Card of the Day: 23rd of Feb

23 Feb

Today brings us yet another tough to kill Sayaka card in addition to a support/Bond card for Fate/Zero. Chances are this will be my last Card of the Day for this week that’s out on time. I’m going to be helping Bushiroad out with Cardfight! Vanguard from Friday – Sunday at Hyper Japan, so might not have time to fit in Friday’s Card of the Day until next week, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Getting hurt but still fighting on, Sayaka

Blue / Level 2 / Cost 2 / 9500 / 2 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger

«魔法 Magic» / «愛 Love»

[A] When this card is put to Reverse in battle, put the top 1 card of your Deck to Clock, and put this card to Rest.
[S] [Rest 1 of your «魔法 Magic» Characters] This card gains Power +1000 for the turn.

Given how many other Madoka cards that have been revealed so far, and other similar cards there are it only makes sense to look at this card in the context of the other cards on offer.

First it must be noted that this is one of the pseudo-change choices for [Empty stare, Sayaka]. (Note I used the translation Fighting While Injured, Sayaka before, rather than the name given above on the Bushiroad blog. These are the same cards.) Rather than being a change up a level, this is a sideways pseudo-change. In this case you exchange a 2/1, a Climax and 1 extra stock for a 2/2, draw a card and a power boost. In terms of costs going via the pseudo-change it costs 2 stock and no cards overall, whereas just playing this card also costs two stock. The pseudo-change does let you use a Climax without losing a card though, and does dig slightly into your deck. It also offers the flexibility of fetching this card from the Waiting Room, rather than hoping to draw it, or holding it in your hand. The power boost also allows this card to start at an 11000 base. I’m currently still not sure what the Climax does, so I can’t say if it’s worth using outside of this combo, or would only be used to facilitate this.

If the Climax would be in the deck anyway I could see yourself being able to justify using the pseudo-change into this card, however it seems like a lot of effort when you could just play the 2/2 from your hand anyway. Another problem is the fact Madoka decks have access to a lot of support cards, and especially the Red/Blue deck who in addition to Kyubey also have Sayaka and Kyoko to choose from. Playing [Empty stare, Sayaka]  could be overburdening your number of support cards, and weakening your ability to attack otherwise.

The first effect of this card is the same as [Healing prayers, Sayaka], making her very hard to get rid of. Unfortunately as a level 2 card she is a riskier prospect that than card because you’re closer to the end of the game by this point. She does also have 500 attack over the vanilla (unlike the 1000 the other Sayaka had), but by resting other characters you can get up to an 11500 base fairly regularly. Unfortunately it would seem Madoka has a lot of cards which work by resting cards, so you’ll have to be very careful managing all these cards, so you don’t get cut off when you need them.

By comparison to other cards the Red/Blue deck has access to she matches the base of the 2/2 Kyoko, but has the potential to go higher, and beats out the 2/1 Sayaka by 500. In terms of pure power this card has them both beat, but carries a larger cost and is far riskier, but she also helps support the level 3 Sayaka as well. I’d probably personally favour the 2/1 Sayaka myself right now, since she’s safer and cheaper to use, but it might turn out that the power of today’s card outweighs its risks.

Ryunosuke’s teacher, Caster

Blue / Level 0 / Cost  0 / 500 / 1 Soul / No Trigger

«サ-ヴァント Servant» / «本 Book»

[A] When this card is placed from Hand to the Stage, choose 1 of your other «死 Death» Characters and it gains Power + 1000 for the turn.
[A] BOND/[Ryunosuke Uryu] [(1)]

Now I’m not sure if this cards Bond target has been revealed, yet so I can’t really comment on how good it is, but Bond abilities are generally valuable for maintaining Hand size, so it can be useful even if the card isn’t brilliant. It would certainly help if it was though.

His other ability powers up a «死 Death» character, which presumably is useful for some Fate decks, but I don’t know what right now off the top of my head. It does mean that he does something beyond just being a Bond card though, so you can help take out another character as well. It also means that he’s not utterly useful on occasions where you cannot do the Bond.

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