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Joe From Cincinnati 1649
Nymeria Sand, Syrio Forel, Unsworn Apprentice and Edric Dayne make the deck very flexible with icons. The 3 Noble Lineages also help to make the deck run well and are great for set up.
There are occasional problems with economy, simply because the deck is running 3 Benjens, 3 Nymerias and 2 Syrios. I actually had to cut 1 Ranging Party, as well as Will and Littlefinger simply because there were too many 4 and 5 gold characters in the deck for the relatively lackluster economy that the Night’s Watch has.
I also had to cut A Meager Contribution because Nymeria, Confinement and Maester Caleotte are so good with Tears of Lys and I didn’t want to commit more than 12 slots to events and attachments.
So if there is a weakness of this deck, it is economy. But it has good draw from the Ravens and plenty of low cost characters to help defend the Wall. 26 of the 36 characters are 3 gold or less (this will be adjusted when the First Snow of Winter eventually comes out).
I was surprised how much I liked Summons in this deck. Being able to find and play Nymeria Sand helps the deck a ton and, worst case scenario, you can grab an Unsworn Apprentice, Syrio Forel, either Maester or even Edric. I’ve never used Summons in this deck and didn’t find something that helped me. Also a great plot to recover from after your opponent uses Varys, as you can go find the icon that you still need to defend the Wall, dependent on your hand and what is left on your side of the field. In this scenario, even a Steward at the Wall would be a good pull from Summons, if you don’t have any intrigue icons on the board.
Building Orders obviously helps get the Wall. But it’s also great for grabbing some economy if you want to play Nymeria or Syrio, and can even grab a Noble Lineage if you miss on the Wall and economy.
Noble Lineage protects your characters from Plaza of Punishment, which is really nice since Targ is a big weakness for the Night’s Watch, considering they have so much character removal that burns through saves from Aemon and dupes.
I tried running Fortified Posiiton in this deck to help against the likes of Balon and Tywin, but it turns out Nymeria, Unsworn Apprentice, Syrio, Edric are all really bad on that turn, and you could end up shooting yourself in the foot more often than not.
Confiscation is a must because Nymeria needs to stay unmilked (as does Benjen).
Calm Over Westeros can be used as an opening plot that is safe versus Naval Superiority, or as a late game plot to protect your power/characters when you’re close to winning.
As far as Night’s Watch decks go, this is the best icon distribution I’ve ever had and it runs very well. I wish I could fit in Feast for Crows, as Martell doesn’t offer much passive power gain, making the Wall the primary strategy, but you have enough icon manipulation that you can force plenty of unopposed challenges and turn into a typical deck capable of winning challenges when you need to.
I’m really excited to start testing this deck once the chapter pack comes out and we’ll see if it works as well in practice as it does in theory!