Adventures in Nipponbashi: 2 week catch up

It’s been a while since my last one of these articles, partly due to not going to tournaments on a Sunday, or just being lazy with writing up reports when I did make it to them.

Two weeks ago I participated in the usual C-Lab tournament, whilst this past weekend I played in the Card Kingdom WGP warm up, to mixed results overall. Around this I’ve also been able to play plenty of friendlies, either with the Lucky Star deck, the No Attribute deck or the Miyuki Deck-out deck.

The Miyuki deck has recently undergone a retool, giving it new ways to get rid of all of your opponent’s Climaxes. I’ve replaced the Level 0 Etna and Ayano with 4 copies of the Genius Rune Knight. Not only does she help Etna & Laharl and Laharl & Mao get their effects off, but she also helps with the other new addition with the deck. I’ve added Daily Spectacle to the event line up, and shifted around the other numbers, so that I still have 8 events, but split 3/3/2 between Daily Spectacle, Unreal Situation, and Banana Parfait. Daily Spectacle exchanges all of your opponent’s Stock for the same number of cards from the top of their deck, so if you’re very careful you can wipe all their Climaxes out in one fell swoop.

spectacle

Time to gamble the whole game on a single play!

The general idea with these new cards is to get as many Climaxes back in the deck as you can with Laharl & Mao and the Rune Knight, before sending them all off to Stock with Daily Spectacle. The other events and Eli can still be useful for clearing out the Waiting Room when you’re unable to catch everything in the Stock swap.

In the ideal scenario your opponent will have clean Stock, zero Climaxes in the Waiting Room, and an equal Deck and Stock, but this is unlikely to happen, and requires very precise timing. In reality you’ll probably have to gamble on your opponent’s last few cards not being Climaxes. There’s probably still more work to be done with the deck, but I like the way it works now. It’ll probably only work once against any single player, but it’s still a fun deck to mess around with.

The C-Lab tournament 2 weeks ago was the largest I’ve seen, with a total of 41 participants. It might have been split into 3 blocks, but I didn’t really get to see outside of my own. The event pretty much took up the entirety of the play area in the shop.

In round 1 I faced off against Persona, but lost after a bad Refresh. If I’d ditched / played some Climaxes earlier I would have been in a better spot. Suddenly having 3 in hand at Refresh was not good.

In round 2 I once again ran into Climax problems against Love Live. The game was drawing to a close, and I had 5 Climaxes in deck, so I figured I’d be safe for at least another turn. Attack, +2 Soul. Attack, Book trigger, draw Book Trigger. With that my game was pretty much over. If instead of just attacking, I’d used my Brainstorm, I could have drawn 3, and then used Stand Up! Konata to thin the rest of the deck down. I just wasn’t expecting the top 3 cards to all be Climaxes.

The 3rd round was against Little Busters, and my loss could probably be blamed on some of my own decisions. Late game I put a support out front to power up my 2/2 Konata even more, but this came back to really bite me when she got Clock kicked.

The final round was against SAO, where I managed to win the game before reaching Level 3. The Level 1 and 2 Konata just carried me the whole way. If things had gone on another turn, I had a hand of triple Stand Up! Konata and 13 stock, meaning I could have attacked up to 6 times, should the need have arisen.

Stand up

It’s just like you’re playing Vanguard

After the event I was able to get in a friendly with the Miyuki deck, but lost because after the Stock swap their final 2 cards in deck were both Climaxes.

Last Tuesday there was a public holiday, so I was able to get in some friendlies in the afternoon using my different decks. No Attribute runs pretty smoothly now after its recent updates, although I want to try and fit a 2nd Miyako in there somewhere, because sometimes 1 Brainstorm isn’t enough.

A lot of that day was spent trying to pull off a victory with Miyuki, which finally happened after taking a big gamble. I’d managed to get 2 of my opponent’s Climaxes into Memory with Unreal Situation, and they currently had 1 more in Stock, which was currently 11 cards. I used Daily Spectacle to swap them out for 11 cards from the opponent’s deck, before using Eli to send the recently freed one back to Stock. Thankfully it didn’t hit a Climax in the process as has happened before with this play.

With 7 cards in deck I went for Miyuki, since I was pretty sure I wouldn’t last through the next turn. My opponent flipped over their cards, revealing zero Climaxes, and meaning victory via deck out.

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Miyuki side attacking for 51!

Miyuki2

All the Climaxes were sent to Stock!

In another friendly later in the day I was also able to win by getting the opponent to Level 4, which was a surprise, especially since I was against Disgaea.

Moving onto this past weekend, I was finally able to find the remaining copies of the RRR Konata and finish off my Lucky Star deck completely. Now I just need the Konata sleeves to go with it, but those are impossible to find.

Konata

It’s finally complete!

I also decided to pick up the new Charmer sleeves for Yu-Gi-Oh! even though I’ve not played the game in a while. They were very popular, since just about everywhere was sold out on Saturday, and the one place that had any left was sold out by Sunday afternoon.

Charmers

Which Charmer is your favourite?

On Sunday evening it was another WGP warm up, but this time the event was single elimination, so it could have all been over rather quickly. Despite not feeling particularly well, I was able to last through until the 3rd round. Once again, I somehow pulled a Luka XR from my entry pack, which must bring me to something like a 50% pull rate on that card.

For the first round I was able to beat Kancolle, thanks to a 4th attack from Stand Up! Konata, siding over her defeated opponent for 1. I was then able to beat Love Live in a close second round.

For both of my first 2 games I barely saw any of my Level 2s, with them usually ending up in the Clock, so I just had to rely on Battlefield Konata and my other Level 1s until Stand Up! Konata could come down.

For the final round I lost against Kancolle, where I’d had a terrible early game that saw me only being able to attack once a lot of the time, and having to rely on Level 0 or 1s for most of it. At one point my opponent ended up 5 over the hand limit due to hitting 3 cards off a Brainstorm.

What’s a Shimakaze?

With me now out of the event, I spent the next couple of hours or so playing some friendlies with the Lucky Star and No Attribute decks. No Attribute was fun, and my opponents were always impressed by some of the cards, especially Kunikida. One of the highlights of the day was when a Deck Refresh put him on top of my Clock, and suddenly gave me access to all of my game-enders. He also allowed me to grab one of my counters whilst I was in the middle of getting attacked.

With Lucky Star, my opponents had never really seen the current version of the deck, so were quite surprised by some of my cards, like Kung Fu Master Konata. However, the deck had iffy performances in this game, with either losing all its copies of Sunday’s Best Konata, never seeing any of the 2/2s, or simply falling so far behind in damage that even 5 attacks in a single turn wasn’t enough.

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Adventures in Nipponbashi: WGP Warmup

The WGP is on the horizon, so in preparation for these events shops around Japan are running warm up events throughout September. For participating you get a PR card and a voucher to exchange for another PR card at the actual WGP. If you win, you get a small certificate to commemorate it.

On Saturday evening I took part in the event at the Card King, which had 16 competitors. Unfortunately it was a pretty poor performance for my Lucky Star deck.

I lost round 1 against a Miku deck before beating Nisekoi in the 2nd round. The Miku game was close, with me digging through loads of cards with Stand Up! Konata to try and go for game, but just falling short. Against Nisekoi I survived a late game Marika and was able to win after that.

The final round was against Rewrite, which I also lost against, but I cannot recall anything about the game now.

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9 Stock and a Climax to heal 1? Sure, why not!

Afterwards I played some friendlies with one of the C-Lab regulars who’d won the tournament. I had a fun first game with the No Attribute deck, followed by a showdown between Kantai Collection and Lucky Star. At the end of the game I had a huge pile of Stock, so I used Miyuki’s effect under triple Hibiki, just to make sure I had a Climax in the Waiting Room for Refresh.

On Sunday I’d aimed to take part in the Hobby Station warm up event as well, but all 32 spaces had been filled by the time I arrived. Instead I had to settle for friendlies at one of the C-Labs with my Lucky Star and No Attribute decks. This included an Otaku mirror match, but my opponent’s inclusion of Wind Triggers lead to my defeat.

Stand up

Brainstorm? What’s that?

In the evening I took part in the regular C-Lab tournament, and did pretty well this week. Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten most of the details of the games. I do recall that in nearly every tournament game throughout the weekend I saw a clump of Climaxes early game, which meant I was taking quite a lot of early damage, and finding it harder than usual to set up the Stage.

My match ups went as follows:

Round 1 vs Nisekoi Lost

Round 2 vs Nisekoi Won

Round 3 vs Monogatari Won

Round 4 vs Da Capo Won

For the first 3 rounds all of the games pretty much went the same way during the final turns. I’d drop double Stand Up! Konata and dig through loads of cards, hoping to end the game there. It wasn’t unusual to go through more than 15 cards in that turn alone.

The first time against Nisekoi it wasn’t enough to win me the game, and I was crushed by Marika on the following turn. The second time I won before it even came time to double attack. The 3rd time I’d set up a massive Stand Up! Konata that he couldn’t possibly stop, but only needed 1 damage to win by the time her attack came around, so just sided over a Level 2 for 1 damage.

In the fourth round against Da Capo my opponent drew terribly all game, repeatedly drawing his Climaxes and never really being able to put anything meaningful on the Stage. Given all the Soul Triggers in the Otaku deck, it was soon over.

In my prizes for that day I managed to get a Musashi, which would be helpful if I actually played Kantai…

I rounded the day out with one more friendly with the No Attribute deck, and even though it lost it was a fun game.

ShiroKuro Festival

This past weekend it was the ShiroKuro Festival at Pacifico Yokohama, a special event held by Bushiroad for Weiβ Schwarz, which this year was joined by Chaos TCG. Throughout the weekend a variety of special events ran, including Dice Schwarz, where new rules were added based on a die roll, Super Standard, where all cards were legal, and a Forbidden word game where you weren’t allowed to say certain words. At the event I’d been able to meet up with two of the players off the Facebook group, so we hung out and chatted throughout the day. I also had a chance to meet Mycstea, who has been a long time name in the community.

One of the big events was the ShiroKuro World Cup, where all 52 series faced off against each other to see who would come out on top. The series were divided into 8 groups labelled A-H, where they’d face off until only 1 deck remained. To try and give more series a chance, they’d try to pair the same series against each other during the preliminaries. The final results came out as follows:

A: Mai-Hime / Mai-Otome / Girl Who Leapt Through Space
B: Little Busters
C: Zero no Tsukaima
D: Phantom
E: Shin-chan
F: Love Live
G: Madoka
H: Nisekoi

The grand finals were between Phantom and Mai-Hime etc, but unfortunately I don’t know which series ultimately triumphed.

The event I opted to play in was the 24 round marathon. The event involved playing 24 rounds spaced out over approximately 24 hours, with only some breaks in between. The longest coming at 4 a.m in the morning. Since the event was split into two half marathons, and I had 12 decks, I decided that I would play each deck once per half marathon. I’d had some expectations beforehand about which decks would do well, and which ones not so well, but most of these turned out to be wrong on the day.

My overall Win / Loss rate was pretty abysmal for the event, not helped by the fact that some of my stronger decks ended up going 0-2 during the event. However, it was still a very fun, if incredibly tiring event. I cannot possibly remember proper details of every single game, so only brief accounts will be given here.

Konatavsakagi

I wanted to start the day off well, so went into the first round with Lucky Star. I was facing off against Kantai Collection, which I suppose it to be expected, since this would be the last big outing for the fully powered deck.

I think I had a bit of a rough start, but was starting to be able to turn things around with the huge field presence the deck has. Unfortunately, triple Akagi Clock kick wasn’t really something I could defend against.

After getting off the a bad start, I decided to switch over to one of my fun decks, so it was time for Glasses to make its debut. It would be facing off against Canaan, a deck I’d never played against before.

Who will win the KyoAni battle?vscanaan

I mainly remember the deck doing its weird Change from Clock effects and Soul Rushing me, which the deck can do with it’s +1 Soul to everyone Brainstorm. The Glasses deck was never really able to set up properly.

akane_midorivsChamber

For my 3rd round I stuck with my Standard decks, this time opting for the No Attribute deck, which I’d upgraded only the week before. It could still do with the Kyousuke from the latest Little Busters! pack, but the Level 3 Saten would have to do for now. Over the entire weekend, I don’t think I ever actually played that Saten anyway.

My opponent for was using Gargantia, whose anti-heal would only be a minor annoyance for the deck. I think seeing all the weird No Attribute cards was a bit of a surprise for him, especially Kunikida.

I was able to maintain a pretty decent Stage for most of the game, with Kunikida helping to keep my hand numbers up. Touma was able to put in some work late game, hitting hard for only 1 Cost. A late game Chamber wasn’t enough to finish me off, and I was able to take the game on the next turn. Unfortunately, I can’t recall how I did this. I either used the Saten combo to power over everyone, or just pushed for damage with one of the plus Soul Climaxes.

Of course you can't kill God.vsAlone

For my fourth round I brought out my Usual Haruhi deck, which turns Haruhi into an unbeatable Reverser who can defeat nearly anything in the game. It would be facing off against the Alone variant of Vividred Operation. The fact my opponent had memory anti-heal was a bit of a downer on the deck, since that completely messes up my late game plays.

Early on I went through a lot of my Climaxes, which would normally be very bad for the deck, but my opponent never put down any particularly threatening cards during the early part of the game. This allowed me to build Stock and leave Usual Haruhi on the Stage. It wasn’t until the Alone arrived that it was time for the beat anything effects to kick in.

For the first time in ages I used the mill counter to reduce some damage just before Refresh, and then my opponent watched with great surprise as Usual Haruhi started reversing all of his cards and running away to Memory. Because of all the cards jumping back and forth, the game reminded him of playing Yu-Gi-Oh! instead.

At one point in the game I actually used the swimsuit alarm, even though it cost me 2 Stock, since I had an overabundance of Stock.

The game closed out with me using a deck Refresh counter to help cancel his final attack for 5 damage, then following up by attacking with 2 of the swimsuit card, and the Reverser support, because I could.

So long Asuka, we won't be seeing you as much any more.vsHibiki

For my 5th round I decided to switch back to Neo Standard with Evangelion. I faced off against Kantai Collection again, this time piloted by a friend of my first round opponent. Don’t remember this game at all, except that things got a bit close at the end with the Asuka Climax combo.

AirivsJunyou

For my 6th round I was facing off against Kantai Collection again, but this time with Robotics;Notes. Don’t remember this game, much except that I tried ending it with a big Airi combo, but it wasn’t enough.

There was a short break after this, during which I got a little bit to eat. We also received our first Shiyoko PR and first ShiroKuro Pack. I ended up trading the Love Live card that I got for an Etna.

The deck can use any help it can get...vsHayate

For the 7th round Hayate and Tabitha faced off. I think I was ahead for most of the game, but gradually well behind once the Level 3 Hayate made it to the Stage. I think the game ended with me being on 3/6 with so few cards left in deck that I couldn’t use the effect of my Level 3 card. Everything rested on my final attack, which was cancelled.

Let's play 'Protect Summer Festival Nagato'!vsNagisa

For the 8th Round we were introduced to Dice Schwarz, which meant we’d be gaining a special set of rules for that round. We ended up gaining Twin Drive from Vanguard, which meant that our centre slot character could trigger check twice when it attacked. For this round Alien faced off against Clannad, and the extra Stock was a great help for the deck.

The Alien deck pretty much stayed on top all game, either attacking over his Clannad cards, or powering up with the Nagato & Shamisen counter. The extra Stock allowed me to gain even more cards with the 3 Aliens, and easily play 3 Summer Festival Nagato as soon as I hit Level 2. My opponent could only do 3 damage in response to that, which I immediately healed thanks to drawing the Climax needed for the combo. The game ended with me on 2/0 and my opponent pretty much out of cards.

SuginamivsMiku

Since we were now 2/3rds through the first half my deck choice was running low, so I decided to switch back to the last of my non-Neo Standard decks, the Miyuki Deck Out. I was up against a Miku deck, which was mostly Green, with a bit of Yellow

Early on I was able to gain Stock and cards, whilst edging closer to the Suginami combo. I remember trying to get Laharl & Mao to work, but being met with counters, so I couldn’t set everything up too early.

Eventually I got the triple Suginami combo set up, so it was just a matter of waiting things out until I was able to strike for game. My opponent ended up Refreshing with 2 Climaxes in deck, and throughout the course of the game I think I’d been able to get rid of at least 4 of them to Memory.

Once my opponent was in Level 3 they finally had ways to get rid of my Suginami, by either kicking him to Clock or Stock. In the former case this set off the rarely used 2nd effect of Scythe Master, allowing me to heal off the damage, and actually end up better off than I was before. This was a complete surprise to my opponent, who couldn’t quite believe what had just happened. I survived the turn, and managed to win by getting him to Level 4, since he had at most 1 Climax left in a 20+ card deck.

WooservsShuu

For the 10th Round I was paired against one of only 2 other native English speakers in the tournament, in a match that would pit Wooser against Guilty Crown. Specific details of most of the game escape me, but I can remember a few of the things that happened.

Early on I’d been joking that the Stock boost Wooser would end up putting a Climax into Stock, and when I payed it out this ended up being true.

At the close of the game, on the 2nd to last turn I’d been able to bounce away one of his top deck checkers (actually forgetting it had this effect…), which meant that his Shu failed to get his Clock kick effect on the next turn. Wooser was triumphant next turn.

ShiroevsMaria

For the 11th Round I brought out Log Horizon, which faced off against Canaan. This may or may not have been the same deck as earlier, just played by a different member of the same friend group. I got completely Soul rushed this game, taking I think about 9 in a row one turn. This was just a wash out.

UFOvsHaruna

I’d saved Visual Arts for the final round of the half marathon, because it’s quite a silly deck. It was paired against Kantai Collection, but they were running a mostly Red build, rather than one of the regular ones. I eventually beat them down with double Soul boosts, even going so far as to pay 5 to heal with the President.

With 12 rounds over it was time for the long break, in addition to our second set of participation cards. I once again ended up trading the Love Live card for an Etna.

I stupidly stayed awake during this period, spending the time either chatting via Facetime, or searching for some breakfast. I got a quick pastry and something to drink to keep me awake from a 7/11, then got a chicken breakfast muffin from McDonald’s, since it was the only place open at that time in the morning.

Let's play 'Protect Summer Festival Nagato'!vsSayaka

Round 13 started at about 8:30 a.m, by which point I was feeling pretty tired, and a bit worse for wear.

This round saw Alien facing off against Madoka, but I just wasn’t able to keep up. Early game was generally okay, since the cards are fairly evenly matched, but it started going downhill late game. I couldn’t pull off the big healing combo, and Madokas Level 3s are just too big to deal with without it. It also didn’t help that I was triggering all my Climaxes late game.

We'll see who's the bigger sadist!vsYou'll be no match for my sword!

Round 14 was Evangelion against Sword Art Online, which went okay at first, but just fell apart at the end. The 8th Angel helped keep some of my opponent’s cards in check during the early parts of the game, but I don’t remember being able to do anything in particular during Level 2. At Level 3 I couldn’t win with the Asuka combo, and my opponent was able to throw more damage at me with Asuna than I could handle.

MiyukivsSharo

For the 15th Round I switched back to the Standard decks, this time bringing out the Deck Out deck. I was facing off against the Level swapping build of Milky Holmes, so at least I wouldn’t need to worry about their Power levels. I got into massive trouble with Climaxes later on in the game, repeatedly drawing them off Suginami, until half of them were in my hand. My hand was so bad that from 6 cards I was only able to Encore 1 of my Suginamis. As you would expect I wasn’t going to win under those circumstances.

SundayvsFate

For the 16th round I was late to my table due to feeling a bit under the weather, so I rushed to use the deck I thought would do well, which was Lucky Star. It was against a Fate (from Nanoha) deck, and I’ve pretty much blanked on this game, except for the fact I lost. The supports never got going properly, and I don’t remember playing any Level 3s.

MiyakovsSaber

The 17th round saw the return of my No Attribute deck, which faced a Saber deck packing cards from both the main Fate sets and Prisma Illya. Like in my practice games the week before, Miyako was able to punch over cards after Brainstorm. My opponent was quite impressed that I was able to get a free Brainstorm out of her too, thanks to the support cards in the deck.

My opponent was drastically behind on cards for most of the game, which meant I didn’t need any of the Climax combos to win in the end. They just pretty much ran out of resources.

Don't make Miyuki angry!vsakatsuki

For the three quarter mark of the tournament I decided to bring the Glasses deck out, spurred on by the success of the No Attribute deck in the previous round. Its opponent was Log Horizon.

Things went okay at the start of the game, which Kanji able to take out Soujirou during Level 0, and then Shiki’s Climax combo clearing the Stage at Level 1. Problems started when the Level 3s arrived, because the Glasses deck struggled to keep up in terms of Power. At one point I think I had all 3 of my global supports out on Stage, just to try and make Lit Club Yuki as big as possible.

After surviving an Akatsuki onslaught, unfortunately time was called so we both lost, and I was unable to see who would have actually won.

Due to running behind schedule there was no break at this point, but at least we got our third set of participation cards. Once again, I didn’t pull Etna, but was able to trade the Persona Q PR for it.

TabithavsHibiki

For the 19th Round I decided to sort of stick to the Glasses theme with my Tabitha deck, since she wears them on some of her cards. Tabitha faced off against a Symphogear deck.

My opponent started with the Tsubasa who gains Power and a Level if I have 3 or fewer character, which forced me to put out two of the vanillas, and 2 of Tabitha’s familiar. Fortunately for me, after this 4000 Power was too much for him to handle, so I was able to keep a strong Stage.

Once into Level 1 I was able to change up into the 2/2 and ride this for most of the game. They just couldn’t get over my 9500, and I kept on getting more of them out. Even Level 3s were losing to her thanks to the Counter. They were eventually just worn down from direct attacks, and help from the Wind triggers.

Of course you can't kill God.vsSayaka3

For the 20th round I returned to the Usual Haruhi deck, but it would have a disappointing game against Madoka. I never saw the Reverser support all game, which meant the deck pretty much fell apart. It’s a wonder I survived as long as I did, and even managed to get them into Level 3.

AkihovsI'm not sure that's where CDs go.

It was time to return to Neo Standard again for round 21, with me bringing Robotics;Notes back into the battle. I faced off against Miku for the 2nd time that weekend, but sadly it didn’t go as well as before.

All I really remember was staring at a hand of 4 Airi counters at one point, and then triggering a bunch of my own Climaxes during the end game. Sadistic Music Factory Miku was then able to finish me off.

Shiroevsyellow

With the end of the tournament nearing, there were only 3 decks left to choose from, so I decided to go with Log Horizon, since it should have been the strongest of the remaining three. It was up against Vivid Yellow, so not the regular build you expect for that series.

The early game went well, with me being able to defeat his cards and build up Stock. The problem was that I didn’t really have anything to actually do with that Stock. I wasn’t drawing my Level 3s, or my Salvage event, so I couldn’t keep up in terms of field presence.

Wooser2vsLevel 3s that come out early seem to be a running problem...

For the penultimate round it was back to Wooser, who was facing off against idolM@ster.

During the early game the Loner Wooser was able to control the Stage for a while, until I was able to use the Level 1 Climax combo to gain more cards. Unfortunately at one point the combo failed due to hitting a Wind Trigger, but at least I got to bounce something. The extra cards help to mitigate the cost of Changing into the Level 3 twice, but even then I was starting to get a bit low on cards.

What really caused problems for me was getting stuck with 2 copies of the 2/1 that can’t be played unless you have 4 cards on Stage, and only having a Stage of 3 characters. I would eventually lose due to running out of Climaxes in an about 10 card deck.

ikuzevsMisakuro

For the 24th and final round Visual Arts faced off against Railgun. This was pretty much going to be downhill from the start, but I was going to try my best.

I managed to get 1 copy of the plus Soul support out, and just tried my hardest to hit my opponent with the two Soul cards as much as possible. I was even actually able to use the 1/1 support card for once, which was helpful in providing extra 1000 boosts, or burning for 1 damage. Unfortunately, double Gate on the last turn meant that I was unable to cancel enough damage and lost to my opponent’s next attacks.

With 24 rounds finally over, it was time to collect the prizes for the event, including a special Shiyoko PR suggesting you try for 48 rounds next time. My final ShiroKuro pack had a 4th Etna, so that I wouldn’t need to go looking for one to complete the playset.

After a final group photo for the remaining participants, it was time to leave and get some well deserved rest.

certificate

48 rounds is a bit too much Shiyoko!

Cards

The spoils!