An ordinary 37-year old corporate worker is assaulted and killed by a thief on the streets of Tokyo. Such a sad way to go, doesn’t even make for a good newspaper headline. But fear not! Because our hero (?) is getting reincarnated! And in a fantasy world, to boot!
Imagine the disappointment when he regains consciousness as a blue translucent slime. Not exactly menacing. But then he makes friends with a powerful dragon, finds out he can devour foes and mimic their skills and appearances, and things start getting a little better.
Must be hard, life as a slime. Or is it?
Looking at Slime’s card pool, it soon becomes obvious that endgame options are the set’s standouts. There are just so many to choose from, compared to most other standalone releases, and their average quality is a lot higher too.
Rimuru, Successor is the clear frontrunner for best finisher in the set. Its offensive capabilities are solid, if not overwhelming, but the ability to spawn additional copies of itself for just one stock is what puts it over the others. It does come with a small caveat in that it pretty much must be played together with "Ruler of Flame" Shizu as a condition for using the above-mentioned ability. But that is hardly a drawback since "Ruler of Flame" Shizu is arguably the best level 1 advantage combo anyway.
Those looking for more raw firepower might be interested in Milim, Chasing, which provides 3 separate damage instances per attacking copy on a combo turn. Its activation cost is admittedly daunting, making it difficult to pull off in multiples, but it is important to note that it does not have to be paid for upfront.
But the most aggressive and reckless players won’t be able to resist the appeal of "Supreme Spirit of Fire" Ifrit. This absolute beast can deal 4 separate damage instances by itself and doesn’t even require a specific climax on the field! Moreover, going for the throat like that at level 2, or even at level 1 via Shizu, Ifrit Manifestation’s change ability, has the potential to catch the opponent off-guard and might just spell doom for them. If it sounds too good to be true, well, activating the effect will deal you 6 damage, so the backfire risk is very real.
Pick your finisher carefully, as it will be the main focus of your whole strategy. Outside of level 3 Slime is a fairly unexciting deck, which means most of your early game will be spent stockpiling resources and trying to get your opponent as close as possible to level 4 before going all-out.
Despite the frankly ridiculous premise of the source material, Slime delivers an unconventional playing experience to English Edition Weiss Schwarz. It is definitely worth keeping an eye out for, whether you are an aspiring pilot or a potential opponent!
That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime is scheduled for release on 31 July 2020.