The Persona 4 Arena and Sword Art Online previews are still going strong, this time with a Green double bill from Rise and Leafa.
P-1 Grand Prix official announcer, Rise
Green / Level 1 / Cost 0 / 5000 / 1 Soul / No Trigger
«音楽 Music» / «テレビ TV»
[ACT] [Rest 2 of your characters] During this turn, this card gains Power +2000.
Up first today we have Rise, who can be a cheap but powerful attacker. Most of the time it should be relatively easy to get her up to 7000, since you’ll have 2 Back Stage characters you can easily Rest most of the time. You just need to be wary that this doesn’t clash with any of your other strategies. When taking support cards into account Rise should be able to easily handle other 1/0s, and can even make challenges on lots of 1/1s. Ideally you’ll want to be defeating the latter, since it will leave you a Stock better off relative to your opponent. Her normal 5000 power is something to be wary of when defending though, as she might not always survive for longer than a turn. Provided you gain a Stock advantage it should be worth it though.
Pure wish, Leafa
Green / Level 3 / Cost 2 / 10000 / 2 Soul / 1 Soul Trigger
«アバター Avatar» / «武器 Weapon»
[CONT] If your Deck has 5 cards or fewer, in your Hand this card gains Level -1.
[CONT] All of your other «アバター Avatar» or «ネット Net» characters gain Power +1500.
[ACT][(1) Discard 1 «アバター Avatar» or «ネット Net» character from your Hand to the Waiting Room.] Until the end of your opponent’s next turn, this card gains Power +3000, and this card gains the following effect.[ [CONT] This card cannot be chosen as a target of your opponent’s effects.]
For Leafa’s second appearance we get a Level 3 that not only gets pretty strong herself, but also helps out the rest of your characters as well.
Her first effect allows you to play her a Level early, provided you have 5 or fewer cards in your Deck. If you can control this via cards with Brainstorm it shouldn’t be too hard to pull off, but sometimes this will simply be out of your control.
Her second effect basically allows her to function as a powerful support card, providing +1500 to the rest of your Stage. Along with support from Back Stage this will make your remaining two characters a force to be reckoned with. Put down multiple copies of Leafa and things could start to get quite scary for your opponent. The Leafas themselves would be 11,500 plus support, whilst your remaining character could be at least 13,000 plus support. With double Level support in back, this could for example allow you to have a 16,000 character in the middle of your Stage, which many decks will probably struggle to beat.
Her third ability allows Leafa herself to get stronger, not only boosting herself by +3000, but also giving her immunity from being targeted by your opponent’s effects. This immunity will help sometimes, but should largely just be viewed as an added bonus of the effect. The power boost can help her break through the opponent’s defenses, but will also make her a real pain to defeat on your opponent’s turn.
With all these power boosts there are of course downsides to Leafa. She doesn’t heal, reduce Soul, or draw like many other Level 3s, meaning you probably won’t extend your time in the game. She could also potentially eat into your resources with her 3rd effect. Thankfully though the power boosts she provides should allow you to win faster and sufficiently mess up your opponent’s Stage that this might not matter.