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Targ Mercenaries

Targaryen
Submitted by: LaurenF
Submitted: May 07 2014 05:16 PM
Views: 2669
Last updated: May 08 2014 03:45 AM
Category: Targaryen
Deck Name: Targ Mercenaries
Deck Contents: Total Cards (62)

House (1)
House Targaryen (Core) x1

Agenda (0)

Plot (7)
A Song of Summer (ASoS) x1
Summoned by the Conclave (AHA) x1
A Time for Ravens (ACoS) x1
The Power of Arms (Core) x2
Search and Detain (HtS) x1
Seizing the Prize (SoW) x1

Character (31)
The Tattered Prince (AJE) x3
Daario Naharis (WLL) x1
Fleet from Lys (RotK) x2
Fleet from Volantis (RotK) x2
Fairweather Followers (ASoS) x3
Kraznys mo Nakloz (TRS) x2
Lysono Maar (SoW) x1
The Golden Company (AHM) x1
The Second Sons (ARotD) x1
Vargo Hoat (TCP) x2
Gilly (RoW) x1
Samwell Tarly (TRS) x2
Carrion Bird (ASoS) x3
Coldhands (THtW) x1
Alleras (AHA) x1
Brown Ben Plumm (Core) x1
Pike Phalanx (QoD) x3
Daemon Blackfyre (TftRK) x1

Location (20)
Volantis (VM) x1
Bay of Ice (KotS) x3
The Kingsroad 29 (FaI) x2
Street of Steel (Core) x1
Street of Sisters (Core) x1
River Row (QoD) x1
Slaver's Bay (FaI) x1
Summer Sea (Core) x3
The Inn of the Kneeling Man (FtC) x1
Meraxes (TBC) x2
Castle Darry (TBG) x1
Temple of the Graces (Core) x3

Attachment (3)
Black Raven (ASoS) x2
The Long Summer (ACoS) x1

Event (8)
Summer Reserves (SA) x3
Die by the Sword (LoW) x3
The Price of War (KotS) x2

On building a neutral mercenaries deck, I noticed a lot were Targ and a lot had the war crest. Switched to House Targaryen instead of Neutral faction to get Meraxes. Summer activates Sam & the ravens, Gilly, Summer Reserves, Kraznys, the Long Summer. Die by the Sword and Price of War play off the war crests. Raise claim with Pike Phalanx.

Probably could use some trimming!
Graphs:
Sample Hand Reload
Other Information Income on Plot Cards: 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 4, 4
Average Plot Income: 3.857
Number of deck cards providing income: 5
Average deck cards income: 1.000
Number of cards providing influence: 4


12 Comments

You could definetely play incinerate in there too with so many targ mercenaries. The long summer seems rather useless in this deck as you have many high strength characters that doesnt need it.
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What about Gold Cloaks? You can't go wrong with card draw.

Also, you have quite a few armies. Is it worth running some army tech?

What about Gold Cloaks? You can't go wrong with card draw.

Also, you have quite a few armies. Is it worth running some army tech?


Sadly Gold Cloaks are House Lannister only! Army tech could work, are you thinking High Ground or something else?
Scorched Earth looks pretty nasty! It's quite expensive at 3 gold, but imagine having this out if your opponent controls no armies! Make them go first and they'd have to pass challenges to you or make a useless first challenge. Hrm. . .

Sadly Gold Cloaks are House Lannister only! Army tech could work, are you thinking High Ground or something else?


High Ground or even Training Grounds for non-kneel. Is there no other way to take full advantage of Tattered Prince besides Fleet from Lys x2? What if you bumped it up by 1?

Scorched Earth looks pretty nasty! It's quite expensive at 3 gold, but imagine having this out if your opponent controls no armies! Make them go first and they'd have to pass challenges to you or make a useless first challenge. Hrm. . .


You may end up needing Retaliation to get the full effect.

Is there no other way to take full advantage of Tattered Prince besides Fleet from Lys x2? What if you bumped it up by 1?


He lowers the cost of the first Mercenary played each round by 1, even the in-house ones. A lot of the non-Targ Mercs are house X-only. There are a few Lanni & Martell ones, but they don't seem very good.
Recruitment is a nice targ event for Mercenaries, though quite influence intensive if looking for high cost cards rather than say, Disgruntled Mercenary. May not be a fit for your deck.

I'd acually stick with the summer subtheme, because it boosts up some of your targ mercenary characters and there's plenty of room for it.

Have you considered losing Summoned by the Conclave, knocking Tattered Prince down to x1 and running Kings of Summer?

I'd also lose Slavers Barry and Castle Darry, and sub in more 0-costers, like the aforementioned Disgruntled Mercenaries and the Refugees.

As Targ no-agenda goes, it gathers on-table strength slower and cards in hand slower than the typical Dothraki aggro, and doesn't have much to make up for it. I'd strongly consider making it more efficient, and going Kings of Summer.
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Recruitment is a nice targ event for Mercenaries, though quite influence intensive if looking for high cost cards rather than say, Disgruntled Mercenary. May not be a fit for your deck.


Recruitment seems inefficient unless I work in more influence. Definitely looked at it though.

I'd acually stick with the summer subtheme, because it boosts up some of your targ mercenary characters and there's plenty of room for it.

Have you considered losing Summoned by the Conclave, knocking Tattered Prince down to x1 and running Kings of Summer?


I actually made a KoS deck first, and I think you may be right. The extra draw is really nice, although I should mention I haven't actually played this Mercenaries version yet!

I'd also lose Slavers Barry and Castle Darry, and sub in more 0-costers, like the aforementioned Disgruntled Mercenaries and the Refugees.

As Targ no-agenda goes, it gathers on-table strength slower and cards in hand slower than the typical Dothraki aggro, and doesn't have much to make up for it. I'd strongly consider making it more efficient, and going Kings of Summer.


Yeah, I realized after posting that I forgot the Refugees. I guess I am still not used to them being off the restricted list. I do have them in my KoS deck which is very similar. This is definitely a Tier 2 deck but I've been waiting a while for Mercenaries to gain enough steam to be playable. It might not quite be there yet.

Yeah, I realized after posting that I forgot the Refugees. I guess I am still not used to them being off the restricted list. I do have them in my KoS deck which is very similar. This is definitely a Tier 2 deck but I've been waiting a while for Mercenaries to gain enough steam to be playable. It might not quite be there yet.

I haven't been playing for a year yet and one this I seem to realize, and it may just be my meta, but Tier 2 deck are fun until they get a boost to Tier 1. Not sure if this is the same for anyone else...
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PatrickHaynes
May 27 2014 04:44 PM
I have had some success with Rorge (LoW) in a similar deck. Although mine has some higher initiative plots which helps with that. Getting a three or four claim military challenge using him and Pike Phalanx (QoD) can be pretty devastating.

I haven't been playing for a year yet and one this I seem to realize, and it may just be my meta, but Tier 2 deck are fun until they get a boost to Tier 1. Not sure if this is the same for anyone else...

 

I'd say the opposite is true.

 

I was disappointed for a long time that the very fun Lanni Clansmen deck was consistently losing to T1 decks. However when JC Wamma built Clansmen go to Ashermark he raised them to Tier 1, and essentially it was the dragonbone dagger - ashermark knight deck that made the whole concept viable. His version is even more fun to play than the original T2 deck, and a lot more effective.