Travelling Momonga: First Thoughts

While not exactly a newly revealed card, Travelling Momonga is still a card from the upcoming set that I have not yet had the time to cover.  This little guy falls into the “cute but deadly” set of Great Nature cards, providing a nice bit of utility for future decks.

[AUTO](RC):Success 20000 (When your rear-guard’s [Power] becomes 20000 or greater, this unit becomes successful until end of turn)
[AUTO] Generation Break 1:When this unit is successful and is retired from (RC) due to an effect from cards, if you have a vanguard with “Bigbelly” in its card name, search your deck for up to one grade 2 or greater card, reveal it, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.

The first thing of note here is that his ability requires you to have a Bigbelly Vanguard, which tells you what type of deck Momonga was intended to work in.  It is important to remember that due to the order of events in the End Phase, you must put your G Unit back into the G Zone before any “end of urn” effects activate.  Since you can almost exclusively meet the conditions for Momonga’s ability in that “end of turn” timing, you cannot Stride into Sage-saint Professor, Bigbelly and still get Momonga’s ability if your Grade 3 is not also a Bigbelly.

When this card was first revealed, we did not yet know about Teacher’s Cane of Affection, Bigbelly.  Even without the new Grade 3, Momonga provides incredible utility.  Bigbelly decks love to retire things in large part thanks to Greybelly and Momonga is more than happy to be chosen as a target for those retires.  You can grab all sorts of useful things – Grade 3s for Stride fodder, important utility Grade 3s like Tusk Master, or any Grade 2 you want including the ever-helpful Crayon Tiger.

With the advent of Teacher’s Cane, Momonga becomes even more powerful.  When Teacher’s Cane’s GB2 ability is live, every single card Momonga can fetch becomes something you can Stride with.  No matter what, as long as you retired Momonga during the turn before, you will be able to Stride on your upcoming turn provided you live through your opponent’s turn with that card still in your hand.  Because of Great Nature’s impressive draw power, this should not often be an issue unless you are in an extreme losing position.

Thanks to Fernyiges, we certainly have room in the main deck for this adorable little guy.  Before G-CHB02, Bigbelly decks often had a tightly packed Grade 1 lineup, but Fernyiges’ CC/SC allows you to free up space that often was occupied by Label Pangolin.  Barring an even better card being revealed down the line, I think it is safe to assume that there will be room for Momonga due to the utility it provides.

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