Kemono Friends Deck Sketch – YB, YG, and By

Welcome to a 9th CX Deck Sketch! We’re presenting some of our ideas here as works in progress to share our processes and insights. Michael has two to start, and Travis will round things out with the third.
Kemono Friends has been released into the wild new Neo-Standard format where only a couple changes have been made. What decks will come from the set that can suppress the very popular “burn 1” effect?

Onto the lists!

Kemono Hakken!! (Y/B only, not recommended)

Cards – 50

Level 0 – 18

1 Royal Penguin, Congratulation Party (KMN/W51-116)

1 Kaban-chan, Guide Map Found! (KMN/W51-011)

2 Gen, A Little Break (KMN/W51-096)

4 Serval, Driving (KMN/W51-021)

4 Kaban-chan at the Congratulation Party (KMN/W51-005)

4 Serval, RAWR! (KMN/W51-006)

2 Serval, Ditzy Girl Lives (KMN/W51-008)

Level 1 – 12

4 Emperor, New Leader Outlook? (KMN/W51-094)

4 Kaban-chan, During Desert Tour (KMN/W51-010)

4 Commerson’s Dolphin, Loves Playing! (KMN/W51-083)

Level 2 – 3

2 Serval, Good Bath (KMN/W51-111)

1 Lucky Beast, Emergency Situation (KMN/W51-019)

Level 3 – 9

2 Paper Airplane (KMN/W51-033)

3 Kaban-Chan, Full of Ideas (KMN/W51-002)

4 Serval, Curious About Everything (KMN/W51-001)

CX – 8

4 Returning to the Original Form…..(KMN/W51-034)

4 Oozora Dreamer (KMN/W51-110)


What does this build do?

It’s a starting point. The deck is probably not making sufficient use of the set’s range, but the idea went something like this:

Find the finishers, and find the card advantage. Put them together, and hope they form a deck.

This method of deck sketching though is limited by its own rigidity. After all, not every set will get its own card advantage engine at level 1, and it won’t have a spectacular and flashy finisher like Yami, Arle, Coco(a)Chino, etc.

The premise of this deck is basic, and because we aren’t recommending it for use, we’re skipping its card intros.

Level 0 was built with utility and filtering in mind, all while being able to push for a little extra damage by putting Serval in the middle slot.  Attacking for 3 on the very first turn can be a good thing, and having a level 0 that can hit for extra damage is also helpful later in the game. The real star though, is the Hat that denies burn 1 effects. Splashable and very difficult to counter, this is arguably the set’s most central ability.

The level 1 for this deck is where its brainstorm action starts, as well as its card advantage engine. It has a CX combo to get a Friends character from the top 4 cards of the deck, and a free attacker in Dolphin, as long as you draw multiples. Depending on who went first, being able to bounce your own board and deny your opponent on-reverse effects at level 1 (or later) for free is strong, but balanced out by the added vulnerability to damage.

Level 2 is more of the same at level 1, just adding soul, and level 3 has the shield and sword with a rest counter, and a restand CX combo.

So then what’s missing?

This sketch is simply not hitting even more potentially powerful combinations that are available. In itself, it does have a lot of strong points that people have come to expect from decks. But, the set’s most notable card is also very flexible. (Kaban-chan at the Congratulation Party) When a star card in a set is a level 0 that isn’t trait-locked and operates without a CX combo, it arguably becomes one of the first considerations to make when trying to design a deck.

Most of the cards in the set do not care about the loss of a burn 1 effect, even if it is symmetrical. Assuming that we do want to make use of this effect, we are left exploring other color combinations.

Yellow has restanding, and the set’s most ‘unfair’ event in Paper Airplane.

Green has the ability to clock kick and heal, a lot.

Red has burn (which will likely be ignored), standby effects, kill effects, and

Blue, for the most part, has a self-contained path from start to finish that involves a lot of attacking at level 3. It also has other splashable elements.

Let’s see if we can use this question to guide the deck sketching process this time:

“What is the most unfair thing that cards at a certain level in this set can do?”

Since blue is being taken by Travis later, we’ll look at the first three colors to see what combos come of them. (This doesn’t mean that blue can’t be splashed)

Level 0 is kind of a wash to apply this question to, because any cards are usable. Certain cards may become more important with different combinations, but let’s go through the other levels first.

At level 1:

Yellow: can brainstorm, can deny attacks (at great cost), and use a high-risk high-reward CX combo

Green: can use a stock-generating CX combo, can potentially boost power for free

Red: can use level reversers and setup future damage, kill cost 0 characters (using top checking effects from level 0), and use a CX combo to increase board presence

There is a +2000 power backup effect in red that is only bound by trait.

At level 2:

Yellow: can search its deck for its core events, play early level 3s, and push for additional damage

Green: can heal to hand, burn 5 (CX combo), generate additional stock (CX interaction), early play a level 3, and can bounce characters it controls (to save characters and potentially deny CX combo interactions)

Red: can generate additional stock for no cost, early play a level 3 to heal

There is an anti-change backup effect in green.

At level 3:

Yellow: can attack a lot, and deny attacks

Green: can send characters to clock, and search (thereby potentially reducing future damage)

Red: can burn, setup its triggers, heal, and restand

With these general effects in mind, the next step is to decide, based on player judgment and preference, what combination of effects is best. For the rest of this article, I’ll be trying to walk through a sketch of a deck that uses green and yellow. There are (almost certainly) a good number of other color combinations, including other tricolor combinations. For this exercise, I’ll be going through G/Y, and we will most likely revisit the set in the future.

Let’s look at this next list:


YG Zoo

https://wsdecks.com/deck/41307/

Level 0 – 12

4 Kaban-chan, Magnifying Glass (KMN/W51-042)

4 Serval, Driving (KMN/W51-021)

4 Kaban-chan at the Congratulation Party (KMN/W51-005)

Level 1 – 13

2 Serval, Saying Hi to Friends (KMN/W51-009)

4 Kaban-chan, During Desert Tour (KMN/W51-010)

4 Common Raccoon, Always Full Power (KMN/W51-040)

3 Giant Armadillo, Steely Guard (KMN/W51-067)

Level 2 – 9

1 Kaban-chan, Helping Out (KMN/W51-054)

2 Hearthfire (KMN/W51-055)

4 All Together, Pull (KMN/W51-056)

2 Serval, Good Bath (KMN/W51-111)

Level 3 – 8

3 Ruffed Lemur, Jungle Life (KMN/W51-039)

1 Kaban-chan, Full of Ideas (KMN/W51-002)

2 Northern White-faced Owl & Eurasian Eagle Owl, Chiefs of the Island (KMN/W51-041)

2 Paper Airplane (KMN/W51-033)

CX – 8

4 Capture Completed? (KMN/W51-057)

4 Releasing the Wild Side (KMN/W51-058)


What’s the plan with this deck?

At level 0, the deck can do a good amount of filtering and searching for its level 1. There are very few level 0 cards in this deck though, mostly to make space for its much more high-impact level 1 and 2.

The level 1 for this deck is where it both gets to focus on preserving its board with power, and generating stock. Serval, Saying Hi to Friends gives a character you control a massive +1500 power boost if you reverse a character in battle. On the offense, this means that on-reverse effects (including the deck’s endgame clock kick) are much more easy to pull off. On the defense, it means that your opponent has to really hit power levels way over the first character attacked, or risk losing their board. Even if you trade, you still get the power.

The deck’s stock generating CX combo can be accessed at level 0, though it will cost some cards in hand.

Level 2 is where the deck gets to cash in on its stock and heal up. The Pull event, though one-time use, heals to hand, and dodges hate effects. If you are fortunate, you can even early play some cards. The conditions to play them early, 2 or fewer CXs and having a Kaban-chan, Magnifying Glass in clock, are not extremely difficult to meet. Ideally, the deck will still be able to maintain a board while adding a Serval support to tack on free damage.

Level 3 is where the deck can try to do it all. It uses some copies of Paper Airplane to deny attacks. It kicks characters to clock, and it tries to compress via searches.

Overall, this deck is probably more complete than the first YB list. It has more synergy, and more importantly, much more staying power. The next step: testing!


Travis: Blue Splash Yellow

https://wsdecks.com/deck/41281/

 

Level 0(16):

4 Kaban-Chan at the Congratulation Party (KMN/W51-005)

2 Kaban-Chan, Guide Map Found! (KMN/W51-011)[Bonder to Event/Serval, Curious]

2 Serval, Driving (KMN/W51-021)

4 “PPP” Humboldt Penguin(KMN/W51-086)

2 Gen, A Little Break(KMN/W51-096)

2 Rocker, A Little Break(KMN/W51-097)

Level 1(12):

4 Commerson’s Dolphin, Loves Playing(KMN/W51-083)

4 Emperor, New Leader Outlook(KMN/W51-094)

4 Gen, Orthodox Idol(KMN/W51-095)

Level 2(5):

1 Kaban-Chan, Helping Out(KMN/W51-054)

2 “PPP” Gentoo Penguin(KMN/W51-087)

2 “PPP” Southern Rockhopper Penguin(KMN/W51-088)

Level 3(9):

2 Paper Airplane(KMN/W51/033)

4 “PPP” Royal Penguin(KMN/W51-085)

3 “PPP” Emperor Penguin(KMN/W51-089)

CX(8):

4 Oozora Dreamer (KMN/W51-110)

4 Idol Aura (KMN/W51-108)

 

I mirror Michael’s statements above, this is a rough sketch of a deck so I’ll avoid card intros here. However, I do recommend testing out this along with the small variations I have mentioned with the build.

 

Level 0; the game plan here was to fit as much utility into the deck as possible. I want to have access to both the rest counter(Paper Airplane) and the anti-burn 1(Kaban-chan at the Congratulation Party) while also being able to meet color conditions to play the event and also be able to light the level 1 combo easier. I don’t mind not having the extra damage “Golden Snub-nosed Monkey, Cerulean Hunter” and “Serval, RAWR!” so much as I can sustain my damage through other means.

 

I did consider adding in “Serval, Helping” so I could gain some sort of ground at level 0 to 1 with excess CXs in hand that didn’t have a combo to go to at the current moment, and an additional plus for the decks main combo at level 1, but I would rather have the top check ability of “Serval, Driving” to be able to top check for the rest counter. Granted, I am running the bonder to the event so I should be able to get it regardless, but it also filters for <Friends> characters. Those two cards can be swapped out per preference.

 

Level 1; easy level 1 combo, you literally have to be breathing to light this combo. It’s great for building stock, and seeing that the deck’s entire level 1 game is blue, the condition for the plus to light is irrelephant. Blue also has access to a bounceable assassin character just by having another copy of it in your hand, making an easy 7k on play(before assists and other effects) I don’t run any backups at level 1, since bouncing back the “Commerson’s Dolphin, Loves Playing” keeps a field empty, there’s no need to have counters. Level 1 also grants access to a Rize clone(Reveal up to top 3, choose a <Friends> character, add it to your hand, discard the rest then discard a card.)

 

Level 2; most of the work here is setting up your back row to meet the requirements for the restand condition of “Royal Penguin” Fortunately, you do not need the other two cards mentioned in her combo, but having them makes the combo hit harder seeing as it is 5 attacks for 1 stock and a card from hand(not counting the stock required to play all the characters). The same restand condition also lights an early play condition for one of the level 3s the deck runs, which doubles as a healer. Running the Mecha early play reverser wasn’t an option since it was off trait. However, the set does have access to an anti-early play card in green at level 2, another optional card to run in place of that would be “Serval, Did Well?”. The aforementioned card is a 3.5k backup if you have a <Friends> character.

 

Level 3; here’s the gravy of the deck. The restander has probably one of the cheapest restand costs in the game, being 1 stock and 1 card from hand if you meet a certain stage requirement. On top of that, if you can manage to get a yellow card in clock/level, you now have access to the Rest counter. The deck doesn’t eat up a lot of stock aside from paying for character costs and a brainstorm every now and them, not to mention getting the Kaban into memory. Being able to use a rest counter and still being able to do a second restand the next turn shouldn’t be a problem.


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A Link in the Chain – Chain Chronicle Deck Tech

Good evening! Melanie here from 9th CX with some of my recent brews for Chain Chronicle. I recently split a case and have been very much enjoying the set. There are several things to iron out through playtesting in this very diverse set and to consider in how some components were color locked while others weren’t. In my quest to do so I have mostly started out playtesting some mono-colored decks first and a few variants. Despite being works in progress, I did want to share some of these now because they have been a lot of fun to play with for the most part. Updates will be released later!


Mono-Yellow:

 

Level 0: 18

4 x Fatima, Three Sages (CC/S48-003)

4 x Dilma, Sage of Life (CC/S48-004)

4 x Melchior, Sage of Might (CC/S48-011)

3 x Yoshitsugu, Second Lord (CC/S48-013)

3 x Lolo, Fire Sprite (CC/S48-020)

Level 1: 12

4 x Fatima, Golden Witch (CC/S48-005)

2 x Haruaki, Fated Swordsman (CC/S48-006)

3 x Werner, Combustion Sealer (CC/S48-025)

1 x Juni, Blue Ice Sealer (CC/S48-026)

2 x Melchior, Three Sages (CC/S48-007)

Level 2: 4

1 x Juni, Magic Corps Captain (CC/S48-016)

1 x Yoshitsugu, Blood of Shura (CC/S48-027)

2 x Ark, Blade That Cuts Through the Darkness (CC/S48-028)

Level 3: 8

4 x Fatima, Witch of Fate (CC/S48-001)

2 x Werner, Magic Corps Commander (CC/S48-002)

2 x Dilma, Three Sages (CC/S48-008)

Climaxes:

4 x Burn!! (CC/S48-029)

4 x To Produce New Light (CC/S48-030)

How to Play the Deck:

This deck is all about building up power on your turn only to get over your opponent’s board, hopefully refilling your hand in most instances. We also want to preserve stock for the endgame in addition to hand so that we can light the ideal setup “Fatima, Fatima, Werner”. A common theme among most decks in this series and others in the current game state is that we have a deck teched full of “answers” to search or call out to deal with different situations.

The deck has to be very careful in dealing damage and knowing where its climaxes are. The deck doesn’t have a traditional brainstorm due to keeping in mono-yellow. Instead it has the 0/0 Fatima in back row that, when you play a climax, you can pay a stock to get a guaranteed plus mill 4 for a yellow character. Combined with the 0/0 Dilma “Akatsuki” clone, this should be enough mill to sustain the deck, but the issue sometimes becomes that the brainstorm action being based off playing a climax is a little too late to help you get missing combo pieces in hand. Personally this is an effect that I am not fond of playing or running, but since she is part of the condition for early dropping 3/2 Dilma I wanted to give her a try.

The Dilma early drop is convenient from the perspective that you can drop her so long as you have the right back row and if her damage cancels you may ditch a yellow character from hand to heal again. If she can survive through your opponent’s turn, her heal is also reusable if her damage cancels. The downside is that her power level isn’t amazing and the stock and ditched card from hand for the additional hand may better be reserved for finishing the game at Level 3.

The end game for this deck is pretty straight forward. The ideal goal is to get Fatima, Fatima, Werner with Werner’s on play ability giving you a chance of pulling his climax combo. It’s okay if you wipe your stock going into this set-up because Werner pays for his ability after your 3rd trigger step if he cancels his attack. This deck is also running 2 copies of the 2/2 event that allows you to target positions on your opponent’s stage to send things back to hand. Why? Two reasons. One, this deck’s (and many Chain Chronicle Decks) biggest enemy is someone saving a rest counter or a anti-damage counter for your Werner. Most sets with popular rest counters need a full board (Osomatsu, To Love Ru Animal) or require the anti-damage counter to be played in that battle (Little Busters!, To Love Ru Alien, etc.). The second reason is that you want Werner’s damage to cancel to get his finish ability. Putting him in front center stage and attacking into an open slot stacks more soul damage on him from a direct attack. Either the damage sticks, or you pay and get your stacked finish abilities.


Yellow/Red:

 

Level 0: 19

4 x Fatima, Three Sages (CC/S48-003)

3 x Melchior, Sage of Might (CC/S48-011)

2 x Yoshitsugu, Second Lord (CC/S48-013)

2 x Aram, New Hope (CC/S48-T04)

4 x Yuri, Breaking the Chains (CC/S48-051)

4 x Juliana, to Recapture the Capital (CC/S48-080)

Level 1: 10

4 x Fatima, Golden Witch (CC/S48-005)

3 x Haruaki, Fated Swordsman (CC/S48-006)

3 x Werner, Combustion Sealer (CC/S48-025)

Level 2: 5

1 x Juni, Magic Corps Captain (CC/S48-016)

2 x Ashrina, Queen of the Lake of Sand (CC/S48-017)

2 x “Dragon Slayer” Vorg (CC/S48-071)

Level 3: 8

2 x Aram, Bond of Allies (CC/S48-056)

4 x Fatima, Witch of Fate (CC/S48-001)

2 x Werner, Magic Corps Commander (CC/S48-002)

Climaxes: 8

4 x Burn!! (CC/S48-029)

4 x To Produce New Light (CC/S48-030)

 

While there are some things that I really like in the mono-yellow build above, two of the cards that I was displeased with needed a tech out. I haven’t been a fan of the 0/0 Fatima backrow psuedo-brainstorm ability, nor that I had to have her on the stage to drop the early play Dilma. But I really like the endgame for this deck and like the bouncing shenanigans that Melchior synergizes with the Level 1 game to make things really big for several benefits. My decision: try splashing in some red.

The red splash is pretty simple. Swap the 0/0 Fatima for the salvage brainstorm Yuri that allows you to get back any character. Yes, he has to be off the stage by the time you get to Level 3 to light Werner, who requires a full board of yellow characters. This is pretty easily achieved simply by putting down Ashrina at Level 2 or 3, either moving him forward to crash into something at Level 2 or playing over him at Level 3. Also splashed in have been 2 of the runners from the trial deck, and 2 of the 2/1 reversers for early drop Level 3’s. The early drop Aram is also a tech option for a heal at Level 2 and some possible sustaining power. I realize this may not be the best synergy due to the fact that if he survives to Level 3 he has to be played over, but his early drop condition in most cases is easier to pull off and with so many anti-Level 3 abilities floating around I usually don’t expect him to survive.

I have also teched in a playset of the Juliana “Riki” clones for this set. Early on she can grab anything I might want for Level 0 or Level 1 that is either missing from my hand or I need to answer to other player effects. Unfortunately with all of the teching the 2/2 event is the one things that gets lost from this build, as well as some of the soul plussing at Level 1 by losing the 0/0 Fatima backrow. In most cases I’ve found this to be fine. Swinging for 2, 2, 1 with triggers may not be ideal, but it does allow for pinpoints and some attack order decisions to help damage stick.  As I work on this list I will probably be looking at what to drop to put in the 2/2 event. This build is very much a work in progress with several tech decisions to be playtested out.

I feel it is also important to note that there is an entirely third viable mostly yellow deck in the series that runs off of the 1/1 and 3/2 Shuza walls that get markers. While the deck does have some hand challenges and definitely needs to make use of the Red 0/0 Brainstorm, it can build some really big compression marker walls that can deny on reverse abilities and still chain into Werner as a finisher.

Mono-Blue:

Level 0: 16

4 x Burckhardt, Shield of the Holy Princess (CC/S48-T16)

4 x Juliana, Holy Princess (CC/S48-T17)

4 x Musica, Magical Voice (CC/S48-079)

4 x Juliana, to Recapture the Capital (CC/S48-080)

Level 1: 12

2 x Lilith, Holy Savior (CC/S48-082)

4 x Teresa, Natural Sword Skills (CC/S48-083)

4 x Einslot, Captain of the “Holy Blade” Knights (CC/S48-085)

2 x Louise, Body Double (CC/S48-091)

Level 2: 6

2 x Musica, Magical Songstress (CC/S48-086)

2 x Louise, Maid of Holy Princess (CC/S48-087)

1 x Aries, “Holy Blade” Knights (CC/S48-095)

1 x Rowendia, “Holy Psalm” (CC/S48-096)

Level 3: 8

2 x Juliana, Female Knight (CC/S48-T19)

2 x Juliana, Queen of the Holy Kingdom (CC/S48-077)

4 x Teresa, Swordmaster of Slaughter (CC/S48-078)

Climaxes: 8

4 x Light of Hope in That Heart! (CC/S48-098)

4 x You’re Next! (CC/S48-100)

This has become one of my favorite decks from this set in a short time, and the build that I have playtested the most. It went 3/1 its first week at locals, and it’s only loss so far is to Konosuba R/B running the Megumin 3/2 finishers that rest to burn and kick. In my opinion Konosuba is a counter to this deck and punishes it for it’s wall game. This week it went 3/0 against Puyo, GFBeta Blue splash Pumpkin, and Railgun with Power Up Set.

The deck works like a pinball machine all for the cost of using one “Start Up” ability. The deck is filled with costed and free start up abilities that can also be used on your opponent’s turn to create a power wall. Complete with a 1/0 character counter that can hand filter a card to boomerang back to hand and a 2/1 easy conditional 3500 character counter, the deck walls up very nicely, allowing you to sustain hand.

The downside to this deck is twofold. One, some will not like that the mill/plus combo requires a full field of blue to activate. This decreases the amount of splashing and teching you can do from the other colors in the set, although, truth be told, I don’t really think this is necessary. Second, the endgame of this deck is very much a “go big or go home” when relying only on the Teresa 3/2 RR finisher and not splashing in any other colors. Honestly, moving forward, I could see splashing in the RR 3/2 Fatima and stacking her punish burns on Teresa for a more effective end game. An easy 0/0 splash may be the yellow card that can call your Musica 0/0 brainstorm to stage, or simply just level a 3/2 Fatima at some point. It will be tricky due to the conditions for the Level 1 combo, but I think it might be doable.

Mono-Red:

Level 0: 16

3 x Aram, New Hope (CC/S48-T04)

4 x Pirika, Light of Hope (CC/S48-047)

4 x Yuri, Breaking the Chains (CC/S48-051)

3 x Selene, Excellent Assistant (CC/S48-064)

2 x Dusty, Arms Dealer of the Vice Capital (CC/S48-065)

Level 1: 15

2 x Aram, White Mana (CC/S48-060)

4 x Phoena, Live Together And Fight Together (CC/S48-048)

4 x Dusty, Hot-Blooded Arms Dealer (CC/S48-052)

3 x Kain, Virtuous Mercenary (CC/S48-053)

2 x Aludra, Universal Mage (CC/S48-059)

Level 2: 3

2 x Marina, Fervent Healer (CC/S48-054)

1 x “Dragon Slayer” Vorg (CC/S48-071)

Level 3: 8

2 x Aram, Bond of Allies (CC/S48-056)

4 x Yuri of the Volunteer Army (CC/S48-T13)

2 x Yuri, Grasping the Light! (CC/S48-049)

Climaxes: 8

4 x Light that Shows Bond (CC/S48-T14)

4 x Power of the Chain Chronicle (CC/S48-076)

 

This deck has a lot of polishing to be done to tweak numbers at various levels, but overall I’ve been pretty happy with it. The deck, like many salvage decks, seeks to use it’s waiting room as an extension of hand to tech back the pieces it needs. The play style, though, is a little counter to normal deck play where your plus combo at Level 1 adds key late game pieces to hand. Similar to the Goddess Konosuba deck, Phoena instead calls your Level 1 game or other missing backstage pieces to the board provided you meet her conditions (5 or fewer cards in hand and the things you call are cost 0’s). You ditch your Level 1 game and sculpt your hand to hang onto key late game pieces for your match up. The Yuri 0/0 brainstorm and the tech of the 0/0 Dusty help you with this if the cards never seem to come to hand.

Some players will prefer to run more of the 1/0 level reverser Aram, maybe fewer of the Dusty 1/0 in favor of more of the Kain, etc. Level 0 in this deck also has some super hard choices to make due to the amazing utility in the Red 0/0 commons, uncommons, and trial deck cards. I’m currently still swapping around numbers and utility cards to eventually settle on a final Level 0. I will also note that you shouldn’t undervalue the 0/0 Pirika RR in this deck. She gives us another free mill engine that puts more call and salvage options into our waiting room, prevents triggered climaxes that can get buried, and occasionally nets us a free stock.

Level 3 is also in super flux right now for me with this deck. My first build has been playtesting the 3/2 trial deck Yuri as the finisher, with the rare Aram 3/2 as the early play healer with some wall potential and the 3/2 RR Yuri that can heal on play, heal on reverse with the 2/1 Marina in the back row, and chain into a burn on the third attack of the turn. While he has won me at least one game while playtesting, I’ve been finding the ditch 3 to really hurt this deck’s hand and also have been having issues getting my main finisher’s climax for his climax combo. My next step will be to use the Level 0 and 1 core to experiment with the 3/2 RR Aram and the 3/2 rare Yuri early drop that can search out my finishing climax combo potentially on play to help consistency.

So far in games the deck has been decently solid, with work needed on finishing the game. The deck builds a ton of stock if it gets going, which helps if you like a compression style deck. Yes, there are 8 +2 soul triggers in the deck, but so far that hasn’t really come up as too big of an issue. If anything, it helps push damage for a pinpoint finish end game. I would recommend, though, that it is very possible to run the 3/2 RR Yuri with his gate climax combo, or the 3/2 RR Aram with his gate climax combo if you would like another finisher option that isn’t the trial deck combo.

Mono-Green:

Level 0: 27

4 x Eirneus, Demon of Destruction (CC/S48-034)

3 x Burckhardt, Demon (CC/S48-038)

20 x Black Soldier (CC/S48-039)

Level 1: 5

4 x Black Knight, Darkness of the Abyss (CC/S48-035)

1 x Black King, King Dyeing Things in Black (CC/S48-036)

Level 2: 5

3 x Black Knight in the Twilight (CC/S48-037)

2 x Olzada, Rampaging Blade (CC/S48-043)

Level 3: 5

4 x Black King, Fearless Smile (CC/S48-032)

1 x Eirneus, Black Army (CC/S48-033)

Climaxes: 8

4 x Power of Blackening (CC/S48-045)

4 x Dyeing Everything in Black (CC/S48-046)

 

There isn’t enough room for everything in this deck! The frustration in building this deck was very real in attempting to narrow down a build. There isn’t a lot of green in the set, but what we received is top notch. There are countless substitutions and, due to the nature of the deck’s plus combo, several tech ones or twos of cards that could easily be viable in several build variants. The deck also has the means to compress in several ways, and could even be built to splash some red in for an alternate end game and to abuse the 0/0 Yuri brainstorm and the 0/0 Pirika assist.

This deck is a clone deck that is built to focus around the Black Soldier 0/0 clock reversers. While all clone decks rely heavily on their clone counts, this one in particular hinges on it for its plus combo, its dealing of damage back to players by milling a clone, and putting damage back into deck a la “Krone” style. From my few games with this deck I have noted it is a bit greedy on stock, but ends up balancing out due to the fact that most of your plus abilities yank 2 cards from deck to aid in compression.

Level 0 is pretty simple. Play and utilize the clock reverse Black Soldiers, and (ideally) get your Eirenus brainstormer and the 0/0 Burckhardt. Level 0 is a slightly less powerful duplicate of the Yuuki plus combo from Sword Art Online. The corrupted Yuri 1/0 on attack with the gold bar climax pays 1 and ditches a Black Soldier Clone to search two other “Black Army” characters from the deck. This deck can, if running certain cards not featured in this build, hit power levels, but I’ve found the compression engine of yanking damage from the deck with both the 1/0 plus combo and the Eirenus brainstorm to be enough to crash cards and cancel damage.

Level 2 is where the fun begins, starting with the 2/1 Black Knight in the Twilight. He has the chance, if he mills a Black Soldier, to deal damage back to your opponent. This makes it easier to finish the game on your turn. Also, as a hefty 2/1, some meta decks don’t have a great answer to him power wise if they get stuck at Level 2. The 2/1 Olzada counter can help him stay on the board and potentially deal another damage if a Black Soldier is milled. Level 3 runs a tech of the Eirenus healer that can return to hand, and the finisher combo with the Black King to potentially stuff damage back into your opponent’s deck.

The deck certainly dances with luck a bit late game for it’s mill to burn abilities, but overall is a very solid contender in a range of new clone decks that have proliferated in the past year. There is definitely room to play around with tech card options and splashing in some other colors to vary it’s build and end game.

Thank you for taking a look at some various builds! I’ll keep you updated with edits as more playtesting is finalized!


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Re: Visiting SAO Pt. 2 – 1st at 2017 Sakura Fest

Welcome to another 9th CX Deck Tech! Today, Travis is here to show off his winning build from the 2017 Card Academy Sakura Fest tournament. Since we have visited these cards so many times, we’re going to skip the usual card intros and head right into the deck itself. Onto the report!


Note from Travis: Special thanks to Bren Olit for helping me test and create this build.

SAO G/B Post Re: Edit v1.2

Level 0 -16:

4 x Kirito, Temporal Alliance (SAO/SE23-20 -or- SAO/S47-077)
3 x Silica, Gathering Materials (SAO/SE23-07 -or- SAO/S47-051)
2 x Yuuki, Undefeated Super Swordsman (SAO/SE26-07 -or- SAO/S47-026)
2 x “Sleeping Knights” Talken & Nori & Jun (SAO/SE26-09 -or- SAO/S47-027)
1 x Silica, Straightforward Trust (SAO/S20-054 -or- SAO/S47-058)
1 x Kirito, After the Battle (SAO/S47-113)
3 x Sinon, Mission at Dusk (SAO/SE23-P01 -or- SAO/S47-122)

Level 1 – 11:

4 x “Zekken” Yuuki (SAO/SE26-10 -or- SAO/S47-028)
4 x Sinon, Temporary Alliance (SAO/SE23-21-or- SAO/S47-078)
2 x Asuna, Vice Guild Leader (SAO/S20-011 -or- SAO/S47-007)
1 x Sinon, Challenge to the Strong (SAO/SE23-P08 -pr- SAO/S47-123)

Level 2 – 7:

2 x Leafa, Gathering Materials (SAO/SE23-06 -pr- SAO/S47-041)
2 x Sinon, Adventuring with Everyone (SAO/S47-119)
1 x Sinon, Strong Being (SAO/SE23-22 -or- SAO/S47-086)
1 x “Machine of Ice” Sinon (SAO/SE23-T15 -or- SAO/S47-079)
1 x “Dicey Cafe” Gilbert (SAO/S47-118)

Level 3 – 8

4 x Sinon, the Last Strike (SAO/SE23-24 -or- SAO/S47-076)
2 x Leafa, Pure Wish (SAO/S20-027 -or- SAO/S47-029)
2 x Leafa, Adventuring with Everyone (SAO/S47-107)

CX Spread:

4 x “Mother’s Rosario” (SAO/S47-048)
4 x Phantom Bullet (SAO/SE23-35 -or- SAO/S47-098)


Round 1: Loss vs Konosuba

This match didn’t play in my favor. Didn’t see a CX until it was too late. First refresh I was refreshing with 2 in an at least 30 card deck. There was no return from this game.

Round 2: Win vs Kiznaiver

Started off with a strong lead and kept it up. Opponent was having difficulty getting damage to stick against me since I kept using the Zekken combo almost every turn keeping my hand full and damage out of my deck.

Round 3: Win vs Log Horizon

The closest match I had, however I had a big enough damage lead my opponent opted to not play the Anti Damage Shiroe to try and catch up damage(I was 2/4, he was 3/6 at the beginning of his attack phase) He ended up pushing me to 3/6 where I cancelled his final attack that was in front of my Leafa clock kick. His character happened to be lower so I clocked kicked for game.

Round 4: Win vs Girlfriend Beta

Normally I’d think a set like this would be putting me at a disadvantage since I don’t see it in WGP season, but since I own the set personally I had a general idea on how my opponent’s deck was supposed to run. I just kept forcing his hand until it became harder for him to keep a field and took the win.

Top 8: Win vs Kantai Collection

I actually did not have much experience versus Kantai before this match, but from what I could tell, my opponent was not having a good time. I believe she was out 4 within the first 3 turns, so I  just pushed damage. I was pushed to 3/4 before her final attack and cancelled on the last damage.

Top 4: Win vs To Love Ru

I got rushed to level 1 early in the game, but in turn did the same to my opponent. My opponent was unable to get his backrow early in the game, making it pretty easy to force his hand to keep board presence since he couldn’t encore his level 1 Mikan with the 1/1 Yami that grants hand encore in front of her. I got lucky at level 3 that my opponent didn’t have a Darkness Plan in hand to stop at least one of my attacks.

Finals: Win vs Cinderella Girls

I rushed my opponent to level 1 early, so naturally seeing that he can start off his plussing engine immediately worried me slightly. The real MVP in this match though was the Kirito brainstorm. Once I was level 1, a majority of my hand was CXs, so being able to hit on his brainstorm allowed me to mill though my deck faster, and gather more attackers for that turn. Afterwards, I just kept getting cancel after cancel, while my opponent wasn’t so lucky on that regard. I got the win while still being level 2 at the end of the game.


Q&A

M:  So we’ve seen that SAO Re:edit has given the card pool some options. One of the first one that comes to mind is the new Silica:

When Adventuring with Everyone, Silica is played, you look at the top card of your deck and may leave it there or put it into your waiting room. On attack, if you control 1 or fewer other characters, you mill 1. If the milled card is a level 0 or lower character, put it onto any slot of your back stage. (If you put it onto an occupied slot, it will send the other character to the waiting room.)

This card seems sweet because you can get a scry and possibly an extra card for the following turn. Why no new Silica?

T: The new Silica is good yes, but I’d opt for it if I could put the scryed card at the bottom of my deck instead of milling it. True I could use it to potentially bring out another attacker/set up back row, but I felt that risk wasn’t worth the reward and would rather have the reverse power and filter power of Materials Silica.

M: Why not both?

T: Couldn’t justify cutting anything for it. I need the Kirito runners for board sustain and milling that I’d prefer, Silica as a filter, Yuuki for color fixing, Sinon for back row, Brainstorms for well….brainstorms.

M: And I assume the spread of brainstormers is for diversity’s sake?

T: It was there as an option if I needed to brainstorm but everything needed was in waiting room, or if I prefered to filter my hand instead of a straight search and take more damage off the top of my deck. Or they operated as a body to deal damage, so I guess you could say the spread was for diversity.

Oh, also as a mill engine in case I couldn’t get a runner…
M: Which every brainstormer is in its worst case, pretty much.
Is there anything else you’d consider changing in the deck? Were there any cards that performed unusually well or poorly?

T: As of right now, the only thing I could think about changing would be the “Leafa, Pure Wish”, the only game I played it was in the final match because I met the early play requirement. I’ve thought about bumping it down to a one of and making the “Leafa, Adventuring with Everyone” a three of. The latter Leafa is a lot better for the deck because it can dig through my deck for answers, and possibly getting rid of some damage as well. I still want to attempt to run “Kirito, Life-Risking Seriousness”, but the clock encore option of Temporary Alliance, Sinon was really helpful for me throughout the day, and same went for “Sinon, Challenge to the Strong”.

As for card performance though, the one of “Strong Existence, Sinon” gave me a ton of leeway whenever I had to discard cards, or wanted to clock for turn. The strong part about her is being able to change into “Sinon, the Last Strike” at any point while “Strong Existence, Sinon” was on the board. “Dicey Cafe, Gilbert” was never used at all during the day, but I can’t really say it performed poorly, I just never ran into a situation where I needed him. More often than not, “Sinon, Adventuring with Everyone” did the job when it came to level 3s, whether early or when my opponent was at level 3. “Kirito, After the Battle” definitely had some work put in for him, especially in the finals match for the day.


Congratulations again to Travis for taking down the event!

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Card Academy First Annual Sakura Fest – Tournament Report

Hello! This is Melanie here from 9th CX with a tournament report. We held our first annual Sakura Fest for Japanese Weiss Schwarz at The Card Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. We had 23 players come out from New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to play in the event today. We had 4 rounds that cut to a clear Top 8 who played out their matches for playmats and store credit prizes.

 

And now for the tournament entry break down!


Here is the breakdown of all of the sets that participated today:

2 Accel World
1 Clannad
1 Dog Days
1 GirlFriend Beta
1 [email protected] Cinderella Girls
1 Is the Order a Rabbit??
1 Kantai Collection
1 Kiznaiver
3 Konosuba
1 Log Horizon
2 Puyo Puyo
1 Rewrite
2 Re:Zero
1 Rinne
1 SAO
1 Symphogear
1 To Love Ru Darkness
1 Vivid Strike

Here is the series placement for places 9-23:

9th: Accel World (Kuroyukihime)
10th: Re:Zero (Emilia/Blue Focused with other cards splashed)
11th:  GirlFriend Beta (3 color)
12th: Rinne (Mono Green)
13th: Konosuba (Mono Red Magic)
14th: Puyo Puyo (Red Puyos with Yellow)
15th: Rewrite (Gaia Build)
16th: Dog Days (Yellow Green)
17th: Log Horizon (With Power Up Set)
18th: Kiznaiver (Yellow Green Focus)
19th: Konosuba (Mono Red Magic)
20th: Is the Order a Rabbit?? (Mono Blue)
21st: Clannad (Yellow Power Up Set Focus)
22nd: Re:Zero (Yellow/Red Focus)
23rd: Vivid Strike

And here are the decklists, sets, and notes for the top 8!


First Place: SAO
Decklist Provided By: Travis Engle

Level 0:

2 x Kirito, Temporal Alliance (SAO/SE23-20)
2 x Kirito, Temporal Alliance (SAO/S47-077)
3 x Silica, Gathering Materials (SAO/SE23-07)
2 x Yuuki, Undefeated Super Swordsman (SAO/S47-026)
2 x “Sleeping Knights” Talken & Nori & Jun (SAO/S47-027)
1 x Silica, Straightforward Trust (SAO/S47-058)
1 x Kirito, After the Battle (SAO/S47-113)
3 x Sinon, Mission at Dusk (SAO/S47-122)

Level 1:

4 x “Zekken” Yuuki (SAO/S47-028)
2 x Sinon, Temporal Alliance (SAO/SE23-21)
2 x Sinon, Temporal Alliance (SAO/S47-078)
2 x Asuna, Vice Guild Leader (SAO/S47-007)
1 x Sinon, Challenge to the Strong (SAO/S47-123)

Level 2:

2 x Leafa, Gathering Materials (SAO/SE23-06)
2 x Sinon, Adventuring with Everyone (SAO/S47-119R)
1 x Sinon, Strong Being (SAO/SE23-22)
1 x “Machine of Ice” Sinon (SAO/S47-079)
1 x “Dicey Cafe” Gilbert (SAO/S47-118)

Level 3:

3 x Sinon, the Last Strike (SAO/SE23-24)
1 x Sinon, the Last Strike (SAO/S47-076)
2 x Leafa, Pure Wish (SAO/S47-029)
2 x Leafa, Adventuring with Everyone (SAO/S47-107)

Climaxes:

4 x “Mother’s Rosario” (SAO/S47-048)
3 x Phantom Bullet (SAO/SE23-35)
1 x Phantom Bullet (SAO/S47-098SP)

 

Second Place: [email protected] Cinderella Girls
Decklist Provided By: Kit King (Video can be found here)

Level 0:

1 x Yuki, Team KBYD (IMC/W41-006)
1 x Yuki, Team KBYD (IMC/W41-006PR)
4 x Kanako Mimura (IMC/W41-041)
2 x  Momoka Sakurai (IMC/W43-046)
1 x Miku, the Best Team (IMC/W43-055)
1 x Arisu, Project:Krone (IMC/W43-082)
3 x Kaede, Important Place (IMC/W43-083)
1 x Kaede, Important Place (IMC/W43-083R)
2 x Koume, Loves Horror (IMC/W43-086)
1 x Riina, Do What You Should Do Now (IMC/W43-097)

Level 1:

2 x Kanako, My First Star (IMC/W41-054)
4 x Minami Nitta (IMC/W41-079)
4 x Minami, My First Star (IMC/W41-087)

Level 2:

1 x Mayu Sakuma (IMC/W41-058)
1 x Chieri Being Too Nervous (IMC/W43-061)

Level 3:

2 x Anzu Futaba (IMC/W41-043)
4 x Ranko Kanzaki (IMC/W41-080)
2 x Anastasia (IMC/W41-081)
1 x Rin, Trancing Pulse (IMC/W43-080)
1 x Rin, Trancing Pulse (IMC/W43-080SP)
1 x Minami, New Challenge (IMC/W43-089)

Events:

2 x Unfitting Pair (IMC/W41-108)

Climax:

4 x -LEGNE- Sword of Hatred, Melody of Light (IMC/W41-110)
4 x Everyone’s Leader (IMC/W41-112)

 

Third Place: To Love Ru Darkness 2nd
Decklist Provided By: Forrest Green

Level 0:

3 x “Yaiyaki of Memories” Yami (TL/W37-T01)
3 x “Sitting” Mikan (TL/W37-031)
4 x “Cute Pajama” Mikan (TL/W37-035)
3 x “Pure White Wings” Yami (TL/W42-001)
2 x “China Dress” Mea (TL/W42-006)

Level 1:

2 x “Ribbon-Wrapped” Mea (TL/W37-010)
3 x “Memory Connecting the Future” Yami (TL/W37-011)
2 x “Heart-Thumping Bath Time” Mea (TL/W37-012)
3 x “Sleepy Time” Mikan (TL/W37-039)
4 x “Organizing Clothes” Mikan (TL/W37-040)

Level 2:

1 x “Good at Cooking” Mikan (TL/W37-044)

Level 3:

4 x Golden Darkness (TL/W37-001)
1 x Mea Kurosaki (TL/W37-002)
2 x Mikan Yuuki (TL/W37-032)

Events:

2 x Calming Warmth (TL/W37-026)
3 x Darkness Plan (TL/W37-027)

Climaxes:

4 x Taiyaki-Shaped Keyholder (TL/W377-053)
4 x Kind Time (TL/W37-028)

4th Place: Accel World Nox Clone
Decklist Provided By: Steven Pidcock

Level 0:

2 x Rin, Calm Feelings of Love (AW/S43-032)
4 x Ash Roller From Shibuya (AW/S43-041)
4 x Circular-Shaped Enemy (AW/S43-042)
4 x White Duel Avatar (AW/S43-043)
2 x Utai, Summer Festival (AW/S43-057)

Level 1:

18 x Nox Core (AW/S43-044)

Level 2:

4 x Nyx & Risa (AW/S43-039)

Level 3:

4 x Nyx, Goddess of Night (AW/S43-040)

Climaxes:

4 x Citron Call (AW/S43-052)
4 x Big Brother’s Punishment (AW/S43-053)

Fifth Place: Puyo Puyo
Decklist Provided By: Ragnorok64
Note from Provider: Please take a look at my Twitch Channel for Weiss Games and Deck Techs!

Level 0:

2 x “Hentai” Schezo (PY/S38-004)
4 x Ringo, Lost in Mystery (PY/S38-090)
4 x Ringo, Student of the Suzuran Middle School (PY/S38-093)
3 x Sig, Student of the Primp Magic School (PY/S38-066)
3 x “KO’d” Amitie (PY/S38-073)
3 x Carbuncle (PY/S38-012)

Level 1:

4 x “Bayoe~n” Amitie (PY/S38-064)
2 x Kikimora (PY/S38-095)
4 x Maguro, Horrible Fashion and Weird (PY/S38-096)

Level 2:

2 x Carbuncle Being Whimsical (PY/S38-008)
1 x Schezo, Going After the Power of the Magic (PY/S38-007)
2 x Amitie, Student of the Primp Magic Schoo (PY/S38-075)l

Level 3:

4 x “Bayoe~n” Arle (PY/S38-003)
2 x Amitie, Very Good! (PY/S38-065)
1 x Amitie, Very Good! (PY/S38-065S)
1 x Risukuma-senpai (PY/S38-091)

Climaxes:

2 x Bayoe~ n (PY/S38-86)
2 x Bayoe~ n (PY/S38-27)
4 x I Won~ (PY/S38-118)

Sixth Place: Konosuba
Decklist Provided By: Julian Washington

Level 0:

3 x “Guide to Obtaining Skills” Megumin (KS/W49-038)
3 x “Kind Goddess” Eris (KS/W49-074)
4 x “Here’s Where the Adventure Starts…?” Aqua (KS/W49-087)
4 x “Meaning for Killing Snow Sprites?” Aqua (KS/W49-075)
4 x “Board Game” Megumin (KS/W49-037)

Level 1:

1 x “Shaken” Megumin (KS/W49-047)
4 x “Kind Smile” Eris (KS/W49-076)
2 x “Demanding Apology” Aqua (KS/W49-093)
4 x “Sacred Create Water” Aqua (KS/W49-077)

Level 2:

2 x “Pride of the Goddess” Aqua (KS/W49-T17)
1 x “Striking a Pose with Arms Open” Darkness (KS/W49-013)
1 x “Calling for Sensei” Megumin (KS/W49-051)

Level 3:

4 x Megumin (KS/W49-035)
2 x “May You Be Blessed with Kind Encounters” Eris (KS/W49-072)
1 x “May You Be Blessed with Kind Encounters” Eris (KS/W49-072R)
1 x Aqua (KS/W49-073)
1 x Aqua (KS/W49-073SP)

Climaxes:

4 x Revive (KS/W49-099)
4 x Real Explosion Magic (KS/W49-067)

Seventh Place: Kantai Collection
Decklist Provided By: Audri Sampson
Note from Provider: Shoutout to Benjamin Schiffli for the original decklist that was tweaked by me for this final deck version.

Level 0:

3 x Tokitsukaze, 10th Kagero-class Destroyer (KC/S31-003)
3 x Tanikaze, 14th Kagero-class Destroyer (KC/S31-023)
4 x Akatsuki, A Moment in Winter (KC/S31-040)
3 x Murasame Kai, Command Ship of the Second Destroyer Squadron (KC/S31-80)
3 x Z3, 3rd Z1-class Destroyer (KC/S42-037)

Level 1:

2 x Tahoukai, Taihou-class Armored Carrier (KC/S42-002)
1 x Tahoukai, Taihou-class Armored Carrier (KC/S42-002SP)
4 x Prinz Eugen, 3rd Admiral Hipper-class Heavy Cruiser (KC/S42-030)
3 x Maya Kai-Ni, 3rd Takao-Class Heavy Cruiser (KC/S42-039)
3 x Ashigara, 3rd Myoukou-class Heavy Cruiser (KC/S25-158)
3 x Z3 Zwei, 3rd Z1-class Destroyer (KC/S42-049)

Level 2

3 x Ro-500, Ro-class Submarine (KC/S42-035)
2 x Bismarck Zwei, 1st Bismarck-class Battleship (KC/S42-040)

Level 3:

2 x Musashi, 2nd Yamato-class Battleship (KC/S25-002)
3 x Prinz Eugen Kai, 3rd Admiral HIpper-class Heavy Cruiser (KC/S42-036)

Climaxes:

4 x Aim Well ……… Feuer! (KC/S42-056)
4 x Ro-class Submarine, Deploying! (KC/S42-057)

Eighth Place: Symphogear
Decklist Provided By: Nick Pipkin
Note from Provider: This build was inspired and influenced by another topping Symphogear list.

Level 0:

4 x Hibiki, Full Power Punch (SG/W19-001)
2 x Hibiki, Gathered Power (SG/W27-001)
1 x Chris, Own Role (SG/W27-055)
2 x Hibiki & Elfnein, Special Training by the Beachside (SG/W39-078)
3 x Chris & Hibiki & Miku, Swimming Time (SG/W39-063)
2 x Miku, Understanding Hibiki (SG/W39-003)
2 x Kiraka, Fluttering (SG/W39-038)

Level 1:

4 x Hibiki, Fight to Protect (SG/W39-005)
1 x Tsubasa, Collaboration of Songstresses (SG/W39-085)
2 x Hibiki & Miku, Preparing for a Day Nap (SG/W39-010)
4 x “Gathered Miracle” Hibiki (SG/W39-001)

Level 2:

1 x Chris, Fear of Losing (SG/W39-056)

Level 3:

3 x Shirabe, the Conclusion Reached (SG/W39-026)
3 x Kiraka, the Conclusion Reached (SG/W39-027)
1 x Kiraka, the Conclusion Reached (SG/W39-027SP)
2 x “Self Brilliance” Maria (SG/W39-052)

Events:

3 x Fusion with Relic (SG/W19-022)
2 x Ignite Module (SG/W39-070)

Climaxes:

4 x Unison of Two (SG/W39-048)
4 x Gungnir, Again (SG//W39-023)


Thank you to everyone who came out to the event today and participated! It was a fun event with a lot of diversity and great players!

Ko-No-Su-Ba! Part 2! – Explosions!

It’s another week of KonoSuba deck lists here at 9th CX! Michael and Melanie have put a couple of lists together for your enjoyment. For those who enjoy the world class tanking ability of LALATINA Darkness, a mono-yellow list, and for the other thousands of players who want to use EXPLOOOOOOOSIONS, we have a mono-red list! Onto the lists!


Michael’s List

Deck Name: Tank ALL The Things

Level 0 – 18

3 Kazuma (KS/W49-003)
1 “Shameful Abuse” Darkness (KS/W49-004)
3 “Hardcore Pervert” Darkness (KS/W49-006)
4 “Specialty: Delusion” Darkness (KS/W49-007)
4 “Decide How Much Your Own Panties Are Worth” Chris (KS/W49-009)
3 “Rescue Successful!” Darkness (KS/W49-010)

Level 1 – 10

2 “Somehow Happy” Darkness (KS/W49-025)
4 “Skill Lecture” Chris (KS/W49-008)
4 “Skill Obtaining Completed” Kazuma (KS/W49-022)

Level 2 – 6

3 “Something You Must Protect” Darkness (KS/W49-014)
3 “Striking a Pose wWith Arms Open” Darkness (KS/W49-013)

Level 3 – 8

4 Darkness (KS/W49-001)
4 “Steal Successful…?” Chris (KS/W49-002)

CX – 8

4 Masochist Crusader (KS/W49-032)
4 Thievery Skill (KS/W49-030)


Melanie’s List

Level 0 – 18:

4 “Board Game” Megumin (KS/W49-037)
3 “Guide to Obtaining Skills” Megumin (KS/W49-038)
3 “Proper Manner” Yunyun (KS/W49-039)
4 “Problematic Act” Megumin (KS/W49-040)
2 “Parents’ Names” Megumin (KS/W49-T02)
2 “Proud of Explosion Magic” Megumin (KS/W49-T03)

Level 1 – 14:

4 “Cannot Spit It Out” Yunyun (KS/W49-043)
2 “Good Explosion!” Megumin (KS/W49-042)
4 “Quiet Today” Megumin (KS/W49-048
4 Explosions Magic Everyday! (KS/W49-064)

Level 2 – 4:

3 “Simultaneous Fire!!” Wiz (KS/W49-044)
1 “Calling for Sensei” Megumin (KS/W49-051)

Level 3 – 6:

4 Megumin (KS/W49-035)
2 “Lich” Wiz (KS/W49-036)

 

CX – 8:

4 Real Explosion Magic (KS/W49-067)
4 Megumin’s Rival (KS/W49-068)



When Kazuma is placed to the stage from hand, you may pay 1 and ditch 1 to look at up to the top 3 cards of your deck, add any card to your hand, then ditch the rest.

“Shameful Abuse” Darkness mills 2 from your deck on attack, if there was a CX among the cards milled, she gets +1 soul for the turn. She also has an on play ability to pay 1 and ditch 2 to search 2 [Worries] or [Rogue] from deck.

“Hardcore Pervert” Darkness gets +4000 power times the level of the character facing her. She also runs to combat at the beginning of your opponent’s attack phase.

“Specialy: Delusion” Darkness can give one of your characters +1000 power when you play a CX. You can also hit yourself pay 1, clock yourself from top of deck, and rest this to tutor for a [Adventurer].

When “Decide How Much Your Own Panties Are Worth” Chris enters the stage from hand, your opponent calls 0, 1, or 2, then you put the top card of your deck into waiting room. If the level of the card milled this way is the same as the number your opponent called, you draw up that number plus 1 cards.

“Rescue Successful!” Darkness lets you discard a card on attack to bounce one of your YELLOW characters to hand from stage.

“Somehow Happy” Darkness gets +500 for each other [Adventurer] in the back row and has a ‘zombie’ effect(When this gets reversed, hit yourself you put the top card of your deck into clock and rest this).

“Skill Lecture” Chris gets +1500 power on play. She also has a CX combo with Thievery Skill. On attack, you mill the top card of your deck. If it is a level 0 or lower character, your opponent gets a blind stock from top of their deck. Otherwise, you get 2 blind stock from the top of your deck.

“Skill Obtaining Completed” Kazuma gets the following ability as long as you have Experience 2 or higher “When this attacks, choose the character facing this, it loses 1000 power and this gets +1000 power for the turn”

“Something You Must Protect” Darkness is a level assist. She has a CX combo with Masochist Crusader where on CX play, you may rest this and put a [Worries] character in your WR under this as a marker. If one of your characters is sent to the WR, you may put a marker from under this to the WR and return that character rested to its previous slot.

“Striking a Pose With Arms Open” Darkness is a +2500 power backup. When you use this card’s BACKUP, if you have another [Adventurer] character, choose a character in battle, and give it +1000 power.

Darkness gets -1 level in hand if your opponent has a level 3 character. If you have 2 or more other [Adventurer] characters, this gets hexproof and +1500 power. At the start of your opponent’s draw phase, you can give one of your characters +4000 power if this is in the front row. When your opponent hits you successfully deals damage to you in battles involving this, you can pay 2 and discard 1 to deal the same amount of damage back to your opponent. (You can’t do this if you are dealt lethal damage because the game will have already ended.)

“Steal Successful…?” Chris heals on play. On attack, choose one of your other [Adventurer] characters to give power equal to 500 times the number of [Adventurer] characters. Also when this attacks, you may pay 1 and ditch two to look at the top 3 cards of your opponent’s deck, discard as many of them as you want, return the rest to their deck and shuffle.

 

When “Board Game” Megumin is placed to the stage from hand, you may ditch a CX to salvage an [Adventurer] or [Magic]. She is also a free runner.

“Guide to Obtaining Skills” Megumin gives all level 0 or lower characters in front of this +1000 power. She is also a pay 1 rest 2 salvage brainstorm.

“Proper Manner” Yunyun gets +2000 power if you have no other characters and is a pay 1 bond for Megumin(The level 3 Megumin, not any Megumin)

When “Problematic Act” Megumin is placed to the waiting room from stage, you may ditch a card to look at up to the top 4 cards of your deck for a [Magic] character, then discard the rest.

“Parents’ Names” Megumin is a level 0 reverser. When this gets sent to the WR from stage, you may pay 2 to salvage [Adventurer] or [Magic].

“Proud of Explosion Magic” Megumin gives one of your other [Adventurer] or [Magic] characters +1000 power and +1 level for the turn on attack.

“Cannot Spit It Out” Yunyun has a CX combo with Megumin’s Rival where on attack, if you have another Megumin character on the stage, you may look at up to the top 4 cards of your deck for a [Magic] character, then ditch the rest.

 

Good Nice Explosion!” Megumin is a level 1 or lower reverser with hand encore.

“Quiet Today” Megumin gets +2000 power and +1 soul if Explosion Magic Everyday! is in your level zone. She also lets you discard a card on play to salvage her experience target.

Explosions Magic Everyday! cannot be played if you are higher than level 2 and your opponent is higher than level 1. When you play this event, you may ditch a [Magic] character from hand. If you do, put this in your level zone and explode your opponent perform the following action 6 times: “Deal 1 damage to your opponent.”

“Simultaneous Fire!!” Wiz gives all your level 3 or higher characters in front of this +2000 power. She has a CX Combo with Real Explosion Magic where if you have another Megumin(The actual card name, not a character with Megumin in name) you may pay 1 and ditch two cards to burn 5.

When “Calling for Sensei” Megumin attacks, if she is facing a level 3 or higher, she gains +6000 power. If she reverses her battle opponent and it’s level 2 or higher, you may pay 1 to salvage a character.

When Megumin is placed to the stage from hand,  look at the up to the top 3 cards of your deck, add one to your hand, then ditch the rest. She has a CX Combo with Real Explosion Magic where if this is in the front row, you may pay 1 to burn 4, then choose a level 3 or lower in front of this card, send it to your opponent’s clock, then rest this. (This means that Megumin will not attack.)

“Lich” Wiz gets -1 level in hand if you have 2 or less CX in WR. On play, you may heal. Also on play, your opponent may put a cost 0 or lower character from their WR onto the stage in any slot.

The CXs for the deck are Masochist Crusader(1k1 w/Shot Trigger) Thievery Skill(1k1 w/Bounce trigger) Real Explosion Magic(Red stock soul) Megumin’s Rival(Split 2k1)


Melanie:

Other cards that might be considered for this build, with the limitation of keeping it to mono-red and ::Magic:: trait.

 

“Serving Tea” Wiz (KS/W49-041),
“Super Archwizard” Wiz (KS/W49-045),
“Shaken” Megumin (KS/W49-047),
“Doll Horror” Megumin (KS/W49-050),
“Insufficient Mana” Wiz (KS/W49-052),
“Spell Chanting” Megumin (KS/W49-059).
“My Name Is” Yunyun (KS/W49-061),
– a
nd –
“Crimson Demon Girl” Megumin (KS/W49-T06)

It should also be noted that a variant of this deck could be built with the below card, but it is off trait and would probably want to warrant a look at choosing a different Level 1 climax combo.

Cabbage (KS/W49-057)

How to Play this Deck:

This deck’s main goal is to push damage at every level of the game and ending it with an explosive finish. Tools have been put in to allow this deck to mill through its own damage and search for setting up your end game, while including runners and many cost 0 characters to help build stock that is much needed for the deck’s end game.

This deck’s Level 1 game may seem a bit controversial, especially looking at the Level 1 event included. In exchange for 6 single instances of damage you Level yourself with it. The goal is to deal your opponent as much damage possible before their first refresh. The event, while it does level you, does give you 6 single instances of damage to help you with this goal and creates a +2 soul powerful beater in “Quiet Today” Megumin. (Did I mention she bonds for the event?!?)

The Level 2 game for this deck is very sparse, and only for certain match ups where the event was missed or soul damage rush just didn’t happen. Two early drop heal Wiz’s are included for healing off damage at Level 2, as well as a Level 3 slayer Megumin as a tech 1 to help maintain hand and power over things. Most games, though, you are simply going to be swinging with 1/0 characters for either climax combo plusses or extra damage, and then hanging on or looking to set up the Level 3 game.

The Level 3 game in this deck falls in the line of “Go big, or go home.” Your goal is 3 of the 3/2 Megumin and 1 2/1 Wiz assist, and enough stock and hand to light the finisher climax combo. The stock soul helps recoup a stock for the Megumin’s ability. The dream end game, of course, is an additional 2/1 Wiz assist added in the back row, but a bit unrealistic from a stock/hand perspective. The hope is to stick at least one burn out of the 4, and utilize the 3 psuedo “clock kick” abilities on the 3/2 Megumin to secure game. If it fails, the game is probably done, due to the fact that Megumin’s power level isn’t that great on defense and the lack of stock generated in that final turn to replay/relight anything on the next. It should be noted this finisher has a bad match up against decks that run a strong “hexproof” defense. In those games, players should seek to light Megumin and the 2/1 Wiz where there is no “hexproof” opponent, and then use the 3/2 Wiz’s to heal and attack as normal in those slots where Megumin can’t “clock kick”.

 

This deck is super greedy in terms of stock and damage dealt to you as the player. To this end, I’ve attempted to slim down my stock costs as much as possible, mostly focusing on 0 cost characters and characters with utility abilities that cost little to no stock. Also avoided have been counters, due to most of the counters being heavy on hand or spending a stock that just is better reserved for the end game. Even though there is a Wiz that has a pay 1, deal yourself a damage to retrieve a Level 1 or lower character from waiting room to help level you for lighting the event, I have avoided it due to not wanting to deal myself anymore damage than necessary.

While there are probably more viable builds in the series from a competitive standpoint, this deck is a soul rush deck that will upset a lot of decks out there in the meta. There are several sets that have a hard time coming back from a ton of damage being slung at them, especially if you push at Level 0 with 2 or 3 attackers early game. Use the hand plus/mill combo to maintain and filter your hand for your end game, and then swing for game with as many Explosions as you can light. Feel free to try teching in and exchanging some of the other cards considered for this build above to find the right fit for your playstyle.


Michael:

Now if you are the type who just has to hit themselves as much as possible in a game, Darkness certainly can help you out with that. When I was looking through the yellow cards for the set, I noticed a few things:

  1. Darkness really loves to get hit. A lot.
  2. Chris, at level 0, offers a unique opportunity for card advantage that has little to do with the user’s skill.
  3. There are very few opportunities for card advantage, unless you are willing to hit yourself. A lot.

With these things in mind, I built the deck to go all in while also deliberately ignoring the Freeze card. I thought that Kazuma and his spread of cards did not quite contribute enough. However, his exclusion from the list here doesn’t mean that he isn’t viable. Freeze is probably a fun card, but with this deck, it doesn’t belong.

How to use this deck:

At level 0, instead of kiting opponents, the deck can throw a Darkness in front of any character. Hilariously, the power she gets from facing down a higher level character is significant and can actually prevent some damage. In practice, it’s not likely to, but it’s a fun thought.

Fans of GirlFriend Beta will recognize the character-recycling Darkness at level 0, but the real odd duck is “Decide How Much Your Own Panties Are Worth” Chris. This card is strange, because rarely do cards test the opponent’s skill as intensely as this card. Magic players may recognize this kind of effect as similar to Fact or Fiction. As the user, one hopes that it trades with a reverser or gets good damage in, and if one is lucky, the opponent calls for a 0, and then a 0 is milled. The issue here is that individual familiarity can actually make this card better or worse. At worst, it’s a vanilla that mills a card on play. At its worst, its viability is questionable. At best, it could be an Ancestral Recall. The card would be considered broken if its favorable outcomes appeared much more than its unfavorable outcomes. To that end, the card is balanced by its own randomness.

At level 1, the deck wants to pile on as much stock as it can, even if it means giving the opponent some stock once in a while.

At level 2, Darkness can come down early!

Wait wait, there’s no Model Knight Darkness in this list. Wow.

For those who are uncomfortable using the Panties Chris, a 4-for-4 swap with “Model Knight?” Darkness here is reasonable. There are a couple of reasons that she isn’t in this list:

  • The deck does not have overwhelming power at level 1, and doesn’t have many characters worth defending as a result
  • Players usually have early play level 3 characters anyway

So yes, at level 2, Darkness can come down early and begin the damage trades. Trading damage at level 2 is particularly crushing because as long as you haven’t lost (and have the resources), you can burn your opponent right back. This can create a scenario where you don’t need an extra turn to make up for lost damage.

At level 3, the plan remains trading damage with Darkness and healing if need be with Chris.

The deck is gimmicky, fragile, and aggressive, with a distinct lack of brainstorm abilities. There are plenty of effects to help you search things out, and very obscure ways to gain card advantage. Only a player truly dedicated to tanking damage would use something crazy like this! (Something like that)


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Ko-No-Su-Ba! Deck Techs (EXPLOSIONS & Useless Blue)

Welcome to another 9th CX deck tech! We are excited for KonoSuba, and Travis and Arin have shared with us a couple of deck lists in progress! These lists are going to be tested soon, and we hope for favorable results! Next week, we have Melanie and Michael weighing in on their takes. But for this time, let’s get to the lists!


Arin’s List
Deck Name: RIP Yunyun

Level 0 – 18:

3 “Specialty: Delusion” Darkness (KS/W39-007)
4 “Board Game” Megumin (KS/W49-037)
3 “Guide to Obtaining Skills” Megumin (KS/W39-038)
3 “Problematic Act” Megumin (KS/W49-040)
2 “Kind Goddess” Eris (KS/W46-074)
3 “Meaning for Killing Snow Sprites?” Aqua (KS/W49-075)

Level 1 – 12

3 “Good Explosion!” Megumin (KS/W49-042)
3 “Sacred Create Water” Aqua (KS/W49-077)
4 “Preparation for Explosion Magic” Megumin (KS/W49-T05)
2 “Crimson Demon Girl” Megumin (KS/W49-T06)

Level 2 – 3

2 “Simultaneous Fire!!” Wiz (KS/W49-044)
1 “Calling for Sensei” Megumin (KS/W49-051)

Level 3 – 9

4 Megumin (KS/W49-035)
2 “Lich” Wiz (KS/W49-036)
2 “May You Be Blessed with Kind Encounters” Eris (KS/W49-072)
1 Aqua (KS/W49-073)

CX Spread

4 Explosion (KS/W49-T10)
4 Real Explosion Magic (KS/W49-067)

Travis’ List
Deck Name: Water Temple

Level 0 – 17:

4 “Kind Goddess” Eris (KS/W46-074)
4 “Meaning for Killing Snow Sprites?” Aqua (KS/W49-075)
3 “Troublemaker” Aqua (KS/W49-071)
3 “Covered in Slime” Aqua (KS/W49-080)
3 “Typical Thing in This Kind of World” Aqua (KS/W49-R13)

Level 1 – 11:

4 “Kind Smile” Eris (KS/W49-076)
4 “Sacred Create Water” Aqua (KS/W49-077)
3 “Sacred Turn Undead” Aqua (KS/W49-078)

Level 2 – 6:

2 “Embarrassed” Eris (KS/W49-079)
2 “Pride of the Goddess” Aqua (KS/W49-T17)
2 Senpai Appears (KS/W49-097)

Level 3 – 8:

4 “May You Be Blessed with Kind Encounters” Eris (KS/W49-072)
4 Aqua (KS/W49-073)

CX Spread:

4 Resurrection (KS/W49-098)
4 Revive (KS/W49-099)


At level 0, these decks have the following characters:

“Specialy: Delusion” Darkness can give one of your characters +1000 power when you play a CX. You can also hit yourself pay 1, clock yourself from top of deck, and rest this to tutor for a [Adventurer].


When “Board Game” Megumin is placed to the stage from hand, you may ditch a CX to salvage an [Adventurer] or [Magic]. She is also a free runner.


“Guide to Obtaining Skills” Megumin gives all level 0 or lower characters in front of this +1000 power. She is also a pay 1 rest 2 salvage brainstorm.


When “Problematic Act” Megumin is placed to the waiting room from stage, you may ditch a card to look at the top 4 cards of your deck for a [Magic] character, then discard the rest.

When “Kind Goddess” Eris is placed to the stage from hand, you may give one other [Adventurer] or [Goddess] character +1000 power for the turn. When you play a CX, you may return her to hand to draw 1 ditch 1.

When “Meaning for Killing Snow Sprites?” Aqua is placed to the stage from hand, you may put a card from hand into clock to tutor for up to one [Goddess] character.

“Troublemaker” Aqua gives your center slot hand encore. She also is a pay 1 rest this brainstorm to pull cost 0 or lower characters from WR to stage per CX.

When “Covered in Slime” Aqua becomes reversed in battle, you mill 2. If there was a level 2 or higher card among them, you may send this to stock.

“Typical Thing in This Kind of World” Aqua is a +500 assist to front and can give a character +1000 power when you play a CX.

At level 1, these decks have the following characters:

“Good Explosion!” Megumin is a level 1 or lower reverser with hand encore.


“Preparation for Explosion Magic” Megumin cannot side attack. She has a CX Combo with Explosion where on opponent reverse, you may salvage a character.

“Crimson Demon Girl” Megumin gets +500 for each of your other [Adventurer] or [Magic] characters and has clock encore.

“Kind Smile” Eris gets +1500 power when you play a CX. She has a CX combo with Revive where on CX play, if you control another [Goddess] character, you can put a cost 0 or lower character from WR to stage in any slot.

When “Sacred Create Water” Aqua is sent to WR from the stage, you may reveal the top 3 cards from your deck. If one or more is revealed this way, choose a [Goddess] character from them, add it to hand, ditch the rest of the revealed cards, then ditch a card from hand.

“Sacred Turn Undead” Aqua can’t front attack if she is facing a character with a higher level than her. She also sends her reversed battle opponents to memory. (This is a mandatory effect.)

At level 2, these decks have the following characters and events:

“Simultaneous Fire!!” Wiz gives all your level 3 or higher characters in front of this +2000 power. She has a CX Combo with Real Explosion Magic where if you have another Megumin(The actual card name, not a character with Megumin in name) you may pay 1 and ditch two cards to burn 5.

When “Calling for Sensei” Megumin attacks, if she is facing a level 3 or higher, she gains +6000 power. If she reverses her battle opponent and it’s level 2 or higher, you may pay 1 to salvage a character.

When “Embarrassed” Eris becomes reversed, if her battle opponent is a higher level than your opponent, you may send this card’s battle opponent to the bottom of your opponent’s deck. Also on play, you may pay 1 and discard two to put a character from WR onto the stage that is equal or lower than your level. 

“Pride of the Goddess” Aqua is a level assist. On play you may discard a card to look at up to the top 4 cards of your deck and add a [Goddess] character, then discard the rest.

Senpai Appears cannot be played if you don’t control a [Goddess] character. You may choose up to two [Goddess] or [Adventurer] characters and give them free encore.

At level 3, these decks have the following characters:

When Megumin is placed to the stage from hand,  look at the up to the top 3 cards of your deck, add one to your hand, then ditch the rest. She has a CX Combo with Real Explosion Magic where if this is in the front row, you may pay 1 to burn 4, then choose a level 3 or lower in front of this card, send it to your opponent’s clock, then rest this. (This means that Megumin will not attack.)

“Lich” Wiz gets -1 level in hand if you have 2 or less CX in WR. On play, you may heal. Also on play, your opponent may put a cost 0 or lower character from their WR onto the stage in any slot.

“May You Be Blessed with Kind Encounters” Eris gets -1 level in hand if you have “Meaning for Killing Snow Sprites” Aqua in your clock. On play you may salvage a [Adventurer] or [Goddess]. Once per turn, when your center slot attacks, you pay pay 1 and discard 2 cards from hand. If you do, reveal the top card of your deck. If it is an [Adventurer] or [Goddess], stand this.

When Aqua is placed to the stage from hand, you may pay 1. If you do, your opponent chooses 2 CXs in their waiting room, then shuffles the rest of their waiting room into their deck. Your opponent cannot use BACKUP during this card’s battle. She also has a CX combo with Ressurection where on CX play, you may discard a card to put a [Goddess] or [Adventurer] from clock onto the stage in any slot.

CX Spread:

Red Stock Soul(Real Explosion Magic), 1k1 Pants(Ressurection), 1k1 Book(Revive), and Red Stock Soul(Explosion)


Note: Because these decks are works in progress, analysis will be kept to a minimum. We’ll only be providing our thoughts on the decks until a greater consensus has been established on the most viable deck configurations.

How do we play these decks?

Travis: At level 0, my deck wants to mill through a good portion of it using the Aqua brainstorm and on-reverse ability of the other level 0 Aqua. If I happen to benefit from those effects then it’s a bonus, but it’s primarily to get cost 0 characters into my waiting room for Level 1. The added hand encore to center can also let me discard combo targets that I would like to put onto the stage. Level 1 it’s a rinse and repeat of the Eris level 1 combo to pull cost 0 characters from stage to WR, while filtering using her level 0 bounce card and the level 1 Aqua that looks at top 3 when it gets sent from stage to waiting room. Level 2 is just utility, using the Eris to kill off early plays and the event to keep characters alive if needed. Level 3 I want to use the Aqua to pseudo-refresh my opponent’s deck and pair it with the Eris restand combo to seriously damage my opponent with a double god blow, and play cards for free from clock.

Arin: I have not tested this yet, so I don’t know if there are too many non-Magic targets in the deck. If this deck gets wrecked too hard at level 1, I’ll swap into the Yunyun combo for more power and replace the level 0 Eris with either reverses or Wiz salvage Rikis.

M: But as for running the deck, it looks like a pretty aggressive list. You have all the makings of hand sculpting as early as level 0, which is a plus, and the Megumin CX salvager isn’t level-locked. One of the potential downsides of the deck is that it needs to build its hand early on and maintain it. No free encore effects and an expensive level 3 means that the user will probably want to avoid using the 3-stock encore like the plague. (In this case, the 1/1 Megumin can’t really be counted as free because it takes a 1-stock investment.)

Having a reverser with hand encore can also be a trap. Yes, having a repeatable reverser is nice, but knowing when to use the effect is more important. Auto-encoring it every turn can be dangerous, especially if facing a deck that has on-reverse effects (of which there are many).

When playing the Megumin combo, you get the unique advantage of sidestepping attacking altogether. The most common things that will get around that are characters that can rearrange the board (e.g. Monogatari, Attack on Titan) and characters with hexproof (e.g. TLR). The one big downside to it is that it doesn’t generate stock. The amount of damage it deals can also make some players uncomfortable. After all, 3 is much more likely to hit than 4, but when one is trying to go for an EXPLOOOOOSION, one has to go big. Besides, there are plenty of other ridiculous cards in the set that we haven’t covered here this time around (Cabbage.dec anyone?), and there’s plenty of room to tinker.


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Konosuba TD+ Review

Welcome to a 9th CX TD review! We’re taking the TD+ from Konosuba, one of the first TD+s to come to WS!

Card images will be added later.

Here are the descriptions of the cards in the TD itself.

“Choosing the Goddess” Kazuma is a global 1000 to all other “Forced Along” Aqua and has a pay 1 bond for “Forced Along” Aqua.
“Parents’ Names” Megumin is a level 0 reverser that has an alternate pay 2 salvage when sent to waiting room.

Proud of Explosion Magic” Megumin gives +1 level and +1000 power to another [Adventurer] or [Magic] character on attack.

“Reason to Reject” Megumin is a pay 1 ditch 1 searcher for [Adventurer] or [Magic].
“Preparation for Explosion Magic” Megumin” cannot side attack and has a CX combo with “Explosion” where on opponent reverse, salvage a character.

“Crimson Demon Girl” Megumin gets +500 power for each other [Adventurer] or [Magic] and has clock encore.

“Ultimate Attack Magic” Megumin on play gets +1000 power for each of your [Adventurer] or [Magic] characters.

“Ostracized Forbidden Power” Megumin lets you take a blond stock on opponent reverse when you play a CX.

My Name Is Megumin salvages on play and gets +500 times the number of [Adventurer] or [Magic] characters you control on play.

“Immediate Openning for Party Member” Aqua gives your center slot +1500 power on defense and is a pay 1 rest this draw brainstorm.

“Typical Thing in This Kind of World” Aqua is a +500 assist and on CX play, you can give a character +1000 power.

“Thoughtless and Carefree” Aqua gets +1500 power if you have 6 or more cards in hand.

“Forced Along” Aqua is a useless goddess vanilla.

“Is Heaven a Wonderful Place” Aqua is a 3000 power backup.

“Pride of the Goddess” Aqua is a level assist with an on play Asuza ability for [Adventurer] or [Goddess]

“Goddess of Water” Aqua heals on play and gets 500 for each other [Adventurer] or [Goddess] character].

Sympathy of Believer of Eris searches for up to 2 [Adventurer] or [Goddess] characters.

 

CXs in the TD+ are:

Explosion(Red Stock Soul)

Kill Quest Start(1K1 w/Salvage Trigger)

Bonus for Transferring to an Alien World(+2 Soul)

The list itself is:

Level 0 – 18

2 “Choosing the Goddess” Kazuma (KS/W49-T01)

2 “Parents’ Names” Megumin (KS/W49-T02)
4 “Proud of Explosion Magic” Megumin (KS/W49-T03)
2 “Reason to Reject” Megumin (KS/W49-T04)
4 “Immediate Openning for Party Member” Aqua (KS/W49-T12)
2 “Typical Thing in This Kind of World” Aqua (KS/W49-T13)
2 “Thoughtless and Carefree” Aqua (KS/W49-T14)

Level 1 – 10

4 “Preparation for Explosion Magic” Megumin” (KS/W49-T05)
2 “Crimson Demon Girl” Megumin (KS/W49-T06)
4 “Forced Along” Aqua (KS/W49-T15)

Level 2 – 10

2 “Ultimate Attack Magic” Megumin (KS/W49-T07)
2 “Ostracized Forbidden Power” Megumin(KS/W49-T08)
2 “Is Heaven a Wonderful Place?” Aqua (KS/W49-T16)
2 “Pride of the Goddess” Aqua (KS/W49-T17)
2 Sympathy of Believer of Eris (KS/W49-T19)

Level 3 – 4

2 My Name Is Megumin (KS/W49-T09)
2 “Goddess of Water” Aqua (KS/W49-T18)

CX – 8

4 Explosion (KS/W49-T10)
2 Kill Quest Start (KS/W49-T11)
2 Bonus for Transferring to an Alien World (KS/W49-T20)


 

Deck Review (Short version)

M: Level-by-Level

Level 0 is a typical showing of a TD, with a mix of vanilla characters. However, the inclusion of Aqua’s Married Life (i.e. anything with support that gives power on CX play, a reference to the SAO card Asuna’s Married Life) shows the general increase in power. In the past, TDs have had vanilla supports, +500 to characters in front, with no other abilities. However, these vanilla supports have since been phased out because cards at that low power level are obsolete; even humble vanilla characters now can be seen with various interactions and combos.

At level 1, it’s Apples all around, looks like. (Reference: The original Madoka set contained a pair of cards, 2nd Year Sayaka and Kyoko Sharing an Apple, with the same effects.) It creates a solid level 1 power-oriented plan without being overpowered. It’s nothing to go nuts over, but it does set the tone for the power level of the TD. The best part about this seemingly ho-hum level 1 is that it has a combo at the same level to gain an advantage.

There are only a few things separating this TD+ from resembling a competitive deck:

  • A level 3 that does anything other than heal
  • Additional utility and stock advantage at level 0
  • A different source of card advantage, with or without a CX combo, either to gain cards in hand or stock

Granted, the set is going to have a lot more than what this TD has to offer. With TD+s no longer having 1-ofs that kill wallets and make Bushiroad sad with abandoned TDs, it’s possible that future TDs will have nothing or more to give to a set’s competitive build(s). Some cards to keep an eye on would be the double search event, the searcher, and the Married Life support.

T: The level 0 game looks like what a standard constructed deck may show, a brainstormer, assist, reversers, hand-filter, and a conditional beater. However, we also see an apples-type bond/assist effect that can wall up at level 1, and at least net you some stock generation until your opponent hits level 2. Having the hand plus combo in the same level can set up for an explosive level 2 game with assassin characters and gaining blind stock on reverse. All of this looks really good until you hit level 3. The deck has a set up for a competitive deck, but falters at the crucial moment where you want damage to stick the most. Just combining two of these decks together and taking a few things from the booster such as;

  • Search/Salvage brainstorm
  • A finisher
  • Early play
  • Early play remover(outside of the on play +1k per specific traited character(s) in this deck)
  • More hand filters

…can make this TD+ more solid than it looks now.


This TD+ looks cool, but the set looks even more promising. Are you looking forward to building a deck full of EXPLOOOOOSION?

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Persona 5 Deck Tech – G/B

Welcome to another 9th CX Deck Tech! Today we’re bringing you a take on a Green/Blue build for Persona 5. Special thanks to Jason S. for providing the list, and Travis for putting the article together.

Translations can be found on Heart of the Cards, but if needed, we will use in-house translations.

Onto the list!


Deck List:

Level 0 – 16:
4 Deal Made, Haru (P5/S45-041)
4 Futaba in Swimsuits (P5/S45-084)
4 Haru Okumura (P5/S45-029)
4 Phantom Thieves of Hearts, Makoto (P5/S45-106)

Level 1 – 8:
4 Artist of the Phantom Thieves, Yusuke – FOX (P5/S45-080)
2 Advance Notice (P5/S45-096)
1 “Owner” of Velvet Room, Igor (P5/S45-094)
1 “Card Copy” Yusuke (P5/S45-093)

Level 2 – 8:
4 “All-Out Attack” Haru – NOIR (P5/S45-032)
1 Champion Senpai of the End of the Century, Makoto – QUEEN (P5/S45-038)
1 Genius Hacker of the Phantom Thieves, Futaba – NAVI (P5/S45-086)
2 Advance Notice (P5/S45-046)

Level 3 – 10:
3 Navigation Role, Futaba – NAVI (P5/S45-076)
3 Haru & Milady – NOIR (P5/S45-027)
4 Makoto & Johanna – QUEEN (P5/S45-026)
CX Spread:
4 Adieu. (P5/S45-049)
4 You Think I’ll Forgive You!? (P5/S45-100)


At level 0, we have 16 characters:

Haru Okumura reveals the top card of your deck when you play a CX. If it is a [Phantom Thief] character, choose a character to give +1000 power until the end of your opponent’s turn. She also is a Clock Brainstorm(For each CX, choose a card in your clock, add it to your hand, the clock the top card of your deck)

Deal Made, Haru gets +2000 power if your control 1 or fewer characters in the front row. On attack, if you have 1 or fewr other characters, you may mill the top card of your deck. If it is a level 0 character, put it in the back row and that character gets [Coffee] until end of turn.

Futaba in Swimsuits is a global 500 to [Phantom Thief] and [Coffee]. If your opponent has a face down card in memory and damage dealt by a direct attack is not cancelled, you may pay and ditch 1 to heal.

Phantom Thieves of Hearts, Makoto goes to waiting room when your opponent plays a CX.

At level 1, we have 6 characters and 2 events:

Artist of the Phantom Thieves, Yusuke – FOX gets +2000 power once per turn when you play an event, and has a on play discard ability to put an “Advance Notice” from waiting room to hand.

“Card Copy” Yusuke gives a [Phantom Thief] character in the middle slot +2000 power. On play you may pay 2 to search (tutor) for a CX that you have a copy of in the waiting room.

If “Owner” of Velvet Room, Igor is the top card of your clock at the beginning of your main phase, you can look at your opponent’s hand.

When Advance Notice(Blue) is used, if your opponent does not have a face down card in memory, they choose a card in their hand, and place it face down in their memory. Then they may draw a card. It also gives 2500 power to a [Phantom Thief] character and “On opponent reverse, you may bottom deck this card’s battle opponent.”

At level 2, we have 6 characters and 2 events:

“All-Out Attack” Haru – Noir gets -1 level in hand if you have “Haru & Milady – NOIR” in your clock. She has a CX combo with “Adieu”: on CX play, if this is in the front row (center stage), put the top card of your deck into stock and this gets +1500 power until the end of your opponent’s turn.

Champion Senpai of the End of the Century, Makoto is a level assist. When damage dealt by an attacking character is not cancelled, if you have 3 or more other [Phantom Thief], [Student Council], or [Prosecution] character, you may pay 1 and ditch 1 to put a face down card in your opponent’s memory to clock.

Genius Hackre of the Phantom Thieves, Futaba – NAVI is a 2500 power back up with a pay 2 freefresh ability.

When Advance Notice(Green) is used, if your opponent does not have a face down card in memory, they choose a card in their hand, and place it face down in their memory. Then they may draw a card. This also gives of of your characters clock kick when it is played. After it is played, it is sent to memory.

At level 3, we have 10 characters;

During the turn Makoto & Johanna – QUEEN is played, you may discard a card to clock kick her battle opponent if it gets reversed. When this becomes reversed, you may pay 1 and reveal the top card of your deck. If it is a [Phantom Thief], [Student Council], or [Prosecutor], return this to your hand.

Haru & Milady – NOIR heals on play. When this is front attacked, you may pay 2 and discard 1 to give this the following ability for the turn; “Character facing this gets -2 soul”

Navigation Role, Futaba – NAVI is a global +1500 to other [Phantom Thief] or [Coffee] characters. When on of your other characters is attacked and you have 3 or more other [Phantom Thief] or [Coffee] characters, you may pay 1 and discard “You Think I’ll Forgive You?” to choose an opponent’s battling character, and that character cannot deal damage for the turn. This card also lets you scry when damage you take isn’t cancelled.

Climax Spread is split between green stock soul and pants(1k1):


T: What were your goals on building this deck?

J: Playtesting the set. My goals were to go through all the possible color combinations and climax combos while retaining the builds for further tweaking and improvement later on. This deck build was one of the first I attempted with the Persona set since the colors were not the same as the
Bushiroad-given deck (yellow/red). So in building this, the main goals were to playtest with the 2/1 green level 1 stock gen combo as well as a combination of the level 3 clock kick for finish and the level three anti damage back row.

T: How is this deck played?

J: At level zero your goal is the green clock brainstorms and playing the 0/0 that mills top to play more 0/0’s without depleting hand terribly. Another goal at level zero is to get the 3/2 green in clock early drop condition, to set up your clock upon hitting level one assuming you aren’t sent directly to level 2.

At level 1 you want to put blue in the level zone and clock the 3/2 early drop condition, if possible, to play some of your early drop 2/1’s the other option is to drop the 1/0 blue event salvager and pull the blue event into hand to get him power. The other goal is to light the 2/1 combo as many times as possible to compress your deck. This is where your 2/1’s staying on the board will generate not only stock but also hand.

At level 2 if you can continue to ride the 2/1 combo or play 1/0 if needed you can also play the 2/1 clock kick event to get increase damage.

At level 3 you want to drop your 3/2 green clock kicks and the 3/2 anti damage back row if possible. Also of note if the clock kicks get reversed you reveal top and if it’s a phantom thief they jump back to hand (although one of the problems with them in this build is they don’t hit super high powers; 13k without event/CX)

 

T: Are there any cards that you have wanted to try out and this build, and for what reasons?
J: I eventually plan to run through all the iterations of climax combos as well as cards for this color combination.


T: On a scale of 1-10:

T: How greedy is the deck, and why?
J: 8, because stock-wise the deck isn’t too greedy if it hits its combo and if it doesn’t it run into issues with both stock and hand due to the main pluses being clocking and brainstorming.


T: How difficult is the deck, and why?
J: 6, See above


T: How powerful is the deck, and why?
J: 6, clock kicks lack in finishing power in the current game state and due to the power issue on the clock kick. When the 2/1 combo goes off it compresses hard enough to raise the power of the deck substantially but with some consistency issues this lowers the power again.


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Re: Visiting SAO; SAO Deck Tech G/B

Welcome to another 9th CX Deck Tech! SAO has gotten a Re:Edit version, and the deck is more accessible than ever! With new cards come more options, and Travis has been doing some crafting.

Special thanks to Travis for putting the article together. Translations can be found in the usual spots on Heart of the Cards, and in the case of inaccurate or unavailable translations, in-house translations will be used.

Let’s check out the list!


SAO Post Re:Edit v1.2

Level 0 – 18 cards:

4 Silica, Gathering Materials (SAO/SE23-07 -or- SAO/S47-051)
4 Kirito, Temporary Alliance (SAO/SE23-20 -or- SAO/S47-077)
4 Yuuki, Undefeated Super Swordsman (SAO/SE26-07 -or- SAO/S47-026)
3 Kirito, After the Battle(SAO/S47-113)
3 Sinon, Mission at Dusk(SAO/SE23-P01 -or- SAO/S47-122)

Level 1 – 11 cards:

4 Sinon, Temporary Alliance (SAO/SE23-21 -or- SAO/S47-078)
4 “Zekken” Yuuki (SAP/SE26-10 -or- SAO/S47-028)
2 Asuna, Vice Guild Leader(SAO/S20-010 -or- SAO/S47-007)
1 Sinon, Challenge to the Strong (SAO/SE23-P08 -or- SAO/S47-123)

Level 2 – 5 cards:

2 “Machine of Ice” Sinon (SAO/SE23-T15 -or- SAO/S47-079)
1 Leafa, Gathering Materials (SAO/SE23-06 -or- SAO/S47-041)
1 “Dicey Cafe” Gilbert(SAO/S47-118)
1 Sinon, Adventuring with Everyone(SAO/S47-119)

Level 3 – 8 cards:

4 Sinon, the Last Strike(SAO/SE23-24 -or- SAO/S47-076)
2 Kirito, to Obtain the Holy Sword (SAO/SE26-29 -or- SAO/S47-080)
2 Leafa, Adventuring with Everyone(SAO/S47-107)

CX Spread:

4 Phantom Bullet (SAO/SE23-35 -or- SAO/S47-098)
4 Mother’s Rosario (SAO/SE26-20 -or- SAO/S47-048)


Since the new Re: Edit booster features cards from previous boosters, i’m going to ignore the cards that have been reprinted and introduce the new cards in this deck that have been released in this set;

Kirito, After the Battle once per turn can give on of your characters +500 power whenever you use a startup ability. He also has a new type of brainstorm ability where for each CX you hit, you may draw up to 2 cards, and then discard 1.
Probably one of the strongest brainstormers in this set, aside from the previous Sleeping Knights brainstorm released in the Mother’s Rosario EB. It fixes one of the biggest problems I’ve had with this deck before Re: Edit of having 2-3 CXs in my hand almost every turn with the only discard outlet being this Sinon brainstorm from the GGO EB. He can hand fix, and plus your hand in the same sentence. Not to mention the extra +500 power he gives when you use a startup once per turn give back ups in the set a little extra boost.


“Dicey Cafe” Gilbert
 is a 2.5k backup. When you use his backup, you may pay 2 and discard an [Avatar] or [Net] character to bottom deck a character on your opponent’s field with a higher level than your opponent’s.
Finally, SAO gets an anti-change backup. It doesn’t sac a character like other anti-change backups do, but it still gets the job done of getting an early play off your opponent’s field. Plus with the Kirito brainstorm, this backup becomes a 3k backup.


Sinon, Adventuring with Everyone gets +1k  per other [Avatar] or [Net] character on attack for the turn if she is facing a level 3 or higher character. On play, you can also pay 1 and ditch a CX to salvage a CX.
Check Six got an upgrade in this set, with the added ability of salvaging a CX so you can set up Sinon at level 3. Considering a main CX in the deck is a gold bar, having a CX in hand for her on play ability is a walk in the park.


Leafa, Adventuring with Everyone
gets +500 power per other [Avatar] or [Net] character. On entry, you can look at the top X cards of your deck, where X is the number of [Avatar] or [Net]  characters you control, select a card to add to your hand, then ditch the rest. During both players turns, when she reverses her battle opponent you can discard 2 characters from your hand and clock kick her battle opponent.
Cross-turn clock kick is leagues above the previous level 3 clock kick Yuuki from the Mother’s Rosario EB. Her condition is stockless so you can save your stock to pay for backups, or perform more instances of Sinon’s burn combo. Added in with Machine of Ice and the Kirito Brainstorm, this card is a force to be reckoned with and makes your opponent have some tough decisions whether to front attack her or not.

Cards I have considered for this build:
Note: Cards that are new will have translation text, reprinted  cards will not.
Silica, Straightforward Trust (SAO/S20-051 -or- SAO/S47-058)
Considering how much I would be milling through my deck, I pondered adding this card in as a consideration so I can grab back characters I may need at the current moment. She could also double as another attacker since her brainstorm ability doesn’t need her to rest, only two other characters.

Sinon, in the Midst of Sunlight Through the Leaves(SAO/SE23-19 -or- SAO/S47-083)
A viable option for a brainstormer, considering her defensive buff as well as a spammable search/hand filter brainstorm. I don’t think this will make an appearance in future builds of this deck since it doesn’t plus, but I would love to be proved wrong.Sinon, Angered(SAO/SE23-31 -or- SAO/S47-094)
A costed 2k back up lets me pay out any blind stock or CX I may have triggered in my previous attack. Plus if I am close to refresh and know I’m out all 8 from my deck, it wouldn’t hurt me that bad to use this to force a refresh and possibly cancel an oncoming attack. It also could help me with damage pockets as well.

“Sleeping Knights” Talken & Nori & Jun (SAO/SE26-09 -or- SAO/S47-27)
A search brainstorm may benefit the deck, so this card will always be in consideration when brewing with SAO, but since in this current build I don’t run many Yuuki or Asuna cards for the first effect to benefit from, I decided to give the Kirito brainstorm a shot over this one for now.

Leafa, Time Limit(SAO/SE26-15 -or- SAO/S47-34)
Her global assist ability is always helpful, but I couldn’t use this and brainstorm in the same turn without playing over some backrow cards to do so. Her search ability is nice, but I have Zekken to give me that ability instead.

Sinon, “Cait Sith” Archer (SAO/SE26-34)
Her defensive global ability can offer some serious defensive power, especially with the new clock kick Leafa. Plus her on play ability can help filter out unwanted CXs in hand for more useful cards.

Kirito, Life-Risking Seriousness (SAO/S47-114)  On play top checks for [Avatar] or [Net] to get +2k for the turn. When he is sent to the waiting room, you may reveal up to the top 3 cards of your deck. If one or more is revealed in this fashion, add up to 1 [Avatar] or [Net] card from them to your hand, send the rest of the revealed cards to the waiting room, then ditch a card.
This Kirito offers more milling power for my deck, and yet another filter option. His reveal top ability may give me some decent information on whether to brainstorm or not, and can sub in for a decent beater. His on death ability also works really well to filter out unwanted CXs from hand with one of the revealed cards. Defensive presence he doesn’t offer much, but may be ran in future builds as a tech 2-of.

Sinon, Fear in Her Eyes (SAO/S47-116) prevents the use of events or backups for her controller.
It’s a beater yes, but I would need to get her off my field ASAP before my opponent hits level 1, otherwise decks that have on reverse abilities don’t even need to worry about backups.


Deck breakdown:

At level 0, the deck does need to rely on clocking each turn to replenish hand size, with the use of  Kirito, Temporary Alliance to keep a board presence and use both Silica, Gathering Materials and Yuuki, Undefeated Super Swordsman to take care of any beaters or walls your opponent. Silica also is used to filter out your hand to grab level 1 pieces and the ability to get a guaranteed brainstorm as well. Kirito, After the Battle can be used to hand plus, but should be used only if you can successfully hit 1 knowingly.

Level 1 things start to pick up with “Zekken” Yuuki‘s hand plus combo. A good target to look for at the start is Sinon, Challenge to the Strong since the Yuuki plus combo can provide hand encore fodder in the case she gets reversed. Kirito, After the Battle makes more of an appearance here, since on defense he can give an extra 500 boost to backups and keep your field alive without using encore effects.  Plus, since you’ll be pulling out damage with the Zekken combo, using his brainstorm ability to filter out possible CX triggers and mill through your deck will benefit more here.

Level 2 is mainly using level 1 attackers to deal damage. “Dicey Cafe” Gilbert is there to take care of early plays on your opponent’s end, in case Sinon, Adventuring with Everyone isn’t in hand. Again, since a gold bar is a primary trigger in the deck, she can also switch out any gold bar in hand with Phantom Bullet, in case it is not in hand already. “Machine of Ice” Sinon is there for providing assist power, while also denying your opponent events or backups on selected characters.

Level 3 is giant shots of damage, with a clock kick to keep board pressure. Leafa, Adventuring with Everyone is used as a final attack, or whenever you can guarantee the final point of damage with her clock kick. Sinon, the Last Strike is the primary damage dealer here while Kirito, to Obtain the Holy Sword is your defensive power. Sinon, you’d want to discard a CX for her cost unless you have enough characters to still use Leafa’s clock kick. Ideally, a full hand size has been kept up with the use of Kirito, After the Battle coupled with the fact that Leafa and Kirito replace themselves when they are played. Leafa, Gathering Materials can be used on defense mainly here to filter out a CX to give you 2 character cards for if you get a reverse with the Leafa level 3.

Question Time!

M: Some sets (e.g. Re:Zero) have now begun to feature these more punishing level 0 4000 power beaters. They can crush almost anything in the way, and they offer some potential card advantage for the early game. What do you think about running both the 4k Sinon level 0 alongside the Kirito runner? There are probably cuts that could be made, like going down to 3 of each reverser as a start.

T: The idea has crossed my mind to try and implement the Sinon beater in a version of the build, but with this current build I’d have to go with dropping a Silica and Kirito runner. I run just enough green to see it in my clock when I hit level 1 and taking out one of each reverser would be pushing my luck on that.

M: That seems fair. There is also a small case to be made about varying the brainstormers to give some degree of flexibility. Past winning decks within this series have been known to run 1-of brainstorm variants – would it be too much of a risk to do a 1 for 1 swap with a Sleeping Knights brainstorm? (as an example)

T: A variant I have thought would be 2 search brainstorms, 1 draw/ditch, and 1 salvage.

M: And some would call you a little crazy for inviting such inconsistency.

T: Having both a one of the salvage and draw brainstorm give me a little more flexibility if a situation were to arise that I need to search a secondary brainstorm with Zekken. Since all the brainstorms in that variant require any two characters to be rested, I could just use one of the unneeded brainstorms as a body to throw damage at my opponent.

M: A fair point, but I’m not sure fans of consistency will exactly agree.

Editor’s Note: Real life has gotten in the way of finishing this article properly, so if we have more, we will add it here after!


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2k1 Theory

Good evening! Melanie here from 9th CX with a reflection and some playtesting on two decks to share with you.

 

It’s become apparent that decks that have climax combos with the following effect:

“When you play this climax, draw a card, and choose a character receive +2000 power and +1 soul for the turn.”

a.k.a, 2k1, have seen a decline in playability.

A photo of a 2k1 in the wild being denied

Earlier in the game, they were seen as a decent climax type because 1.) they replaced themselves in hand with a card draw, and 2.) they helped power up a character to get over an opponent. This type of climax is starting to show its age. Firstly, the lack of a global +1 soul to all characters on the board is a huge concern due to the need to push damage. Soul damage, i.e. damage dealt to players, is how you win in Weiss Schwarz, and while denying hand or field advantage can play a role in game victories, pushing damage and getting it to stick is the true goal. Secondly, the two soul trigger is less desirable in many deck types, especially those that run some type of global soul climax at Level 3 (such as the many variants of “+1000 power and +1 soul to all characters”) because of the tendency to over swing. Even decks that capitalize on the newer “Card of X color from waiting room to stock and +1 soul to everyone” are wary of this problem occurring since that climax runs the same type of trigger.

Oh Nao you tell us

Recent set design has actually been avoiding this climax, relegating it the Climax Common (CC) slot and comboing it with less powerful, but still playable, cards. Series such as Rewrite Anime that are getting continued support, have seen them not printed at all again due to the fact that they already exist in earlier sets. Some other recent series, such as Is the Order a Rabbit??, have seen them printed in TDs in some colors only. This is speculation, and the shift is more likely due to incorporating new climax types that are seeing play at the competitive level, there has been some judging and avoiding of some card combos because they do combo off of a 2k1. Also, some climaxes that have alternate types per climax name available have seen a slight spike in price if they are a limited promo (PR) that gives global soul damage.

 

While global soul damage may always be ideal, there are ways to make cards that have good climax combos with 2k1’s playable and competitive viable today. Taking some research from two recent deck builds that I have play testing throughout the previous summer and fall, I have found that there are ways to make this climax type at least mid-range competitive today. Let’s take a look at two decks that, in theory, shouldn’t work but have tournament records that prove otherwise.

 

Mono-Red Rabbit House (Pre-Extra Booster)

Tournament Record: 20 wins out of 23 games

Notable Losses: [email protected] CG Trancing Pulse and Card Game Shiyoko

Notable Wins: Persona 5 (Y/R focus), Rinne, and Kantai Collection (updated with set 3 card, G/R focus)

 

Level 0 – 17

4 “Rabbit Ear Parka” Cocoa (GU/W44-032)

3 “Dignified” Rize (GU/W44-034)

4 “Report that Brings a Smile” Cocoa (GU/W44-036)

4 Pitcher Rize (GU/W44-053)

2 “A Little Cool” Chino (GU/W44-T13)

 

Level 1- 13

4 Cocoa Very Drunk (GU/W44-037)

4 “Pretty Look” Rize (GU/W44-038)

2 “Invitation” Rize (GU/W44-043)

1 “Twintail Girl” Rize (GU/W44-T05)

2 “Greeting” Rize (GU/W44-P05)

 

Level 2- 4

1 “Guardian of Roses and Explosions” Rize (GU/W44-045)

2 “Suspicious” Rize (GU/W44-047)

1 Chino in a Maid Outfit (GU/W44-085)

 

Level 3- 8

4 “Rabbit Ear Parka” Rize (GU/W44-033)

2 “For My Little Sister” Cocoa (GU/W44-039)

2 Cocoa in the Wood-Framed Town (GU/W44-T10)

 

Events- 0

 

Climaxes- 8

4 Fluffy Hunter (GU/W44-065)

4 Helper, Wild Black Horse (GU/W44-067)

 

Older cards that were considered for this build:

Rize in the Wood-Framed Town (GU/W44-035)

Puppy Cocoa (GU/W44-044) * If you do not like clock encore or don’t have access to the 1/1 Rize PR *

 

New cards that should be considered for this build:

Rize, Being Herself (GU/WE26-020)

Cocoa, Going Together (GU/WE26-021)

Rize, Club Helper! (GU/WE26-030)

 

*Note:

Some of the new cards in this set at first glance seem like they should be ‘gold starred’ for this build. In reality, they don’t have any synergy with the concept of this deck and in playtesting didn’t work out. Feel free to try them out, as they may work out for you and your playstyle/preferences.

Chino & Cocoa, Good to Have Met (GU/WE26-018) and Pillow Fight (GU/WE26-032): This is a very powerful finish combo that has seen play in the newer competitive decks of this series. In attempting to slot it into this build, I found that it’s finish had a likely chance of failing due to the ditch 2 cards from hand cost requirement. This deck cycles its hand, and while it can build an excess, it usually does not. This combo didn’t fit the playstyle of this deck for me personally and I feel is a better fit with the Chino “Shimakaze” clone.

“Present Exchange” Rize (GU/WE26-019), Cocoa Get Well Visit (GU/WE26-023), and Chino Being Playful (GU/WE26-035): It would seem that this pairing would be more optimal as an early drop trio than the old 3/2 early drop Cocoa salvage combo, but not for this deck. This pair eats too much stock (3 to early drop Rize), despite the benefit of the heal, and even though some assist power on the brainstorm would be nice the search brainstorm Chino works counter to what this deck does. This deck mills and salvages so much that it wants to turn our waiting room into an extension of our hand. While the search brainstorm is a compression search on hit that still mills, the reality is that this deck mills so much that half the time my search targets were in the waiting room and I was sitting there wishing I had my salvage brainstorm. The scry effect on the 1/1 Rize assist is also needed to help set up and make the chances higher for hitting the 3/2 Rize’s on play burn ability.

Rize Being Ladylike (GU/WE26-022), Rize, Big Transformation! (GU/WE26-026), and Liberal Interpretation of Phantom of the Opera (GU/WE26-033): As much as I like the idea of the swap for power and plus combo these two Rize’s can pull off, as well as the potential for a plus off of the stock soul salvage combo, these cards didn’t perform as well as I wanted in playtesting. They monopolized tech spots at Level 1 and had difficulty pulling off initial chain swap unless I went to Level 1 first with a very precise hand. The combo itself isn’t bad at all, just didn’t fit the synergy of this build. Definitely worth considering for Rize waifu and other deck builds for this series.*

Mocha, Big News (GU/WE26-027): This is a great Level Assist that pumps all Level 3’s in front of her, turns our healer from the TD into a big wall, and hand filters to get the healer back. A solid card. While she can be salvaged by many effects in the deck, she still causes problems with not having [Rabbit House] trait by interfering with the 0/0 Rize’s mill combo and the top check to burn Rize. Too risky to run with any consistency.*

 

How to Play This Deck:

This deck does take some hefty risks on both its plus combo and it’s end game finisher, but interestingly enough it ends up working out. This deck is a mill deck that seeks to turn your waiting room into an extension of your hand. This allows late game some interesting teching of Level 2 counters, and allows you to filter through your hand pretty easily if you get climaxes stuck in your hand before your multiple refreshes. In playtesting this deck, in 7 games the deck had refreshed at the end of turn 2, and in 10 additional games had refreshed by the end of it’s first turn. The deck seeks to compress by milling and hopefully plussing through your mills, refreshing early which naturally leads to a more compressed deck no matter what you do, and then repeating the cycle.

At Level 0 this deck pushes soul damage early game by committing heavily to the field. Most times any higher level cards that are not Level 0’s will be discarded from the opening hand as there is a chance they can be salvaged back early in the game. Optimal turn one plays are either the TD draw/ditch a card Chino or the mill Level Reverser RR Cocoa. Turn two at Level 0, if it happens, ideally sees the 0/0 Rize’s climax combo in hand coupled with at least one brainstorm Cocoa. I try to get as many of the 0/0 Rize’s as possible so that I can mill through the deck and potentially plus off of it. The 2k1 at Level 0 lets me get over wall characters, replaces itself in hand, and allows me to mill through the deck at any Level for either a chance at plus, milling through damage, or milling through climaxes I don’t want to trigger.

Level 1 this deck seeks to wipe its opponent’s board capitalizing the on the 1/0 Level Reverser Cocoa with hand filter, the 1/0 6500 Rize that usually can be a 7000 with the global 0/0 Rize assist in the back row, and the 1/1 clock encore PR Rize that on attack usually hits at 8500 with back row. I usually try to play any extra climaxes I get in hand, and also use the brainstormer to keep hand up. The clock encore Rize allows me to preserve hand with a decent size attacker if she becomes reversed on defense, although some players will prefer to swap this out for a hand encore character if they don’t like the clock encore dealing them damage. For my play style I found that the hand encore didn’t work in this deck as it hurt hand too much.

Level 2 can run two ways. With the right combo pieces, it is possible to early drop the 3/2 Cocoa that on play salvages a Rabbit House or Bread Character and then also has the climax combo with the new climax type “Draw a card. Choose two of your characters and give them +1 soul for the turn” (i.e. split soul) that allows for a hand filter to salvage 2. Sometimes, though, depending on how the game has gone you may not want to commit the stock to this. At this point I fall back on the 2/1 Rize that can take out early drop Level 3’s and preserve stock by using the 1/0 Rize’s and clock encored 1/1 Rize’s from the previous level. It is also possible, against “on reverse” decks to take advantage of the Level 0 tech in this deck, play a bunch of tech cards, crash your board, and cause your opponent to overswing (though this is a risky option).


Level 3 in this deck will pinpoint heal with the TD Cocoa, tech salvage back what you need with the 3/2 Cocoa if you didn’t drop her early at Level 2, and play as many of the 3/2 Rize finisher as possible. Even though her 2nd ability is very iffy to pull off, the on play burn effect that can be set up with the 1/1 Rize Level assist for a higher chance to hit. Building enough stock in this deck is tricky, but in 8 games I was able to pull of the on attack, pay 6 to burn 5. For most games, though, the on play reveal top to burn was enough of a finish to push the game to a close.


Little Busters! Y/B

Tournament Record: 32 wins out of 38 games

Note: 14 of these tournament games took place during the 2016 Nationals Qualifying Regional Season. This deck placed 9th at a 28 player regional in Indianapolis, and 5th at a 4 seat available regional in Columbus of about 19 players. At a regional in North Carolina, however, it did pretty poorly, finding bad match ups against the Monogatari series and To Love Ru.

Notable Losses: Monogatari Series (Several Variants), To Love Ru (Animals/Spirit Build), and Railgun (Post-Restriction List Lift, Pre-Power Up: Although it should be noted that with Power Up it will also probably still make this deck cry.)

Notable Wins: [email protected] CG Trancing Pulse (Several Wins), To Love Ru Aliens, Mono-Blue Rabbit House (Pre-Extra Booster), and Puyo Puyo (Several Build Variants)

 

Level 0- 18

2 “Costumed Mascot” Sasami (LB/W06-003)

2 “Optimistic Magic” Komari (LB/W02-E03)

3 Komari, Heart-thumping Donuts (LB/WE21-04)

3 Haruka, Water Shot (LB/W06-051)

4 “Shadowless Girl” Midori (LB/W06-082)

4 “Little Busters” Riki (LB/W21-065)

 

Level 1- 10

4 “Sunset-colored Feelings” Rin (LB/WE18-03)

2 “Pleasantly Cute” Komari (LB/W02-079)

4 “Away from this Life” Mio (LB/W06-091)

 

Level 2- 2

2 Yuiko in Maid Uniform (LB/W06-011)

 

Level 3- 10

4 “Step to Courage” Rin (LB/W21-001)

2 Kyousuke, Stage On! (LB/WE21-03)

4 Mio in Maid Uniform (LB/W06-081)

 

Events- 2

2 Farewell Yukichi!! (LB/W21-078)

 

Climaxes- 8

4 My Best Puppet Show (LB/W21-018)

4 We Should Date (LB/WE18-15)

 

Cards that probably should be in this build but aren’t:

“Godly Poor Control” Rin (LB/W02-017)

We Should Date (LB/W02-101)

“Little Busters” Rin (LB/W21-005)

“New Bond” Rin (LB/W21-009)

“Good Friends” Komari & Rin (LB/W21-032)

Kud, Playing Catch With Pillows (LB/WE21-13)

Mio, Unchanged Song, Unchanged Sky (LB/WE21-24)

 

How to Play This Deck:

At first glance, this deck probably shouldn’t have won any games. The reality is though, that while there are some definite tech options to deal with other decks and anti-heal would make this deck cry, this deck flat out doesn’t care what your opponent does half the time. It runs its own compress game engine and seeks to just keep using tech to either search out cards to play late game or to filter through the hand. Also, it turns out that while crashing your board most turns is playing a dangerous game of “Pray to Cancel”, it can also deny the plethora of on reverse abilities in the playing field.

Level 0 is where you want to capitalize on pushing soul damage with early attacks, taking out your opponent’s board (this is one of the few levels you can do that!), and using all of the various tech options Little Busters has available for hand plussing. The 0/0 Komari stock reverser is great against runners and Yuu from Charlotte, and her stock bomb effect can punish players for leaving Hibiki from Kantai or Yuu from Charlotte out on the board instead of crashing them. Riki is can search for either the 1/0 plus combo Rin, the 0/0 Mio bond, or the 0/0 Haruka Brainstormer for hand filter. If stock is clean, though, in some games I will wait to capitalize on some of these effects until later as this deck does eat a ton of stock. The 0/0 Komari assist is for certain match ups, like Railgun and Kiznaiver, that want to blow up your board. It allows you to keep your front row late game against these decks to use the anti-damage counter in at least two slots.

Level 1 is a mix of old and new Little Busters. The 1/0 Rin plus combo that on attack with the 2k1 or the +2 soul PR searches for a Level 2 or higher is a staple in many deck variants. The 1/0 Mio though is a bit of an older card that saw limited play in some variants of the old Stardust Himuro heal loop deck. She’s a 1/0 5000 that has the ability if she has [Glasses] trait, on reverse, send her to Memory. The 0/0 Midori that has a pay 1 to bond for her gives all characters with “Mio” in the name [Glasses] trait. Essentially, depending on your hand situation or how you Leveled, you can either light the 1/0 combo search Rin or can bond back the 1/0 Mio’s so that on reverse they go to memory.

Level 2 in this deck is super awkward until this set gets a power up set (unlikely, but I can hope!). Most times the deck has already refreshed, but if you haven’t and have 6 climaxes or more in waiting room you can early drop the 3/2 Kyosuke that has Musashi burn. Otherwise, I usually like to preserve stock if I can for Level 3 and will either relight the search Rin combo if I have the pieces, or crash 1/0 Mio’s into my opponent’s board so that they go to memory and help compress. It is also an option to drop the 2/1 Maid Yukiho and the 0/0 Sasami that gives +3000 to Level 2’s or higher to get over things.

Level 3 is very stock intensive, but essentially everything heals and/or compresses. Firstly, I will use the 3/2 Maid Mio to not only heal, but send her to memory to pull out maid traits (herself, the 2/1 Yukiho, or ideally the 1/0 Komari). If I have the climax, I will play the 3/2 Rin’s that heal on play, that become 14000 on their own with the punish burn climax combo. It’s possible to use the 0/0 Sasami to make her or the Maid Mio’s larger, but as this is a tech card, I typically don’t worry about it. No on reverse is necessary for the finisher in this deck, and we really only leave characters on the board at this level to use the anti-damage counter to prevent damage. Hopefully the deck is compressed enough at this point that you are able to repeat this cycle to a small extent. As this deck eats a lot of stock, though, the final turns of this game sometimes end up being playing a healer Mio, searching free play 1/0 Komari’s or another healer, and then crashing the board for pinpoint damage.

I’m going to mention it now: Yes, I probably ought to be running the +2 soul PR “We Should Date” climax in this build. There are plenty of decent Level 0 and 1 green cards that can be teched in to splash the green necessary and this would enable siding for more pinpoint damage, or fronting for more soul damage push.  I do own the climax, so it wasn’t the cost of it that was preventing me from running it. This build eats through it’s hand pretty fast with all of the crashing due to power creep recently, so the 2k1 being able to replace themselves in hand help. The siding tactic really isn’t so great because it allows people to relight their on reverse combos for plusses. This set has Level 1 counters, but many of the better ones cost stock better spent on other things and the only 1/0 +2000 counter in the set is looking for a [Sports] trait character on stage (primarily Sasami and Kengo in this set) to activate. There is also a color issue, as the +2 soul is green and the Rin is yellow. I have been finding, more and more lately, that I prefer mono-colored Level 1 games. Yes I lose some tech options, but more often than not I do have to level myself to Level 1 and am stuck with missing a turn on my plus combo.

 

How these Decks are Winning Games:

These decks both have three things in common that are allowing them to still push enough soul damage to win games. Firstly, it should be noted that the 2k1 climax combos are at early Levels in the game (0 and 1 respectively) that are not ideal. However, there are some things these two deck builds are doing that allow this to not be a problem.

These decks are both running a slightly larger Level 0 tech game that encourages attacking more at Level 0. This pushes soul damage early, and helps combat the problem that both decks have in needing more stock build to do what they want to do.

Count the number of triggers on cards including climaxes. These decks are running a larger than normal number of cards that have soul triggers. Honestly, this is the secret success to these decks. The Mono-Red Rabbit House deck is running 14 soul triggers on characters plus 8 +2 soul triggers to equal out to 22 triggers. That means that 44% of the deck has some type of additional soul trigger. The Little Busters deck is running 12 triggers, 4 single triggers on the punish burn climax, and 4 +2 soul triggers on the 2k1 climax for a total of 20 triggers, or 40% of the deck. These triggers in both builds, especially the Rabbit House deck, are getting put back into the deck to trigger after refresh. The punish burn trigger is especially effective in Little Busters because that gives us another finish option for triggering an additional soul.

Compression happens in any game of Weiss naturally, and sometimes doesn’t work out the way we wish, but these decks do it decently well in most match ups. Rabbit House does it through milling and refreshing more times in a game than typical, while the Little Busters deck does it by sending non-trigger cards to memory early game. True, this can backfire and cause us to trigger our climaxes, but in most cases we won’t be overswinging in this deck. Yes, it can still happen. Both decks, though, pay out a lot of stock throughout the game for their effects. This makes it pretty easy to pay out triggered climaxes both early and late game to prevent them from getting stuck.
True, these builds aren’t going to stand up to some of the bigger meta decks all of the time and have match ups that are extreme disadvantages. Yes, there are stronger builds in these series that will continue to see competitive play. But these decks have proven through play that they are capable of holding their own in the competitive scene even with running 2k1 climaxes early game. While they many not always be ideal, keep in mind they can work out in your deck builds if they have decent combos even if they are early game.


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