Execution Deep Dive – YOU’LL FALL BY MY HAND

I’ve sold out my principles. I’ve said repeatedly that I hate doing deck techs, but here I am doing a deck tech. Sort of. Not quite. I’m going to do what I’ll be calling a Deck Deep Dive. This is just a fancy name for a deck tech, but I will make two promises regarding these. Firstly, these articles will be extremely comprehensive. They will include the vast majority of cards that didn’t make the eventual cut, as well as plenty of reasoning on every card and every card count. This is what I want the new standard of ‘deck tech’ to be, but for now I will be differentiating my deck techs from others. Secondly, you will come out of these articles knowing how to beat these decks. Illustrating the weaknesses of decks extensively is not something people ever do when it comes to deck techs. Hell, even I haven’t done it in the deck articles I’ve written. I think that exploring a deck’s weaknesses is the best thing you can do when it comes to a deck.

Anyway, the series I’ve chosen to talk about is one I feel people can learn a lot from. It is a somewhat undersupported series in a world of free +1 combos, explosive finishers, and stalwart advance summons. Deckbuilding for this series is extremely difficult, with a huge variety of weapons and magic to pick from, and an absolute requirement of precision, situational awareness, and good decision making. It’s a series I’ve spent a huge amount of time with, getting to know every last mechanic and stretching the series to its limits. So, without further ado, I present to you your blade-wielding, shadow-busting protagonist, whose friends are his true power. Continue reading

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Let’s go, King of Heroes. Do you have enough unplayable cards in stock?

His cards are really, truly awful. I’m not even a Gil fanboy, it’s just a bit depressing. I’m also confused as to why they slapped Shirou’s best UBW line onto a mediocre card that won’t see play in everything.

Anyway, lycheepunnet and El Pres take down the second volume of UBW. Has it really been so long since the first set review? Notes on our rating system here.

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Beef Stroganov and You: A Culinary (and Musical) Adventure

lycheepunnet, El Pres and special guest Laveyrin bring you a special video about why the hell is there a cooking episode in my nympho Gurren Lagann???

Beef Stroganov is a relatively well-known Russian dish that incorporates sour cream and the distinctive heavy richness of beef into a saucy delight. Here’s a great recipe for this popular dish that takes less than an hour from kitchen to plate, though it won’t be quite as traditional if you’re eating it outside of Mother Russia. Serves 4. Continue reading

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Dog Days Double Dash Set Review – A Series of Unfortunate Memes

I’m sorry.

Spiel on our rating system can be found here.

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Charlotte Set Review

Long awaited? I don’t know anymore. Top Tier Tears presents their slightly-late Charlotte set review, complete with experimental use of the new rating system. It’s hella long.

As always, overview first, then coloured videos. All feedback welcome.

 

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Brave New World

We’re shaping up a bit. Because the set reviews are becoming some of our main content, we’re going to get a lot more concrete with our ratings of various cards. This will flesh out discussion and forcibly prevent us from being idiots and ignoring apparently-mediocre cards, which can be extremely confusing to new players. Don’t worry, we’ll still put out articles every now and then, but between my unreasonable hatred of incomplete deck techs and contentless hype articles, there really isn’t a huge amount to write about. Also, articles for new players are super hard. All suggestions for articles are welcome.

The rating system is as follows. It is somewhat similar to what Raging Mage and I have used in past text-based reviews.

Good – These cards go into deck skeletons at the very start. They are actively good cards that will get you ahead in games, and drawing them is almost always good. Some cards may only be good at a certain point in the game, such as runners or Level 3s, but they are good nonetheless.

Playable – A lot of these cards will go in your deck. They aren’t the best cards around, but they’re functional and play roles. Weiss Schwarz is a game where you need roleplayers, and cards that go into this category will be your roleplayers. These cards may be quite good in their own right, but are hardly gushworthy in comparison to the better cards of the set, and are often replaceable or merely have efficient, non-unique effects.

Niche – These cards are a subset of Playable. We’re very cautious about this particular label, because it means different things to different people. These cards might take a bit of building around or at least some playstyle modification to reach their full potential, but if they get there they can be really, really impressive in various situations. You can think of this as a sort of ‘keep your eye on these cards’ category.

Bad – These cards are not the sort of thing you put into an optimised deck. First, there are the actively bad c ards which help your opponent more than you and just don’t advance your gamestate. It takes a lot for a card to be actively bad, so the vast majority of cards in this category will just be outclassed by other cards in the majority of situations. There is no such thing as a card that is objectively better in every instance, but if a card is worse than competing cards in the majority of situations, it lands here.

Lastly, the Meta designation. This is a completely different label to the Good – Bad scale described above, and will instead be reserved for the cards that make you want to play that set from a competitive standpoint. For the purpose of this label, the entire idea of waifu decks or character love is ignored, or else almost any card could be described as the draw to a certain deck. Expect maybe 3 or 4 cards per set to get this designation.

Thanks for reading and/or watching, and all feedback is welcome in regards to this new organisation format.

This blogpost will be linked in every set review to reinforce the idea that we’re being systemic and organised.

(not really we’re still your friendly neighbourhood memelords)

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Love Live Cinderella Girls Sunshine, or something like that

I feel like I’ve done this joke before. Whatever. lycheepunnet, wkim, Katsu and special guest SecretNinja did a Derem@s review of sorts. Likes dislikes comments uncomments subs unsubs all appreciated.

The parts – yellow, red and blue – are below, click Read More if you want to see them. Continue reading

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Weiss Schwarz Tiers, Power Creep and Somewhat Justified Whining

The absence of new sets for awhile bored a few of us (mostly lychee), so here is a somewhat brief tier list roundtable with some power creep discussion thrown in. The given list isn’t comprehensive and it misses a fair few series, so feel free to comment with questions if you have any.

spoiler: it’s mostly just a bunch of us complaining about TLR for like half an hour

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To Love-Ru Darkness 2nd: The Lewdening

lycheepunnet and wkim talk about the finer points of straight up porn. On time, too.

They’re like 15 years old guys, control yourselves.

While we recommend you watch the full videos for the sparkling wit and soul-searching that goes on, we’ve also started doing short recap videos that reflect our views on the set as a whole, and what changes we personally will be making to adapt to the set, if adaptation is needed at all.

 

Full set review is below, split into two videos.

 

And remember, Yui is objectively best girl.

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SAO II Volume 2: Two Years’ Worth of Tears Glopped Endlessly

OK, maybe we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves with that title. TTT is just entering its second year of blogging, but I had to work a relevant joke into this set review somehow.

Anyhow, this write-up is sort of a continuation of lycheepunnet’s work from the first SAO extra booster. I’m Raging Mage (habitual lurker and occasional contributor on Pojo and Reddit—hi there!), and I’ll be exploring the latest installment of the set. The task to review an extra booster only available in Japanese somehow fell to an English-exclusive player, but I expect this article to ultimately guide working efforts in both card languages. Anticipating a future English release is prudent, after all. Continue reading

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