Name: Yoomin K.
2020 North American WS WGP Champion
Deck Name: 5 is ichiban
How was the regional? I did not expect to win or even make it top 16 when I first entered tourney. Last year I had a legendary 0 5 WGP run after a week of starting the game. Feels good to win when there were many good players
How do you win with your deck? Focus on lv 2 and put up 12.5k walls with early plays and control damage with minus soul counter. Only need 5 stock for double finisher or 2 stock for 1. Other builds of quints follow the same lv 0 and 2 game but the other finishers are too expensive
Any shoutouts? Shoutout to the BC WS community especially Weber C Chapman L, Bren O, and others for practicing with me and Joey L for suggesting this build when the set came out. Minus soul counter best card the in set as per google
Name: Cameron B.
Deck Name: Tig Hug Oxymoron
Saekano - How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
How was the regional? Nationals was a lot of fun. I definitely didn't think I would make it this far in a JP event. Thanks to Heart of the Cards for hosting the Nationals tournament online this year.
How do you win with your deck? Send cards to memory, loop the Level 1 Kato climax combo, and heal a lot with the Level 3 Kato's.
Any shoutouts? Shout out to the Houston, Dallas, and Austin WS communities for being a great group of friends that are both competitive and welcoming. Shout out to Riaz M, Jessica S, and Sergio R for being the best squad to represent Texas at EN World Finals earlier this year. Shout out to Nabil P, Andrew H, Dan T, Justin L, Vincent H, Vincent G, Sean I, Ken J, Carlos S, Alex L, Kyle W, Phuc P, and Jimmy V. Shout out to Carmen C and Kevin N for helping me out with updating the deck after the ban list updates (RIP Izumi Runner and Utaha JC). Shout out to Neel P for play testing with me before Nationals. Shout out to the Card Games Discord for helping me improve at this game and for giving me the opportunity to play games online.
Name: Danny W.
Nationals 4th Place
Deck Name: 八宝ビビスト (8 Treasure Vivid Strike)
How was the regional? Nationals was a tad on the long side being spread over 2 days. That doesn't necessarily make it bad though. Being able to sleep and recharge for day 2 was nice. Online format was much more relaxing than in-person.
How do you win with your deck? The same way you're supposed to win with any series: by blinding your opponents with shiny foils! But in all seriousness, nothing has really changed for ViVid Strike since 2018 with the exception that the current meta makes it harder to get your level 1 combo off depending on matchup. So the path to victory is: Stock and marker compress best you can, and pray your opponents can't deal with Fuuka early play. After that, you just gotta out-cancel your opponents.
Any shoutouts? Find me on twitter @cxphase_hanbe. Shoutouts to @fujimatakuya for his artistic contributions to ViVid Strike! and to @yui_ogura_815 for doing an amazing job as a voice actor for Rinne (and many other characters I like). Finally, shoutout to everyone that followed the Covid-19 guidelines to stay home, wear masks, etc.
Name: Elden C.
Nationals Top 8
Deck Name: Glitter*Green
How was the regional? Although this year was run differently from previous years, it was a great experience. I was able to play against many different series.
How do you win with your deck? Play Yuri Ushigome to put my opponent's Climaxes into Stock and grab important Green Characters in my Clock. Drop a Glitter*Green Nanana Wanibe and a Glitter*Green Hinako Nijikki and watch my opponents determine if I have a counter in Hand or not. Field the Level 3 Rii and Yuri and watch my characters climb to 15k+ Power for clock-kick and on-reverse burn.
Any shoutouts? Shoutout to Heart of the Cards for hosting such an amazing tournament. I know it wasn't easy. Thank you Justin C., John S. and Kyle L. for helping me prepare. And lastly to Joseph L. for supporting me and my "Milky Holmes" deck.
Name: Alex L.
Nationals Top 8
Deck Name: Thanks Kit
How was the regional? The regional went really well for me. My deck was running. Day 2 I had a combination of bad luck and misplays so I didn't get past top 8 unfortunately.
How do you win with your deck? You play a normal game of WS up until level 3, not caring at all about your opponent. At level 3 you play a suite of finisher options to deal with whatever kind of situation your opponent has put themselves in.
Any shoutouts? Shoutouts to the Card Games Discord for forcing me against my will to like this deck, the desert crew in California for introducing me to the game, and the channels PGH_WeissSchwarz and Burn One on Youtube for being entertaining and informative. A special shoutout to Kit and Carmen who popularized this kind of Konosuba deck.
Name: Patrick G.
Nationals Top 8
Deck Name: [SBTCG] ツナガルコネクト (Tsunagaru Connect)
Love Live! Sunshine!!
How was the regional? It was fun. The environment was well controlled and I'm glad we were able to have some sort of tournament this year.
How do you win with your deck? Never pass turn level 0 if you have a playable. Loop the level 0 Ruby cxc into the lvl 1 Chika cxc while brainstorming to hit a good first refresh speed, Prioritize standing-by Mirai Ticket Riko at level 1 and Dia at level 2 (but only off triggered climaxes). Pull out as many Dia's as possible at level 2/3 while healing and maintaining compression. Stop clocking at level 1-2 and sit on a board where you can loop heals with Dia's for defensive surveils.
Any shoutouts? Playing a physical card game online is a tough situation but the tournament was well run and very well handled for the restrictions the pandemic has imposed on everyone. Thank you to Heart of the Cards for putting together this event to help keep the game and players going during this challenging year! Shoutout to Strictly Broken TCG for sponsoring me this year, I look forward to representing you in seasons to follow. Shoutout to my friend Dan and the peeps on Discord for testing with me and discussing optimal changes to this deck. I think I finally found it.
Name: Roy C.
Nationals Top 16
Deck Name: Sakura to shitai Uchida Maaya
Shin Sakura Taisen
How was the regional? It was grate. I was able to play genshin in middle of rounds cuz playing at home
How do you win with your deck? riki free stock into standby combo and spwaning 2/2 then early play, sit on board until I can fumio or sakura for game
Any shoutouts? Shout outs to Toronto WS community. Special thanks to Steve, Kristy and Varga for last min practice. Also shout outs to my grandpas sajeev and brandon, and my dads nick and Tony Trung Dam (moonman). Lastly shout outs to my Team, Team SUGU
Name: Henry H.
Nationals Top 16
Deck Name: I LOVE CYARON! YOU LOVE CYARON! WE LOVE CYARON!
Love Live! Sunshine!!
How was the regional? I had originally thought about not waking up so early on the weekend to play in my second ever National event due to the time zone difference, but after being coaxed with enough persuasion, I made it a point to wake up early enough to compete. I was not expecting to do so hot in general because I know very competent players with overall very capable decks do come out for this event on an almost yearly basis and I ended up going 0-2 drop on my first event, but I ended up having some overall fun games with players from all over North America this time around and have noticed I have definitely come quite the long way!
How do you win with your deck? With this deck, I aim to persuade opponents that CYaRon is best Aqours subunit. In all seriousness, I aim to snowball my way from a simple early lineup of chasers and jumpers to gaining advantage off of Chika climax combo and paving way for increasingly stronger board presence via Standby Triggers and extra instances of damage as early as Level 2.
Any shoutouts? I would first like to give a shoutout to Joon O. for helping me get back into the game 7 years ago. Were it not for meeting him and talking to him about the game frequently, I would not be here today to continue playing WS after leaving the game back in the early 2010s. I would also like to thank the Greater Los Angeles WS community for offering multiple opportunities for tournaments and providing overall good hospitality for fledgling players for them to grow and develop in their know-how of the game. Had it not been for this community, there could have been a very good chance I just simply left the game again, perhaps for good. I would like to take this opportunity to give my appreciation to some of my friends who have helped me with things like theorycrafting and playtesting over the years such as Thomas I., Kevin T., Majinkenn, Barrel, and Tempest. These people have helped to make sure I avoid getting rusty at the game and to make sure I do not go into regional level and other large events without proper establishment of my familiarity and confidence in the cards I wish to take with me. Another group of folks I would like to give a shoutout to is my team, Chuuni Clan. The folks at Chuuni Clan have contributed much needed emotional support and have gave me their best wishes moving forward into both my regional and the National event. Last but not least, I cannot end a series of shoutouts for a WS event of all things without mentioning my partner over at Doggo Card Reviews: Gavin. We first met in person at the WGP 2017 National Event, and some time after, we started Doggo Card Reviews and frequently consulted with one another about theorycrafting and playtesting while also making WS content for YouTube twice a week. The (near) weekly Doggo Scrimmage Series I partake in with Gavin have helped to keep me on my toes and prepare against a plethora of difficult matchups while playing in a competitive setting, and I will admit it: he was the one who coaxed me to wake up early to play in this event! I continue to look forward to working with you from here on, and let's go to Nationals together when we can play in-person again!
Name: Ian B.
Nationals Top 16
Deck Name: 2AM Fever Dream
How was the regional? The event was fun. Didn't expect to make a deep run in the tournament, so I'm glad I was able to make top 16. Despite the challenges of running an event like this online, the Heart of the Cards staff did an excellent job of keeping everything running smoothly.
How do you win with your deck? Start slamming goldbars and try to resolve Kamome combo as often as you can. Hold onto the free-fresh event like your life depends on it (because it probably will). Coast off of early play healers at 2 if possible, and try to hit the stock requirement for your finishing turn. At 3, play 3 Shikis and a 1/1 assist, then start turning cards sideways.
Any shoutouts? Shoutout and huge thanks to the Heart of the Cards staff for organizing and running the event online this year. Their hard work each year in running WGP is appreciated, but this year especially with everything that is going in the world. Shoutouts to my opponents in Round 5 and in top 16 for some especially SPICY games. Shoutouts to the AZ WS community for their support, memes, and shenanigans (why am I the only one making deep WGP runs btw), but especially Phil G. for the good discussions on Summer Pockets, and John G for the quality Yakuza and Mahjong memes.
Name: Victor H.
Nationals Top 16
Deck Name: Position Zero!
How was the regional? An amazing journey. This is my first National and I didn't expect to make top 16. I can feel the competitiveness despite the tourney is held online.
How do you win with your deck? Set up level one board with Lalafin and hold backups. Take advantage of empty fields and play efficiently. Grab climaxes using pants and slam them when opponent is decompressed. Set up board for Akira before level 3. Get the reverse and icy tail twice for win.
Any shoutouts? Shoutout to Alan, Austin, Weber, Bren and all the BC players for practising with me. Thank all the opponents for good games.
Name: Frankie S.
Nationals Top 16
Deck Name: The Rise of Katoism
How was the regional? It was a great experience to play top 16 at Nats. This experience is very instructive and I hope to try again in the near future.
How do you win with your deck? The game plan is same like before, except you try to get build stock and memory compression so that you have a enough to tri-field with 3/2 Megumi.
Any shoutouts? Shout out to Jeremy H., Ian B., Shane A., Daniel M., Tyler D., and Kevin N. I enjoyed this experience even if it's online. This is my first national top, and I am glad that I made it this far. Hopefully next time I will get farther.
Name: Joon O.
Nationals Top 16
Deck Name: JKTCG
How was the regional? It was relatively smooth and painless; even though it was an online webcam tournament. I had fun playing against the people I was matched up against throughout the tournament. Would have liked it more if the rounds and the transition time between them were shorter, making the overall tournament more expedient, but I understand that there are limitations. It seemed that the staff tried their best to be as expedient as possible.
How do you win with your deck? Force your opponent into a low-resource fast-paced game and finish with restanders.
Any shoutouts? A big thanks to Mike C. for always running the shop during my absence, so that I can attend events such as this. Shoutouts to Grant J. for sponsoring me for travel expenses so that I can make the trip to Nationals this year (草).
Name: Alex L.
Deck Name: Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online
How was the regional? This tournament went really well for me. I dodged 2/3 of the Date A Live players and that's what I was most worried about today. Every round I just slammed pants and my opponent would take 6 damage at 1.
How do you win with your deck? You play pants, trigger pants, salvage pants. Pants Pants Pants.
Any shoutouts? Shoutouts to the Card Games discord. Make sure to go watch PGH_WeissSchwarz and Burn One on YouTube
Name: Alan L.
Deck Name: My Waifu Shukashuu <3
Love Live Sunshine
How was the regional? It was organized really well and prompt by our organizer M.S.! All the people I played with were all well mannered! It does take a little more time during the game than usual since I can't check opponent's card personally or have translation sheet ready to go to check the effects.
How do you win with your deck? Put the 1/2 Yohane into waiting room and get it on the field w/ standby cx! Keep track the one of "You" top check burner all game. Play the single copy "You" finisher and all the utility lvl 0 to setup optimal burn scenario with top deck check and manipulation!
Any shoutouts? Shoutout to our organizer every year M.S. for his dedicated work so we have a competitive event annually especially this year! Shoutouts to a few buddies of mine who playtest or talk about WS with me, Andrew aka "Box", Eugene, MeguKole, Eddie, and "Mundo"! and lastly... 未来に向かって、全速前進ヨーソロー！！ (Turn towards the future and go full steam ahead!!)
Name: Ankit P.
Deck Name: Just Level Green at 3
Sword Art Online
How was the regional? The regional was really good and I would like to thank the organizers for hosting. To all my opponents thank you for the games. Some were harder than the others but overall I think all the games were great. Surprisingly I didnt play against multiple of the same decks it was nice to see the diversity every round.
How do you win with your deck? Get experience 6 by level 2 and start healing and survive as much as possible. Use the level 3 kirito and asuna finisher only if its your final turn.
Any shoutouts? I want to give a shoutout to everyone in the "SOCAL" "WEISS" Discord.
Name: Jonathan M.
Deck Name: Exploration Generation
How was the regional? The regional was very well run and went smoothly. The games were fun.
How do you win with your deck? Use the level one Princess Bubblegum climax combo to help generate stock. And then win board with a combination of your level two Marcelines, supports, and backups. Win the game with Finn the Human & Jake the Dog
Any shoutouts? Shoutouts to THE Animevo Champion Kevin for helping me find a list to edit for this tournament. Please check out the WildWildWeiss wordpress for more WS content.
3 x AT/WX02-003
2 x AT/WX02-017
1 x AT/WX02-029
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Name: Brian M.
Family Time Games
Deck Name: Catch me, Catch you these hands
How was the regional? The regional went well overall. Everyone was nice.
How do you win with your deck? Early play level 3s for board advantage. Reflect level 3 to stop my opponent from winning. Then play level 3 Tomoyo for damage.
Any shoutouts? Shout out to my friends for the support. Extra special shout out to Julian, my round 3 opponent, for the good game.
Name: Sabin L.
Deck Name: Wish upon the Everlasting Sakura
How was the regional? It was really fun! It was my first time playing in a JP WS regionals and getting to win while repping one of my favorite VN series felt extremely satisfying.
How do you win with your deck? Get good memory compression with level 0s and push to get an Otome or two out with the Nino backrow. Most decks cannot deal with 14k+ hexproof beatstick. By level 3 Himari cxc can give the deck the extra finishing power Otome sometimes lacks to bring.
Any shoutouts? Shoutouts to Isaac for selling me the last Himari I needed and Victor for helping me playtest this deck a lot. Also go play Dacapo, great visual novel series.
Name: Marco Antonio Cornejo P.
Deck Name: Tomoyo best support
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (JP)
How was the regional? It was very good. A good experience. I really appreciate the opportunity of participating in a tournament from the other side of the continent.
How do you win with your deck? You make stock, you wall, and hope damage sticks. Sometimes it works. Tomoyo grabbing Maison de Tomoyo is a huge part of the business.
Any shoutouts? I gotta recognize that my opponents had bad luck on triggering climaxes. I appreciate the games I had with Sean, Bryan and Erick. Thank you guys. Thank you Oliver for the organization. Thanks to HotC for the opportunity, and Thanks to the Chilean community of WS for the support.
Name: Melanie Lynette S.
Deck Name: It's Still A Pirate's Adventure
How was the regional? It went well! Looking forward to things returning to in person events again soon, but am very grateful to have an event to tide us over in the meantime.
How do you win with your deck? Use Shiroha 0/0 to mill on reverse, return to rest with Shiki 0/0, and set up Level 1 with 0/0 Kamome. At Level 1 light Kamome combo to set up heals and events for late Level 1 and 2. End the game at Level 3 by setting up the Shiki combo or the Shiroha punish burner to finish out the game.
Any shoutouts? Thank you so much to Alexander, Evan, Philip, and Ozan for four exciting and close games. Thank you to my husband, Jason, and his family for babysitting help and all your support!
Name: Louie C.
Deck Name: Strike Witches all day.
Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
How was the regional? It was really fun, and tbh i played this deck as a darkhorse deck.
How do you win with your deck? slight compression, get lvl 1 combo off and get my mio lvl 3 to hopefully reverse. oh and my tap counter as well.
Any shoutouts? Thank you for all my friends in the Las Vegas WS community, without them im nothing. And thank you for the arizona players that i played with, it was fun and cool to play against u guys.