What’s the trend? ~ Set.3 2 weeks post release ~

Summary: So it has been almost two weeks since the official release of Set.3 in Japan and EU.   Reading at Japanese forum site, it seems like some sort of trend start to appear in the game.
[Thanks to Real Gamber for idea of writing this article]

Overall Impression:

The overall impression about the game remains the same that Japanese EOJ players are in agreement that the game balance has really been restored.  Once the simple fun/hobby deck, but never a competitive deck, concepted based decks now seem to became much more powerful and well built decks are competitive against Reset or Winny decks.  General discussion ranges from a combo or way to counter specific ability to different types of decks.  What’s really interesting is the variety of discussion is still as wide as it was when Set.3 was released 2 weeks ago i.e. no Balance breaker identified yet.

Deck Types

Multiple times mentioned strong concept decks are “Dwarf Decks.”  Unlike a week ago, there seems like couple comments stating that Church of Parmus deck being strong.  But right now if you are to face against Japanese player, perhaps the one to watch out for seems like “Dwarf Decks” aside from the old school Biolith and Winny decks.

Popular Cards

Not in the specific order but following cards were mentioned several times throughout the forum as being excellent Set.3 cards.

270. Moggy Howdah

See the Invisibility combo from the recent article for a sample use of this card.

271. Ronin Nagirashu

Several posts mentions how annoying this card can be especially against your BattleMaster. 

280. Biolith Sentry

Just as many readers of this site anticipated, this is very popular as being a great hard hitter card.

256. Captain Xerabis

Perhaps it is secondary to the popularity of Dwarf decks, but Xerabis when appropriately used seem to do a relatively great job.

307. Biolith Infestation

Do I need to say anything about this?  Just as we all expected, BIolith Dominion is always a great card.


So far the general consensus seems they are good.  It sounds like they require some practice before you can get the power out of them, but once you can use them, people are easily convinced why these are phantoms except for Biolith Phantom.

Unpopular Cards

Given the evolution of this game with Set.3 cards addition and so many things you can do, these might be temporally, but following cards are so far voted as not so popular card in Japan.

272. Mandragora Triplet

One and only Ultrarare that we can include multiple copies in the deck.  And it’s ability of being able to execute “jet-stream attack” is amazing and undoubtly gets most of us excited.  But its practical use is so far does not sound too good.  It seems like it is too tricky to have your creatures to carry the stream attack.  A few people seemed to have tried to make a deck out of this, but so far no report of success.  Some believes including 2 copies of Mandragora is optimal.

269. Berserker Princess

This has been somewhat a consensus even before the official release of Set.3, but people are finding this is one of the hardest Set.3 card to find its proper placement.  May be someday one of adavanced player might figure it out.

285. Kastor 286. Pollux

Great idea, but just like Mandragora, people so far are finding this card is more of fun card than competitive card.


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Fongy on October 29, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I hate to say it…
    But one of the cards I was most looking forward to is one of least effective…
    Clare Wil…
    Shame really, very anti-biolith and really from what I’ve seen playing online, not many use bioliths as much…


  2. Posted by Real Gambler on October 29, 2008 at 6:08 am

    The first 3 randomly cards, are the 3 big creatures that stood up the most in my eyes… Dang I envy asians and europeans who can already play with those and tweak their decks around them, etc.

    Thanks for the overview. Set 3 and the game balance seem very good so far.

    Also agree for Beserker Princess, but somehow, I will have to try her myself. There has to be a good way to boost her attack, even if you have to shoot her yourself : )


  3. I like the Berserker Princess, its only good in Elven Decks, but in an Elven Deck its just as awesome as Lusirion is.

    Biolith Sentry: I hate that one, it always kills your most important creatures, thats why I started to only summon my important creatures in the corners.
    Also I like to occupy the middle field so i dont have to worry about that thing.

    Captain Xerabis is great, I like his decoy ability.


  4. Posted by Fongy on October 29, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Really got to disagree with the triplet…
    Really good card, coupled with flame archmage in a CoP deck, brilliant…


  5. Posted by Fongy on October 29, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Also, berserker princess…
    One of those high-cost, high-risk cards…
    Great with Lusirion deck, the fact that you’ll probably have a couple of other elves up your sleeve (a lot them live there)
    Means that if she at least kills 1 creature, no mana for the opponent…
    I’d say good if you can give her magic protection or Lusirion’s already on the board…


  6. Summon it on a wood field so it last a little longer, dont summon on earth for more damage, thats just a wast of mana


  7. Posted by Fongy on October 29, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I’m with you on that Schobbo…


  8. Posted by HoushaSen on October 29, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    @Schobbo & Fongy

    This is good that both of you are disagreeing what has been widely discussed in japanese forum. Why? well because that seems to be proves the game is once again became so well balanced that people can always find a way to make a card useless, or alternatively super powerful in certain types of decks. Variation among decks is what makes this game really interesting, in my opinion.


    People on the forum initially said ClariWil was not that great, also. But then a few others countered saying that what they originally thought, but after realizing how to use her, they changed their mind. So maybe you should give her a few more try?


  9. Posted by sonihal on October 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I agree with most of these but missionary ship and parmetic vengeress is another good combo that i’ve seen. Also it would be nice to see more sample decks on this site to let us know what decks ppl are playing please.


  10. Posted by kevla on January 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Parmetic vengeress has emerged as the most popular card and almost breaks the game. Should be limited to one per deck in my opinion.


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