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Final Fantasy TCG: Final Fantasy 10 (X) Starter Deck (2016)

FFX Starter Feature

What is FFTCG?

FFTCG is a two-player trading card game, launched internationally in 2016 by Square Enix and Hobby Japan. It is the second iteration of the game, originally released domestically in 2012.

The game is based on the long running and hugely popular Final Fantasy video game series. Players create their own dream team of characters from across the series and face off in epic duels.

Expansion sets (known as The Opus Series) add new cards to the game, when released. The original card set (Opus I) made 216 cards available. At the time of writing, ten additional expansions (Opus II - XI) are available - adding hundreds more cards to the game.

Final Fantasy 10 (X) Starter Deck

This product contains a pre-constructed, ready to play 50-card deck, themed around the character of Yuna from Final Fantasy X and X-2. You will also receive a paper play mat and double-sided introduction/quick-start guide.

This deck is one of three that were released as part of the initial product range (Opus I). Any one of the starter decks are a great entry point into the game.

Deck Strategy

The deck features Water and Wind Element cards. For details on Elements and other game mechanics, see my 'Game Guide for New Players'.

For those unfamiliar with the video game - Yuna is a Summoner, with the ability to call forth powerful creatures (Aeons) to aid her in battle. In FFTCG Aeons, and their equivalents from other games in the series, are represented by the Summon cards.

Unsurprisingly then, the strategy with this deck centres on Yuna's synergy with Summons - and a few key characters that synergise with Yuna.

Yuna's ability to draw a card when you play a Summon is very useful (especially in early game). Cards like Viking and Geomancer also help you gain card advantage, both having one use 'draw card' effects.

Brother is great for finding one of the Final Fantasy X Forwards in the deck. In particular, Tidus, Rikku, and Paine are cards you will want to get into play. Tidus hits hard, and when Yuna is in play he gains extra abilities. Rikku and Paine are also strong Forwards individually, but synergise with each other, and Yuna. Both get stronger when the other and/or Yuna are in play.

You can also call on Wakka - Another strong Forward, with a great passive ability for combat. Also, his Status Reels special ability is powerful. It will help remove a particularly menacing Forward that your opponent controls.

Decklist

Card Name and ID

Type

Element

Rarity

Quantity

Evoker (1-068)
Backup
Wind
Common
2
Sylph (1-074)
Summon
Wind
Rare
2
Devout (1-077)
Backup
Wind
Common
2
Ninja (1-078)
Forward
Wind
Common
2
Archer (1-087)
Forward
Wind
Common
2
Brother (1-197)
Backup
Wind
Starter
3
Valefor (1-198)
Summon
Wind
Starter
3
Paine (1-199)
Forward
Wind
Starter
3
Baralai (1-200)
Backup
Wind
Starter
3
Rikku (1-201)
Forward
Wind
Starter
3
Evoker (1-159)
Backup
Water
Common
2
Knight (1-165)
Forward
Water
Common
2
Viking (1-167)
Forward
Water
Common
2
Geomancer (1-168)
Forward
Water
Common
2
Leviathan (1-178)
Summon
Water
Rare
2
Shuyin (1-212)
Backup
Water
Starter
3
Tidus (1-213)
Forward
Water
Starter
3
Yuna (1-214)
Forward
Water
Starter
3
Lenne (1-215)
Backup
Water
Starter
3
Wakka (1-216)
Forward
Water
Starter
3

 

My Thoughts

I'm a fan of FFTCG. I think it's a solid, streamlined game that is easy to learn and play. I've been a fan of the Final Fantasy series for many years, so the theme works for me. It's fun to play with my favourite characters from the games.

I like this deck as a starting point. It plays well, and provides a solid foundation for you to build upon with other cards from your collection. Summons Leviathan (2-140C) and Moogle (1-170C) are good options if you decide to customise. I've also liked to use different versions of Tidus (1-163L) and Lenne (2-142R).

My only complaint is not seeing Lulu, Kimahri, or Auron in the deck. If you like those characters you can try your hand at building a deck with their equivalent element cards: Lightning (Lulu), Earth (Kimahri) and/or Fire (Auron).

If you like this deck you might like the other two starter decks from Opus I. The Final Fantasy VII Deck uses Fire and Earth cards. The Final Fantasy XIII Deck uses Ice and Lightning cards.

The 2-Player starter kit is also a useful product to pick up if you're new to the game. It contains two ready-to-play decks and is a great way to get a friend to try it with you.

Zatu Score

Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Streamlined Gameplay
  • Being easy to teach and play

Might not like

  • Being a TCG
  • Having to chase rare or sought after cards

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