Cardfight!! Vanguard – Nubatama Deck build

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What is up everybody? SimplyJeff is back and, by popular demand, with a new deck build! Nubatama seems to be really popular today, which I find pretty exciting. So I decided now would be a good time to post my deck build for Nubatama. With this deck, I’ve beaten Shadow Paladins, both Stride and Witches, Spike Brothers, Aqua Force, Nova Grapplers, and Murakumo, which is the majority of what’s played in my area. I hope you all enjoy my build. As always, I will put an explanation at the end of the list, but this time I will be pricing it all out for you! The prices will be in American Dollars ($) and will be based of the current (Today is September 15, 2015) prices on tcgplayer.com and coolstuffinc.com, which are common sites to buy cards from. And, away we go!

Grade 0: 17

1 Stealth Beast, Kuroko (SV) (On HIT, Soulblast 2 to send two cards from bind to drop.) ($0.20)

8 Crit (Tobohiko = $2.50 each) (Kurogane = $0.25)

4 Draw ($0.14 each)

4 Heal ($0.20)

Grade 1: 14

4 PG (Stealth Beast, Either Mijingakure = $9.94 each; or Light Elemental, Sunny when he is released)

4 Stealth Rogue of the Night, Sakurafubuki (8k vanilla) ($0.12 each)

3 Stealth Dragon, Dreadmaster (Force a discard) ($0.21 each)

3 Tempest Stealth Rogue, Fuuki (Possible binding) ($0.25 each)

Grade 2: 11

4 Stealth Beast, Tamahagane (Ride/Call binding) ($0.99 each)

4 Heat Elemental, Buwer (use Stealth Fiend, Gozuou = $0.12 each; until Buwer is released)

3 Stealth Rogue of a Thousand Blades, Oborozakura (10k vanillla) ($0.11 each)

Grade 3: 8

4 Shura Stealth Dragon, Kujikiricongo (Break Ride) ($6.99 each)

4 Shura Stealth Dragon, Yozakuracongo (Cheap binding and 10k boost) ($0.22 each)

Grade 4: 8

2x Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Jorurirakan (Main Grade 4) (3.99 each)

3x Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Gedatsurakan ($0.45 each)

Stealth Beast, Kuroko

Okay, so onto the breakdown. For the starting Vanguard, Kuroko really is the only choice. Her ability adds some big pressure to whatever column she’s behind. 8 crit and 4 draw are pretty typical in most builds. For NoobyTooby here, 8 crits is so good because you specialize in stripping away the opponent’s defense, and then checking a bunch of crits is how you give one final punch to the jaw. Rainbow works well too, however, if you can’t afford Tobihiko. The Stand Trigger can get sent to soul, which helps feed Kuroko. Also, the Stand trigger does assign an extra 3k to a unit, so it can provide a little extra power in terms of shielding. However, if you can afford Tobihiko, I’d highly encourage you to pick up any amount of him.

Stealth Dragon, Dreadmaster

Onto grade 1’s, 4 PG are standard in the meta today. I’m not sure when Sunny will drop, but Miji is expensive right now, so if you’re really trying to budget, wait for Sunny. I think he’ll be pretty cheap. The 8k is your preferred grade 1 ride. Dreadmaster is nice because, assuming you have less cards in your hand than the opponent, he offers a lot of pressure for pretty cheap. Fuuki is nice to strip a little extra shielding away. Fuuki’s ability, as copied from the Wiki is:

[ACT](RC):[Counter Blast (1) & Put this unit into your soul] If you have a <> vanguard, and the number of cards in your opponent’s hand is three or more, you may pay the cost. If you do, choose a card at random from your opponent’s hand, bind it face down, and at the end of that turn, your opponent puts that card bound by this effect into his or her hand.

His ability is amazing because it adds soul for Kuroko to abuse, and it really puts the opponent’s shielding on thin ice. Typically, you can only get this ability to trigger if you combo it with one of the Grade 3 or 4, but when it works, you’re almost guaranteed that all 3 of your columns will hit.

Stealth Beast, Tamahagane

Looking at Grade 2, Tamahagane is necessary in the deck, but he’s only a couple bucks if that per card, so he shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll get this out of the way now, Legion isn’t that great for this deck. The Legion skill is a persona blast, which is really pricey in a deck without Stride Fodder, so I personally recommend not using it. Buwer adds some major pressure to the deck, and is dropping in the next box which will be released October 2. If Buwer’s attack hits, you can retire it, search for a card with an LB4 ability from your deck, and add it to hand. Not many people are going to want that attack going off, since the Break Ride is essential to the deck. The 10k Vanilla adds just a little extra pressure with that extra 1k attack, but every little bit helps

Shura Stealth Dragon, Yozakuracongo

Grade 3 doesn’t have as many options. Kujikiricongo is pricey, about $7 a card, and you really do need 4 of him. On Break Ride, obviously assign 10k to your Vanguard, but then your opponent is forced to discard a card and bind a card. Yozakuracongo is nice and cheap, so that should help balance out the price nicely. There are a couple reasons why I like Yozakuracongo over the Legion. First, his art is so much cooler. Yozakura almost looks like a Power Rangers villain, and, while art isn’t hugely important, I like to play cards I like to look at. Secondly, and most importantly, his ability is much better. For CB1 and two discards, give your Van 10k and bind two cards from your opponent’s hand. Now, this does prevent his second ability from going off sometimes, which is a bummer. However, he can be combined really nicely with Fuuki and/or Dreadmaster for one turn of major advantage. A complaint I hear a lot is that Break Rides are too slow in today’s meta. While Break Rides are slow, I completely agree, Striding allows you to stall for time so personally, I think Break Rides are better than ever.

Rikudo Stealth Dragon, Jorurirakan

Speaking of Stride, Jorurirakan is around $4 per card, but his ability is pretty sweet. Essentially, with Jorurirakan, you get a discard and retire against your opponent for CB2, which has actually won me the game in some cases. Since it doesn’t require you to flip him over, you can get away with 2 if you have Crays already and want to save some money I had 4 though, from my own boxes and from friends, so I just through all in. Gedatsurakan is pretty good as well. If his attack hits, the opponent discards a card. Typically, most people won’t let this ability go off, and will instead perfect guard it, since they would have to discard a card anyway if the attack had hit. Gedatsurakan should always be your first stride, so he can pull perfect guards out before you Break Ride or Stride into Joruriraken. It is important to keep 3 Gedatsurakan in your deck, however, to ensure you can afford to G-assist if you get grade locked.

The final price for this deck is $97.34. Now, I know Heat Elemental, Buwer is NOT totaled into this list, but since it is only a R, it shouldn’t ever be more than $1 each, so I can’t imagine it will add too much more to the total price. Obviously, you can make substitutions if you feel any of these cards are too expensive, but this build I showed, after the play testing I’ve done, is the best build in my opinion.

I’ll include the Nubatama clan link in case you want to learn about the cards individually. If you have any questions about any of the cards in the Nubatama clan, please feel free to ask in the comments below, and I will answer to the best of my ability.

Well that’s it for this post. Once again feel free to contact me on reddit here or leave a reply on this thread for suggestions on what I should do next. I’ll try to get my posts out in a timely fashion, but do ask for understanding if I don’t. SimplyJeff, signing off.

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