Title Series Talk: Tactical Error

With the announcement of the Title format, we went nuts looking at category specific cards. As a fan of Final Fantasy X, I was happy to build an all FFX deck, but soon realized I am limited to two summons that aren’t very good. So we explored the summons throughout the Final Fantasy games, and we concluded the top three selections for deck choice based on summons: Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy VIII.

Today, we will be exploring the Final Fantasy Tactics deck, with a list provided to us by Chip Davis, a local at my shop. Not only does Tactics have a great selection of summons, but the forwards you have to work with are absolutely insane. We spent a good amount of time playing this match up with my FFX deck in order to get a feel for how important summons can be. FFX only won two of the matches, so you can see how important the use of summons are in this format. With access to Leviathan and Odin, we feel as if Tactics has the best shot in the Title format.

Deck Name: Tactical Error

Forwards (24)

Backups (17)

Summons (9)

After the success of Arvin Bernardo’s 3rd Place Knight deck at this years North American National Championship, we now know Ovelia 1-156C would be a fantastic addition to this deck. Ovelia is a two-cost water backup that gives your Knight forwards +1000 power. This deck focuses on being aggressive, while having just as strong of a defense as offense.

White Mage activates a forward when it comes into play, so you can utilize playing it in your second Main Phase after successfully attacking with one of your forwards. You can use Delita 1-112R to break White Mage 1-161C and make the same play in the later turns of your game.

Even though the deck runs Legend Delita and Legend Ramza from Opus 3, I found Mime to be the MVP of the list, and it’s a bloody common! Don’t get me wrong, Delita L will always be the biggest threat in his list. Since choosing it with a character Breaks that character and choosing it with a summon penalizes you opponent with a point of damage, the card itself is extremely tough to deal with in the Title format.

Ramza L allows you to pay 3 to give one of your FFT Forwards +1000 power, Haste, and First Strike, making the deck extremely strong, and in some cases, extremely speedy. But Mime just gets you where you need to be. Between Mime and Geomancer 1-169C, the deck has an incredible draw engine. There was once a game when Chip partied all three of his mimes together and drew 3 cards. With that type of access to resources, it makes his summon list amazing. You almost don’t want to block that party because he can use Cyclops against your blocker and have at least 2, if not all, of his Mimes survive the block.

The summon list is just ridiculous. Odin breaks forwards, Leviathan removes threats, and Cyclops allows your forwards to survive combat. Considering you can pay any element CP to play these cards, it makes them all extremely valuable summons, especially with the amount of draw power this list contains.

Overall, I find this deck to be very tactical, and there are plenty of other cards to choose from, including the summons Sylph and Fairy. Agrias 2-122R is also a considerable forward who has a special that can Break any 3 Cost forward in play, which we had also seen in Arvin’s 3rd Place Knight list from Nationals. We will definitely be seeing a wide variety of FFT Title decks, especially with the new set of monster cards in Opus 4. We are very excited for the future of this format and hope our readers share that anticipation with us. Next time I will be covering the Final Fantasy XII deck, which beat my Standard Wind/Water deck while using the correct element CP to play cards. Does Tactics have a worthy opponent on the rise? We’ll find that out soon!

-Taylor Stahnke, Shoutcaster & Judge of the first US National Event