In 12 short days at Showcase Comics & Collectibles in Slidell, LA we will be deep in Set 9 Tournament Flavor Country with the South Kai Regional!
I wanted to use today’s post to put some of my personal thoughts down as I prepare for the event and shed some light on some things that might matter for those testing over the next two weeks.
So let’s take a look at what lies ahead and see where it leads us!
The “Legacy Bonus Ruling”
So one of the biggest things moving forward towards South Kai is that Black Devious Mastery and Red Enraged Mastery have become unthawed…though with a few restrictions.
The biggest of these restrictions is that you are only allowed to use set 1-7 cards in your total 65 cards (MP and deck) if you choose to use these Masteries. Not having access to Celestial Tournament or Legends cards could make a huge impact on your decision to run these masteries!
The next big restriction for these Masteries are the MPs that are allowed to use them:
Black Devious Mastery:
Krillin, Frieza, Piccolo, Captain Ginyu, Vegeta (Villain only), Nail, Nappa, Raditz, Tenshinhan, Turles, Lord Slug, Garlic Jr, Dr. Wheelo, Android 16, Android 17, Android 18, Android 19, Mercenary Tao, Hercule, & Cell Jr.
Red Enraged Mastery:
Krillin, Frieza, Piccolo, Captain Ginyu, Vegeta (Villain only), Nail, Nappa, Raditz, Tenshinhan, Turles, Lord Slug, Garlic Jr, Dr. Wheelo, Android 16, Android 17, Android 18, Android 19, Mercenary Tao, Cell, & Cell Jr.
As you can see, the MPs allowed to use these Masteries are not currently the strongest in the field, giving them a new lease on life, but at the cost of not playing any of the FanZ cards that may help push the game further in their favor.
Finally, the last restriction for playing these Masteries is that the following cards become “(Limit 1 per deck.)”: Black Smoothness Drill, Black Strength Display, Black Memories & Assisted Kamehameha.
Limiting yourself in these ways is by no means a light cost, yet even through all this, there still might be justification in forsaking all of the new tools at your disposal for stronger Mastery options.
Decks like Devious Krillin or Devious Tenshinhan may once again rear their ugly head in the tournament scene. Likewise, the thought of Enraged Cell or Enraged Piccolo could be sleeper decks waiting to be unleashed on the meta.
Whether you are looking to play with or without the “Legacy Bonus”, the one thing that is certain is that you will have to keep these two Masteries in mind while testing for the event. It might be time to dust off a few of those old lists to play against before you forget just how much Krillin used to crit and show up with a DBV deck haha.
The New Legends Meta
With the buzz around town focusing on the 3 newest MPs to hit the streets – Bardock, Chilled and Kami – less attention has been given to the specific style cards which were also brought in with the new set. Not to mention some very interesting Ultra Rares in the form of Ocular Pat Down and Amphibious Exploration Drill.
With all of these new cards, what should we really expect out of the older MPs thanks to these new tools?
Well, right off jump, I feel like nearly every Black card in this set has been a quality of life improvement for the Style. Black Punt and Black Energized Guard feel like the cards you will likely see the most out of the pack, but I wouldn’t count out the others at all either.
I know that Blue Zinger and Blue Recuperating Drill are two of my favorite cards out of the set personally, but every style got something new and exciting to play with. Likewise, the 4 Legacy MP Named Cards are all spectacular in their own way and should warrant looking at their MP stacks again for tournament play.
While there are still a few MPs that I personally wish would have gotten a bit more love from this set, the meta is shaping up to be bursting with solid MP choices these days.
Test, Test & Test Some More
The biggest thing I can say about the next two weeks is that testing is likely to be an all-time high on OCTGN.
With so many new things to think about, and so many old favorites that have a chance to shine again, testing is going to be a huge benefit for those looking to find the diamonds in the rough this time around.
I expect that Chilled, Kami, Broly and Gohan will all be top runners going into the event, but only time will tell what might be waiting around the corner.
The Countdown Begins
And that’s it for today’s post. For those thinking about coming to the South Kai event, I hope to see you there!
July 15th is so close and yet still so far away.
Until next time, FanZ Warriors!