For the final day of January we get our first glimpse of cards from the Madoka booster, and our first Yellow cards. Both of these cards are support cards and suggest an interesting direction the Madoka deck could take.
Cornering contract, Kyubey
Yellow / Level 0 / Cost 0 / 500 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
« 宇宙人 Alien»/ «魔法 Magic»
[C] All of your other «魔法 Magic» characters gain Power +500.
[C] When you pay the Cost of your character’s [CHANGE], you may put the Marker under this card to the Waiting Room in the place of 1 Stock.
[A] When this card is put from your Hand to the Stage, put the top 1 card of your Deck under this card as a Marker.
Kyubey here is the standard support type character for your Madoka deck, since I imagine the vast majority of cards will be «魔法 Magic». This means he will be essential for Madoka decks (as much as some people might hate to have to play Kyubey). Like a lot of the other single attribute support cards he also come with an added bonus in the form of his 2nd and 3rd effect. These effects combined make it much easier for you to use Change effects, since it knocks 1 cost off of them. The only potential problem could be that sometimes you will end up with an important card as a Marker underneath Kyubey, with no immediate way to get it out of there, however this probably won’t happen too often. Since Kyubey supports Change abilities it suggests that the Madoka deck will be based around the concept of Change. This makes thematic sense within the series, since as a Magical Girl show there are a lot of magical transformations or changes.
Kyubey also potentially offers important support to Standard play, since his 2nd and 3rd effect will benefit all decks focused around Change, making things easier and faster for those kinds of decks.
A wish to live, Mami
Yellow / Level 1 / Cost 1 / 2500 / Soul 1 / 1 Soul Trigger
«魔法 Magic» / « お茶 Tea»
[C] During your turn, all of your other characters gain Power +1000.
[A] CHANGE [(1) Put this card to the Waiting Room] At the beginning of your Draw Phase, you may pay the cost. If you do so, choose 1 [Burdened by Destiny, Mami] from your Waiting Room and put it in the Border this card was in.
Mami here is our first Change card, as well as also being a powerful support card. The card itself will never be attacking, hopefully, so you won’t be too bothered about the lousy attack score. I imagine often you’ll play her alongside Kyubey for a one turn boost before upgrading to [Burdened by Destiny, Mami]. We need to wait and see how powerful this card is before we can truly assess how good today’s card is. Thanks to Kyubey this card’s change will often be free to use, meaning you’ll usually only need to pay 1 stock overall for a card that will hopefully be level 2, whilst you are still at level 1. It seems a little odd to me to see a level 1 with 1 Soul Trigger, but this is probably more common than I think, due to not having seen all the cards out there.
Hopefully we’ll see a lot more Change abilities in the future that can make good use of Kyubey. The Madoka deck is already building up to be interesting and I’d like to see what sort of Red cards are on offer soon.