Hey guys, hope you’re enjoying Opus VIII.
I didn’t want to restart the Card of the Week series again, but there’s a card I really want to talk about that released in the most recent set that I think might not get a huge amount of attention now but could be ridiculously powerful in the future.
If you think there’s even a remote chance you will want to play a Category XV deck in the future, I suggest you pick Noctis up sooner rather than later to avoid a price spike. I’ve been bothering Steve Dolman of the YYT (check them out) about this card, and I figured he was tired of my insane ramblings so I thought I should get something down on paper about how good this guy is.
So Noctis has a pretty good statline, 2 for 5k is enough to ward off any early forward throwdown such as Leila & Viking an early Porom or an opportunistic turn 1 Tifa going for a free point of damage, and he has an S ability for unconditional monster removal (which is likely to become more relevant as we got some really powerful monsters in Opus VIII!)
Noctis’ real strength comes from his auto-ability, which from a surface-level analysis isn’t anything exciting, especially as he only digs two cards into the deck for an FFXV card. This ability comes with a few advantages other similar auto-abilities have not in the past.
- What he finds is the same as Noctis’ cost. If you hit with this auto-ability (and if you max out on all the available XV cards in a Water/Earth deck right now, it’s not unlikely) you end up with a 0CP 5k beater, who enables Gladiolus to come down for 2CP 9k. If it hits, you’ve just basically played a Leila & Viking combo, except Leila has been hitting the gym and is now 9k. Yes, that faint sound you hear is me screaming internally.
- He digs for an FFXV card. This doesn’t mean anything right now, but it does mean that you will be able to pick up literally anything printed category XV. Most of these “dig x cards into deck” searchers either search for a specific type (usually forward or monster), and other viable searchers such as 5 Cost Steiner search for a character. Noctis will be able to pick up summons once they’re printed. He will get exponentially stronger as more and more cards are printed in the XV category, which is why I think you should be picking this up now rather than later. Right now you can be running a staggering 21 FFXV cards in a Water/Earth decks, so the odds of him hitting are not bad at all, and will only get better.
- He himself can be searched – Ignis into Noctis is just nuts, especially as Ignis will be giving Noctis +1k and brave. The value off of this search chain if Noctis hits on his auto is really something worth taking notice of. I mean he’s also a Prince too, so if you’re running Water/Earth you can search him off of Pieuje?
- He has an EX burst! – He did not need an EX burst to be good! EX searchers as a rule of thumb are just strong.
Just a bit of a quick rant about how good this card is, and more importantly how good this card is going to be. I strongly recommend if you think you’ll be playing XV in the TCG in the future, that you pick this card up.
Good luck at your upcoming regionals, and thanks for reading!