On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Japanese developing company Cygames announced a new expansion for its hit collectible card game, Shadowverse. Titled "Rise of Bahamut", this expansion draws inspiration from a previous Cygames mobile card game called Rage of Bahamut. While Shadowverse players knew about the upcoming expansion due to an exclusive interview TechRaptor staff had with Cygames, exact details on the expansion weren't provided at the time.
On Friday, December 02, 2016, Cygames tweeted out information on three new cards from its English Shadowverse Twitter account. It's important to note that the abilities and stats on the cards shown thus far aren't set in stone and are subject to change the closer we get to release.
The first card is the titular Bahamut, a Neutral class, Legendary-rarity 13/13 follower which costs ten play points to cast. It has a Fanfare ability, which activates when the follower is played onto the board. When Fanfare activates, it destroys all other followers and amulets, even your own. It also can't attack the enemy leader if they have two or more followers in play. Bahamut evolves into a 15/15 follower that can't attack the enemy leader if they have two or more followers in play.
Up next is Crystalia Lily, a Forestcraft class, Silver-rarity 2/2 follower which costs two play points to cast. It has the new Enhance ability, which activates when you have the specified number of play points or more; the card will instead cost that many play points to cast, and the ability will activate. Crystalia Lily's Enhance (6) transforms an enemy follower into a 1/1 Snowman. When Crystalia Lily evolves, it becomes a 4/4 follower with no extra abilities.
The final card is the Thief, a Swordcraft class, Bronze-rarity 2/2 follower that costs three play points to cast and has the Officer trait. Thief has a new ability called Clash, which activates whenever it attacks or defends against an enemy follower. For the Thief, activating his Clash ability lets you draw a card. When Thief evolves, it becomes a 4/4 follower with the same Clash ability as his unevolved form.
In addition to these new cards, a trailer video for Rise of Bahamut has been released. This video confirms the release date for the Rise of Bahamut expansion as December 29, 2016.
Shadowverse is currently available free-to-play on Steam, as well as on Google Play and the App Store, with some minor optional microtransactions that can be avoided without any noticeable impact on gameplay experience.
Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more information on Rise of Bahamut and all things Shadowverse.
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