Square Enix has released a new expansion for the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, and it's called Opus XIII: Crystal Radiance. The latest Booster Set features cards based on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the final game in the Lightning trilogy, and as you can see, protagonist Lightning is featured in the Booster Set's artwork.
Opus XIII: Crystal Radiance features three legacy cards: Vivi [3-017L], Fina [8-060L], and Fusoya [9-094L]. The set also features original illustrations and brand new artwork from some of the franchise's iconic artists, including:
Gen Kobayashi (FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS / DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (Ramza) Yasuhisa Izumisawa (FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: MY LIFE AS A KING) Ryoma Ito (FINAL FANTASY TACTICS ADVANCE) Akira Oguro (FINAL FANTASY IV / DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (Lightning) Toshitaka Matsuda (FINAL FANTASY III) Miki Yamashita (DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY (Onion Knight)
The release of the new set comes with a tournament format update, and Square Enix announced the changes with Final Fantasy TCG producer Kageyama Taro sharing the details in a recent blog post:
"Today I would like to announce that we are introducing a new tournament format called 'L6 composition'. The current FFTCG deck composition rules offer the standard, L3 composition and single title composition formats. L3 was supposed to have been introduced with much fanfare last year, but as I am sure you know, the ongoing global situation means that it has been impossible to properly hold major tournaments and local shop based events since then," Taro explained. "This essentially means that an L3 meta featuring the three season lineups of Opus VIII to X, IX to XI and X to XIII that was supposed to take place last year never really existed. It goes without saying that the continuing availability of the standard format means that nobody actually lost out on the opportunity to use their cards, but at the very least it led to players being unable to use the cards from the latest sets while they still felt new and fresh."
"Because of this situation with the latest Opus sets, we have decided to take emergency measures and establish an extended 'L6' format, in which the latest 6 sets can be used," Taro added. "Of course, the L3 format has still barely been used at this point, so we are certainly not abandoning it, but are simply introducing L6 as another option to stand alongside standard and L3. We plan to first use this format at several large-scale tournaments in Japan, starting with a number of events that lead up to the Masters 2021 in June. Furthermore, to coincide with the roll out of L6 composition, we will be restricting 12-110L Neo Exdeath to prohibited card status. Sorry for any inconvenience that this might cause."
You can read the official description of Final Fantasy TCG:Opus XIII: Crystal Radiance below:
"The power of crystals gains further momentum with new elemental combinations! Multi-Element Forwards, which possess multiple elements and first appeared in Opus XII: Crystal Awakening, appear once again. There are a plentitude of cards featuring elemental combinations that differ from those of the Multi-Element cards from last time, expanding on the breadth of strategic possibility for deck construction and the game itself. Players are sure to make new discoveries through their matches in this new landscape. 0 COMMENTS This time, LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, which is the concluding chapter of the FINAL FANTASY XIII series, joins for the first time."
Final Fantasy TCG: Opus XIII: Crystal Radiance is now available.