It’s that time of year again!
So I’ve been wanting to talk about this to people for quite a while, I got given this quite some time ago and I think it’s gonna actually see a fair bit of play in certain decks. My exclusive spoiler for Opus VIII is Basilisk!
Straight away, Basilisk has some really good synergy with stuff we’ve seen already. He’s searchable off of Mira, Umaro, Kefka, Goblin and Steiner, the latter of which also enables Steiner’s 1k buff to himself due to Basilisk counting as a IX character.
I think we’ll see some play with this card in a Wind/Water monsters deck, using Mira to cycle Basilisk effectively (ideally you don’t want to be paying that 5 cost to get him out every time you can,) and I think his effect is made for that perfectly. The 4k ping isn’t insubstantial these days, and can stretch up for that magic 7k if paired with the commonly played Valefor, or on it’s own can easily dispatch a Viking or Leika, or even something like a Laswell, if you fancied instantly blowing him up.
He can be used as instant removal by popping his action ability against the target that you just dropped 4k on, or you can disincentive attacking by leaving this on board as a thread – being able to break a damaged forward simply by putting this in the break zone is pretty spooky, especially as if you have Mira in play you can replace it instantly (and then smack something for 4k, and break that too if you feel so inclined).
I can really see Basilisk being used for a lot of combo plays, which is what wind/water (or maybe even just wind) plays into anyway, with Valefor, Alhanalem and even pings from Yuri or Chelinka allowing you to take out two forwards with this card comfortably. Play Chelinka, follow up with this, and you’ve smacked everything on the board for 2k and something else for another 4k, and then you have the action ability to break any forward of your choice. For a common, I think this card is extremely good, and depending on what IX cards we see this set could end up being even better than what I’ve written about at time of writing. You could even use it with Fusoya if you’re one of those people. Spot removal off of Wol‘s auto ability! There’s a lot of applications for this card, and I think it’s certainly worth the 5CP it costs to play if used effectively. Ideally aim to always get 2 kills off of this card unless it’s super vital that whatever you ping for 4k dies instantly. At worst it’s a more flexible opus 1 Odin for 1 additional cost (or a cheaper opus 1 7 cost Odin depending on how you look at it), at best it’s a really nice combo piece that can slot into a lot of decks with X/Wind being extremely popular right now.
This could also be used in Lightning Wind to play with effects like Ramuh, as well? I’m sure you guys will think of plenty of creative ways to use this one, it’s certainly a bit more exciting than my last spoiler!
Thanks for reading,