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Hi fellow AGoT players - let us publish the deck we played at Prague Regional (73 players). The deck is a result of joint effort, thorough testing and deckbuilding with my friend Raius. Some time ago we both independently focused on clear underdog of that time, house and realized that banner Rose is probably a right choice for our needs. We both won two local tournaments with slightly different builds and decided to combine our effort with later releases of good cards to create competitive mid-range deck out of these factions. Let's take a look at key components:
Kneel package - an important control tool option especially against rush decks. Mostly one or two triggers from Selyse Baratheon (FotOG) and Melisandre (Core) are enough to get the time needed. Every character part of R'hllor package could be recycled via Spears of the Merling King if needed for additional kneel or hand control.
Draw - draw in the deck is supplied by the obvious The Red Keep being able to be fetched by Support of the People (or whatever location needed) and more importantly by #King at the Wall. That is the main reason behind the inverted zero-cost limited locations. Testing proved an attachment to be very effective draw and having another king trait is very handy. There is also a very good squadron of potential wielders.
Plot deck - the general choices are pretty self-explanatory and therefore just take a look on some more interesting decisions taken. The most notable is absence of reset = initially we of course tested a very usable Wildfire Assault useful with Spears of the Merling King. It performed well however due to the abundance of and we switched into Barring the Gates. It proves to be correct decision (it is even useful to have Winter plot around for variety of reasons). The deck has relatively low initiative value however this is not such a major issue due to the that it could be an advantage to be chosen either as a first player (threat being then active kneeling of His majesty Drunkard and Margaery Tyrell (HoT) with combination of Highgarden Courtier) or second player (threat being then kneeling package). We also considered an inclusion of Your King Commands It in order to buy one additional round against combo and with the amount of Kings in the deck. At the end we decided not to do that because we do not want to further decrease INI by swapping with Calling the Banners and with the frequent Heads on Spikes in the meta removing of Close Call (in reality the least useful plot however if used then in a crucial moments) was considered to be no go.
Some particular card choices:
Initially we had 2x Maester Cressen however decided to drop him to one copy with Oathkeeper in mind to free up an extra slot. Dragonstone Castle was tested and it was good of course. Still we decided to remove it due to the sheer amount of location hate and the fact that The Red Keep is able to net you 2 cards even in the round it gets discarded by Jade Sea Dromond. Initially we had 2x Bodyguard however we decided to trade one for Crown of Golden Roses to be able to trade cards for board pressure. Due to having only two targets eligible for Crown of Golden Roses we decided to add a third lord, one. We have to decide in-between The Knight of Flowers (Core) and Ser Garlan Tyrell (OR). At the end we choose Ser Garlan Tyrell (OR) due to the 5-cost bracket being overpopulated already. Begging Brother was added lately and we never regretted that decision in the current meta.
We decided to play Brienne of Tarth (GoH) at full complement of three copies due to her strong efficiency in this deck with correct trait and solid amount of kings in the deck. Number of triplicates in the deck is another reason why Close Call had to remain in a plot deck.
The whole performance of the deck is available at https://thejoustingpavilion.com/tournaments/5225
Interesting note is that my match at TOP 8 against future winner of the Regional was decided by great luck on his part (on top-deck mode he was able to draw third Growing Strong in-between more than 35 cards of his deck) otherwise I would won :) (Good to note that Raius managed to defeat that very same Crossing in a close game during preliminary rounds) player (Herly) thus prevented my game against my team mate Raius and the very same deck in TOP 4 :) Congrats to him!
I'd like to thank all the participants to make the tournament great experience as it was. I'm deeply indebted to my organization team who sacrificed a lot to allow me to play at the event (as head organizer). Thanks and see you next year (or at Nationals)! And good luck in Birmingham for some!
Mini-team Baratheon (Raius and me)