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Weiss Schwarz: Charlotte Trial Deck Review

Greetings! Railgunfan75 here with another Weiss Schwarz related post!. This time around I will discussing another trial deck. This discussion will be of the recently released Charlotte Trial Deck. As per usual with my trial deck reviews, I will discuss all of the non-vanilla or generic cards in the deck. As per usual, the images and translations are from http://www.heartofthecards.com.

Level 0

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CHA/W40-T01   “能力活用”友利 奈緒
“Utilizing Abilities” Nao Tomori

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[A] When this is placed from hand to the Stage, this gains +1500 Power for the turn.

This is a simple card.  This card becomes a 4k assassin on the turn it’s played. It doesn’t matter much that this card will likely die on defense as many level 0 cards last only one turn. There is nothing wrong with these cards and this is a nice inclusion in a trial deck. This is a solid level 0 card.

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CHA/W40-T03   “青春の行方”西森 柚咲
“Youth’s Whereabouts” Yusa Nishimori

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[A] [Rest 1 of your Standing Characters] When this attacks, you may pay cost. If so, choose 1 of your other Characters, and that Character gains +1 Level and +1500 Power for the turn

This is a awesome level 0 card especially for a trial deck. I am a fan of these cards which on attack pump other characters. This one does require a back row character so you may not necessarily get to use it at level zero all the time, but I feel that the cost is minimal. The ability to kill suiciders or any oversized card by using this to pump another character is an awesome one. The sad thing is that you receive only one copy of this card in the deck.

On a side note, contrary to multiple opinions I’ve seen on the web, Yusa is not worst girl…there really isn’t a bad character in this entire series. 

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CHA/W40-T10   “手作り料理の毎日”乙坂 歩未
“Everyday Handmade Cooking” Ayumi Otosaka

Trait 1: ピザソース (Pizza Sauce)   Trait 2: 家事 (Housework)

[C] ASSIST All your Characters in front of this gain +500 Power.
[S] [(1)] Draw a card, and discard a card from your hand to the Waiting Room.

Bushiroad it appears is stepping up there game with what they include in a trial deck. A trial deck having an assist which had a second ability is a rare thing. In addition, the second ability is a really good ability. The ability to hand filter is always a good and since trial decks tend to generate a lot of stock, it will be pretty easy to spam this ability. Overall a very good assist card.

Also of note…the awesomeness of the pizza sauce trait!

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CHA/W40-T11   “巧妙な策略”乙坂 有宇
“Tricky Strategy” Yuu Otosaka

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[C] During your Opponent’s turn, this gains +2000 Power.

This card won’t kill many opposing characters, but since it can reach 5000 power on defense with two assists it is a solid card which will survive multiple turns. This type of card has proven to work well in other sets and is a good card.

The remaining level zeros are 3000 power vanillas. Overall, the level 0 game for this deck is above average for a trial deck. There are nice power options with options on offense and defense and the level 0 assist is a nice addition. Sadly the majority of the zeros in the trial deck are the vanillas which is a shame since there are some good cards here. The level 0 game is nothing revolutionary but it has the capability to get the job done.

Level 1

Since the following two cards combo with each other, they will be discussed at the same time. 

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CHA/W40-T04   西森 柚咲
Yusa Nishimori

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[C] During your turn, all your other Characters gain +1000 Power.
[A] CHANGE [Put this in the Waiting Room] At the start of your Climax Phase, you may pay cost. If so, choose 1 ‘”Yusa’s Late Older Sister” Misa’ in your Waiting Room and put it in the Slot this was in. (This ability does not trigger if this isn’t on Stage at the start of the Climax Phase)

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CHA/W40-T05   “柚咲の亡き姉”美砂
“Yusa’s Late Older Sister” Misa

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 死 (Death)

[A] When this is placed from hand to the Stage or via CHANGE to the Stage, this gains +1500 Power for the turn.
[A] CHANGE [Put this in the Waiting Room] At the start of your Climax Phase, you may pay cost. If so, choose 1 “Yusa Nishimori” in your Waiting Room and put it in the Slot this was in. (This ability does not trigger if this isn’t on Stage at the start of the Climax Phase)

This is an interesting change mechanic between two decent cards. The Yusa card is a global assist on your turn while the Misa is a 6000 power assassin. This is a good but not excellent combo. I like the versatility this change offers. For example, if have the Yusa in your hand but already have a full back row of assists, you can play this card in your front row and change into the Misa. Or you can change from the Yusa into the Misa if you are in need of an assist. The change costs no stock or hand which is quite cheap. The downside to this combo is that neither card does anything on defense and the Misa will likely die on your opponents turn. In the context of the deck, this combo could be a little inconsistent considering that there are only two copies  of each. There is no guarantee that you can get this combo setup over the course of the game. This card combo is cool and interesting but without additional support it could be inconsistent.

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CHA/W40-T13   “乙坂家の食卓”乙坂 歩未
“Dining Table of Otosaka Household” Ayumi Otosaka

Trait 1: ピザソース (Pizza Sauce)   Trait 2: 家事 (Housework)

[A] ENCORE [Discard a Character card from your hand to the Waiting Room]

This is a very simple and common card. Encore cards are always good additions to any deck. There may be better options in the booster pack but this is still a decent card.

The remaining level 1 cards are 5500 and 7000 power vanillas. The level 1 game is interesting but may suffer from consistency issues. This deck provides an average level 1 game. The change mechanic is interesting but besides that there is nothing special.

Level 2

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CHA/W40-T18   乙坂家ひでん!ピザソース
Otosaka Household’s Secret! Pizza Sauce

Rest 2 of your Standing Characters. If 2 Characters are Rested this way, search your Library for up to 2 Characters with either ::Gifted:: and/or ::Housework::, reveal them, put them in your hand, and shuffle your Library.

This is the trial decks event and it is one of the deck’s highlights. For 2 stock and resting two characters, this card effectively becomes two characters which you need. This ability to search is a bargain particularly in a trial deck setting where stock is usually at an abundance. This card allows the player easier access to cards such as a level 3.  In addition the ability to search multiple traits to is an additional positive of this card. Barring a card with an effective ability which requires you to rest your back row in the booster, this card could be useful in an competitive deck. Overall, an excellent event.

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CHA/W40-T15   “青春の行方”乙坂 有宇
“Youth’s Whereabouts” Yuu Otosaka

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[C] ASSIST All your Characters in front of this gain +X Power. X = 500 times Level of that Character.
[S] [Rest this] Choose 1 of your ::Gifted:: Characters, and that Character gains +500 Power for the turn.

This is an ok card. Level assists are always good cards as the additional power boost is always useful. However this card’s second ability doesn’t really do much. An additional 500 power at later levels is generally not going to help in many situations. With the presence of powerful counter cards, there is generally a need for a bigger power boost than an additonal 500 power. There may be some cases where the ability will give you enough power but that will be rare. The cost to activate the ability is cheap, but the actual ability is average as best. This is an average card and there will likely be a better card in the booster.

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CHA/W40-T17   高城 丈士朗
Joujirou Takajou

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[C] If there are 4 or fewer cards in your hand, this gains +2000 Power.

This card is not really that good. The ability to get to over 10000 is nice but the requirement of having less than 4 cards in your hand is too great. In addition this card does not have encore ability so it becomes harder to keep the card on the field. I wouldn’t recommend using this card in a competitive deck.

Th remaining level 2 cards are a standard backup and an 8500 vanilla card. The level 2 game is pretty lackluster really. The cards get to decent power, but lack any sort of ability to eother push for damage or remain on the field. The event is a great card but the rest of the cards are average at best.

Level 3

Since the level 3 combos with a climax, both cards will be shown.

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CHA/W40-T08   “青春の行方”友利 奈緒
“Youth’s Whereabouts” Nao Tomori

Trait 1: 能力者 (Gifted)   Trait 2: 生徒会 (Student Council)

[A] When this is placed from hand to the Stage, draw up to 2 cards, and discard a card from your hand to the Waiting Room.
[A] When “Melody of Despair” is placed in your Climax Zone, if this is in your Front Row, search your Library for up to 1 ::Gifted:: Character, reveal it, and put it in your hand. Afterwards, shuffle your Library, and all your Characters gain +1000 Power for the turn.

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CHA/W40-T09   絶望の旋律
Melody of Despair

[C] All your Characters gain +1000 Power and +1 Soul.

 

 

This is a really nice level 3 and a nice level 3 combo. The draw 2 discard 1 allows the player to replace the card Tomori after she is played. In addition, the climax combo allows you to replace the climax with the first use of it’s effect. If the search is repeated using a second copy, you add a card to your hand. In addition the combo increases the power of your entire field, effectively making the climax a global +2000 boost.  Another plus is that wind triggers are a good climax and the deck includes a playset of the climax. This is a really surprising climax combo to be included in a trial deck.  The level 3 itself is good because it can help you either fish out the climax or another copy of the level or a potential game finisher. This is a really useful support ability. The combo and the additional 1000 power boost can also make a difference to help a card which requires reversing a battle opponent to activate an effect. The level 3 and the combo could have use as a complementary part of a competitive deck. I like the level 3 and the climax combo.

The climax spread of the deck is 4 wind climaxes, 2 +2 soul climaxes and two blue stock soul climaxes. The climax lineup is a decent lineup. The stock soul climaxes are a nice addition to the deck and the 2 soul climaxes are a trial deck staple. It would be cool if book climaxes were excluded but the climax lineup doesn’t hurt the deck at all.

In general, this trial deck is average. There are some good individual cards in the deck, but as a whole the deck doesn’t really do much. Many of the unique and good cards are present as only 1 or 2 copies which hurts the deck’s consistency. It seems like the deck was designed to include cards that they couldn’t fit in the booster.  If you are fan of Charlotte, this trial deck is worth purchasing. However, if you are looking for a strong trial deck you would be better off looking elsewhere.

This concludes my review of the Charlotte Trial Deck. So until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off!

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