Monogatari (Waifu) Deck Tech – 1st at Bay Area Locals

Tsukihi Araragi

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Welcome to the 9th CX’s Weiss Schwarz deck techs! For this article, we will be looking at a waifu deck from the Monogatari series!

This deck tech is brought to you by Christopher Nguyen, a player from the Bay Area.

This deck tech is meant to be a look at how to build a Tsukihi waifu deck, for those who believe that Tsukihi is best girl. The deck did win a 31-person tournament, after going X-1 in Swiss and then undefeated in elimination rounds. However, it is not necessarily a competitive deck. Most of the analysis that would normally be done on other deck techs will be skipped for this article.

Translations can be found on Heart of the Cards. Names will be matched to reflect the translation notes. If translations are unavailable for the card, in-house translations will be used.

Deck – 50

Level 0 – 13

3 Tsukihi Araragi, Loves Kimono (NM/S24-059)
4 “Bird of the Afterworld” Tsukihi Araragi (NM/S24-049)
2 Hitagi Senjougahari, Farewell to the Past (NM/S24-048)
2 Mayoi Hachikuji, Exchanged Promise (NM/S24-053)
2 Tsukihi Araragi, Tea Club (NM/S24-061)

Level 1 – 13

4 “Fire Sisters” Tsukihi Araragi (NM/S24-056)
3 Tsukihi Araragi, Morning Sight (NM/S24-062)
4 Tsukihi Araragi, Cuckoo Girl (NM/S24-046)
2 Tsukihi Araragi & Karen Araragi, Friendly Sisters (NM/S24-P01)

Level 2 – 8

4 Tsukihi Araragi, Impulsive Personality (NM/S24-058)
2 Tsukihi Araragi, In Charge of Strategy (NM/S24-057)
2 Tsukihi Araragi, Famous at Tsuganoki 2nd Junior High (NM/S24-051)

Level 3 – 8

4 Hitagi, Girl Who Encountered a Crab (BM/S15-052)
4 Tsukihi Araragi, Undying Strange (NM/S24-047)

CX – 8

4 Platinum-Grade Anger (NM/S24-070)
4 Tsukihi Phoenix (NM/S24-067)

At level 0 we have 13 characters.

Tsukihi Araragi, Loves Kimono gives characters in front of it +500 power and can rest itself to give a [Strange] character you control +500 power until end of turn.

“Bird of the Afterworld” Tsukihi Araragi Burns you for 1 at the start of your draw step.

Hitagi Senjougahari, Farewell to the Past has a Brainstorm effect: you may pay 1 stock, and for every CX revealed you may Salvage 1 [Strange] character and discard a card.

Mayoi Hachikuji, Exchanged Promise has an Experience effect: If you have 4 or more experience, when you play this, you may salvage a [Strange] character and discard a card.

Tsukihi Araragi, Tea Club is a 3000 power vanilla. (!!)

At level 1 we have 13 characters.

“Fire Sisters” Tsukihi Araragi becomes a level 1 or lower character reverser if you have 2 or more other [Yukata] characters.

Tsukihi Araragi, Morning Sight is a +1000 power character counter, and when you use the counter on a red character it gives it an additional +1000 power.

Tsukihi Araragi, Cuckoo Girl has a CX combo with “Platinum-Grade Anger”: when this attacks you may pay 1 stock and discard a card. If you do, you may Salvage up to 2 [Yukata] characters.

Tsukihi Araragi & Karen Araragi, Friendly Sisters rests all your other standing characters when it attacks.

At level 2 we have 8 characters.

Tsukihi Araragi, Impulsive Personality has an Experience ability: with Experience 5 (or higher) it becomes a level reverser. It also has a CX combo with “Tsukihi Phoenix”: When itattacks you may pay 1 stock. If you do, choose a level 2 or lower character in your opponent’s front row and put it in their waiting room.

Tsukihi Araragi, In Charge of Strategy gains +3000 power if the character opposite it is level 3 or higher. If you have 2 or more other [Strange] characters this gains character Encore.

Tsukihi Araragi, Famous at Tsuganoki 2nd Junior High is a level assist (+500 power per level) and gives a [Strange] character you control +1000 power until end of turn when this is played.

At level 3 we have 8 characters.

Hitagi, Girl Who Encountered a Crab has an on-play Heal effect. It also has an Experience effect: with Experience 6 (or higher) it gains +500 power, and when you reverse a level 2 or higher character you may pay 1 stock to send a level 1 or lower character your opponent controls to their waiting room.

Tsukihi Araragi, Undying Strange rests itself upon being reversed once a turn.

The CX spread is 4/4 split between 1 stock + 1 soul and 1k1 + Door effects and triggers respectively.

Thanks again to Chris for providing his tips and insights for this section.

How do we use this deck?

C: At level 0, you want to play the 3500 to burn yourself to level 1, or play the vanilla to get them to attack you.

M: The deck has a very low number of level 0 characters, and will be likely pushed to level 1 first. The 3500 Tsukihi self Burn effect works wherever it is, so if your opponent feels like playing the “draw go” game, you can put it in the back stage to push yourself to level 1 that much quicker.

C: At level 1, you want a full back stage to get the level reverser online. Make sure you clock a level 3 during your level 0, and level with it. Getting to the right Experience by level 2 is pretty important.

M: Throughout the level 1 and 2, the deck has a lot of ways to Salvage characters, and has level reversers through level 2, provided the right amount of Experience has been achieved.

C: You mostly have to be careful about some small things, like remembering that the double Salvage CX combo only gets [Yukata] characters back, and that you always need to attack with your Friendly Sisters last, otherwise you’ll just lose a turn.

M:  The endgame does have a rather unique card in a 3-soul Tsukihi that has a no-penalty, “auto-revive” ability. Attacking for 3 soul may be significantly more risky, but for a character that has no downside (other than being ridiculously weak to Bounce effects), it’s still quite a threat. It can even be “crashed” into larger characters for free.

What does this deck not do well? Is it missing something? How do we beat it?

C: This deck is pretty consistent, but it doesn’t use any of the better cards that the series has to offer. It’s seriously just a waifu deck. If you want to look at it from a perspective of a tournament, Kantai and Little Busters! can be awful because of the anti-salvage and all this deck has really is Salvage effects. To be fair, they do have to actually draw the cards, but if they do, then you’re pretty much hosed.

M: The deck is pretty obnoxious for decks that rely heavily on power, as it has level reversers that are active up through level 2. As Chris mentioned before, anti-salvage is a very easy answer to the deck.

However, as we said before, if Tsukihi is your waifu and you want to make a deck around her, consider this list, and good luck!

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