Alternate Win Conditions in Cardfight!! Vanguard

Many players envision dealing the sixth damage to his or her opponent, and winning a fun game of Cardfight!! Vanguard. This victory is the typical way to win a game of vanguard. The strategy for most decks is to unleash a powerful offense and deal six points of damage.

However, there are alternate win conditions in Cardfight!! Vanguard. A few powerful units have the ability to alter the rules of the game. Bushiroad developed four cards with the ability to declare victory for you. You need to meet the requirements to fulfill the conditions to declare victory.

I am listing cards with alternate win conditions in Cardfight!! Vanguard. This list does not include units such as Dragon Deity of Destruction, Gyze. I am only listing units with the abilities that state, “you win the game”.

The Clan:

Link Joker is the first clan to have a card with a win condition. Link Joker also has the most cards with special conditions to grant victory to the player. This strategy fits the clan’s identity of interfering with the game’s normal state such as locking cards and deleting vanguards.

Original Deletor, Egorg

Original Deletor, Egorg has one of the most difficult win conditions to achieve. His skill requires your opponent to have four cards in his or her damage zone and thirteen face down cards in the bind zone to win the game. It is a very difficult condition to meet. A deck’s strategy needs to only focus on binding the opponent’s cards. It will be a long and grinding match for the best players to achieve this victory.

A deck with Original Deletor, Egorg needs cards to consistently bind the opponent’s cards face down. Ferment Deletor, Gaen (V Series),  Punishment Deletor, Gieron, and Swift Deletor, Geali (V Series) are rear-guards with the ability to vanish delete an opponent’s card. They can vanish delete many cards to help seal victory.

Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios

Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios is the first card with an alternate win condition in Cardfight!! Vanguard. This Link Joker shocked the world when it appeared in episode 156, Breaking The Chains. Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios’s Ultimate Break wins the game if an opponent has five locked cards at the beginning of the player’s turn.

Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios has a major advantage against most decks. Many decks cannot unlock units. Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios may use Omega Lock to prevent units from unlocking at the end of their owner’s turn. Then, Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios will declare victory!

Furthermore, Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios is the only card on this list to achieve victory with its ability in the anime. It is the agent’s ace card in Cardfight!! Vanguard: Link Joker. The lore reveals Chaos Breaker created Star-vader, “Omega” Glendios to be the ultimate weapon and defeat the Gold Paladins.

Zeroth Dragon of Death Garden, Zoa

Zeroth Dragon of Death Garden, Zoa is a unique case. Its ability depends on another rear-guard in battle. Its ability increases a rear-guard’s power to 99,999, and the player automatically wins the game if the rear-guard deals damage to an opponent’s vanguard. An opponent’s odds of surviving this turn without a perfect guard are very slim.

However, this alternate win condition is the easiest ability to prevent. A player can play a perfect guard to block the powerful rear-guard. An opponent would lose his or her G-Zone if he or she cannot deal six damage, and will be at a major disadvantage.

Zeroth Dragon of Inferno, Drachma

Zeroth Dragon of Inferno, Drachma is a unique case. His ability’s intention is to weaken your opponent by reducing his or her resources. Zeroth Dragon of Inferno, Drachma retires all of your opponent’s units, and this includes the opponent’s vanguard. He also forces your opponent to discard two cards and ride one card from the hand or soul as the new vanguard.

Zeroth Dragon of Inferno, Drachma automatically wins the game if your opponent does not have any cards in his or her hand and soul. The opponent is unable to continue playing without any cards. This is a very rare scenario. It happens when you catch your opponent sleeping. Thus, Zeroth Dragon of Inferno, Drachma clinches the game for his player.

Premium Format

Overall, alternate win conditions in Cardfight!! Vanguard offer unique strategies and styles. Players play a very technical strategy to win a game instead of using offense to deal damage. Alternate win conditions are only in the premium format at this time. Bushiroad has not introduced this type of ability to the standard format.

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