Before you start a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle:
Calling out a Grade 0 Vanguard:
You have to pick a Grade 0 and place it in your Vanguard Circle. For example, if you're running a Kagero build, Lizard Soldier Conroe would be your best choice, since when you ride a Grade 1 or higher Kagero card, you can call that card out to a Rear Guard Circle. For Soul Blast decks, you would use a Vanilla Grade 0 card. Any amount of possibilities can come from this. Listed below is some more examples of cards that are typically called out before a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle:
- For Royal Paladins: Barkgal (which is no longer legal after September 5th, 2011, because Bushiroad banned Barkgal from Starting Vanguard position)
- For Oracle Think Tank: Lozenge Magus
- For Nova Grappler: Battle Raizer
- For Grand Blue: Guiding Zombie
After you determine who goes first, you draw your hand of 5 cards. For example, you can have a Grade 1, Grade 3, and 3 Grade 0 Triggers. When you Mulligan, you can add the 3 Grade 0 Triggers back to your Deck, and draw the same amount of cards returned. Keep in mind, that you can only do it once, and only before a Cardfight!! Vanguard battle. A typical perfect hand would be one with a Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3, and 2 other cards, because you need to ride to Grade 3 to get the Twin Drive Check ability, which grants you more cards to guard with. If you can't call out a higher Grade, during the battle, then you are at a disadvantage, because your opponent can ride up to a Grade 3 Vanguard, then it becomes a bit one-sided.
If you have any questions, leave a comment.