Vingolf 3 ~ Ruler All Stars ~ Preview 4 ~ The Grimm Cluster
Hey it’s young Grimm! And he’s rocking a sweet mask and some kind of weird horn things! As you might surmise, Grimm supports Fairy Tale cards, as he always has. In fact, Fairy Tale players will be pleasantly surprised to see that Vingolf 3 holds quite a bit of support for them. As long as Grimm, the Legendary King of Fairy Tales is in your field, every resonator you control and own, including ones in your deck, gain the Fairy Tale race. This means that with this fellow on the field, ever resonator is playable with Light will, if you’re using Millium, and any chant that affects a Fairy Tale now affects any and every type of resonator. It also means that you can swarm the field with tokens, and transform them all into Fairy Tales via this resonator to power up Tinkerbell to incredible strengths! Of course, Grimm is a resonator, and that makes him somewhat fragile, but that serves to keep the card’s utility in check. This resonator, and it’s relatively low cost and high strength, make it a great search target for Kaguya’s Moonbeam Butterfly, increasing its consistency. Merely by the fact that this card’s effect allows any card to be playable with Millium already opens up a world of possibilities, but Grimm’s got another ability as well. This one will only be active as long as Millium is your J/ruler, but given the nature of this card that is likely to be your J/ruler choice anyway. Whenever Grimm attacks or blocks you’ll be able to Force 1 and increase Grimm’s ATK and DEF by X00/X00, where X is the result of the roll. Obviously nothing legendary, but it only serves to tip Grimm beyond the scope of most any total cost three resonator. 800 ATK and DEF is already high, and force assures that he will always be at least at 900 ATK and DEF whenever you attack, putting him into the power ranks of total cost four resonators.
Oh boy, we haven’t seen these two in a while. Bahamut is back and so is Incarnation, an ability we haven’t seen on a card since Adombrali. Now, you could play this card for its natural total cost of six, but playing the card via its Incarnation cost of banishing three fire resonators seems much more enticing. Especially when you consider that banishing Rukh Egg, triggers that card’s effect. Once on the field, Bahamut is ready to do some damage with 1000 ATK and DEF, and Flying. This is going to force your opponent to either immediately deal with it or suffer some game losing level damage in their face. Bahamut is also packing an upon entry ability. Once this mighty dragon hits the field, the card deals 700 damage to a player or a J/resonator. Perfect for picking something off, setting up Demonflame for anything that is too strong to be picked off, and the card provides a way to burn your opponent for lethal damage when you can’t seem to draw a Lightning Strike.
The only water card we’ll be looking at today, and quite an interesting one. Alice, Dimensional Traveler has an effect that is the first of its kind in Force of Will. On the field, this card is little more than a 500/500 vanilla resonator. That’s not very impressive, considering her total cost is three. However, her real strength is how you can play her. Any time you are searching your deck for any reason during the game, you my play her. So if you were to play something like Kaguya’s Moonbeam Butterfly or Fated Reunion to search your deck, you could also pay three will and play Alice from your deck right to your field! What’s more, any time this resonator would be put into a graveyard from your field, she’s added back to the bottom of your deck instead. A small point to note, but going to the bottom of your deck is far more useful than being shuffled back into your deck. It’d be a wasted draw to pull this resonator into your hand when you could draw something else. With these two abilities, as long as you have a card or ability that lets you search your deck for any reason, this card is always playable, essentially meaning it is always in your hand, in a pseudo sort of way.
Hey, Scheherazade is back! I wonder if this is the last we’ll see of her in the Lapis Cluster. I’d bet that it isn’t. Hints aside, Scheherazade only sports one ability, but its a fairly powerful control effect. When she enters the field, you’ll be able to put a resonator on top of its owner’s deck. If exercised against your opponent, it essentially ruins their next draw, forcing them to draw (and possibly replay) a card they already had, while removing a threat to you from the field. You may not want to bounce something with a strong enter effect like Captain Hook or the like though, as your opponent will just use the upon entry effect against you again. Once her effect has resolved, Scheherazade is a fairly powerful body on the field with 900 ATK and DEF for a total cost four resonator. She doesn’t do a lot, but her effect can be a great boon for control decks, slowing down both the opponent’s field and hand.
With regalia rotating out of the New Frontiers format in September, Dracula is in a sort of interesting position. The resonator grants your J-ruler Imperishable while also giving it the Vampire race. Just that effect alone doesn’t give the card too much value in a broad range of decks at the moment, but the vampire also sports some of the highest ATK and DEF on a total cost four resonator in the game, as well as Flying which means that the damage can far more easily hit its mark. At the moment, players who desire Imperishable will likely opt for regalia, but vampire deck players my find this card’s power to cost ratio appealing, and all players come September may have to consider the King of the Undead if they want to maintain that symbol skill.
Vingolf 3 ~ Ruler All Stars ~ Preview 3 ~ The Alice Cluster
Welcome back, rulers! At last its time to get to the meat of Vingolf 3: Ruler All Stars; the resonators!
Vingolf 3 ~ Ruler All Stars ~ Preview 2 ~ The Magic Stones
Welcome to another Vingolf 3: Ruler All Stars preview article, rulers! Last week we took a look at all five of the new J/ruler cards in the upcoming set.
Vingolf 3 ~ Ruler All Stars ~ Preview 1 ~ The Dragon Guardians
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