Today continues this week’s pattern of 1 Madoka and 1 Fate/Zero card, which I imagine we will keep until the release of the Madoka booster. Following that I would guess we’ll either see just Fate/Zero for a while, or possibly start to see Symphogear cards.
Madoka brings us another Shift card, whilst Fate/Zero gives us another low cost attacker at level 1.
Senior magical girl, Mami
Yellow / Level 0 / Cost 0 / 500 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
«魔法 Magic» / « お茶 Tea»
[A] [(2)] When this is placed from your Hand to the Stage, you may pay the cost. If you do so, search your Deck for up to 1 «魔法 Magic» Character, reveal it to your opponent and add it to your hand. Shuffle your Deck.
[A] Shift Level 0 (At the beginning of your Main Phase, you may choose 1 Yellow card from your Hand and this card in your Clock and exchange them.)
Like Homura from last week, Mami here is a Level 0 Shift card, but comes with a much more versatile effect. She is basically a character version of the [Law of Infinite Loop] event card. Mami costs an extra stock compared to the event card, but can regain this by attacking that turn. If you play Mami to the Front Stage she will likely be lost next turn, resulting in no net gain, just like the event card. If you keep her Back Stage you’ll gain a card, but will have a useless card sitting where a support card could go. However there might be times where you need to send Mami to the Waiting Room anyway to be able to play the character you just added to your hand.
Being a Level 0 Shift card makes Mami more versatile than the event card because you don’t need to worry about colour restrictions, and it’s easier to add the card to your hand. When you’re in a tight bind the event card will serve you better, because you’ll have 1 extra stock on that turn, which can be the difference between playing certain cards or not. I feel both cards could be useful to a Madoka deck and would be interested to see if anyone chooses to play both.
I’m currently wondering if we’ll see a Level 0 Shift for every girl, or at least every colour, and will be curious to see who has the best effect.
Follower of the church, Kirei
Blue / Level 1 / Cost 0 / 4500 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
«虚無 Void» / «マスター Master»
[C] For each of your other Characters with either «マスター Master» and/or «神 God», this card gains Power +500.
Kirei, like yesterday’s card, is a free level 1 card, which offers advantages over a plain vanilla in some circumstances. If you assume you have 2 support character of the required attributes he will be a 5500 base, just like a 1/0 vanilla. 1 additional character makes him 6000, enough to match cards like [Disagreeing Asuka], whilst 2 makes him 6500, which matches cards like [Mitakihara Junior High second grade, Sayaka] when supported. In most situations he probably won’t be seeing 6500 though, because if you place too much to your Stage at once you risk losing lots of cards on your opponent’s turn. As such I imagine he will usually be sitting around a 5500-6000 base.
Since he relies on the presence of other cards on the Stage for his ability, he is less consistent than vanillas and cards like [Disagreeing Asuka], who can stand better on their own. However he comes with the potential to overpower them. The combined Fate series have access to large numbers of cards by this point, and I’m not really too familiar with the series, so I’m not sure how he matches up to other 1/0 cards apart from yesterday’s. Taken in isolation from other Fate cards I feel his benefits would outweigh the risks, and make him a more useful inclusion than a vanilla in the deck.