You just can’t start a regional report without thanking all of the players who came out and demonstrated their AGOT prowess. We had a fantastic showing of 17 players at the Covenant Store, each ready not only to compete, but to have a great time. It was incredible to spend time with such good people!

The format of the event was 2 rounds of Melee followed by 4 rounds of Joust. In each Melee game, 3 points were awarded to a player for each opponent he or she bested, with a bonus point given to the player who beat everyone else. (4th place; 0 points, 3rd place; 3 points, 2nd place; 6 points, 1st place; 10 points). In Joust, 5 points were awarded to the winner. This gave 20 points attainable with a perfect record in Melee, and 20 points attainable with a perfect record in Joust. We wanted both formats to be equally weighted, and judging by the day’s activities, this method seemed to work quite well. There were no finals or cut to Top X in either format. At the end of the day, all the points were tallied up, and standings announced.

Here are the Top 8 decklists, released with permission, for Joust. Melee will follow next week.

Joust

1st – Greg Atkinson (3-1, 15pts)

Baratheon/Maester’s Path

Plots
City of Soldiers
City of Sin
At the Gates
Threat from the East
City of Spiders
Rule by Decree
City of Lies

Characters
3x The Laughing Storm
3x Val
3x Oldtown Scholar
2x Advisor to the Crown
2x Carrion Bird
2x Bran Stark (Core)
1x Maester Cressen
1x Sister of Truth
1x Margaery Tyrell
1x The Conclave
1x Syrio Forel
1x Salladhor Saan
1x Maester Aemon
1x Ser Davos Seaworthy
1x Knight of Flowers (S&S)
1x Maester Pylos
1x Maester Lomys
1x Varys (S&S)
1x Marya Seaworth
1x Ser Mandon Moore

Events
3x Citadel Law
1x See Who is Stronger

Locations
3x Narrow Sea
3x The Black Cells
3x Aegon’s Garden
1x Street of Silk
1x Massey’s Hook
1x Flea Bottom
1x King’s Landing
1x Kingswood Trail
1x The Citadel of Oldtown
1x King Robert’s Chambers
1x Kingdom of Shadows

Attachments
2x Apprentice Collar
1x Black Iron Link
1x Valyrian Steel Link
1x Tin Link
1x Bronze Link
1x Lead Link
1x Steel Link
1x Gold Link
1x Iron Link

Greg was running a Baratheon “plot twist” deck that revealed plots multiple times in the pre-plot phase with Bran Stark, Citadel Law, Marya Seaworth (to stand Bran), and others that I’m sure Greg will elaborate on elsewhere. It often revealed multiple City plots to kill and kneel characters along with At the Gates to get a Maester for free nearly every turn once set up. It paired with the now non-restricted The Laughing Storm for Threat from the East discard shenanigans. I never got to play against it, but it lost only to Jayke’s Greyjoy Choke build.

 

2nd – Philip Rowland (3-1, 15pts)

Baratheon/No Agenda

Plots
Lineage & Legacy
Winter Festival
The Power of Faith
The Power of Faith
Many Powers Long Asleep
Shadows & Spiders
Uneasy Truce

Characters
3x Bearer of the Light
3x Intolerant Priest
3x Edric Storm
3x Acolyte of Flame
2x Ser Axel Florent
2x Dragonstone Convert
3x Zealot of the Light
3x The Laughing Storm
3x Melisandre (RotO)

Events
3x Heart of the Stag
3x Make an Example
3x Narrow Escape
3x Superior Claim

Locations
3x Aegon’s Garden
3x Narrow Sea
3x Seat of Power
1x Street of Sisters
1x Shadowblack Lane

Attachments
3x Black Amethyst
3x R’hllor’s Blessing
3x Fanatic
3x Martial Law

This deck was probably the biggest surprise of the regional. Philip expounds upon what exactly it does and how it performed in his blog, but the basic idea is, Power of Faith, Holy characters, and tons of power quickly. With the non-kneeling of the Holy characters, you can afford to throw them all at the opponent and get the “Make an Example” required 8 STR. Superior Claim also becomes quite easy. Heart of the Stag adds Renown to a Holy character for one of those challenges, as well as increasing their strength. It’s very, very quick, and after seeing it, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more Asshai around. 

3rd – Jayke Wells (4-0, 20pts)

Greyjoy/Kings of Winter

Plots
Rise of the Kraken
Rule by Decree
A Time for Ravens
Valar Morghulis
Dry Season
Blockade
Fear of Winter

Characters
3x Carrion Bird
3x Ice Fisherman
3x Kingsmoot Hopeful
3x Newly Made Lord
3x Island Refugee
3x Wintertime Marauders
3x Distinguished Boatswain
2x Gylbert Farwynd
2x Asha Greyjoy (WLL)
2x The Sparr
1x Balon Greyjoy (KotS)
1x Theon Greyjoy (WLL)
1x Maester Wendamyr
1x Cragorn
1x Maester Murenmure

Events
3x Support of the Kingdom
3x Fingerdance

Locations
3x Bloody Keep
3x Gatehouse
3x Iron Mines
1x Longship Iron Victory
1x Aeron’s Chambers
1x River Row
1x Ocean Road
1x Seastone Chair
1x River Blockade
1x Flea Bottom
1x Longship Blackwind
1x Street of Steel
1x Street of Sisters

Attachments
3x Burned & Pillaged
3x White Raven

Jayke’s Winter Choke deck was the only undefeated deck in the Joust at 4-0. It’s an updated version of the classic choke, with more of a focus on Nobles (due to the incredible Tale of Champions string of characters for GJ – Sparr, Farwynd, Asha). It included Finger Dance over more typical builds with Risen from the Sea or Price of War. Jayke’s plot selections abuse low gold high claim plots, with Fear of Winter being a favorite opener. The lack of Sunset Sea is important to note.

 

4th – Larry Gross (2-0, 10pts)

Targaryen/Kings of Summer

Plots
Valar Morghulis
Search & Detain
Threat from the North
Loyalty Money Can Buy
Retaliation
A Song of Summer
A Time for Ravens

Characters
3x Carrion Bird
3x Refugee of the Plains
2x Dragon Thief
2x Killer of the Wounded
2x Shadow Seer
2x Samwell Tarly
2x Dragon Knight
2x King’s Landing Assassin
2x Daenerys Targaryen (GotC)
1x Silent Sisters
1x Warlock of Qarth
1x Daario Naharis (WLL)
1x Varys (S&S)
1x Syrio Forel
1x Gilly
1x Jhogo (SaS)
1x Ser Barristan Selmy (TftH)
1x Khal Drogo (Core)

Events
3x Flame-Kissed
3x The Hatchling’s Feast
3x Field of Fire
1x The Shadow of the East

Locations
3x Kingsroad Fiefdom
3x The Dragonpit
2x Eastern Fiefdoms
2x Temple of the Graces
1x The Red Keep
1x Meereenese Brothel
1x Khal Drogo’s Tent
1x Meereen Tourney Grounds
1x Summer Sea
1x Meraxes

Attachments
3x Dragon Skull
2x Black Raven

Larry brought a Summer Burn deck to the field, potentially looking to be the bane of a lot of the low-cost characters found in Greyjoy Choke, Stark Knights, and Lanni Power Behind the Throne. We’re still waiting for Larry’s full report here on TC! The decklist looks solid, with a lot of influence producers. At the Gates + Advisor to the Crown is lacking, but perhaps not necessary given the locations. 

5th – Buz Hanon (3-1, 15pts)

Targaryen/The Free Folk – The Last Giants

Plots
Valar Morghulis
Fortified Position
Rule by Decree
Loyalty Money Can Buy
Mutual Cause
Threat from the North
Take Them by Surprise

Characters
3x Refugee of the Plains
3x Skinchanger
3x Wildling Horde
3x Val
3x Killer of the Wounded
2x Khal Drogo
2x Horseback Archers
2x Dany’s Handmaiden
1x Maester Aemon
1x Jhogo
1x Green Hatchling
1x Viserys
1x Brown Ben Plum
1x Varamyr Sixskins
1x Drogon
1x Orell the Eagle
1x Mance Rayder
1x Pyat Pree
1x White Hatchling
1x Craster
1x Gilly

Events
3x Hatchling’s Feast
2x Forever Burning
2x Flame-kissed
Locations
3x Eastern Fiefdoms
2x Kingsroad Fiefdom
2x Summer Sea
2x Temple of Graces
1x Khal Drogo’s Tent
1x Meereenese Brothel
1x Lady Dany’s Chambers
1x Street of Steel
1x Street of Sisters
1x River Row

Attachments
3x Climbing Spikes
1x Aegon’s Blade

Buz put together a very successful Targ Wildling deck, going 3-1 in Joust. It has the usual Targ burn elements, as well as the Wildling presence, all at +1 STR and Stealth. Mutual Cause is an interesting choice for the only 2-claim plot, as opposed to something like Retaliation, but this might be due to a limited card pool. The deck claimed 19 power without any trouble, so it was certainly working. 

 

6th – Steven Wooley (3-1, 15pts)

Greyjoy/Kings of Winter

Plots
First Snow of Winter
Fear of Winter
Search & Detain
Take Them by Surprise
Valar Morghulis
At the Gates
A Time for Ravens

Characters
3x Island Refugee
3x Ice Fisherman
3x Wintertime Marauders
2x The Sparr
2x Wex Pyke
2x Asha Greyjoy (no kneel)
2x Distinguished Boatswain
2x Gylbert Farwynd
2x Baelor Blacktyde
2x Newly Made Lord
2x Carrion Bird
2x Alannys Greyjoy (Cancel)
2x Theon Greyjoy (1 Gold -> Location)
1x Cragorn
1x Maester Murenmure
1x Maester Wendamyr

Events
3x Seasick
2x Risen from the Sea
2x Ahead of the Tide

Locations
3x Gatehouse
3x Sunset Sea
3x The Iron Mines
1x Street of Steel
1x Street of Sisters
1x Aeron’s Chambers
1x Flea Bottom

Attachments
3x Fishing Net
3x Burned & Pillaged
2x White Raven

I was very pleased with how my deck performed in Joust. It lost in the last round against Jayke’s choke build, and was otherwise winning games 15-0. I went with a non-standard Winter choke build that morphed from a few various Nobles builds. I opted for Seasick after much deliberation with Nathan Bradley here on the site. Cancelling any triggered effect, including dupe saves and reducers, is huge for choke, and very few decks outside of Targ run influence locations. Even then, I’ll never forget cancelling a Hatchling’s Feast after my opponent knelt all 3 of his influence to play it. The other oddity is Ahead of the Tide. I found that when White Raven wasn’t in my opening hand, I had to drop A Time for Ravens first turn and lose initiative. This meant that the choke effects came in on my second turn. With Ahead of the Tide, I can drop A Time for Ravens first turn, take initiative, and get the choke on immediately. This means that my opening hand needs to see either a White Raven or Ahead of the Tide, and the choke is on. Ahead of the Tide sped the deck up dramatically. I’ll post a full rundown of the deck in a separate blog. 

7th – Matt Phillips (2-2, 10pts)

Targaryen/Knights of the Hollow Hill

Plots
Search & Detain
Valar Morghulis
Spending the Winter Stores
At The Gates
Siege of Riverrun
Loyalty Money Can Buy
Summoning Season

Characters
3x Balerion the Black
3x Drogon
3x Viserion
3x Rhaegal
3x Daenerys Targaryen
2x Brown Ben Plum
2x Advisor to the Crown
2x Initiate of the Citadel
2x Viserys Targaryen
2x Dragon Thief
2x Herald of the East
1x Black Hatchling
1x Green Hatchling
1x White Hatchling
1x Queen Daenerys’ Horde

Events
3x Magi’s Promise
3x Make an Example
1x Narrow Escape
1x Dance with Dragons

Locations
3x Eastern Fiefdoms
3x Summer Sea
2x Great Pyramid
2x Kingsroad Fiefdom
2x King’s Pavilion
1x Meereen
1x Meraxes
1x Quarth
1x Bay of Ice

Attachments
3x Dragon Bite
2x Dragon Lore
1x Blood of the Dragon
1x Rhaegar’s Harp
1x Crown of Meereen
1x Bowl of Brown

Matt ran a straight up dragon deck which sought to do one thing – get the Dragons out and destroy the opposition. Only 1x Narrow Escape as the restricted here is questionable, as well as only one Dance with Dragons. But with the Herald and Summoning Season, the searching is there. Notice 3x Maegi’s Promise as a strong answer to dead dragons, one of the biggest problems with any dragon deck. 

8th – Will Lentz (2-2, 10pts)

Martell/Treaty With the North

Plots
Building Season
Lineage & Legacy
Muster the Realm
Winter Festival
Shadows & Spiders
Family, Duty, Honor
Search & Detain

Characters
3x Riverrun Messenger
3x Guard at Riverrun
3x Edmure’s Host
3x House Tully Recruiter
3x Knight of the Tumblestone
3x Riders of the Red Fork
3x Flea Bottom Scavenger
3x Orphan of the Greenblood
3x House Tully Septon
3x Knight of the Red Fork
2x House Messenger
1x Catelyn Stark (Core)
1x Hoster Tully
1x Sir Edmund Tully
1x Maester Vyman

Events
3x A Game of Cyvasse
3x Burning on the Sand
3x The Prince’s Wrath
2x Lethal Counterattack

Locations
3x Riverrun
3x Narrow Sea
1x Lord Doran’s Chamber
1x Street of Sisters
1x Street of Steel
1x Shadowblack Lane
1x Lord Eddard’s Chamber
1x River Row
1x Northern Fiefdoms
1x The Scourge

Attachments
2x Court Advisor

Will’s (Kennon from Two Champs and a Chump cast) deck combined Riverrun, where all of your Tully characters get a power if you don’t lose a challenge, with the challenge control of Martell. Game of Cyvasse, Burning on the Sand, and The Prince’s Wrath all mitigate the opponent’s ability to make successful challenges. Couple that with the Stark Tully swarm that follows and it’s easy to see how the deck can pull out a quick win. It needs to, because the opponent only needs 10 power – easy to come by in one turn from a dedicated rush deck. Will expressed after the tournament that the deck lacked a few answers to the decks circulating at the Regional, including cards like Farwynd (Edmure’s Host). I played this deck in the third round and it would probably have won were it not for The First Snow of Winter, a great plot to stop the Riverrun/Tully shenanigans. 

It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Regional and to meet everyone. All players were a blast to be around, and we can’t wait to do another big event very soon! Melee deck lists coming up next!