For the second day of August we get a pair of new Hibiki cards, one of which links with her little friend Hamzo. With the iM@S set out soon I expect tomorrow will probably be the final day of previews for the set (although I also expect that as usual the whole set will be posted online anyway at about the same time).
Got It! Hibiki
Red / Level 1 / Cost 1 / 1500 / 1 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger
«音楽 Music» / «動物 Animal»
[CONT] ASSIST All of your characters in front of this character gain the following ability. [[AUTO] When this card is put to Reverse in Battle, if your Stock has equal or less cards than your opponent’s Stock, you may put this card to Stock.]
[ACT] [(4) Put this card to Rest] Choose 1 character card whose Level is equal to or lower than your Level from your Waiting Room, and put it to any Border you wish on the Stage.
First up we have a supporting Hibiki card, which can be used to build stock and revive characters, and you’ll certainly need help from the first effect to pull off the latter. The first effect allows you to turn defeated characters into Stock, as long as you aren’t currently leading in Stock. This can be very useful when you’re lagging behind in Stock. In addition since defeated cards are unlikely to be useful later in the game, especially if they’re lower level ones, it can also help keep them out of your deck when the next Refresh happens, preventing you from redrawing them. Assuming of course you don’t end up using them all to pay for effects. The disadvantage of this card is that in order to use it you need to forgo power boosts.
The second effect is very costly, but allows you to revive any of your fallen characters, and isn’t actually too bad for cost when you think about it. Normally character retrieval costs 2 stock, unless it’s Bond, or sometimes 1 Stock and 1 card in hand. During later periods of the game you’d probably be retrieving a Cost 2 character anyway, meaning that you’d end up paying a total of 4 Stock anyway for the same end result. The advantage that method has is that it can set off ‘when this card is placed on the Stage from your Hand’ effects, which Hibiki’s effect won’t. Although some cards do have negative version of those effects which Hibiki can avoid. Also once you’ve used up this effect it’s quite likely you’ll be lagging behind in Stock once again, so the first ability will help you replenish it again very quickly.
Together With Everybody! Hibiki
Red / Level 2 / Cost 1 / 8000 / 1 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger
«音楽 Music» / «動物 Animal»
[AUTO] When your other «音楽 Music» character or character whose card name includes [Hamzo] Attacks, this card gains Power +1000 for that turn.
The second Hibiki card works well in a «音楽 Music» deck as expected, but can also get a little help from her friend Hamzo. It appears [Hibiki’s Partner, Hamzo] is also a new card, which Bonds with this card, and gives a «音楽 Music» character an extra 500 when he attacks. This means there’s at least 1 other card this will work with, which makes Hibiki even stronger and easier to play.
Provided you leave Hibiki until last she can act as a 10000 base, which is pretty good for a 2/1 and should be capable of at least crashing into some Level 3 cards. If [Hibiki’s Partner, Hamzo] is around she can get even bigger. Of course on the defense she will lag behind a bit at 8000, so you’ll have to protect her with Counters if you want to keep her on Stage. Since she’s most powerful when attacking last you’ll need to make sure not to play too many copies of this card at once, since it will mean some of them won’t be able to fight at full power.