So I'm back once again with another review of the current state of NW Fealty, took longer this time because I was too busy playing Martell/Watch and Jon Snow Lord of the Crossing, but I'm really glad I got around to trying it because it's certainly at it's best so far with this chapter pack.
Went undefeated today at a Store Championship with NW Fealty, unfortunately there were only 6 players in attendance so not the best representation of the deck at a competitive level but the faction will take whatever wins it can get.Game 1
- Stark, Banner of the Rose
Set up was the classic Wall, Castleblack, Kingsroad, Steward, Turn 1 Pentoshi to get out a Benjen , 2 messenger ravens and aemon, and saved 4 gold (meager!) to put Alliser in to play when he did a mil.
With such an amazing start it is no surprise that I won, he won a total of 1 intrigue challenge the whole game and no other challenges, he used tears of lys which got cancelled, and he never managed to even get 1 power.Game 2
- Targaryen, Banner of the Rose
Can't remember the setup this game but it wasn't too amazing, I managed to draw Mormont turn 1 and play him with Pentoshi, I didn't see the Wall for a long time and had been using 2 messenger ravens and drawing from insight
. We got a 20 minute warning (Which meant we'd been playing for 40 minutes) and I had a total of 2 power, it was really scary. He got off a lady sansa's rose and had some renown on Randyl and was around 10 power. I won a feast for crows turn and had a longclaw on mormont and got up to 10 power second last turn and he hadn't won any challenges so I got to put a Messenger raven in to play with mormonts ability! Please give me the wall I said. At last my prayers were answered, got the wall on the last turn and there was nothing he could do.
Played Fortified in to his Clash of kings which meant he couldn't win the power that turn, and played wildfire in to his A Tourney for the King which meant he had to lose margery and rhaegal to keep his jorah with 4 power and randy with several too.
In the end, this was a real come back game and was much harder than the first game, if I didn't see the wall I might've lost.Game 3
- Stark Fealty
So I had The Wall, Kingsroad, Iron throne, Steward in setup, which I'm happy with , I got a Mormont and benjen in to play turn 1, but he stealthed past mormont with Arya, and had a bunch of mil guys, he played PTTS on Mormont and I lost a benjen dupe and some other guy to mil claim (Sneak attack). Next turn was Marched to the Wall and my board is looking small, I haven't got any card draw and I'm down to like 3 cards in hand, with no more economy for the whole game I was essentially just playing one guy a turn to counteract the mil claim, but I kept the Wall up I think every turn except one where he managed to intimidate an intrigue guy and stealth past the other. I bluffed drawing nothing and sat on all my gold, and got to surprise play Alliser who actually allowed me to win the mil challenge (and he had more mil guys who could've come too!) which was pretty much the game winning play, as not losing a guy for a turn meant I could finally get enough guys out to Seal the game on a Feast for Crows turn, I had 13 power, even he got the wall down and won a power I could get the 3 in dominance and there didn't seem to be a way of even doing that.
Overall - I think this deck has been improved greatly by the release of Practice Blade and Unsworn Apprentice, making your guys stronger and bicons is especially useful , whilst also being set up friendly and saving people from raiding longship / plaza / seastone chair.
Do I think it's tier 1? Probably not, Lanni is still a good matchup for it (can go either way) Bara still probably stomps on it, and Targ can often do pretty good but again its a lot more even than it used to be.
Whilst I like the deck for right now, I think the next pack hurts it and I'm feeling more likely to take a Targ deck to regionals, unless the pack comes out and it's somehow amazing