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For new players who don't know what a Great Hall event is:
- You must build a deck with Greyjoy, Tyrell, Martell or Baratheon as a main faction. By choosing one of those, you cannot use Banner of the Kraken, Rose, Sun or Stag.
- If you don't choose option 1, then, you must build a deck with Lannister, Night's Watch, Targaryen or Stark as a main faction. With this option, you must use Banner of the Kraken, Rose, Sun or Stag.
The standard restriction list from October 2018 must also apply to the options above. A rookery was also allowed, which I didn't use properly.
About the deck:
I was looking at the card pool and evaluating what was popular...
From testing, burn / STR reduction is useful :
- to manage opponent's Sea of Blood;
- against Free People;
- to feed the Econ;
- to manage the board; -win some unopposed challenges.
This deck is not really complicated, but decisions, decisions, decisions... all based on your opponent's game and board state.
In this deck, you have enough saves (Iron Mines, dupes, Fire and Blood, Close Call, Marched to the Wall) + awesome killing effects (Queen Dany, Bid Red Lizard, Khal Drogo, Dracarys!, A Dragon Is No Slave, etc.) to have fun while controlling the opponent.
For blue cards, it's mainly some saves + renown + intimidate + stand / stealth + some little locations control tech. Hold on to your cards, then push thru.
What I would change in this deck :
- 2 resets: VM + VD. Mainly because of Greyjoy.
- Nightmares was really great but if you can rookery : More The Hand's Judgment. Mainly on a VM turn because of this.
- If you plan to play against vicious pillage Greyjoy tech, think about this chud or this option?.
Round 1 vs. Charles ( Crossing)
Charles is a new player in our meta and he played great Sand Snake shenanigans to bounce The Queen back to hand. He also forced me to pay 7 gold for Vic with this Free Folk plot. I had great econ, so marshalling was tight, but ok. Had a good board presence, intimidate and burn.
He probably had made more with some Doran's Game tricks mixed with Crossing but he told me he didn't run it.
Round 2 vs. Jean-Seb ( Crossing)
Jean-Seb is another new player in our meta and he was playing some classic Greyjoy with Magalie's Asha, King Balon, some Drowned God tech, some Broken Boats (we call it the "Sacrament de Vidange", means "freaking garbage") and some other boats I rarely see. His Drowned God tech was great to feed my Port.
Going further turns, we did get to 6 each or he was slightly ahead by 1 or 2 . I think he won Dominance and bring back Asha or Euron. He had no cards in hand (therefore, no Raisins) and no Iron Mines. He had a pretty good board, so, I had no other choice to Valar. I think I only had a duped Viserion left after VM.
Furthermore, my Ports were golden and I could run to the finish line with unopposed, renown and claim.
Round 3 vs. Guillaume C. ( Crossing)
This time it's against Guillaume, a player who has multiple reps with Greyjoy and finished 3rd in the last 2018 Regional.
This is the greatest game of the day where we were fighting constantly and applying pressure constantly on each other.
I know from reps before that Tris can really drag my plans down to a point that he will become the obsession to kill / remove. The question here is: do I keep my Crown for some other big character? What if he has a dupe of Tris (my single Valar won't hit him)? Maybe I'll loose it from claim? Hmmm... Should I wait? Would you have waited if you were in my situation? Oh well! Let's see where this goes. F**k Tris! Fire bucket challenge on your head.
So Drogon does is thing reducing the board to 1 character on his side and I still have my 3 dragons, but with no dupes. I'm thinking: "let's Marched". He chooses to Valar. So, I marched Drogon and kill the other 2 dragons. No one has a board at that point and I don't have enough gold to fully rebuild so I'm putting out econ locations and kept a gold for Flea Bottom. No marshalling on is side but keeping 2 gold. Doreah comes into play, he pays The Iron Price + Crown of Gold on her.
I think he Trade Routes after that to rebuild his board. He had a lot of locations, but few cards in hand. I pull out some characters to defend or burn his challenge to keep my hand.
Awesome game overall and high tension all along!
Round 4 vs. Francis C. ( Wars)
I just got beat up.
Greyjoy Wars is probably the worst thing to face up at this point. And also to mention, Francis was trained by this guy so, I know he's an excellent player.
Don't remember really if I had any advantages after plot 1. He broke my deck in pieces and rushed me out with renown bodies and a little walk by the lake. Also, I think Euron took my Plaza... and... that's game.
He did forget 3 triggers down there... so he would have finished me earlier anyways :P
Semifinals vs. Francis C. ( Wars)
I just got beat up. Again.
I could just copy-paste Round 4 in here :P, but I couldn't manage his board.
I couldn't Valar really because I didn't have my pieces to rebuild. I also couldn't hit back to win some unopposed.
In Round 4 and in this Semifinals, Francis didn't play any resets. But he did Pinch me once in the Semifinals. Balon made an outstanding appearance stealing my Victarion for a greater number of renown and... game.
Lost that Semifinals