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This is the Greyjoy Banner Dragon deck I piloted to victory at the Rockville, MD Regional at Dream Wizards (42 Players).
The deck is a deadly combination of raw power from Greyjoy's character suite, location control and the consistency of running x3 of just about everything. Plaza of Pride allows me not to worry about drawing extra copies of dead characters - they would just become Plaza fuel. If those are the fuel, Counting Coppers x2 is the engine.
Round 1 - Targ Crossing - Win
6-card set up with 2 Iron Fleet Scouts, a Limited and an Iron Mines + 2 characters. My opponent opens with Political Disaster which was a bit of a shock; that plot is really good late game against my deck, but he used it too early. The game was in my favor for the most part; I was able to apply pressure early and keep him fighting off his back foot.
Round 2 - Greyjoy Crossing - Win
The first two turns of this game had us taking almost identical turns. Opened same plots, lead with Asha and Theon early, and we both even had a Challenge phase where we each played 2 Nightmares to keep each other's Renown gain in check. The game came down to initiative on Plot 4 - He flipped Rise of the Kraken, I flipped Weapons at the Door, went first and won.
Round 3 - Tyrell Crossing - Loss
My deck prides itself of playing high impact characters that let me dominate the challenge phase... this guy played better characters than me this game! Turn 1 gave him a Duped Renly with Bodygurd. Turn 2 I flipped Trading with the Pentoshi into his Late Summer Feast. With all that gold and his limited locations, he was able to drop Tinder Marge WITH 2 DUPES, Knight of Flowers and Brienne. I misplayed my Challenges walking right into Growing Strong. I was forced to Valar as a last ditch effort, but that just changed his board to include a Randall. This was a complete blowout.
Round 4 - Greyjoy Banner Dragon - Win
While we're running the same house/banner combo, our decks could not be more different in philosophy. He ran a much higher gold curve than mine. I don't want to talk too much about his tech here because it really didn't matter - I had an insane setup, the drawback had dupes for everything including Euron, who stole a Roseroad turn 1 and a Seastone Chair turn 2 that was used against him. He scooped and to quote my opponent, "was the dumbest game I've ever seen."
Round 5 - Targ Fealty - Win
A pure burn deck. I set up 4 locations including Great Kraken, and my only characters were 2 Targaryen Loyalists. He opened with Blood of the Dragon to clear my board, but it also meant he had a 2 Gold (3 with limited) openers, while I opened With Noble. I was able to rebuild my board with an Asha while he took a tempo hit. Asha unopposed challenges with Great Kraken out means the game ends quick. I got ahead and stayed ahead.
Round 6 - Baratheon King of Summer - Win
He set up Robert and a chud. He put a Bodyguard of Bob turn 1 and started to go wide with unduped characters. I was able to play Theon and Euron, but he kept them knelt the first 3 turns with Even Handed Justice, Consolidation of Power, and Filthy Accusations; unfortunately, I didn't see my Plaza at that point. He was down to 1 card in his hand by turn 3, so I flipped Weapons at Door to hit the Bodyguard off Bob; now with an unduped board and not many cards in his hand, he got crushed by Valar, I saved my board with Iron Mines and Dupes, stole the Red Keep with We Do Not Sow + Euron, and stayed ahead from there on out.
Top 8 - Lanni Banner Kraken - Win
I expected typical Lanni on Crack Murder Face, but he was a MILL DECK with a focus on massive power gain from King of Rock and Salt! He sustained his board with Duped Asha, Duped Theon and a Mountain with a Bodyguard, PLUS Iron Mines that I hit with Newly Made Lord. However, I got Euron out very early and could get in on Intrigue easily, allowing me to steal his Iron Mines to set up a Valar. I hit the Mountain's Bodyguard with a Mirri challenge, which meant it was go-time for Valar. He was left with a board of Asha and Theon, while I had Asha, Theon and Euron. Story of the tournament - I got ahead, and stayed ahead, though the post-Valar challenge phases were an absolute slugfest. I eventually pulled it out, but this was my favorite deck I saw all day. Kudos to Brennan from NC on the great build!
Top 4 - Targ Fealty - Win
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and that's what I did against Seth Low. This was a LONG game so there's way too much to cover. He set up Mirri, Roseroad, Chud and played out some more characters, so I Valar'ed his board aggressively turn 2. That worked in my favor and set him back a couple of turns. I got very fortunate to not see Dany or Drogo until the last turn of the game, which was mind boggling lucky considering he ran x2 Counting Coppers too. He literally killed about 20 of my 32 characters, but I was able to not break. I apparently could have won a turn earlier with a Balon power challenge, but misplayed. Luckily, it didn't come back to bite me. This was the kind of game I came to D.C. to play, and was not disappointed; I'm a better player for having experienced it.
Finals - Targ Fealty - Win
My first hand was unplayable so I mulliganed. After cutting, Martin said "I just hope you don't get Euron, Roseroad, Fishmonger on setup"... he cut me to exactly that PLUS and Iron Fleet Scout which is an absolutely must against Targ. My location control (WDNS, NML, Euron) really kept me ahead for most of the game. Martin was able to hit my board with Blood of the Dragon, Drac and Plaza of Punishment, but could not get Euron off the board. Every time he whittled me down, I was able to play 2 more characters. I eventually won on an Intrigue challenge with Euron and Jorah; he ambushed in Quaithe of the Shadow to try and block, so I ambushed my own Quaithe in and removed his. Hot Quaithe on Quaithe action!
Big thanks to everyone in the Maryland/D.C. Meta! They brought awesome skill, quality competition and paired it with good times at the bar!
Be sure to check out the Missing The Cut podcast by Sandy Barnabas for coverage of this event including a post-victory interview!
If you have any questions about card decisions, feel free to ask.