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So as some of you may know by now, I sometimes do things a bit different, lol. First things first, the name of the deck was "You Can't See Me", for obvious reasons. But during my 3rd round match-up, my opponent said "why are you doing this to me, it's bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep(that keeps going for a while)" and I looked right at him, pointed to Nathan Bradley and said, "It's his fault", lol.
I am good friends with Nathan Bradley and Jonathan Benton(Qhorin Halfhand) from the Kingsport TN meta.
They come to Durham NC often for tournaments and I thought it would be fun to go invade their territory.
Some of you may know that I won a SC this year with a 26 character deck(which they were in attendance) using Martell Stag.
I like to do things that people haven't or aren't doing(to my knowledge). So I was working on a deck that I believe nobody has won with yet in 2.0(shhhh, secret as I will still do it) and the text from me to them went as follows:
Me: "hey guys, I believe I will make it this Saturday"
Me: "i'm going to try and win with something that nobody has done yet in 2.0"
Bradley: "considering it's you Jeremy, I would expect nothing less than a no character deck"
Me in my head: hmmmmmmm, can that be done? And has it EVER been done?
It still had to be Martell Stag in my opinion as Martell has the best current control and Stag has the Table. And if there are going to be no characters then there is only one way for me to get power. DOM
So I went to work in my laboratory(laying on the floor in front of the closet my cards are in)
All the usual suspects are in there, but others were needed as the previous version had 26 characters and I needed to fill those spots.
And so I give you this beautiful creation
I had just finished building this on Thursday night and was able to get 4 games in with it. I was able to spot a few things and made the appropriate changes. After playing in the tournament though, I had my eyes wide opened to what needs to be done.
On the day there were some real stand-outs besides the Throne and Table
Isle of Ravens, Burning on the Sand, Ghaston, and Vengeance. Ravens would have to go down as the MVP though, getting multiple uses out of Burning and Ghaston and such is so nice and needed. I can't even count how many times I triggered Burning in 5 games, but it was a lot.
I know 3-2 doesn't sound impressive, and there was only 8 people, but it's a start.
In the 3 wins the deck was dominant and they weren't close, no characters, opponent lost for words except for my 3rd round opponent who was so funny. I want to give a huge shout out to my 3rd round opponent Will(not sure if he's on the boards and what his name is). He was such a good sport. He was playing GJ Winter and just couldn't believe everything that was happening, lol. GJ has a big answer, and he saw all 3 Sows, but I saw all 3 HJ and that was that. It was a comedy show to the highest degree bringing over everyone in the tournament(so a big 6 others) to watch.
In the 2 loses, it was me not being able to overcome their Iron Throne. I actually controlled the entirety of both games, had them on lock down, but control plots have lower gold and I could get DOM through. All we could talk about after the tournament is there needs to be some form of location control not based on characters, besides PD which isn't that could as dupes save them. In either match-up, if they didn't see their Throne, it would have not been close in my opinion.
As I had a 4 hour drive home, I deliberated on this conundrum, how to beat their Iron Throne. And then it all fell into place................gold. So I will link the updated version below, and I wish I had it with me in the tournament b/c I think I could have turned the 2 loses into 2 wins.
Here is the link to the updated version and the changes and why. And I do believe I would have won if I was smart enough to think of this ahead of time.
Out with Attainted and in with Unbent. All day the most characters on the board were 3, but usually 2 maybe, lol. You don't want to let them get very many UO or the game is over, so with Unbent they get 1 challenge, just enough UO for you to take in DOM, lol.
Out with Prince's Pass and in with Tower of the Sun. The only way at the moment to combat their Iron Throne is to have more gold than them. Well I have a few events and you might average 2 a turn going off, so 2 extra, or 1 extra gold is very good. There are also many 0 cost events in the deck. And this isn't taking into consideration them playing events. I do like Pass and was able to trigger it a few times, but I can't be an auto loss to a Throne.
Out with 2x Confinement and in with 2x Dragon's Tail. I do like confinement here, but I was using it as let them attack, Confine them, and then hit them with Pass. Nice I know. But draw is better as I don't have the Traders. Oh I know I'm giving them cards to but you figure out why that's not so bad.....................got it, no, ok. there are many times where they have 1 to many cards going back to hand in a turn or they can't really play much out as they've run out of economy. Turn after turn my opponent had to discard cards, sometimes many on their low reserve turns. Add 2 more cards to the discard pile.
Out with 1x Milk and 1x Dissension. I like both of those cards in this deck very much, but deckbuilding is about making hard decisions and this is one. Doran's Name doesn't fit in all decks but will be clutch in this one. Again just another way to get gold to out pace their throne. Oh and add one more if you have the Tower out. All you say, a one time trick you say, don't worry all, the Ravens will bring it back.
You may not agree or understand the changes, but it has to be done as it is the only counter I currently see to their Iron Throne.
The plots stay the same with what could be one exception:
I only played Coppers as the 7th plot each game, so that could be 1 of 3 plots I believe. Dealer's choice or a meta call. The 7th plot could be one of:
Coppers Confiscation(what? really? are you Crazy? enter Frozen Solid) Naval
So there it is folks, enjoy and happy pissing people off, lol.
Oh but to the people who think this is like NW and you just sit back and watch the game,,,, go ahead and do that with this deck and see where it gets you...ANSWER......bitching that the deck can't win and is no good.
If you would like strategic tips or thoughts or just to pick my brain, not my ass, then by all means ask away. If you love it then compliment away or if you hate it, then you're a closed minded player who can only play the game on "easy" mode, lol. just kidding-ish ;)
"I Know Nothing"- that's gonna hurt, lol