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EX-02-Digital Hazard: Does the artwork taken from the anime ruin these cards?

The EX-02: Digital Hazard set, which was released in Japan over the holidays, has injected a number of fantastic cards into the Digimon TCG which we will receive within the English version of the game at some point this year. This time, the focus will be on the Digimon Tamers series and will include several parallel versions of cards illustrated in the style of the original anime. 

The Alt Art Tamers – 

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Takato Matsuki
[Your Turn] When your opponent’s Digimon is deleted, you may suspend this Tamer to gain 1 memory.

[Your Turn] When your Digimon would digivolve into a Digimon with [Gallantmon] or [Growlmon] in its name, it gains “[When Digivolving] <Blitz> (This Digimon can attack when your opponent has 1 or more memory.)” for the turn.

[Security] Play this card without paying its memory cost.
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Rika Nonaka
[Start of Your Turn] If you have 2 or less memory, set your memory to 3.

[Your Turn] When your digimon with [Renamon], [Kyubimon], [Taomon] or [Sakuyamon] in its name attacks, you may suspend this tamer to use 1 Option card with [Plug-In] in its name in your hand without paying its memory cost.

[Security] Play this card without paying its memory cost.
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Henry Wong
[Start of Your Turn] If you have 2 or less memory, set your memory to 3.

[Your Turn] When your Digimon with [Gargomon] or [Rapidmon] in its name attacks, you may suspend this Tamer to suspend 1 of your opponent’s Digimon.

[Security] Play this card without paying its memory cost.
Ryo Akiyama
On Play] Reveal 4 cards from top of your deck. Add 1 card with [dramon] or [Justimon] in its name among them to your hand. Place the remaining cards at the bottom of your deck in any order.

[Your Turn] When your Black Digimon attacks, you may suspend this Tamer to have that Digimon get +1000 DP until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

[Security] Play this card without paying its memory cost.
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Ai & Mako
[Start of Your Turn] If you have 2 or less memory, set your memory to 3.

[Your Turn] When one of your Digimon attacks, you may suspend this Tamer to trash the top card of your deck. Then, if the attacking Digimon is [Beelzemon], you can digivolve it into a [Beelzemon Blast Mode] from your trash for a memory cost of 3.

[Security] Play this card without paying its memory cost.
Jeri Katou
[On Play] You may play 1 [Leomon] in your hand without paying its memory cost.

[Opponents Turn] When your opponent’s Digimon attacks, you may suspend this Tamer to <Draw 1>. (Draw 1 card from your deck.)

[Security] Play this card without paying its memory cost.

Personally, I really like being reminded of the anime and the events of them within cards. The evolution sequences within the Tamer cards are my favourite – instantly reminding me of the epic animation of the Digimon being torn down into a framework and then being reassembled into their next Digivolution. Even after 20 years, this animation still holds up incredibly well. 

Tamers and Companions Alt Arts – 

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Guilmon
On Play] Reveal the top 4 cards of your deck. Add a card with [Growlmon] or [Gallantmon] in its name and 1 [Takato Matsuki] to your hand. Place the remaining cards in the bottom of your deck in any order.

Inherited: [When Attacking] [Once Per Turn] If this Digimon has [Growlmon] or [Gallantmon] in its name, delete one of your opponent’s Digimon with 3000 DP or less.
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Terriermon
[Your Turn] [Once Per Turn] When you play a green Tamer, gain 1 memory.[Your Turn]

Inherited: [Once Per Turn] When your opponent’s Digimon becomes suspended, this Digimon gets +2000 DP for the turn.
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Antylamon
While you have [Suze Wong] in play, your [Lopmon] can digivolve into this card in your hand for a memory cost of 3 ignoring its digivolution requirements.

[When Attacking] (Once Per Turn) By trashing the top card of your security stack, unsuspend this Digimon.
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Renamon
[On Play] Reveal 4 cards from the top of your deck. Add 1 card with [Kyubimon], [Taomon] or [Sakuyamon] in its name and 1 [Rika Nonaka] to your hand. Return the remaining cards to the bottom of the deck in any order.

Inherited: [Your Turn] [Once per turn] When you use an option card with a memory cost of 2 or more, gain 1 memory.

MarineAngemon
[On Play] For each of your opponent’s Digimon without digivolution cards, <Recovery +1<Deck>>. (Place the top card of your deck on top of your security stack.) Your security stack cannot become 6 or more by this effect.
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Leomon
[Opponent’s Turn] While you have a Tamer in play this Digimon gains <Blocker>. (When an opponent’s Digimon attacks, you may suspend this Digimon to force the opponent to attack it instead.)

[On Deletion] Gain 2 memory and <Draw 1>. (Draw 1 card from your deck.)
Guardromon
<Blocker> (When an opponent’s Digimon attacks, you may suspend this Digimon to force the opponent to attack it instead.)

[On Play] 1 of your Digimon gets +3000 DP until the next time your opponent’s turn ends.
Dobermon
While you have an [Alice McCoy] card in play, when playing this card from your hand, reduce its play cost by 2.
[On Deletion] Trash the top 3 cards of your deck. Then, return 1 purple Digimon card or purple Tamer card from your trash to your hand.
Impmon
When this card is trashed from your deck, if it wasn’t trashed by [EX2-039 Impmon]’s effect, you may trash the top 3 cards of your deck.
[On Play] Reveal the top 4 cards of your deck. Add 1 Digimon card with [Beelzemon] in its name and/or 1 [Ai & Mako] card from among them to your hand. Place the remaining cards at the bottom of your deck in any order.

Inherited: [Your Turn] While this Digimon has [Beelzemon] in its name, it gets +3000 DP.

Cyberdramon
[When Digivolving] You may play 1 [Ryo Akiyama] from your hand without paying its memory cost.

[Your Turn] While you don’t have a tamer in play, this Digimon cannot attack players.

Inherited:[When Attacking] (Once Per Turn) If you have 2 or more Black tamers in play, 1 of your opponent’s Digimon <De-Digivolve 1>.

Because the scenes of the cards seemingly come straight from the Digimon Tamers series, no artist has been credited down the side of the card. This is quite interesting, as it’s clear that an artist has recreated the shots and made minor changes to certain details. This isn’t the first time that Bandai hasn’t credited artists, with the Dragon Ball Super CG being incredibly discrete about who is responsible for the card art. It is likely that Bandai’s in-house talent is behind the work and agreed to the anonymity.

Many leading TCGs use freelance artists in Japan, which is the reason why the Digimon TCG is so incredibly diverse when it comes to the vast amount of different styles. The decision to go with several anime moments, over original pieces with more artistic license, could be good from a financial point of view for the company and a way to cut back on production costs for a smaller set. With that being said, the decision could simply be to offer a new style of artwork for the game and a way for fans of the anime to connect with the Digimon TCG further.

D-Reaper Cards – 

Disclaimer: Many of the cards featured are translated by Digimon.Dev, which may vary from the official release.

It’s not just the alt art versions of Tamers that stay loyal to snapshots of the anime, with most of the D-Reaper cards coming with the Digital Hazard cards having the same screengrab artwork. As this is the first introduction of these types of digital monsters, it would have been nice to see an artist representation of them in a cool way and have the screengrab be an alternate art for a select few of them. Below are just a few of the D-Reaper cards, but if you would like to learn more about this brand new archetype, check out our article here

If you would like to learn more about the EX:02 Digital Hazard, which is expected in June for the English game, you can check out one of our articles below – 

Digimon TCG – Our Digital Hazard Top Picks

A closer look at the EX-02: Digital Hazard Terriermon chain

A closer look at the EX-02: Digital Hazard D-Reaper cards

A closer look at the EX-02 Guilmon cards

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Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media

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