Category Archives: Weiss Schwarz

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?

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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!

The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kancolle: Fleet in the Deep Sea

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 Kantai: Fleet in the Deep Sea, which I’m going to refer to as Abyssals shorthand since the full title is kinda wordy, and the theme for this article is going to be “Expanding a Counter Broadly”, so even for those that don’t play Abyssals 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.

Continue reading The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kancolle: Fleet in the Deep Sea

The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kantai Collection

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 Kantai Collection, and the theme for this article is going to be “The Importance of Board Control”, so even for those that don’t play Kantai Collection 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.

Continue reading The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kantai Collection

Friday Follow-Up: The Static Theory vs. The Dynamic Reality

Welcome Strictly Broken, and welcome everyone else, to Friday Follow-Up!

Today’s article, or rather…video, comes from Strictly Broken’s main content creator, Yuwei Peng.  Provided below is a link to the video in question.  If you follow me but aren’t aware of Strictly Broken, I invite you to give their video a listen so you can hear their points, because this article is going to be in the framework of their video.

Strictly Broken – Strictly Rants: Oversizes vs. Runners

The entire video has quite a good loose structure.  Yuwei clearly states his bias for Runners, and yet is able to distinguish why he prefers Runners, and provides several examples.  He even goes over the benefits of Oversizes at the end.

But like many other content creators, and a lot of people who think themselves competitive, there’s a major flaw in their line of thinking.  You may have already noted it from the title, but it’s important to highlight and pinpoint it, to showcase it, because it’s a really common error to fall into if one isn’t careful.  I briefly covered a portion of this topic in another post of mine (see this post for more details).

Continue reading Friday Follow-Up: The Static Theory vs. The Dynamic Reality

The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Love Live Sunshine

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 Love Live Sunshine, and the theme for this article is going to be “The True Goal of Control”, so even for those that don’t play Love Live Sunshine 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.

Continue reading The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Love Live Sunshine

The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Monogatari (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 Monogatari (series), and the theme for this article is going to be “Taking Stock of the Situation”, so even for those that don’t play Monogatari (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.

Continue reading The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Monogatari (series)