Nisekoi Deck Tech – A Post-Ban JP List

Rip Raku

R.I.P. Raku 2014-2014

Welcome to the 9th CX’s Weiss Schwarz deck techs! For this article, we will be taking a look at a theorycrafted list of Nisekoi after the December 29 ban list update!

You can see the updated ban list here.

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. Even though this deck is slated for EN release, it will (for this time) use its HotC JP translations, because the set’s cards are going to have different effects once that time comes.

This list is brought to you by the writers of 9th CX, Michael and Felix, as a deck to try in the post-ban environment. Because we have (really) written endlessly about the deck, the only cards we will be introducing are the promos which have seen only sparse play until after the ban. Since the ban list update, their price (and use) have increased drastically. So if you have them, hooray! If you need them… good luck!

So, what exactly is in this list?

RIP Nisekoi – Long Live Nisekoi!

Cards – 50

Level 0 – 16

4 Chitoge, Surprising Side (NK/W30-053)
2 Marika in Swimsuits (NK/W30-078)
3 Chitoge, Summer Colors (NK/W30-P01)
4 Chibi Marika (NK/W30-104)
1 Marika, Active Girl (NK/W30-054)
2 Chitoge in Yukata (NK/W30-009)

Level 1 – 16

4 Kosaki, First Visit (NK/W30-080)
4 Marika, Tilting Her Head (NK/W30-059)
1 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-071)
3 Pendant of Promise (NK/W30-097)
4 Marika, Loving Carnage (NK/W30-056)

Level 2 – 3

1 Marika, Daughter of the Police Chief (NK/W30-057)
2 Chitoge as Ghost (NK/W30-068)

Level 3 – 7

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

CX – 8

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

The Chibi promos are the only faces that may be unfamiliar.

All of them have the same on-play effect, where you may pay 1 stock to Salvage a Pendant of Promise.

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Chibi Marika also has you look at the top card of your deck, then put that card back on top or into your waiting room.

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Chibi Kosaki gives your other character in the middle slot of your center stage +1000 power during your opponent’s turn.

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Chibi Chitoge gives your other character in the middle slot of your center stage +1000 power during your turn.

How did the ban list change the deck? How might we look at the set differently?

Felix:

The list itself is pretty stock for a “meta” Nisekoi deck. The ban list didn’t really hit the deck much. The main thing is changing out Rakus for Chibis. The exact ones don’t matter too much.

You can use Onodera or Chitoge if you like those characters. Personally, I find the Chitoge’s effect to be the least impressive of all 3.

Some number of Onoderas are definitely playable. In the end, your choice of Chibi doesn’t matter a lot because their first function is to salvage Pendants.

The choice from the choose 1 list is easily Pendants since they enable the consistency and power of the deck.

The rest of the level 1 game is for consistency and hand fixing/hand advantage. The main level 3 change is the addition of the red level 3 Chitoge in place of the Marikas that used to be in the deck. Another route would be to add green and to play the green Onodera (and her CX combo). All in all, the deck didn’t change much.

Michael:

The death of Nisekoi as its most infamous red/blue archetype may be overhyped after all. For those that may remember, the deck had a number of strengths at each level that were very pronounced:

Level 0

  • “Runners” in Chitoge that doubled as reversers
  • “Looters” (for those familiar with Magic) in Marika that became a 4k when alone
  • Character (hand) encore Chitoges
  • Raku, which allowed a card (stockless) Salvage for a Pendant

Level 1

  • Tons of Salvaging with Marika
  • “Time Machine” option with Onodera
  • Pendants, Pendants, Pendants!
  • Level reversers in with Marika (enabled by Pendants)

Level 2

  • Ability to play a level 3 Onodera
  • Level support with Marika
  • “Anti-Marika” “Anti-change” Backup Chitoge
  • Freefresh” Onodera (free refresh + draw)
  • Double Bounce with Chitoge (for those that included Yellow)

Level 3

  • Marika
  • Marika
  • Marika
  • Marika
  • Heal + ‘topdeck’ tech with Chitoge
  • Zzzzzz more Marika

With the ban list, the deck now has access to fewer of these wonderfully powerful effects. This particular list’s checklist looks like:

Level 0

  • “Runners” in Chitoge that doubled as reversers
  • “Chibis” that Salvage Pendants and have secondary effects
  • Character (hand) encore Chitoges
  • Raku, which allowed a card (stockless) Salvage for a Pendant

Level 1

  • Tons of Salvaging with Marika
  • “Time Machine” option with Onodera
  • Pendants, Pendants, Pendants!
  • Level reversers in with Marika (enabled by Pendants)

Level 2

  • Ability to play a level 3 Onodera
  • Level support with Marika
  • “Anti-Marika” “Anti-change” Backup Chitoge
  • Freefresh” Onodera (free refresh + draw)
  • Double Bounce with Chitoge (for those that included Yellow)

Level 3

  • Marika
  • Marika
  • Marika
  • Marika
  • Heal + ‘topdeck’ tech with Chitoge
  • Zzzzzz more Marika

With only one Marika, the most feared effect of 2 x (Burn + attack) is now literally restricted to one turn. The deck’s level 3 may just become a game of ‘protect the Marika’, while using the level 3 Chitoge to clear the opponent’s board and ensure more free damage.

The deck has lost its ability to refresh for free at level 2, but this ability was never a linchpin to the deck. It was a “win-more” effect that was able to keep an already-winning game completely out of the opponent’s hands. It has also had the “burden” of having its Pendants cost an additional stock to salvage from the waiting room, but this is more of a blessing in disguise. Ironically, the deck had very few ways of ‘cleaning’ early CXs in stock, and the addition of Chibis actually gives the deck the ability to clean its early stock by salvaging Pendants.

This means that early turns and mulligans will look a little different for the deck. Instead of keeping Pendants in hand to clock to later salvage, it may mean putting them in the waiting room to be able to salvage with a Chibi to ensure that during level 0 an early CX flood in stock can be answered.

The level 1 for the deck, by and large, will look the same. At level 1, the core objective is still to absorb some hits and build stock. The deck will also still try to get to level 1 first and reap the benefits of free Salvage effects with its Marika, Loving Carnage. Maxing out on level reverser Marikas also gives the deck more filtering (because the reveal + card in hand is mandatory if the revealed card is not a Pendant or CX) and more answers to very high-power characters.

While this does mean that the deck is a little softer to decks that have easy encore effects at level 1, the “Time Machine” Kosaki, Progression of the Two can be used to get around this. In my opinion, the deck should use 2 and cut 1 of each of the level reverser and Marika, Loving Carnage, but that is only because I like having a diverse set of effects available to the deck.

There will be more of an emphasis placed on the deck’s level 2 in its ability to play early level 3 Onoderas, and this predictability can also lead opponents to plan accordingly. Still, a huge 10500 power character at level 2 with the potential to be even larger on attack is a big threat, and even bigger yet if the opponent knows that he or she needs to anticipate the player holding a blue +3000 power Pendant on the defense.

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? Is the sky falling? What’s for lunch?

Michael continues:

Because Nisekoi was not the only deck to be affected by the ban, it is difficult to gauge how the deck will do against other decks from the affected series. Testing can help the deck, but because the builds of the other affected series have not been widely made popular through major tournaments (i.e. Kantai + ZnT), a lot of judgment remains in the air.

Arguably, the deck has gotten more simple (not necessarily easier!) to use, because the decks that use the single copy of Marika will have to be very careful to ensure her effect is used to the maximum. However, because Marika is one of the cards that is being rewritten in the EN port, this article and list most likely has very little relevance in the EN metagame.

Oh, and lunch?

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