Digimon COTD: Toy March

Toy March Digimon Battle Evolution Option card

Toy March—They just keep going…and going…and going…

What’s good about it: You pick one of any 4 effects that stay permanently for the game. The flip effect means no need for Gazimon. This benefits the need to know what card comes next (for either player), for use with cards that lock powerful effects behind that knowledge, plus your own ability to have an extra card for support, and never be surprised by a cornered opponent who uses a top-deck support. The hand reveal effect means no need to attach Research. Opponents who keep large hands will have a hard time surprising, and changes the strategy phase to remove risk. The draw 2 effect relieves the burden of needing Purity Crest attach or similar. This keeps a medium or high hand staying high all game. The max hand limit remover means not needing to evolve to JijimonEbemon rapidly. High-hand or conservative decks can continue to accrue better possibilities without hitting a wall. Read more

Digimon COTD: Bigmamemon M

Bigmamemon—One bean to rule them all…

What’s good about it: There’s so much. Their HP is at 2600—a number befitting a massively composite colony of Digimon. Only 4 Digimon have more HP (in order): Zeedmillenniumon, Moonmillenniumon, Plesiomon, Olegmon. The first two are dimension-shattering time gods who are DNA-only. The latter two are the upper-limit of the highest-HP type in the game: . The Power distribution of Bigmamemon is also comparable to these same 4 cards, which says something for its status as the god of beans. Notably, everything else close to Bigmamemon costs 70 DP or is DNA-only (Millenniumon, HiAndromon, Diablomon, PR Herculeskabuterimon). But it goes beyond such wearisome comparisons: Bigmamemon has two passives. The bubble number ① effect is available during the support phase and is just a built-in TOY Missile Pod. No need to worry about attaching it! For bubble number ② (the cyan color just sets it apart for you), you passively void all cross abilities with “Circle to zero”. This is really mean. A mean, bean, machine if you will. Bigmamemon already has one of the highest HP in the game and once the ② effect is accounted for, it probably has the highest longevity ratio of any Digimon, since you can swing at full power with huge HP. The cross ability can even stop x3 VS (cross power to 0), assuming you used Dominion to take on a vulnerable type. If that’s not enough for you, it has one of the highest-potential for abuse evo-box bonuses in the game: “Get all  below this”. Read more

COTDs updated for errata

After this 2020 November errata, I faced a lurking problem: old Cards of the Day. They were no longer accurate! Now they are. I’ve gone through all the cards which were changed and also had a COTD to change all the pros, cons, tips, and various combos and considerations. It was exhausting work, and I haven’t even checked the other COTDs to see if they reference combos with errata’d cards. The work was even harder since I expanded every article, much of which were considerable additions. One major difference—every significant card that was referenced in the old articles uses the new card-preview feature when you hover your mouse. Now you don’t need perfect, librarian-level knowledge of the game! Let the research begin…

Articles changed (click for the article):

Millenniumon Chimeramon art and name rework

Minor update—new arts! Today, I spent some time lovingly recrafting everyone’s favorite composite world-enders. Chimeramon and Millenniumon also have name changes: Kimeramon, Chimeramon, no real difference there, just making it easier for some to understand what it is. Millenniumon’s change removes a duplicate ‘m’. For the longest time, that MM was all I could find for the official name, but it doesn’t match with the pattern of Zeedmillenniumon or Moonmillenniumon, so that’s fixed. No worries about updating your Zeedmillenniumon deck: the correct name was already in the evo-box and the DATA card was also fixed.

With these art and name changes also comes a few tweaks. Chimeramon now has DNA from any + instead of Airdramon + . This should impact almost zero decks, since the primary use was with its other DNA set. Now you can finally use Garurumon, Devimon, Kabuterimon, and Kuwagamon! Millenniumon also got a tweak or two: the triangle power and cross power have been swapped to prevent 1st Attack domination; its circle-to-zero addon ability was replaced with cross-to-zero, both to prevent its already huge lead and spice the game up more in case someone takes advantage of one of its many types for x3 VS.

Chimeramon’s name change affected these Digimon’s evo-box: EBEmon.

You can use these immediately in TTS, though they are not updated. Please simply upload the cards and resize them for your deck. For EBEmon, you can skip the extra work and just treat the name as “Chimeramon”.

Last errata update had a couple of missing name changes. I’ve fixed that post but here they are again just in case you missed them: Cupidmon, Holyangemon, Purity Mask, Megalogrowlmon, Deathmeramon, Plottmon. All of these except Purity Mask are correct in Tabletop Simulator.

Errata Nov 2020

Big November 2020 Errata

New design philosophy permeates this year’s big errata. There are literal hundreds of erratas, many for effects, balancing, styling, evo-boxes, and especially art. This time, I won’t be able to list them. Instead, I’ve prepared a set of highly important changes plus some new art samples. By the way, the Tumblr had explanations of these art while we worked on the release. So if you don’t know, the VMundi Tumblr is where we do the “making of” and let our hair down a little. Check it out. Now that we can do a lot of much better, more expressive, higher-fidelity, and more varied art, the game will be shifting focus in that direction. There are 3 types of errata showcased below: changed identity (name or concept), art synchronization (to the original PS1 concepts), or upgraded art, usually from something bad or randomly found.

The all-important identity changed cards have name changes, which is very important. Consult this list so you’re aware of these changes. This is similar to the “Mugendramon”, “Atlaskabuterimon”, et al changes before.

Millenniummon** Millenniumon**

Millenniummon DATA** Millenniumon DATA**

Kimeramon** Chimeramon**

Sincerity Mask Purity Mask**

Ulforceveedramon UlforceVdramon

Aeroveedramon AeroVdramon

Veedramon Vdramon

Veemon Vmon

Wargrowlmon Megalogrowlmon

Skullmeramon Deathmeramon

Magnaangemon Holyangemon

Piddomon Cupidmon

Apemon Hanumon

Gatomon Tailmon

BKGatomon BKTailmon

Salamon Plottmon

Frigimon Snowballmon*

Mudfrigimon Mudballmon*

Shimaunimon Zebraunimon

Modokibetamon Mimicbetamon

Centarumon Centaurmon

Vobomon Volbomon

Escape Raft Shining Mane

Giga Cannon Giga Hand

Sincerity Crest Purity Crest

Reliability Crest Sincerity Crest

Check the card gallery for the full library.

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New PendulumZ Promo — Tropiamon

I hope everyone’s still excited from the late October promos. As we welcome the harsh winter with solemn contemplation, let’s also celebrate that the Pendulum Zs have made their way into the hands of many happy people. Hopefully, they can be little packets of joy. I know I got a full set of wave 1 and they’re very fun! So here’s a super-early card for the Pendulum Z wave 2, Tropiamon! It’s a harsh, poisonous monstrosity that makes certain attack abilities completely unusable. Tropiamon is a vote for a more nail-biting game with counters and to-zero, and shuns self-satisfying nonsense like Jamming, Draw, and Crash. Look out Mystimon… And on top of that, it sports the new Grudge (hypocrite), and has a devastating bonus stopping all opponent HP recovery effects; plus being able to recycle any 1, which is super powerful and nicely sets up supporting from the top of the deck with your best trashed card, even if it’s your ACE!

New Promo on Samhain — Mystimon

Yesterday, I hinted that the pointy hats may not be over. It’s still Samhain, so let’s go. Stepping over the hedge of the Otherworld as a complete wizard, Mystimon makes its appearance! Mistymon? Mysticmon? Whatever, it’s mystical and from Witchelny! Let’s dive right into the new stuff it has.

Evo-box first: The odd thing you may notice is “Wi-mon” and “So-mon” both Level C. The rules for quotation names is that you substitute the “-” part for anything or nothing. So “Wi-mon” for example would be Witchmon or Wizardmon. If it had “Devi-mon”, then Devimon and Devidramon work. The actual permanent effect allows you to change its cross ability every Strategy phase, right at the start. You can pick from any attack ability in the DZ. So if you had BIT-006 Hyogamon in there, you could change your ability into  Counter (of course, your Power is now 0 as usual). Bear in mind, that change is a lingering effect and will dissipate at the end phase. But this works to your advantage in case you want its x3 VS back! You can always pick another ability next turn. Here’s a list of what Digimon exist that you can use this with:

  • Witchmon
  • Wizardmon
  • Soulmon
  • Sorcerymon

All with pointy hats of course. Rulers can’t evolve from normal types, so using names is necessary. Don’t forget they also can’t be played as Abnormal (hence no stat block).

Support effect and Active effect: You may notice some odd stuff going on here. The bubble number ① and ② were added to help with clarity because its box is a bit confusing without them. Both the numbers and the cyan text denote a break in effect. If you SUPPORT, you get ①, and both players will have their power become the same as their HP. Basically, more powerful Crash but…for everyone. So play it at the right time. This is very much the feeling of Nightmare effects!

For effect ② (cyan text), use this from the Active spot like any other Passive ability. When your active is Mystimon, you’ll be able to Discard 1 Option as a cost to then draw a different option from your trash. Spellcycling! You can only use this during times on your own support phase when you can play a card though, so right at the start of the phase and when you are supporting that turn too. Try to think of some interesting combos and bear its limitations in mind.

If you want to know the interesting story behind how I did this art, tumblr post.

New Promo on Samhain — Wizardmon

HAPPY SAMHAIN!

SIX! Six Samhain holiday promos. Who is on sixth? It’s Wizardmon, just popped through the gateway from Witchelny and ready to try a new array of spells. It has a pretty special lineup of effects. Firstly, it has two attack abilities which aid in casting. Wizardmon’s  is lightning elemental, for critical damage against airborne types. But the is “Magical Game“, its card-throwing ability that messes with randomness and entropy—appropriately giving you some nifty corruption to control your opponent’s draws. Its evo-bonus signifies Wizardmon having some time to cast enchantments and wards after evolving, including the unique ability to create a magical barrier voiding all effects (evo-bonuses), though it’s only strong enough to ward off Level C Digimon.

The real draw is its Support. Both players get Grudge and pick any attack for their new grudge. Nightmare type has a tendency to use powerful effects but…on both players. In this case, you try to guess what attack your opponent used, both attack orders don’t meaningfully change, and then if you guess right you get doubled power and set revival equal to that power. Normally the power and revival are either/or. But the effect continues! “KO’s don’t end Battle this turn.” means what it says. If either Digimon is KO’d, don’t immediately skip to the Battle Phases’ “Check for a Digimon KO” step. Instead, you proceed with any remaining attacks that weren’t skipped due to Counter. Yes, bear that in mind—Counter doesn’t let you double-dip on attacks if you also succeed with Grudge. In fact, only 1 attack would occur that turn (using the opponent’s damage against them). So let’s see what fun and creative ways you can use Wizardmon!

This concludes the Samhain pointy-hat promo run. Or does it?

New Promo for Samhain — Blue Comet

Only 4 days till Samhain! And with that, we have a fifth holiday promo—Blue Comet. Witchmon’s broom from the world of Witchelny is an incredibly fast, dimension-crossing transport. If you need a new partner right away, just air drop one in! Blue Comet lets you pretend a Level R you have is like a partner. If you’re out of DZ evolution targets, it’ll still let you use it as a very limited Digivice for Level C evolution from hand (that’s the small text). Since its so similar to Data Hijack, you could potentially have both in the same deck and really flesh out your partner-like experience. Bear in mind, while Hijack looks through the deck and gives DP, this ignores type and gives an evo-bonus.

New Promo for Samhain — Soulmon

Another Digimon, another witchy hat. This is the fourth Samhain holiday card, rising from the grave with an army of magically-enchanted souls is…well, Soulmon! This is not quite as weak as the other version of Soulmon, nor as cheap. Grudge makes another return, as the necromantic magicks embedded in Soulmon’s code are highly appropriate for such an ability. But since it’s a master of death magic, many enhancements and wards are set up around its presence. When KO’d (during an evo-bonus), it is worth -1 point as long as it has revival set. Grudge provides easy access, but so does Miracle Ruby, Neodevimon, and others. While you may not plan on losing with this Digimon, but such a threat is always in use even when it is not being played, and can therefore influence opponent choices when they have an easy KO with circle. For the Support ability…no comment. Find your own fun!

New Promo for Samhain — Sorcerymon

The third promo for the Samhain holiday is… Sorcerymon! Fine-tuned caster joins us from the alternate Digital World of Witchelny. Their sorcerers use a programming language that’s abstract enough, it basically resembles the spoken and written word. Spells. It’s spells. Sorcerymon loads up its spellbook with the support ability, straight from your Destiny Zone! Choose your effects wisely, since it means every decked copy of this sorcerer could be any one of up to 3 different spells.

New Promo for Samhain — Ghostmon

A new Samhain holiday promo card has arrived, pointy hat included! Ghostmon crawls out of the shadows of ruined buildings in a decaying forest. This is a new Digimon from the Pendulum Z, but we created our own DOT art anyway. Yeah, it was teased in the evo-box of the last promo. It’s quite loaded up with a high-endurance body, the ever-present new Grudge ability to revive from death and hit hard, an unprecedented Crash power on Level R, the ability to wipe out an opponent’s attachment, and a constant flatten source. To top it off, the section at the top makes Ghostmon able to fit in any decks that could use Candlemon!

Design Diary — Flatten

If you’re looking for how Flatten works, check this article.

How it all started

In Digimon World, you could inflict an LCD status effect on an enemy Digimon called “Flat”. It reduced their 3D model to a DOT sprite like in the v-pets and caused them to use a weak attack. It seems pretty appropriate to include for any 3D Digimon game that wants to include DOT sprites as with set Bit Depth. At the time, I already had this mechanic planned but no theming. So reducing the opponent’s dimensions one by one until they pop out of existence made a lot of sense. Originally, the balance was centered around having to obtain 4 instances of flatten. This didn’t test well. It took far too long to 4-hit-KO even when it can pierce evolutions. The next step was to tweak that number until it felt right in many many games. There was one point where I was torn between requiring 3 flattens and a regular damage hit versus 4 flattens and I ended up just including both due to how supports could be used to add more flats. The 3 flats with damage requirement was slightly too powerful while 4 as a fixed amount was way too slow without a constant supply of support-based flatten. Read more