Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Today's Card Analysis: Spiteful Hopper

The Japanese Card of the Day for June 27th, 2018, is a Megacolony Single Rare from V-Extra Booster 01: The Destructive Roar, Spiteful Hopper.
AUTO [Rearguard Circle]: When placed, [Cost: Soulblast 1] 1 of your other units gets Power +6000 until end of turn. If there are no face-up cards in your damage zone, Countercharge 1.
When played correctly Spiteful Hopper effectively allows you to trade a card in soul for a face-up damage, while turning your rearguard lanes into minimum 15k guards, or bumping up Bloody Hercules/Machining Mantis columns into the magic 28+ range. Because the card can only be used while you have no face-up damage, it lacks the same flexibility as Oracle Guardian Gemini, and can't recoup an entire Spark Hercules turn on its own. For that you have to turn to Bloody Hercules or Butterfly Officer, as these are the only counterchargers that don't care how much damage is already face-up. With Megacolony's countercharge options limited to these three units, it's likely Hopper will get edged out by Officer for the grade 1 lineup much of the time, as the clan already has several desirable grade 1s. Running 4 Machining Hornet and 4 Phantom Black leaves 3~6 slots to divide between Hopper and Officer, and while Officer requires a greater investment to use she also comes attached to a larger payout.

The previous Japanese Card of the Day was Commander, Gary Gannon.

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.