aka the Kono Suba praise post (except not really, I promise)
Part 1 can be found here. Once again, thank you for all of your suggestions!
Subtitled “Just an opinion though” so no one gets their panties in a twist.
A week or two ago, I was asked about what I think English Weiss Schwarz needs the most compared to the Japanese format. It was just a random question from a friend at locals, but it got me thinking for a while. We’ve talked before about what sets or cards we still wish would get translated and I think they were really just expecting me to name some strong JP sets that haven’t yet been translated or released in English – but personally, that’s not what I think would make EN significantly different in terms of the game. What I miss the most in English Weiss Schwarz are sets meant for fun; troll sets that could probably never be competitive but are just as endearing to play because of their unique mechanics. Why is it that JP gets those, but EN doesn’t?
As if the “Star Wars coming to Weiss Schwarz” announcement wasn’t surprising enough to most players, there are now rumors going around that a Weiss Schwarz English ban list could emerge. Picking up over the last few weeks, more and more players are sharing things they’ve heard from Bushiroad staff members at various conventions, and it all seems to hint towards the possibility that at last, the English tournament format will get a ban list as well. There has been no actual information so far, so any possible bans are still completely open to interpretation – I’ve decided to give you guys a list of what I personally think would or wouldn’t get banned or restricted, and why.
Weiss Schwarz, especially in the English realm, is a fairly new game (1st ENG release was Disgaea in 2009) – meaning it doesn’t have as many sets or expansions as many would like it too. Of course the selection is much better if you’re playing Japanese, but those that either don’t wish to deal with JP cards or have trouble getting them at a reasonable price are stuck with only 17 sets to choose from as of June 2016 …well, make that 18 in case you want to count the Milky Holmes Demo Deck in there too. And how many sets are available in JP? 60, or even a few more, depending on how you count the series that are actually same franchise but split into two different sets in WS.
Naturally that makes a lot of ENG players wish we had more sets to choose from, or just more sets in general; so today, I’ll be sharing the top 3 titles I would personally want to see made into a WS set the most! This will be 100% my own opinion and you’re free to disagree. Also, keep in mind that there will be spoilers, so you might want to skip some of the titles mentioned below if you haven’t seen that series yet.
A while ago, I made a thread on the WS subreddit discussing what cards have the weirdest or the funniest effects. It was just a curiosity thing at first, but seeing that there were so many good ones mentioned, I’ve decided to combine the Reddit picks and my own into a single post – hopefully, everyone reading this will find at least one card that’ll make you go “Wait… it does what??!”
2017 EDIT: There’s now part 2 of this post with even more cards – check it out here!
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I’ve had an interesting game today playing against one of my friends: I believe that it was the best deck compression I’ve ever achieved. If you wanna read about it, I’ll add it as a bonus at the end of the article!
What is deck compression? A term well known to most people who’ve been playing for a short while, but if you’re new, it simply means bringing your deck’s ratio of climax cards to non climax cards as high as possible after the deck refresh. The goal is to have many non-climax cards in stock, memory, field, clock and hand, but it’s not that simple. Today, I’ll talk about some of the struggles you may face while trying to compress your deck mid-game, and how to handle them best.
Climax cards are just all around great: from cancelling damage to power-ups and various trigger effects. But there’s one aspect of the CX cards that especially new players often forget to utilize to its full potential – the so-called Climax Combo or Climax Synergy, if you prefer. Simply put, it’s a connection between a character and a climax that triggers an ability. For a few examples:
It may seem a little far-fetched at first glance, but I believe that the growth potential Weiss Schwarz has is enormous. Being extremely easy to learn & having more or less affordable trial decks for beginners is a great gateway to welcome new players, however, the main ace of WS lies in its never ending diversity. Cards based off of anime and videogames are bound to reach a very wide audience in a very short amount of time, and once they begin to take off, they spread like wildfire. I think I’m speaking for many players when I say that I got into Weiss Schwarz because it happened to have a deck for one of my favorite animes!