Final Fantasy Opus II Booster Box – SEALED
Each Booster box has 36 sealed packs, 12 cards per pack.
Now released: Opus 2. So we would like to run a series of previews, introducing some of the cards you can expect to see in this expansion, starting with a selection featuring characters from FINAL FANTASY XIV. FFXIV has already appeared in the previous Chapter series, but there are absolutely no duplicate illustrations among the new cards introduced in Opus 2, with each card featuring a completely new character image, seen for the first time.
Key figures from the three great nations
The world of FFXIV contains the three great city states of Limsa Lominsa, Gridania and Ul’dha that are intimately familiar to players of the game. Now the key figures from each nation appear as new game cards, so let’s take a look at one card from each nation:
First up is 2-137H, Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn, hailing from Limsa Lominsa. In the FF-TCG her abilities are aligned with the element of water and she also allows the player to draw further cards. This is a potent ability that allows you to increase the size of your hand with no interference when triggered as an EX burst.
The next character to be made into a card is 2-055H, Gridania’s Kan-E Senna, one of the three Seedseers and the leader of Gridania as a whole. This card has a high cost for a Backup, but the ability it offers is well worth paying a premium for. Being able to break a Forward with a cost of 5 or more gives you the potential to avoid some tough tactical situations and little more needs to be said about how punishing this card can be when triggered as an EX burst.
Finally, from Ul’dha we have 2-093H, General Raubahn Aldynn, aka the “Bull of Ala Mhigo”. This card can call upon enough force to control enemy Forwards with high power and is also perfect against the many high power earth element cards. It also has an EX burst, making for an easy choice to include in any deck.
It is not just the named characters though, there are also a number of regular soldier cards that are worthy of attention. Let’s take a look at some of those here.
First we have 2-032C, the Bard. This is a flashy card with a low cost of 2 that can seriously impair your opponent’s resources. As the game lets you use cards in your hand to generate CP, you will not be able to seal off your opponent’s game completely, but the Bard is guaranteed to make it harder for them to react to your moves.
One final card we would like to introduce here is 2-108C, the Black Mage. What is great about this card is not the damage caused but the fact that it actually reduces power. Being effective against effects like that of 1-171H Minwu is something you will be grateful for when making offensive decks.
The stars of the story
Let’s start by introducing some of the most popular characters:
First up is 2-051L, Vaan. He has a cost of 4 for 8000 power and comes with pretty nifty auto and special abilities, making him a new strong candidate for all sorts of decks. His auto ability allows you to activate a Forward by returning a Backup to its owner’s hand.
This can be used in a straightforward manner, simply to activate a Forward, but the possibility to return a Backup to your hand also offers a big advantage in itself. You can use this to free up some space on your field and play a new Backup, or return a Backup with an auto ability that triggers when entering the field in order to use it again next time you play this Backup. Van is a multifaceted card that should not be underestimated.
Next up we have 2-067R, Vaan’s childhood friend Penelo:
This card offers powerful support for specifically themed decks. In short, Sky Pirate decks! If you want to create a Sky Pirate deck then Penelo is a must-have choice. The “Pirate” & “Sky Pirate” jobs also appear in Opus I with cards like 1-154R Vaan, but you may well be able to make whole pirate decks in the future. When this becomes possible you will certainly need to call upon Penelo’s power again!
One more new FFXII card is 2-068R Fran, the Viera Sky Pirate:
She is Balthier’s partner and that is well-reflected in her card’s abilities. If Balthier is also in your deck with Fran then she will strongly back him up. She is a highly competent Backup.
A memorable supporting cast
FFXII has a whole supporting cast of great sub characters in addition to the player party, and that stays true even in the FFTCG. Let’s take this great opportunity to introduce a few of these supporting roles.
The first card is 2-021C, Montblanc:
As the damage caused by this card increases based on the number of Moogles in the deck, it’s an ability with great potential. The key resides in how many Job Moogle you can get together, and as the series progresses there will be more and more of these introduced, giving high expectations for using Montblanc in the future.
Next we have 2-097H Al-Cid:
In the original game he was quite the untrustworthy villain, but in the card game he offers a plethora of advantages. He can inflict 6000 damage on active enemy Forwards when deployed in the field, and he can even allow you to play a single Forward of 3 or less cost from your hand for free. However, all of these effects will be rendered invalid should your opponent respond and dull the Forward you originally selected.
In addition to these cards, you can also look forward to seeing the Judge Masters, the Consuls of the Arcadian Empire and even the son of the Emperor himself!