Imposter Queen Anfisa
Today we have Imposter Queen Anfisa. The obvious question is ‘what happened to the real Queen Anfisa?’

Being one of the 5 Nobles in the current set, this card is, as you would expect, quite formidable. 5HP (boosted to 7 by the Field Bonus, which this card will always have if you have any sense) means it can be tough to shift, and while 2 Attack Power might not seem like much, it is a Magic Attack, which makes it pretty useful. However, the true strength of this card is in its Possession ability. Any enemy card placed next to Anfisa will become Possessed. This means that:
1 – Control of those Possessed creatures is taken away from your enemy and given to you. This means you can rotate and attack with them (from your own Mana pool).
2 – Because the Possession happens automatically, and in all directions, Anfisa is basically immune to standard close-range attacks while on a Water field.

Since it is often a point of confusion, here is some clarification. If you are playing against the AI, or an online opponent, and you Possess one (or more) of their cards, you can control them using the Joypad. Press Square and then the D-Pad to select a card, then press X to bring up a menu giving you Attack and Rotate options. This way, you can manipulate enemy cards without them physically being on your board.

Since Possession is calculated before an attack begins, any enemy placing a card next to Anfisa will lose control of it immediately, meaning that they won’t even get their standard free attack. This makes is a very powerful card to have on the board, and if used well, you can deny your opponent the creatures that they might use to break out of Check.

Anfisa does have some downsides though. The Summoning Cost of 6, while reasonable for what the card does, is still quite steep, which means that you might have a bit of trouble getting her into play if you are running a Mana-expensive deck. Also, her Possession ability only applies while on a Water Field, which means that if there are no Water fields empty when you can play this card, she is basically useless. In fact, if you can’t play Anfisa on a Water field, you shouldn’t play her at all (unless you will lose the game if you don’t), as not only will she not get her Possession power, but she will lose out on the Field bonus which is going to keep her alive a little longer. Incidentally, this makes her Summoning Lock completely pointless – she can still be played on a Water Field even if the Lock is still on, and there is no reason at all not to play her on a Water Field.

An enemy using this card can be tricky to deal with, but not impossible. There are a few options available to you.
1 – The easiest and cheapest way is simply to Fieldquake her Water field. This will deactivate her Possession ability and rob her of her Field Bonus (and if the reverse of her Field is Fire, do some extra damage in the process).
2 – Using a combination of Ranged and Magic Attack creatures, such as the Arc Satellite Cannon and the Novogus Catapult are good ways to take her out. Combine them with a Clare Wil’s Banner to make things easier. The Partmole Flame Guard is also good for this job, given their Attack Power bonus against creatures on water fields and their ranged attack, as long as one of your own creatures isn’t in the way.
3 – Using a card which swaps positions with the target is a great way to neutralise Anfisa. Elven Death Dancers are your best bet for this, but the Wolf Ninja works just way well if Anfisa is in a position that you can hit her with it (remember, it will be possessed automatically if you place it next to her, so be careful.) Place your card on a Fire Field and then hit Anfisa to switch places with her, doing 4 Damage on top of your actual attack Damage.

If you are feeling daring, and are running a deck with a lot of Mana generation, try Exchanging the centre field for a Water Field using Call of Timeless Juno, and then placing Anfisa in the middle. This will both optimise her Possession ability, and make it impossible for your opponent to hit her with anything except Magic Attacks. Once you’ve done that, you can secure her position using a Lesser Granvenoa to prevent your opponent exchanging or fieldquaking her. It’s a risky and expensive manoeuvre, but if you can pull it off, you’ll be in a very strong position to win the game.

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Posted by Krimson on Tue, 20th Nov 2007, at 09:38
I forget which starter deck it was in (i think water barrage) but queen anfisa isn't the real queen, Claire Wil is. but she disappeared and no one knows where she went. (a card in the next series? i hope so!)
Posted by Cubicman on Tue, 20th Nov 2007, at 15:22
I enjoy having this card on my side but when it belongs to the opponent I'm dead.(I hardly have any magic or ranged creatures)
Posted by ArcaneJMS on Wed, 21st Nov 2007, at 11:35
This card is nothing short of awesome. One of the few "I Win" cards in the game. If you get her out and build your strategy around her she is an incredibly tough nut to crack.
Posted by Alex on Mon, 26th Nov 2007, at 09:13
This card is my number 1 on my list 'must haves'. I wonder how much boosters I have to buy to get this one :p
Posted by Scanlon on Thu, 29th Nov 2007, at 16:55
If the rest of blue's 'royal family' worked together better, this would be the best card in the game. I think the Bioliths might be better, but if I had to pick just one Noble, it'd be this one.
Posted by Pessimism on Fri, 30th Nov 2007, at 02:13
Indeed a good card- great card. I want this bad- mainly for strategic purposes, but lets face it, her alone can be a make-or-break game card!
Posted by ShadowKoneko on Sat, 15th Dec 2007, at 19:55
Call of Timeless Juno is also a good way to get the placement you want for her before or after you bring her out.
Posted by edgalor on Thu, 10th Jan 2008, at 04:19
great card but situational. Without a water field this card would mean it's useless. Processing enemies around her could make things really really tricky especically at end game tho. Call of timeless juno works really well with this card when you can't find a water field, but the mana cost of this combo is nice. again, a great card but situational compare to other nobles
Posted by DarkPrince on Mon, 28th Jan 2008, at 07:20
I want this card, i probly will never play it but still would love to have one, without the water feild the card ain't that great though
Posted by bettand on Fri, 25th Apr 2008, at 15:27
Wow, I just faced this card and Warden Hilda together and it was devastating. But awesome to try and beat the opponent at the same time. I have to get this card. Why not 4 of 5 stars I wonder?
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