Yes, you too can use Minami, Himeji and Hideyoshi to beat the brains out of your opponent.
I wrote about Bushiroad’s Weiβ Schwarz trading card game (TCG) a while back, but now it’s time to introduce another TCG that has captured my attention and given me a good outlet for my desire to crush my enemies, drive them before me and hear the lamentations of their women. This game is also made by Bushiroad, and it is simply called Chaos. If you want to know, Chaos actually stands for Character Operating System, and oh my, what a system it is.
The basic premise of Chaos revolves around summoning characters from various anime and games such as Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu and Navel’s Shuffle series, and using the characters to beat the stuffing out of your opponents. The power levels of the different characters, their combos and their special abilities add a very tactical dimension to the game, with destructive combos across different series possible and very spectacular to behold when they are pulled off. Unlike WS which operates on a Soul damage/Level system, in Chaos the player’s deck is his life counter, and any damage is dealt directly to his deck. Another major difference is how only a single card of any character can be present in your group at any one time. So for example, if I already have a China Waitress Hideyoshi on my field, I cannot have any other Hideyoshi character cards present on my field. This is unlike WS where I could easily have up to five different Fate Testarossa cards running around in my field at any one time.
Perhaps the most important and the most distinguished feature of Chaos is the Partner system. Chaos players must choose a character in their deck that will be the designated “Partner” for the deck. This partner character will level up and grow stronger over the course of the game, and many partners come with powerful abilities that can be game defining. In fact, many players will consider the partner characters as their “wife”, often choosing their favorite characters to act as their partner.
If I had to compare Chaos to another TCG that I played, I would say it is similar to Magic the Gathering. Like MtG, Chaos by its nature is a lot less dependent upon the luck factor and a lot more dependent on tactics. For myself, I find Chaos more rewarding and more challenging, but therefore more fulfilling to play. But then again I know players who prefer the more relaxed nature of Weiβ Schwarz and Victory Spark, and would never touch Chaos with a 10-foot pole. It all comes down to personal preference in the end.
My only gripe about the game is how the Nanoha series is absent in Chaos. I would love to have Feito as my partner, but Minami from BakaTest and Nerine from Shuffle are fine too.
With that said, there will be an official Chaos tournament in AFA X this year. More details can be found in Chaos@NKDS, the site that Xak set up as a base for information on Chaos. Card translations are available in that site, so please refer to it if you intend to start the game in the near future. Bushiroad will have teaching areas in AFA X, where you can walk in and learn how to play Weiβ Schwarz, Chaos and Victory Spark for free, so please feel free to pop by the booths and take a look.
This is Julius Firefocht, signing off.