Nisekoi Deck Tech – 2nd at 2014 Indy WGP Regionals

Marika

Welcome to the 9th CX’s Weiss Schwarz deck techs! For this article, we will be looking at the deck that took 2nd at the 2014 WGP Regional Qualifiers hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana by IndyGamerz!

The deck and interview are brought to you by Melanie Lynette Strock. Because Nisekoi has been featured (and will likely continue to be featured) in the past, this deck tech will focus on the unique cards that other articles have not already explored. Check out an old article for a similar competitive deck list. Cards not seen in that list can be seen in an older article of a less competitive deck list.

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.

Onto the list!

“Dependant”

Level 0 – 16

2 Marika, Mischievous Kiss (NK/W30-085)
4 Chitoge, Surprising Side (NK/W30-053)
4 Raku Being Similar (NK/W30-084)
2 Marika in Swimsuits (NK/W30-078)
2 Marika, Active Girl (NK/W30-054)
2 Kosaki, At the Secret Place (NK/W30-091)

Level 1 – 14

4 Kosaki, First Visit (NK/W30-080)
4 Marika, Loving Carnage (NK/W30-056)
2 Kosaki, Progression of the Two (NK/W30-086)
3 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-097)
1 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-071)

Level 2 – 4

2 Marika, Daughter of the Police Chief (NK/W30-057)
2 Kosaki, Angel in White Clothing (NK/W30-081)

Level 3 – 8

3 Kosaki, Maiden’s Heart (NK/W30-076)
2 Marika, Maiden’s Heart (NK/W30-052)
3 Chitoge, Deepened Friendship (NK/W30-051)

CX – 8

4 I……Lied…… (NK/W30-098)
4 Feelings of 10 Years (NK/W30-073)

At level 0 we have 16 characters, and 2 new characters.

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When you play Marika, Active Girl, look at the top card of your deck. You may either leave it on top or put it in the waiting room. When you play this, you may discard a CX. If you do, Salvage a character.

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Kosaki, At the Secret Place gains +2000 power on your opponent’s turn if he or she controls 3 or fewer characters. When you play this, if you have 2 or more “Pendant of Promise” in your memory, you may pay 1 stock to tutor a [Key] character.

At level 1, we have 10 characters and 4 events. (Nothing new!)

At level 2, we have 4 characters. (Still nothing new!)

At level 3, we have 8 characters. (!!!)

The CX spread is a familiar 4/4 split between 1k1Door and 2k1 + 2 soul effects and triggers respectively.

How do we use this deck?

Melanie: This deck uses a lot of search and Salvage effects to set up the hand for each level of the game. There are a lot of 0 cost level 0 and level 1 characters with the ability to fix the hand that can net a lot of stock for the late game.

Michael: As Melanie has said, this deck has a wealth of options early on to filter the hand and net stock. Having level reversers and the ability to ‘filter’ cards with Marika, Mischievous Kiss and Marika, Active Girl can have an overall positive impact on your game.

Melanie: The goal early on is to get two “Pendant of Promise” into memory on or before level 2 to enable “Kosaki, Maiden’s Heart”.

Michael: The level 1 CX combo with Marika, Loving Carnage is one of the best ways to transition into the early/midgame from level 1, especially if you hit level 1 first. Pendant of Promise on the defense with +3000 power keeps it safe, and if you so happen to draw more than 1 Feelings of 10 Years, you still net cards in hand while dealing damage. While it’s possible with this deck to be CX flooded like any other, it’s very difficult for it to be seen as a horrible thing especially with the opportunities to net so many cards present.

Melanie: The level 3 end game uses Chitoge, Deepened Friendship to setup the top of the deck for Marika, Maiden’s Heart (in a really ideal situation).

What does the deck not do well? Is it missing anything?

Melanie: The level 0 and 1 could still use some tuning, especially because there are so many options in the set for those levels. I actually chose not to run the level 1 reverser Marika to avoid getting soul rushed. I didn’t use “Kosaki, Progression of the Two” and “Kosaki, At the Secret Place” very many times.

Michael: To be fair, not using a card very much doesn’t necessarily rule it out from being good, though not using the level 1 reverser is a decision I would disagree with. I think the kind of plays that it allows is well worth the trade-off of having an open slot or two on the board.

Melanie: The deck has to look out for Heal tax and anti-salvage effects. Having the variety of effects at level 3 is really nice, and balancing search and Salvage effects helps combat Heal tax, and vice versa with anti-salvage.

How does the deck stack up? Is it conservative or greedy? What’s its overall power range? Is it easy or difficult to use? What would you say about its viability in the JP/EN metagames at large?

Michael: The deck is so similar to a previously featured deck that most, if not all, of the past analysis still stands.

Melanie: I feel that this deck will continue to do well in the current meta. The set has a lot of options to deal with different threats. Pendant counters (+3000 power) are really important against sets like Love Live! and Kill La Kill (MLet’s not forget SAO!) But the most powerful level 3 has to be the Marika with its ability to attack twice and Burn twice.

Onto the interview!

Michael: Thank you for the interview and congratulations on your finish! Let’s introduce you for the readers. How long have you played the game?

Melanie: I started playing Weiss Schwarz in mid-May of this past year (2014). I have played Magic:The Gathering for a few years, but have really found myself loving Weiss. I found the card game when searching for Sword Art Online merchandise (I’m sure several people will insert a groan here 😉 ). I started playing with English cards, and recently just purchased my first Japanese set which I’m very excited about.

M: How was your event overall?

Melanie: This was my first Japanese tournament, and I had an amazing time. I played against some very talented players with well built decks. The event was extremely well run and it was amazing to get to meet and play with everyone there!

M: Great to hear! What was a really lucky moment you had during the tournament?

Melanie: When I played against Kill la Kill in my 2nd round, I wasn’t able to get two Pendants into my memory until very late into Level 2, which wasn’t ideal. Also, my opponent set up an extremely powerful field. I felt I was very lucky that there was no Heal tax out because I was able to heal with Chitoge and use my Level 3s to finish out a very close game.

M: How about a really unlucky moment? Any of those?

Melanie: My last turn in the final round in canceling soul damage 🙁

Marika WTF

In reality, I feel the worst mistake I made was in my 4th round game against a very powerful Love Live! build. I retrieved the wrong Pendant of Promise (Blue instead of the Red I needed based on my hand at that point), but was luckily able to utilize some of my other search options to continue out the match and win.

M: Did you have any incredible comebacks in the event?

Melanie: I think my biggest comeback was in the final round. Even though I didn’t win the game, I was ahead in level most of the game and was able to play two Level 3 turns and push for more damage (from 1 to 6) in the end.

M: Speaking of which, how did the final match go for you?

Melanie: I played against another Nisekoi deck that utilized some of the same, and some different, cards as mine. I actually found the last match to be very informative, because there were some cards that I considered but did not use in my build. It was a pretty even game and a wonderful match. It was great to see another deck in the series run and an honor to learn from it!

M: So how did you prepare for the tournament? Did you do anything special the day of the tournament?

Melanie: I didn’t do anything really special the day of the tournament in terms of preparation (we spent a lot of time traveling that day to it), but before hand I was able to play test my deck with some of my friends at our local store, The Soldiery in Columbus, Ohio. I would say that we arrived at Gamerz pretty early in the morning, which is a great bit of advice if you have to travel to a tournament and alleviated stress. I also did quite a bit of playtesting at home, albeit against my other English decks. Honestly, going into the tournament I was hoping just see how my deck ran in the Japanese meta and was planning to make adjustments before competing in another Regional near the end of the month. I was both humbled and excited about how well my first build did.

M: Thank you again for the interview and congratulations on the finish! Best of luck to you during Nationals. Any other shoutouts or things you’d like to say?

Melanie: Thank you to my boyfriend, Joe, for supporting my card game playing. I want to thank all of the talented players that I got to meet and play with from the Illiana Weiss Schwarz group. They were extremely helpful the day of the tournament and incredibly nice. I also want to thank all of the players at The Soldiery Weiss Schwarz group for coming with me to the event from Columbus, helping me grow in playing the game, and aiding in naming my deck!

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