Sean’s Weiss Schwarz Neo-Standard Tier Ranking

By Sean Effendi

Earlier, my buddy Kit posted a tier list he made on his Burn for One blog.  After he posted on Facebook pages, many have posted their own tier list.  This motivated me to create my own tier list for Weiss Schwarz.  Of course, this tier list is for the Japanese version of the game. 

Before we get into the list, let me explain how things get placed on the tier list.  It’s basically the same reasoning as Kit.  The list is heavily influenced on Japanese tournament placing, series total card pool, personal understanding and experience of the game, and current meta.  


Tier 1:
Series that are currently considered the strongest and have a good card pool to deal with any match up. You will see these decks appear in top cut a lot of the time or win tournaments consistently.

Tier 2:
Decks that can easily deal with anything out side of tier 1, but can still fight tier 1 without a significant disadvantage if any at all. In some cases these sets are either becoming out dated to the changing of the meta or lack some tools/card pool that tier 1 have available to them. You will see these in top cuts for tournaments regularly.

Tier 3:
Constructed of decks that are somewhere in the middle. Not significantly strong but at the same time not lacking much. Can match tier 2 fairly well, but has some trouble vs tier 1, but doesn’t out right get destroyed.

Tier 4:
Sets that are just below the average. In some cases these sets are not really missing much, but have some issues that could make or break a game. These sets could also rely heavily on a gimmick. These sets don’t straight out lose to tiers higher than it, but if it can’t get a perfect run, it will have significant trouble vs tier 1 and at least minor trouble vs tier 2.

Tier 5:
Sets that just can’t keep up with the average all the time. These sets are not trash, but will have trouble in most games if the series is higher than tier 3. these sets also usually lack card pool while being very outdated.

Quick Note:
Series with an * next to its name can possibly move up or down or even stay the same on the list.  For example, both Little Busters! Refrain and Kill la Kill just released last week so personally I don’t have much experience with or against the deck.  Series such as Angel Beats! and Project Diva are getting new cards so there is possibility that these sets will move up.   

TIER 1: 
Da Capo, iDOLM@STER, Kantai Collection, Love Live!, Shakugan no Shana, Sword Art Online, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Vivid Red Operation, Zero no Tsukaima, 

TIER 2: 
*Angel Beats!, Crayon Shin-chan, Disgaea, Fate/kalied liner Prisma Illya, Genei wo Kakeru Taiyo, Guilty Crown, *Hatsune Miku Project Diva f, *Kill la Kill, *Little Busters!, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Monogatari Series, Phantom, Rewrite, Suisei no Gargantia, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

Accel World, Evangelion, Dog Days, Fairy Tail, Fate/, Lucky Star, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, Persona, PSYCHO-PASS, Sengoku Basara, Senki Zesshou Symphogear

Black Rock Shooter, Clannad, Devil Survivor 2, Mai Hime/Otome/Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo, Robotics;Notes, Shining Force Exa, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, Toaru Majutsu no Index

Canann, Katanagatari, King of Fighters, Macross F, Melty Blood, Visual Arts

Check out Kit’s Tier List


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