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First, I'm just going to start by saying thank you to Tom Melucci and the rest of the community for being part of an amazing tournament and an amazing day. Except Platt...you and your combo deck are degenerate pieces of shit ;) #MadNotMad
So in play testing the MD Meta...or "New DC" as we are getting call now I guess, originally expected The Faith Militant to be not legal and had a deck or two planned for the Sands of Dorne meta, but they were decks that we felt if one or two archetypes the new pack pushed showed up at the event might get knocked out by a T2 or T3 build due to conflicting win conditions. Once we found out the newest pack would be legal for certain for the event, we had to revise our plans in a hurry. We felt there was a 3 way rock/paper/scissors match in the meta between GJ, Targ (new Dany), and Tyrell. We felt Martell could be defeated by all of them, so we discarded it from our testing other than making sure we had some tech to prevent a complete lock down. We really wanted to find one deck that just beat the others, but could not narrow it down over multiple rounds of testing. Targ beat GJ, GJ beat Tyrell, Mace...I mean Tyrell, beat Targ in our versions in our testing. In the end, of the 3 of us who travelled the 7 hours up I-95 to attend this event, we brought one deck of each faction. I ended up picking the GJ...and against the recommendation of one of my meta mates who did not come, I took Banner Rose over "more consistent" agendas.
The deck concept came about that all of us were seeing a shift away from pure Valar D minicurve decks. We loved the concept of Dagmer robbing HwtRD decks of their starting location and having enough bomb strength out at any given time to just win any challenge that came our way. Our concerns were Bitterbridge/Mace being able to out draw our own deck and Targ being able to get past our saves. The solution to Mace was easy. 2x Barring the Gates were in all 3 of our decks. I was the only non Wars to Come deck to do this, but I was also the one pushing as hard as anyone for us to do this. Martell with none of its bounce in effects for 2 turns? Mace slowed to 1-2 triggers a turn for 2 turns and no Bitterbridge triggers unless I have a bomb in hand I want to drop and I think outclasses their top play? Targ stopped from Second Sons, Missandei, Quotho, FB, Fire and Blood shenanigans? Seems pretty damn good to me. In a straight up honest head to head slug fest the GJ top end...especially with some str buff tech, was not going to lose in concept. Turns out, the concept was pretty damn spot on. The plot also had enough gold with 1-2 econ events or reducer characters I could still play a 7 drop. That was enough. Earlier versions of the deck did not have the 3x milk (specifically needed for Dany and Mace/Tinder Marge), the Seal of the Hand, Oath Keeper, or the HJ's. Tris, Vic, and Aeron were all higher numbers in those early versions, but the positive attachments protected against ADiNS and Plaza of Punishment in addition to creating powerful game effects and the Milks were game changers all day.
The draw seems light looking at the deck...then you realize as long as you get Asha you are drawing 2-3 cards a turn with her the way this deck plays if you need to dig for something in particular. Also, Oathkeeper can be popped (you will win by 5 or more with this deck, spoiler alert) to dig for Asha or the other bomb that you want/dupe you need at the time.
Enough about the concept...lets talk about the day of results...and they were beautiful outside of the final.
Round 1 vs Brian Putnam: Targ WTC. Win
Brian sits down across from me and immediately I think to myself...fuck. The deck that is the rock to my scissors. At least Martin Naze had played this matchup with our ridiculously tuned version of this deck several times leading up to the event and I finally managed to win ONCE against it the night before with the latest version...maybe I can pull this off. Then he starts flopping higher cost cards like Unsullied. Wait...he probably isn't running Valar D (spoiler alert...their play group brought the same deck and they did not run it).
My opening hand had 2x milk...keeping this hand for Dany for sure. Starting with Vic, Reducer, Iron Mine, and Roseroad didn't hurt either. Redrew into almost all events, but had Dagmer and a Courtier. Opened Trading to his Time of Plenty, Drew an Iron Fleet Scout. Realized he had enough str on the table to block Dagmer on his own so swung with both guys challenge one on Mil to kneel the board, stood Dagmer with the scout, Attacked again with Dagmer to steal his Plaza of Pride. Turn 2, Barring. Didn't need to flood more bombs at this time, still was not sure he was not running Valar D, and was able to slow the tricks a little. He went Coppers to dig for burn. Spent all his gold on new Dany. I was second player and Milked her immediately. Also dropped a Seal of the Hand on Vic. Stock up more renown. Since I am pulling away on the board he drops Blood of the Dragon. Kills my chuds but I still have Dagmer and Vic running strong. Slow play the turn using Vic's stored power as a save to mil claim to avoid challenges this turn and dropped Tris to remove ADiNS from the game in Marshalling to prevent the out of challenge kills. He valars next turn, but with Risens and Mines I still have a board and his own is wiped clean. I had flipped Rise and with limited drops I was able to add Euron to the board this turn as well Closed it out on the first challenge.
Round 2 vs Jimmy Stewart Targ WTC Win Great. Second "bad matchup" in a row. He opens FB, Plaza, Slavers Bay, and a few chuds. I open with Euron, reducer, roseroad, scout. I open Barring against his Time of Plenty to slow him down a little since I can reach 7 anyways and drew into a great hall as well on the redraw. Top decked Dagmer in the draw phase. Played him out along with a mine. He drops Mirri. Well...that is surprising. At least Euron can stuff her pretty easily, right? I make the mistake of using the mine on his mil challenge to save thinking I can stuff the Int from Mirri with Euron. Consuming flames moved the math by 1 point too much for my buffs to counter and he Kills Euron. He also manages to burn/stuff Dagmer without killing him, IIRC. Next turn I go Trading and he does Riddle. Thanks! I play Vic, a Seal of the Hand, an Iron Mine, and a Courtier. He plays a fully loaded Astapor and I think to myself...ballsy with Dagmer sitting there. He also plays New Dany, but I again had a milk and was second so I shut that shit down immediately. He gets aggressive and attacks with mil from his dragon. UO, kill the reducer this time since the courtier can screen me from marched...but before it hits claim I use Renly's ride on BOTH Dagmer and Vic while Euron is face up to make them 11's. Final two cards in hand are a Sow and a HJ. Mirri does a kill on the int and use a mine on that. He holds Dany back to block. and passes challenges. Begin the best turn of my tournament. Mil with Vic. He lets it go UO as he plans to stand Mirri and use Astapor to stuff Dagmer. Smash the plaza with Sow and he had not even used it stand Mirri yet. Peel the dupe off Danny with the Claim. Kneel Dany. UO with Dagmer on Power. Take Astapor. I'm able to go first the next round and kneel out Mirri. Its downhill from here, but I end up making him Valar M a turn later but had drawn a Risen in the intervening turn so I could save both Vic and Dagmer. Did not even need Rise to close the game from there.
Round 3 vs Dave Goss GJ/Rains
We looked at the field and realized this game was pretty much being played for best of house. Nice. I open Euron, Reducer, Scout. No Econ scares me a little, but the Int bomb to stuff rains is too big. Opening hand has two Oathbringers, a courtier, Asha, and a Rose Road. Open Trading against Plenty for the third game in a row. Draw into King Balon a great hall, and a Mine. Put Oathbringer on Euron, Play Balon and the Courtier. I now have a stand, a non kneeling attacker, an 8 str before buffs int blocker, and multiple buff mechanics with Balon out. He has Dagmer and Vic. He tries to swing them both together but I am able to stuff it with both guys blocking and stand up King Balon with the courtier to swing back twice. Not only that, but I top decked a mine from his deck with Euron...thanks! The rest of the game I was able to play defensively taking power and keeping the math where I could stuff every challenge he could do. When he dropped Asha, and not before, I played my own, in between using my gold to advance my stand, saves, and play a duped Marge. The valar would always hurt him more than me, but I had such control of the board I did not need to use it. Even when he did use it I had 3 mines and a risen, so I could save all 3 bigs plus a courtier and Marge had a dupe. It was also on my Rise turn. That was game.
Round 4 vs Sandy Barnabas Tyrell/HRD Bitterbridge (Mace)
The first match of the day on the deck archetype I was built to destroy and its for King of Swiss. I love Sandy like a brother...because who doesn't in this community, but this is the first time we actually have played. I get a duped King Balon and a Sea Tower and a Reducer. He gets a Hightower to go with Bitterbridge. I redraw into Marge, a Courtier, and a ton of events. Since I would not have a bomb to play from Bitterbridge, lets go Barring. He goes plenty and I make him first. He has to marshall his board with gold. He tries to hit me on int since I only had Marge for int blocking. I pop Off to Gulltown to stuff it with Balon, stand him with the Courtier using the Sea Tower to buff him and save Marge. He has no mil Icons, so its Mil non kneeling, Renly's Ride to kneel his remaining blocker, Int with Marge, Power with Balon. 3 UO, 3 Renown turn 1. Turn 2 I barring again as I still have not drawn another bomb. I did draw a sow, though. He is able to marshall Mace, but has little he can do with him since the board "Barred". 2 More UO and another 2 renown this turn, as well as a power claim as he had won dom on gold the turn before. I also was able to use Sow on Hightower so I felt pretty good about him not coming back. Turn 3 he is finally able to use Bitter Bridge, but I had done the math and could close being only 4 power away. I go Rise of the Kraken. He's able to drop in a character, but I am able to go first and close with literally no chance of failure with all the buffs and events I had accumulated. 4-0 finish in the Swiss Rounds. My meta mate, Martin, also finished 4-0 but my SoS was stronger on the day (I sat at table one rounds 2-4) so luck of the draw crowned me king. Picked up my sweet best of house prizes and went off to the bar with Sandy to console him a bit before he has to do a "play in game" against Michael Lamezec who would be tied with him for 4th for the right to play me again.
Sandy would go on to win that game so...cue the rematch
Top 4 cut: Sandy Barnabas Tyrell/HRD Highgarden.
Did you actually read the location he chose this time in the line above? Yeah, thinking Bitterbridge was pointless against my double barring he chose Highgarden instead this time. Okay. Sure. I again get King Balon out on setup but actually have bombs in hand to go with him in Euron this time. I got a mine and courtier as well. I open Trading since there is 0 chance of a Bitterbridge trigger and flood out my engine. I hit Renly's Pavillion with Int claim and steal it with Euron. I actually forgot to take his renown like an idiot, but it really doesn't hurt me. Turns 2 and 3 were barring since he got Bitterbridge in his draw on T1. Close on Turn 4 as Highgarden slows me down just a little bit. Valar M and D were both played, but I always had the ability to drop another bomb this game as my draw was more character than event heavy this time.
Final vs Jake Platt Tyrell/HRD Honeywine Went Splat v Platt
Degenerate Fucking Combo. I was able to rush to 6 power turn 1, I did the math and could get to 14 turn 2. He went from 0-15 in two attacks. Melee at Bitterbridge made both UO and All Men Are Fools were worth 6 power each. All his gals were duped immediately. What you gonna do? Only hope I had was drawing my 1x Tris. I didn't. He drew about 40 cards turn 2 and had 17 gold from events. About all that could have stopped it was High Sparrow...which is not the meta call we made. GG.
Well, our 3 man group we came with went 10-2 in the Swiss, top 2 into a 4 man cut and 2/3 finishes over all. Our only losses on the day from our top 2 decks were to Platt. I think that's pretty damn good.