Nisekoi Deck Tech – 2014 Santa Clara WGP Regionals Winner!

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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 Santa Clara, California!

The deck and interview are brought to you by David Velez.

This set has been covered so many times already, so we’re (again) only going to introduce cards that haven’t been seen in previous articles. 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.

Now onto the list!

Level 0 – 17

1 Seishirou, Dramatically Changed Looks!? (NK/W30-004)
2 Chitoge in Yukata (NK/W30-009)
4 Chitoge, Surprising Side (NK/W30-053)
1 Marika, Active Girl (NK/W30-054)
2 Chitoge, First Love (NK/W30-058)
3 Marika in Swimsuits (NK/W30-078)
4 Raku Being Similar (NK/W30-084)

Level 1 – 16

2 Chitoge, Weekend Date (NK/W30-005)
3 Marika, Loving Carnage (NK/W30-056)
2 Marika, Tilting Her Head (NK/W30-059)
2 Chitoge, Words of Promise (NK/W30-060)
2 Chitoge, After A Bath (NK/W30-007)
1 Marika, Transfer Student (NK/W30-067)
2 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-022)
2 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-071)

Level 2 – 3

1 Chitoge, Lovers!? (NK/W30-T05)
2 Kosaki, Angel in White Clothing (NK/W30-081)

Level 3 – 6

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

CX – 8

4 Fictitious Love (NK/W30-T09)
4 Feelings of 10 Years (NK/W30-073)

At level 0 we have 17 characters and 2 variants.

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Chitoge in Yukata gains +1000 power and character encore if you have 1 or fewer other characters.

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Chitoge, First Love has a Brainstorm effect: you may pay 1 stock, and for every CX revealed this way choose a [Key] or [Weapon] character and it gains +2000 power until end of turn. When 1 of your other characters becomes reversed, choose 1 of your characters and it gains +1000 power until end of turn.

At level 1 we have 12 characters, 4 events and 4 variants.

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Chitoge, Weekend Date gains +2000 power if you have a “Pendant of Promise” in your memory.

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Chitoge, After A Bath gains +1000 power if you have 2 or more other [Key] characters. It also has character Encore.

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Marika, Transfer Student, on play, reveals the top card of your deck. If the revealed card is a CX, this becomes rested.

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Pendant of Promise searches for 1 [Key] character and sends itself to memory.

At level 2 we have 3 characters and 1 variant.

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Chitoge, Lovers!? has a CX combo with “Fictitious Love”: when this attacks you may pay 2 stock. If you do Bounce up to 2 of your opponent’s characters. This also has clock Encore.

At level 3 we have 6 characters.

The CX spread is 4 1k1 + Bounce and 4 1k1 + Door.

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How do we use this deck?

David: 

  • Marika, Loving Carnage (CX combo)
  • Raku Being Similar (to get pendants and for support)
  • Brainstorm (to manage damage)
  • Pendants (to search & salvage)
  • Maintain power advantage on board (power)
  • Marika & Kosaki, Maiden’s Heart
  • Free refresh with Kosaki
  • Don’t be greedy! Hahaha!

Michael: That’s a pretty good tl;dr version of how to use the deck.

At level 0, the focus should be on keeping even and setting up for level 1. It’s ideal to keep one or two characters out at a time as you near level 1 so the Marika, Loving Carnage CX combo is easier to pull off. At level 1, the deck can pull out all sorts of characters at various powers. The 1/0 Chitoge is good as a 6500 power character, though it will often be higher because of Raku Being Similar.

This list uses the level 1 support Chitoge, which is kind of a poor man’s Chitoge, Summer Colors (that PR that will break your wallet). There are a pair of level reversers to keep the opponent off anything too powerful, and there are a couple of Chitoge with character encore to maintain presence. In the mid game, the user should aim to have as many cards in hand as possible, as it will allow the deck to sustain its damage output and setup for a ton of damage in the mid to endgame.

The pair of Kosaki, Angel in White Clothing is good for gaining some much needed power during level 2. The fact that it refreshes the deck for free while keeping the user at parity is only one of the reasons why the deck is so popular and dominant at the moment.

If enough racket hasn’t been made already about Marika, Maiden’s Heart, this deck certainly helps beat a dead horse even more dead, bringing out a full set of it! What David said about not being greedy is true – burning through stock at level 2 is quite dangerous unless you have something like a full level advantage.

In the event of an emergency or damage advantage, Chitoge, Lovers!? is a great way to Bounce your opponent’s board and shove for more damage. While costly, the ability only gets better as the game progresses. It’s mediocre if used on 0-1 stock characters, but potentially game-ending to use it on 2-stock characters.

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

D: In my opinion, the deck is complete for now!

M: Having played a list very similar to this myself, I can certainly vouch for its power.

There are only certain things that I’ve seen are effective against the deck, particularly in the end game, that don’t have much to do with how the deck wants to operate, that can limit its damage. For instance, if the Nisekoi user is already at level 3, I have observed that players will ‘crash’ their entire board away to avoid the restand trigger from Marika. While that won’t necessarily stop the Burn trigger, it will limit the amount of damage dealt.

Effects that limit Salvage effects in the midgame can also be disruptive, but Heal tax is largely ineffective here.

But that’s enough about the deck. Let’s get to the interview!

M: Nice job on the win! How’d the event go for you?

D: It was nice.

M: Were there any really really lucky moments you had?

D: In round 1, I finished my opponent when I had no more CXs left in a 10-15 card deck while at 2/5.

M: Any really unlucky moments?

D: Not really. I think I took 7 damage from time to time during some of the rounds.

M: Any sweet comebacks?

D: Probably one game where I used Marika Loving Carnage multiple times when my opponent had the advantage. I was down a level but I recovered and the cards I got back from it were powerful enough to carry me on until the end.

M: How did the final match go for you? What did you play against?

D: The final match was a good tug-of-war fight. I played against Kantai Collection in the final round. Shimakaze vs Marika is fun to see. It’s a battle of advantage to the extreme.

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

D: I didn’t prepare for anything because I thought I was going to help prepare and run the event. I bought new sleeves for the event though.

M: Cool! Thanks again for the interview and good luck at Nationals! Any other shoutouts or things you’d like to say?

D: Shoutouts to Game Kastle, Ben and the staff, JJ, Kevin, Michael C, Michael S, John, Juan, and Johnny! Nisekoi 2nd set coming soon! Kantai Collection 2nd set! Thanks for the interview!

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