The fifteenth episode of Bandai’s FUN! DigiCa YouTube series pits hosts Hideyoshi and Cody against each other in an unusually short remote match, using decks made from doubled-up Starter Decks with assorted promotional cards. The match highlights the importance of low-level Digimon to the game—a lack of Level 3s early on results in Hideyoshi struggling as Cody sets up an extremely threatening War Greymon.

Cody’s deck

Hideyoshi’s deck

On the fourteenth episode of Bandai’s FUN! DigiCa YouTube series, hosts Hideyoshi and Cody revealed six alternate artwork prints of Booster 1: NEW EVOLUTION‘s Super Rares, alongside the set’s two Secret Rares: a V-dramon and a Virus Metal Greymon. Both Digimon are particularly evocative for old school Digimon fans, as the viral Metal Greymon was an early franchise mascot used in the 1990s virtual pets and original Digimon World video game, while V-dramon starred in the Digimon V-Tamer 01 manga and served as a mascot for Digimon World 2.

The set’s alternate artwork cards cut away the borders of the frame so that the card artwork encompasses the entire space of the card. Their distribution rate was not stated, but they are likely rarer than the standard Super Rares.

Metal Greymon

Card NumberBT1-114Level5
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost8
ColorRedEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeCyborgDP9000
AttributeVirusRaritySecret Rare
StagePerfectArtistNaochika Morishita
Main Effect<<Security Attack +2>> (Increase the number of Security this Digimon checks by +2.)
[When it attacks] Memory -5.
Source Effect[During your turn] This Digimon gets +3000 DP.

V-dramon

Card NumberBT1-115Level4
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost6
ColorBlueEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeMythical DragonDP6000
AttributeVaccineRaritySecret Rare
StageAdultArtistsasasi
Main Effect[When it attacks] [Once per turn] If you have a Tamer, make this Digimon Active.
Source Effect[During both turns] While you have a Blue Tamer, this Digimon gets +1000 DP.

Of note is that V-dramon can also be used for the effect of the V-Tamer 01 Yagami Taichi promotional card, out in the next issue of V Jump magazine. V-Tamer 01 will be having a special crossover manga chapter with the 2020 Digimon Adventure: anime reboot, though the anime is currently on hiatus as a result of Coronavirus closures.

From the official Japanese Twitter account, the final Super Rare of BT-01: NEW EVOLUTION. Holy Angemon was originally created for a 1998 chapter of the Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga, and a redesigned version later appeared in the 1999 Digital Monster Card Game, before being reused in the original Digimon Adventure anime as Patamon’s Perfect-level form.

Card NumberBT1-060Level5
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost7
ColorYellowEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeArchangelDP6000
AttributeVaccineRaritySuper Rare
StagePerfectArtistAs’Maria

Booster 1 will launch in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

From the official Japanese Twitter account, Gomamon’s evolution first introduced in the 1998 Pendulum 2.0: Deep Savers virtual pet.

Card NumberBT1-034Level4
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost5
ColorBlueEvolution Cost2
Digimon TypeMarine AnimalDP5000
AttributeVaccineRarityRare
StageAdultArtistshosuke
Main Effect
Source Effect[During your turn] This Digimon cannot be blocked by your opponent’s Digimon with no Evolution Sources.

Booster 1 launches in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

From the official Japanese Twitter account, Cerberumon‘s signature attack.

Card NumberBT1-096Level
Card TypeOptionPlay Cost1
ColorBlueEvolution Cost
Digimon TypeDP
AttributeRarityRare
StageArtistp!k@ru
Main Effect[Main] During this turn, 1 of your Digimon gets +3000 DP.
Security Effect[Security] <<1 Draw>>. (Draw 1 card from your deck.) Then, add this card to your hand.

Booster 1 launches in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

The twelfth episode of Bandai’s FUN! DigiCa YouTube series introduced 8 new cards from Booster 1: NEW EVOLUTION, including the last Green Super Rare of the set. This is the first episode to be filmed remotely; in response to the Coronavirus outbreak many businesses in Japan are now operating under work-from-home conditions, and Bandai Namco is no exception. As a result, Hideyoshi and Cody filmed today’s episode from their homes.

Gran Kuwagamon

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As the clock rolled over to the 24th in Japan several hours ago, card shops across the country were given the greenlight to begin selling the first three Starter Decks, Gaia Red, Cocytus Blue, and Heaven’s Yellow. Bandai announced today that Memory Gauge designs patterned after the deck’s cover cards will be distributed during events at card shops in the near future, though the exact timeframe is unknown for now.

To commemorate the launch, players can fill out a questionnaire (in Japanese) to download a printable playmat featuring War Greymon, Metal Garurumon, and Angemon. For our readers that are not Japanese-literate, the playmat is attached below the cut.

(Warning: the full image is 5787 x 4093 pixels and almost 16 MB in size.)

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From the official Japanese Twitter account.

Card NumberBT1-001Level2
Card TypeDigitamaPlay Cost
ColorRedEvolution Cost
Digimon TypeBulbDP
AttributeRarityRare
StageBabyArtistTANIMESO
Main Effect
Source Effect[When it attacks] If attacking an opponent’s Digimon, during this turn, this Digimon gets +1000 DP.
Card NumberBT1-074Level4
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost6
ColorGreenEvolution Cost2
Digimon TypePlantDP5000
AttributeDataRarityRare
StageAdultArtistyuuki.
Main Effect[On-evolution] Reveal 3 cards from the top of your deck, and add 1 Level 5 or greater Digimon Card from among them to your hand. Return the remaining cards to the bottom of your deck in any order.
Source Effect

Booster 1 launches in Japan May 15th, 2020.

From the official Twitter account.

Atlur Kabuterimon

Card NumberBT1-076Level5
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost7
ColorGreenEvolution Cost2
Digimon TypeInsectDP6000
AttributeVaccineRarityUncomon
StagePerfectArtist Nakano Haito
Main Effect
Source Effect[When it attacks] If your opponent has 2 or more Rested Digimon, +1 Memory.

Testament

Card NumberBT1-103Level
Card TypeOptionPlay Cost3
ColorYellowEvolution Cost
Digimon TypeDP
AttributeRarityRare
StageArtistMATSUMOTO EIGHT
Main Effect[Main] Until the end of your opponent’s next turn, 1 of your Digimon gets <<Blocker>>. (When your opponent’s Digimon attacks, you may Rest this Active Digimon to make it the target of that attack.)
Security Effect[Security] <<1 Draw>> (Draw 1 card from your deck.) Then, add this card to your hand.

Booster 1 launches in Japan on May 15th, 2020.

From the official Digimon TCG Twitter account, our first “Twice per turn” effect and Level 3 Blocker. Both cards are from Booster ver 1.0: NEW EVOLUTION.

Card NumberBT1-039Level5
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost6
ColorBlueEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeDemon BeastDP6000
AttributeVaccineRarityRare
StagePerfectArtistshosuke
Main Effect[When it attacks] [Twice per turn] Discard 3 cards from your hand to make this Digimon Active.
Source Effect

Cerberumon has 1000 less base power than the average for a Level 5, but can also untap itself twice in a turn for up to three total attacks, so long as players can afford the heavy discard cost. Combining this with a power gain effect like Heaven’s Gate or Shadow Wing could help alleviate the problem of getting destroyed mid-battle by a beefy Security Digimon, but first the deck needs the tools to be able to pay the discard cost repeatedly.

Card NumberBT1-031Level3
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost4
ColorBlueEvolution Cost1
Digimon TypeBeastDP1000
AttributeVirusRarityUncommon
StageChildArtistSanosuke Sakuma
Main Effect<<Blocker>> (When your opponent’s Digimon attacks, if this Digimon is Active, you may make it the target of that attack by Resting it.)
Source Effect

With only 1000 DP and a heavy (for its level) cost, Koemon is an expensive “chump blocker”—a card that will always get itself destroyed when it blocks. Chump blockers are generally only useful in the very late game when both players have very few Security remaining and all hits can be deadly hits.

NEW EVOLUTION will launch in Japan on May 15th, 2020.