Game of Thrones LCG Gamezilla Fredericton Store Championship

On February 7th, 2016, I ran the Gamezilla Fredericton Store Championship for A Game of Thrones The Card Game Seond Edition.  There were 8 of us in attendance, and the even number meant that I got to try my hand at some old fashioned cards for a change!  

I had been playing around with a Tyrell Banner of the Sun deck for a few weeks, loving the way that the Martell icon control interacted with the strong rush element in Tyrell.  I know that the deck is a little fragile (it can get out-rushed pretty easily by a really well prepared Baratheon or Lannister deck, etc), but I love card draw more than any single mechanic in all of games, and I love tutoring second... that made Tyrell the no-brainer choice for me to have the most fun possible, and as a Martell faithful from first edition, I felt that the strong banner was a sign.

This is the decklist I played: http://thronesdb.com/decklist/view/2678/tyrell-sun-aggro-control-gamezilla-fredericton-sc-top-4-1.0

But how did it do?

In the first round, I was paired up against an old rival in Mark H.  He and I have played in nearly every event in which Moncton and Fredericton have come together, and so far he's come out ahead more times than I.

This match would prove to be no different, Mark leads off with Lorys and Randyll Tarly, and I slam a pair of Milks onto the table, and try to take an early lead.  It doesn't work out, and I'm quickly overrun.  He has a well-timed Treachery to stop my too-late Nymeria from stripping a defensive Power Icon from Randyll, and I go down in a heap of ignominy 7-15.  

In round two I'm paired up against Larry, a local who came to the game fresh in Second Edition, and who is borrowing cards from Blake to make his decks.  Larry has been testing out a Greyjoy/Lion deck for a few months now, and he really enjoyed the variety of play that the Lion banner offered over something like Fealty. He's been practicing and his play has improved even in the few months since we held our Launch party kingslayer.  I manage to stick the second Milk of the Poppy onto Balon, and I see Nymeria in time for her to make a difference against the aggro deck.  I won a game that was much closer than the 15-3 score would lead you to believe.

In the final round, I'm paired up against Blake, an old friend and a rival from first edition days.  Blake and I have been talking decks for months leading up to competitive season, and we knew more or less what each other was running from the word go.  He gets a strong opener with Robert and Fiery Followers leading the charge.  I stem the early tide just as he lays a Randyll Tarly.  I get Nymeria going along with Caleotte to strip as many icons as I can.  I get a couple of very lucky Intrigue pulls and strip him of both Lightbringer and Heartsbane - leaving him scrambling to find a Margeary before I take over with my ever-growing army of two drops.

The game is a very tense back and forth leaving us with one final turn to decide who would fill in the final spot of the top 4.  I win initiative with Clash of Kings, and when Blake successfully defends my power challenge he sits back in relief at 14 power and a dominance win waiting in the wings.  That is, until I pay my four remaining gold, drop Olenna's Informant on the table and kneel Margie to stand my Randyll, shooting me from 11 to 15 with a surprise second Power Challenge!

2-1 might not sound too impressive, but I had a lot of fun with my little toolbox of joy, and while I didn't have a chance to play against the top competitors in the field (starting out 0-1 really hinders your Strength of Schedule), I felt as though the deck proved that it was at least capable of doing what I intended.  It managed to icon control an aggro deck and a rush deck in successive rounds, and I feel as though with a more normal draw, I could have turned the loss in round one into a win.

Top 4

I'm the little one with the dumb face on his face!

I'm the little one with the dumb face on his face!

I want to congratulate the rest of the top 4 competitors.  Katie W and I go way back, and she brought a novel Night's Watch deck to the party.  Featuring a virtually infinite number of characters and zero events, this deck has won a Store Championship already this season, so she felt that it at least offered her a chance at the title.  She did well, winning rounds two and three to make the top 4 after losing to the eventual winner in the first round.  Her Strength of Schedule was better than mine by a single win.  

This is the deck that Katie played in the event: 

The Night's Watch

Packs: From Core Set (3) to The Road to Winterfell

Plots
1x A Feast for Crows (Core Set)
1x A Game of Thrones (Core Set)
1x Building Orders (Core Set)
1x Calm Over Westeros (Core Set)
1x Fortified Position (Core Set)
1x Marching Orders (Core Set)
1x Trading with the Pentoshi (The Road to Winterfell)

Characters
2x Littlefinger (Core Set)
3x Benjen Stark (Core Set)
2x Jon Snow (Core Set)
3x Maester Aemon (Core Set)
3x Old Bear Mormont (Core Set)
2x Samwell Tarly (Core Set)
2x Ser Waymar Royce (Core Set)
3x Yoren (Core Set)
3x Messenger Raven (Core Set)
3x Old Forest Hunter (Core Set)
3x Ranging Party (Core Set)
3x Steward at the Wall (Core Set)
3x Veteran Builder (Core Set)
2x Will (Taking the Black)
2x Unsworn Apprentice (The Road to Winterfell)

Locations
2x The Iron Throne (Core Set)
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
2x The Roseroad (Core Set)
3x Castle Black (Core Set)
3x The Wall (Core Set)

Attachments
2x Little Bird (Core Set)
2x Milk of the Poppy (Core Set)
2x Noble Lineage (Core Set)
2x Longclaw (Core Set)


In Second place, Kyle W won his first two rounds before falling in the finals to the eventual winner.  He was piloting a Baratheon Banner of the Rose deck that looked to play very similarly to the Yellow and Green decks I played through Core Set season!  I was happy to see a Baratheon Kneel deck do well, since I've been hearing a lot of people down on the idea in the last month or two.  Kyle's deck definitely showed off his comfort level with singletons, as you can see in the decklist below:

House Baratheon / Banner of the Rose

Packs: From Core Set (3) to The Road to Winterfell

Plots
1x A Clash of Kings (Core Set)
1x A Noble Cause (Core Set)
1x Calling the Banners (Core Set)
1x Calm Over Westeros (Core Set)
1x Confiscation (Core Set)
1x Filthy Accusations (Core Set)
1x Summons (Core Set)

Characters
1x Maester Cressen (Core Set)
2x Melisandre (Core Set)
3x Robert Baratheon (Core Set)
1x Selyse Baratheon (Core Set)
1x Ser Davos Seaworth (Core Set)
1x Shireen Baratheon (Core Set)
2x Stannis Baratheon (Core Set)
3x Bastard in Hiding (Core Set)
3x Fiery Followers (Core Set)
3x Dragonstone Faithful (Core Set)
3x Margaery Tyrell (Core Set)
2x Randyll Tarly (Core Set)
2x The Knight of Flowers (Core Set)
3x Garden Caretaker (Core Set)
1x Syrio Forel (The Road to Winterfell)

Locations
1x The Iron Throne (Core Set)
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
3x The Roseroad (Core Set)
2x Dragonstone Port (Core Set)
1x Chamber of the Painted Table (Core Set)
3x The Red Keep (Core Set)
1x Street of the Sisters (Taking the Black)

Attachments
1x Seal of the Hand (Core Set)
1x Bodyguard (Core Set)
1x Little Bird (Core Set)
1x Lightbringer (Core Set)
1x Heartsbane (Core Set)
1x King Robert's Warhammer (Taking the Black)

Events
3x The Hand's Judgment (Core Set)
2x Seen In Flames (Core Set)
2x Growing Strong (Core Set)
2x Support of the People (Taking the Black)


And the winner of the event!  Sam M came with a very unique Greyjoy/Sun build that was unlikely anything I'd even considered for this event.  Combining the brute force of Greyjoy stealth with the Icon control and Intrigue Icons of Martell, this deck cut through the tournament like a hot knife through butter!  With everyone on (relatively) slow decks, the Greyjoy were able to rush past stumbling opponents, while the Martell control elements really helped set him up for a longer game.  Sam went 3-0, and 2-0 against the cut, proving that his deck isn't just good, but it is good against good decks.  

I really look forward to seeing this deck in action more often! Check it out below:

House Greyjoy / Banner of the Sun

Packs: From Core Set (3) to The Road to Winterfell

Plots
1x Confiscation (Core Set)
1x Filthy Accusations (Core Set)
2x Marched to the Wall (Core Set)
1x Wildfire Assault (Core Set)
1x Rise of the Kraken (Taking the Black)
1x Trading with the Pentoshi (The Road to Winterfell)

Characters
3x Asha Greyjoy (Core Set)
3x Balon Greyjoy (Core Set)
2x Theon Greyjoy (Core Set)
3x Iron Islands Fishmonger (Core Set)
2x Maester Caleotte (Core Set)
2x Desert Scavenger (Core Set)
2x Dornish Paramour (Core Set)
3x House Dayne Knight (Core Set)
3x Bastard Daughter (Taking the Black)
2x The Reader (The Road to Winterfell)
2x Nymeria Sand (The Road to Winterfell)
2x Syrio Forel (The Road to Winterfell)

Locations
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
3x The Roseroad (Core Set)
3x Great Kraken (Core Set)
3x Iron Fleet Scout (Core Set)
3x Sea Tower (Core Set)
2x The Seastone Chair (Taking the Black)
2x Raiding Longship (The Road to Winterfell)

Attachment

Events
2x Put to the Sword (Core Set)
2x Tears of Lys (Core Set)
3x The Kraken's Grasp (Core Set)
2x We Do Not Sow (Core Set)
2x Confinement (Core Set)
2x Support of the People (Taking the Black)

 

A very happy man with his Store Champs plaque, and a very helpful Blake holding up the Playmat!

A very happy man with his Store Champs plaque, and a very helpful Blake holding up the Playmat!

Thanks for reading, and remember, always be gaming!

 

The rest of the decks

Here are the rest of the decklists played in the event, in order from 5th to 8th place!

Mark H GZF SC Feb 2016 5th place 1-2

House Lannister / Banner of the Rose

Plots
1x A Noble Cause (Core Set)
1x Calling the Banners (Core Set)
1x Calm Over Westeros (Core Set)
1x Confiscation (Core Set)
1x Counting Coppers (Core Set)
1x Summons (Core Set)
1x Wardens of the West (The Road to Winterfell)

Characters
1x Rattleshirt's Raiders (Core Set)
1x Cersei Lannister (Core Set)
1x Grand Maester Pycelle (Core Set)
2x Ser Jaime Lannister (Core Set)
1x The Tickler (Core Set)
3x Tyrion Lannister (Core Set)
3x Tywin Lannister (Core Set)
2x Burned Men (Core Set)
3x Lannisport Merchant (Core Set)
3x Margaery Tyrell (Core Set)
2x Randyll Tarly (Core Set)
2x The Knight of Flowers (Core Set)
3x Garden Caretaker (Core Set)
2x Arbor Knight (Taking the Black)
2x The Hound (Taking the Black)
2x Brothel Madame (The Road to Winterfell)
1x Syrio Forel (The Road to Winterfell)

Locations
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
3x The Roseroad (Core Set)
2x Lannisport (Core Set)
3x Western Fiefdom (Core Set)

Attachments
2x Seal of the Hand (Core Set)
2x Milk of the Poppy (Core Set)
2x Widow's Wail (Core Set)

Events
1x Put to the Sword (Core Set)
2x Tears of Lys (Core Set)
3x The Hand's Judgment (Core Set)
3x Treachery (Core Set)

 

Blake M GZF SC 6th Place 1-2

House Baratheon / Banner of the Rose

Plots
1x A Clash of Kings (Core Set)
1x A Noble Cause (Core Set)
1x Calling the Banners (Core Set)
1x Calm Over Westeros (Core Set)
1x Confiscation (Core Set)
1x Summons (Core Set)
1x Wildfire Assault (Core Set)

Characters
1x Maester Cressen (Core Set)
2x Melisandre (Core Set)
3x Robert Baratheon (Core Set)
1x Selyse Baratheon (Core Set)
1x Ser Davos Seaworth (Core Set)
1x Shireen Baratheon (Core Set)
2x Stannis Baratheon (Core Set)
3x Bastard in Hiding (Core Set)
3x Fiery Followers (Core Set)
3x Dragonstone Faithful (Core Set)
2x Margaery Tyrell (Core Set)
3x Randyll Tarly (Core Set)
2x The Knight of Flowers (Core Set)
3x Garden Caretaker (Core Set)
2x Arbor Knight (Taking the Black)

Locations
1x The Iron Throne (Core Set)
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
3x The Roseroad (Core Set)
2x Dragonstone Port (Core Set)
3x The Red Keep (Core Set)
1x Street of the Sisters (Taking the Black)

Attachments
1x Bodyguard (Core Set)
2x Little Bird (Core Set)
1x Lightbringer (Core Set)
1x Heartsbane (Core Set)
1x King Robert's Warhammer (Taking the Black)

Events
2x The Hand's Judgment (Core Set)
2x Seen In Flames (Core Set)
1x Growing Strong (Core Set)
2x Support of the People (Taking the Black)
2x In the Name of Your King! (The Road to Winterfell)

 

Larry L GZF SC 7th Place 1-2

House Greyjoy / Banner of the Lion

Plots
1x A Noble Cause (Core Set)
1x A Storm of Swords (Core Set)
1x Confiscation (Core Set)
1x Heads on Spikes (Core Set)
1x Naval Superiority (Core Set)
1x The Winds of Winter (Core Set)
1x Rise of the Kraken (Taking the Black)

Characters
1x Aeron Damphair (Core Set)
1x Alannys Greyjoy (Core Set)
2x Asha Greyjoy (Core Set)
2x Balon Greyjoy (Core Set)
1x Maester Wendamyr (Core Set)
2x Theon Greyjoy (Core Set)
3x Black Wind's Crew (Core Set)
3x Drowned Men (Core Set)
3x Iron Islands Fishmonger (Core Set)
2x Lordsport Shipwright (Core Set)
3x Salty Navigator (Core Set)
2x Ser Jaime Lannister (Core Set)
2x The Tickler (Core Set)
2x Tyrion Lannister (Core Set)
3x Gold Cloaks (Core Set)
2x The Hound (Taking the Black)
2x The Reader (The Road to Winterfell)

Locations
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
1x The Roseroad (Core Set)
1x Great Kraken (Core Set)
2x Iron Fleet Scout (Core Set)
3x Sea Tower (Core Set)
2x The Seastone Chair (Taking the Black)
2x Raiding Longship (The Road to Winterfell)

Attachments
2x Milk of the Poppy (Core Set)
1x Throwing Axe (Core Set)
1x Widow's Wail (Core Set)

Events
1x Put to the Sword (Core Set)
1x The Hand's Judgment (Core Set)
3x Risen from the Sea (Core Set)
2x The Kraken's Grasp (Core Set)

 

Jon P GZF SC 8th Place 0-3

House Lannister / Banner of the Sun

Plots
1x A Game of Thrones (Core Set)
1x A Noble Cause (Core Set)
1x Calling the Banners (Core Set)
1x Counting Coppers (Core Set)
1x Summons (Core Set)
1x The Winds of Winter (Core Set)
1x Wardens of the West (The Road to Winterfell)

Characters
1x Littlefinger (Core Set)
2x Varys (Core Set)
3x Cersei Lannister (Core Set)
2x Ser Jaime Lannister (Core Set)
1x The Tickler (Core Set)
3x Tyrion Lannister (Core Set)
3x Tywin Lannister (Core Set)
2x Burned Men (Core Set)
3x Lannisport Merchant (Core Set)
1x Maester Caleotte (Core Set)
2x Obara Sand (Core Set)
3x Desert Scavenger (Core Set)
3x House Dayne Knight (Core Set)
2x The Hound (Taking the Black)
3x Bastard Daughter (Taking the Black)
1x Brothel Madame (The Road to Winterfell)
3x Nymeria Sand (The Road to Winterfell)

Locations
3x The Kingsroad (Core Set)
3x The Roseroad (Core Set)
2x Casterly Rock (Core Set)
1x Lannisport (Core Set)
3x Western Fiefdom (Core Set)
1x Sunspear (Core Set)

Attachments
2x Seal of the Hand (Core Set)
2x Milk of the Poppy (Core Set)

Events
2x Tears of Lys (Core Set)
2x The Hand's Judgment (Core Set)
1x The Things I Do For Love (Core Set)
3x Treachery (Core Set)