For the first time in more than a year (!!), the My Little Pony CCG is offering new cards and a new expansion in Friends Forever. The set contains 140 cards, including new Friends, Troublemakers, Events, and Problems. Characters from the latest seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic will, of course, be featured, so expect Troublemakers like Stygian, the Pony of Shadows and new Friends like the Pillars of Old Equestria. But these are just the broad strokes, let's now get into the nitty gritty.
One particularly interesting and powerful card in Friends Forever is the new Problem – Distracted Lead Actress. This Problem prevents opposing characters with the highest power from confronting it. Furthermore, this fairly easy-to-solve Problem targets decks that are short on Friends, like Staff and Thunderlane. It also has a completely unique effect, making the card a necessary addition if you want to directly confront these Friends-light decks. Distracted Lead Actress fits nicely into the current Problem meta, requiring only four to confront.
Apple Bloom (Hold Your Horses) is unique in MLP, offering a denial plan for Friends-heavy decks, which is thus far unseen in the CCG. Apple Bloom allows you to deny an opposing Friends ability when it or any other Earth Pony Friend enters play, while also preventing it from having abilities until end of turn. Repeatedly denying your opponent their resources while building up your own is almost the textbook definition of value, so expect this new card to make waves.
Friends Forever releases on 7 December 2018 and each booster pack includes 12 collectible cards (one rare, three uncommons, and eight commons) with a one-in-a-nine chance for a special foil.