Here’s our first card of the week article! The card we’ll be looking at today is Thordan VII from Opus VI.
Note: Card of the Week is *meant* to be on wednesdays, but someone got sidetracked and didn’t get the article done in time.
Thordan VII is a 5-cost searcher that can literally search for any other card in the game with no additional costs or caveats, and is based on arguably one of the most forgettable villains in FFXIV’s history (Nidhogg was way cooler).
First off the bat, a 5-cost searching for anything theoretically makes him a soft 3-cost. If you can manage to break him after you’ve played him, you’re looking at another 2 CP gain, making him a soft 1-cost if you can resolve both of his effects. Really powerful for a backup that has allowed you to sculpt your hand by getting a card of your choice from your deck, and allowed you to draw one.
The fact that he’s also an EX burst is what sets him apart from the other searchers (such as Merlwyb in the same element, or Mog (Mobius), who kinda costs the same but can be put down much earlier.)
I’d personally be open to running multiple copies of this guy for the EX burst, and he can also search himself, if you felt so inclined, although I can’t really think of a time you’d want to do this unless you were planning on immediately breaking him with something like Firion, Mystic, Delita or the ultimate big boi Feral Chaos.
I want there to be a setup with Caetuna from Opus V, but that’s definitely in the realm of things you can do rather than things you should do.
I’m expecting to see Thordan crop up in certain decks this Opus that can capitalize on his second effect, I don’t see him seeing too much play for just his first effect and EX, but he’s still solid even then. EX searchers are just solid.
Plus he looks like Shiva from Heavensward in a really bad disguise.
I’m rating Thordan VII a Forgettable Villian out of 10.