You should get a bit of info here, since the way you "open" in a game is really important. Using the Gowen file, I liked to open with Exploding Spores -> Kurina -> Monk (ranked up, if you let your Exploding Spores die to trigger your first Soul Skill). If worked for me pretty well. If his opening is aggressive, you will get a chance with an agi 5 Monk and a kurina boost. Good luck!