Hey there friends! It’s been a little while since we last saw each other. How have you been? Kids doing alright? College treating you well? I don’t care, let’s talk about what really matters; trading cards. Today marks the beginning of The Moonlit Savior (awesome name I know, I wrote it myself) preview articles. Just like last time we’ll be uploading one every Tuesday and Friday at 3pm JST leading up to the pre-release event when you can get your hands on all these beauties. If you thought Twilight Wanderer was sweet, you haven’t seen anything yet. This set doesn’t even have a ruler with crazy free abilities! Who could even believe such madness was possible?! Anyway, let’s get started right where we should, with Kaguya.
That’s some bendy bamboo.
Now this ain’t your grandpappy’s Kaguya. The reincarnated savior of Grimm’s world has got all sorts of new tricks up her sleeves. The first thing you’ll notice is her Judgment cost is a total of three with one light and a moon. Yup, moons are back. The neat thing about Kaguya is that she’ll likely be using both light and wind attribute cards, so she’s gone ahead and made it so she can use moon will as though it had the wind attribute, a nice little fixer that will make running cards that generate moon will a little more bearable to use. Suddenly using Magic Stone of Moon Shade (heck even Moon Light) becomes a little less troublesome as you can now easily generate wind will for all your nasty counterspells, Elvish Priests, and Wind Sprites. Kaguya’s last ability is a handy one too. Playing moon addition cards always did feel a bit clunky. They were a little costly, but you needed them out early to really reap their benefits. Thankfully when you play a moon card with Kaguya, you’ll now be able to replace the card in your hand, making a turn spent playing a moon less of a disadvantage. And of course no great hero is without a magical transformation! When Kaguya uses her Judgment she becomes…
Moon prism powe-er, I mean…By the power of Fiethsing and Zero! I have the powerrrrr!!!!!!11111
A title drop! Oh and also a magical girl. A magical girl who spouts dorky hero stuff. Yeah, this version of Kaguya is kind of a nerd. Thankfully after entering as a J-ruler she doesn’t lose her moon to wind will fixing ability (take that Silvia!). She’s also packing some effects that are sure to harass your opponent. By paying one moon will you’ll be able to cancel an automatic ability, a very threatening prospect. The issue is, of course that keeping one moon will open may telegraph to your opponent exactly what you’re doing, the other issue being that it needs to be moon will. But think of all the entering abilities you can stop! For two will Kaguya can shield her self from the next damage she would take, useful against things like Burn to Cinders, and it means she can attack with relative impunity. Her DEF keeps her out of Flame of Outer World range so she won’t have to worry about that upon entry. Her God’s Art is rather costly at a total of five, especially since there is no way to reduce its cost. At least not in the way previous regalia/ruler combos did, but it is most certainly a game ender. You can rest all of your opponent’s J/resonators, totally removing their defenses. Even if you can’t deal enough damage to win, you also recover your own magic stones, essentially making the ability free to play once you have enough will to use it. The last part of the effect is a nice added bonus too, it reduces the cost of Awakening abilities by one moon will. Oh, right. Awakening cards with a moon will cost are now a thing, so that actually is useful. Kaguya likely falls somewhere in the mid-range of J/rulers with some offensive abilities and some defensive/control ones as well. She’s sure to give your opponent trouble.
The trick is climbing into the thing.
But a magical girl is nary much without some magical items to help her on her way. After all, Kaguya did travel across space and time to reach the World of the Seven Kings. That takes a little help. And help comes in the form of Apollo; a brand new regalia. The first thing your eyes are drawn to is that lovely keyword that it grants. Flying. Man oh man Valentina is going to have some fun with that one. So long being walled by Cheshire Cat. The second ability allows you to produce moon will but only for Awakening abilities and Kaguya’s God’s art. Makes sense since the card can be played for zero will. This of course means that this card is extremely susceptible to Barrier of Shadows, and Hera is going to be shooting this card down fast. Best make as much use of it on the turn you play it, as it is an easy target for your opponent to remove. The last ability of Apollo will let you banish it to put a resonator you control back into your hand, good for cards like Cinderella and Awakening cards you want to set off more than once. You could also use it to protect your ace resonator from doom via Stoning to Death or Soulhunt.
I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
Hey look at that, we’ve already got a card with an Awakening cost, and its not even a resonator! Kaguya’s Premonition let’s you beef up a resonator by +200/+400 which may not seem all that great compared to Rapid Growth. However, take a look at that Awakening ability. It shields the resonator and gives it +100/+100 counters for each 100 damage that was prevented. That is some fancy spellwork. It not only protects your card, it makes it even stronger. This card is even a Spell: Chant-Instant making it a fast and powerful way to generate advantage on the board.
Great job Zero. You taught a kid how to shoot a planet busting laser beam.
ONLY GOOD CAN COME FROM THIS.
Up next is another Spell: Chant-Instant, Shining Strike. It will allow you to rest a resonator and draw a card to replace itself, or if you have a J/ruler named Kaguya in your domain, you can even rest a J-resonator (and still draw a card of course). Control players will be happy to see cheap minor stall cards like this, and the drawing effect helps one of the biggest issues control has; running out of resources.
This is actually just a photo where someone didn’t turn on the red-eye filter.
Hey its our old friend from the Grimm cluster! Except she’s got a new name…and new ability…and new attribute…okay its really quite different except for the art. Also, hey look Wererabbits are back, who could have seen that happening with a return of Kaguya? A cost of three with ATK and DEF of 700 is pretty standard. Her enter effect will help you search for a moon card to put in your hand as well. Not the greatest, but a nice helpful search card that can be used as a hefty aggressor or defender if need be.
Just don’t ask where the breeze is coming from.
Well just in case you thought generating moon will was going to be a bit too difficult, here comes Moonbreeze Elf. This card has the same stats as Elvish Priest, but produces moon will instead of wind. Though with Kaguya those two things are the same so really who cares? But here’s the kicker friends, this card cannot be attacked! It can still be destroyed through spells and effects, or even through other combat methods, but the biggest and most likely way a card that will likely be rested every turn could be destroyed is now gone! Too bad it only generates moon will or pretty much every deck running wind would be all over this card.
Another card with Awakening. This time its actually an evolution cost. This card can enter as a 500 ATK and DEF beast or an 800/800 with target attack. That’s not too shabby. Target Attack can be an invaluable resource and 800 ATK and DEF for three will is pretty good (could even be for two will if you use Pricia Beast Queen in Hiding or Ziz). There’s not much to the Wolf in the Moonlight, but that’s because there doesn’t need to be. Simple, and effective, just a classic aggressor.
Random gears! Why? Who cares! MORE GEARS.
Last for today is a brand new magic stone! Moonbreeze’s Memoria is exactly what the doctor ordered for Kaguya and all her new cards that will be using moon will. It can produce light attribute or moon type will, and with Kaguya it can even produce wind will. This single stone gives you access to the three major will types that Kaguya utilizes, so you’ll defenetely want to use four of these. Just watch out for Split Heaven and Earth!
Be sure to check back on Tuesday for another preview article! And look for The Moonlit Savior, in stores on March 11th!
Written by Jordan E. Blanco