Budget Build Fridays #3 – Vermilion Fire

Budget Build Fridays are geared around making affordable decks that are a good starting point for newer players, that you can build from bulk or are affordable. We aim to provide a deck every week with a wide range of playstyles that won’t break the bank.

Hot on the heels of our Card of the Week, Vermilion Bird l’Cie Caetuna, we’re going to be taking a look at everyone’s favourite underdog deck, Mono Fire! According to FFdecks.com, this week’s brew is buildable for a mere $13.74, so hopefully this can help you try out Mono Fire without a large monetary commitment! Plus, if you’re in the UK and ‘enjoying’ the hot weather at the moment, Mono Fire must be an appropriate deck… right?

This week’s deck is based around high-powered attacking forwards and multiple pings for removal – you’ll find that you need to play around Flintlock & Minwu for the pinging aspect of the deck, but Caetuna helps out there and the fact that our forwards can be a potential +4k when attacking is huge!

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Card of the Week #3 – Vermilion Bird l’Cie Caetuna

For this week’s Card of the Week we’ll be having a look at Vermilion Bird l’Cie Caetuna, a 6-cost fire backup from Opus VI.

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I’ve found Caetuna has been a real help in mono fire for shoring up against bad matchups (which unfortunately was pretty much everything). While testing, getting her down as early as possible has really helped to put a lot more pressure on your opponent by making your best summons even better. The main thing you will want to play off of it’s auto ability is Bahamut, for a 9k burn with a remove from play effect if the forward you targeted dies, which is really nice considering it’s cast from the deck. By dropping Caetuna early you can really take the wind out of someone’s sails and put them on the back foot early which is what fire needs to do at the moment to stand any chance of winning – early pressure and then aggro aggro aggro.

Because her 1k boost effect is a field effect and not an auto ability as well, she also makes your EX bursts way more lethal. Flipping a Brynhildr for 7k is nice, but flipping a Brynhildr into damage for 8k is almost definitely going to kill something against most decks – it can be a really nice answer to see Ashe die to a Brynhildr EX burst that hits for 8k, so Ashe even with Wakka in play still dies. A little help against water is what fire sorely needed, although you might find you still have trouble with the Minwu backup.

She can also be used with the Opus V Caetuna‘s S ability to wipe board, although I tested (and got really hype) for the last Caetuna and she didn’t work too well. I feel the right amount of Caetuna is 2 of the Opus VI one, and 0 of the Opus V one, unless you’re playing something like Cadets. Even in Cadets, there’s better backup choices than Opus V Caetuna.

Initially I wanted to run this card as a 3 of because of how game-changing it is to fire, but felt that I’d see it all the time and probably end up hating seeing it if I had run more than 2. I don’t think she has a home outside of mono fire with the stipulation that her effect only boosts fire summons – then again I could see her being a little too strong if she was able to boost summon ping damage across all elements, so no complaints from me here.

Caetuna is all about value from her 1k ping, she makes your cheap stuff good and your expensive stuff better – seeing 9k and playing something from the break zone off of Phoenix for 7 is incredibly powerful, and the extra 1k helps you get kills on forwards that have been buffed (or are just big), even if you need to follow them up with things like Dark Lord or Emperor Xande to kill confirm. She can also be used with 9-cost Bahamut to hit 2 things for 11k and remove them from the game, but it’s personal preference whether you’re looking at Bahamut or Phoenix, and I personally prefer the latter.

You can also use her effect to pull Belias, the Gigas from the deck which allows you to sneak some unexpected haste out and get a point of damage in where you otherwise might not have been able to, which I’m sure will have some applications.

This card was also a hoot in sealed because you can pull the new Bahamut out (10/10 art in foil, but that effect makes me physically wretch) and bosh something for 11k, which feels good when everyone’s playing less-than-optimal decks.

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This card will only get better as more fire cards are released, so I would pick a playset up now while they’re still cheap just incase they become scarcer or suddenly spike in value.

I’m rating Vermilion Bird l’Cie Caetuna an OH GOD EVERYTHING’S ON FIRE out of 10.

Budget Build Fridays #2 – One-Cost Wonders

Budget Build Fridays are geared around making affordable decks that are a good starting point for newer players, that you can build from bulk or are affordable. We aim to provide a deck every week with a wide range of playstyles that won’t break the bank.

This week we’re having a look at a deck based around low-costed forwards, Shemhazai, the Whisperer & Spiceacilian (which I still maintain sounds like a pizza.) FFDecks has the cost of this deck for $10.09, and with the majority of the deck being Rares and Commons, hopefully it’s something you can build and try out!

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Card of the Week #2 – Frimelda

Hey all, we’re back with another Card of the Week article, this time we’re having a look at Frimelda, an FFTA2 Lightning forward from Opus VI.

Frimelda Opus 6

With a 4 CP cost and an 8k body, Frimelda at first glance looks like lightning’s version of Opus 1 Firion. Looking a little closer though, she has some nice interactions and improvements over her Opus 1 counterpart. The first main difference comes in her targeting requirements. A welcome change is that she has to pick a forward your opponent controls, unlike Firion she isn’t occasionally compelled to smack herself in the face upon entering play. A slightly less welcome change is that she has to target an active forward, but that is a recurring theme in lightning so it’s not that big of a deal (plus reins in some of the things you can do with her.)

The interesting part in this card comes from the latter half of her ability, which allows her to do more damage the more job Sword Saint you have in play. Currently, we only have two other Sword Saint cards in the game, both of which are named Orlandeau (and both of which don’t really have art that does such a cool character justice, but that’s another thing entirely). There is another – less obvious – Sword Saint, however, that plays perfectly with Frimelda.

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If Bartz is in play when you play Frimelda, because his ability to gain jobs is a field ability, he immediately gains the job Sword Saint! Which means your Frimelda is hitting for 8k! This should kill the vast majority of things, and if it doesn’t in a wind/lightning deck you’re already perfectly poised to kill something with either a bit of ping damage or an effect that breaks a damaged forward. Bartz’s interaction with this card is why I didn’t basically pass her over straight away, and why I am really interested in making a build with Frimelda, Bartz, and Orlandeau in.

You could also boost her damage to insane levels if you had a Hashmal, Bringer of Order ready to go, but it’s unlikely that will come up. Now that I’ve said it’s unlikely to come up, I’m really looking forward to getting rekt by it at some point.

She also plays very well with Rygdea & Onion Knight (and by extension Al-Cid, although she cannot be played off of his effect), and with her cost only being 4, it’s not unfeasible to revive her with Zemus‘ effect, especially if you have already played Orlandeau and want to re-use her burn effect.

I can see Frimelda doing pretty well in a deck that’s focused around pinging damaged forwards, more likely to be a Wind/Lightning deck than an FFTA2 deck. She could potentially become more relevant as more Sword Saints appear in the game, but with Sword Saints only appearing in FFTA, FFTA2 (Orlandeau and Frimelda respectively) and Airborne Bridage (speak not of that evil), it’s unlikely we’re gonna see many more that have different names for now.

I’m rating Frimelda a Hi out of 10.

Guest Article: Top 5 Cards called Leviathan

Time for a guest article! This one is submitted by Hazel Greaves, the resident Mono Water player of our local meta. Want to submit a guest article? Get in touch with me via the contact link and we’ll sort something out.

FFTCG has only had six sets but some characters have as many different cards, if not more. In this article I’ll be ranking the five cards so far called Leviathan (and everyone makes the top cut!).

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Budget Build Friday #1 – EX Knights

Budget Build Fridays are geared around making affordable decks that are a good starting point for newer players, that you can build from bulk or are affordable. We aim to provide a deck every week with a wide range of playstyles that won’t break the bank.

A new player at our locals has been wanting to play something that plays similar to a black deck in Magic the Gathering. Knowing virtually nothing about MTG, a friend said that that kind of deck should be around sacrificing life to make big plays go off – with this in mind I thought a Fusoya-based deck would be a good fit, and that Knights would allow me to make a pretty low-costed build that’s easy to play for a new player, while still reasonably powerful. With 22 EX bursts, it’s pretty forgiving to play as well.

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Card of the Week #1 – Thordan VII

Here’s our first card of the week article! The card we’ll be looking at today is Thordan VII from Opus VI.

Note: Card of the Week is *meant* to be on wednesdays, but someone got sidetracked and didn’t get the article done in time.

Thordan VII Opus 6

Thordan VII is a 5-cost searcher that can literally search for any other card in the game with no additional costs or caveats, and is based on arguably one of the most forgettable villains in FFXIV’s history (Nidhogg was way cooler).

First off the bat, a 5-cost searching for anything theoretically makes him a soft 3-cost. If you can manage to break him after you’ve played him, you’re looking at another 2 CP gain, making him a soft 1-cost if you can resolve both of his effects. Really powerful for a backup that has allowed you to sculpt your hand by getting a card of your choice from your deck, and allowed you to draw one.

The fact that he’s also an EX burst is what sets him apart from the other searchers (such as Merlwyb in the same element, or Mog (Mobius), who kinda costs the same but can be put down much earlier.)

I’d personally be open to running multiple copies of this guy for the EX burst, and he can also search himself, if you felt so inclined, although I can’t really think of a time you’d want to do this unless you were planning on immediately breaking him with something like Firion, Mystic, Delita or the ultimate big boi Feral Chaos.

I want there to be a setup with Caetuna from Opus V, but that’s definitely in the realm of things you can do rather than things you should do.

I’m expecting to see Thordan crop up in certain decks this Opus that can capitalize on his second effect, I don’t see him seeing too much play for just his first effect and EX, but he’s still solid even then. EX searchers are just solid.

Plus he looks like Shiva from Heavensward in a really bad disguise.

I’m rating Thordan VII a Forgettable Villian out of 10.