Hi everyone! Spoiler season has begun, and we’ll be unlocking previews frequently over the next few weeks. On Friday, check back for more previews and an announcement of the winner of last week’s contest! We’ll also be posting a list of launch locations for The Movie Collection next week, and you can see more previews by visiting the list of fan sites linked below! Now, it’s Turles time:
Level 1 Powers that do not generate an action during combat are difficult to grasp, and oftentimes they are perceived as underpowered. It’s easy to comprehend the value of Turles – Shadowy. After a certain amount of successful attacks, a damage modifier will outpace a Power that performs an attack. This comes at the cost of being less efficient against multiple defenses, but Turles does more than simply beef up your damage.
Since Turles shuts down Endurance, you can think of it as a “reverse damage modifier” – ultimately, both of his effects serve to deplete the opponent’s Life Deck as quickly as possible. This is somewhat comparable to a Power that generates an action, but it becomes difficult to proclaim the objectively superior choice. For example, what if the anti-Endurance effect allows you to Crit and use Red Enraged Mastery – how does that compare to using an MP with an attack? A different MP Power might have punched through for less damage, but baited out more defenses in the process. MP choice is just one thread in the intricate tapestry of deckbuilding, and a useful Constant Power is always difficult to quantify.
On Level 2, Turles continues the offensive assault with an energy attack dealing power stages of damage. If your opponent is less than nine stages above zero, the HIT effect is nearly guaranteed. When you level up to Turles – Triumphant, all of your attacks become unpreventable. With the nice damage boost and some discard pile removal, Turles 3 provides a solid culmination of effects to close out the game. Turles – Conquerer continues the Endurance hate, and additionally rewards you for reaching level 4 with a gigantic attack.
Turles’ Fruit is unique, as it is one of the few ways to level up outside of combat. Normally, auto-level cards pull double duty as physical defense in the middle of a turn. Since the fruit requires a turn to grow, you’ll have to decide the right timing to pop the effect. This might end up being a key card in your Turles deck – or perhaps eschewed entirely depending on the build! Meanwhile, Turles’ Energy Ring is strong a mix of damage and utility. Though your opponent controls the outcome, dealing Critical Damage is always useful for an aggro deck.
Turles is an extremely flexible MP. While his Powers promote an obvious aggro strategy, there are a number of different ways to approach him. In Red, Turles is able to consistently generate Critical Damage to trigger the Mastery. Similarly, his Level 2 Power can gain 3 anger in a single action! In Saiyan, you can zoom up to Level 3 and punish slower control decks that rely on prevention. Even Black Turles brings different things to the table, as you can pursue a slime anger strategy with cards like Black Dismissal and Black Combo (both of which raise your anger 2 levels).
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Sagacious Strike is a supremely efficient card, and many MPs besides Turles will be excited to use it. In its simplest mode, it’s an attack for +3 stages that allows you to use a Critical Damage effect. However, note that it also fulfills all clauses that would require you to deal Critical Damage – which blows off Wall Breaker, Black Capture, and [REDACTED]! In a dire moment, you’ll be able to guarantee a Crit by sacrificing the damage output. In other matches, you’ll simply be glad to have a +3 with a some extra utility.
As you can see, The Movie Collection will provide several tools for physical beatdown decks to compete in the new environment. What kind of impact will this have on the Regionals metagame? All of this, and there is still so much more to show you. . .
Until Friday, check out these fan sites for their own exclusive previews: