This creature card is based on two different animals.
Chrysaora is based on a genus of the family Pelagiidae (Jellyfish). The origin of the name lies in Greek mythology with Chrysaor, brother of Pegasus and son of Poseidon and Medusa. Translated, Chrysaor means "he who has a golden sword."
Physalia is based on a genus of the order Siphonophorae, colonies of four specialized polyps and medusoids that drift on the surface of the ocean. Although these organisms look like a single multicellular organism, each specimen is actually a colony of minute organisms called zooids that have to work together for survival. Both species of this siphonophore resemble a jellyfish in appearance, with their gas-filled float and cluster of polyps beneath, but they are NOT jellyfish. The common names for the two species are the Pacific man o' war and the Portuguese man o' war.
"A very due revamp here, I do believe, as the Chrysaora's Spore art closely resembled a flower rather than a jellyfish. While my rendition is closer to an actual jellyfish, I purposefully left out certain characteristics of one, and enhanced certain oddities, such as the tips of the tentacles, to give him a little less of a real-life, and a little more of an Elements feel." -vrt
Card Description & Usage
Chrysora and it's upgraded form Physalia represent a unique opportunity for repeatable, unblockable Poison damage. It's weakness" is that it requires a second element to use, but Death and Water amplify each other's poisoning ability nicely, and poison is a mechanic that benefits a lot from that synergy.
Chrysora is in one key way more effective than Physalia at getting the poison out: because it has a zero attack power, it's never affected by enemy shields. That said, in most circumstances, Physalia's additional damage makes it the better choice.
Water's cheapest critter makes appearances in several major deck archetypes, from the classics like Speed Poison to some very unique decks like Yaladilae's Poison Quartet anti-False God deck.
- Make sure there's nothing more important to do with your quanta before you mindlessly activate your Chrysora/Physalia.
- If the opponent comes out with Otyugh or some other way to kill your little guys, consider what will happen if you play out any you have in reserve. Will you just be feeding him unnecessarily, or will you get the one or two extra points of poison you need to finish your opponent?
- Wondering whether to run Chrysora or Physalia in your upgraded deck? It's simple: run Physalia unless you're going for a control win with no permanent denial.