The Accel World previews are still continuing, this time with another useful Niko card, alongside Scarlet Rain.
Cute cousin, Niko
Red / Level 0 / Cost 0 / 1500 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
[AUTO] This ability can activate up to 1 time in 1 turn. When you use an [ACT] ability, choose 1 of your characters, and it gains Power +500 for that turn.
[AUTO] When this card is put to Reverse, if this card’s battle opponent is Level 0 or below, you may put that character to Reverse.
Cute Cousin, Niko is the Level 0 reverser for Accel World, meaning she’ll find her way into just about any deck you want to build from the series. On top of this she has a bonus effect, meaning she can do more than just defeat Level 0 cards, and might find small uses later in the game. The 500 boost will be most useful at the start of the game, when all the characters are smaller, however sometimes in the later game it could be all you need to turn a suicide into a win.
How often the first effect will be used depends on how many [ACT] effects you have at Level 0, but we’ll have to wait for the full card list to be out before properly judging this.
Angered Scarlet Rain
Red / Level 0 / Cost 0 / 1000 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
«アバター Avatar» / «武器 Weapon»
[AUTO] When your other character in battle is put to Reverse, choose 1 of your characters, and it gains Power +1000 for that turn.
[ACT] [(1) Put this card to Rest] Choose 1 of your «アバター Avatar» or «ネット Net» characters, and it gains Power +500 and the following ability for that turn. [[AUTO] When this card’s battle opponent is put to Reverse, you may choose 1 character card from your Waiting Room and return it to Hand. If you do so, choose 1 card from your Hand and put it to the Waiting Room.]
Up second we have a Scarlet Rain card, which also seems like a powerful Level 0 support card. Her first effect gives one of your characters a big power boost, but only when one of them is Reversed. This means that will force both players to think carefully about how they attack. When your opponent is attacking they need to be even more careful than usual about what order they do it in, because a slip up could prevent them from beating one of your characters. Sometimes they won’t have any choice in the matter, and will have to give up on winning at least one battle they would have normally won, but they’ll have to decide carefully which one. On your part you also need to think carefully about where to apply the power boost, since doing it wrong would just waste the boost.
When attacking with your characters this effect can discourage your opponent from playing Counter cards, since saving one character may cost them another. It can also allow you to overcome a powerful foe, if you’re filling to sacrifice smaller characters.
Her second effect provides one of your «アバター Avatar» or «ネット Net» characters a small 500 boost, but comes with the additional benefit of allowing you to recycle cards from the Waiting Room, and dump cards into there. This will be very useful for gathering combo pieces, or simply powerful cards as the game moves on. Since your opponent knows you can get new cards out of this, they may opt to focus their counters stopping the card with the boost, in order to prevent this. If you really need the card from your Waiting Room you could get around this by attacking a character you know your opponent cannot protect. This of course means it’s easiest to get this card to work fully at Level 0, but that will be when you’ve got the least number of cards in the Waiting Room to retrieve.