Ser Peter wrote:I bring good news my liege!
Sam from London won the tourney with not a single loss the whole day. Gratz Sam!My Deck Choices
For this Kingslayer tourney
I chose to go with a Greyjoy+Lannister deck. The Kingslayer rules allow you to swap the cards in your deck during rounds and I would have done this but for the fact that I couldn't be arsed sleeving the other faction cards on Friday night. As such, I played with the same Greylan deck the whole day, only varying the Neutral cards and plots depending on what I felt was or was not working.
The Greyjoy faction has powerful characters like Balon, Euron Crow's Eye, and Asha and a lot of cards with the stealth keyword. Stealth was absolutely massive for me on the day, allowing me to land numerous unopposed challenges and game-changing Put To The Sword
plays as a result.
The Lannisters are full of gold and characters with Intrigue icons so they nicely complement the relatively Intrigue-free Greyjoys so that's why I plumped for them. Cersei, Jaime, and The Tickler all did good work for me throughout the day.
For my allowance of Neutral cards, I opted for economy in the form of Roseroads, Kingsroads, and a single Iron Throne. The Kingslayer restriction of cards from one core set only meant that there was little scope for "dupes" so I added as much character removal as I could: Tears of Lys, Put To The Sword, and 2x Milk of the Poppy.The Swiss
Ser Peter wrote:Alas, thy vassal suffered a defeat most grievous in the first sally of the day. Ser Matt, a fine fellow with a hale and hearty laugh, brushed aside my lance and trampled me into the soft loam of the list.
My only loss of the day came in the 1st round in a mirror match! Matt was playing Greyjoy/Lannister and some great play and some good draws saw him rapidly accelerate away. Matt won with 15 Power to my ~7... yeah, it wasn't even close.
I don't mind losing if I feel I had a good shake of the stick. I didn't feel like I was ever really "in" this game. I didn't draw any "power" characters like a Jamie or a Balon and Matt, in a friendly way, just trampled me. (I would have done the same to him.)
I was mildly bummed at this point.
Ser Peter wrote:Wounded, more in pride than body, I retired to the Mead Halls of Shakeaway. I was accompanied by Ser Johno who, his purse flush with Lannister gold, bought me what he described as "quite possibly the finest milkshake south of Winterfell." A hot (!) cinnamon and apple pie milkshake restored my courage and I returned to the lists determined to bring glory to thy banner my lord!
My first round loss saw me saddled with a bye.
I moaned about byes in a recent Netrunner Oxford Game Night tourney, but that was mainly because it was "3 rounds of Swiss" and a bye knocks you out of 33% of the hot gaming action. A bye in a "5 rounds of Swiss" tourney still sucks, but it's okay if it comes either before or after lunch: I dislike having to wolf food down in 30 minutes so the hour and a half afforded by the bye meant I could have a leisurely stroll around Reading, do some shopping, and have a relaxed lunch.
Thanks for the milkshake Johno! I'll get yours next time.
Ser Peter wrote:My opponent in the third sally was the famed Ser Johno. Yea, one of our most bitter enemies thought to end by playing the game of thrones. In the game of thrones you win or you die... and sadly for Ser Johno, he died.
This was a close game! Johno was playing Night's Watch and Baratheon.
I recall winning due to destroying The Wall
with a We Do Not Sow
and nipping the final points just before Johno did. This was more like it... not because of the winning but because I good crack at playing cards. Johno is always a pleasure to play against -- I like a good flow of banter during a game -- and if I hadn't fired The Wall he likely would have closed out the victory.
I think Johno more than any other person on the day played to the spirit of the Kingslayer format, playing a different combination of factions in each of his games. Good stuff Johno!
Ser Peter wrote:Alack! My opponent in the fourth sally was against the hedge knight from Gloucester. Verily, the same Ser Martin who so roundly thrashed me in the practice lists prior to the start of the tourney proper.
Happily, the lion roared and I was avenged on Ser Martin for my earlier defeat. Ser Martin is a fine knight and I am glad to salute his gracious and brave jousting.
Another close game! Martin and I clashed swords again the fourth round. Having tasted the hell of his Greyjoy+Lannister deck in a pre-tourney game, I was now faced with having to defeat his Night's Watch+? deck.
Martin got all the dire wolves out early and things weren't looking good. A Wildfire Assault
stopped Martin from running away with the game, and a subsequent A Storm of Swords
alongside a Put To The Sword
killed a goodly chunk of his key characters.
I also enjoyed this game because some darn cards got played and I felt we both had a fair crack of the whip. Thanks for the game Martin and thanks also for schooling me about the effects of some cards. You can't milk a direwolf, who knew?
Ser Peter wrote:The final sally of the tourney brought me face to face with a knight unknown to me. Clad in armour of night-black plate that smouldered with the fire of the God of Light, this nameless knight spoke with a voice that echoed of the dead! At the last I thought my courage would falter... but lo, my lance pierced the kinght's blackened plate and saw me emerge victorious!
Curses! I cannot remember my opponent's name. That's rather rum. He was a friendly guy who was playing Night's Watch and Tyrell. A good draw contributed much to my win here. An early Damphair allied to an Iron Throne that always saw me win Dominance meant that I could recur my Ironborn with ease and so I never fell behind to military attrition.In Closing
Ser Peter wrote:Ser Brendan, I must offer you my blade... take my life for the shame of coming second. If you can find a sliver of pity in your heart to stay the blade for a moment, know that my second place meant that I finished ahead of any of the knights from Reading.
Yea, the prize lock has been maintained! Was this ever really in doubt?
Woot! Second place?!? Obviously that first round loss and the subsequent bye contributed to that placing: the early loss meant I didn't have to face the winners from the the first round. The Kingslayer tournament format is high variance -- lots of the cards in your deck will be singles meaning consistency goes out the window -- but apart from that first round game I felt I got some good licks in.
Many thanks to James and Eclectic Games for running and hosting the tournament. I had a fun day out. It was good to meet Martin in person and some new folks too. I'll be back in a couple of weeks for the constructed Game of Thrones tourney. It's be good to see folk like Reading Sam and Joey there, I missed them.
Interested to hear what other thought. Sing out sisters!Quotes of the Day
- "Milk that motherfucker!" -- James, playing Milk of the Poppy with some passion.
- "I prepared for this tourney by playing half a game: it's all I need." -- Martin, just telling it like it is.
- "This shit is bonkers!!1!" -- Johno discovers the power of Jon Snow + Jorah "The Bear" Mormont