Firstly, I would like to apologise for the lack of posts for the past few weeks. A couple of things came up and felt the need to get away from Cardfight Vanguard for a while. Since all of that is over, I can settle down and actually post more material for you guys so do expect more posts from now on.
I did quite a bit of testing on Aqua force - both the Navalgazer build and the Maelstrom build. I'm gonna talk more on the NavalGazer build, as I don't think Maelstrom is that hard to understand.
In my opinion, the Maelstrom build is much more easier to pilot as their playing style is quite linear when it comes to utilizing Maelstrom's Limit Break. As for trigger lineups, it is more preferable to run Stands as Maelstrom is the last unit to attack (in most cases) to activate it's Limit Break. Thus, it is very predictable.
As for the less popular NavalGazer build, it gives the player much more flexibility in terms of attack orders and a build that works well with a Critical trigger lineup. Also, using a V-R-R attacking order, you can pass trigger boosts to Benedict to nullify the power reduction from his skill and still maintain pressure starting from the 3rd turn. It is a much more aggressive build as compared to Maelstrom. Here are some examples on how to run the deck:
a) Utilizing 4th attackers (Argos,Valeria)
- Best if the Opponent is at 4 damage
1) NavalGazer Dragon attacks, drive checks a trigger, pass +5000 to Argos (14000)
2) Benedict, unboosted, attacks VG(10000)
3) Benedict's effect allows it to Stand, lose 5000 power. Benedict, boosted by Theo proceeds to attacking an intercept (13000)
4) Argos, boosted by Theo, attacks VG (22000)
You can also mix up the attack orders to enable Navalgazer's LB
1) Navalgazer Dragon CB2 to get +3000 (13000)
2) Benedict attacks unboosted, Benedict's effect allows it to Stand, losing 5000 power
3) Benedict, boosted by Theo, attacks a RG(preferably a unit that can intercept)(13000)
4) Navalgazer boosted by Dorothea, attacks VG (26000)
5) Argos performs the 4th attack
b) Anti-crossride setup
1) Benedict attacks VG unboosted. Attack doesn't hit. Benedict's effect allows it to Stand.
2) Benedict, boosted by Cynthia, attacks RG(preferably a unit that can intercept) (11000)
3) Navalgazer, boosted by Dorothea, attacks VG (23000). Passes all triggers to Benedict that has yet to attack
4) Benedict, boosted by Theo, attacks VG (23000)
5) Benedict's effect allows it to stand (10000) and attacks intercept.
For steps 4 and 5, you can attack the VG unboosted(15000), and then proceed to boosting with Theo(18000) when the opponent doesn't have a rear guard that is of 10000 power and lower. Even though it requires the same amount of guard, it is still 2 attacks that will ultimately strip the opponent of 2 cards, in which using a null guard would be very disadvantageous for the opponent in this situation.
Also, in the event that you do not have a 2nd Benedict to connect after Navalgazer dragon's attack, Lazarus (10000) or Coral Assault(11000) could take it's place.
Accelerated Commando and Battle Sister Nepheri (a more situational option) can also be included in the Grade 1 lineup to give Benedict an additional power boost to attack 11000 and 13000 VGs unboosted. It also makes Benedict + Theo a 20000 and 21000 and makes Benedict a 18000 or 19000. It's rather decent so it's worth a shot.
In a nutshell, that's how NavalGazer works, but is not limited to what I've just explained. Of course, you can still go for the R-R-V attacking formation when you're running Stands and activating Navalgazer's Limit Break. Navalgazer is worth a shot