Hey everyone! RB again, here with another Opus VI Card of the Week! We’re getting really close to release, so between Kageyama-san’s reveal of Leo [6-084L] last week, and my next two reveals, we hope you’ll be really blown away and hyped up for Opus VI. My next card is from a FINAL FANTASY console title that released THIS YEAR, it’s Spiritus [6-129H]!
Spiritus, who appears in DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT, is one of two Gods fighting over control of an alternate world, summoning various FINAL FANTASY characters from their worlds to fight on their side. His dark demeanor should be no surprise, as he was born from the remains of Chaos after its destruction. Spiritus’ chilling presence draws the franchise’s antagonists to his side. Fearsome characters like Sephiroth, The Emperor, and Kefka team up on the side of Spiritus, making for some frightening warriors of darkness.
Let’s take a look at the card!
Spiritus is a 4 CP Dark Backup from Category DFF. He reads, “Spiritus can be played onto the field even if you control other Dark Characters. You can play 2 or more Dark Characters on the field. When Spiritus enters the field, you may search for 1 Dark Forward and add it to your hand.”
You can already tell he shares some DNA with Chaos, as he’s very similar to Chaos [1-184H], allowing you to have multiple Dark Characters on the field at the same time. Chaos [1-184H] is a Dark Backup that costs 2 CP and reads, “Chaos can be played onto the field even if you control other Dark Characters. You can play 2 or more Dark Characters onto the field. If Chaos is on the field, Chaos can produce CP of any Element.” It can be dangerous to rely on Chaos, though, because if he gets destroyed while you have multiple Dark Forwards on the field, you’ll also lose your Forwards since you can no longer have multiple Dark Forwards. Playing Spiritus and Chaos together can give you some safety since it can be difficult (and costly!) to get rid of multiple Backups.
A popular Forward right now that you’ll probably search out with Spiritus is Kam’lanaut [5-148H]. Kam’lanaut [5-148H] is a 5 CP Dark Forward from categories LOV and XI with 9000 power that reads, “When Kam’lanaut enters the field, you may search for 1 Dark card and add it to your hand. Kam’lanaut cannot be chosen by Summons or abilities that share its Element. At the beginning of your Main Phase 1, select 1 Element. Kam’lanaut becomes that Element (this effect does not end at the end of the turn). So you can search for Kam’lanaut, play him, and search for Chaos, giving you 2 backups and a solid evil foundation. The “Kam Package” just got stronger.
For those unaware, the “Kam Package” is a term players made up to refer to the interaction between Chaos, Kam’lanaut, and the Opus V Earth Backup, Star Sibyl [5-091H]. Star Sibyl is a 5 CP Earth Backup from category XI with EX Burst. It reads, “When Star Sibyl enters the field, you may search for 1 Category XI Character other than Card Name Star Sibyl and add it to your hand.” She also has an action ability that requires you to dull Star Sibyl and put her into the Break Zone to, “Play 1 Forward of cost 6 or less from your hand onto the field. You can only use this ability during your turn.” As you can see, there’s a ton of synergy between Star Sibyl and Kam’lanaut, since Star Sibyl can search for Kam’lanaut and then as early as next turn, break to play Kam’lanaut onto the field for free. You essentially now have many paths to get to Chaos, which should be great for multicolor decks.
While the search synergy is really strong, it’s also great to take advantage of the ability to play multiple Dark Forwards. Let’s take a look at some of the strongest options.
Kam’lanaut’s brother, Eald’narche [5-147L], obviously has synergy here. He’s a 6 CP Dark Forward with 10,000 power from category LOV and XI that reads “If Eald’narche leaves the field, return Eald’narche to your hand instead.” He also has a special ability, “Paradise” that only costs the copy of Eald’narche from your hand. It reads, “Take 1 more turn after this one. At the end of that turn, you lose the game.” Kam’lanaut and Eald’narche are huge bodies that are really hard to get rid of. You’ll have multiple ways to search for him, with either Spiritus, Star Sibyl, or Kam’lanaut. While Paradise is risky, one extra turn could be all you need to win some games. Be careful that you’re only using it entirely as a last resort and that you know you have a way to win on your additional turn.
Shadow Lord [4-148L] can also be searched for using any of the three previously mentioned search abilities, so he’s a good choice. He’s a 4 CP Dark Forward from category LOV and XI with 8000 power, Brave, and a few strong auto abilities. First, “When Shadow Lord enters the field, break all the Forwards of cost 2 or less.” He’s a great way to wipe out an aggressive deck that plays a lot of low CP Forwards, such as with Golbez decks. Also, “When a Forward opponent controls is put from the field into the Break Zone, choose 1 Forward opponent controls. Deal it 2000 damage.” Any Forward your opponent loses will hurt them on the way out, and if you can get a blow out of a few 2 CP Forwards when Shadow Lord enters, you could rack that up into taking out a big threat as well, but you’d have to be pretty behind for something like that to happen.
Lastly, The Emperor [2-147L] is one of the most played Dark Forwards, and with good reason. He’s a 4 CP, 8000 power Forward from category II, with a field ability stating “The Characters opponent controls cannot use special or action abilities.” Essentially, any ability with a colon “:” cannot be used by your opponent while The Emperor is in play. Since most decks rely on special and action abilities, getting rid of him will turn into your opponent’s focus, so don’t expect him to live very long. That said, he’s still great to include to take the focus away from your other Forwards.
Now, there are plenty more you can include, what are some Dark combinations you can think of? Let us know in the comments at facebook.com/FinalFantasyTCG!
Next week will be the final Opus VI Card of the Week! And it’s a FINAL FANTASY character near and dear to me. Keep your eyes peeled next week!