protecting units with skills (e.g. Dark Element, Dizmel).
Warden of Arboros, Airi
New rearguard support allows this deck to fix the ride chain when needed and provide the player that uses this deck to threaten the opponent with powerful on-hit abilities. Compost Dragon can counterblast two when it hits an opponent’s vanguard in order to draw a card for each card with the same name as this unit on the field. For example, if the player had two Compost Dragons on the field, the player would be able to draw two cards with the on-hit skill. Due to such a powerful skill, opponents will typically guard this unit, making it a great candidate to power up with skills found in this deck to force the opponent to guards more. If the opponent lets this unit hit, it could give you enough card draw to out advantage your opponent. Although this is a powerful effect, it would be wise to use the skill sparingly due to the heavy cost. Like Compost Dragon, Airi sports a powerful on-hit ability. If she hits while on the rearguard, she allows the player search the top five cards of the deck, find a card with “Arboros” in the card name, put that card to hand, and shuffle the rest back to the deck for the cost of putting a unit from the drop zone to the bottom of the deck. In addition to this ability, Airi can use a skill once a turn that allows her to gain 2K additional power and the name of another rearguard unit for the cost of one counterblast per turn if there is a grade 3 or greater vanguard with “Arboros” in its card name.Her sister, Aila, has a vanguard skill as a grade 1 unit that can help repair the ride chain. Specifically, she can put Ratoon to the soul from the rearguard in order to search the deck for Timber or Branch, put one copy of either to your hand, and shuffle. In addition to this, if the card put to hand from this ability is Branch, the player may ride it as a standing vanguard, putting the player back on the ride chain. Although not specifically for Arboros support, Gladiolus’ generation break one allows her to call a copy of a unit from the field from the deck to the rearguard for the cost of one counterblast. This card’s ability pairs nicely with Multivitamin Dragon and Ain Soph Aur, since the unit called most likely will gain 5K power with the additional call of a copy of a card.
With all of this said, there are a few side notes that the player using this deck should be aware of. Hand advantage isn’t too much of an issue. Although this is the case, if I could make any changes, I would attempt to be able to work with things that control my board state more consistently, but that is my personal preference.
Above all else, have fun with the deck! It was a gem to find and a lot of fun to play! Please comment in the comments section if you have any questions or suggestions related to this deck.
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