The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Fairy Tail

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Breakdown, click here to check it out.  It provides the context for the full series and lets you know how to read these articles.  If you’ve read it already, then continue on!

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular sets, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their set or the set of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

The set we’re going to cover in this article is Fairy Tail, and the theme for this article is going to be “Balancing Multiple Colors”, so even for those that don’t play Fairy Tail they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I play this set over other sets?
2) What is the ideal set up from Level 0 to Level 3?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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The Deckbuilder Methodology

This article is rated Experience Level 7 – This article is perfect for budding tournament players that wish to understand more about doing well in tournaments and increasing their win rate.

With three Weiss Shop Challenges behind me and my best showing being a Top 4 placing, I decided it’s time to put it behind me for now and concentrate on Buddyfight, since it’s my next Shop Challenge.  Switching gears could be hard, so writing this is a way for me to refocus as well as help the readers as well.

As a deckbuilder, it’s sometimes really difficult to explain to other players how important the role of the deckbuilder really is.  There are a lot of aspects that go into building a deck, but trying to explain it all can be very confusing.  That’s why I’d like to explain my thought process by going through exactly what I think when I build my deck.  To make this easier for everyone, I’m going to be going through my <<Guardians>>, since it has a limited card pool and we don’t have to worry about usually chaff cards like Vanillas.

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The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kill la Kill

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Breakdown, click here to check it out.  It provides the context for the full series and lets you know how to read these articles.  If you’ve read it already, then continue on!

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular sets, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their set or the set of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

The set we’re going to cover in this article is Kill la Kill, and the theme for this article is going to be “Branching off the Beaten Path”, so even for those that don’t play Kill la Kill they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I play this set over other sets?
2) What is the ideal set up from Level 0 to Level 3?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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For Thought Friday – Why do Players Shuffle Cards in their Hand?

This article is rated Experience Level 4.  This article is perfect for the new tournament player.

I can understand, I’ve been there.  Looking at the wonder of a tournament with excitement and nervousness, apprehension mixed with determination.  You notice things that are very different than your previous exposures.  Decklists, discussion of counterplay, the speed of play.  All of it is new.

One aspect that has bothered a good portion of new players for as long as TCGs have been around is hand shuffling.  It seems unnecessary as an action, creates a very slight noise that can bother players with sensitive ears, and can be an action that from an outsider’s perspective, seems rife for cheating possibilities.  It has over the years been an action that, while small, has caused a small number of players to leave competitive or tournament communities.  Why does it exist, and what purpose does it serve?

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The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Fate/ (series)

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Breakdown, click here to check it out.  It provides the context for the full series and lets you know how to read these articles.  If you’ve read it already, then continue on!

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular sets, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their set or the set of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

The set we’re going to cover in this article is Fate/ (series), and the theme for this article is going to be “Making the Most of Every Moment”, so even for those that don’t play Fate/ (series) they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I play this set over other sets?
2) What is the ideal set up from Level 0 to Level 3?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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Current State of Japanese Prisma☆Illya

It has been quite awhile since my last post, but it’s Hanbe once again.  A lot of the hype since the release of fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei Herz (fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ ツヴァイ ヘルツ) back in May 2016 has now subsided.  Let us revisit this neo-standard series and see if Prisma☆Illya players got all the tools they need to be consistent and be competitive.  Recall, in my inital post that the series had a strong level 0, a lackluster level 1, a non-existent level 2, and a very potent level 3.  With the addition of 2wei Herz cards, Kaleidoscope lost its spot in the spotlight and various quality of life improvements were made at all levels, .  Despite all this, the series remains shy of “top tier” status but remains a threat in the tournament scene due to its strong finish. Continue reading Current State of Japanese Prisma☆Illya

The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Breakdown, click here to check it out.  It provides the context for the full series and lets you know how to read these articles.  If you’ve read it already, then continue on!

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular sets, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their set or the set of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

The set we’re going to cover in this article is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and the theme for this article is going to be “The Importance of Good Support”, so even for those that don’t play The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I play this set over other sets?
2) What is the ideal set up from Level 0 to Level 3?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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