On November 7th-8th, 2015, Bushiroad held their qualifiers for the World Championships of their card games at Fairplex in Pomona, CA. The games that were part of their circuit were Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, and Buddy Fight. Hundreds of players from all over came through to try to qualify for the world championships set to be held in Los Angeles.
I only attended on day two because I competed in the Weiss Schwarz tournament. I won’t go on and on about how I did or who won what. I will only speak about the experience from a spectator’s point of view.
Many of the people attending were not going to win. Many came there to mingle or just get games in against people they never get to play against. Playing against the same people or teams on a daily or weekly basis can get boring, so it was interesting to see how the best players from their respective home area would do against someone of that same caliber.
It was interesting to see the decks that people built. People wanted to represent their favorite anime series or their favorite characters to the best of their abilities. Some people played to dominate so they built the most broken teams possible within the guidelines.
For those that were mathematically eliminated and had no chance at making it all the way, there were casuals where one could win new promo cards hopefully to power up their teams. Because it was a Swiss style tournament, people could play all the way through just to see what their ranking is. To many, it’s an indicator to where they are in the particular game.
The best part about this tournament is that it’s a free tournament. I’ve gone to many gaming tournaments where I’ve spent somewhere from $50 to $100 just to play at least two games. In this tournament, registration was free and guaranteed to play seven games.
There were even some booths selling goods like cards, playmats, and deck boxes featuring series and characters Bushiroad has the rights to. There was even an official booth selling merchandise for Love Live.
Written by: Timtastic