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Patchface is the coolest card in this game! I think we can all agree on this. ;) On my quest for a deck with 3x Patchy I came across Nico's amazing Fury of the Babies deck. Nico gave me his blessing to modify his deck to please Patchface's needs. :P Kneel isn't as a good as it used to be, so I took all the kneel stuff out. In the end I removed more than 30 cards, Tywin among them, to make even more room for janky cards. :D
This is the result, and what can I say? This is hands down my favourite Thrones deck. It has so many cool attachment cards that literally noone else uses. First of all of course the mighty Ser Pounce (the second coolest Thrones card after Patchy), but also Glass Candle, Maester's Chain, Disputed Claim, Fever Dreams, Motley, The Boy King and Syrio's Training. There is also a place for characters like Joffrey or Marya Seaworth. Winning games with STR 7 tricon Joffrey non-kneeling during gaining 3 power for renown is so much fun. And this actually happens pretty often! I won a 20-player tournament with this deck (Link: https://thejoustingpavilion.com/tournaments/5997). You find the tournament report below.
So how does this deck work? The easiest way to victory didn't change compared to Nico's version: Slap Disputed Claim on Queen Cersei, attack three times with STR 8 (or 10), and have her gain up to 6 power per round on top of claim and unopposed. The unique cost 3 characters can turn into Baby Cerseis with a little help from Ser Pounce.
Peace and Prosperity is my standard opener in Qohor if I can put enough cost 2 locations in. The most important part is initiative 3, which wins you initiative against most openers (except Summer Harvest, but you're not unhappy if their opening plot is a blank 4 gold plot).
Valar Dohaeris is fantastic with your low-cost characters loaded up with attachments. Cost 10 also fits Cersei and one of the voltron babies.
I love Political Disaster. The plot is great in the location-heavy meta right now!
Casterly Rock is the key card! Everyone can become a catknight, but you have to draw Casterly Rock to make the most out of it. If you have it in your starting hand, keep it, don't set it up and marshal it for free with Peace and Prosperity.
The Goldroad lets you do your challenge phase stuff during Supporting the Faith turns. Golden Tooth let's you do the same, but it's better used as a taxation action. This deck makes your opponent discard lots of cards and You Win Or You Die is a common plot. You can also easily discard a knelt Golden Tooth for Political Disaster.
Voltron up Maester Pylos with Ser Pounce and Glass Candle, attacking thrice with stealth and drawing 3 cards! This is a combo I play pretty often, because sometimes you're behind and can't activate Disputed Claim. Thanks to Jim Hansen for making me put 2 more Pylos and Glass Candle in! :)
Myrcella doesn't always need her little brother's cat, sometimes Disputed Claim alone makes her a STR 5 non-kneeler with renown. Pretty good for a 4-gold investment. Voltron her up further with Syrio Forel, his Training and Widow's Wail!
If you don't have your best targets for Disputed Claim, Myrcella's younger or older brother or sometimes even her second cousin can step in. I included the cheap lords instead of ladies or bastards to have targets for The Boy King.
Round 1 Win vs. Summer
Round 2 Win vs. Wars
This game was really close. He had 5 warships out together with 2 Drowned Men, so I had to play Political Disaster round 3. Brothel Madame protected me from challenges, but Theon with Great Kraken meant that he had more power on his faction card than me, so I couldn't give renown to my non-kneeling Myrcella. I made a huge mistake sac'ing Ser Pounce instead of Syrio's Training on Myrcella, because she got knelt by Forced March. :/ Plan B: Patchface with Ser Pounce and Motley on King Balon giving him stealth and renown. The 3 power on my fool saved me when time was called, because we tied 10-10 and my Alliance deck had more cards left.
Round 3 Win vs. Wolf
My set up Patchface with Ser Pounce got bounced by Dorea Sand, damn it! He had lots of icon control (Nymeria and 2 Shadow City Bastards) round 1 stopping my 3 chuds doing any challenge. I played 2x Supporting the Faith during the next 2 rounds to stop his Flea Bottom and other shenanigans. I was hesitant with The King in the North because of Ward on my duped Tommen. Round 3 I played Cersei and she gained 5 power in one challenge phase. I put a Bodyguard to protect her, then he exchanged Arianne for ValArya being afraid of Milk of the Poppy. I obviously put a milk on Arya. Next round I had to play The King in the North despite Ward. Luckily he played Valar Dohaeris and I didn't choose duped Tommen because the deck doesn't rely on triggers. I played my 2 maesters, and he indeed topdecked 2 Ward this round. :D STR 10 Cersei with renown won 4 power by herself, enough to win the game.
Round 4 Loss vs. Wars
I didn't see Casterly Rock and he picked Cersei for claim round 1. Ser Pounce without Casterly Rock is half the fun. I discarded Strangler from Myrcella with Maester's Chain! :D Maester Pylos with Pouncy (and Glass Candle) countered his Left and Right while his Scheming Septon countered my Supporting the Faith. In the end neither of us had a strong character: his Renly got 2x Motley and 1 Milk, my Myrcella's Disputed Claim was only activated round 2 (and won me 3 power then). When time was called we finished 7-9.
Round 5 Win vs. Meereen
Unsurprisingly there were 3 Targ Meereen decks in the top 4, but all my plots are tech against , even Here to Serve. But I already had the Oldtown Scholar in setup, triggered him twice to draw 3 cards. I also had a Brothel Madame and played Supporting the Faith twice, there is nothing better than Drogon sitting there like a good boy. :P Round 3 I also got the Cersei + Voltron Pylos combo going drawing 3 cards and winning 7 power in 1 challenge phase! I wanted to qohor a Bodyguard to protect the 6 power on Cersei, but wait! Did I just draw the 2nd bodyguard with Pylos's insight? Crap! He played Valar Morghulis and killed his unduped board, but can spam the board like no other faction: 2x Great Hall for Ser Jorah Mormont, Missandei for Meereen, Qotho for free, and 3 gold for Aegon Targaryen and Daario Naharis. STR 5 Voltron Pylos had survived Valar, and got supported by my other janky combo: Tyrion + Marya Seaworth :D This was enough to edge out the win.
Top 4 Win vs. Meereen
The semifinal was much smoother. He had a 1-card setup after a mulligan and openend Summer Harvest instead of Late Summer Feast like my last opponent. This time I could get a Bodyguard on Cersei and rushed to a 15-0 victory.
Final Win vs. Wars
Rematch (on ironthrone because I didn't have enough time to play the final on the day), and this time I started much better. Casterly Rock and Voltron Pylos out round 1 drew me 3 cards, Cersei among them. He had only 1 icon which meant I was getting lots of unopposed power, which was necessary to activate Disputed Claim on Cersei because of his Oldtown+Scheming Septon. Tricon renown insight Patchface hit the board round 3, but wasn't needed because my opponent had no way of stopping Cersei.