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There is a general consensus among Stannis loyalists that Banner of the Sun is the best deck right now. There are some versions floating around, I prefer the low cost curve with Duel.
This deck is not easy to play. Most of the time, your opponent got the bigger board and to make things worse, their characters are more efficient than yours. The matches totally depend on your correct plot choices. I try to delay Valar Dohaeris as much as possible with the stall plots Fortified Position and Forced March or with Duel. Varys's Riddle also is a high-skill plot difficult to use.
- Fickle Bannerman is Bara's most efficient character, but you won't always be able to hold on to them. That's why saving Dohaeris is important. Also keep in mind that you can always move power from the bannermen to your faction card with Stormlands Fiefdom.
- The Red Keep is your draw engine, but even in this deck it often fails. But we got no Three-Finger Hobb, so Red Keep it is.
- Support of the People gets you The Starry Sept or Fury and these locations can be triggered in the same reaction window.
- Traitor to the Crown, Secret Pact, Shadow City Bastard (your prime Flea Bottom target), and Desert Raider help control the power challenge. Non-terminal on those attachments is really handy.
- Ser Cortnay, Myrcella, Ser Rolland, Poor Fellows, and Superior Claim let you capitalize on your control of the power challenge.
- I play a little dominance module with Throne, Table, Edric Storm and Devan Seaworth. It's not necessary, but I like it.
- Old Bill Bone and 3x In the Name of Your King! are necessary these days.
- Desert Raider is a lifesaver against aggro decks.
- Non-terminal Craven also helps.
Anti Valar Morghulis
- Valar hits this deck hard, so I play Varys's Riddle, Core Shireen, Ser Davos, and 3 of the Fiefdoms.
- I could mention Desert Raider again, but I won't...
- Hellholt is surprisingly good!
- Some might prefer to play Beguiled, Condemned, or Milk of the Poppy, but I think Lingering Venom is much cooler. This card really messes with the opponent's challenge phase strategy. Don't underestimate its psychological power! ;)
I missed round 1 and got a loss. :)
Round 2 Win vs. The Wars To Come
He was playing a knights deck, but 2x Traitor to the Crown and Shadow City Bastard+Flea Bottom round 1 had it all under control. Hellholt got some extra power as well as The Starry Sept, so I won very quickly.
Round 3 Win vs. Fealty
His icon control deck pulled off its tricks, but I had several small characters with power icons, while he had the characters with , so I was the only one gaining power. The Red Keep and The Starry Sept dominated this game. Even when his Red Viper hit the board, Starry Sept moving power to him during the challenge prevented me from losing any power challenge.
Round 4 Win vs. Sea of Blood
He was playing a cool Lanni Song deck with Harrenhal and "The Last of the Giants". I had the better board until double Forced March knelt everything. Harrenhal Ser Gregor Clegane led to a STR 10 challenge, but I could ambush City Watch to block SoB. But then he played "Off To Gulltown" and stood Gregor with Tom of Sevenstreams...STR 10 meant I lost my 2 bannermen, so I had to play Valar Dohaeris next turn. He marshaled Tywin, but I had a 2nd Traitor to the Crown for him. Fortified Position gave me some breathing time, so I could get farther ahead with my weaker board. I was able to block SoB with In the Name of Your King! again during his The Annals of Castle Black turn.
Round 5 Win vs. Fealty
Harvesting a Late Summer Feast gave me more gold than I needed. He played Euron and Asha. I Supported The Starry Sept because he better steals this location than The Red Keep. Then we played the perfect counterplots. My Duel killed Euron and knelt Asha. His First Snow left me with an empty board, but I had Flea Bottom. He had only The Reader who got Traitor to the Crown but could Sow the Sept with the challenge. The next rounds he had total board control with 2 Raiding Longships, Maiden's Bane and 3 Fanatics. He was even winning power once canceling 2 Shadow City Bastards on Theon (the 3rd Vince canceled Edric Storm :P to deny a 3 power swing) and triggered The Starry Sept he stole with We Take Westeros!. Well, thank you as I stole the power with my Stormlands Fiefdom :D When he had duped Asha, duped Balon and Theon and an Iron Mine after my Valar Dohaeris, I correctly anticipated Valar Morghulis and riddled it. Asha survived but was a Traitor to the Crown. With Fury and Table I was stealing 3 of his power per turn, so I won quite comfortably even though I never had a decent board.
Semifinals Win vs. Crossing
He had a bad setup with duped Theon as his only character, but then riddled my Summer Harvest. I played Lingering Venom on Theon, which made him die round 2. This left him with a board of Vic, Asha and Euron. He wanted to bait Duel and played Forced March with 4 characters on my side of the board, but I played Fortified Position. With his big characters (Euron had Fleet Captain) and the crossing bonus, my Hellholt was piling up power, 6 in the end. Then we both played Valar (Morghulis and Dohaeris). I triggered Morghulis first and he saved the 2 big guys he placed on the bottom of his deck. I could win power challenges supported by Fury and The Starry Sept, so once again I won comfortably even though I never had a decent board.
Final Win vs. Summer
My metamate played the deck I won a SC with 3 weeks ago. I had very few economy, just 1 Roseroad the entire game. I sacrificed a Shadow City Bastard to protect The Red Keep, but he Nightmares'ed it. In round 1 and 2, I was lacking 1 gold to play Flea Bottom, then I lost it for claim. He flooded the board, but still got a decent hand and 2nd Trade Routes, so Valar Dohaeris would hurt me more than him. Lingering Venom on Randyll Tarly had a big impact as it made him refrain from challenges. I countered Wardens of the South with Fortified Position. With his wide board and STR boosts he did win power challenges against me despite 2 Traitor to the Crown. At one point he forgot to block my win by 5, so I could search for The Starry Sept. In the decisive round, he tried to steal the bannerman, without him I wouldn't be able to win a power challenge myself, but I used a power from the Sept to blank him, then was able to close with claim and Fury.