Category Archives: JP 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?

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!

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).

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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

Weiss Wednesday – Banlist Update

(The card analysis portion of this article was first posted on 9th CX, and since the content found was primarily for that website, I asked permission to be able to post it here as well.  The link can be found here.)

This article is rated for all Experience Levels.  This article is perfect for all players, and focuses on sweeping changes that can affect all levels of players.

The Ban List occurred last month, and with it came a lot of questions.  Why was X card put on the ban list?  Why was Y card not put on the ban list?  I’d like to take the time right now to explain each of the cards in question, explaining why said card is now on the ban list, now off the list, still on the list, or why it isn’t on the list.  Let’s get to it.

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Prisma☆Illya in the current meta and 3rd-set hypetrain


With the impending release of a full booster for fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya (fate/kaleid liner プリズマ☆イリヤ)in Weiβ Schwarz (ヴァイスシュヴァルツ), it’s time to take another look at where it stands in the current meta and make predictions.  Prisma☆Illya currently fails to make the cut into the top echelons of neo-standard series due to its limited kit at level 1.  Despite its weak level 1, Prisma☆Illya remains a threat in the tournament scene due to its strong finish.  With a new set to come, Prisma☆Illya players can look forward to having more options instead of being pigeon-holed into Kaleidoscope build or double-attack build. Continue reading Prisma☆Illya in the current meta and 3rd-set hypetrain

Tournament Report Tuesday: Weiss Schwarz (World Grand Prix Nationals 2015) – Part 3 (The Aftermath)

(Author’s Note: I had this finished for quite a while but I hadn’t realized that I hadn’t published it.  Sorry, everyone.  I’ll be quickly doing Worlds next.  To those that don’t remember, here‘s my previous post on this topic.)

Sunday (Day 4) – Continued

After confirming my win, Luke, the Head Judge, announced my win to the people remaining in the room.  I honestly didn’t care that there wasn’t a lot of people left, it was just amazing to feel that I had won.  Devon’s face was one I was used to seeing: that “Oh, of course” look.  But he was smiling.  So was I.  It felt crazy.

Luke took me backstage, where he immediately dropped the entire professional judge aura and began to get giddy.  He was so incredibly excited I won, I was wondering if he was more excited than I was.  And then he asked one question.  “During that last turn, did you have [Nemesis] in your hand?”  My response was just a goofy grin and the words, “I don’t run that card.”  He was clearly flabbergasted, though smiling the entire way.  After dealing with all of the minor legal things we had to deal with, we came out there, and I sat down, awaiting pictures and text interviews.  It was crazy seeing that the words on my deck name, “For British Columbia, for Canada” being re-typed for my deck name for the website.  It was even crazier when I heard that due to Bushiroad policy, until it changes, I have Nationals-level Invites for Life, something I had never known about the tournament.

Devon and I left the tournament because we needed to pack, our flight was the very next morning, and we wanted to be ready.  I hadn’t forgotten about my little thing about Dinner with Audri, so after we got in and finished packing we met up with Audri, who bought me Dinner at Taco Bell (I didn’t feel like imposing too much).  We got back to their hotel, and after a bit of conversation we managed to teach a few of the Illiana Crew Mahjong, which, when you consider it, is rather crazy.  We stayed for a few hours, cracking Monday morning, but then they got tired and retired to bed, so we headed back and waited for our time to go.  As we left the hotel in their shuttle, I couldn’t help but think that everything else was going to be smooth sailing.


Monday (Day 5)

We quickly found our terminal and lined up.  When we got close to checking in, we ended up finding out that the snow that had just started falling in New York was a raging snowstorm in Chicago, which was our layover, and we had no way to make the connecting flight with the flight delay.  This meant we would have to travel to Toronto in order to go to BC.  So instead of checking in at 4:30 we needed to wait another six hours.  Imagine our fatigue.  To add onto my frustration, none of the outlet plugs were working, and thus my phone wasn’t able to recharge, so I couldn’t alert my parents, who were going to pick us up, that we were going to be late.  This forced us to bide our time, but I didn’t want to fall asleep because I knew how hard it would be for me to wake up.  Of course I fell asleep.

I woke up with a start.  The sun was out now, and I couldn’t tell what time it was.  Thankfully, I hadn’t slept past the time we needed to check in, and with that, we were in and on our way to Toronto.  After what seemed like a while, we arrived, and had to a whole quarter day for our next flight.  At this point, immediately after connecting to the Wi-Fi, I started getting messages on my phone about my decklists and congratulations.  I tried to answer as many as I could, but the constant messaging and low battery meant it was out of power before I could even finish two.  I spent the next hour in one of the restaurants enjoying my food and mulling over what people were saying and doing.

I won’t go into further detail about this because it doesn’t deserve be publicly talked about, but there was a major complaint about the tournament that came up, and I found out after we found our Gate.  After finding a plug-in nearby, I spent the next several hours trying to fix what I could and alert the right people who should know what really happened.  This took a lot more time than I thought, because by the time I put down the phone to take a break, it was nearly time to head in.  After a bag of chips, we settled into our final flight home.

And yes, I worked that night.  It was very exhausting.

~thenightsshadow, apologies for completely forgetting to post this

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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