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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.
As I expected, there were economy problems with the previous edition of this deck. I removed 2 Benjens and added 1 Arianne so that she can be reduced by the 3 Martell Reducers and ‘cheat’ Benjen and Syrio into play for cheap.
i am happy with the events. I see them enough to use them, but not enough that I wish I was seeing more characters.
Due to the economy weakness, I overhauled my plots. Feast for Crows has been a staple in most of my Night’s Watch decks and I missed it almost immediately. Not only does it provide great economy, but it speeds the deck up a bit. With no ancillary power gain like I have in My NW Stark deck with Sansa or Chamber of the Painted Table in my NW Bara deck, this deck needs help speeding up the game when it doesn’t see the Wall early.
A friend of mine, many know him by the name Drakk, is trying to convince me that Trading with the Pentoshi is a good include in this deck. I’m not convinced, mainly because this deck relies on its big characters and if Trading is Naval’d, you’re basically done. There isn’t enough economy to recover from a 5 to 0 gold turn. At least with Feast or Noble Cause (in other decks, not this one) is only a 2 to 0 gold turn. Giving them the 3 gold in addition to having none yourself is basically a guaranteed loss, unless you already had the advantage at that time. But with the most common turn to play Trading with the Pentoshi (and the best, according to Drakk) being turn 1, it can be incredibly predictable and relatively safe for your opponent to break out their Naval and see if they can autowin a game.
For these reasons, I added a second Calling the Banners to make sure I could afford everything well that wouldn’t lose me the game if it is hit by Naval Superiority. That makes 4 plots that can play any character in the deck. That should help it along quite nicely. Removing Building Orders hurts, but I think it’s for the greater good.
I also removed Wildfire Assault. Yes, it is strong to nuke your own Bastard daughters and Benjen, but it took up a slot that could be used to further improve the economy. And, as many have told me over the last few months, Night’s Watch doesn’t mind having huge boards.
I disagree, as a smaller board is a more predictable board and a predictable board is how the Night’s Watch wins games.
But in order to adjust the economy and still allow for Summons, I had to remove it. We’ll see if I regret that decision in testing to come.
When the pieces are on the board (Nymeria, Syrio, Edric, Maester Cal), the deck runs beautifully.
Although, because of the core of the deck being Martell, I removed Castle Black. Too often I was foregoing NW characters to play my Martell characters and Castle Black would be a dead card in my hand or play.
I also upped Iron Throne to 3 because I’m literally never upset when I see it. It’s always a good thing to play and it makes Feast for Crows easy to trigger.
Milks become very crucial for this deck because the plots do not allow for a lot of control like in many of my other NW decks. So I increased the milks to 3x. Without Fortified Position to neutralize renown and Balon (Balon still wrecks all Night’s Watch decks), milks are going to be even more important than usual in controlling those irritating big characters that, for whatever reason, FFG forgot to print for the Night’s Watch.
I continued to reduce the cost curve of the deck by adding more reducers, reducing some 5s and putting in some more 2s and 3s etc.
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. It also stops Seastone Chair and now Raiding Longship. So attachments are becoming increasingly more important.
After testing the deck, I am trying to decide if this deck, or the reverse banner of Martell Banner of the Watch would be superior.
Ghaston Grey would do amazing things for this deck. And you’d only really have to trade 2x Sam and 3x Messenger Ravens for 3x Greenblood Traders.
Obviously the card draw will be worse, but maybe Ghaston Grey makes up for that by bouncing their renown characters and slowing down their march to victory.
Something to think about for sure.