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Me: "Hey Vegeta, how many times did i forget to use Gates of Winterfell to draw a card during the tournament?"
Vegeta: "Its over 8,000!"
Me: "Yeah...that sounds about right"
Seriously though, this deck actually isnt far off from other Stark Fealty that ive seen pop up here as tournament winners or high placers. I'll give a quick runthough of the plots and some of the card choices, and later this week i'll re-edit this post to include a tournament report that will be filled with hopefully some good notes and some funny recollections of dumb play mistakes i made throughout the day (see above)
Not gonna talk about most of the Allstars, Ned, Rob, Catelyn are all really good, as is Blackfish. Get out guys with the Renown Keyword, go second, gain power, say "No" to things. Rinse, repeat, dont make mistakes.
Plots: Building Orders - One of the highest impact plots for me throughout the day as there are many matchups we want to dig early for a Winterfell if we dont see one in our hand. Almost all of my opponents had a Tyene Sand or a Mirri Maz Duur on the board during my games against them, which is when Winterfell or Milk of the Poppy really earn their keep.
Calling the Banners - Since we dont do much to affect our opponent's board state, this is always a nice amount of gold and its pretty fast for initiative.
Summons - Honestly im not super Jazzed about playing it, but we sometimes lack for card draw and our deck is too expensive to suffer a Counting turn. Sometimes you just gotta dial up a dude when any walking body will do. Also, we need it for the mirror cause whoever gets Robb Stark into play first wins (dramatic oversimplification, but you get the point)
Trading with the Pentoshi - Man, if theres any card i love to broadly hate on, its this guy here. Originally this was A Noble Cause, but in testing we found that if Lannister (any combination) had a huge first turn and gets out at least 3 of their big uniques, then we gotta be able to answer in kind, and fast. This unfortunately is the card that allows us to do that thing. I actually didnt play this in over 50% of my match ups, but the few times i really needed it i was glad it was there.
Wardens of the North - This thing is so good, and im not gonna be shocking anyone by saying that. I'd play 2 if i could, it forces your opponent to so heavily over calculate the battle math that you always end up netting power on these turns.
Key players and Surprisingly useful dudes: Winterfell - Pretty sure everyone gets it by now, moving on
Milk of the Poppy - Nymeria and Tyrion are generally targets #1 for this, it was always super good in every game i drew it or multiples. Basically never a dead card.
Ice- I was suprised that 3 of in the deck didnt bum me out at all, but i was always happy to draw it. We dont "really" care about our opponents board state, but sometimes Key players for them need to die fast, like the before mentioned characters Nym or Tyrion, or anyone thats gonna be a bummer on a winter plot turn like Khal Drogo.
Nightmares- speaking of Winter turns, this card saved my ass in many games and i was glad i made room for 2. If we can turn off a Tyene or a Mirri on a winter turn, then it was worth it. Also we sometimes might do this to a Ser Ilyn Payne as our first marshal action if we go first. Originally the deck had Zero events to try to turn all copies of The Hand's Judgment into blank cards, but i had to slightly backpedal on that once i saw how helpful this card could be.
Jory Cassel - So when The Long Winter gets flipped by our opponent this guy becomes a super rock star. Either he's gonna save us from a Tears or Mirri that we couldnt stop, or he stright up eats a 2 claim all by himself. Wouldn't run more than one, but he wins games.
Septa Mordane - So, if she hits the board with Sansa Stark, and you happen to also have a Winterfell out, then you have a 7 Str bi-con with Renown. its really good....like, really good. On the subject, this version of Sansa Stark is perfect for this deck, as she sets up like a champ and maybe gives us late game card draw, really she's kinda everything we need in all phases of that game for 2 freakin gold.
Ward - I was expecting this thing to be pretty meh, and it really was for the most part. Very few targets for most of the tournament to choose from, i think the most impact it had was during the finals when i took a Greenblood Trader from my opponent. Im glad its a one of, i expect its very good in the mirror, but any more would be too much for what the meta looks like right now. Not saying the card itself isnt great, it sure is, just right now its less effective.
Gates of Winterfell - Sigh, this card is usually so good for us, however i probably missed drawing about 10 cards over the course of the whole tournament. Im the worst player in the world is my only excuse. Usually if we reveal a Neutral card its a Road, and we can then use either Summons or Building to dig for something and then draw hopefully something more impact-full with our draw step. I think i'm just gonna need to get RTFC sleeves for myself from now on.
Ill try to get a full tournament report typed up and added to this in the next few days. It was a well ran event by the Covenant store in Tulsa, OK (check it out if youve never been). I played against some incredible players and feel very happy about the level of competition that was on hand to make my day difficult. if you have any questions please feel free to ask below.