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 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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