The official English Digimon Card Game Facebook page announced today that the English-language versions of the Starter Decks Gaia Red, Cocytus Blue, and Heaven’s Yellow, will each cost $9.99 at retail when they launch early next year. This is roughly double the price of the Japanese Starter Decks, which famously retailed for just 500 yen and were the cheapest decks ever printed in the Japanese market, but to compensate each English deck is bundled with a single Booster Pack of Special Booster 1.0.
Both the Starter Decks and the Special Booster will first be available at a special pre-sale held at select hobby shops in November 2020, while their retail release will be in January 2021. The Special Booster combines cards from the first three booster sets of the Japanese game, NEW EVOLUTION, ULTIMATE POWER, and UNION IMPACT.
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.
The thirteenth episode of Bandai’s FUN! DigiCa YouTube series pits Hideyoshi and Cody against one another in a remote match using decks made from two Gaia Red and two Cocytus Blue decks combined, plus assorted promotional cards. This is their first match with sleeved cards, using the War Greymon and Metal Garurumon sleeves that launched alongside the first Starter Decks. As with the previous episode, this episode was filmed remotely as part of a stay-at-home recommendation from the Japanese government, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Spoilers for the match follow after the cut.
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.
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On the fifth episode of Bandai’s FUN! DigiCa YouTube series, hosts Hideyoshi and Cody play a sample match of Cocytus Blue against Gaia Red. The next episode will feature Cody playing Heaven’s Yellow while Hideyoshi continues to use Gaia Red.
Episode 2 of Bandai’s FUN! DigiCa YouTube series displayed the full list of cards included in Starter Deck 1: Gaia Red, including the new Option Card, Giga Destroyer. The deck contains 54 cards rather than the 53 originally announced, including a playset of the deck’s Digitama Card, Koromon.
The most important detail is that each Gaia Red deck will come with only two copies of its Super Rare—meaning to have a full playset of War Greymon, players will need to purchase two Starter Decks. The same likely holds true for the other launch Starter Decks, Cocytus Blue and Heaven’s Yellow.