Welcome back Mysdians. Today I am joined by my friend and podcast co-host David to talk about five Opus XI spoilers that are really getting us excited to build new decks. In this article we will each take turns talking about a card that we are personally looking forward to. Let us know in the comments below if there are any cards that you can't wait to play with! Alright, lets get started.
Today's article was discussed first on The Mysidian Legend podcast, Episode 16! Please check out the video below to listen to the full episode.
David: This is a card I am pretty excited about; I am surprised it is just a Hero rarity. On entry Orphan applies one counter each on two targets. When you go to attack phase that is two counters. If Orphan survives until your next turn then you just broke a couple Forwards. If you are impatient, Rinoa can let you do this in one turn, although it is an expensive play at 9 CP. Think of it like a 9 CP Bahamut or Raiden, but you get two Forwards. This card would also be great with Unei as you need less CP overall for the combo, providing you have time to set it up. After all the shenanigans, once Orphan is out there, he is a constant time bomb that your opponent must respect.
Alex: Kadaj seems like a really fun card. I want to try him out as soon as I can get my hands on a starter (I know they are out, but I have been home sick for awhile!). This guy essentially hits his ETB every turn. One important note is that Kadaj comes in at the end of your opponent’s turn, meaning he can attack on your turn (no summoning sickness). The card is very versatile and it’s nice that it is also a EX burst. If you need to block with Kadaj the RFG ability is optional. We also already know this card is great against Wind/Water and WOFF as it saw play at the Cardforge 1k in California.
Note: this ability would have been a really cool ability to have on either an Edward card (he uses the Hide ability in FFIV) or on a Dragoon card such as Kain.
David: I instantly love any card that creates a new deck. The Summoners archetype was teased by the printing of the 3 CP Braska Backup in Opus 7. Without Braska, this Yunalesca might not have been playable as 4 CP is a tough price to pay. And now Yunalesca might just make Summoners possible. Light Yuna and Rydia are both potential Forwards to run with Yunalesca to get that nice discount on your summons. Garnet and Eiko are both options as well as anything that hopefully gets printed in Opus XI!
If you have Light Yuna and Yunalesca out you can cast a 1 CP Famfrit, you can sack your Yuna and just bring her back to your hand to play again for 1 CP, now that’s value! One thing to consider with this combo, Yunalesca’s second ability actually does not play that well with Light Yuna, as it takes a summon out of your Break Zone and stops you from recurring summons with Citra to cast on the cheap again.
Alex: Chaos is a very exciting card that adds insane removal and recursion into any element. However, he won’t be as easy to play as you might think. To get his first ability going you need to have the CP for the ability and the Forward of cost 5 or more in your break zone. You could also just play this as a 1 CP backup and then use it for removal, but the removal cost is actually steep at 4 CP. Removing any character from the game is pretty relevant, as long as you can justify the trade of CP and loss of your backup. I can see this second ability being pretty useful as a way to remove some pesky 4 or more CP Backups such as Maria, Snow, Yuna etc.
Generally, you want to hit odd-costed targets with ETBs, Haste, or built in protection with Chaos. If you can play him as your 5th Backup, you will have 3 open and just need 1-2 discards to make him efficient. 6 CP Forwards will be more awkward to play with Chaos, since you can’t use that 4th Backup to make it an even 1 discard. Here are some interesting targets in each colour.
Looking at the chart above, I think both Water and Lightning can really benefit using this Chaos as a late game finisher. Water being able to recur big ETB threats like Lenna and CoD is a big deal. It is pretty unlikely you will play Dark Forwards with this as the other Chaos allows you to play multiple Dark cards at once. If you do want to use this with other Dark cards, you will need to run Spiritus.
David: This card will begin an archetype that may not be meta, but it will be fun (at least Guardians tier). At first glance Nyx already has great text, but now that we know about some of the other Kingsglaive cards, we can get cooking. Nyx breaking Crowe is great value as it fetches you a Forward from your break zone and breaks a forward. This action can also grant Nyx Haste or dull a Forward. It is a very Lightning card: breaks something without much restriction and gets haste, that’s what Lightning wants to do!
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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.