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First of all a big shoutout to the organisation of the Dockside Brothel Days. Loved the tournament and all the events around it.
I have been thinking about a direwolf deck since i started playing 2.0, but this obviously seemed like an absurd idea. Running mostly military monocons who have no way to gather power except for unopposed. Yet a few months ago I saw a direwolf deck popping up on this site that apparently did well and decided to give it a go. Some time ago the deck made King of Swiss in a local tournament in the Netherlands (18 players). I had doubts about bringing this to Dockside, but friends from my local meta convinced me to play this deck. What follows is a short summary of the deck and a (hazy) tournament report.
The goal of the deck is to diminish the board of my opponent as quickly as possible after which you maintain the pressure with cards like Grey Wind and Wolves of the North while trying to gain power with unopposed. Sneak Attack is a great opener, and if you follow that up with The Winds of Winter and double Marched to the Wall you will often look at an opponent in despair. This deck is very strong at soaking military claim from my opponents and recovers pretty good from Valar. So do not be afraid of killing your own characters or marching a few to the wall. Most of the time they will return to your hand/board very quickly.
Summer (Core) must not end up in your dead pile and is used to recover dead or marched characters. Most of the time this will be Arya Stark (Core). Often i use her for claim on military to take her back later with Summer. Summer is crucial. I always march him or use him as fodder for The Pack Survives.
Grey Wind is the card that keeps the pressure on and allows me to have 'extra military claim' each round. I Quickly look for dupes of him with Wolf Dreams and try to keep him safe. Close Call is a way to get him back if he somehow ends up in your dead pile. Robb Stark (Core) and Wolves of the North are Grey Wind's support cast and allow him to eat very big threats. In testing Grey Wind did eat Robert Baratheon!
Ser Rodrik Cassel gives this deck the draw it needs. He refills your hand very quickly and had a power icon to grab that last bit of power. I didn't see much of him during Dockside, but he has proven worthwhile in in the past.
Round 1 vs Stark Crossing (Tom B) Win As I feared my first game would be against someone who knows my deck extensively. Tom and I play most fridays and he knows what to expect of my deck. Rush is in general a great match-up for this deck so that did bode well. During the first round I couldn't use my Sneak Attack on military because Tom had put all the military icons on the board. I used Donella and Winter Is Coming to push a 3 claim intrigue through. Tom didn't find any dupes for his characters and mine were duped very quickly. His hand was empty and Valar hit him hard. After that is was just a matter of time.
Round 2 vs Martel Fealty (Caitlin W) Win I always thought this deck does not like to play against Martel. The combination of Vengeance for Elia and icon strip from Nymeria Sand seems like a bad thing. Indeed on turn one Caitlin left 1 gold open and knelt her fealty when my challenges began. I had a decent board however with one of her characters warded. She didn't have Vengeance and I killed her chuds. I marched another character the turn after. She didn't find more chuds to delay the onslaught of Grey Wind combined with military claim and I had a The Pack Survives ready for the round when she did find a Vengeance. Cailtin did played Valar Morghulis, but I played A Time For Wolves to get Summer (Core). I recovered instantly and closed out the game.
Round 3 vs Greyjoy Rains (Wouter van I) Win My Sneak Attack hit hard because I had a Winter Is Coming and a The Pack Survives cancelled out his Risen from the Sea. The two turns after I played Marched to the Wall to clear this board. He played Valar Morghulis to reset my board, but Summer (Core) clawed me back into the game. My lack of power icons did hurt. When I saw Aeron Damphair (Core), The Eyrie and an The Iron Throne appear it looked a bit grim. Yet I had gathered more power than him and Ward saved me for a round. That was enough to close out the game.
Round 4 vs Night's Watch Fealty (Tamás A) Loss This game was showed on stream. I knew i had the advantage of having lots of No Attachment characters. But my deck runs only 5 intrigue icons. So the The Haunted Forest would hurt a lot. Tamás set up The Roseroad, Castle Black, The Wall and The Haunted Forest. I sighed and still tried a sneak attack. Knowing he was going for Here to Serve to find Maester Aemon (Core). He however also had a dupe for him as well as a Dupe for Halder. My Sneak Attack didn't do much and soon he racked up power. I tried a Valar that he countered with Varys's Riddle and the game was over.
Round 5 vs Start Fealty (Don van B) Loss I do play regularly with Don and he also knows what my deck is capable of. He quickly gathered military icons and played his draw plots to find the dupes he needed. Soon I was behind in power, but a Ward on Sansa Stark (Core) gave me a chance to get back. Normally I would march a warded character immediately, but I figured he didnt want to risk confiscating his own milk when I played marched. I went for A Time For Wolves to set up for the Valar Morghulis in his deck. Yet Don went for confiscation and took Sansa Stark (Core) back. He had Valar Morghulis and Varys's Riddle as his other two plots remaining and didnt want to run the risk of hitting a Marched to the Wall with any of those. Soon after this it was over.
Round 6 vs Tyrell Crossing (Menno S) Win Yay! A crossing deck again. My first hand contained 3-4 limited so I took a mulligan. Menno did the same. His second hand however had a massive 5 limited cards, a Pleasure Barge and a The Knight of Flowers. I opened Sneak Attack, unwilling to walk into his Varys's Riddle with a Marched to the Wall. Menno drew into some more limited locations while I had his board cleared. Menno conceded soon after. I would have done the same with such bad luck...
Round 7 vs Lannister Rains (Jemiol) Win I needed to win this game to get in the cut and it was one of the most intense games I have ever played. Sadly I do not remember all the details. But here we go. Jemiol soon had his Harrenhal (FFH)/Tower of the Hand combo up and going while I was struggling to kill his characters. I found a Frozen Solid to deal with his Tower of the Hand. I managed to get rid of most of his board except for The Hound who kept on evading my stealth. My characters kept on finding their way to the dead pile due Trial by Combat but Summer (Core) got them back as quickly as they went. I think I played Arya Stark (Core) 4 times this game. Going into the last plot I had a big board while he had a Duped Tywin Lannister (Core) with 2 power and a [Ser Lancel Lannister]. (/card/05014). I went for Marched to cover a Valar Morghulis and to be sure to go first on this turn. Jemiol indeed did Valar and Tywin Lannister (Core) went to the Wall. At this moment I was on 12 power while Jemiol was on 10. I topdecked a Nightmares to take out Harrenhall. Even though I had no characters, the lack of claim on Valar Morghulis and that Jemiol had no intrigue presence to trigger "The Rains of Castamere" won me the game. Thanks again for this beautiful game!
Top 16 vs Tyrell Crossing (Ryan W) Win A favorable crossing match again. I opened Sneak Attack but let Ryan go first. I had a Ward and a Winter Is Coming in hand. After marshalling Ryan had a Crowned Randyll Tarly, Margaery Tyrell (Core) and 2 chuds. I took Margaery Tyrell (Core) with Ward and during challenges I stealthed past Randyll to get a 3 claim military. The plots after I kept on applying pressure with Grey Wind and another Winter Is Coming and Ryan didn't draw into anything that could help him.
Top 8 vs Night's Watch Fealty (Tamás A) Loss This man again set up all his locations during setup and the first turn. My Sneak Attack was more effective this time however. Only Benjen Stark and Maester Aemon (Core) survived. Yet in some blur I decided to not follow up with Marched to get rid of Benjen Stark. This did cost me a great deal. My stealth was nearly ineffective now and Tamás managed to get a duped Qhorin Halfhand in play and he also duped Aemon. Soon we both had duped boards, but the Wall was racking up power too quickly. Benjen Stark died do a Valar Morghulis and Tamás won the game.
I was very glad my deck performed this well. It caught people by surprise and even when it didn't it applied enough pressure to make most decks crumble.
I know the deck lacks intrigue icons, but Like Warm Rain took care of that on the table and in my opponents heads. It is kinda like a Dracarys! light. Keep an direwolf standing and have 1 gold. Chances are your opponent is not going to do an intrigue challenge with a big character. And since most chuds have died before they can get to challenges it has to be a big character attacking.
Possible I want to add another Ward. That card was amazing all day. Another Nightmares would have been great to take care of cards like Maester Aemon (Core), Harrenhal (FFH) and Margaery Tyrell (AMAF)
Thank you all for reading and if you have any questions feel free to ask.