Test Build 2
|Similar to Jibril, Ancient Dragons have been around for a long time,|
and are like embodiment of violence.
stable - working as intended.
test - still under tuning and some things may or may not work as intended.
*Note: Working as intended != finished build, it just means deck functions as planned and is overall consistent
Baby Ptero *1
Trigger: (8 crit/4 draw/4 heal)
Ancient Dragon, Ornithhealer (Heal) *4
Ancient Dragon, Titanocargo (Draw) *4
Ancient Dragon, Dinodile (Critical) *4
Ancient Dragon Fire Priestess (Critical) *4
Grade 1: (*14)
Ancient Dragon, Paraswall *3
Ancient Dragon, Rock Mine *1
Ancient Dragon, Iguanogorg *4
Ancient Dragon, Gattlingaro *4
Ancient Dragon, Gioconda *2
Grade 2: (*11)
Ancient Dragon, Dinocrowd *4
Ancient Dragon, Night Armor *3
Ancient Dragon, Tyrannobite *4
Grade 3: (*8)
Ancient Dragon, Magma Armor *2
Ancient Dragon, Volcatops *2
Ancient Dragon, Tyrannoquake *4
Why is this Prototype 2 and not 1? Because I already went through the prototype 1 stage lol.
So this build in a sense, is to mimic what Silver Thorns does best, by abusing the early game. Unlike Silver Thorns, Ancient Dragons have less direct advantage and can run low in resources and not be able to recover from it if you're not careful (no Venus for ADs, guys), and Ancient Dragons, while having as much early game power and rush potential as Silver Thorns, have a slightly heavier cost in doing so (CB1 for 2 additional attacks is impossible), less flexibility (all the on-attack eating-abilities requires an attack on the Vanguard), higher risk (you're paying your CBs before you know if they'd let it through and hit a damage trigger), as well as worse attack quality (Silver Thorns typically CB1 for 1 additional full column attack, where as Ancient Dragons gets an additional 9k attack). Unlike Silver Thorns, Ancient Dragon players also need to be careful about the situation where your opponent leaves no 9k or lower RGs in their front row, because in those cases Tyrannobite cannot grant an additional attack alone.
He solves world hunger on Cray.
|Run away, little girl! Run away...|
danger-zone very quickly for your small-but-multi-attacks to actually become life-threatening assaults. Tyrannoquake going for over 30k by default with little effort and threatens with 2-crit as long as you can eat a persona is very, very powerful. That kind of attack generally only costs you CB1 to do each turn, but is very unsustainable to guard against, and even Quintet Walls have trouble guaranteeing guarding the attack by itself. QWs average out to be ~25k shield, which is a 2-pass on-average
if your Tyrannoquake is only boosted by a FVG. In cases where you hit the lower end of the average (which isn't entirely rare; QWs resulting in 20k shield is fairly common as well), or when Tyrannoquake is boosted by a legit 6 or 7k booster, QWs are only worth 1-pass. This kind of attack is not something you'd want to have to guard against every single turn, especially when it also has a 2-crit to punish you for letting it through.
Volcatops servers as a backup vanguard should you fail to ride Tyrannoquake due to it having the same eating effect as Tyrannoquake (without even requiting a LB4). Magma Armor, while powerful as a finisher when your opponent is sitting on 5 damage, is very underwhelming to ride first as he has no built-in eating ability. Magma Armor is your finisher if your opponent is sitting on 5 damage and refuses to die, although he does have the risk factor in him that if you still didn't finish them off, you'd be completely exhausted of resources.
And why 4 Draws? I usually prefer crits and stands, but in this deck's case, I still feel the deck needs that occasional raw card count to do its thing due to the lack of advantage. There will be times where you just need the raw card count for PGs or just for eating/boosting purposes. I still much prefer 12 crits (and 12 crits with Tyrannoquake is super scary), so I'd be likely to juggle with that and adjusting the deck overall to a form that can just run 12 crits and eat faces.
So overall, I'm liking the new Ancient Dragons quite a lot. They have a top class early game, a top class mid game, a competitive late game, good finishing power, and are great as a budget deck (the most expensive card in the deck is like $5, which is Geoconda. Tyrannoquake are going for like 150 yen per, and Volcatops are like 30 yen per, meaning a full playset of G3s costs under $7, and PGs are like 120 yen with QWs being 50 yen, meaning a full playset of both costs under $7). They also have the fun, dynamic, and engaging play style that requires the pilot to steer and make plays and reward good plays without feeling tedious. I also see potential for more wombo combos, which I'll certainly enjoy exploring.