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.

The official Japanese Digimon TCG portal shared five full art prints of the Tamer Cards featured in Booster 1: NEW EVOLUTION. Every sealed box of BT01 will contain one of these cards inserted; their card numbers, names, and effects, are identical to their Rare prints in the set, but the artwork expands across the entire card frame and is finished with a parallel diagonal foil.

These are likely to become highly sought after once the set launches on May 15th, as competitive players seek to bling out their decks and collectors try to gather one of each card. The cards respectively feature Yagami Taichi, Ishida Yamato, Takaishi Takeru, Izumi Koushirou, and Tachikawa Mimi.

A sales sheet intended for card shops containing information about the second booster set of the 2020 Digimon Card Game, BT-02: ULTIMATE POWER, was leaked on Twitter late last night by a fan account. Booster 2 will launch on July 22nd, 2020, and introduce the colors Purple (紫) and Black (黒) with the former focusing on manipulating the Trash and the latter containing powerful Blockers. According to the product sheet every Super Rare in the set will be Ultimate level (Level 6) and some of its featured Digimon include Dukemon, Piemon, Ulforce V-dramon, Venom Vamdemon, and Black War Greymon.

ULTIMATE POWER’s setlist will comprise 112 cards: 44 Commons, 30 Uncommons, 26 Rares, 10 Super Rares, and 2 Secret Rares. Each booster pack will retail for 180 yen, and contain 6 cards plus one index card. The set will feature Tamer Cards for Takenouchi Sora and Kido Jou from the Digimon Adventure: TV anime series (currently on hiatus due to work complications from the Coronavirus pandemic) as well as cards for their partner Digimon.

According to the product sheet, the target demographic of the TCG is girls and boys over 10, with the “core target” ranging 10~30 years old.

From the official Japanese Twitter account, Herakle Kabuterimon‘s finishing move in Option Card form.

Card NumberBT1-111Level
Card TypeOptionPlay Cost3
ColorGreenEvolution Cost
Digimon TypeDP
AttributeRarityRare
StageArtisttessy
Main Effect[Main] Rest either 1 of your opponent’s Digimon, or 2 of their Digimon with 5000 or less DP.
Security Effect[Security] Activate this card’s [Main] effect.

Booster 1 launches in Japan May 15th, 2020.

From the official Japanese Twitter account, an anti-Blocker Digimon that Bandai forgot to put their SAMPLE text over.

Card NumberBT1-023Level5
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost7
ColorRedEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeUndeadDP7000
AttributeVirusRarityRare
StagePerfectArtisttyuga
Main Effect[When placed] Destroy 1 of your opponent’s Digimon with <<Blocker>>.
Source Effect

Bear in mind when evaluating this card that “when placed” effects only resolve when a card is placed directly into the Battle Area; evolution does not count.

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

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 Japanese Twitter account, the first Level 5 Super Rare. Only 4 SRs remain unrevealed.

Birdramon

Card NumberBT1-017Level4
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost4
ColorRedEvolution Cost2
Digimon TypeGiant BirdDP4000
AttributeVaccineRarityUncommon
StageAdultArtistTANIMESO
Main Effect[When placed] During this turn, 1 of your Digimon gets <<Security Attack +1>>. (Increase the number of Security this Digimon checks by +1.)
Source Effect

Garudamon

Card NumberBT1-022Level5
Card TypeDigimonPlay Cost7
ColorRedEvolution Cost3
Digimon TypeBird ManDP7000
AttributeVaccineRaritySuper Rare
StagePerfectArtistTANIMESO
Main Effect<<Piercing>> (During the battle this Digimon attacked, and it destroys an opponent’s Digimon, it checks Security.)
Source Effect[During your turn] When this Digimon is blocked, <<1 Draw>>. (Draw 1 card from your deck.)

Booster 1 launches in Japan May 15th, 2020.