You will win with pussycat life manip in any mode I do it allllllll the time, or maybe I just better than most
If you want T1, I've done really good with this Rescue deck. I saw you said something about playing Rescue, so you might even have some of these cards
Campbell (Can be replaced by Scott LD if you have him)
Meredith (swapped in as a budget option for Lennard)
If you want to budget even more, you can replace one of the 3* cards with Joana, as she's pretty good for a common card. If you already have buckler, I would consider swapping him in somewhere as well. The idea of this deck is to win 3 rounds with low star cards and maximize point values. If you're feeling really spicy you can add in a 3* card to make it a T2 deck, and you try to do essentially the same thing.