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So last weekend I did barely above average over 2 regionals (with 17th in Bristol and 5th in Cardiff). Resolving to play Martell Kraken again this weekend, I immediately set about playtesting Bara Summer and Bara Kraken all week.
After 4 days of testing both, I decided instead I was just going to play Joe Mirando's Lanni Rains from Dance of Dragons with a couple of minor tweaks. So I built that, left my other cards at home, and headed off to London.
The Spicy Meat Crew AirBnB was #ladsladslads. UK National Champion Ryan Wood, Spicy Chillball Dan Kaye, the amazingly named Tupaq Castro, the great Irish Ben Fox, and the devilishly Danish Simon Hansen, all are the best travelling crew a man could want. Great company, great support, great cheeky banter.
Well we decided as a group that instead of all playing the decks we'd brought, we would chuck them all in the middle, roll dice, and randomise the decks we received. Playtesting and knowing your deck is for suckers, Ben handed me a list, and I didn't bother looking at the actual decklist, preferring instead to learn the deck's contents as the tournament went on.
So the above is what I got. And let me tell you, I played like garbage all weekend and this deck saved me, repeatedly. It was like it spent all weekend yelling at me about how stupid I was and how it was going to fix it for me. Probably credit to the italian guy who Ben net decked it from here: http://thronesdb.com/decklist/view/9405/tyrell-vastamere-2nd-rome-regional-1.0
I'll post my thoughts on the deck afterwards. I definitely think there's a couple of changes should be made though.
Round 1: Tupaq Castro - Martell Wolf - Win
Granted he comes from Finland and not my meta or anything, but playing one of the Spicy Meat Gang round 1 wasn't what I wanted to do! He set up Stark Harrenhal and something else. Turn 1 he navalled my Building Orders, but with the Great Hall I had and the Rose Garden I played, I was able to play a reducer and a Butterbumps without him choosing to trigger Harranhal. Turn 2 I laid siege to Harrenhal, did a little dance, and after about 8 more plots manged to close it out. 2 reset decks playing each other is a bit of a weird thing sometimes.
Round 2: Fabien Dutreux - Martell Fealty - Win
I'll be honest, a lot of the swiss games aren't going to get much description. I don't remember a lot about several of them, and this is one of them. He was a fun opponent, plots recycled, I managed to close it out turn 7 or 8 I think.
Round 3: Hadleigh Moon - Stark Watch - Win
Urgh, I played the stark Watch deck at Northampton and I sincerely apologise to everyone I played (except Wamma since he beat me with an even worse deck). This game was not amazingly fun or interesting, attachments went on and off my dudes, some resets did some things, and I pulled through in a pretty close game. Hadleigh was a lovely opponent that I've somehow never met before, and didn't do anything noticeably wrong that I'm aware of.
Round 4: Dan Kaye - Martell Kraken - Lose
A second of the Spicy Meat Gang in 4 rounds, but Dan was the only one of us who DIDN'T go into the spicy deck swap, choosing instead to play his own deck. He plays it well and I struggled to get a footing in the game after the first reset.
Round 5: Benjamin Petersen - Lanni Kraken - Win
Another lovely guy, his board very early on included Tywin with Seal of the Hand, Victarion, Jaime, multiple Iron Mines, and some other dudes. Super difficult to handle or get any challenges through. I persevered until I got them down to no dupes and no iron mines, and was able to Valar his uniques off the board. Afterwards he played very little, I think he just struggled to draw anything that wasn't dead at that point.
Round 6: Isian Hasmuja - Greyjoy Rains - Win
Again I don't remember much of the game, but it's possible his draw was a little poor and I think I got a pretty strong start. He knocked me out of the cut in Cardiff regional, so this was just revenge. He beat me in my "home" turf, so I came and beat him in his. That'll teach you Isian!
Round 7: Ryan Wood - NW Crossing - Lose
Doing the maths we knew we were both in the cut, so the result was more for bragging rights. I'd already lost a game so I didn't have to worry about swiss curse either! However it was the 3rd Spicy Meat Lad in 7 rounds I'd had to face :( Ryan's deck was fast, and I basically spent 4 turns drawing locations, events, and 1-2 cost characters. It was just awful and I lost without being able to do much about it. Also Ryan's better than me.
Top 16: Khudzlin - Stark Fealty - Win
Stark Fealty is NOT what any Rains player wants to see. However he didn't see Cat all game, and didn't see Winterfell until turn 4, at which point I'd already triggered a Wildfire, a Filthy, a Queen of Thorns, several Standy Randys and a few Oldtown Informer draw triggers. He also was screwed on economy for the first few turns, and when he finally had a half-decent economy base alongside his Winterfell.... well I'll never forget the look on his face when I flipped Political Disaster.
Top 8: Wallvor - Nights Watch Summer - Win
Christ. This was the absolutely hardest game I played all weekend. I've already told Wamma I hate him for having that builder list posted, but I stand by it and reiterate it. I got a little bit of power early on, but his turn 1 Wall kept firing, and he had more power strength than me (plus early Strongholds) meaning not only could I no longer win a challenge vs him, but he was able to win challenges against me if I even tried to attack him. After I Varys'd one big board away (the aemon was giving me fits), I looked at my remaining plots... and had to play Confiscation on an empty board against NW. Not the best plan but the only option I had really. He repopulated with Grizzled Miner, the Building Orders guy, and a couple other guys, and a pair of Practice Blades. I stuck a few guys down, won no challenges, then Valar'd. Next turn I flipped First Snow, he managed to keep 1 or 2 guys in play (duped Halder), but I was able to win some challenges, knocking the wall down etc. He finished this turn on 13 power. I followed up with Disaster... and he Riddled! He only had a dupe on the Wall, but it meant he ended up keeping only the Wall and a Haunted Forest. Although he finished the previous turn on 13 power, I was able to drag him down to 10 or so while jumping up a bunch with renown guys and 2 power challenges thanks to Olenna's Informant. We JUST about made it to turn 8 and time was called while we were deciding our plots which was a super close call on my behalf. I flipped First Snow, emptied his board, and crossed to 15. Coming back from 13-0 down against Builders is possibly the best I've ever played, but it was so painful to do. I spent large parts of that game with my head in my hands trying to think, assuming my tournament was over. Fantastically close game though and he was a lovely chap even though he was playing the bullshittest deck in the game.
Top 4: Kostas Adamopoulos - Targ Rose - Win
This game went to time. If it had been allowed to carry on, Kostas would have won. But it was a slow game which finished on something like 8 power to 7. I can't accurately remember what happened, he never had Drac and because of his 4 gold Astapor (he counterspelled my Lay Siege because I'm bad and played it when he had gold) I was constantly playing around the non-existent Drac. I played pretty bad in this game and Kostas deserved the win far more than I.
Final: Qtt - Stark Fealty - Win
This game was recorded so when The Gaming Hall gets the vids up you'll be able to watch it. I played kind of cautiously because I couldn't draw a dupe even after drawing 180000000 cards, and just had multiple 1-ofs all my Uniques. Turns out he didn't have Valar anyway, but I ended up managing to win purely through pushing big Renowns through. Had I known he didn't have Valar, I could have probably vomited out my hand earlier and won faster with more Renown, but the caution didn't lose me the game in the end.
Overall had a great time, special shout out to the TOs Dave Bamford, Vince Tee and Wamma, who are all lovely chaps who made the whole event painless and fun and generally are great people. Slops to the shop which thinks a "no outside food or drink" policy when they're charging £1.20 for a can of coke is a good idea.
Oldtown Informer is a batshit insanely good card, and even though I constantly forgot to trigger it, I still got a lot of work out of it. In one challenge I flipped Rains into Wildfire (react to plot entering play), killed Varys to Wildfire searching Renly with Marg (react to Marg entering play), then Queen of Thorns Alerie into play (react to Alerie entering play... plus search top 10 for handmaiden). In the great words of new-Craven on Banter... PUT A LIMIT ON IT.
I despised the lack of Counting Coppers in my plot deck. Ghosts of Harrenhal should really be Coppers, my Top 4 against Kostas is really the only game where Ghosts was at all relevant, every other game I was just desperate to draw more cards. I think Forgotten Plans should be Varys Riddle. Not once trigger Plans, but many times I COULD have hit a great Riddle. But it wasn't my deck so I couldn't do anything about it.
Taking questions, adulations, hate, love, whatever you want to send my way :) It's my first real big Thrones win so pretty happy with that.