With all the new Night's Watch cards, I wanted to know your opinions on some cards from the first cycle.
First, Will. There are a lot of new rangers out, including Ser Jaremy Rykker who makes him a tricon, and cheap rangers such as the lost ranger. Also, with the haunted forest and all the new cards, it's much easier for the Night's watch to not lose unopposed challenges. Is Will good now?
Second, the watch has need. We can now make builder decks, and eventually steward and ranger decks. I think this card might become pretty good.
Finally, Brandon's Gift. Again, the builder deck can be quite strong, and Brandon's Gift could provide good economy. Then again, I know it was terrible, so maybe it's still not good?
I'm very curious to hear what you all think about that.
In my opinion, Will is still bad. You can throw 1 of him in a deck and feel okay about it but, honestly, I don't even know if Jaremy sees play in many defensive decks, since they have other priorities and all. If he makes it in defensive decks at all, Jaremy is probably a 1x splash as well, so relying on Jaremy to make Will good (since Will is almost certainly not showing up in any deck that isn't intending to defend all 3 challenges) is a trap.
I think the Watch Has Need will be very strong now. The builder deck, if built as a Wall deck (which it will be) still needs a little bit too much help to cover the icon spread (the intrigue icons, in particular, you need to bring in some Stewards and some Arry/Craster type characters) to go truly all builder. So I don't know if you run The Watch Has Need in that deck. In my current draft of the builder deck, I was only able to fit 15 builders in, so it could be a 1x in there. Even still, that may end up being the 1st or 2nd card cut to make it to your final deck count, since you're going to be running plenty of locations as well.
The deck I think the Watch Has Need will truly shine in is a Ranger aggro deck. In my first draft of that deck, I'm packing a hearty 23 rangers into that deck. It has a weakness to intrigue to a degree, but man, is it powerful in military and power challenges (especialy since Jaremy affects 11 ranger cards in that deck)
As for Brandon's Gift...It could be a 1x in a builder deck, I suppose. Like I said, unless there's something I'm missing, I'm not sure how you fit more than 15 builders into a builder deck. How much gold are you getting out of the Brandon's Gift? Well, it depends mostly on how early you see it. If I want to see it really early, I'd run it at 2 or 3x. But then I have to run a bad card at 2 or 3x.
I personally am not running it and not missing it either. It's still just a bad card.