Count cards for success with this archetype.
Strategic Summary and Guide:
Welcome to a new Creative Deck Profile, this time featuring the Flower Cardian archetype. Originally debuting as an anime theme imported into the OCG, this Warrior archetype features many different Cardians that love to draw, all while Synchro Summoning up to their bosses. So let me give you a quick guide. To play Cardians well, it is essential for you to always know the ratio of Spells in your Deck to your Monsters, as many Cardian draw effects require you to draw a Cardian monster. For example, Flower Cardian Pine draws a card when Normal Summoned, but if it is not a Flower Cardian monster, it is immediately sent to the GY. Certain Cardians have effects to draw when Special Summoned, for example Flower Cardian Willow with Calligrapher draws a card when Special Summoned, and if it was a Flower Cardian, you can Special Summon it, and if it isn’t, it gets sent to the GY.
Now that you understand the generic basics, let’s talk about the supporting Spell Cards and why they’re even worth it in this deck. First up, Flower Gathering Special Summons 4 Cardian monsters with 100 ATK from your deck, and 4 free monsters is pretty much always amazing. Flower Stacking lets you pick 3 Flower Cardian monsters with different names to stack on top of your deck, giving you guaranteed draws of Cardian monsters for your next few effects until the deck is shuffled. Finally, Super Koi Koi lets you excavate the top 3 cards of your deck and Special Summon the Cardian monsters you find, but any non-Cardians you excavate are banished and make you lose 1000 LP. As you can see, each of these support spells accelerate your gameplan, making the risk of including more non-Cardians in your deck worth it.
Finally, let me describe the win condition and getting there, and that relies on your Cardian Synchro Monsters. Flower Cardian Lightflare boasts 5000 ATK and the ability to negate a Spell/Trap Card activation, and that is made with 5 Cardians (either of the tuners that turns all the materials to Level 2 and 4 non-tuners). Flower Cardian Lightshower is your secondary boss, boasting 3000 ATK/DEF and made with 4 Cardians, and it prevents your opponent from targeting or destroying Cardian monsters with card effects. Additionally, it makes your opponent take 1500 damage when they draw for their Draw Phase. Flower Cardian Boardefly is your Level 6 Synchro, and you really just want to make 1 copy over the course of your turn, as it locks down effects of cards in the GY until the end of your opponent’s next turn. Finally the Synchro you must see the most is Flower Cardian Moonflowerviewing, another Level 6 that has an Ignition Effect to draw 1 card, letting you keep it even if it isn’t a Cardian monster. This Synchro is also a Tuner itself, giving you ways to extend your plays.
With all of these Synchro bosses, there is one neat trick that Cardians excel at – trading those Synchros to get their materials back. First up is the generic De-Synchro, a Normal Spell that returns a Synchro on the field and summons back all of its Synchro materials from your GY. Why this is worth it here is imagine you made a Moonflowerviewing with 2 Flower Cardian Willow and any tuner. De-Synchro lets you get back those 3 monsters, draw 2 additional cards with Willow, then it lets you draw an additional card with the new Moonflowerviewing you Synchro Summon. Similarly, the Cardian archetype also has a support card that performs a similar role – Super All In! – which returns a Synchro Monster from the field to Summon any 4 Cardian monsters from your GY, except this Spell comes with the catch that your top card better be a Cardian Monster… Altogether, the Flower Cardian archetype may seem like a lot to dive into, but once you start counting your cards and figuring out how everything clicks together, you’ll be Synchro Summoning, De-Synchro Summoning, then Re-Synchro Summoning in no time! Rise my solitaire warriors!
||| Flower Cardian Willow with Calligrapher
||| Flower Cardian Willow
||| Flower Cardian Maple with Deer
||| Flower Cardian Zebra Grass
||| Flower Cardian Clover with Boar
||| Flower Cardian Peony with Butterfly
||| Flower Cardian Cherry Blossom with Curtain
||| Flower Cardian Cherry Blossom
||| Flower Cardian Pine
||| Super All In!
||| Flower Stacking
| Reinforcement of the Army
||| Super Koi Koi
||| Flower Gathering
||| Flower Cardian Lightflare
| Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign – Chengying
||| Flower Cardian Lightshower
| Flower Cardian Boardefly
||| Flower Cardian Moonflowerviewing
| Armory Arm
| Number 77: The Seven Sins
| Number 84: Pain Gainer
| Number 35: Ravenous Tarantula
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