Although it is December, we are yet to get concrete release dates for the Mythic Booster, with the official website vaguely stating it will release sometime between December and January, depending on the region. What we do know, however, is the incredible selection of SCR reprints, which will no doubt be the most sought after of the entire set.
Cell Xeno, Unspeakable Abomination
‘Cell Xeno, Unspeakable Abomination’ was the first SCR to be revealed for the Mythic Booster set. This new alternate art has a brand new illustration that shows the android prior to his giant insect form, as seen in Dragon Ball Heroes, and is arguably an improvement on the previous artwork. Bandai has also taken the opportunity to include the Errata text to update the new ruling for the card.
In play, ‘Cell Xeno, Unspeakable Abomination’ is incredibly powerful and capable of being played relatively early if you can get ‘Cell, Perfection Misspent’ and another 4 cost out. Originally, this card had ‘Deflect’, ‘Quadruple Strike’ and ‘Ultimate’ skills. If your opponent is hoping to counter or combo to stop an attack, this card also trashes three cards from their hand and gains ‘Double Strike’ if you have five or more energy. These skills will allow Cell Xeno to claim a win very quickly. This card has since had an Errata, which has combined the ‘Quadruple Strike’ with the ‘Dual Attack’ condition, slowing down the potential of an early win.
‘SS4 Vegeta, Peak of Primitive Power’
‘SS4 Vegeta, Peak of Primitive Power’ first entered the DBS CG with the Malicious Machinations set that was released back in November 2019. In the Mythic Booster, this card comes in a parallel foil and shows a colourful SS4 Vegeta with foil highlights that helps the artwork pop.
The decision to reprint this card has come as surprise to many in the community, who are unsure why Bandai chose a card that is irrelevant in the current meta, as players already have Baby Hatchhyack. Regardless, this card does pack a punch in its own right. If this card is played through Arrival, it can send a Battle Card to the drop and add two cards from the top of your deck to your energy. If you play this card in your turn, however, this card gains Double Strike, Critical and Triple Strike for the turn.
Some may be worried that having a reprint of SCRs could run the risk of reducing the values of the originals. Although these versions would be more attractive to competitive players, collectors will still want the originals for their rarity. It is worth noting that the Mythic booster will also include cards with the original artwork of the SCRs, only void of any foiling. These SCR reprints are the first ever to be included in a DBS CG product that marks an exciting new chapter for the game. Could this mean we one day see cards such as Awakened Power and Apex of Power have alternate art reprints?
This set will be the first of its kind for the DBS CG, consisting of core card reprints with 63 unique alternate art designs. The Mythic Booster is designed to allow newer players to catch up with collecting out of print deck staples as well as offering long time fans some fresh alternatives to their favourite cards. To learn more about this fantastic set, check out one of our articles below –
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