Hi all, this is Chitosev. This time, we bring you a quick review of the Zero no Tsukaima F TD released almost 1 month ago, during this week in which the Extra Booster would be released. I will be covering most of the Extra Booster also when it’s out, but for now, just stay with me and read about what this Trial Deck has to offer after the Jump!
ZM/WE13-T01 TD ひそひそ話 アンリエッタ＆サイト/ Whispering Words Henrietta & Saito
【C】 When you have 2 or less card in your Stock, this card gains Level +1, Power +1000.
A very good Level 0 starter, spotting an easy to achieve condition that will make this card a decent 3500 beater, as well as resistance against Level 0 Self-Destruct abilities. The condition of Stock 2 or less would usually mean the ability is only good for at most the first 2 turns, but with the many Level 0 Brainstorm abilities available in the series itself, it is possible for this card to keep its effect even longer.
ZM/WE13-T03 TD 友に赦された少女 タバサ / Girl Forgiven by Friends Tabitha
【A】 When this card attacks, and the Climax 「My Ivaldi」 is in play, choose 1 of your other character cards, during this turn, that card gains Power +1500, this card gains Power +1500.
【A】CHANGE [③ Put this card into your Waiting Room] At the start of your Encore Step, should this card be in 【Rest】 mode, you may pay the cost to activate this ability. Should you do so, choose 1 「Hero’s “Knight” Tabitha」from your Waiting Room and place it in this card’s original Border.
ZM/WE13-T06 TD 勇者の“騎士”タバサ / Hero’s “Knight” Tabitha
【C】 When you have 4 or less cards in your Stock, this card gains 「【A】 ENCORE [Put 1 Character card in your Hand into your Waiting Room]」.
ZM/WE13- T08a/b TD わたしのイーヴァルディ/ My Ivaldi
【A】 When you play this Climax card onto the Climax Slot from your hand, from the top of your deck, put 1 card into your Stock. During this turn, all your Characters gain Soul +1.
A series of Tabitha cards that is the main Combo of this Trial Deck. Girl Forgiven by Friends Tabitha has a rather decent ability on top of its rather costly Change ability, giving you temporal power boost that can help your Level 1 beaters defeat other higher power Level 1 beaters, or even to take down smaller Level 2s. It Changes into Hero’s “Knight” Tabitha, which is most like able to gain the Drop-Character Encore ability if you happen to change it out during your earlier Level 1s, where you are less likely to have a lot of Stock.
The Climax My Ivaldi was nicely made a 1-Stock-All-1-Soul type of ability, which allows this set of Change combo to play well with the other cards in the deck, seeing how you should be having little stock during your earlier Level 1, while trying to retain the Stock-2-or-less abilities of your Level 0 characters.
ZM/WE13-T04 TD 教皇 ヴィットーリオ / Pope Victtorio
【A】 When this card in Battle is put into 【Knockout】 mode, your opponent selects one of his own character card, during that turn, it gains Power +1000.
A Level 1 Cost 0 6000 beater with a rather, I would say, bad side effect. While it would be harder to be taken down in battle should you have appropriate support and counters, the defeat of this card gives your opponent a chance to defeat your other characters, which means more resource wasted on your side.
ZM/WE13-T05 TD サイトの専属メイド シエスタ/ Saito’s Personal Maid Siesta
【A】 When you use a 「BRAINSTORM」 ability, and have put any Climax card into the Waiting Room by its effect, during that turn, this card gains Power +2000.
A rather good effect, but sadly, sees little play in the Trial Deck itself. The only type of Brainstorm ability in the whole Trial Deck is that of Despell Activate!, and even that card’s effect can’t be use directly on this card, which lacks both the Magic trait and the Familiar trait. This card, however, would see more use in regular Zero no Tsukaima decks, as a large portion of its card pool spots the Brainstorm ability, including the ever-popular Louise of the Void, and Sailor Uniform Siesta.
ZM/WE13-T07 TD シャルロット・エレーヌ・オルレアン / Charlotte Helene Orléans
【A】 When you put this card from your Hand onto the Stage, draw up to 2 cards, select 1 card in your Hand, and put it into the Waiting Room.
【A】 When your Character card’s trigger check reveals a Climax card, during that turn, this card gains Power +2000.
Interesting, it spots the exact same name as the old yellow Level 3 in the Zero no Tsukaima Booster, which have a Bond card targeting this name, making this card a legal target for retrieval also. This is a fairly decent Level 3, sacrificing the Come-Into-Play-Heal-1 ability for access to more hand cards. Its second ability is rather awkward, as you don’t really want to be triggering any Climax cards during your Level 3s, unless you happen to have a Henrietta de Tristain in play, which trades that 1 less cancel for 1 less damage in your Clock.
ZM/WE13-T11C 秘密兵器 イルククゥ/ Secret Weapon Illococoo
【C】 During your turn, all your other Character cards gain Power +500.
【A】 When you put this card from your Hand onto the Stage, choose 1 of your other Character cards with the trait 《Magic》, during this turn, it gains Power +1000.
A decent utility card that sees greatest effect at Level 0, where power differences are easily covered. It can also be used to provide a temporal 1500 power boost for any of your Magic character during the later levels to overcome that small difference in power between you and your opponent’s characters.
ZM/WE13-T13C 理想のお部屋 ルイズ / Ideal Room Louise
【C】 When you have 2 or less cards in your Stock, this card gain the following ability.「【A】 When this card is put to【Knockout】 mode, if this card’s Battling Opponent is Cost 0 or below, you may put that Character card to【Knockout】mode. 」
Another very good Level 0 starter in this Trial Deck. It is able to gain a Self-Destruct ability that extends it destruction to Cost 0 characters, as opposed to most of the other Level 0 Self-Destruct characters. This card can still be used in your early Level 1 to take down any Cost 0 characters your opponent may play, seeing as how Zero no Tsukaima has access to many useful Brainstorm abilities that you may spend your Stock using, even during the early game.
ZM/WE13-T15C ディスペル発動！/ Despell Activate!
[Counter] BRAINSTORM: Choose 1 of your Character card with the trait 《Magic》or《Familiar》, during that turn, it gains Power +3500. Flip over the top 3 card of your deck, and put them into your Waiting Room. Should there be any Climax card in those cards, put this card into your Stock.
A powerful counter event, that only offers power boost to either Magic or Familiar characters. Its Brainstorm ability allows you to recover the stock cost used to play this event. Judging from experience, it is wiser to use this counter event when you have less Climax cards left in your deck, in an attempt to burn off excessive damage and eventually lead to a possible cancel. The only time you would want to succeed for this Brainstorm ability would perhaps be when you use this event during your own turn, which can burn out Climax cards that you would probably trigger, and still refund you the 1 cost.
It is a rather decent Trial Deck, giving many good Level 0s and decent Level 1 and above characters. The Climax ratio of 6 1-Stock-All-1-Soul can’t really be deemed ideal, but still plays rather well with the rest of the Trial Deck, considering how you would usually have little stock in an attempt to fulfill and keep certain abilities in play. Seeing as how just this Trial Deck itself has given the old decks of the series a considerable boost already, existing Zero no Tsukaima players and interested players alike should look forward to what pleasant surprises the Zero no Tsukaima F Extra Booster would provide.