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Prologue of Attoractia gloriously closes Alice Origin cluster without forgetting to provide new support for Rulers from previous sets. Today we are going to analyse five cards that will enhance currently existing decks. The reviewed cards are Normal rares, showing the great power level in this set.
On the next FoW Top! we will review some cards to support Magna, the Creator of Regalia (AO4-Buy-a-Box-3), Gill Lapis (AO4-Buy-a-Box-1), and Dark Alice (AO4-Buy-a-Box-2) specifically.
It has a simple, yet high-impact effect. For a meagre one light will, this light chant can be played at [Quickcast] speed, to stop all damage dealt by resonators this turn.
This card is very helpful during early turns, in order to slow down rapid decks such as Melgis (SDAO1-028), as well as OTK decks, such as Arla (AO3-BaB-1) and Rezzard (AO3-BaB-3).
We need to remember that this card stops any damage inflicted by resonators, not just combat. This is particularly useful against Ushuah, the Flame Samurai Swordman (Stranger) (AO3-026), or Hino Kagutsuchino Mikoto, the Flaming God of Fate (Stranger) (PofA-022), which is a main character in this article (fourth position).
The decks that benefit the most of this card are Faria (SDAO1-026), Lenneth, the Priestess of Vell-Savaria (AO1-BAB), and Magna, the Creator of Regalia (AO4-Buy-a-Box-3) Control.
4. HINO KAGUTSUCHINO MIKOTO, THE FLAMING GOD OF FATE (STRANGER)
Hino Kagutsuchino Mikoto, the Flaming God of Fate (Stranger) (PofA-022) is not a deity in vain, as it is one of the highest-stats resonator in all of FoW history. Its [Enter] effect is very powerful- this card inflicts 1000 points of damage to your opponent and to every J/Resonator they control.
When you play this card, you are very likely to get rid of most of your opponent’s resonators, as well as a quarter of their starting life.
Thanks to this card, Melgis (SDAO1-028) // Melgis [J-ruler] (SDAO1-028J) has received some big numbers and can overcome cards like Intimidation (PofA-001), The Road to the Sacred Queen (PofA-009), and Schrödinger’s Cry (PofA-007). Hino Kagutsuchino is a great add to all decks running Grand Cross Reincarnation (PofA-092).
In addition, Hino Kagutsuchino Mikoto wins the prize for the best illustration in this FoW Top!, since it has one of my favourite designs since The Dawn of Valhalla!
3. Amphisbaena, the Two-Headed Dragon (Stranger)
This is the second best (Stranger) resonator we will review today- a wind dragon that substantially enhances Arla (AO3-BaB-1) // Arla [J-ruler] (AO3-BaB-1J) decks.
Amphisbaena, the Two-Headed Dragon (Stranger) (PofA-037) has 600 ATK and 1200 DEF, [Flying], and [Pierce]. However, its strongest asset is its activated ability- for a meagre wind will, should this card inflict damage, it gains the skill of duplicating the amount of damage it deals. We will only be able to use this skill once per turn though.
It is easy to understand why this card and Sacred Beast of Artemis (AO3-079) are besties- if your opponent has no answers for this combo, two attacks from Sacred Beast of Artemis will seal the deal.
2. The Road to the Undead Lord
It is well known that Rezzard (AO3-BaB-3) // Rezzard [J-ruler] (AO3-BaB-3J) was one of the best decks (if not the best) during AO3 metagame. One of its very few weaknesses was that a timely Mourning Angel (AO3-013) that would remove from the game the cards Rezzard was trying to reanimate/to bring back to its hand.
Thanks to The Road to the Undead Lord (PofA-075), defeating Rezzard has become much more difficult. This Addition says that ‘Cards in your graveyard cannot be targeted by spells or abilities your opponent controls, thus enabling you to play without worrying about that weakness. If this were not enough, this Addition has a very synergistic [Enter] skill- if our ruler is Rezzard, we can put in the graveyard two random cards from our Stranger deck.
Resilience and speed- Rezzard could have not asked for anything better. Will it prove itself to be PofA’s metagame boogeyman? We will soon discover it during GP Bologna (which hopefully many of you will attend to).
1. The Road to the Sacred Queen
At the top of this list we find another Addition with a similar effect to that of Intimidation (PofA-001). Thanks to The Road to the Sacred Queen (PofA-009), all Resonators your opponent controls will enter the battlefield tapped. This slows down significantly aggro decks, and pretty much shuts OTK decks. Its synergy with Schrödinger’s Cry (PofA-007) is very powerful.
In addition (pun not intended), if our Ruler is Faria (SDAO1-026) // Faria [J-Ruler] (SDAO1-026J), thanks to this addition’s skill, we will get to choose a random card from our (Stranger) deck and put it in our hand. This card offers protection and card advantage, enabling us to get the Stranger we need to win the game as soon as possible.
Bear in mind though that, unlike Intimidation, it has not a surprise factor, and that it is also vulnerable to Pier, the Godspeed Archer (AO3-014), a staple that deals with additions.
PofA is a truly powerful set, with three new rulers with unique mechanics, and highly compatible with already-existing decks. I am certain we will have a blast in Bologna, on the 29th and 30th August 2020!
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