New Article Type – Decks Built Around A Single Card

DECKS BUILT AROUND A SINGLE CARD

Hey guys, I’m (Felix) here to share with you today the best deck that you clearly aren’t playing right now.

Literally the best deck.dek

List:

1x Patches the Pirate

3x Small-Time Buccaneer

1x Black Lotus

4x Time Walk

3x Albert, Levin Saber

3x Pot of Greed

4x Marika, Maiden’s Heart

1x Dr. Boom

4x Mox Emerald

4x Mox Jet

4x Mox Ruby

4x Mox Sapphire

4x Mox Pearl

4x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

3x Bellringer Angel

3x Lord Atomy

4x Pendant of Promise

3x Babbling Book

3x Miyuki, Completionist General

 

Alright so now I’m going to go over exactly why these cards are in the deck even though like 99% of them need no introduction.

First off, the keystone of the deck, we have 1x Patches the Pirate.

This little fellow is like ok. He does 1 damage the turn he gets played and 1 every turn he doesn’t die afterwards. You kind of need to play a pirate to get value from him even if the 1 card deck thinning isn’t the most value. However, this entire deck is built around Patches. So I guess that makes him like, above average or something. Methinks.

If you’re not very lucky you will draw into Patches. But that is ok because he is cheap to play and still does basically the same thing as if you played him from your deck. However, If you do not wish to draw him I have a solution for you.

If you’re lucky, you can get like 2-3 damage from him over the course of the game which is like a Lightning Bolt or Crimson Sorcery’s worth of damage.

T: Felix, don’t play Patches the Pirate. Calling him good is a joke in itself. Just a swarm ability and haste? Where’s my stock generation? Mana dork abilities? Can this even break a life cloth with it’s low power? It doesn’t even do anything when it rides or is strided on. This is nowhere close to a 4 mana 7/7 that people would rather play to prevent Emrakul from wiping your field on turn 3. I’d rather get banished to the shadow realm from a Master Ball being thrown at my Gachamon than play this card. And if I was blind enough to play this card, My opponent wouldn’t even need to access cards in their bench to get all their prize cards. Give me something else other than that patchy garbage.

Actually, you know what? Just take him out of your deck. Put a Lightning Bolt in there instead.

Fixed.

 

Moving on we have 3x Small-Time Buccaneer.

Get it? Small-Time? Nevermind.

So this guy is supposed to get the Patches that we took out and then you slap a weapon on yourself and this little guy becomes a 3/2 which is amazing for 1 mana….what? Wait he was nerfed? Huh? Oh…. This card is really mediocre or something now? Well then….

Ok take this out of your deck as well. Put 3 more Lightning Bolts in your deck to replace it. They’re both 3 damage either way. MOVING ON!!!

 

Next we have 1x Black Lotus.

Why not a playset you ask? How many players can actually afford a playset of these? If you are the 1% of WS players who can afford a set of these then good for you, slap a playset of them in your deck. I want my list to be as accessible as possible to as many players as possible. I’m pretty sure most people have the money laying around for 1 of these, but not 4.

Anyways, there is no reason this card should not be in your deck. 3 mana on potential turn 1 is amazing. This combined with the other Moxen, shown later, can give you a 8 drop creature on turn 1. That’s like busted. Play this card.

 

Next up we have 4x Time Walk.

Wait… Hold On!

Uhh…. well this does the same thing technically.

There we go! I can do the thing! Anyways about this card. It clearly has worse art compared to DShift above. But Time Walk is much cheaper to cast. Honestly, you might be able to get away with running DShift in your deck since Moxen are non-creature spells. Up to you really. But extra turns is fun. At least when your opponent isn’t taking extra turns.

 

Next we have 3x Albert, Levin Saber.

Yes he’s pretty good looking. He is also 10 face damage. Face damage good. Albert good. Perfectly balanced card. Especially since there’s cards with ward. See, countered, problem solved. For those times there’s no ward, bam 10 face damage, or you could play him like turn 2 or 3 off some Moxen and Lotus and be even more degenerate.

 

Next we have 3x Pot of Greed

Draw 2 cards. For free. I’m in. I don’t know about you but I like to plus hand size. Also if you play this card, it helps you feel happy like that pot. Who doesn’t want to be a happy pot? Plus it helps you keep cards in hand for a certain card we all know and love.

 

Next we have 4x Marika, Maiden’s Heart

Everyone knows what this card does. Hint: a lot of damage.

#MarikaBestGirl

#ChitogeNotBestGirl

#OnoderaNotBestGirl

#FiteMe

#DontActuallyFiteMe

 

Next we have 1x Dr. Boom

So this card is like pretty good. He makes 2 1/1s that deal 1-4 damage to a random target when they die. And by random I mean they deal 1 damage to the worse target possible when you play Dr. Boom and they deal 4 damage to the best target when your opponent plays Dr. Boom. If you want to keep part of your sanity, feel free to replace this with something like Nat Pagle.

 

Next we have 4x of Mox Emerald, Mox Ruby, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Sapphire.

I’m grouping these 5 cards together because they all do similar things. All 5 of them are free to play and they add 1 mana of their color to your mana pool. I have 4 of them here for each of these because they are more affordable than Black Lotuses. If you can’t buy all of them then just make do with what you have and toss in your favorite cards/waifus to replace them. But if you do have them you can easily play cards super ahead of curve. This way you can shift your curve up and not be punished too hard. Except when you flood out of these like land flooding, which sucks and will happen to you from time to time.

 

Next we have 4x Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.

Why is this card on the list? Because she’s my favorite.

So can you replace her with your favorite card? No.

 

Next we have 3x Bellringer Angel.

DING DONG DING DONG

 

Next we have 3x Lord Atomy.

So this card wants you to have 4 cards out to play him for free. Easy, 4 Moxen and done. Or you can have a lotus, 6 Moxen as your starting hand, then draw him and play him on turn 1 on the draw or turn 2 on the play. Seems good enough for me. Until he gets removed. Then you’re just sad and should probably concede the game.

 

Next we have 4x Pendant of Promise.

Yes I know there are 4 versions. No, you only play this one. This one has Marika, aka best girl. And we need this for the other Marika card to be op.

 

Next we have 3x Babbling Book.

So the card reads add a random Mage spell. But really it adds a very timely Polymorth and Firelands Portal to your hand. Kek.

 

Finally we have 3x Miyuki, Completionist General.

+50 soul. Seems good to me. All you have to do is make sure your opponent won’t cancel. Then you insta win. Easy.

 

Now for the deck analysis.

Uhh…

Well you play OP cards and win the game. I don’t know what else to tell you. Oh! There is 1 thing that is super important. If your opponent tries to play a counter, like Counterspell or Force of Will, just tell them that you won’t allow it and they can’t cast it. Make sure to do this because otherwise your cards will get countered and then you don’t get to have fun. Fun is good. Make sure to have fun.

 

P.S.

Hi Arin


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Hello 2017! (Part 2)

Happy 2017! We survived last year, and so far so good! As promised, we have some thoughts here about this coming year from Johnny and Melanie, as well as some other announcements.


Johnny

The thing I’m looking forward to the most in Weiss in 2017 is probably the Star Wars set that has been forgotten by Bushi. Also being an avid fan of the low tier trash anime Sword Art Online, the announcement of a re:edit with new cards has also got me excited. So basically what I’m saying I look forward to is spending money on cardboard. Hopefully this will add more competitive decks to my arsenal and I’ll actually try really hard this year. But that might take a lot of calories so that goal is pending at the moment along with my payments to Card Academy.


Melanie

Weiss Schwarz 2016 has been very interesting to watch unfold on the Japanese side of the game. I feel like the game this year has really leveled out it into some amazing design balance. While, in my opinion, losing some set flavor has hurt diversity a little bit giving each set staple things such as plus combos and finishers has gone a long way in making sets playable at a competitive level. Also,the new design pattern of making sets playable within themselves has also helped newer players get into series they love, even if they don’t own all of the older cards. Power Up Packs rekindled some my favorite anime, Clannad, into something playable which was amazingly exciting. Putting the salt on the side here and noting power creep will always be a thing in the game, I really hope the design notes from 2016 continue into the new year.

Regionals and Nationals this year was somewhat of a grueling experience, due to a ban list in August destroying 6 months of my playtesting and prep with a set (Monogatari). Thoroughly done with ban lists and trying to build around them, I tabled the set for now. I missed making top cut by 2 seats at the first regional, and then due to a non-played out tiebreaker situation created by a bye at the second regional with my Little Busters! Deck. I swapped over to Rabbit House and was able to get into Nationals for the 3rd year in the row via Last Chance. Even though the season was somewhat frustrating and the year has had some big changes and things to deal with, sitting down for some games and hanging out with friends over Chinese food and hot pot was a fun and memorable experience. It was a good way to put the year and the game back into perspective!
I am looking forward to Rewrite in 2017 as a huge Key fan and continuing to see the game grow. Hoping for more Power Up Sets to update older sets, looking forward to more animes coming to Weiss, and some things to come off ban lists in August too. (I can keep dreaming at least!) With things have calmed down I hope to have more article work done soon to actually post and publish! Happy 2017 everyone! Thank you for your support!


Other Announcements

We are moving to a Friday content posting schedule starting next week!

Reasons: Easier for us to write on Fridays, Fridays are more relaxing anyway… something like that.

We are also working on a WS-related panel to take to various anime conventions. While we have yet to iron out the specifics, we are working on something that is newbie-friendly and full of giveaway action. If you know of a convention in your area you’d like to see more WS at, let us know!

Our AMA will be held near the middle or end of January as time permits. We’ll post a link for you to send in your questions and will do our best to answer all that we can!


If you have questions, please send us a message via Facebook or an email at theninthcx AT gmail DOT com. Be sure to sign up for our seasonal giveaway, and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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Thanks for reading!

Onto 2017!

Welcome to the last article of 2016!

We’ve gathered a small selection of fun stories from the team to carry us into the next year. We’ll be releasing a part 2 with everyone else’s thoughts as well.

From all of us at 9th CX, we’d like to thank you for your support through these past years! We’re not going anywhere, and we look forward to bringing you more WS content!

Note: Felix asked for his portion to be presented completely unedited. We have honored this request. 


Michael

2016 is drawing to a close and so I can think of few better things than a story to sum up how interesting the year has been.

In November, I woke up at the crack of 10 AM on Friday to begin our adventure to Rochester. It was a crisp Silicon Valley autumn morning, and of course, no one else was completely awake. The three of us, David, Arin and I, piled into one truck to make the trek to SFO.

Our flight was to be divided into two legs. Our first stop was in Detroit, and our final destination, Rochester. The first leg of our journey went off without a hitch. At least for me, it did. There were piles of free peanuts, episodes of The Simpsons, and even Zootopia in Japanese. Four hours on a plane can be boring, but a movie can kill half of that time with ease.

When we landed, the three of us were feeling peckish, despite a slight pinch for time. We eyed the gate we were going to need to use later confidently as we began our quest for food. After a good five minutes of walking, we found ourselves at one end of the terminal in a Popeye’s. There, we discussed the merits of purchasing a family meal all together to split. Our sassy friend at the front had some other opinions though, and we were given a brief lecture that went something like “Oh, uh uh honey, ya’ll gotta get some individual meals and save some money. I tell you what, I’ll have you order individually…”

We had our food about ten minutes later, and when we returned to our gate, we discovered that our flight had left early.

Well (@*#.

Our options were to wait until morning for a flight and potentially miss the LCQ, or drive there. After pondering for a few seconds, we looked at one another, nodded, and headed to the rental car station.

What would happen for the next seven hours can only be described as a clown fiesta. Arin manned the wheel of our one-way rental and nearly crashed within the first mile. “It was too steep,” he said. “I couldn’t see the road,” he said.

After the first three hours of driving, it was 1 AM, and we found ourselves at the border of the US and Canada, unaware that we would need to take a route through the country to get to Rochester in time. Apparently, without the Canada route, we were looking at a 10+ hour drive. The border agents questioned us, and we responded honestly. But despite our honesty, we were pulled over for inspection.

We waited for some time as the agents looked through our many playmats and deck boxes. This was a deck check we didn’t want to fail, but there was one moment that about said it all for us. My backpack was one of the last to be inspected. One of the agents reached into my bag, pulled out my Love Live! Folder, and doubled over in laughter, pointing it out to the other agents.

Sure they were laughing, but I suppose that laughing is better than a stern look and a plastic evidence bag. …right?

And with that, our detention was complete. We were shooed out of the border and off to Canada. Fast forward through the US/Canada border a second time (it was very uneventful), and we rolled into our hotel at the very grim hour of 5 AM, about 7 hours later than we had intended to arrive. Even the hotel receptionist wondered if we were in the right place.

After I managed to struggle through a couple of hours of sleep, we were off to the store. I got to see some faces old and new, and play some games. The 9th CX team outside of CA- Johnny, Melanie, and Travis – were all in one store!

We broke off into various groups to test, and our trio inherited one Bren and Travis.  Bren and I tested our TLR brew until early in the morning, but not after playing a few rounds of AoA. I’ll cut the story short here, and just say that the trip was memorable and worthwhile, even if we did nearly get stuck in Detroit + Canada.

Other highlights from this trip include:

Getting hot pot

Going to a winery/bakery

Joining in on an impromptu whistling of Tokimeki Poporon

With that story told, I’ll shift to our plans for 2017.

 

Our team will hold an AMA in January 2017.

We are going to continue improving our content format in our articles and videos!

This probably sounds lame, but we really do have other things being planned that we will announce when finalized. The PV for our next project goes something like this: We want to bring WS to more people! We are working on another method of delivering content to more audiences.

And to you, our readers:

Thank you very much, as always, for sticking with us. We’ve been around for a while now, and we’re still going strong! Your support helps keep us going, and we are grateful for it. We hope we can do more to further the game of Weiss Schwarz and expand the global community. Let’s do our best in 2017! ファイト!


Travis

With 2016 ending in a few short moments, here are some of the things I learned this year:

  • I’m not allowed to have windows in my car, specifically passenger side windows
  • I’m also can’t even leave my car parked somewhere without someone hitting it
  • I fail at hot pot
  • Guard rails aren’t kissable
  • If people want specific signs in a case of a set, let me pick the case(Melanie can attest to this claim)

Anyways, this year has been a roller coaster from start to finish. I look forward to continue my work with the 9th CX team. As for our readers, I wish you the best of luck in your games and may the god cancels, clutch top decks, and lucky soul triggers head your way in 2017!


Felix

2016 has been one hell of a year for a lot of people. Many famous icons passed away, global tragedies, Trump and the fall from grace of Pepe the Frog…just to name a few. In light of all this negativity, people tend to forget what good things have happened. It doesn’t need to be some huge globally reported event for it to be good. It can simply be something small and personal to you like winning 100 dollars from a scratcher or seeing your favorite still alive icon in person, maybe shaking their hand and getting an autograph, witnessing the birth of a brand new meme. Many small good things happen to us, while not on a daily or even weekly basis, but many people fail to realize and acknowledge these events, resulting in many calling 2016 one of the worse years in recent history.

While it would be nice simply to discuss the good things that have happened this year, it is impossible to get a good overview of the year without discussing the bad. It is difficult to pinpoint various individual instances where this year has been less than ideal to people. Someone may have gotten evicted from their home, or they lost a job or a loved one, the list goes on. People say 2016 has been a terrible year because of all global events and the deaths of many famous icons, from the recent death of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds to the gorilla Harambe, who is remembered by all the diehard Chitoge fans out there with their decks out and ready. Sadly we cannot prevent death and it is bound to happen to everyone eventually, yet many lives were taken far too early. However, it is good that Ted Cruz is probably not the zodiac killer, which would have been even more tragic for American politics beyond what has transpired this year.

Politics itself can be a sensitive topic at the dinner table for many because of so many disagreeing views. One’s grandfather might be a die hard Trump supporter decked out in MAGA swag while the rest of the family are all Bernie-bros, or someone voted Britain out of the EU while their brother voted to stay. We simply need to look ahead towards a bi-partisan future where people can put their differences aside and work together for the general good of mankind, however Congress is probably just going to be gridlocked and filibustered till the end of time.

There has been a lot of somber talk thus far and instead something more lighthearted should be looked at to contrast. Some major things have happened in the world of video games which serves for a brighter contrast to all the depressing global events. Overwatch, Blizzard’s FPS game took the world by storm this year, rivaling the world’s largest eSport: League of Legends. However, that is not to say nothing happened in League this year. Albus Nox Luna became the first wildcard team to make it out of the group stage in the 2016 League of Legends World Championship. However they were no match for Europe’s H2K, who were no match for South Korea’s SSG, who put up a good fight but in the end were defeated in the finals by SKT Faker. Also FF XV was released.

Yet, while talking about good things from video games there is also the bad side that must be looked at in order to have a balanced look. However, there really only needs to be 3 words said: No Man’s Sky. Yes there are people out there who think NMS is a great game but when a company releases 1 of the most anticipated games of the year and it loses over 80% of its playerbase in 1 month something is seriously wrong. Pokemon Go suffered a similar fate with unstable servers, loss of tracking, and a huge botter/spoofing problem.

There’s probably more stuff to be said and analyzed, as well as an actual conclusion that should be written. But I’m lazy and hungry and I need to grind Granblue (Lucio/Shiva refundgate please :v) so I’m going to cut this short.
tl;dr 2016 probably sucked. Look forward to better things in 2017. Always remember the best emote on Twitch.tv is Kappa.


We’ll be back in 2017 with part 2, and our AMA will also be forthcoming!

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2016 9th CX PH Cup Winner’s Interview

Zekamashi

Welcome to the 2016 9th CX PH Cup Winner’s Interview! Shimakaze is a little unhappy with how late this article is, but, well… Other things came up! (BIGSORRY)

Zaccheus Liwanag was the winner of the 2016 9th CX PH Cup, and he took down the competition with EN KanColle!

Now, we have had many, many, many looks at KanColle, especially in English.

Because we have to, here is the deck list for those who are interested:

KanColle

Cards – 50

Level 0 – 15

1 Hardworking, Ikaduchi (KC/S25-E057)
4 Clumsy Girl, Inaduma (KC/S25-E061)
4 2nd Akatsuki-class Destroyer, Hibiki (KC/S25-056)
3 A Winter Moment, Akatsuki (KC/S31-E040)
3 7th Kagero-class Destroyer, Hatsukaze (KC/S25-E006)

Level 1 – 17

3 “Faithful” Destroyer, Верный (KC/S25-E038)
4 Shimakaze-class Destroyer, Shimakaze (KC/S25-003)
2 3rd Agano-class Light Cruiser, Yahagi (KC/S25-E010)
2 3rd Myoko-class Heavy Cruiser, Ashigara (KC/S25-E158)
3 Yubari-class Light Cruiser, Yubari (KC/S25-E037)
3 Compass (KC/S25-E031)

Level 2 – 3

2 2nd Shoho-class Light Aircraft Carrier, Zuiho (KC/S25-E134)
1 2nd Shokaku-class Aircraft Carrier, Zuikaku (KC/S25-E004)

Level 3 – 7

3 2nd Yamato-class Battleship, Musashi (KC/S25-E002)
4 Akagi-class Aircraft Carrier, Akagi-Kai (KC/S25-E035)

CX – 8

4 Fast like Shimakaze (KC/S25-E034)
3 Akagi of the First Carrier Division is up next! (KC/S25-E075)
1 All planes, take off! (KC/S25-E033)

Analysis!

NOOOOOO

What we imagine readers’ faces to be like right about now

Juuuust kidding.

There’s no way we could analyze the set again in good conscience.

So instead, we decided to provide the most troll interview possible.

If you really, really, really want to hear about how to use this deck (or something like it), we have many other articles on it.

Felix:

Here we go, question 1:

A trolley is heading towards 5 people tied on the tracks. you have the power to flip a lever to divert the trolley to a path with 1 person on it. However, the diverted track leads to another person with the exact same dilemma. Do you pull the lever?

Editor’s Note: Felix, in full troll form, decided that when asked for a troll or ‘trolly’ question, he would provide the most trolley question possible. Unlike previous presentations of dank memes, we have decided to allow this.

Z: Yes, if I understand it clearly 5 is greater than 1, hahaha.

Michael:

How glad were you to not have to play against Soundless Voice over and over again?

Z: Haven’t actually encountered one on my whole life playing Weiss lolol

So y no blu?

Z: I have blue but they are just backups.

mfw

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Clinton: 

On a scale from 0 to free, how easy was your last match? 

Z: 0 not that easy 😉

Michael (again):

What’s your favorite deck to play?

Z: Fate – Saber bias! I have a Fate yellow green deck that revolves around Saber because she’s my favorite character in the series.

Let’s dive deeper into this unhealthy obsession with Saber. If you were alone in a room with her and only had 5 minutes, what would you order to eat?

Z: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Saber

KIDDING I would order a hot dog or something easy to make. Maybe ice cream.

Melanie 先生:

What series would you like to see brought to Weiss Schwarz?

Z: I think One Punch Man with their level 3’s having the effect similar to their corresponding hero’s power like bounce effects? Most of the series I like are already in the game as it is lol


Special thanks again to Zaccheus for his patience with this whole thing, and to the greater PH WS community for their continued support!

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2 Year AMA & Reflections

MadoSaya Santa

Happy Holidays from all of us at 9th CX!

We are now officially into Year 3 (Season 3?) of content, and it has been quite a run.

We’ve expanded the team, added lots of videos, gone to Nationals and Continentals, and have had a blast. Now before you think that this is some sort of sentimental “gg great run but it’s quitting time” article, it isn’t. We’re still here, and we aren’t going anywhere!

With the holiday season in full swing, we wanted to post that old pile of questions and answers we got from all of you back in October (and some in November). Most of us chimed in wherever we could.

Before you go sifting for rules questions in here, we’ll be posting those in separate articles as we have done before.

Please note, because these questions were taken from the internet, the answers may not be exactly family-friendly. (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)

So in no particular order, here are the results of the 2-year AMA!


 

What characters in anime series in Weiss Schwarz can you truly relate to in real life? (Not counting magic and demons etc)

Michael: Shiroe. I wear glasses and often cackle when things go just according to plan… which scares Melanie.

Melanie: I can really relate to (Kosaki) Onodera [Nisekoi], Rin [Little Busters], and Umi [Love Live!]. The three are kind of a good combination of my personality.

Johnny: Kirito because I am also best waifu in real life… and because I too am dense as a rock.


 

How come Kirito steals all the babes?

Felix: Because reasons.

Melanie: Because it’s Kirito 🙂

He is very good at helping others, so it is bound to happen, right?

Michael: KS in game = raging teammates. KS in life = NTR.


Do you like pizza sauce????

Michael: Yes, why?

Felix: Only Otosaka pizza sauce

Melanie: Of course.

Johnny: Who doesn’t??


 

If Melanie was an anime character, would you build a waifu deck around her?

Melanie: Me? A waifu? :”>

Michael: It would probably freak her out but maybe just to get her reaction, yes, I would, LOL


Something I noticed from streams is the rather different personalities between Michael and Felix, where Michael is rather calm, and seemingly more mature; Felix is practically drenched in memes, how come you both ended up as friends?

Felix: Just because people have different personalities doesn’t mean they can’t be friends. One card game is all it takes to spark a friendship. However different people might be matters little when it comes to waifus. Now there are exceptions to this. Certain personalities simply cannot get along. Even If they try, the strain will be too much. Now that isn’t saying people with different personalities shouldn’t try to be friends. As for my favorite meme, read the first letter of each line.


Who’s the best waifu?

Michael: Legend says that Michael is still trying to figure out the answer to that question to this day.

Felix: John Cena

Sam: Senjougahara Hitagi and Misaka Mikoto!

Melanie: Umi! Or Onodera! (Am I allowed to respond with two names?)

Johnny: Maki for life


How much money do you typically spend on WS in a month?

Michael: Unfortunately for my wallet, there’s usually a comma involved.

Felix: Depends on what set is being released.

Sam: Recently, none.

Melanie: Umm… do I have to admit this?

Johnny: Small mortgage


Why is Honoka from Love Live! best girl?

Felix: Honk.

Melanie: Because she’s Umi’s best friend!

Johnny: That’s a weird way of spelling Maki my good sir.


Who is your waifu? What would you do if no one remembered her/she doesn’t exist/was never created? Would you go cray cray like our HomuHomu?

Felix: Yukikaze Mizuki. And that would be fine because then she’s actually all mine 😀

Johnny: I’d rejoice because then all these others could hop off my waifu >:D


 

If Slaine/Slain/Friendzoned from Aldnoah Zero met Kyouji/Thirstyboi from SAO 2, would he:

A) Go full yaoi mode on him

B) Form an alliance and plot to get back their rightful waifus

C) Become insane and shout his waifu’s name all over like Kyouji

Michael: Yes.

Felix: Magnets.

Melanie: B.


If given the chance to have a title of your choice released in WS, which would it be? (This question was asked at least 3 times)

Michael: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA YESSSSSSSSSSSS

Felix: Apreggio

Sam: Sailor Moon!

Melanie: Gosick. It would be an amazing set!

Johnny: Kokoro Connect because Inaba is the besttttttttt


How do you resist the urge to roll gacha for waifu?

Michael: I don’t – I roll when I want. (Please send help)

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Felix: By being poor

Johnny: Lock your phone and walk far far away


How do you have time to run this blog and still have a regular job?

Felix: I don’t have a regular job.

Melanie: Everyone helps out, and we care about the game. It is a worthy time investment, and fun too!

Johnny: Teamwork™

Michael: glasses thing

In all seriousness though, it’s been very rocky for me behind the scenes this past year. The site is kind of a totem for me (a la Inception) in that it’s always there. Even if disaster strikes, I’ll always have something to write, or something to prepare, etc. It’s kind of nice in that way.


Why did you decide to start 9th CX? (this question was asked at least 5 times)

Felix: Ask Michael.

Sam: Michael?

Michael: Before I started 9th CX, I noticed that there was no true website that was built to show off the better decks in the game and why they were working. Over time, we’ve assembled a team, a larger website, and a network of sponsors to make sure the project continues even after I retire from it.

I wanted to create a place where others could learn about the game, and I mean really learn, without worrying about the noise of trolls and unhelpful comments.

I also wanted to practice building a website, doing SEO, and doing online marketing. The site has helped me finesse those marketable skills, though I guess it’s a small case of mottainai because I’m not actively using those skills in my day-to-day job. So there you go, the most real reason that I’ve only said to other people in person before.


Melanie, is anime a boy’s world?

Melanie: Never! I have 2 3 shelf book shelves filled with Manga in double rows, about 100 plus anime DVDs, and love Weiss. It is definitely not a boy’s world. 😉


If anime was suddenly wiped off the face of the earth, and the 9th CX team were the only people who remember that it ever existed, what would be your initial reaction to this catastrophe, and what would you do about it?

Felix: Time to make a John Cena anime

Michael: Stop Felix from making a John Cena anime

Melanie: I’d look for an artist and help writing out the stories to go along with the art!

Johnny: I’d draw my own anime and start a cultural revolution

 


Why is Fate/kaleid Prisma Illya the best set?

Michael: Because.

Felix: Because pizza sauce.

Johnny: Because Kaleidoscope OP


 

Who is your anti-waifu?

Melanie: Umm… I know I will make people mad probably… but anything from Kantai….

Johnny: Besu Gun™

Michael: DMGShe counts, right?


Waifu or laifu?

Felix: Waifu

Johnny: No waifu = no laifu so waifu always

Melanie: Johnny summarized it best!


H…how’s the weather?

Michael: We need more rain pls


How many waifus does it take to make a harem?

Michael: As soon as the number goes above 0, you’re pretty much there.


If you could have one superpower complete with a flaw (like in Charlotte) what would it be?

Felix: Uhhh the power to turn invisible and play John Cena’s theme. Flaw: I become John Cena.

Johnny: Invisibility, but things I touch don’t become invisible.

Michael: The power to forget anything I want, but the catch would be (thanks Johnny) that I remember anything and everything.

Johnny: He’d be like a supercomputer that had to constantly delete files to not be full of data lol

Melanie: I’m not sure…maybe to heal people? Help them with problems? Maybe the catch would be I couldn’t choose who I help?


 

Reflection time!

Michael: This section is not going to be nearly as long or as fun as last year’s, but I just wanted to take a minute to recognize where the site has gone.

This year, we have gotten more (and different) sponsors. We’re still giving stuff away every month, and yes, a lot of it does just come out of my own pocket.

We worked with an independent artist, aurAspirality to bring you the latest mascot, Kyu-chan. We’ve been putting up lots of (what I hope are) fun videos, and interviewed some of the game’s best players.

I’ve been pondering what to write, so I asked some people about what they’d like to hear.

One of our contributors, Audri, who you may remember as #1 Honoka fan NA, had this to ask:

A: Do a player evaluation of yourself – like strengths, weaknesses, card abilities you rely on, etc. How do your preferences affect your choices when building decks? 

M: Just so everyone knows, this part is the reason we’re a day late on it! It isn’t easy to do a self evaluation because if I point out only strengths, I will sound like ojousama Rin and if I point out only weaknesses I might sound like… well, every moeblob ever?

So instead of going + and – on these things, I’m going to list some things out about my style as a player.

When it comes to deck building, I tend to look through the level 3 cards of a set/series to find the most unfair ways of ending a game. Given that in recent sets, the most powerful combos have been found in other levels (with TLR being a glaring exception), my approach has been OK, but far from perfect. I tend to be more conservative about my deck building than greedy; there tend to be more 4-0fs at earlier levels than 3-ofs in decks that I’ve built, though again, that is a more recent development.

I tend to be more open than stringent on card choices. Whenever I build a first draft of a deck, win or lose, I try to ask myself what worked, why, and if it’s worth continuing to use.

I also like to analyze games, whether I win or lose. Sometimes, it helps me as a coping mechanism to get over a really bad loss, and most other times, it’s a teaching tool to find out if a particular play was optional. Not to say that I win most of my games (I really don’t) – it’s just that even among experienced players I find that analysis is really exciting. Eric C., who I met at Continentals, can certainly vouch for this.

As far as abilities I rely on in decks, I tend to like things at various levels. I like using runners whenever possible, as well as cards that filter and search for free. If I am trying to go for big damage in the midgame (something I rarely do), I try to make sure that whatever I do use has some form of encore or other protection, to avoid losing cards. As far as finishers go, I tend to rely more on small Burn effects even more than the popular clock kick effects. I think this could be a result of players I go against regularly being particularly prepared for this; I’ve spent many a game having my kick effects in hand only to have my opponent go “1k1, crash crash crash” the turn before.

The decks I tend to build usually do not involve +2 soul unless I feel that the best deck in the series needs it for something. I generally dislike the blue CX triggers (draw & gate), and I can’t really put my finger on a short and sweet answer as to why. I think this is one of those cases where it really is just my gut saying “I don’t like it”. Sometime in the future I’ll probably have to address that in more detail though, ha!

One thing I will say about my strengths as a player though, is that I have the charts (more or less) memorized to account for if an attack is favorable. Now in practice, that kind of knowledge doesn’t really get you very far, but a lot of the time it’s nice to pretend that it helped.

Moving onto some other things, a fellow mod of the WS subreddit, Alfred, had quite a spread of questions:

Alfred: What do you like to eat? Are you a cat or dog person? Why SAO? If you could change or add one thing to the game, what would it be?

M: I enjoy sushi. .. didn’t I answer this one last year? Sounds familiar.

I’ve never owned pets… until this year! I got a kitty, though I’ve been told that a canine presence will also be mandatory in my future.

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Because the Internet is for cat pictures

SAO? I liked the way the novels were translated to the screen. (Note this says nothing about my opinion of the plot)

As far as changing or adding something to the game, that’s a hard one. Initially I might have said something about modifying the mulligan rule to make games that have poor starts stop from spiraling out of control, but then I thought to myself, “That’s something larger than can be fixed with a simple mulligan tweak”. So then I got to thinking about all the newer keyword and non-keyword mechanics that have been seen in the game as of late.

To give a small example, we have Musashi burn, Bars that search (Mikan / Yuuki), anti-burn (Charlotte), headshot (Sinon), and Resonance (not a big fan). My change/addition would be a new endgame keyword, with a fancy unoriginal name like Armor, which prevents the first X damage that would be dealt to you during your opponent’s turn. The target would be to put it on level 2 (or maybe even level 1) support cards to use either in combination with or instead of a level support effect. It’s a prevention effect that WS doesn’t have yet which I (selfishly) think might see print someday.


 

It’s an odd note to end with, but that’s OK! We have a lot more to look forward to in the coming year. As always, thank you, the readers, for your support. Please make sure to enter our giveaway, visit our sponsors, and we’ll see you next time!

Attack On Titan – Mikasa Waifu Deck Tech

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Welcome to the 9th CX’s Weiss Schwarz deck techs! For this article, we have a waifu deck featuring Mikasa from Attack on Titan!

Note: This deck was built under unofficial waifu deck construction rules of being allowed 4 non-waifu, non-level 3 cards in the deck. For those who want a deck that is 100% Mikasa, only one card needs to be substituted!

Special thanks to Johnny for the article prep.

Now let’s get to the list!

“うちの家は君の家”

Cards – 50

Level 0 – 16

3 “A Chain of Tragedies” Mikasa (AOT/S35-TE14)
3 “Calm and Collected” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E064)
2 “Disheartened” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E075)
4 “Paving a Way for the Future” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E060)
4 Armin Arlelt (AOT/S35-TE01)

Level 1 – 13

3 “Hope in the Darkness of Despair” Mikasa (AOT/S35-TE17)
2 “Strong Bloodlust” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E065)
4 “Battle Stance” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E077)
4 Chimi Mikasa (AOT/S35-E109)

Level 2 – 9

2 Mikasa Ackermann (AOT/S35-TE18)
3 “Direct Sword” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E063)
4 “Beyond the Walls” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E058)

Level 3 – 4

4 “Resisting Fate” Mikasa (AOT/S35-E057)

CX – 8

4 I Can Hear His Heartbeat (AOT/S35-E084)
4 The World the Girl Saw (AOT/S35-E083)

At level 0, we have 16 characters.

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“A Chain of Tragedies” Mikasa gets +1500 power if you control 1 or fewer other characters.

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“Calm and Collected” Mikasa has a brainstorm ability for 1 stock: salvage a [Corps] character and discard a card for each CX revealed. When a character you control moves during either player’s attack phase, that character gets +1000 power until end of turn.

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“Disheartened” Mikasa is a vanilla!

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At the beginning of your opponent’s attack phase you can put the top card of your deck into the waiting room. If the revealed card is a [Corps] character, “Paving a way for the Future” Mikasa can run to an empty slot on the center stage.

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Armin Arlelt is a +500 power front assist and you can rest him to give a Mikasa or Eren +500 power.

At level 1 we have 13 characters.

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“Hope in the Darkness of Despair” Mikasa is an “assist assist” to front and you can rest her to give a character +1000 power until end of turn.

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“Strong Bloodlust” Mikasa has a cost 0 +1000 power backup. And if you use her backup and you have an Eren on the field you can give the battling character +1000 power.

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“Battle Stance” Mikasa gets +1000 and +1 level when she is played. And you can pay 2 stock when she is front attacked to send her to the waiting room and place a “Beyond the Walls” Mikasa from your hand as the defending character.

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Once per turn when you use an ACT (or startup [S]) ability, Chimi Mikasa gets +1000 power until the end of turn.

For level 2 we have 9 characters.

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If you have 2 or more [Corps] characters, Mikasa Ackermann gets +1000 power and hand encore. Every time another [Corps] character you control attacks, she gets +1000 power until the end of turn.

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“Direct Sword” Mikasa is a level assist to front and when she is played you can discard a climax to salvage a [Corps] character.

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“Beyond the Walls” Mikasa cannot side attack and gets +500 power for every other [Corps] character you control. When she reverses her opponent and the climax “The World the Girl Saw” is in play, you can burn your opponent for one damage.

For level 3 we have 4 characters.

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“Resisting Fate” Mikasa gets +2000 power if you have two or more [Corps] characters, and on play she heals. Her last ability is at the beginning of your opponent’s attack phase you can pay one and choose her and another [Corps] character and stand and switch them.

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For climaxes we have a 4/4 split with a red stock soul and gates respectively.

How do we use this deck?

M: This is a fun waifu deck, so only the very basics will be explained!

At level 0, the deck still has a lot of things to do, because it so happens some of the best effects that Attack on Titan has to offer are none other than in… Mikasa! You can run, build stock, and even brainstorm away CX floods. At level 1, the deck has a little less power, especially because the backup ability is only good for 1000 power.

However! The one gimmick the deck does have that is potentially usable in other more competitive decks is the SURPRISE Mikasa that can spring into action when attacked. Because of the way the card is worded, if you drop the level 2 Mikasa through the ability, that Mikasa will perform a battle with the attacking character. So don’t drop her in if your opponent is attacking with something with power that’s way too high.

At level 3, the aim of the game will be to preserve your precious waifu Mikasa as much as possible, and fortunately, the level 3 Mikasa can (literally) kite very well. (Oh come on, it’s a Starcraft term and it’s perfectly applicable here- running back to be able to squeeze out the maximum number of attacks before retaliation – that’s totally what the Mikasa is all about, yes yes)

Because there are no real tricks in the deck, once the level 3 Mikasa is out, just play level 0 characters or other weaker ones in the back stage and then swap them out once she’s attacked. Being able to attack for 2/2/2 or more every turn (or even 3/3/3 + burn with the 2/2 Mikasa) is still quite powerful, even if the deck as a whole isn’t exactly “competitive”.

With this deck, have fun! This is probably one of those decks where the line “My waifu can beat the living !(@&$ out of your waifu” might be heard during a game, but as always, exercise caution when telling others that your waifu is obviously better than everyone else’s and everyone else must therefore have @(&* taste and keep things fun!


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Miku Day Feature – 9 Songs!

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Welcome to a special 3/9 Miku Day feature!

We’re going to be taking a departure from the normal article format to bring you nine songs of Miku to consider adding to your play lists (that is, if you don’t already!).

The songs featured here have been suggested by you, the readers!

#9: World Is Mine

Do you not know of the Miku? If you do not, you must know about the Miku, and learn all about her.

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#8: Star Story

Nothing like a nice relaxing track to keep the day going, right?

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#7 (Sam’s Pick): Rolling Girl

Don’t forget to yell “もう一回!もう一回!” (Mou ikkai! Mou ikkai!)

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#6: Last Night, Good Night

Similar to Star Story in terms of tempo, but just as pretty in its own right!

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#5 (Felix’s Pick): Senbonzakura

The one that got Felix hooked on Miku. “There are other songs, but this is in the main playlist.”

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#4: Time Machine

Not just a popular CX – it’s also a fun song!

#3: ODDS&ENDS

Are we running out of room already??

#2 (Michael’s Pick): Meteor

If I ever find myself wanting to relax for about 10 minutes, I flip right to this track.

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#1: Tell Your World

The lyrics work so well with this song, and it’s lively!

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Great, we ran out of list before we ran out of songs.

There are tons (definitely more) of worthy Miku tracks out there, and we will be sure to visit them again on Miku’s birthday in August!

So, what are your favorite tracks? Are they among the ones listed here? Have we committed a horrible crime by leaving your favorite out?

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Love Live! Character Spotlight – Hanayo Koizumi

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Welcome to the first of 9 Love Live! Waifu Spotlights! For this waifu challenge, we collected nine lists from nine different Love Live! fans. Only cards with the character were allowed! We’ve asked each of these dedicated fans why their favorite idol is Best Girl™, and if you agree with them, you can look at the decks as a deck to try for a dedicated Waifu build!

Because the decks are not meant to be competitive, their viability in the tournament environment will not be assessed, and analysis will be significantly reduced.

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. Card names will be aligned to match the more common spellings of names, if necessary.

This deck list is brought to you by Forrest Green.

Onto the list!

Hanayo #1!

Level 0 – 16

4 Hanayo, Feelings Towards Live (LL/W34-093)
3 Hanayo, Discovered Idol! (LL/WE19-25)
3 “Going Out Together” Hanayo (LL/W28-069)
2 Hanayo, Giant Onigiri (LL/W34-088)
4 Hanayo Koizumi (LL/W24-018)

Level 1 – 12

2 “Dancing stars on me!” Hanayo Koizumi (LL/W34-109)
3 “Jumping Ropes” Hanayo Koizumi (LL/W34-075)
3 “No brand girls” Hanayo (LL/W28-013)
4 Temptation of the Golden Rice (LL/W34-096)

Level 2 – 8

2 “KiRa-KiRa Sensation!” Hanayo Koizumi (LL/W34-073)
2 Hanayo, Loves Idols (LL/W24-077)
2 “Cooked Rice♪” Hanayo (LL/W28-024)
2 “School Idol Festival” Hanayo (LL/W28-085)

Level 3 – 6

3 “Incredible Sympathy” Hanayo (LL/W28-006)
3 “Happy maker!” Hanayo Koizumi (LL/W34-071)

CX – 8

3 The Answer Everyone Agreed Upon (LL/W34-099)
3 ☆Inauguration of the New Club President☆ (LL/W34-100)
2 Club Entry Declaration (LL/W24-099)

At level 0, we have 16 cards.

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Hanayo, Feelings Towards Live gives characters you control in front of it +500 power. It has a CX combo with The Answer Everyone Agreed Upon: when the CX is played, you may pay 1 stock. If you do, you choose a [Music] character you control, and it gets +2000 power until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

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Hanayo, Discovered Idol! is a ‘standard’ [Music] searcher. (When played, you can pay 1 stock and discard a card. If you do, you search your deck for up to 1 [Music] character, reveal it, then shuffle your deck.)

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When you play “Going Out Together” Hanayo, you reveal the top card of your deck. If it’s a [Music] character, you put that card into your hand, and then discard a card. (Otherwise, put the card back.)

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Vanillas! But look at that おにぎり!!!

At level 1, we have 8 characters and 4 events.

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“Dancing stars on me!” Hanayo Koizumi gets +1500 power on your opponent’s turn if you control 2 or more other [Music] characters.

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“Jumping Ropes” Hanayo gets +500 power on your opponent’s turn for each other [Music] character you control. It has a CX combo with “Inauguration of New Club President”: when the CX is played, you may pay 2 stock. If you do, you search your deck for up to 1 level 1 or lower character, put it onto any slot on your stage, then shuffle.

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When you play “No brand girls” Hanayo, you reveal the top card of your deck. If the revealed card is not a [Music] character, you send this card to the waiting room at the beginning of your encore phase.

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Temptation of the Golden Rice has you look at the top card of your deck, then put that card on the top or bottom of your deck. You choose a “Hanayo” you control, and it gains +1 level and +4000 power until the end of your opponent’s next turn.

At level 2, we have 8 characters.

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“KiRa-KiRa Sensation!” Hanayo Koizumi has a “level punisher” ability: when it attacks, if the character it battles is level 3 or higher, this character gains +4500 power and “When this reverses a character in battle, you may put that character on the bottom of its owner’s deck” until end of turn.

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Hanayo, Loves Idols has a CX combo with Club Entry Declaration: when the CX is played, if this is on your center stage, you may pay 2 stock. If you do, you search your deck for up to 3 characters that are [Music] characters that cost 0 or less and/or “Alpaca” and put them onto your stage in any slot.

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“Cooked Rice♪” Hanayo is a level support. (Gives characters you control in front of it +500 power times the level of that character) When a trigger check for a character you control reveals a CX, you choose a character you control and it gets +1 soul until end of turn.

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“School Idol Festival” Hanayo has a 1 stock, +3000 power Backup ability.

At level 3, we have 6 characters.

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“Incredible Sympathy” Hanayo has a Heal ability on play. You can pay 1 stock and discard a card to give it +2000 power and “When this reverses a character in battle, you may search your deck for up to 1 [Music] character” until end of turn. (Multiple instances of the ability being used can trigger; if you use it twice and reverse a character, you will search your deck for up to 2 characters, etc)

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“Happy maker!” Hanayo Koizumi gets +1000 power for each other Hanayo character you control. When played, you draw up to 2 cards, then discard a card.

The CX spread is a 3/3/2 split among 2k1 + 2 soul+1 stock +1 soul & +2 soul, +2 soul (+2 soul) effects and triggers respectively.

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How do we use this deck?

Special thanks to Forrest again for contributing a small guide.

F: At level 0, there are a lot of vanilla/generic characters, but the deck has access to search effects to get ready for level 1. The assist even has a CX combo!

At level 1, the deck has cheap characters and the amazing Golden Rice Temptation event that makes Hanayo “large and in charge”. The second CX combo is active at level 1 which even pulls a character from the deck!

At level 2, the character lineup may look time, but there is a powerful level 3+ “slayer” Hanayo, and a third CX combo which can bring out many more characters from the deck! Surprise indeed!

Finally at level 3, the deck has the “usual” effect of Heal and card draw, but with some massive power boosts and added searching.

The deck’s CX combos use up a lot of stock, and playing events will whittle away at the hand. However, the combos at level 1 and 2 bring extra characters from the deck, which is almost like drawing a card. Hanayo has many ways to gain power, and every CX has a +2 soul trigger. Side attacking is definitely something to consider with the deck to be able to leave (possibly in multiples) a very large Hanayo for your opponent to deal with. One of the CXs supplies stock, so be sure to also use it to keep up with the deck’s stock usage.

Yes, but why is Hanayo best girl?

F: Hanayo is best girl in my opinion, because she was the first character to make me feel emotional. Because she is so shy and soft-spoken in general, it was hard for her to vocalize her feelings, and when she tried, it could be washed out by the louder girls. It was even difficult for her to tell her best friend that she wanted to become an idol! When Hanayo finally declared her wish to join the others as an idol, I felt a flood of emotions. I think it was a beautiful scene. I can relate to her because in the past, I had trouble finding where I fit in. Did I mention she’s also adorable?


Do you think Hanayo is best girl? Stay tuned for our other character spotlights!

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SAO II Deck Tech – Anti-Waifu

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Mwahahahahahaha and welcome to the 9th CX’s deck techs! For this deliciously insidious addition to our collection, we are going to be looking at a list that is strictly Anti-Waifu!
Just as advertised – if you have a friend with !@($& taste and want to toss his or her waifu into the dumpster, this is the deck for you! The list is brought to you by 2014 NA WGP Nationals competitor David Velez.
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.
All sets are either released in English or set for release in English. Names may overlap between HotC translations and Bushiroad official translations.
Disclaimer: We are again not responsible for any loss of friendship you may experience as a result of using this deck. This is especially true if you are adhering to the Proper Play Standards™ for this deck which will be explained later in the article. In all seriousness, this deck is best for when you want to troll the living daylights out of your good friend, your local player base, your otaku sister, etc. and should be taken in good fun. There are also some plot spoilers in here for SAO II. You have been warned!
Now before we get to the how-to, we have to get to the list!
It’s Show Time
Cards – 50
Level 0 – 16
1 Laughing Coffin (SAO/S20-018)
1 Kuradeel, Watchman (SAO/S20-016)
3 Sinon, Ideal Self (SAO/SE23-18)
4 “Living Legend” Heathcliff (SAO/S26-008)
4 Shouichi Shinkawa (SAO/SE23-08)
1 Red Player “Death Gun” (SAO/SE23-11)
2 Kyouji, Protecting Shino (SAO/SE23-T02)
Level 1 – 14
4 Unidentified “Death Gun” (SAO/SE23-T04)
2 Grim Reaper Appears “Death Gun” (SAO/SE23-12)
4 Self-sacrifice (SAO/S20-022)
4 Heathcliff’s Hidden Identity (SAO/S20-019)
Level 2 – 8
3 Kyouji, Overly Attached (SAO/SE23-13)
4 Heathcliff, Guild Leader (SAO/S20-013)
1 Unexpected Encounter “Death Gun” (SAO/SE23-T07)
Level 3 – 4
4 Sterben “Death Gun” (SAO/SE23-09)
CX – 8
4 Power of “Death Gun” (SAO/SE23-T08)
4 Duel in the Coliseum (SAO/S20-025)
Edit: You may notice that there is no Oberon in this deck. That is because we don’t deal with people with negative KDs. None of this tryhard garbage, no.
 At level 0, we have 16 characters.
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You can pay 1 stock and rest two characters you control to give Laughing Coffin +2500 power and +1 soul until end of turn.
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Super jelly donut Kuradeel can put a level 0 or lower character on your opponent’s center stage into stock for 1 stock.
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When you play the Bait™, you can pay 1 and put the top card of your deck into clock to search for up to 1 level 2 or higher character.
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When the Living Legend appears from your hand, he gets +1500 power until end of turn.
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Legendary Waifu Killer A gives all other [Weapon] characters you control +500 power, and all characters on your opponent’s center stage [Target].
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 Guns have recoil, so at the beginning of your draw step you might get hit for 1.
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David has deemed Kyouji ‘thirsty boi’, and so “thirsty boi” gets +1000 power and +1 level as long as you control 1 or fewer other characters. The character opposite of our hero thirsty boi gains [Target].
At level 1, we have 14 cards: 10 characters and 4 events.
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If the character that Waifu Killer battles has [Target], Waifu Killer becomes a level reverser. You can also pay 1 stock and rest 2 characters you control to choose a character your opponent controls and give it -1 level and [Target] until end of turn.
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When Waifu Killer appears (literally) on your stage, you can put the top card of your deck into clock to choose a character that costs 1 or less on your opponent’s center stage. That character doesn’t stand during your opponent’s next stand phase.
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Everyone knows that when Asuna gets #rekt you get to give a character you control +3500 power until end of turn.
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Our Wonderful Leader Heathcliff is a charming 1 cost 7000 power character. The [Weapon] trait is relevant, seriously.
At level 2, we have 8 characters.
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Thirsty boi again here, this time giving all [Weapon] characters you control +1000 power and all characters on your opponent’s back stage [Target].
ASADASAN
#nottoosoon #mantra #saolyfe
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There are times that you want to look at life in the face and say “no”. There are also times where using a 50 lb. club would be much more effective. Our refined leader looks at the choice between “words” and “force” and says, “Yes.” He has a CX combo: when he attacks, you can Bounce a cost 1 or lower character your opponent controls and this card cannot be reversed until end of turn. (LITERALLY INVINCIBLE)
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Waifu Killer has a mad, raging !(@*&$ thirst for your [Target] Waifus, so if he sees one on your opponent’s board he gets +3000 power until the end of your opponent’s next turn.
At level 3, we only need 1 character.
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When Waifu Killer Sterben attacks, if all your opponent’s characters are targets (have [Target]), you may deal 1 damage to your opponent. It has a CX combo that isn’t used in this deck.
The CX spread is all 1k1 effects, with 4 Door and 4 Burn triggers.
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How do we use this deck?
Remember the mantra:
Trash Talk - Copy
20000 hours in GIMP right here folks
If you can’t shout it at your opponent at the top of your lungs, you have a problem, and shouldn’t use this deck at all. Remember, this is a deck for those who have the courage to stand up for their (obviously correct) beliefs that his or her waifu is truly #1 and no one else can come close. Everyone else must be mad, bad, and therefore inferior. This deck must serve as a channel for sending that message!
So at level 0, do not react to anything. Simply glare at your opponent as you clock and draw. Every turn you should be killing something and cackling menacingly with every character reversed. Every encore should be met with a large frown, but you must not look pathetic.
This is correct:
Disagree
This, is not:
I disagree
By level 1, your wonderful Leader Heathcliff should be being backed up by Waifu Killer, laying waste to your opponent’s waifus left and right.
Light drooling is appropriate, but don’t get it on your cards.
If you are playing against SAO and you know your opponent loves Asuna, showing him or her the Sacrifice event every time it appears in your hand is mandatory. That way you can yell “SHE GOT WRECKED” and your message is sure to get through. If playing over the internet, CAPS LOCK IS YOUR FRIEND.
At level 2, most of your deck’s damage will already be done. By this point, you should be actively shouting and howling at every kill. If your KD is below 1.0 disconnect immediately and remember to flip the table on your way out. Because lag.
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For maximum style points, announce every game action you take as “Swag”. Your opponent attacks for 2 and it sticks? You don’t announce, “Sticks,” you announce “#2swag”.
If someone attempts to tell you that the deck is not 100% dedicated because you have a copy of a Sinon in the deck, just remind them that Sinon ALWAYS gets wrecked. …and in the event that you are able to actually use her to reverse another character just point and laugh at how that camping idiot got knifed. ggggggg
In conclusion, remember the Proper Play Standards™ for the Anti-Waifu deck:
  1. YOUR WAIFU IS !(*&#$!!!!!!!!
  2. YOUR WAIFU IS !@*&$(!!!!!!
  3. ASADASANASADASANASADASAN
  4. Every time you attack, you must shout “GET WREEEEECKKKKKEDDDDD”
  5. There is no such thing as losing with this deck. It’s only because these lucker noobs got fed and won the base race.

If you have questions or comments, please send us a message via Facebook or an email at theninthcx AT gmail DOT com.  Be sure to sign up for our monthly giveaway where we are giving away TWO boxes every month!

Sorry, no compensation for actual loss of friendship experienced! Good luck and have fun!

For Fun – The 1 Year AMA + Reflections

Holiday Madoka Sayaka

Welcome to the 9th CX 1 year article blog post! For this one, we’re going to have a little fun!

So with that, Felix and I (Michael) will be answering the questions you sent to us. After that, I’ll be doing some reflections on the 9th CX project, various whys and whats, and so on. Without further ado, let’s go to the AMA!


C.K. Y. – “Your opponent is on Level 3, with 6 damage in clock. It is now the beginning of your draw phase for the turn. Assuming freedom over the choice of cards in the deck ,stage, hand as well as triggers for both you and your opponent, what is your:- (i) Full name? (ii) Age? (iii) Favourite food? (iv) Favourite drink? (v) Favourite song and artist? (vi) Choice of egg in the morning? (vii) Favourite game? (viii) Weakness? (ix) Strength? (x) Favourite choice of weapon? (xi) Visualization of the preferred method for winning the game? (xii) Visualization of the preferred method for losing the game? (xiii) Favourite Waifu? (xiv) Gender? (xv) Favourite trigger check? (xvi) Favourite card? (xvii) Favourite keyword ability? (xviii) Favourite winning banter? (xix) Favourite losing banter? (xx) Relationship status?”

Felix Lee, 21, Nutella, Wang Lao Ji herbal tea, EXEC_FLIP_ARPHAGE and 幽閉サテライト, hardboiled, Tales of Symphonia, not telling, not applicable, dual blades, getting my opponent to level 4 before I hit lv 4, getting to lv 4 before my opponent hits lv 4, see waifu question above, Hideyoshi, gate, this, brainstorm, Kappa, BibleThump, Head of a harem

Michael Sohn, 25, raw salmon, Thai tea (or wine), I don’t have a favorite- only a huge playlist, over medium, (for now) League of Legends, as a Normal type I take 2x damage from Fighting types, music, Dr. Fetus, N/A, N/A, Mine, male, Book (Draw), “Thanks for the game(s)!”, “Thanks for the game(s)!”, in a steady relationship.

Mark L. – What are your thoughts on the decision from Bushiroad to “rebalance” English Nisekoi cards instead of bringing them here and eventually banning/limiting them when they become a problem?

Felix: I don’t agree with the version differences they’re doing personally. Mainly because this is going to cause a divide between the English and Japanese communities, especially when it comes to local shop tournaments that currently allow both languages to be played. If the current Marika and Onodera are banned, then it becomes less of a problem because the remaining level 3s in the set aren’t quite as broken.

However, if they end up on a choose 1 list, then all the Japanese decks will have an advantage over all the English decks due to their access to 1 quality level 3. Bushiroad should really just bring over the ban list even if it makes some people sad that they can’t legally use their shiny new SP Marika they just opened.

Michael: The decision to print Nisekoi in English while the English game is so young seemed insane at best, at least with the cards as they were. Let’s not kid ourselves – Nisekoi is easily one of the best sets printed in recent memory. With that in mind, the English game and the Japanese game are very different from one another. The Japanese game has a boatload of viable sets, and is a continuous “eternal” format, where any set can be used regardless of time of release. The English game started with a fairly powerful set (Madoka) and was followed by a very solid set (SAO). Furthering the English game’s warped power curve was the fact that SAO had access to two whole sets with vol. 2 being released as well.

I believe that releasing Nisekoi in English as-is would have been an irresponsible move. The cards are so powerful that it would be beyond format-warping; it would likely become the format. As a player though, I must agree with the sentiment I have heard expressed that it is a major pain in the !@&% to buy the cards a second time. Will it drive people away from the game? Maybe, but I think it is much more likely that unedited Nisekoi would have driven more players away from the game.

Lew Sun C. – “Who is your waifu? What is your favorite set? Who is your favourite seiyuu?”

Felix: Waifu – I actually have a lot of waifus and have to keep a rotation of who gets to be the main waifu to keep them all happy. The list of waifus currently includes, but is not limited to: Fujiwara no Mokou (Touhou), Yamato (Kantai), Amatsukaze (Kantai), Noire (Neptunia), Fate Testarossa Harlaown (Nanoha), Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade (Monogatari Series), Rise Kujikawa (Persona 4), Noel Vermillion (BlazBlue), Hera/Hera-Ur/Hera-Is/Hera-Beorc/Hera-Sowilo (PAD), Ahri (League of Legends), Fear Kubrick (C3), Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Live), Hibiki Ganaha (The [email protected]), Elesh Norn (MtG), Emi Yusa (Hataraku Maou sama), Misaki Ayuzawa (Kaichou wa Maid sama), Frau Koujiro (Robotics;Notes). I really need to create a list to keep track of everyone…

Set – Kantai.

Seiyuu – Mizuki Nana.

Michael: Waifu – That’s pretty tough. …Okay never mind, that’s almost impossible. I just started typing out the first sentence and ten minutes (hours) later I have more of a list of my favorite characters. But if I really had to choose, it would be Mine from Akame Ga Kill! (Gotta have pink hair)

Behind her on the “characters I really like” list are…

Sinon (SAO), Silica (SAO), Haruna (Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka?), Eu (KoreanZombie), Umi (Love Live!), Kyoko (Madoka), Ultimate Madoka, Chino (GochiUsa), Ami (Sailor Moon), Nonon (Kill La Kill), Hakase (Nichijou), Shiro (No Game No Life)…

Set – None. I’m actually not particularly attached to one set.

Seiyuu – Suzuko Mimori!

Tony D. – “Would you rather fight a King Kong-sized Chitoge or a hundred Chitoge-sized King Kongs?”

Felix: The one with the gorilla.

Michael: The one with the gorilla. (I’m so original)

Justin T. – “What do you think will be hit by the December ban list? (Specific cards, etc.)”

Felix: The lv 3 Marika and Onodera and maybe the free refresh Onodera.

Michael: I think the level 3 Marika will definitely be restricted in some way. It’s possible that all of the “big three” characters (Onodera level 3, Marika level 3, Onodera level 2) will be put on a choose-one, and that’s what I think is most likely to happen. I would honestly be a little surprised if they banned her outright.

Matthew F. – “Single, Double, or Triple layers of sleeve?”

Felix: It really depends. If I use character sleeves then always at least double. For some decks I use Ultro Pro or Dragon Shield sleeves and those are usually single. The only triple sleeved deck I have is my Mono-Fate deck.

Michael: The most I’ll do for a deck is double-sleeve it. Perfect fits with normal sleeves and oversleeves are a pain to replace.

Anon – “What is your top fetish?”

Felix: Zettai Ryouiki

Michael: No comment.

Thomas L. – “If you had to cosplay a level 3 character from the deck you were playing, which deck would you play?”

Felix: [email protected]

Michael: Realistically, Log Horizon because I could probably pull off Shiroe OK. But just to give my friends nightmares, I’ll say Illya.

NathanielI read a really funny quote recently. This guy said that ‘playing WS with the pure, unadulterated intention to win is like trying to see how far you can push a pair of salad tongs up your @%$’. Do you agree with this statement? How do you deal with playing a game that can be so luck-dependent sometimes?”

Felix: What happens if I can push the entire salad tong up my butt? Do I auto win every game because I now have hemorrhoids because I would be very slightly tempted to make that trade so no I don’t really agree with that statement. Build a deck that maximizes consistency to reduce the effect of the luck factor as much as possible.

Michael: There’s nothing wrong with playing to win, but I see what the person was saying. On the surface, it appears that people who play only to win are very unpleasant and certainly must be trying to push very odd things into dark places. There is a bit of a misconception there though. Playing to win and being unpleasant are not mutually inclusive. You can play to win and still be a very amiable person. If you want examples, I’m happy to point you to some of my friends who play Magic professionally, like Paul Cheon and Tom Martell.

As for how I deal with playing a game that is so luck-dependent, I put it into perspective. WS isn’t the only game I play.I play Magic, chess, League of Legends, and poker. All of those games have elements of luck. After enough playing, it bothers you less, and that’s how I deal with WS – losing doesn’t bother me. Honestly, losing in hilarious ways is really entertaining!

Christopher M. – “Is my waifu best waifu? Because !*(& your waifu because she is not my waifu.”

Felix: No, your waifu is bottom tier. Also what do you do when you run into something that has the same waifu as you.

Michael: Hey man, yours is yours and mine is mine. (Get it?!)

Mine Mine Mine

… I mean we’re all adults right? We can make our own poor decisions!

Kegan C. – “Who is best girl?”

Felix: My waifus.

Michael: See above.

Marcus P. – “What’s the ratio of meta (or just optimally built for winning) and waifu among decks you own?”

Felix: About 50-50.

Michael: I have too many decks and only one of them is what I’d call ‘optimally built’.

Cao Tri D. – “If you were a God on an imaginary world, how many waifu would you authorize to your believers?”

Felix: However many I want, I am God after all.

Michael: X – Mine = your available waifus.

Tuan Kiet N. – “Charmander or Squirtle? Bulbasaur is irrelevant”

Felix: Charmander.

Michael: Charmander, not close.

Andree N. – “Briefs? or Boxers?”

Felix: Boxers.

Michael: Boxer briefs.

Eric – “What do you think would be the biggest change to Weiss in the future?”

Felix: Nisekoi season 2.

Michael: A CX that has no effect text but two types of triggers. That would make some heads hurt!

Andrés Flores F. – “Since it seems that everyone is winning using Nisekoi, can I use Nisekoi and win this prize too? Thank you.”

Both: No.

MK C. – “Who are your favorite Love Live [idols] (in order)?”

Felix: Nico, Nico, Nico, Nico, Nico, Nico, Nico, Nico, Nico

Michael: Too hard, can’t decide.


 

Now the next section, the 1 year reflection!

Hey everyone! Michael here.

A little while ago I asked some friends for some interesting questions so I could write a reflection for the first year of the website. With their help, I think I have enough to cover enough to be somewhat interesting. So for those of you that are interested in why this whole thing began, this part’s for you!

Andrew Castillo: How was 9th CX started? What was a major milestone? Any funny stories?

I started 9th CX as a project in 2013 because I was interested in learning more about the game. Specifically, I wanted to learn what made good cards good, and what made bad cards, well, bad. I was fascinated by the trigger aspect of the game and how random it could be. I know that normally people would find that to be an utter turn-off but I liked it because I wanted to calculate it.

When I was looking for resources online, I was kind of let down. What was already written either was poor quality, or not separable from a person (i.e. too much ego). I also noticed that some people were particularly nasty to one another. So, I wanted to create a resource that didn’t have much of a face behind it so people could learn without having to worry about where they were in terms of skill. I don’t really hear a lot of positives from people, so all I can do is hope that what I’ve written has worked for someone, haha!

There were so many milestones with the site that I’ve lost count. But if I had to choose one, I think it would be getting the first sponsor. Giving stuff away is fun!

Funny stories? I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Alex S.: What are some of the best memories you’ve made through 9th CX?

I think a lot of it was realized when I went to Nationals and met a lot of people. It was interesting being recognized by some players at Fanime last year, but Nationals was on a completely different level. The whole trip was pretty sweet, and I definitely want to do it again if I can. PS Alex & Andrew should I make my way out there again there will be much drinking.

Artie O.: How did 9th CX affect your life, one year after it was born?

Audri Sampson: What are you thankful for that 9th CX has brought to you?

Writing has certainly gotten me a lot of crap and a small bit of recognition. I wish I could say the site makes money (read: it seriously doesn’t) but that’s just a fun thought to have. The site has brought me closer to a good number of people, and I’m happy to call them friends. Actually, the fan bases in the various regions of the world (especially in the Philippines! – of all places, right?) have been very supportive and I have to say that I am thankful for all the support the site gets. It’s a pretty new thing for me, having and running a Facebook page and website and all. But the site and the players have taught me so much that I could probably write 5000 more words (don’t worry, I won’t) and still not get to the end of the list.

Note: Neal S. chimed in with some excellent questions, but those indeed will be rolled into the future TO article!

Jim C.: Talk about all the chicks you’ve scored now that you’re world famous.

Uhhhh…

Melanie L.: Where do you want 9th CX to go in the future? How has being a teacher played a role in how you’ve designed the site to meet the needs of both new and veteran WS players? And last thing, why a WS website and not one on another card game you play, like Magic?

I think these questions are best answered in reverse order.

Why not a Magic website? Well… I have a bunch of friends (probably at least a couple hundred) that I’ve met and made through playing Magic. Many of them write for the major Magic sites already including Channel Fireball and StarCityGames, so a website on Magic wouldn’t really get anywhere – I would be better off writing for one of the big sites (again).

So I guess with the middle question I get to tell a rather boring interesting bit about myself. I’m a part-time musician – I teach kids how to read music and sing in a private choir. I’ve been teaching for 5 years now and my classes keep getting bigger. Teaching has always been fun for me, and music has been a part of my life for a very long time. In fact, it’s what I went to study in school (at first, but that’s another story). Something that I took away from teaching music is that breaking things down very thoroughly is very important. In the same breath though (sorry, no pun intended), I found that in almost every year I taught there would be at least one student who would be at a near-college level of musicianship. Having that happen to me was a good reminder that I would have to write a wide swath of articles ranging from beginning to advanced. That’s why when I started out I wrote about the basics, so that I could reference the articles later for my own benefit as I wrote more. I wanted to make sure that anyone who read the blog would have something to read whether he or she was a complete newbie or a seasoned veteran. It was kind of a grind at first, but now the process of writing deck techs and other articles has gotten a lot smoother.

As for where I want the site to go? Well…

Glasses

My face when someone asks me about the future of the site

I mean uh, I’m still not 100% sure. And by that I mean I do have an agenda, but it wouldn’t really be very good to disclose it … for now. I know I want to have the site grow a bunch, and who knows? At some point it would be cool to be able to get some sort of official involvement from Bushiroad, pick up more sponsors, and see Japan again. I also know that I want to do videos in the coming year, and Felix and I will be working to make those happen! I do want to at least pay attention to production though so you don’t get a guy with a potato webcam just talking.  I don’t want to make it look amateurish, you know?

Now with all of that said –

Thank you!

I’m looking forward to another great year with the site, and I’m glad you, the readers, have stuck around! Thank you for your ongoing support, remember to sign up for the monthly giveaway, and if you see me (us) at a convention or at a store, be sure to say hi!