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Game of Thrones Deck Building: Crafting the Cost Curve

Oct 16 2015 12:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

New players often ask me for tips on how to build a Game of Thrones decks. There are, of course, many perspectives on the most important aspects of deck building. Frequent online advice address amount and type of card advantage, removal, and number of characters for a given deck archetype. More specific or advanced advice may guide players to consider metagame trends. However, one of the most challenging aspects of deck building for new players, and an aspect that continues to perplex many players as they gain experience, is crafting a deck’s overall cost curve.

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Deckbuilding in 2.0: Initial Thoughts on the Ga...

Sep 25 2015 08:05 PM | Twn2dn in Strategy

I have read a lot of reviews and tried to follow the "metagame" for A Game of Thrones Second Edition (2.0)—that is, to the extent there is a competitive metagame for a game that has not yet been fully released. I am finding that I disagree with many of the reviews posted online and discussed in podcasts, and I thought I would share a somewhat different perspective. In my view, ratings for many second edition cards, in particular, should be different from what I have experienced and what I would expect to see as the competitive environment takes shape over the next six months.

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An Empty Throne - Making deals

Apr 04 2013 05:00 AM | Tobi in Strategy

Welcome back to the An Empty Throne. In this article we want to talk about diplomacy in Melee. Specifically we want to talk about how and when to cut deals. So we have created a list of things that you can offer your opponents for to make a deal.

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1st Place Red Saturday (NYC Black Friday) Deck...

Nov 26 2012 12:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

This article provides a deck list for the 2012 Red Saturday joust winner. At the event, which is a Black Friday tradition, 11 players attended from five different U.S. states, including top players from Washington DC, New York and Florida. The winning deck list is a Targaryen Maesters build that achieved a record of 7-0 (undefeated throughout the event) against Stark Winter, Stark House of Dreams (Bear Island), Greyjoy Winter, Targ House of Dreams (Dragonpit), Martell House of Dreams (The Scourge), and Power Behind the Throne.

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Who is the Real Driver—the Deck or the Player?

Aug 13 2012 04:00 PM | Twn2dn in Strategy

As some of you may know, I am a long-time A Game of Thrones cards (AGOT) player. I have enjoyed the evolution of this game from the first entrance of House Targaryen during the Ice & Fire era of the CCG. Over the past year or so, I have become simultaneously more excited about where the game is in terms of its diversity, and frustrated about where we are in terms of powerful effects (especially character removal). In short, every house has competitive options, but the decks at the competitive level increasingly feel like they drive the player, rather than the other way around.

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Poll: Which House/Build is the Most Competitive?

Oct 22 2011 04:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

In light of the upcoming Days of Ice & Fire tournament, I thought it might be interesting to poll players about what they think is the most competitive house. The final results are in. When combined by houses, here’s what we have: 125 votes...

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Combo: What Game of Thrones is Missing

Aug 16 2011 05:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

Many players have recently expressed concern about the growing power level of certain cards in the current (Maester's) card block. In particular, the agenda has attracted some attention as people complain about how powerful Joffrey-focused, Shadows...

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