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Joe From Cincinnati 1643
With the new chapter pack finally coming out (with Wolves of the North between the past two chapter packs, this month long wait between packs has felt like an eternity!), I've decided to revise my Night's Watch deck.
I wouldn't really consider this a point for point improvement from the 1.0 We Defend the Wall Alone deck, but it is more like an alternative option. The 1.0 deck still works just fine with some minor adjustments and actually plays slightly differently from this one.
I've removed Wildfire Assault and Feast for Crows in favor of Confiscation and Here to Serve.
With the new attachment Old Bear's Raven, I've decided to test a deck that focuses heavily on the Old Bear, which meant including Confiscation in case he is milked. Also, with Ward coming out, you want to have the option to reclaim your Samwell or Will if they are stolen. Luckily, most of the characters in this deck cannot be warded, so that's a nice little boost this deck gets versus the meta at large, as I imagine Stark will be everywhere. I also removed the Iron Thrones and Hand's Judgments in favor of Tears of Lys and Milk of the Poppy. Too often, I found that Hand's Judgment wasn't cancelling much, as I rarely entered the challenges phase with gold. And any time I did, it would end up going unused. I am hesitant because tears can really ruin Old Bear's good time, but the Raven attachment and an additional Little Bird, plus Here to Serve to fetch Aemon has given me confidence that I don't need as much protection from those events as I have in the past. Adding Milk and Tears gives me spot control of dangerous characters, of which many are coming out in the last few chapter packs. I'm also running 1 Rattleshirt's Raiders as a test. He is a military icon that stays on the board during FSoW and he can remove negative attachments that I don't want to deal with, like Seal of the Hand or Milk.
Speaking of Here to Serve, I added it for two reasons: If I do choose to run Forgotten Plans, it would likely replace Calm Over Westeros. In the event of that swap, I'd need a reliable opening plot that isn't Trading (because opening with Trading is dangerous in a lot of metas). Getting Maester Aemon is never a bad play, especially with the likes of Mirri Maz Duur and Tyene Sand running around. In addition, if you do draw up a Maester Aemon, you can use Here to Serve to go get him and then dupe him for free, which makes him resistant to First Snow of Winter. Having Aemon out on FSoW turn may save your Old Bear from being Marched the following turn.
I dropped Syrio to 1x so I could raise Littlefinger to 2x because I needed more intrigue icons and economy (plus the card draw is nice). And with the two Old Bear's Ravens, stealth isn't as big of a deal for my defenses, especially with Old Bear out.
I added a copy of Stonesnake because he can actually rack up some renown pretty quickly. I had a game end where he had 5 renown because he was stealthing Robert each turn. Obviously, that was because I kept losing the Wall due to Mel, but that's a whole other story.
I upped Alliser to 2 because, again, he's strong against FSoW (there was a theme to my changes). And having two means I'm more likely to be able to hold onto him and then bait my opponent into wasting their military challenge.
Unrelated topic. One thing I've learned in my testing against FSoW is never attack a Martell player with 2 gold on a First Snow turn. It doesn't go over too well.
Finally, I added a Chett and 2 Sworn Brothers in favor of an Old Forest Hunter and two Unsworn Apprentices. Chett is an intrigue icon and he can save my Old Bear's Ravens from the discard pile if they are confiscated. And the Sworn Brothers can reduce any of the 9 locations in my deck that cost at least 1 gold. I am sad that I removed Iron Throne in the same release that I added the Sworn Brothers, but this is merely a test. Iron Throne and Feast may re-enter the deck after testing is done so then it would have 11 targets to reduce, which I think is more than enough to justify the two of them.
I've reduced the Unsworn Apprentices just because they don't have any valuable traits and are weak to First Snow of Winter. Obviously, that could potentially open a hole in my defenses, but the biggest weakness is intrigue, and I can always fetch Aemon as a last resort in that regard, so it isn't so bad.
The deck has 10 non set up cards (I don't consider Old Bear's Raven a set up card because I basically just want to put it on Old Bear, and you can't afford that with just 8 gold.) so it is still good in set up, but it also has 17 4+ characters, which I think is a pretty good balance when it comes to First Snow resistance.
I will be testing this deck tonight and ideally it does well. I don't want to have to re-build it, as I already had so many difficult cuts to make (Mainly the Throne and Feast).
Let me know what you guys think!