Set.2 News ~New System Info from Japan~

Siam SurgeonSummary: In this blog entry, I have translated the latest Set.2 information from Gamespot Japan 2/29/2008 article & the latest update in official Japanese EOJ website.  Almost all the information provided in these original sources were already revealed at some point by either SCEA or SCEE (See previous Set 2 News blog entries).  In fact, 12 cards that were revealed in these articles were all the same ones from SCEA blog (See English version cards).  So in this blog entry rather than translating word for word for the same information that most of us already know, I will be focusing on the new materials and ones that gave me some clarifications.

Change in the Master Rule
Limit of 3 Ritual spells per deck will be added.  *Individual card limit remains the same.  Currently in Set.1 there are only 3 Ritual spells (Lapse, Altar, and Feast), this means if you want to include another Ritual spell from Set.2, you must remove one of the three to be able to do this.
Canceling spell cast option will be added.  Once you declare casting a spell, you may still cancel it; however, you will still pay the mana cost, trash the spell to the graveyard, and if other cards were used for the spell casting, they will also go to graveyard as well.

Battle Arena
– Recording replay mode will be added.  After each match,the player will have an option to record the match and watch it later in the replay mode.  *Some limitation in the length of the game recording exist.
– New time limit option will be added. 1min 30 sec & 2min 30 sec.

Online mode 
– In addition to Honors, there will be “Ability”.   After the each ranking match, not only honors will change but ability will change as well.  Ability will show true skills of the player i.e. how well the player is.

Comment: I would guess that the ability is based on stats i.e. how many wins to the losses ratio. 

– Each country will receive an additional new title.
– Top 100 player’s replay video will become recordable.
– In the custom match mode, 1 min 30 & 2 min 30 sec time limit option will be added.
– In the custom match mode, several new style option will be added including Set.1 only, With chat, Teach Me, Starter Deck Only, Beginners, Mediocre, Experts.

Card Ability Clarifications:

Invocation – As I have guessed correctly, which  by the way is seldom, this is analogous in warlord to the God’s incarnation ability.  You pay the difference in the summoning cost of the original creature to the Warlord, and summon the Warlord on top of the other creature.

Behemoth Terrorformer Field Exhange Ability –  This is applicable independent of whether the target creature is damaged or not, just as the Dark Yokozuna.

Eye of Judgment Official Site (Japanese) Set 2 Rule Changes

Gamespot Japan Set.2 info from 2/29/2008 


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Violent_Ant on March 1, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for this houshasen, i really like the idea off only having a limit for Ritual spells, i think it will leave a good sign for ‘other’ great ritual spells to come, [although i can’treally see another as good as the current ones, since if they were any better it would be unbalance]


  2. Posted by houshasen on March 1, 2008 at 5:45 am

    No problem. I’m glad that you decide to spend a time to comment on this blog. That alone will just keep me motivated for doing this.

    I totally agree with you that current 3 rituals are so well designed and balanced, I am just having hard time even coming up with imaginable ritual. Perhaps, mana stealing? or maybe opposite of Altar i.e. both player will get lapsed?


  3. Posted by jayymerk on March 3, 2008 at 4:13 am

    what about a ritual that discards from the opponents hand and they get lapsed that amount of mana. Also nice blog 🙂


  4. Posted by houshasen on March 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm


    Interesting idea, but that seems too harsh on the opponent. Discard + Lapse?


  5. Posted by jayymerk on March 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Yeah it is kinda harsh (but its not a random discard so they can choose one of their 1 mana creatures to discard), 1/2 lapse (rounded up) would probably be more fair. Not really sure just a guess.


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