Shark Tips – Installment 5 (The Stage in His Hands)

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.

Welcome to Shark Tips, an irregular installment that aims to help readers improve their play, no matter what card game they play.  In this segment, I discuss a tip I’ve learned or am in the process of learning, and expand on its ramifications and/or applications.

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Weiss Schwarz: Is New Set “Privilege” Real?

Hello everyone, it’s Hanbe again. Hopefully my previous post provided some insight as to how ViVid Strike! works.  With 2018 coming, Weiss Schwarz will be celebrating its tenth year anniversary soon.

As with all trading card games, “power creep” is bound to become a factor eventually, and Weiss Schwarz is no exception to this.  However, are new sets truly as “privileged” as majority of the players believe?  Is it truly impossible to win with older sets without being crazy lucky? I decided to spend this 2017 WGP Regional to test this by bringing Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 魔法少女リリカルなのは to 2 regional events to test this.    The TLDR is that based on my results, new set “privilege” exists because of the ease of access to search, salvage, and discard outlets for hand-fixing. Continue reading Weiss Schwarz: Is New Set “Privilege” Real?

Hanbe Shares Initial Thoughts on ViVid Strike!

It’s been a few months since my last post on Climax Phase, but it’s Hanbe once again. In my most recent post, the neo-standard series  fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya (fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ )  was the focus.  This time, it’ll be ViVid Strike!  The booster for ViVid Strike was released a months ago, and this post will primarily be my initial thoughts.  Currently, the 8 gold bar build appears to be the most notable ViVid Strike! build both locally in Vancouver and abroad (based on what I’ve seen on Twitter).  There are several variations of the build; however in general, the deck has a strong level 0, a very straightforward level 1, a level 2 focused around early playing level 3 characters, and a very potent level 3 should the early plays survive.  In my opinion, the 8 gold bar build for ViVid Strike! is strong but remains shy of “top tier” status because of its over reliance on a handful of key cards.  As a result of this over reliance, the 8 gold bar build has some very difficult matchups that are highly relevant in the current meta; however, it remains a threat in the tournament scene. Continue reading Hanbe Shares Initial Thoughts on ViVid Strike!

Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 6 – TD Exclusives and Promos)

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

Welcome to Part 6 of Climax Phase’s review of Dragoborne’s First Set – Rally to War. This part is going to cover the Trial Deck exclusive cards as well as exclusive Promos. The goal of this is this Set Review is to produce conversation, as I’m sure there will be one or more of these cards that have players holding differing opinions of them. If you want to read from the beginning, just follow after the jump and start reading, but for those that want to look at specific cards, just use the Find function on your browser and type in the card’s name in Square Brackets (example: [Replenish the Ranks]).

One final thing. To help you read each individual card’s review, here is the layout of what it’ll look like.

Card #XXX: [Card Name Goes Here]

[Picture of Card from Official Website goes Here]

Ideal Decks: Which kind of decks is this best in?
Usability: A rating signifying how useful the card is in its ideal deck(s).
* = In General, Avoid this Card
** = Niche Use/General Sideboard Card
*** = Role-Filler Card
**** = Good Card
***** = Staple Card
Price Level: A rating signifying how expensive the card is.
* = $0.01 – $1.00
** = $1.01 – $5.00
*** = $5.01 – $10.00
**** = $10.01 – $20.00
***** = 20.01 and up
Comments: A quick in-depth overview on this particular card, and where its points are.

Full Disclaimer:
This Set Review is in the context of the meta of BT01, TD01, TD02, TD03, and their respective promos released in this time frame. The information may not be accurate when future sets release.

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Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 5 – Black)

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

Welcome to Part 5 of Climax Phase’s review of Dragoborne’s First Set – Rally to War. This is going to be long, so we’ll be covering each color one by one. The goal of this is this Set Review is to produce conversation, as I’m sure there will be one or more of these cards that have players holding differing opinions of them. If you want to read from the beginning, just follow after the jump and start reading, but for those that want to look at specific cards, just use the Find function on your browser and type in the card’s name in Square Brackets (example: [Replenish the Ranks]).

One final thing. To help you read each individual card’s review, here is the layout of what it’ll look like.

Card #XXX: [Card Name Goes Here]

[Picture of Card from Official Website goes Here]

Ideal Decks: Which kind of decks is this best in?
Usability: A rating signifying how useful the card is in its ideal deck(s).
* = In General, Avoid this Card
** = Niche Use/General Sideboard Card
*** = Role-Filler Card
**** = Good Card
***** = Staple Card
Price Level: A rating signifying how expensive the card is.
* = $0.01 – $1.00
** = $1.01 – $5.00
*** = $5.01 – $10.00
**** = $10.01 – $20.00
***** = 20.01 and up
Comments: A quick in-depth overview on this particular card, and where its points are.

Full Disclaimer:
This Set Review is in the context of the meta of BT01, TD01, TD02, TD03, and their respective promos released in this time frame. The information may not be accurate when future sets release.

Continue reading Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 5 – Black)

Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 4 – Red)

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

Welcome to Part 4 of Climax Phase’s review of Dragoborne’s First Set – Rally to War. This is going to be long, so we’ll be covering each color one by one. The goal of this is this Set Review is to produce conversation, as I’m sure there will be one or more of these cards that have players holding differing opinions of them. If you want to read from the beginning, just follow after the jump and start reading, but for those that want to look at specific cards, just use the Find function on your browser and type in the card’s name in Square Brackets (example: [Replenish the Ranks]).

One final thing. To help you read each individual card’s review, here is the layout of what it’ll look like.

Card #XXX: [Card Name Goes Here]

[Picture of Card from Official Website goes Here]

Ideal Decks: Which kind of decks is this best in?
Usability: A rating signifying how useful the card is in its ideal deck(s).
* = In General, Avoid this Card
** = Niche Use/General Sideboard Card
*** = Role-Filler Card
**** = Good Card
***** = Staple Card
Price Level: A rating signifying how expensive the card is.
* = $0.01 – $1.00
** = $1.01 – $5.00
*** = $5.01 – $10.00
**** = $10.01 – $20.00
***** = 20.01 and up
Comments: A quick in-depth overview on this particular card, and where its points are.

Full Disclaimer:
This Set Review is in the context of the meta of BT01, TD01, TD02, TD03, and their respective promos released in this time frame. The information may not be accurate when future sets release.

Continue reading Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 4 – Red)

Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 3 – Blue)

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

Welcome to Part 3 of Climax Phase’s review of Dragoborne’s First Set – Rally to War. This is going to be long, so we’ll be covering each color one by one. The goal of this is this Set Review is to produce conversation, as I’m sure there will be one or more of these cards that have players holding differing opinions of them. If you want to read from the beginning, just follow after the jump and start reading, but for those that want to look at specific cards, just use the Find function on your browser and type in the card’s name in Square Brackets (example: [Replenish the Ranks]).

One final thing. To help you read each individual card’s review, here is the layout of what it’ll look like.

Card #XXX: [Card Name Goes Here]

[Picture of Card from Official Website goes Here]

Ideal Decks: Which kind of decks is this best in?
Usability: A rating signifying how useful the card is in its ideal deck(s).
* = In General, Avoid this Card
** = Niche Use/General Sideboard Card
*** = Role-Filler Card
**** = Good Card
***** = Staple Card
Price Level: A rating signifying how expensive the card is.
* = $0.01 – $1.00
** = $1.01 – $5.00
*** = $5.01 – $10.00
**** = $10.01 – $20.00
***** = 20.01 and up
Comments: A quick in-depth overview on this particular card, and where its points are.

Full Disclaimer:
This Set Review is in the context of the meta of BT01, TD01, TD02, TD03, and their respective promos released in this time frame. The information may not be accurate when future sets release.

Continue reading Set Review – Dragoborne – Rally to War (Part 3 – Blue)