This week looks to be continuing the iM@S previews, this time giving us a pair of Blue Takane cards.
Old city Takane
Blue / Level 3 / Cost 2 / 10000 / 2 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger
«音楽 Music» / «王族 Royalty»
[CONT] EXPERIENCE If [Old city Takane] is in your Level, this card in your Hand gains Level -1.
[AUTO] When this card is put from Hand to the Stage, you may put the top 1 card of your Clock to the Waiting Room.
[AUTO] [Put 1 card from Hand to the Waiting Room] When this card is put from Hand to the Stage, if you are Level 2 or below, you may pay the cost. If you do not, put this card to the Waiting Room.
Old City Takane is part of a special class of Level 3 cards who can be played during Level 2 without having to resort to Change. In Takane’s case you just need to get another copy of her into your Level slot in order to achieve this, which should be pretty easy to manage if you play 4 copies of the card. She does come with a downside to playing her early though, which is that you have to discard a card when you play her, otherwise she’ll go to the Waiting Room. This helps to balance the fact you can easily drop a 10000 power card, with heal, during Level 2, which can really turn the tide of battle. Hopefully she’ll at least beat a Level 2 card anyway, such that you make up for the discard cost. Beyond Level 2 there’s nothing special about her, since she’s more the less the vanilla standard for Level 3 in terms of stats, but Heal can always be helpful.
Off time, Takane
Blue / Level 1 / Cost 1 / 2500 / 1 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger
«音楽 Music» / «王族 Royalty»
[CONT] All of your «音楽 Music» characters in front of this card gain Level +1, Power +500.
[AUTO} [(1)] When this card is put from Hand to the Stage, you may pay the cost. If you do so, choose 1 card in your Level and your Waiting Room, and switch them.
Off time, Takane is a support card that can work well with Old City Takane. Her first effect is general support for «音楽 Music» characters, but instead of offering more of a power boost she grants a Level boost. This will either help with dodging Reversing cards, or allowing your Level support cards to give an extra 500 power.
Her second effect allows you to change a card in your Level slot. This will probably either be used to place an Old City Takane into the Level Slot to activate the ability of copies you hold in your hand, or alternatively once you reach Level 3 it could be used to move Old City Takane out of the Level Slot, in the hopes of maybe recovering her from the Waiting Room or drawing her again after a Refresh. Since you’ll end up giving up 2 Stock in total to do this though, it does seem to come at quite a high price for moving cards about. I imagine that in most games you’ll be able to get Old City Takane into the Level slot manually, so this effect will largely go unused.