Well we are officially underway with Spoilers from The Dev Team for the newest set, Revelation, and boy-oh-boy do we have a dozy of an MP stack to go over today. That being the world’s Stronger Human – Krillin!
As with all our first impressions here on FZWG, we are going to go over each level step by step as well as any named cards (in this case the A18 ally), and then try and put together a first draft list that could really showcase the MPs power level.
So sit tight, as it’s going to be a long article. Let’s get rolling!
Krillin’s new Level One is: Krillin – Settled Down. Much like Premiere Krillin, this level is rocking a PUR of 3; which is fairly standard for our energy-based MPs. Unlike Premiere Krillin however, is that fact that this time around we see a fairly impressive Power Rating, capping off with 4 levels of D Bracket at the top end! And, as no surprise, we see that he is rocking the Earthling Trait as his only trait. This will be the only trait that Krillin has throughout his stack, so I won’t bother to mention it moving forward.
Starting with this level, and continuing on for the rest of the stack, Krillin has the Constant Power of gaining 2 stages whenever a Setup enters play under your control. So right off the jump we are told that Setups matter, and they matter a lot for this stack.
Finally, this level is rocking an Energy attack that costs 2 stages and deals 4 life cards of damage. As a secondary effect from the attack, you may search your Life Deck for a Styled Setup and place it into play at the end of combat. Finally, if it hits, you may also raise or lower a player’s anger 1 level.
This level is pretty spicy! I’m not sure if it has been officially ruled or not, but from the sound of the power, this secondary effect would work a lot like Orange Searching Maneuver. If it does, being able to search your Life Deck for a Styled Setup that you want for next turn and making it safe by removing it from your deck could make particular combo or control decks much more viable. Need that Blue Training to go off next turn? Need that Black Power Up as an extra safety net? Need that Red Relaxation to get aggressive next turn? Krillin’s got you covered!
Oh and let’s not forget you also get 2 stages for it entering play, meaning that the search and the attack were completely free of charge!
Krillin – In Training is our next level to discuss. With a PUR of 4 and his top 6 stages being 4 stages of D Bracket and 2 stages of E Bracket, we can tell right away that Krillin is not messing around on this level.
Like last level, we have the Constant Power that gains us 2 stages whenever a Setup enters play under our control. However, this time around we see that Krillin has gone more into a defensive position. First, he has an Instant Power which lets us search our Life Deck for a Styled Setup or Styled Drill at the end of combat and place it into play. And second, he has a Defensive Power which prevents all damage from a single attack, lets us play a Setup or Drill from our hand into play, and gives us a critical damage effect if we decided to do so.
Man, and I thought last level was nuts. But this one is on a whole… ‘nother level. Yeah, I couldn’t help myself. But seriously, this level is crazy good! With so much defensive strength, and the ability to set your board up something fierce, this level could make a bunch of control decks launch into top tier. Oh, and with two built in ways to put Setups into play you shouldn’t have to fear being stage locked any time soon.
Next we have: Krillin – Z-Warrior. This level 3 has a PUR of 5 and a staggering 4 stages of E Bracket to boast just how much of a powerhouse Krillin has become.
Again, Krillin has his Constant Power that gains 2 stages whenever a Setup enters play under your control. But this time it also allows you to raise or lower a player’s anger 1 level whenever a Setup or Drill enters play under your control during combat!
With this level Krillin goes back on the offensive with an Energy attack costing 2 stages and dealing 5 life cards of damage. This attack also has the secondary effect to search your Life Deck for a Styled Setup or Drill and place it into play. And on top of all of that, should it hit, you also get to Rejuvenate 3 and banish 3 cards from your opponent’s discard pile.
All things considered, this level feels the tamest of the bunch. It feels very similar to his Level One with a small damage buff, the ability to get a Drill as well, and the nice anger manipulation if a Setup or Drill enters play under your control during combat (which, spoiler alert, will likely happen thanks to the secondary effect of the attack). Now if you happen to hit with this attack, oh man are you getting some insane value! Rejuving 3 is definitely no joke, and being able to cherry-pick 3 annoying cards out of your opponent’s discard and banish them could go a long way against certain decks.
Finally we reach his new Level Four: Krillin – Victorious. This level comes with a PUR of 6 and again is topped off with 4 stages of E Bracket. Whatever Krillin’s been up to these past 7 years, he is certainly unafraid of physical decks. This level is also where Krillin takes off the kid’s gloves and lets you know he means business!
As with his other levels, his stage gaining Constant Power is here. This is coupled this time with the ability to Rejuvenate 1 and banish the top card of your opponent’s Life Deck if a Setup or Drill enters play under your control during combat.
Like last level, Krillin has an Energy attack costing 2 stages that deals 5 life cards of damage. This time however it can be used twice per combat and has the insane ability on hit to search your Life Deck, discard pile or Banished Zone for a Setup or Drill (non-styled included!) and place it into play.
Boy howdy, this level is just nasty. As it currently stands (not knowing any further changes or updates), you can do some insane things with this level. How about for starters getting the ability to use Dragon Radar 3 times in one combat if your opponent should draw no energy blocks! Or how about searching for both copies of Visiting the Past to use over and over? Even on a more tame level, being able to search for cards like Heroic Assistance to gain a total of 4 stages (two from Krillin’s constant and two from HA) with each hit to keep refilling your deck with three cards at a time (one from Krillin’s constant power, one from HA and one from shuffling HA back in) and slowly chip away your opponent’s Life Deck with each banish trigger is just an insane amount of value!
I really cannot wait to see what people are capable of pulling off with this insane level!
Now I think we can all safely say that Krillin’s last flame, Maron – Popular, was a bit of a dud. Fear not however, as in our 7 years since the final confrontation with Cell, Krillin has found a new leading lady to show just what support really means. And boy does she show it in spades.
I’m of course talking about Android 18 – Wife, the new Hero-Aligned Ally coming out in the set. Krillin has always been an old-fashioned sort of guy, and because of this A18 won’t be able to leave your deck so long as you both shall live. That is to say, as long as your MP is Krillin, even if she would leave play, you can just go right ahead and shuffle her into your Life Deck instead of putting her in your discard or banished zone. Truly an eternal bond.
Not to forget her other family bonds however, A18 also allows you to use her Power whenever you want as long as your MP is Krillin or A17. Now isn’t strange that she would have A17 listed on her even though she’s a Hero Ally? Well anyone currently watching Dragon Ball Super should know that since the events of the Cell Saga, A17 has turned over a new leaf and is fighting alongside the rest of our Z Warriors. I certainly appreciate the nod to a Hero-Aligned A17 in the future, and look forward to seeing what the Ranger can do on the side of justice, though it might not be for quite some time.
So what does she actually do? Well, she has a Defensive Power that stops any physical or energy attack. You can also choose any card in your discard pile and Rejuvenate it, but if you do, you’ll have to shuffle A18 back into your Life Deck as well.
So given that Krillin has the ability to pull Setups out of your deck on command on each of his levels (level 4 restricting it to a hit, but potentially two times in one turn), it’s pretty safe to say that A18 not only can stop an attack for you, but set you up to grab the exact Setup you want once she shuffles it and herself back into your deck.
Future Thoughts on Deck Design
Now normally this would be the section where I would piece together a theory-crafted list showing the strengths of the MP and what he can do. But with the Meta about to get potentially blown wide open with new Masteries, a new CRD/Frozen List, and potentially big changes (if Blue Terror‘s update is any indication), it would be pretty silly to build a deck based on only a fraction of information.
So instead, I thought I’d compile a list of Setups and Drills I think are of note for each Style currently in the game to look at while building for this new beast of an MP.
With Visting the Past as an auto-inclusion in most decks, what do we really have to offer here?
– Heroic Assistance: If for no other reason than the insane value on Level Four.
– Dragon Radar: My gut tells me that this version of Krillin is destined for DBV.
– Elimination: No one remembers this card, but it could be a sleeper hit for Level Four.
Black has had its fair share of powerful Setups and Drills, with the likes of Black Smoothness Drill, Black Power Up and Black Searching Technique as examples. So what are some other useful tools that Black has to offer?
–Black Absorption Drill: Dial it up on level 2 and put your opponent in a world of hurt.
–Black Confinement: Much easier to do all 3 now if you’re playing Conflict Mastery!
–Black Learning Drill: It might be time to tech this card (especially for the mirror!)
–Black Erasing Drill: Another great one-of that you can tutor with Level 2.
Aside from cards like Blue Positioning Drill and Blue Blockade, what can we find for Krillin here?
–Blue Training: It might be time to see what this card can really do.
–Blue Ki Build Up: Krillin can basically use this for free!
–Blue Trick: I did say I felt this was a DBV deck, right?
–Blue Dominance: Oops, I guess I’m level 2 now.
Orange has always been more of a Drill-heavy style. So what Setup toys does it have for Krillin? (Disclosure: As of right now, this might be the weakest for Krillin given the current card pool of Styled Setups.)
–Orange Encouragement: There’s not a lot that needs to be said here. It’s good.
–Orange Energy Gathering: That quick “pick me up” when you need it.
–Orange Celebration: Some extra deck thinning that turns your level one into level two!
Red has had a number of great Setups throughout its run. Cards like Red Relaxation, Red Blaze or Red Flourish should be easy includes. What else does it hold for us?
–Red Bribe: DBV; mark my words, it’s happening with this MP stack.
–Red Panic: Another way to turn level one into level two.
–Red Burning Rage: Another powerful tool to shut off Endurance and make crits easier.
“Oh, I’ll survive. Then, it’s bacon time.”
And that’s our first look at Krillin. I really cannot express the amount of insane decks that are likely to sprout up from this great MP stack. It’s been a long time since Krillin has been at the top of the pack. Welcome home!
As always, please stay tuned as more First Impressions will be sprouting up as more MPs, Masteries and the like are revealed. This set is already getting off to a great start and I’m personally pumped to see what else is in store for us all!
Until next time, FanZ Warriors!