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Venture out into the inky black with the next set for the Japanese CCG.

Shadowverse’s newest expansion, Starforged Legends, will be out on September 28, and is bringing 104 new cards themed around the heavens to the game. From what we’ve seen of the set so far, that means cards based around constellations and the zodiac, as well as a healthy dose of Greek mythology – Medusa, Perseus, and the like.

Mr. Full Moon.

And let’s not forget truly heavenly bodies…

It’s going to be interesting to see what Cygames introduces from a design perspective, as the news post announcing the changes to cards at the end of August had a section titled “Looking Forward” and said the following: “Up until now, we’ve tried to balance certain classes or strategies by designing strong cards. Unfortunately some of these cards ended up being stronger and more popular than anticipated. From our next card set… we’ll be re-examining our previous design direction of creating extremely powerful cards to strengthen certain classes and strategies. But we will, however, continue to pursue a design direction of creating an environment for new deck archetypes to emerge.”

That may well mean less of a wow factor for the set as a whole (think about when you first saw Heavenly Aegis! – not that Aegis was actually OP), but is definitely a positive direction in general, as new deck archetypes can be fostered in a more subtle and dynamic way.

One way or another it’s going to be fun, and today IGN is pleased to be able to exclusively reveal five cards! Take a look and let us know what you think and how the meta is going to change with Starforged Legends.

Scaled Berserker – Dragoncraft (Bronze Rarity Follower)

Bane. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Bane. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Elf Singer Harmony – Forestcraft (Silver Rarity Follower)

Fanfare: Followers can't be played from your hand until this follower leaves the area. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Fanfare: Followers can’t be played from your hand until this follower leaves the area. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Astrologist of the Mist – Runecraft (Bronze Rarity Follower)

Fanfare: If another allied follower is in play, use Earth Rite: Give +1/+1 and Ward to an allied follower. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Fanfare: If another allied follower is in play, use Earth Rite: Give +1/+1 and Ward to an allied follower. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Cuhullin – Swordcraft (Silver Rarity Follower/Officer)

Rush.Enhance (6): Gain Bane until the end of the turn. This follower can't be damaged until the end of the turn. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Rush. Enhance (6): Gain Bane until the end of the turn. This follower can’t be damaged until the end of the turn. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Qilin – Neutral (Gold Rarity Follower)

Ward. At the end of your turn, gain +2/+0. Whenever this follower attacks an enemy follower, deal X damage to the follower before it can deal any damage in return. X equals this follower's attack.  (Evolved version is on the right.)

Ward. At the end of your turn, gain +2/+0. Whenever this follower attacks an enemy follower, deal X damage to the follower before it can deal any damage in return. X equals this follower’s attack. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Cam Shea is senior editor in IGN’s Sydney office and covers CCGs a lot. He’s on Twitter.






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