The next EX set, following the Classic Collection, will be Digital Hazard. Details about this set have been scarce following its initial leak back in September, but thanks to the January issue of V-Jump Magazine, we now have the first concrete details about EX-02 Digital Hazard, as well as the first card reveals for the set.
Too many AAs in one set?
EX-02 Digital Hazard is made up of 74 types of Cards – 26 Common, 20 Uncommon,18 Rare,8 SR and 2 SEC. Bandai has also shared that EX-02 Digital Hazard will have 30 different alternate arts in the set.
When it comes to the Classic Collection, releasing in December for the English game, the set has 73 original cards, with 30 of them having alternate arts. Most of these directly reference the Digimon Hyper Colosseum cards from the late 90s, right down to the borders and background. With EX-02, it is clear from the cards already revealed that this set isn’t about paying homage to Hyper Colosseum. With that being said, could some of the alternate arts of the set be in the style of the Classic Collection? This could be a really cool way of keeping the retro artwork alive while having a set that is unique and interesting.
Some may think that having 30 alternate art cards in one set is too much, considering that Double Diamond has almost half of that at 18. Personally, I don’t think it really matters as long as the alternate arts of the set are appealing to collectors. It is yet to be seen if having 30 alternate arts will affect their values or the value of the set overall, but as the Classic Collection is just weeks from releasing in the English version of the Digimon TCG, which has the same amount of alt arts, we will soon find out.
It is interesting to see a D-Reaper card as it is not actually a Digimon. In the Digimon Tamers anime, D-Reaper is a digital being created by the United States Department of Defense to take care of the ‘Creeper’ virus. Unfortunately, after years of hibernation, the D-Reaper returns and threatens to delete everything in existence. With this antagonist making an appearance in the Digimon TCG, it could mean that we will see other non-direct Digimon, such as Appmon, introduced into the game.
If D-Reaper is going to be a focus in this set, it will be interesting to see what other Digimon will make an appearance, especially if their alternate art versions are Classic Collection styles. If this is the case, then I would love to see Beelzemon and Arukenimon, as well as the classic artwork of D-Reaper that appeared in Hyper Collesium.
EX-02 Digital Hazard will release on December 24th for the Japanese game, while the first EX set, the Classic Collection, will release in December for Europe, Oceania and Latin America. Unfortunately, those in North America will have to wait a little longer, as distribution delays have pushed their release date back to January. There was an initial release date of December 3rd for Europe, but as that is just over a week away, it is now likely to be later in the month. If you would like to learn more about this set, check out one of our articles below-
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