Bakemonogatari Deck Tech – 1st at 2015 BSR PH Festival

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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 down the 2015 BSR PH Festival title!

Since these cards are released in English, the English names will be used.

The deck list and interview are brought to you by Jonathan Cruz (Jay). Special thanks to Johnny Chau for article prep. Now onto the list!

Bakemonogatari

Cards – 50

Level 0 – 16

4 Girl Who Can’t be Left Alone, Hitagi Senjyogahara (BM/S15-E055)
3 Classmate of Tsukihi, Nadeko Sengoku (BM/S15-E078)
2 Wandering Girl, Mayoi Hachikuji (BM/S15-E004)
2 Tsubasa Hanekawa in Pajamas (BM/S15-E085)
2 Big Backpack, Mayoi Hachikuji (BM/S15-E054)
1 Nadeko Sengoku (BM/S15-E083)
1 Enthusiastic Girl, Nadeko Sengoku (BM/S15-E008)
1 New Breed of Strange, Black Hanekawa (BM/S15-E108)

Level 1 – 13

4 Lovers, Koyomi Araragi & Hitagi Senjyogahara (BM/S15-E080)
3 Dislikes Mornings, Koyomi Araragi (BM/S15-E036)
2 Family Circumstance, Hanekawa Tsubasa (BM/S15-E026)
3 Inner Feelings, Hanekawa Tsubasa (BM/S15-E079)
1 Honest With Yourself, Suruga Kanbaru (BM/S15-E034)

Level 2 – 3

1 All-seeing Guy, Meme Oshino (BM/S15-E095)
2 Keep This A Secret (BM/S15-E097)

Level 3 – 10

2 Girl Who Met A Crab, Hitagi Senjyogahara (BM/S15-E052)
2 Girl Charmed By A Cat, Hanekawa Tsubasa (BM/S15-E076)
4 Suruga Kanbaru (BM/S15-E032)
2 Daughter of A Proper Family, Hitagi Senjyogahara (BM/S15-E103)

CX – 8

4 Everything About Me (BM/S15-E099)
2 HITAGI Crab (BM/S15-E073)
2 Weight Crab (BM/S15-E104)

At level 0 we have 16 characters.

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If you do not control any other characters, Girl Who Cannot Be Left Alone, Hitagi Senjyougahara gets +1500 power and hand encore.

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Classmate of Tsukihi, Nadeko Sengoku is a +500 power front assist, and you can pay one and rest her to give one of your characters hand encore until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

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Wandering Girl, Mayoi Hachikuji gets +2000 power if you have a [Blood] character on the stage. Her second effect is a brainstorm: pay one rest two characters; for each climax revealed, search your deck for a [Strange] character.

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Tsubasa Hanekawa in Pajamas gets +500 power for each [Strange] character until the end of turn when she is played from hand to stage.

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Big Backpack, Mayoi Hachikuji is a level 0 reverser, and when she attacks you can give one of your other characters +500 power until the end of turn.

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Nadeko Sengoku gives your middle character on the center stage +1000 power during your opponent’s turn. Her second effect is pay one, draw one, discard one.

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When Enthusiastic Girl, Nadeko Sengoku is sent to waiting room from stage you can clock yourself and swap a card in your level zone with a card in your waiting room.

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New Breed of Strange, Black Hanekawa is a vanilla!

At level 1 we have 13 characters.

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If you have experience two or higher Lovers, Koyomi Araragi & Hitagi Senjyogahara gets +500 power and hand encore. And when they attack with the climax Everything About Me in play you can pay one and look up to the top five cards of your deck for a [Strange] character and add it to your hand.

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Dislikes Mornings, Koyomi Araragi cannot stand during your stand phase if you do not have a character with Karen or Tsukihi in name.

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Family Circumstance, Hanekawa Tsubasa is a global +500 power to all your other [Strange] characters and the effect: Rest a character this character gets +1000 power. Her second effect is a change into a card not in the deck.

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Inner Feelings, Hanekawa Tsubasa has a cost zero +1500 power back-up. And when you use her back-up if you have experience five or higher you can pay two and choose one of your opponent’s battling character and it gets -1 soul until the end of turn.

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Honest With Yourself, Suruga Kanbaru gets +1000 power if she is in the middle position of the center stage.

At level 2 we have 1 character and 2 events.

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All-seeing Guy, Meme Oshino has a cost one +3000 power back-up.

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When Keep This a Secret is played you can draw up to two cards and discard one. And then give one of your [Strange] characters +3000 power until the end of turn.

At level 3 we have 10 characters!

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If you have experience six or more Girl Who Met A Crab, Hitagi Senjyogahara gets +500 power and the effect when this card reverses a level two or higher battle opponent you can pay one and send a level one or lower character on your opponent’s field to the waiting room. She also heals on play.

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When Girl Charmed By A Cat, Hanekawa Tsubasa is played from hand to stage you can draw up to two cards and discard one. She gives [Strange] characters in front of her +2000 power and the effect: pay one when this card reverses its battle opponent you can pay cost and bottom deck it.

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Suruga Kanbaru gets +1000 power and hand encore if you have experience five or higher, and she heals on play.

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Daughter of A Proper Family, Hitagi Senjyogahara salvages on play and you can res two [Strange] characters to give her +2500 power until the end of turn.

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For climaxes we have a 4/2/2 split between +2Soul, gates, and 2k1 respectively.

How do we use this deck?

Special thank you to Jay for the in-depth analysis!

Jay: At level 0 you’ll want to generate stock while reversing your opponent’s characters. Bakemono’s best starter is the Senjyo loner. This card gains 1500 power and hand encore paired with Mayoi reverser can help reverse characters leaving the loner Senjyo. Hanekawa in Pajamas when this card is placed on stage from hand it gains 500 power for each Strange Characters on your stage. This card can reach Level 1 characters when used correctly also level 0 sometimes you can only play 1 color. Let’s say you leveled and you have Kanbaru level 3 in your Level Zone for the Experience and can’t play the lovers – this card can help. Nadeko Sengoku’s ability to “loot” (draw 1, discard 1) can help filter by paying out climaxes in stock or discarding climaxes in hand. It also gives +1000 power in the middle of center stage during you’re opponent’s turn a little power boost.
Enthusiastic Girl, Nadeko Sengoku  is there just to be sure that you have Experience in a pinch. One of the most important level 0s in the deck is Classmate of Tsukihi, Nadeko Sengoku this card works with the Dislikes Mornings, Koyomi Araragi. Remember, if you don’t control a Karen or Tsukihi, Koyomi can’t stand.
Level 1 is an important phase of the match especially for Bake. First, the Lovers – when you have Experience of 2 or higher it gains 500 power and hand encore. The CX combo helps you increase hand size and burn through your deck when you have no CXs left. Don’t be greedy though – it might mill your CXs if you’re not careful so use it wisely. One of Bakemono’s best assist is the global assist.
Don’t forget to keep experience in your level zone as much as you can, because the backup that shrinks is an effect that can help you survive a turn giving you a chance to finish your opponent. Honest With Yourself, Suruga Kanbaru gains 1000 power in the middle of center stage. Dislikes Mornings, Koyomi, as I said, works with Classmate of Tsukihi, Nadeko Sengoku. You’ll want to use this card to block your opponents characters like Shimakaze in Kantai or the Marika’s Ordeal in Nisekoi since it will always be at 8000 power also gives your opponents less chance to decrease your hand size by replacing another reversed character since Bake doesn’t have much search power.
At level 2 you’ll want to generate as much stock as possible and collect at least 3 level 3s in your hand. The event lets you draw up to two cards then discard 1 card then choose one of your characters it gains 3000 power just to give you power to take down level 2s or sometimes level 3s at level 2, and also to discard climaxes in hand and draw some level 3s.
At level 3 this is where Bakemonogatari shines the most. Girl Charmed By A Cat, Tsubasa Hanekawa – The most important level 3 to have. On play draw up to 2 cards and discard 1 card, also gives +2000 power in front and the ability: When this card’s battling opponent becomes reversed you may pay 1 to place that character in the bottom of your opponent’s deck. The best way to use it is when your opponent is about to refresh increasing your chance to deal damage to your opponent also to remove characters with encore. The next one is the all powerful, the heart of Bake, The Girl Who Met A Crab, Hitagi Senjyogahara. All right here is the thing about this card; it’s the priority of your opponents backups so make sure you have at least 3000 power over your target.
Your opponent will not always have a level 2 character waiting to be reversed so only play it when you either need the heal or have a target. Suruga Kanbaru Heals on play and when you have Experience 5 or higher it gains 500 power and Hand Encore. It’s the main Wall of the deck, and also a the card you want in your level area. Lastly, the TD exclusive Daughter of a Proper Family, Hitagi Senjyogahara.  The reason this card is being used in this deck is to salvage the Charmed Hanekawa level 3 as well as the 1500 Backup.  You won’t always have the Family Circumstance so the second effect comes in handy. There will be times when you’re down to 2 (or fewer) cards in hand, and this card can save you. Play it, salvage the other one then play it to salvage the Charmed Hanekawa to fill your field.
M:What does the deck not do well? Is it missing anything? What are some of the potential risks the list takes? 
J: The deck doesn’t do well when your can’t perform the lovers combo but having the Koyomi’s 7500+ power can cover for it. I think what most Bakemonogatari deck is missing is the searchers but the brainstorm helps. The potential risk of the deck is not having the lovers means losing hand cards since its low power means it will be reversed most of the time and encoring it eats away hand cards.
M: One of Monogatari’s weaknesses is its power levels on its opponent’s turn in early levels, so it relies on its utility. The Koyomi and Nadeko is a combo that most people don’t know about.
About the list: 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?
Greed: 8
J: It’s a greedy deck since you need lots of stocks and cards in hand for encores. I highly recommend you don’t use the pay 3 encore rule unless you really need to or have tons of stock to waste.
M: This deck makes use of three colors, which have to be monitored fairly meticulously over the course of the game. One of the perils of a three-color deck is that if during a given game it stumbles on meeting its color requirements, it can look very weak, but it’s also important to remember that that is a risk that is taken when running more than 2 colors.
Power Range: 6 – 10
J: Bakemonogatari is a power-based deck; during most of my matches, my opponent could only take down 1 level 3 character per turn then crashed into the rest.
M: The set by itself without Nisemonogatari is still quite strong, and its power has to be respected in the EN meta despite having a different style than other decks. Its level 1 is very thin, but it’s to setup for its biggest (and arguably only) power spike at level 3.
Is it easy or difficult to use?
Difficulty: 9
J: It’s a hard to use deck if you’re not used to conserving cards and maintaining advantages, it will probably take some practice mastering this deck but once you’re used to it it’s a very powerful deck.
M: Like I said before, it’s important to make sure you are managing your colors in clock and in level properly. Once those things are solid, it’s just as crucial to remember what the deck is capable of at any given turn. It can vary wildly, so make sure to get in lots of practice!
What would you say about its viability in the JP/EN metagames at large?
J: Bakemonogatari is very competitive against both since it relies on power in level 3. Beatdown decks are generally good decks. It’s on par with GF Beta and Kantai Collection, but lacks against control decks like Death Gun. But beware though in Kantai as the heal tax hurts, and make sure you keep the inner feelings (backup + shrink) when fighting against them.
M: Kantai can slow the deck’s healing at level three, but utility isn’t the whole name of the game. Sometimes, it will come down to who can keep more characters around, and unless Kantai has a way to either ignore the power levels (e.g. by crashing and burning), this deck may find itself favored in most endgame situations.
Now onto the interview!
M: Congratulations on the finish and thank you for the interview! How was your event overall?J: I enjoyed most of my matches and my opponents enjoyed our games as well seeing that all of them are smiling at the end of the matches. I ended up with 10-0 on my certificate which amazed me as well.
M: Nice to see everyone had a great time! What was a really lucky moment you had during the tournament?
J: My really lucky moment has to be the final match with my friend, I ask him how many climaxes were in his waiting room and he said 5 with his deck being about less than 9 cards. I thought he’s gonna cancel all my attacks so I side attacked twice he canceled the first attack and the second attack went in. Then I frontal attacked with 3 soul then triggers +2 soul he was surprised when the damage went in.
M: Definitely lucky! What was a really unlucky moment you had during the tournament?
J: I have tons of unlucky moments since I didn’t cancel 3 times in one turn in any of my matches so I had to compensate in most of my matches.
M: Sounds like all your games were incredible comebacks then. Did any stand out?J: One of my matches with Kantai where I’m at Level 3 with 2 cards in clock and 3 cards left in my deck without any climaxes left his last attack was with Akagi Kai with Climax combo for 3 souls I used my Inner Feelings Hanekwa to decrease the soul by 1 and ended up in level 3 with 6 cards in clock then I managed to finish it of the next turn.
M: Now that’s a way to squeak a win! How did the final match go for you? What did you play against?
J: I Played against an Angel Beats! Kanade deck, my close friend Ryan Dominique Si who I always played casuals with. I was pretty much in a disadvantage in hand size and field presence but I managed to win.M: How did you prepare for the tournament? Did you do anything special the day of the tournament?

J: For my preparation for the tournament I played the deck over and over again to got used to it. I didn’t do anything special but I wasn’t able to sleep the night before though I only slept for like 1 hour XD

M: The iron man 10-0 with only one hour of sleep! Any funny stories from the event?
J: There was my game with Aeade, a Kantai user, I asked him how many Climaxes in his waiting room he said 2 and I was about to refresh so I dropped my +2 soul he had about 7 cards left in his deck so no need to think I Just swung away then he didn’t cancel any damage taking 8 damage from level 2 with 6 cards in clock to level 4.
M: Wow, that’d make anyone’s jaw drop for sure, ha! Any other shoutouts or things you would like to say?
J: I would like to thank everyone in the event and especially the one that cheered me on in the last match. To all of the players of Weiss Schwarz Community, thank you. And please Bushiroad please release Nisemonogatari in EN!Congratulations on the win, and thanks again for the list and report!

 


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