Omniscience Dragon, Fernyiges: First Thoughts

Omniscience Dragon, Fernyiges is the Lord of Dragons from Hungarian mythology.  He is a fearsome beast and just as he caused havoc in legend, so will he cause havoc in the world of Cardfight!! Vanguard.  His ability is something that has different implications for each variant of Great Nature, and all of those implications will be covered here.

[Stride]-Stride Step-[Choose one or more cards with the sum of their grades being 3 or greater from your hand, and discard them] Stride this card on your (VC) from face down.
[CONT](VC):This unit gets [Power]+4000 for each of your rear-guards.
[AUTO] Generation Break 3:[Counter Blast (1) & Soul Blast (1)] When this unit is put into the G zone from (VC), you may pay the cost. If you do, at the end of turn, choose all of your rear-guards, and retire them. For each unit chosen with this effect, draw a card, and Counter Charge (1)/Soul Charge (1).

This card brings us one basic thing that Great Nature has a history of lacking: some slight focus on the Vanguard.  Like our last GR, Afanc, Fernyiges grants himself an extra 4k power for each rear guard you have.  Assuming that you have a full field, this brings him up to an intimidating 46k power before any boosts.  This does a nice job of trying to unfocus your opponent’s guarding patterns.  Before, one could feel relatively safe saving their big guards for your increasingly powerful rear guards.  Now, they have to think a bit harder about how to stop the Vanguard from dealing damage.

The first unit that I would like to take a look at with regards to Fernyiges is Teacher’s Cane of Affection, Bigbelly.  An obvious benefit here is that Fernyiges clears your field to make way for Teacher’s Cane’s GB2 to add extra Grade to the cards in your hand, making Striding a simpler affair.  You would, of course, need to build your deck with this interaction in mind.  Cards like Alibelly and Fullmark Gorilla become less useful due to their tendency to stick around.  Cards that get bonuses upon being retired start to be at more of a premium.

Not to be outdone is Famous Professor, Bigbelly.  At first glance, this card seems to conflict with Famous Professor on a very basic level and in a vacuum, that assumption would be correct.  However, we have been getting card after card since Bigbelly’s release building us up to the point that the interactions between Famous Professor and Fernyiges become significantly less painful for you as a GN player.  An important thing to note is that Fernyiges gets the draw/CC/SC for each unit it targets.  Even if that unit does not retire, you still get the bonuses.  Alibelly is a fantastic card that can help your field grow stronger when it boosts a unit that has a Success skill.  Fullmark Gorilla seems designed with this build in mind, keeping itself around for pure plusses.  Of course, our brand new G Guardian from G-CHB02, Omniscience Dragon, Al-mi’raj tells Fernyiges not to worry about how much ends up being retired as you can call vital units back to the field as long as you still have a Heal trigger in hand.

Even the Chatnoir build has a place for Fernyiges.  This deck cannot benefit from an empty field and does not have much if anything in the way of units that stick to the field, but Chatnoir can utilize the buff owl dragon regardless.  Thanks to the mass CC, you have the potential to win games that sometimes drag out like the Nociel matchup.  After you run dry of resources thanks to a big Cath Palug turn, you can easily use Fernyiges to refuel for a second burst turn, putting yourself into a position where you have plenty of shield throughout each of your opponent’s turns.

Keep in mind that Fernyiges’ skill does not have to be the first thing that happens during your End Phase.  There may be times where you fear that you will deck out from the drawing and soul charging or you simply don’t need the extra resources.  At those times, it will be very convenient to remember that if you so choose, you can choose the order of resolution of all effects that activate simultaneously.  If you want to save that Field Glass Otter instead of losing it to retire, go ahead and use its ability to bounce it to your hand to avoid unnecessary deck loss.  Any other skills can be utilized this way to retire other rear guards before Fernyiges’ skill fully kicks in, allowing you to moderate the amount of resources you use.

The biggest concern in utilizing Fernyiges was mentioned above.  You will need to keep an eye on your deck at all times, because Fernyiges’ soul charging and drawing on top of the other draw effects you are already using have the potential to drain your deck before you know it.  Fortunately, Bushiroad thought of that and has already given us a unit to mitigate the deck loss somewhat.  Thanks to Omniscience Dragon, Kirtimukha, you have a G Unit who can refuel your deck somewhat while still maintaining some of the rear guard pressure Great Nature is known for.

Truly Fernyiges is a blessing from the Hungarian gods straight to our clan.  No matter what resource you are worried about running out of, Fernyiges is available to refuel it while packing a powerful punch.

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