Happy Day of the Dead (or last few hours of Halloween), rulers! Today’s article introduces a brand new character with a very unique play style. Though it would be wrong to say that you’ve never seen the character before. Have any of you ever seen the Judge only Reflect/Refrain PR card? Remember how it had all the wanderers working with Wukong to protect the multiverse on it in the background? There was Wukong of course, Scheherazade, Wukong’s buddies, and a mysterious fox character no one recognized. Today, we meet that fox character.
Aha! I told you there was one without a total cost three Judgment. Lilias Petal is a very interesting card. Truthfully, the ruler side is nothing particularly exciting. He’s got a wind and darkness energize and a Judgment cost of zero. Zero cost Judgments are rare, and usually suggest a very unusual J-ruler though, and will get to that. With the lack of any other sort of ability, Lilias Petal will likely just be calling magic stones every turn (something more important to this ruler than you might first suspect.) So what does this unusual new character gain upon his free Judgment?
Well he becomes an entirely different creature, for one thing. Yes, Lilias Petal’s true form is that of a nine-tailed fox. The J-ruler cannot battle and cannot be destroyed (take that Black Moonbeam!). It’s the J-ruler side that finally reveals what this card is all about. And its an ability wholly new to Force of Will. By banishing a wind resonator, a darkness resonator, and a card called Killing Stone, you can play a Chimera resonator from your hand, deck, removed area, or outside the game (this means your side deck in an official tournament, similar to Overlord Valentina) for free. We’re only looking at one Chimera resonator today, but there are a few others and they’re all powerful resonators with unique abilities. Do you get it? The J-ruler literally fuses two resonators together (at least flavor wise) to create a powerful abomination. Obviously cards like Heaven Bound Pheasant and The Monkey Trapped In Life make for good choices for a darkness component. The best wind components might be a bit tougher to choose, thankfully we’ve got some new cards today to help with that. Lastly there’s the Killing Stone. We’ll see in a moment that Killing Stone is (rather obviously) a magic stone. Having to banish a magic stone sounds like a very heavy price to pay, however Lilias Petal and his support have abilities to soften the this loss and even help you get the stone out from your magic stone deck faster. The Nine-Tailed Fox can rest itself to shuffle a Killing Stone from your grave back into your deck, a nice little way to recover one. The Nine-Tailed Fox is one of the most technical rulers ever to grace the game. The ability to summon powerful resonators at instant speed while also potentially setting off effects of banished resonators is undoubtedly a powerful one (it can even be a good way to deny our friend Hook his targets by banishing the two targeted resonators or one of the targeted special magic stones), but will require skillful play to truly utilize.
Normally we look at the magic stone last, but the Killing Stone is a card that is far more central to the J/ruler than in other instances. The card on its own is like all the other new dual stones we’ve seen in Legacy Lost. If your J/ruler isn’t Lilias Petal/The Nine-Tailed Fox, then the stone will come into your field rested unless you pay 300 life. It produces wind and darkness will, Lilias Petal’s two primary attributes (especially when you consider you need to banish a wind and a darkness resonator to summon a Chimera). It also has a fun little automatic ability. When a Killing Stone is put into a graveyard from your field your opponent loses 100 life (eat your heat out Yggdrasil) and you gain 100 life. Obviously nothing spectacular, and not much use outside of the Nine-Tailed Fox’s ability, but a nice little bonus to help keep your advantage. The fact that it specifically causes loss of life and not damage is helpful, allowing you to get around damage prevention effects.
Okay so how about checking out one of those Chimera resonators? After making the proper offerings you can call these fearsome beasts from your hand, deck, removed area, or outside the game (even on your opponent’s turn!). These Chimera resonators can be played normally, though their costs are usually quite high, meaning its more preferable to play them via the Nine-Tailed Fox’s ability. So what does Ammit actually do? Well upon entry it will allow you to destroy a resonator and gain life equal to that destroyed resonator’s DEF. Beyond that, it’s nothing more than a 1500/1500 beat stick, though that much potential damage is certainly nothing to gloss over. The real strength of this card is that it can be played at instant speed with it’s master’s ability, essentially making it like a destruction chant with some life gain and a powerful resonator tacked on. Just imagine dropping this guy on your opponent’s turn, reducing your opponent’s life by 100, and gaining 100 yourself, taking out their Gwiber or whatever else they hastily played, gaining even more life, and now you’ve got a powerhouse attacker on your side come your turn. The really great thing is that all the Chimeras are wind/darkness resonators, so if they ever come under threat of destruction from your opponent or it’s rested and you need a blocker in a pinch, you can just banish one along with another resonator to summon a new one!
We’ll have time for Chimera resonators another day, for the rest of this article, let’s see how the deck functions with some supporting cards! Messenger of Lilias Petal is a 600/600 resonator for two will that lets you search your magic stone deck for a special magic stone and put it on the top of your deck when it enters the field. This is how you guarantee a Killing Stone if you find that (at worst) a 4/10 chance of pulling one is too risky. Play this little fellow down first, then call a magic stone for a guaranteed Killing Stone. After the resonator’s effect has resolved it’s a simple 600/600, which is quite good for its cost. It can also be used to fill either the wind or darkness resonator slot of it’s master’s synthesis ability.
Having to banish resonators to summon other resonators is a neat idea, but could be taxing on your resources. What happens if you find yourself unable to play another low cost card to summon a Chimera when you really need one? Well that’s what Lilias Petal’s Assistant is for! When this wizard enters the field, she’ll allow you to resurrect a wind or darkness resonator with total cost one from your graveyard into your field. Just by playing this card you’ll be able to get both resonator components, assuming you’ve got a one cost resonator in your graveyard. Speaking of ideal one cost resonators…
Magic Stone Life Form is one of your best case scenario resonators to be banished via Lilias Petal. This is due to its ability to generate a will of your choice when it is sent to the graveyard, helping to soften the blow of having to banish one of your Killing Stones as well (though you should rest your Killing Stone for will before banishing it too). There isn’t much else to say about this little resonator. The ability is what makes it as useful as it is. Despite such a useful ability, it still has 300 ATK and DEF, rather high for a one cost resonator. The stipulation on the automatic ability also gives the card a little extra strength. Note that its not “when the card is put into a graveyard by a card effect” or some such writing. Even if the resonator is destroyed by some other effect, or by a resonator’s attack, it will still generate will for you. So even if its killed off without being proper banish fodder, at least you’ll get a will out of it to try and recover.
That’s all for today, but we’re posting new Legacy Lost preview articles every Tuesday and Friday at 3PM JST, so be sure to check back soon for more cards! And don’t forget to look for Legacy Lost in stores in December 2016!