Binoculus Tiger: Revival Collection

The Revival Collection is an English-exclusive set aimed at reprinting important older cards from most clans as well as bringing previously Japanese-exclusive cards to the west.  We are beginning to learn which specific cards will be reprinted, and the first confirmed reprint for Great Nature is a card that desperately needs it – Binoculus Tiger!

Binoculus Tiger should be a card that is familiar to all of you, but for those of you who may not know what it does, I will go ahead and post his effect.

[AUTO](VC/RC): When this unit attacks a vanguard, choose another of your «Great Nature» rear-guards, and you may have that unit get [Power]+4000 until end of turn. If you do, at the beginning of your end phase, retire that unit.

This card is something you could easily point to if someone were to ask you to explain Great Nature’s unique mechanic.  Binoculus Tiger has been a staple in almost every Great Nature deck since the clan became playable on its own in BT07.  What it brings to the table is something so simple and yet so incredibly useful.  Every time it attacks the Vanguard, you can choose to give another RG +4k power and at the end of the turn, the chosen RG retires.  Binoculus is not limited to activating once per turn and of course, having been originally released so long ago, is not limited to Generation Break either.  This card is most often seen nowadays in decks based around Chatnoir, which rely more on early game retire thanks to the prevalence of cards such as Coiling Duckbill and Honorary Assistant, Mikesaburo.

In the past, many players who got into this clan around the start of the G Era have been forced to play Sleepy Tapir as a substitute for Binoculus due to the latter’s price and lack of availability.  No longer will you have this issue.  Tapir was a decent replacement because he serves largely the same purpose and even has Resist to help against the ever-dreaded Denial Griffin.  However, the relatively few matchups where Resist was important along with Tapir’s inability to work on VC make him pale in comparison to Binoculus.  The tiger works no matter what circle he is on, eliminating the need for extra G2s in hand just to be able to get off his retire skill early in the game.

This reprint is very much welcome.  Now if only Bushiroad would sneak a Crayon Tiger reprint in the set, though I wouldn’t hold my breath for it.  I will be sure to keep you updated on any new Great Nature cards that may be revealed for the Revival Collection.  After Binoculus, extra cards can only be icing on the cake!


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