I’m a new member on these forums and a pretty new player in general. I didn’t really play 1st edition at all, save for a few weeks a couple years ago.
I’ve been trying to find my favorite faction to play. My favorite factions in the books are the Night’s Watch and Greyjoy, but I heard NW weren’t viable and Greyjoy is considered overpowered. It’s never much fun to play the strongest or the weakest group, so I built a Stark deck.
But now I’m starting to look over the Night’s Watch cards and I’m intrigued by them. I don’t think they’ll be that competitive as a fealty deck, but I think they work very well with Martell or Baratheon, as both have control aspects that really make the defensive nature of Night’s Watch shine.
I am kind of sick of seeing Baratheon because they can banner into any deck and be incredibly good,
So I built a Night’s Watch Banner of the Sun deck. Let me know what you think:
Name Type Cost
Total Cards: 60
Here was my thinking:
Arianne works amazing with a lot of NWcards, as the only cards that can’t be used with her in this deck are OB Mormont and Jon Snow, 4 cards in the deck.
Maester Caleotte is great for defending and utilizing the Wall, as you can defend a power or intrigue challenge and then turn off their biggest military attacker. Of course, they could circumvent this by always going military first, but that alone is pretty good control to always force them into military first.
Palace Spearmen are a 4 for 4 tricon when going second, which Night’s Watch wants to do anyway.
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken serves the same purpose as Maester Caleotte, but is more efficient, because it can be used even on a military challenge.
Sunspear is nice because if they do go military first, as a way to counter Maester Caleotte, you can raise your claim on military during your attacks. Again, this is only useful for going second, but my plots are set up for that.
As for Plots, I put in 2 Sneak Attacks because I want to dictate when I want to go second.
Wildfire Assault and Call the Banners are also high initiative cards that I can use to go second.
I put in a Building Orders because NW kind of need the Wall as soon as possible. Running 3 copies of The Wall and using Building orders allows you to see, at least, the top 22 cards of your deck on turn one, assuming you play 3 during set up. If you don’t see one copy of the Wall in your top 22 cards, then that’s just extremely bad luck.
Calm Over Westeros and Filthy Accusations will further hinder the aggressive decks, while I slowly build my power using The Wall.
I considered putting A Game Of Thrones in, but I am not sure my intrigue will be strong enough to repel an intrigue challenge consistently, meaning its only synergy would be with Maester Caleotte and UUU.
1 copy of Littlefinger adds a small amount of card draw to help supplement Messenger Raven as well as a little more gold, as I am running 3 plots with only 4 gold, one of which is intended as an opening move (Building Orders). I had to go 3x on both rose road and Kingsroad because of the lackluster gold on my plots.
Then I rounded out the deck with the usual suspects.
I am going to test it later today, as Wednesday is my local card store’s AGOT night, but I am really excited at the prospect of these two defensive minded factions joining together to control and slow down the game, before winning through passive power generation.
Do you think this deck stands a chance at being competitive?