Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Today's Card Analysis: Cheer Girl, Franny

The Japanese Card of the Day for June 20th, 2018, is a Spike Brothers Common from V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar, Cheer Girl Franny.
ACT [Rearguard Circle]: [Cost: Put this unit into your soul, put 1 card from your drop zone on the bottom of your deck] Countercharge 1.
Franny is Spike Brothers' equivalent to Giro, a grade 0 that's not a trigger unit nor a First Vanguard, with a powerful skill as a reward for decreasing the ride consistency of your own deck. If Franny were a grade 1 or 2, it would be easier to make an argument for her; the problem is that being a grade 0, you inherently increase your chance of being gradelocked by running her. While it's no problem for Megacolony to run the similar Jocular Cicada, Cicada is a dramatically more aggressive skill that Megacolony can reuse Cicada Stag Beetle or even set the card as their FV.

What Franny brings to the table is a net -1 to recycle a card from drop for superior calling later and an additional countercharge, permitting the reuse of General Siefried. Siefried is currently the only card in the clan's repertoire that benefits from the countercharge, but because his skill is not once-per-turn it can easily translate to a counterblast 4 or 5 rather than a CB1. This is Franny's role in the clan for the time being, enabling Siefried to bring out two columns with 20k on them, a powerful booster for himself, and pump up himself by 50k. Minussing oneself still isn't a great idea in Spikes, as the clan's only ways to plus are through Draw Triggers and Unite Attacker as a result of their core mechanic being one-for-one trades where they give up a card to gain a card, but final turn is final turn.

The previous Japanese Card of the Day was Water Gang.

V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar will launch in Japan June 29th, 2018, and August 2nd for the English-speaking world. The accompanying new anime series, codenamed "Origin," began airing May 5th, with an English-subtitled simulcast on both YouTube and Crunchyroll.