Welcome to the 9th CX’s Weiss Schwarz Deck Techs! For this article, we’re going to take a look at a high-placing deck from the 2014 WS New Year Festival Trios event: Da Capo!
Now let’s get to the breakdown!
Cards – 50
Level 0 – 16
3 Tomoe, Academy’s Seasonal Greetings (DC3/W18-008)
3 Master Ricca (DC3/W18-007)
1 Otome, Sweet Moment (DC/W23-003)
1 Otome in Swimsuits (DC/W01-E01)
1 Otome, Doll (DC/WE08-47)
1 Ricca, New Magic (DC3/W23-005)
2 Charles, On Top of Lap Pillow (DC3/W18-041)
4 “3 Baka” Suginami & Yoshiyuki & Wataru (DC/W09-078)
Level 1 – 10
4 Charles, Student Council President of Kazemidori (DC3/W18-005)
2 Otome, Looking Up At the Blue Sky (DC/W09-106)
1 Chibi Charles (DC3/W18-107)
3 Tomoe, Battle Type (DC3/WE16-18)
Level 2 – 9
1 Otome, Talented And Pretty Student Council President (DC/W01-115)
2 Anzu, Ingenuinity and Strategies (DC/WE08-17)
1 Anzu, Small Mystery (DC/W23-076)
2 “Justice Magician” Otome (DC/W09-012)
3 New Year’s Kiss (DC3/W18-066)
Level 3 – 7
4 Otome, Awkward Days (DC/W09-002)
3 Anzu, New Student Council President (DC/W09-077)
CX – 8
3 Season of Cherry Blooming (DC/W09-023)
1 Erica, Sleepwalking (DC/WE02-013)
1 Cattleya of Pride (DC3/W18-067)
1 Memories of Her Brother (兄さんとの思い出) (DC/W23-105)
1 Kotatsu And Oranges (DC/WE02-035)
1 Kiss of Oath (DC/W23-074)
At level 0, we have 16 characters.
Tomoe, Academy’s Seasonal Greetings, gains +1500 power if you control 1 or fewer other characters.
Master Ricca gives characters in front of it +500 power. You can also pay 1 stock, put the top card of your deck into clock, and rest this card to tutor for a character with “Student Council President” in its name.
When you play Otome, Sweet Moment, you can pay 1 stock and discard a card to tutor for a [Magic] character.
Otome in Swimsuits gives all your characters (including itself) +500 power for the turn when it attacks.
When Otome, Doll attacks, you reveal the top card of your deck (before the trigger check). It gets +1 soul if the revealed card is a [Student Council] character.
Ricca, New Magic has a Brainstorm ability. You can pay 1 stock, and for each CX revealed, you choose a [Student Council] character you control and give it +2000 power for the turn.
Charles, On Top of Lap Pillow gives all your other [Student Council] characters +500 power. When it is put into your waiting room from the stage, you may pay 1 stock to send it to memory.
“3 Baka” Suginami & Yoshiyuki & Wataru can “run” to an open slot in the front row at the beginning of your opponent’s attack phase. You can also pay 1 stock when it is reversed in battle to send it to memory.
At level 1, we have 10 characters.
Charles, Student Council President of Kazemidori gets +1000 power if you control 3 or more other [Student Council] characters.
Otome, Looking Up at the Blue Sky gives your other characters that are either [Magic] and/or [Student Council] +500 power.
Chibi Charles has a 0 stock +1500 power Backup ability.
Tomoe, Battle Type, has clock encore.
At level 2, we have 9 cards: 6 characters and 3 events.
Otome, Talented and Pretty Student Council President is a vanilla 2/1 8500 power character.
Anzu, Ingenuity and Strategies has a 1 stock +3000 power Backup ability.
Anzu, Small Mystery, is a level support. When you play it from your hand, you can pay 2 stock to tutor for a [Magic] or [Play] character.
“Justice Magician” Otome has a CX combo with “Season of Cherry Blooming”. When it attacks, you may choose a level 2 or lower character you opponent controls and put it into (his/her) stock. At the beginning of your encore step, if it is rested, you can discard and card and send it to memory to use its Change ability for an “Otome, Awkward Days” from your waiting room.
New Year’s Kiss is an event that lets you Salvage a [Student Council] character from your waiting room. You also send this and another copy of this event in your waiting room to memory.
Finally, at level 3, we have 7 characters.
Otome, Awkward Days has a Heal ability. If you have 4 or more cards in memory, it gets +1000 power and “Whenever this reverses a character in battle, you may put that character into its owner’s stock”.
Anzu, New Student Council President has a Heal ability. When this card attacks, you reveal the top card of your deck. If the revealed card is a character card that has either [Play] and/or [Student Council], you may pay 2 stock to Heal.
How do we play this deck?
At level 0, we have a variety of effects, with the emphasis on variety. Tomoe, Academy’s Seasonal Greetings is a great way to hold the front line with a 4000 power attacker and can even hold that bonus with another character in play. Master Ricca is a support that scales through the game, allowing the deck to search for characters on the cheap and fix its hand early on, as well as the late game. More notable are the characters that send themselves to memory for one stock. Having access to cards that will never become damage after the first refresh is quite powerful, and at level 0, the deck has six of these cards. It also sets up for the very late game with Otome, Awkward Days.
Level 1 is where the deck gets rather boring. It has a singleton Backup effect to catch the opponent off guard, as well as a powerful and tenacious front line that can defend itself with clock encore or with a large number. However, there is nothing particularly unusual (or unfair, for that matter) about the deck’s game at level 1. Primarily, the goal is to build stock and fix the hand for the later game. Keep in mind that level 3 does make use of blue despite the deck’s commitment to red and yellow.
At level 2, we have a CX combo with “Justice Magician” Otome that allows it to clear away stubborn level 2 or lower characters. More importantly, it allows the deck to have access to an early Heal effect for a mere net -1 stock. Given the power of an early Heal, that’s a bargain!
Level 2 is able to defend itself reasonably well with its +3000 power Backup effects, and has additional utility with the Anzu, Small Mystery to both tutor for characters and provide a scaling level support. New Year’s Kiss is an interesting card that salvages and sends a copy of itself in the waiting room to memory when it is resolving. Not only does this improve compression by denying itself from ever being a part of damage again, but it again sets up for Otome, Awkward Days in the coming level. It is difficult but certainly possible for the deck to refresh with a mere 39 cards. Dealing damage to an 8 CX 39-card deck is significantly more difficult than an 8 CX 50-card deck.
At level 3, we have a relatively fair card in Otome, Awkward Days keeping smaller characters at bay and giving a single Heal effect. However, the real good stuff is with Anzu, New Student Council President who can keep the deck almost continuously in the low portions of level 3 (i.e. 3/0 – 3/3). Not only do you get a heal effect when you play it, but you have the ability to get another one turn after turn.
5 Door triggers allow the deck to make the most of its triggers, skewing slightly toward keeping more cards in hand as opposed to dealing potentially unfavorable amounts of damage with +2 soul triggers.
What does this deck not do well? How do we beat it? Is there something missing from it?
This deck most notably does not make use of Da Capo’s “Choose 1” cards. Xylophone Fortune Reading, which has a double Heal effect, is not utilized in this deck. Most likely, it is because the deck does not have enough blue to support it at level 2, and because the card itself is fairly stock-intensive. However, it is still a bit of a glaring omission, especially considering that the series has access to the effect.
This particular deck also has admittedly a lackluster level 1 game. While it does have defensible stats in terms of the numbers, it is nowhere near the top potential of other sets. SAO 2 in particular has access to an answer to characters with encore effects, and Milky Holmes can make any attack fairly nasty with its +3000 level 1 Backup effect.
The mechanics of this deck are also completely blown out by the presence of Heal tax effects and anti-salvage effects. Kantai Collection and Dog Days in particular are very well-positioned against this deck, as well as builds of Vividred Operation and Gargantia, and even Rewrite, that can make use of their respective Heal tax cards. If its Heal engine is shut down because of a tax that is too darn high, the endgame for the deck crumbles. However, against a deck with extreme focus on damage, the deck most likely has a more even if not favorable matchup.
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