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New Players: 4 deck lists sharing 3 Core set cards only

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sparrowhawk

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In response to a new player who recently posted below a request for 4 decks built at the same time from 3 Core Sets, I tackled this subject near the beginning of the 2E hobby forum and gave 4 deck lists then. To help future new players find this post, I thought it best to start a new thread with clear topic contents.

 

Below are 4 sample decks built from 3 Core sets at the same time. They are not optimal as I have had to share out a few popular cards. But they do illustrate 4 very different archetypes that new players can then improve on (like pre-constructed decks used as starting points in Magic).

 

 

BEATDOWN AGGRO-RUSH
Aims for early board wipe else wins by power racing, often unopposed vs. emptier board (also Sansa)
 
Stark Fealty
Packs: Core Set (3)
 
Plots
1x A Noble Cause
1x Counting Coppers
1x Marched to the Wall
2x Sneak Attack
1x Summons
1x The Winds of Winter
 
Characters (35)
1x Littlefinger
3x Rattleshirt's Raiders
3x Arya Stark
3x Bran Stark
3x Catelyn Stark
3x Eddard Stark
3x Grey Wind
3x Robb Stark
3x Sansa Stark
1x Summer
3x Direwolf Pup
3x Tumblestone Knight
3x Winterfell Steward
 
Locations (11)
3x The Kingsroad
3x The Roseroad
2x Gates of Winterfell
3x Heart Tree Grove
 
Attachments (5)
2x Little Bird
3x Ice
 

Events (9)
3x Put to the Sword
3x For the North!
3x Winter Is Coming

 

 

LOCKDOWN CONTROL
Reduce enemy options with kneel, Stannis soft lock to leverage kneel/stand effects, dominance sub-theme
​Summon Melisandre to leverage Rh'llor cards, time Seen in Flames, Building Orders finds Red Keep or Milk
 
Baratheon Fealty
Packs: Core Set (3)
 
Plots
1x Building Orders
1x Calling the Banners
1x Confiscation
2x Filthy Accusations
1x Summons
1x Wildfire Assault
 
Characters (30)
1x Littlefinger
1x Maester Cressen
3x Melisandre
3x Robert Baratheon
3x Selyse Baratheon
3x Ser Davos Seaworth
1x Shireen Baratheon
3x Stannis Baratheon
3x Bastard in Hiding
3x Fiery Followers
3x Dragonstone Faithful
3x Vanguard Lancer
 
Locations (16)
2x The Iron Throne
3x The Kingsroad
3x The Roseroad
3x Dragonstone Port
2x Chamber of the Painted Table
3x The Red Keep
 
Attachments (5)
1x Seal of the Hand
3x Milk of the Poppy
1x Lightbringer
 

Events (9)
3x Consolidation of Power
3x Ours is the Fury
3x Seen In Flames

 

 

VOLTRON AGGRO-CONTROL
Summon Danaerys, leverage challenge control combined with proxy military claim raise (Drogo, Plaza)
 
Targaryen Fealty
Packs: Core Set (3)
 
Plots
1x A Noble Cause
1x Calling the Banners
1x Confiscation
1x Marched to the Wall
2x Summons
1x The Winds of Winter
 
Characters (37)
2x Littlefinger
3x Daenerys Targaryen
3x Drogon
3x Khal Drogo
3x Magister Illyrio
3x Rhaegal
3x Ser Jorah Mormont
3x Viserion
2x Viserys Targaryen
3x Braided Warrior
3x Handmaiden
3x Targaryen Loyalist
3x Unsullied
 
Locations (12)
3x The Kingsroad
3x The Roseroad
3x Plaza of Punishment
3x Illyrio's Estate
 
Events (11)
3x The Hand's Judgement
3x Dracarys!
3x Fire and Blood
2x Waking the Dragon
 
 
RESET CONTROL
Stall with Game/Calm to lure opponent into playing his hand else lose them due to your superior intrigue
Dig for Varys with Coppers x2, playing dupes/Bodyguards found (do not use unless x3 or Marched threat)
​Suppress threats with Milk, play Calling the Banners to go second and play Varys, Tears to remove a dupe
​Aim is to leave yourself with 3 nobles to opponent's 1 character post-reset to avoid opponent's Marched
 
Lannister Banner of the Rose
Packs: Core Set (3)
 
Plots
1x A Game of Thrones
1x A Noble Cause
1x Calling the Banners
1x Calm Over Westeros
1x Confiscation
2x Counting Coppers
 
Characters (37)
2x Littlefinger
3x Varys
3x Cersei Lannister
1x Grand Maester Pycelle
3x Ser Jaime Lannister
1x The Tickler
3x Tyrion Lannister
3x Tywin Lannister
​3x Burned Men
3x Lannisport Merchant
3x Margaery Tyrell
3x The Knight of Flowers
3x Olenna's Informant
3x Garden Caretaker
 
Locations (9)
3x The Kingsroad
3x The Roseroad
3x Western Fiefdom
 
Attachments (8)
1x Seal of the Hand
3x Bodyguard
3x Milk of the Poppy
1x Widow's Wail
 
Events (6)
3x Tears of Lys
3x Treachery
 

 

All of these decks are joust, to be played against each other. None of them have been built for melee.


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Fantastic work! If anyone has a list of 4 decks with 2 Cores as well, I'll add both to the Community FAQ.



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Fantastic work! If anyone has a list of 4 decks with 2 Cores as well, I'll add both to the Community FAQ.

 

4 decks at the same time with 2 Cores? Ugh. For such a casual play group, you best aim for 4 Nedly flavour alliances with numerous uniques for theme strength and a modicum of synergy. Tonight is podcast listening evening so I have tried this with downgrades of the above 4 decks, the 4 classic houses of 1E Core with their obvious banner factions. Also there is very little "wiggle room" to stamp any individuality with 4 legal decks at the same time from such a small pool.

 

 

4 DECKS SHARING 2 CORE SETS

 

 

AGGRO ATTRITION

 
House Stark
Banner of the Kraken
Packs: Core Set (2)
 
Plots
1x A Noble Cause
1x Confiscation
1x Counting Coppers
1x Marched to the Wall
2x Sneak Attack
1x The Winds of Winter
 
Characters
1x Littlefinger
2x Aeron Damphair
1x Alannys Greyjoy
2x Asha Greyjoy
1x Maester Wendamyr
2x Theon Greyjoy
2x Black Wind's Crew
2x Iron Islands Fishmonger
2x Lordsport Shipwright
2x Salty Navigator
2x Arya Stark
2x Bran Stark
2x Catelyn Stark
2x Eddard Stark
1x Grey Wind
2x Robb Stark
1x Sansa Stark
1x Summer
2x Tumblestone Knight
2x Winterfell Steward
 
Locations
2x The Kingsroad
2x The Roseroad
2x Iron Fleet Scout
3x Sea Tower
3x Heart Tree Grove
 
Attachments
2x Little Bird
2x Throwing Axe
2x Ice
 
Events
2x Put to the Sword
2x Risen from the Sea
2x For the North!
2x Winter Is Coming
 
 
RESET CONTROL
 
House Lannister
Banner of the Rose
Packs: Core Set (2)
 
Plots
1x A Game of Thrones
1x A Noble Cause
1x Calling the Banners
1x Calm Over Westeros
1x Confiscation
2x Summons
 
Characters
1x Littlefinger
3x Varys
2x Cersei Lannister
2x Grand Maester Pycelle
1x Joffrey Baratheon
2x Ser Jaime Lannister
1x The Tickler
2x Tyrion Lannister
2x Tywin Lannister
2x Burned Men
2x Lannisport Merchant
1x Left
1x Maester Lomys
2x Margaery Tyrell
2x Randyll Tarly
1x Right
2x The Knight of Flowers
2x Courtesan of the Rose
2x Garden Caretaker
2x Olenna's Informant
 
Locations
2x The Kingsroad
2x The Roseroad
1x Casterly Rock
1x Lannisport
3x Western Fiefdom
3x Rose Garden
 
Attachments
1x Seal of the Hand
2x Bodyguard
2x Milk of the Poppy
1x Widow's Wail
1x Heartsbane
 
Events
2x Tears of Lys
2x The Hand's Judgment
2x Treachery
 
 
RUSH-CONTROL
(Note: Superior Claim can be played in defence)
 
House Baratheon
Banner of the Watch
Packs: Core Set (2)
 
Plots
1x A Feast for Crows
1x Building Orders
1x Calling the Banners
2x Filthy Accusations
1x Summons
1x Wildfire Assault
 
Characters
1x Littlefinger
1x Rattleshirt's Raiders
1x Wildling Horde
2x Maester Cressen
2x Melisandre
2x Robert Baratheon
2x Selyse Baratheon
2x Ser Davos Seaworth
1x Shireen Baratheon
2x Stannis Baratheon
2x Bastard in Hiding
2x Fiery Followers
2x Dragonstone Faithful
2x Vanguard Lancer
2x Benjen Stark
1x Ghost
2x Maester Aemon
1x Ser Waymar Royce
2x Ranging Party
2x Steward at the Wall
2x Veteran Builder
 
Locations
2x The Iron Throne
2x The Kingsroad
2x The Roseroad
3x Dragonstone Port
2x Chamber of the Painted Table
2x The Red Keep
 
Attachments
1x Seal of the Hand
2x Milk of the Poppy
1x Lightbringer
 
Events
3x Superior Claim
2x Consolidation of Power
2x Seen In Flames
 
 
AGGRO-CONTROL
 
House Targaryen
Banner of the Sun
Packs: Core Set (2)
 
Plots
1x Calm Over Westeros
1x Counting Coppers
1x Marched to the Wall
1x Marching Orders
1x Summons
1x Taxation
1x The Winds of Winter
 
Characters
1x Littlefinger
3x Rattleshirt's Raiders
1x Wildling Horde
2x Arianne Martell
1x Edric Dayne
2x Maester Caleotte
1x Obara Sand
2x Desert Scavenger
2x Dornish Paramour
2x House Dayne Knight
2x Palace Spearman
2x Daenerys Targaryen
2x Drogon
2x Khal Drogo
2x Magister Illyrio
2x Rhaegal
2x Ser Jorah Mormont
2x Viserion
1x Viserys Targaryen
2x Braided Warrior
2x Targaryen Loyalist
2x Unsullied
 
Locations
2x The Kingsroad
2x The Roseroad
1x Sunspear
3x Blood Orange Grove
2x Plaza of Punishment
3x Illyrio's Estate
 
Attachment
1x Dawn
 
Events
2x Confinement
2x Dracarys!
2x Fire and Blood
 
 
Overall, I would advise purchase of that third set for a great game with plentiful strategies (you don't need expansion packs) but 2 Core is simply too few cards to reliably pull off combos, trait synergies, faction discounts etc. so it is incredibly random. And sharing the plots results in some very suboptimal decks. Just do yourself a favour and get the third set.


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Thanks again Sparrowhawk.

 

I'm fully aware of the limitations of building 4 decks with 2 Cores, but it's a frequent request -- mostly from board gamers or groups who have no intention of playing competitively. I'd scale the decks down to 50 cards each.