Category Archives: EN Weiss Schwarz

The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Log Horizon

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 Log Horizon, and the theme for this article is going to be “How to Approach Building a Deck”, so even for those that don’t play Log Horizon 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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An Introduction to The Breakdown

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.

Hello everyone, thenightsshadow here.  I want to take this opportunity to introduce a brand new series on the blog, called “The Breakdown”.  This is going to be a strategy article/summary of an in-depth look at each series currently in Weiss Schwarz.  Many people that play Weiss Schwarz have just one or two sets, and these people can feel naturally rebuffed by being told that their set(s) get weaker while new sets get stronger as time goes by.  I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way.

What “The Breakdown” hopes to accomplish is threefold.

1 – If this is one of the sets you have available, this series will teach you how to win with that set.  To do that, we will systematically go through four questions we ask of each set, and then a few more questions specifically regarding that set.  Once that’s done, I’ll present my own decklist (with a disclaimer) and explain how it works, as well as any alternatives that might be present.

2 – If this is a series you’re aiming to beat, this series will identify how this series aims to win and what the key cards are.  Since this series will mainly focus on helping players achieve the most out of their set, it will not be able to cover every archetype available in the set.  However, there will still be helpful tips along the way.

3 – If you are looking to learn more about Weiss Schwarz, this series will try to teach a particular lesson each week, starting off small and then growing as the weeks go by.  The lesson will be stated clearly at the beginning of each article, and as you read through it with the lesson’s context in mind, you should be able to glean information about the lesson as you go.  This will mainly be a hands-off lesson due to the focus of the article, but feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you’re unsure on how to read the articles, here’s how:

The first section is the Breakdown.  It covers four points:

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?

Within these four you should be able to find out exactly what a set does and what it does for you.  This is directed squarely at those at Experience Level 3-4.


The second section is the Analysis.  We look at questions that have been raised by players of the set and answer them.  This is directed squarely at those at Experience Level 4-5.  It’s also possible that questions get added post release.


The third section is the Deck Profile.  This highlights the deck I would use, my rationale for choosing what cards I did for the deck, and some alternatives.  This is intended for those at Experience Level 6-7, as I cover a bit more advanced terms with regularity.


Make sure to Bookmark the articles about the sets you own (or want to have available) as these Breakdown articles will be updated at periodic times throughout the competitive year, and a new one will be made each and every year, as things can change from year to year, so be sure to notice the post date to see if the article you’re reading is the one most up-to-date.  I’ll try to include Update Dates as well as links to the new articles when I can, but I’m sure I’m going to forget one or two so this is a catch-all reminder.

Here is the posting schedule for the first five articles.  There will be more following these, so if you don’t see your series on here immediately, let me know what series you play and I’ll do my best to cover it as quick as I can.

EN Weiss Schwarz (updated March 3)
– January 26, 2017 – Log Horizon (How to Approach Building a Deck)
– February 2, 2017 – Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (How to Build Around a Combo)
– February 9, 2017 – Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls (How to Properly Evaluate Level 3s)
– February 16, 2017 – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (The Importance of Good Support)
– March 2, 2017 – Fate/ (series) (Making the Most of Every Moment)

Release Schedule for March and Beyond:
– March 9, 2017 – Kill la Kill
– March 23, 2017 – Fairy Tail
– April 6, 2017 – To Love-Ru Darkness 2nd
– April 27, 2017 – Disgaea
– May 11, 2017 – Love Live

– June 8, 2017 – Monogatari (series)
– June 15, 2017 – Love Live Sunshine
– July 20, 2017 – Kantai Collection (Without Abyssals)
– July 27, 2017 – Kantai Collection (Abyssals)

Project Diva -f-
Angel Beats
Persona 4
Attack on Titan
Accel World
BanG Dream!
Persona 5

Sword Art Online
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 2

Thanks for reading, and look forward to this exhaustive series.
~thenightsshadow, who’s been working on these since November 2016

Preparing for the World Championships – My ENG Weiss Decks

For some of you who don’t know, there’s been a lot of talk this week about the Bushiroad World Championships.  While the dates aren’t officially public on their website, by checking out their Event Page on the games’ respective Facebook Pages you can see exactly when they are.

As such, I’d like to begin the process of preparing for the World Championships.  Problem is, I don’t know what series to write about.  So, here’s the deal.  Follow after the jump to see my decks, and comment either on this post or on the deck itself if you want to see me feature that set on the first week of prep.  If you have any questions about the deck list, leave them here or there too!

As always, thanks for being a reader of our community, and let’s dive into the Championships prepared.

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Friday Follow-Up: The Disingenuous Separation

Welcome 9th CX, and welcome everyone else, to Friday Follow-Up!

Today’s article, or rather…podcast, comes from 9th CX.  Here’s their podcast.  Give it a listen if you haven’t already, this post utilizes their framework and builds on it.

9th Hour – The Waifu Effect 1

In the first few minutes of the podcast, Melanie begins to frame reasons why to play a “Waifu” deck.  I won’t get into the definition of a “Waifu” deck here, but I’ll probably cover this at another time should I revisit (or continue) the issue I’ll be bringing up.

It’s definitely a good argument, and brings up a lot of good points.  But, I do have a problem within these first few minutes, as there is one point I want to highlight.  How you look at that point can completely change the narrative and the context of the rest of the podcast.  There is actually nothing wrong with their general viewpoint; I agree with a lot of what they have to say.  But I believe Melanie and Michael have fallen into a trap in trying to explain that viewpoint to others.  And that trap is something I’ve been fighting in my life for a long time.

To further this along, let me ask a question in response to their podcast.  What a player is competitive, what does it mean?

(Before I move on, it’s really important I make this clear: neither Michael nor Melanie are who I refer to when I say Disingenuous in the title.)

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Friday Follow-Up: What Makes a Card Expensive?

Hey there, Emmanuel, and everyone else.  Welcome to Friday’s Follow-Up.  I tend to use this section to highlight a blog post and just comment on it with my thoughts and ideas.

It’s good to see someone else from our circle do a blog post, and which is why I wanted to highlight Emmanuel’s post before delving into the meat of the article.

Indeed, is she?  It’s said that people will price a card at the cost a player is willing to buy them at.  So, this begs the question, what makes a card expensive?  There’s a lot more factors than just playability, and those players that build decks based on what is the most expensive cards in a set are in for a real treat.

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Tournament Report Tuesday: Weiss Schwarz (Bushiroad World Championship 2015)

Hey everyone, thenightsshadow again.  I know it’s not Tuesday, but I wanted to post this early for the benefit of a few people who wanted it.  I don’t know whether to say I’m happy or sad about my result.  I’m both satisfied and disappointed, I know that.

For those that don’t know, this past weekend was Bushiroad’s World Championship, and I participated in the Weiss Schwarz tournament.  I finished 3rd in Swiss, and finished 6th overall.  Yeah, I made it to top 8, which was my previous ceiling, but I couldn’t break through it.  For now, I’m gonna be happy with where I got, but strive for a higher placing next time.

Anyways, before I get to the tournament report, let me actually post my decklist, because I’m certain there will be a lot of questions about it.  I hinted at it last Friday, and after the tournament was over, I posted only the colors I ran to great surprise.  In fact, after round 3, most of the whispering was about this “rogue Attack on Titan deck”, and it only got louder until people would sit down to face me and literally as, “are you playing that four-color Attack on Titan deck?”  Well, it’s not technically four-color, but it does utilize a set not typically featured.

3x “Guiding Force to the Truth” Armin
3x “Gentle Smile” Petra
4x “No. 1 Oddball” Hange
2x “A Chain of Tragedies” Mikasa
3x “104th Cadet Corps Class” Christa
1x “Calm and Collected” Mikasa

4x “Cool Personality” Levi
4x “Hope in the Darkness of Despair” Mikasa
3x “Healing Goddess” Christa

2x “Sudden Reinforcement” Eren Titan
3x “Threat to Humanity” Colossal Titan
3x “Broken Wall” Colossal Titan

4x “Resisting Fate” Levi
3x “Enormous Stature” Colossal Titan

4x The Wings of Freedom
4x And, in 850… …

Join me after the jump for the tournament report and how to play this deck.

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