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I brought different iterations of this to the Tulsa, OK and Independence, MO store championships with mixed success. The winners of these SC's played Stark:LotC and Martell:LotC respectively. Metamate @Kale Enders took down the Independence SC and suggested I try out The Lord of the Crossing. Crossing gives immense flexibility, pressure, and moves games along without needing to rely on a) lots of renown or b) lots of power challenges (those certainly help though). The earlier iterations of this deck were designed and piloted by European winners, @Nimer primarily. I went 3-1 in Swiss, placing 3rd, and got to finals for a rematch against my only loss in Swiss.
Earlier iterations of @Nimer 's deck left me lacking in economy when I didn't see Beggar King and disposable <3 drop characters to soak military claim when I fell behind. Nothing is worse than paying for an Unsullied that immediately eats it for claim. I moved over to a more bloodrider focus with 3x Devoted Bloodrider, 2x Aggo, 3x Jhogo, and 1x Rakharo. This gave me more solid military icons and made my icon alignment similar to Stark, which is comfortable to me. I added 1x Isle of Ravens to recycle Dracarys!, Kings Roads, Waking the Dragon's, and dupes. I was trying out the underrated The Silver Steed for extra renown and the threat of an extra power challenge. I didn't draw it all day and will continue to test it but I don't think it's necessary. Rakharo is mediocre at best and I will probably cut him entirely.
The final adjustment was to my plot deck. I was originally playing 2x Summer Harvest and 1x Building Orders. I dropped 1x Summer Harvest and 1x Building Orders to put back in 1x Famine and 1x Varys's Riddle.
Round 1 - vs Michael, Stark: Rains
Michael is a friend from AR with a very intriguing deck choice. He opens with Roose Bolton and some chuds. I open with Jhogo, Devoted Bloodrider, Roseroad, and turn 1 with Aggo and a Rhaegal. Sansa, Septa Mordane, and Arya all show up to the party and goes hard on the first turn on challenges. I am able to Dracarys! his Roose and weather the storm and I end turn 1 with either 5 or 6 power. He couldn't keep enough military icons on the board but Winterfell, and a well timed Lady -> Sansa solidly bring him up to 8 or 9 power. I am able to close it out and LotC put in work. He got 2 sucessfull Rains triggers off. Game went to 5 plots. 1-0
Round 2 - vs Zach, Tyrell: LotC.
He opens with Roymar Royce and the Arbor. I open with Jorah, Viserion, Devoted Bloodrider, and a Roseroad. Turn 1 he flips Summer Harvest and I flip Varys's Riddle. For those unaware of this interaction, read this: http://www.cardgamedb.com/forums/index.php?/topic/32255-varys-riddle-vs-summer-harvest/ . I take first player and he gets 2 gold on turn 1, and I play Nightmare's on The Arbor. I slowly play out military and power icons and force through military challenges. Eventually Jhogo, Khal Drogo, and Mirri show up and the game snow balls. Renly and Knight of Flowers get killed and we wrap up in 4 plots. 2-0
Round 3 - vs Andy, Baratheon: Fealty
He sets up with Gendry, Bastard in Hiding, and Selyse Baratheon or a Rose Road. He opens with Summer Harvest and I open with Varys's Riddle. He plays some reducers, an Iron Throne and Melisandre and starts racking up some power. I'm able to get out some dragons, Aggo with a dupe, Mirri Maz Duur, and a Devoted Bloodrider. He swings with Melisandre for an intrigue challenge and she happily gets Dracarys!ed away. Eventually Stannis (core) and Robert show up, however he is lacking for intrigue strength. I'm able to get Mirri in for an intrigue challenge and knock out Gendry and Robert on back to back turns. I slowly work my way back up, and Jhogo stealths past and wins several crucial power challenges. Aggo also stands and got to participate in 2 challenges on 2 different turns. I end turn 4 with 14 power and he is at 11. Drogo claims renown for a throw away military challenge on turn 5 and I win. 3-0
Round 4 - vs Derek, Baratheon: Fealty
Derek is an awesome guy from the Kansas City area. He drops Stannis (core) and Bastard in Hiding on setup. I drop Jorah?, Viserion?, reducer?, Kingsroad on setup, and the game goes down hill from here. Between consolidations of power, Melisandre kneel, Even Handed Justice, Iron Throne/Chamber of the Painted Table/Seen in Flames, I get all of my tricks discarded from hand and am unable to make 3 challenges with all of my characters constantly knelt. I don't remember getting above 4 power and was completely knelt out on turn 2. This game came down to Derrick having a much stronger setup and drawing his key cards when he needed them. Game was over in 4 plots. 3-1
I end Swiss placing 3rd and moving onward to Top 4.
Semifinal - vs Alan, Greyjoy: Rains
This was a feared matchup for both of us, but also my favorite game of the evening. He opens with Asha, a chud, and Iron Mines. I open with Viserion, Aggo, and a Rose Road. My goal is too keep him off of intrigue challenges. His turn 1 is Balon (core) and a Little Bird on both Asha and Balon. I'm sitting on a Dracarys!, Waking the Dragon, and Nightmares in hand the entire game. I have the opportunity several times to play Daenerys, Mirri, or Khal Drogo, but I would always be out of gold and instead I played small characters and would consistently leave a dragon in play and 1 or 2 gold. He played around the Dracarys! the entire game very well. He lets a series of challenges go unopposed for fear of Dracarys!. I was unable to defend a series of military and power challenges from Balon (I confiscated the little bird on turn 2) and just had to keep playing characters and utilize Fire and Blood to get dragons back from claim soak.
He eventually is able to leverage Valar Moghulis but I have a duped Aggo and am able to quickly recover, while he is able to save Asha and Balon. I am able to finally Dracarys! Asha away and push closer to victory. On the final turn he replays little bird on Balon and plays Victarion. He swings in for an unopposed intrigue, triggers Rains for Power Behind the Throne (standing Balon), and swings Power to win the game. I Nightmares Balon, oppose the challenge and crack back for unopposed challenges and LotC to win. Nightmares wins games.
Finals - vs Derek, Baratheon: Fealty
Rematch time! I open with 2 dragons, Jorah, and a reducer. I'm sitting on 2x Dracarys! and 2x Waking the Dragon for most of the game. I slowly chip away at his board, not trying to over extend. I'm not seeing my usual economy cards and have to rely solely on my plots and Kings Roads. He doesn't draw characters and his board devolves to 1 character on turn 2, which gets Marched to the Wall on turn 3. Turn 3 puts the nail in the coffin when he drops Stannis (Core) and Bastard in Hiding. I maneuver through my three challenges, and surprise Wake the Dragon to initiate my 2nd military challenge to kill Stannis. He doesn't draw characters on turn 4 and I win the tournament with unopposed challenges.
Playing The Lord of the Crossing teaches you the value of acceptable losses. How much can you get away with, while letting challenges go unopposed against you, so you can get full advantage of LotC? Targaryen has very efficient characters with a good spread of icons. There is built in resilience with Fire and Blood to put dragons back into play, or put important dead characters back in your deck. Waking the Dragon lets you get some extra mileage out of your key characters. My most common targets were 1) Jhogo 2) Any of the dragons for an additional or surprise challenge and 3) Mirri Maz Duur in some rare situations (but is backbreaking when it works).
Thank you everyone who came out to our Store Championship and all of my metamates who helped me fine tune this deck.