A new year for the Digimon TCG has begun, and going by the exciting first booster of 2022, we are in for a good start. The Next Adventure set, which was initially released within the Japanese version of the game on August 27th, will be the first set to branch off from its Digimon Adventure roots and instead focus on the Digimon Frontier series.
Disclaimer: Many of the cards featured are translated by Digimon.Dev, which may vary from the official release.
What is the Digimon Frontier Series?
Digimon Frontier was the fourth series in the anime series, which followed Digimon Tamers. The series had a very short run, airing from 2002 to 2003, and was produced by Sensation Animation. Unlike the previous series, Frontier introduced a new element to the anime where the Tamers could merge with the spirits of Legendary Warriors to become a Digimon themselves.
One of the most iconic of these moments was when Takuya, Koji, JP, Zoe and Tommy all managed to digivolve together into Susanoomon to defeat Lucemon in his Shadowlord Mode – eliminating his evil once and for all. Fittingly, these two cards will be the SEC of the set, making them some of the top chase cards for Digimon TCG: Next Adventure.
You can Digivolve into this card by using a Tamer if you place 10 Tamers or Digimon from your hand, or the trash, to the bottom of your deck. Although losing cards from your hand may be risky, this is a great way to recycle your trashed cards back into your deck. Instantly deleting a Digimon when Digivolving and having Security Attack +2 on a 15000 DP Digimon is also very nice. Susanoomon has no Digivolve colour requirement, making him incredibly versatile.
Lucemon: Chaos Mode
In-Play, Lucemon (BT4-115) can Digivolve into Lucemon: Chaos Mode for 7 memory, ignoring any requirements and supporting the lore continuity. Another way to get this card into play is to have plenty of cards in your trash, as its memory cost is reduced by 3, for every 10 in there. Being able to delete a level 6 or lower Digimon or Tamer cards is a nice additional effect for this card. As this lets yellow and purple cards work together, this card would be a great addition to the upcoming ST-10: Tactician from Another World starter deck arriving later this year.
New Digimon chain we are most looking forwards to –
Last year, Pulsemon was created as a way to promote the release of the Vital Bracelet, with Bandai wasting no time in introducing him to the Digimon TCG within Japanese promo cards. The Double Diamond set saw the first Pulsemon booster cards, with Next Adventure injecting even more. As the mascot of the healthy gaming Vital Bracelet, it is only fitting that this new version of Pulsemon, and its Digivolutions, are seen working out in the gym. This chain is all about keeping your security above three to utilise their full power. If used in a recovery deck, these Digimon will prove themselves formidable as you will have a better chance of controlling your security pile numbers.
Alternate Arts Cards to look out for –
MetalGreymon (Alternate Art)
If a card art makes it to the front of the booster box, you know it’s going to be worth obtaining. The alternate art MetalGreymon coming with the Next Adventure set was illustrated by Tonamikanji, who always does an amazing job of capturing depth in his work. Some great examples of this can be seen with the sword stabbing forward on the Omnimon Zwart Defeat card or the lightning blade of Kazuchimon seen within the new Pulsemon chain.
[On Play] If you have a Tamer in play, gain 2 memory. If you don’t have a Tamer in play, you may play a red Tamer card from your hand without paying its memory cost.
[Your Turn][Once Per Turn] When your opponent’s Digimon is deleted, gain 1 memory.
WereGarurumon (Alternate Art)
While on the subject of Tonamikanji, the new WereGarurumon card coming with the Next Adventure set will undoubtedly be popular among collectors, especially fans of the original Digimon anime series. This sinister appearance of WereGarurmon is incredibly original, with Myotismon and MetalSeadramon also seen in the background backing up his assault.
[On Play] If you have a Tamer card in play, gain 2 memory. If you don’t have a Tamer in play, you may play a blue Tamer card from your hand without paying its memory cost.
[Your Turn][Once Per Turn] When this Digimon is unsuspended during the main phase, gain 1 memory.
Cherubimon (Alternate Art)
When it comes to creating creepy card art, the Digimon TCG often excels. Take the new Cherubimon cards, for instance, which introduces the sinister side of this Digimon. The Alternate Art version of this SR will definitely be popular among collectors and will be effective in play, having an ability that plays a Tamer from the trash, as well as being able to delete level 4 Digimon or play level 3 Digimon depending on how many Tamers you have in play at the time of Digivolution or deletion.
[When Digivolving] You may play 1 Purple Tamer card from your trash without paying its memory cost. Then, for each Tamer you have in play, delete 1 of your opponent’s level 4 or lower Digimon.
[On Deletion] For each Tamer you have in play, you may play 1 level 3 Digimon card from your trash without paying its memory cost.
DarkKnightmon (Alternate Art)
There is such a huge contrast in the illustration style between the standard DarkKnightmon and the alternate art version. Although both look impressive in their own right, it’s the alt art version showing the Digimon in an apocalyptic looking scene that comes out on top… literally! DarkKnightmon lets you play certain cards from beneath it when it’s being deleted, which gives you another line of defence during your opponent’s turn.
Worthy artwork mentions –
There are several pieces of fantastic card art coming with the Next Adventure set, including AvengeKidmon, which shows the cowboy-themed Digimon stepping out of the card, Nidhoggmon, who has a nightmarish fairytale style artwork, Gotsumon, who can be seen with his good pal Pumpkinmon, and SaberLeomon, who is furiously swiping out of the card.
When it comes to our favourite Option card artwork, it has to be Whamon looking like he is doing a Shamu show in Tidal Wave, and Calling From the Darkness, which shows the devious Impmon and Dracmon luring a gullible Guilmon with a piece of meat.
The English version of the Digimon TCG: Next Adventure set will release on March 4th, although that date is subject to change. To keep up to date with all the latest Digimon TCG news, make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to read more about the most recent Digimon TCG products that were released last year, you can check out our articles below –
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