I stand here on the eve of battle, like a thousand players before me and thousands more to come, ready to see if my limited testing at home is ready to compete. Or at least that’s how it feels before your first local event.
My name is Glen, an entry level player from Victoria, Australia who like many others were mesmerised by FFTCG at PaxAUS 2019. Since then I have searched YouTube, Reddit, Facebook communities to watch content, learn about the game and grow my card collection to see what I like to build and play with.
What have I learnt so far?
Between building and testing decks with my brother and watching the ANZ Nationals it was clear to me that Fire and Ice were my favourite elements. So the research begun watching YouTube videos old and new including Mysidia Post’s own Opus X Set Review: Fire before I decided I would open my locals experience with an aggressive mono fire deck featuring WOFF and some burn effects thrown in. The deck I refer to as…wait for it… Burnt WOFFles. (Yes, it’s a dad joke, I’ll see myself out now).
Burnt WOFFles V1.0
Looking at the cards available to me between starter decks, booster boxes from a range of Opuses and the help of ffdecks.com which seems to be the best FFTCG deck making sit on the net, Burnt WOFFles v1.0 was born.
I’ve opted to include the Opus X WOFF combos of Lann [10-017R] x2, Reynn [10-020L] x1 and Lusse [10-019C] x3 to try and take advantage of Reynn giving “Category WOFF Forwards other than Reynn you control gain Haste” as well as the ping damage from the secondary ability, “When a Category WOFF Forward you control attacks, choose 1 Forward opponent controls. Deal it 4000 damage”.
This combo also has the added benefit of Lann gaining 2k power and First Strike if Reynn is on the field and if both cards are on the same time then Lusse can potentially be a 0 CP backup as “The cost required to play Lusse onto the field is reduced by 1 for each Card Name Lann or Card Name Reynn you control” but there is no restriction saying this cannot be 0.
Building from this I looked to see what other WOFF cards I could play and found Fritt [7-004C]. Now Fritt is interesting as Fritt is also a Monster in all situations. This brings in Lann’s second ability that “When Lann enters the field, choose 1 Monster that is also a Forward. Until the end of the turn, it gains +5000 power and Brave.” How could I not try and play with that? For that reason, I have added 3 cards in.
Fritts second ability “When Fritt is put from the field into the Break Zone, you may search for 1 Card Name Ifrit and add it to your hand” was just screaming at me to play enough Ifrit cards (6 total) to try and bring Ifrita [9-002H] into the mix who allows you to use all 3 of 3 actions if there are “a total of 5 or more Card Name Ifrita and/or Card Name Ifrit in your Break Zone”.
The pick of the Ifrit cards is definitely Opus X [10-002H] which is a 3 cost for 8k damage and gives all Fire forwards +2k power until the end of the turn, but only pulling 2 of these from the pre-release, I had to fall back on 4 cost Ifrit [7-005C] for 7k when played and to increase my EX BURST count which provide an 8k ping.
For my backups I wanted to keep on burning things so this meant 3 copies of Ace [10-131S] from the Wraths vs Knights starter pack who deals 5k on entering the field, 1 copy of Tellah [5-015H] who has a dull and break effect for 7k and a Black Waltz 2 [3-015R] which deals 3k on entry plus 1k for each card in your opponents hand.
Playing many small forwards means I am left a little worried about not being able to deal with bigger targets or make my own big enough to be threats when pinging damage isn’t available. To boost the power a little bit I have included 1x Labreau [1-030R] to add 1k power to fire forwards and 2x Lyse [8-139S] to add a further 1k power to all other forwards, 2k if I am at 5 damage.
Finally some filler cards that I wanted to play around with and for some larger forwards I included 2x Zack [10-007H] for a 4 cost 8k power that continues the ping damage theme, dealing 2k every time a fire forward enters the field and 2 copies of Ignacio [10-001H] for a big body but also wanted to see how his ability “When Ignacio deals damage to your opponent or to a Forward, draw 1 card” played out at locals.
Changes I Would Make Before the Local Debut
Having limited card choices and not knowing the local meta yet it’s hard to definitely say exactly how it may shape up but if I could play exactly what I had in mind then I would have 3 copies of Reynn [10-020L] and Ifrit[10-002H] to really round out and improve these combos.
After researching, testing at home and feeling reasonably comfortable that I would like to see this combo run at locals, now it’s time to make my local debut and let the cards fall where they may. I know I will make mistakes but I know I will learn much more from those mistakes than getting things right.
Stay tuned for when I review this deck in the next Locals Rundown: My Debut to discuss what worked well, the meta it came up against and what may be changed but until then make sure you like The Mysidia Post on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter and subscribe to The Mysidia Post on YouTube for more content including Opus X Set Review: Ice coming soon.
Signing off for now, good luck and have fun!
Glen is entry level player from Victoria, Australia who like many others were mesmerised by FFTCG at PaxAUS 2019. He comes with some previous writing experience in gaming producing articles and interviews for League of Legends on egamingnetwork.com.
Life long Final Fantasy fan with his favourite title being FF VIII. Fun fact, between himself and his brother, they own physical copies of most if not all of the Final Fantasy titles excluding online games.
Glen writes to chronical his own experience learning the game and to see what topics come up as a new player entering the game. Early on gravitating to Fire, Ice and Fire/Ice decks, let’s see where this adventure takes us.
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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.