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NOTE: This is still a WIP project, everything here is subject to change until further notice.

Sheng Xiao is an multi-World Attribute (comparable to Hundred Demons, Guardians and Executioners). It consists of cards from different Worlds - specifically four, Danger, Dungeon, Ancient and Legend World - but it also has its own Flag, Creator of Stars, which is intended to support this archetype and combine its playstyles into a new, cohesive deck.

Thematically Sheng Xiao is based upon the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals and the four Symbols. These have been commonly featured in fiction, including anime such as Digimon Tamers, and more recently card the game anime Battle Spirits and Cardfight!! Vanguard. The twelve animals (Rooster, Dog, Pig, Dragon, Tiger, Rat, Ox, Snake, Rabbit, Horse, Sheep, Monkey) are divided into four groups, each represented by one of the four cardinal symbols (the Blue Dragon of the East, the White Tiger of the West, the Vermillion Bird of the South, and the Black Turtle of the North). These four symbols are represented by a series of cards that also have the attribute Four Symbols in addition to Sheng Xiao. Faithful to the inspiration, the animals and the symbols are split into four groups and symetrically distributed to each World. Additionally, for each Symbol, there is a corresponding Item card that assists the playstyle, and for each of the twelve animals, there is a support Spell card. Lastly there are three "No-World" cards that can only be used with the dedicated flag, Creator of Stars, and open up a powerful new playstyle. The total number of Sheng Xiao cards is 35 [4 Worlds x (1x Symbol monster + 3x animal monsters + 1x Item + 3x Spells) + 3x no-World cards]

Gameplay-wise, Sheng Xiao playstyle varies depending on the World, but they tend to have some common threads that are bound together when used with their unique flag. Each Sheng Xiao monster has an additional Attribute corresponding to the World it belongs to and supports the playstyle of that Attribute. Additionally, the majority of Sheng Xiao cards gain benefits based on the number of different cards with the same Attribute that you have in the Drop Zone, similar to Duel Dragons. Because the attribute doesn't feature much self-milling, and the identity of the milled cards needs to be different, diversity in deck building is required. The conditions are sometimes hard to fulfill in separate World decks, but because all Sheng Xiao cards share the necessary attribute, it becomes considerably easier to focus on in a Creator of Stars deck. A Sheng Xiao focused deck usually plays out a couple of slow turns to fill up the Drop Zone, then brings out the corresponding Four Symbols monster to establish dominance.

Sheng Xiao utilizes two new game Keywords, Requiem (an activation condition for skills that enables certain effects based on the number of different cards of certain Attribute(s) in your Drop Zone, and Inheritance, an ability attached to Items that allow you to stack Items on top of one another at Counter timing. For more details please refer to each keyword's page.

TRIVIA:

  • This Attribute intentionally avoids some of the more modern gameplay additions, such as Impact Monsters and Dual World cards, in order to promote a more classic playstyle.
  • Additionally, support was intentionally distributed to some of the less-prominent Worlds, for example excluding the ever-popular Dragon, Darkness Dragon and Star Dragon Worlds from its support.
  • As is evident in the card list below, Sheng Xiao cards are symmetrically distributed into four groups. Symmetry is a key feature in Chinese astrology.
  • In general, Sheng Xiao is intended to be played as a slower deck, establishing its victory condition over several turns.
  • This attribute will be primarily featured in my upcoming fanfiction, Buddyfight!! Constellation Syzygy. The four main characters, each a user of a different supported World, will receive the power of the Zodiac, and will fight using the relevant Sheng Xiao cards. Eventually, they will unlock the Creator of Stars flag that will allow them to utilize their newfound power to its full extent.

List of Sheng Xiao Cards

Flag

Danger World

Monsters

Spells

Items

Dungeon World

Monsters

Spells

Items

Ancient World

Monsters

Spells

Items

Legend World

Monsters

Spells

Items

No World

Monsters

Items

Impacts

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