Welcome to the 9th CX’s Weiss Schwarz deck techs! For this article, we will be looking at the deck that took 1st at the 2014 WGP Regional Qualifiers hosted in Danville, IL!
The deck and interview are brought to you by Ian Kowalski. Because Nisekoi has been featured previously (and will continue to be featured), this deck tech will focus on the unique cards that other articles have not already explored. You can check out an old article or tournament 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. Because most analysis on this deck has already been featured, the emphasis in this article will be on the interview.
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. Special thanks to Felix for prepping the cards for the article.
Now onto the list!
“Burn Baby Burn!!”
Level 0 – 15
1 Marika, Active Girl (NK/W30-054)
1 Chibi Marika (NK/W30-104)
1 Marika, Mischievous Kiss (NK/W30-085)
3 Raku Being Similar (NK/W30-084)
1 Seishirou, Studying about Love (NK/W30-028)
4 Chitoge, Surprising Side (NK/W30-053)
2 Marika in Swimsuits (NK/W30-078)
2 Kosaki, At the Secret Place (NK/W30-091)
Level 1 – 17
4 Marika, Loving Carnage (NK/W30-056)
4 Marika, Tilting Her Head (NK/W30-059)
2 Chitoge, Words of Promise (NK/W30-060)
3 Kosaki, First Visit (NK/W30-080)
1 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-071)
3 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-097)
Level 2 – 3
2 Kosaki, Angel in White Clothing (NK/W30-081)
1 Marika, Daughter of the Police Chief (NK/W30-057)
Level 3 – 7
2 Chitoge, Deepened Friendship (NK/W30-051)
3 Kosaki, Maiden’s Heart (NK/W30-076)
2 Marika, Maiden’s Heart (NK/W30-052)
CX – 8
2 Promise of a Day Long Gone (NK/W30-099)
2 I…… Lied…… (NK/W30-097)
4 Feelings of 10 Years (NK/W30-073)
At level 0 we have 15 characters and 2 variants.
Chibi Marika has 2 on play effects. The first one lets you look at the top card of your deck and place it on top or in your waiting room. The other efffect is you may pay 1 to get a “Pendant of Promise” back from your waiting room.
Seishirou, Studying about Love, on play, makes your reveal the top card of your deck. If it isn’t a [Weapon] or [Daughter] character, put it in your clock.
At level 1 we have 13 characters and 4 events.
At level 2 we have 3 characters.
At level 3 we have 7 characters.
The CX spread is 2 P2S, 2 2k1, and 4 1k1 + Gate.
How do we use this deck?
Ian: Ideally, the deck would probably want to hit level 1 first. At that point, Kosaki, First Visit can be used to establish some field presence and Marika, Tilting Her Head can deal with larger opponents. If possible, the Marika, Loving Carnage CX combo is ideal to run first to salvage and build hand size. By level 2, definitely need the 2 Pendants in memory so you can play Kosaki’s Maiden Heart to develop a strong level 2 game and prepare for level 3 where Marika can come in and finish it.
Michael: He’s said it all just about – this list is not terribly different from the way most Nisekoi lists that use red and blue will look. There is a smattering of top-checking effects present in the level 0, and the use of a Chibi Marika lets the user net a Pendant in hand at the cost of stock instead of a card from hand. Having a different cost like that in the deck can be troublesome at times, but is usually better in the long run.
What does the deck not do well? Is it missing anything?
I: No real firepower in the level 0 game. Level 1 isn’t as bad, but can also have its fair share of issues.
M: To elaborate, the level 0 does not have a plethora of ‘unfair’ effects, such as a Change into level 1, or a ridiculously oversized character (something to the tune of 5500 power or higher).
Interestingly enough, a problem that can arise with the deck as well is the opponent constantly crashing small characters into larger characters to ensure that the level 1 CX combo is impossible to resolve. If a player trades off their characters while getting the user to level 1 first, that one-turn delay of gaining hand advantage can be all that an opponent needs to dictate the tempo of a game.
Let’s get to the interview!
M: Congratulations on your win! How did the event go for you?
I: It was very enjoyable. It was my first fully JP tournament so I got the chance to play some new decks and great players.
M: Tell us more about the event – did you get really lucky during any games?
I: My luck this tournament was actually pretty good. However, in game 2, I took 5 straight in one attack to put me up to 3.2 with my opponent roughly around 2.0 – was not feeling good about that. Also, in another game, I triggered 2 climaxes before refreshing on my opponent’s turn. Typical stuff.
M: Still won though! Any incredible comebacks?
I: Probably would be game 2 (at least I think it was game 2. Could be 1). After I took that 5 damage; it wasn’t looking good, but I knew he was out a lot of climaxes and I was good on them. So next turn I got him up to level 3, cancelled 2/3 of his next attacks, and for my last attack, Marika’s Burn + attack hit for exact damage to win.
M: Nice. How did the final match go for you? What did you play against?
I: Last match was against Log Horizon. I had only played it once with another set and had a big issue with a buffed up Naotsugu, Guardian because of his Bodyguard ability. However, the game went pretty smoothly on my end. Ran into Guardian Naotsugu again at level 3, but my opponent was already at 3/6 and the Marika burn got in for the win.
M: Ooh, dodged the anti-burn, nice! So how did you prepare for the tournament? Did you do anything special the day of?
I: Honestly, I didn’t even fully decide I was going until the day before. The last time I had even played my deck before the tourney was a couple weeks prior at a weekly tournament. So it was mostly getting my translations ready and preparing for the drive down.
M: Nice. Thanks again for the interview and good luck at Nationals! Any shoutouts or other things you’d like to say?
I: Shoutout to the people from Top Cut Comics Chicago for the weekly competitions and fun, my mom and dad for putting up with my nerdy hobbies, my friends at school, at home, and outside the state, the waifu aka Onodera, Rise Against for the pump up music, Sayanee (call me), and a thank you to those that hosted/ran the tournament and all the players for the friendly and great competition.
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