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Beachballs (1st Place, London Store Championship 2014)

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Submitted by: JCWamma
Submitted: Apr 26 2014 08:58 PM
Views: 4130
Last updated: Apr 27 2014 04:18 AM
Category: Martell
Deck Name: Beachballs (1st Place, London Store Championship 2014)
Deck Contents: Total Cards (64)

House (1)
House Martell (Core) x1

Agenda (1)
Kings of Summer (ASoS) x1

Plot (7)
Doran's Scheme (TGF) x1
To the Spears! (PotS) x1
A Time for Ravens (ACoS) x1
At the Palace of Sorrows (VM) x1
Crossing the Mummer's Ford (SoW) x1
Shores of Ny Sar (VM) x1
Under the Bridge of Dream (VD) x1

Character (37)
Arianne Martell (PotS) x3
Dagos Manwoody (TBC) x1
Doran Martell (TGM) x1
Edric Dayne (IG) x1
Myrcella Lannister (ODG) x1
The Red Viper (PotS) x3
Darkstar (PotS) x1
Harmen Uller (PotS) x1
Ser Arys Oakheart (PotS) x1
Southron Mercenaries (TBoBB) x1
House Messenger (PotS) x2
Planky Town Orphan (TCC) x1
The Viper's Bannermen (PotS) x3
Gilly (RoW) x1
Maester of the Sun (ASoS) x3
Samwell Tarly (TRS) x2
Carrion Bird (ASoS) x3
Dornish Paramour (TTotH) x2
Refugee of the Citadel (RoW) x3
Quentyn Martell (TGF) x1
Lost Spearman (MotM) x2

Location (18)
The Kingsroad 29 (FaI) x3
Ghaston Grey (FtC) x3
Lost Oasis (AToT) x1
Palace Fountains (PotS) x3
Summer Sea (Core) x3
Street of Silk (LotR) x1
Street of Sisters (Core) x1
Street of Steel (Core) x1
Shadowblack Lane (Core) x1
Flea Bottom (TGM) x1

Attachment (3)
Black Raven (ASoS) x3

Event (6)
He Calls It Thinking (PotS) x3
Choosing the Spear (AJE) x3

Full report to come later, I'll link it once I post it.

In short, use the River plots and Summer tech to get swamped in card and resource advantage. Play Ghaston and Nobles, bounce half of your stuff to bounce all of their stuff. Profit.

It has some weaknesses. The obvious one is Winter, particularly Song of Ice but Kings of Winter too. Additionally it has no location or attachment control in the entire deck. Finally, any deck relying on low-STR nobles is highly vulnerable to burn, though the Bannermen certainly help offset this.

My first change would be to cut Doran's Scheme, I didn't play it once all day. Maybe change it for Song of Summer to help afford the Bannermen in a pinch and make it possible to survive a Threat from the North turn?

Credit to Alex Hynes for the name. Because they bounce in summer. His backup deckname was Breasts.
Sample Hand Reload
Other Information Income on Plot Cards: 3, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 1
Average Plot Income: 2.857
Number of deck cards providing income: 3
Average deck cards income: 1.000
Number of cards providing influence: 3


Great build. I used to love Martell Summer before KOS was restricted. I took a look again after it came off the list but was running a few less characters than you and more summer tech.

I like this old school build. Although Spy from Starfall has been a bomb in my other Martell decks, hard to go anywhere without her.
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Wow, do you ever not come first in store/regional championships?

Cool to see a deck that doesn't find room for Valar Morghulis and yet is still clearly effective.

I presume the right order is

Ny Sar

with Scheme and Spears played wherever you need it, presumably after the 4 rivers normally, and Ravens on turn 1 or 2 if you need it and haven't drawn the raven?

Also glad to see 2 Samwells by 6 Ravens, which is the proportion I've been settling on in my seasonal decks.
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Hehe, thanks - I did indeed somehow win all 4 store championships I attended, though I've already scrubbed a regional to help atone for this ;).

Depending on how much gold I had, what setup, etc., usually determined if I played Ravens or Shores first. Bridge was the last river since that one can copy any river not just the top one, so you get to hit up Crossing three times instead of two. Sorrows in between Crossing and Bridge most times, and as you said Spears whenever needed. And Scheme never as it turns out, it was useless and unplayed all day!
Really dig this build, nice work.
Same as badash56 said, I really like the over all look of this deck. I mainly play Martell and I really want to test this deck myself, looks really fun.

Waiting for the report.
May 04 2014 07:37 PM
Black Raven x3? I never go more than 2x. Was that out of fear of said Winter decks?

Black Raven x3? I never go more than 2x. Was that out of fear of said Winter decks?

I'm thinking more that its a way to turn 1 gold into +1 card in the Marshalling phase. Given the speed the deck adds cards to hand, it seems pretty probable that Sam will be in play pretty fast, and this helps maintain the card advantage.

Plus, increasing the odds of not having to play Time of Ravens (and thus playing a River instead) is definitely worthwhile.
Nice deck.

I fear in my meta I can find a few song of ice decks... do you think a deck with same "spirit" but using Quentyn charagenda instead of kings of summer will work just as well (or at least similar)?
Why you use Myrcella Lannister (ODG) x1 ?
You can bounce her with Ghaston Grey, basically!

TR still coming btw, will be in the next week or so I promise!

FINALLY put the tourney report up, long after relevance and memories of the event.



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