Column by Jeffrey Dohm-Sanchez
Posted by Jeffrey Dohm-Sanchez on August 24, 2023 @ 10:02 am CT
In order to help sort out what's going on here, I've decided to offer my opinion on the best cards in Disney Lorcana: The First Chapter. For brand-new TCGs, generally singles prices are determined by rarity and function in gameplay, and in the case of Disney Lorcana, it's mostly about function right now. There are a few cards that have been creeping up in value simply because they are just good in the game. So, without further ado, here are my picks for best cards in Disney Lorcana (prices listed as TCGplayer market price):
Mickey Mouse, Brave Little Tailor ($25). This card is just simply one of the best finishers in the game. Mickey has great stats, makes lots of Lore, and has Evasive so he can't be easily Banished. This card is a staple for Ruby decks, and there is no reason not to play it.
Belle, Strange But Special ($45). Belle is, in fact, very special. She provides a boost to Ink production in the mid-game, and in the late game, she becomes a Lore-producing machine. Easily one of the best cards in the game, and she comes in a pricey Enchanted Rare form ($222).
Lilo, Making a Wish ($15). Great cards don't necessarily need to be flashy. Amber Lilo is just rare, makes two Lore, and costs one Ink to put into play. A simple, yet perfect for Amber decks.
Be Prepared ($15). This Action Song card is just The Great Equalizer for Ruby players. It wipes all the characters off the board, so that Ruby players can gain a strategic advantage or just get rid of all the Stitches that might be causing a problem. Wrath of God has never been bad in a card game.
'Disney Lorcana' Song Cards"). Why in the world anyone would print an under-costed Wheel of Fortune into a TCG again is beyond me (let alone in an Ink color that could empty its hand fast)? Yet, here we are! The card is in Lorcana, it can draw speedy Steel/Sapphire players an entire new hand by simply exerting a 5-cost chracter, and potentially give them massive card advantage with Ink to spare.
In addition to the best cards, I also have a couple sleepers that deserve some attention:
Fishbone Quill ($5.73). The Quill isn't exactly a sleeper, but it is probably undervalued for what it does. It allows Sapphire players to basically put an extra Ink into play every turn and it only costs three Ink to play. Ramping up Ink to bring more costly characters into play earlier is a major advantage in games of Lorcana.
We should find out in Q4 2023 which cards get a boost and which don't, when Ravensburger moves onto the next chapter of the game. Until then, stay shiny, my friends (so shiny).
Click on Gallery below for full-size images of the best cards!