Attention Cadets, I mean Mysidians. Opus IX has landed, and we have new decks to share! I have been working on a lot of different builds, but so far one has been the most fun to play/build, and I just gave it away. That’s right, Type-O Cadets are back #cadetsarecoming. So, watch out, and enjoy this deck tech!
It seems like there is a split as to whether this deck should be 2 or 3 colours. From what I have seen in limited research so far, it is that Wind/Fire seems to be preferred over tricolour. My list is mostly Wind/Fire; however, it adds 10 Lightning cards for a very specific purpose. I definitely believe that there are multiple ways to play Cadets. For example, my friend Phil went 4-0 with Wind/Fire Cadets this week at Locals (I was not in attendance to give him a loss!). But before we get into variations, let's take a look at the list I have been running.
Hello Mysidians, I am back after a brief break before Opus IX. We ended up getting our product a day late in Vancouver, which was a very pleasant surprise, as we were expecting it not to come until 5-7 days later. This past weekend I drove down to Everett, Washington with another Vancouver player, Phil. We played an Opus IX draft at Geeky Villain, and afterwards joined them on the Live from Midgar podcast! It was a lot of fun being a guest on their show. I recommend the episode if you haven’t heard it yet, as we go over some draft info for Opus IX, and talk about some constructed decks we are working on.
I also want to thank the players at Geeky Villain, as well as the owner Edward. Throughout the product shortage in Vancouver, they have been very supportive of us, even offering to drive some pre-release kits up to the border! I honestly love playing down in Everett, and I can’t wait to return in August for some constructed play.
Now to the main part of this article, my first Opus IX draft! Going into the event, I had read the cards as they were spoiled, but since Vancouver didn’t get a pre-release, I hadn’t actually played anything yet. I definitely think I could have informed my draft more if I had some experience with the cards, but I ended up going 3-1 and came in 4th on tiebreakers. Another note is that Geeky Villain plays Bo3 for draft, and I went to game 3 each round, so I actually played 12 matches with this draft deck.
Round 1 vs Ice/Lightning/Fire (loss)
Round 2 vs Earth (lots of Garifs and Cor’s) (win)
Round 3 vs Wind/Water Sky pirates (win)
Round 4 vs Fire/Lightning Generals (win)
Let’s set the record straight. My record evaluating cards is SPOTLESS. The two best Lightning Legends you ask? Well they’re Rufus and Noel of course (this one is for you Phil 😉). Even if those cards aren’t… competitive, they are both solid cards. Noel provides an interesting removal option with a body, and the jury is still out on Rufus seeing as we will eventually get more Member of Turks (that’s how you write job titles folks). My point is that once you get past initial reactions to cards, they can function just fine. Just because they don’t break the meta doesn’t mean they are bad, there are a lot of really strong cards in the meta. Mono Lightning in particular, although you might argue it isn’t meta right now, already has to pack a lot of specific cards in to be competitive, leaving less room open for other choices.
Moving along, on Thursday July 4th, 2019, a young Square Enix employee by the name of Richie Brady posted her delightful and well-received Card of the Week article. In previous weeks, both she and Kageyama had spoiled numerous interesting cards. Some cool, some powerful, and even some that were both! This week RB had the privilege of spoiling the Light legend for Opus IX. The reaction to the card was… poor, with people claiming:
Alex is a FFTCG player from Vancouver, Canada. His favourite Final Fantasy is IV and his favourite Elements are Earth and Ice, although he has a soft spot for fire.