I'm gonna be honest, I never played Cipher. I just enjoyed the pretty art from behind the scenes and since we are waiting for the last expansion and then it's over this might be as good a time as any to give my two cents about what a good job they did and who I want to see join at the last minute.
Cipher already gave cards to a lot of less famous characters I love like Zola, Petrine, even MERLINUS of all people, so I can't say I'm unhappy. And the few revealed cards we have for Booster 22 already gave love to a few other characters I wanted like Kronya and Miranda, so even if there is only a small chance with the few slots left I'm hoping beyond hope that even more characters can get a card at the last minute. And since I don't care about the actual gameplay I won't talk about getting more cards for existing characters in Cipher, even if some more nice cards for my favorites would certainly be good and alternative looks for characters that have more than one appearance (old man Karel, Renning even if we already have him as Bertram, Lehran) would be sweet.
Without further ado, here's the last cards I hope to see before the game ends.
First of all, HONORABLE MENTIONS: every character that is currently in Heroes.
With how much Heroes gets compared to Cipher and how often it's stated that Cipher gives a better and more complete representation it feels weird to me that a few characters got love in Heroes but no love in Cipher.
So it's about time we get cards for Bramimond, Mustafa, Duma, Rudolf and Kempf (merchant Anna would be cool too).
Still they are honorable mentions because it's better to only have representation in Heroes than to get nothing like my actual choices.
Medeus. Absolutely Medeus. It's unreal that the OG final boss got no love in Cipher. He got love in the first TCG and he gets love in Smash, so why not Cipher?
Eremiya is also a top choice since I love the side plot of the assassins. Some playable characters I also would like to get in are Ymir, Roger, Radd, Frost and Lorenz
And from Echoes, absolutely Nuibaba, Marla and Hestia. It's incredible that we got a generic witch but not the witches we actually care about. It makes me mad in a way.
Not much since Awakening is already well represented. But since we are going to get blue cards anyway it would be nice to get the remaining generals of Walhart's army, Cervantes and Pheros. Excellus was inexplicably chosen instead of either of them so it could be a good occasion to rectify that mistake.
Please please please, give me the capturable bosses. It was such a cool feature and it would be a shame to not represent it. And it's not like we have many other cool things that could be done with the Fates portion of this set. Of course it's impossible to get all of them in but they could prioritize the three that appear in the main story (Haitaka, Kumagera and Daniela) or the ones who were supposed to be regular characters (Candace and Nichol). Anthony would be a good meme pick that would make me laugh.
Since we got the surprise reveal of Kyza, we are exactly two cards away from completing the Laguz roster. So I can't help but hope for Giffca and Nealuchi. If we get that I'll be happy since Tellius would be pretty much perfectly represented. I suppose we could also have NPCs like the merchants and Amy or some bosses like Levail and Jarod but I don't want to be greedy. The laguz are what's important.
From FE6 I want the remaining playable characters. We are so close. Geese is a personal favorite of mine so if I have to pick one I choose him. Jahn would be cool too.
Same thing for FE7 but from that game I want Dart and Isadora.
Same thing again for FE8 but above all else Orson. Completing the Grado generals would be cool too but there are so many of them, Duessel, Glen, Caellach, Riev and maybe even Vigarde himself. Definitely unlikely.
Then there's the Champion's Blade manga who randomly managed to squeeze in another character a long time ago in the form of Celdia. So I guess it is possible it will get one more thing at the very end. Even so, I don't know if I actually hope for anyone since I haven't read the manga.
From FE4 the remaining substitutes and also a lot of options for important bosses. Among those I personally want Hilda because of the infamy she carries on her shoulders.
From FE5, oh Naga, everyone? Thracia got the short end of the stick in Cipher. So much of its playable cast is missing, I don't even know who to choose. Maybe Dagdar and Galzus beacuse of their connection to Tanya and Mareeta respectively? And also the villains. I am all for villain rights and want to get all the final bosses represented. So I will hope for a Veld card until the bitter end.
Heroes got ONE card in the last all-stars set, so it's naive to hope for much. Especially since they don't seem to care about completing it's roster and from a certain point of view it makes sense. Since Heroes will continue to add more original characters after Cipher dies, it's the one game with actually zero chance to get a complete roster. If it got a complete roster in a few months it would morph into an incomplete one. So why bother?
Still there are some fan favorites who are requested like Hrid and Laegjarn. But personally even more than them I actually want Hel and Freyja. Maybe it's my OCD talking but it bothers me that Surtr got a card but not the other final bosses. So if by some miracle two Heroes characters get a card in the last set, it's Hel and Freyja I want.
With Warriors they could pick the boring option and just give us Rowan and Lianna. Or they could pick the awesome option and give us Yelena. I would be all for that.
This one is a bit of a bummer. If Three Houses came out sooner or the card game lasted a few more sets they would have given this game the Awakening/Fates treatment and we would have gotten basycally all the major NPCs and also some genrics like a giant golem, a giant bird, a giant wolf...
Still it's possible they will have Three Houses Bias in the last set since it's the most recent game. So I will continue to hope for cards of the NPCs.
In particular I want Ladislava, Randolph, Fleche, Judith, Nader, Thales, Solon, Monica, Cornelia, Aelfric, Sitri and the two remaining saints in their monster forms.
I know we are also missing Gilbert, but I hate him so I wouldn't care if he got shafted. Imagine if we got a card of Annette's mom and not him. The ultimate F*** you towards that garbage father. It won't happen but I would like it.
A couple of things that don't really fit anywhere else. First of all it would be cool to get cards for the remaining NPCs of TMS. Especially Ayaha and Riku. Also TMS Anna.
And lastly, a couple words for Cipher itself. Obviously there is no way Cipher's roster gets less than 100% representation, it would be a paradox.
But one thing that would be nice is to focus on Poe, Alice, Valjean and Niamh. They were introduced later so they have less cards, which is a shame. Booster 21 seems to realize this as it focused on them. Or they could give a card to all 8 characters but I don't really want that. It would certainly be to the detriment of other characters which would lose their chance to get in Cipher.
And that's all. I tried to be comprehensive and not forget any character I care about. I thank the amazing user HeskethTisca on Reddit who always keeps track of who is and who isn't in Cipher. Without their work writing this post would have been a pain.