Deck: Martell Lion: Glasgow Regionals (4th Place Overall & 4th in Swiss)
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Martell Lion: Glasgow Regionals (4th Place Overall & 4th in Swiss)
, Aug 03 2016 07:28 AM | Last updated Aug 04 2016 03:43 PM
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Scottish Regionals 30th July 2016 Tron Theatre Glasgow
Quick breakdown of my progress on the day:
Swiss Round 1: Stark Fealty 1-0 Round 2: Lannister Kraken 2-0 Round 3: Baratheon Fealty 3-0 Round 4: Stark Fealty 4-0 Round 5: Stark Fealty 4-1
Top 8 Stark Fealty 5-1
Top 4 Baratheon Kraken 5-2
I was expecting Stark to be everywhere, and so they were. With 2x Nightmares, 2x Milk of the Poppy, 2x Ser Ilyn Payne and 2 winter plots, I felt prepared; and I wasn't troubled by Stark until the fifth round of Swiss where I didn't see Milks or Nightmares until it was too late to turn the game around. Payne is a great way of keeping the Stark board in check, and as he has a marshalling action he isn't shut down by Winterfell/Cat shenanigans. Nightmares is absolutely essential in a Martell deck while Stark are dominant in the meta.
The deck itself is essentially about board control. Wildfire, Marched and First Snow are effective in achieving this if timed right, and The Long Winter just adds pressure even working as a good alternative to Marched after First Snow. Other control elements include Ghaston, Nymeria, Attainted, Hotah.
Targeted kill is present in several forms: Tears, PttS, Ser Ilyn, Quentyn, Tyene. All had a part to play in my matches. Notable kills include Quentyn on Melisandra on a Wildfire turn in my 3rd Swiss match and several poisonings of the Blackfish, Fast Eddie and Robert Baratheon. Vengeance for Elia was devastating, especially in my top 8 match: Sneak Attack turn two, military two-claim. Ser Gregor is there, yes. I had a hard time finding other Martell-Lion decks which ran him. I had no problem including him as a 2x and he won me games, particularly Swiss round 3 where he pillaged Stannis. He and Jaime together are extremely intimidating.
Two notable matches. Lanni-Kraken round 2 was tough, with me edging it 15-14 with The Long Winter turn 6. Bara Fealty in round 3 saw me coming back against a 0-9 power deficit thanks to Gregor pillaging Stannis, Tyene poisoning Robert and Quentyn despatching Mel on the Wildfire turn.
Many congratulations to Kostas Adamopoulos for claiming the Scottish regionals title after defeating the Bara-Kraken deck which defeated me in the semis.
Plot Income: Average Plot Income: 0 Setup Eligible Cards: 0
How did the Viper do for you?
TRV was there in a supporting role, to help push through a Tears, PttS, Doran's Game, or Tyene's ability. I didn't see him all day, actually, but wouldn't have been sad if he had shown up. He's not the star player by any means, just another pressure piece if he's in my hand and the board state warrants playing him. In testing the deck's economy did allow for some scary Jaime-Gregor-Viper line-ups.
7-costers do have a place in Martell-Lion - if it wasn't for Ser Gregor Swiss round three would have been a different story.