Well, I know people haven't been posting reports on here for a little while, so I thought I'd post one up on here for the pre-release at the weekend
First of all, this set is the SEX. Power curve has risen a bit, which I felt was needed, we have slightly less monotonous characters (apart from maybe Mitsurugi, but he's simple and does it exceptionally well, more on that in a bit) and a mass of really well thought out support. There were 8 players present for this tournament, who were myself, Dan, Ricky, Alex, Glen, Ray, Craig and Nick (the first 4 of which being from Colchester) Ricky manages to pull a god pack from his Quest For Souls boosters and we all end up with at least one character, so no Uni Fighters for us!
I myself pulled Mitsurugi, along with a very generous helping from my boosters, including 4 Needs a Challenge, 2 Mist Stance, 3 The Strength Within, 2 Playful and 14 High attacks all of which matched Mitsurugi's symbols.
My first round was against Ricky, who had pulled Dhalsim from his Warrior's Dream packs.
Round 1 vs. Dhalsim - 2-0 Win
Ricky pulled out Impossible Contortion on me, which provided something of a problem, considering Mitsurugi's focus on damage pumps. He also threw out really rather big throws like Hip Buster and Flooded Nile Throw with Big Dreams boosts that very nearly killed me on both games! However, Mitsurugi's big strings of 7+ damage attacks proved to be a real pain for him in return...
My second round was against Glen, who had pulled Xianghua....
Round 2 vs. Xianghua - 2-0 Win
NOOO! I had to play against my baby! I didn't want to bash Xianghua! She's the character I wanted in the first place! *sigh*. Anyway, I was on the brink of death due to Xianghua's very fast setup and fast attacks, such as Seal and Tiao Wu Kick. Although her 18 health got the better of her once Mist Stance hit the table...
My final round was against Alex, who had pulled other characters but decided to stick with his promo Yun-Seong
Round 3 vs. Yunseong - 2-0 Win
Somehow I always end up playing my better half during UFS tournaments for some reason... I'd seen what Yun-Seong had done in the previous rounds, and getting double time out of your foundations is always something to be feared. I however found out very quickly that Yun-Seong struggles without momentum, and in a prerelease format, the only way to really gain it is to attack, so I played very reservedly and left blocks n my hand for every zone, knowing that he'd play Needs A Challenge (which is nowhere near as broken as you might think) and left all the attacks in my hand for a final kill turn.
And thats how it all went. Honestly, my views on the set are really very positive, and I hope evrybody else appreciates it the same way I do. I can say that Yoshimitsu isn't as broken as he looks, but Mitsurugi is exceptionally dangerous if played in the right hands. The prerelease format wasn't partcicularly kind to Taki or Amy, so I can't really comment on how they are, although having played Dan's recently built Amy deck, she's bloody irritating so sy the least!