Tuesday was much fun. I was able to beat Nate again, but then lost two straight to ktom. Nothing like and Ambush deck that a) has to deal with 5KE King's Landing on the flop and b) can't find influence. Losing those two games, though, taught me that I need a search plot (bye bye ORW, hello BjC) and that High Tide is the new Frozen Solid. Location control and hate is still a undervalued commodity in this game, and is always worth running ooh.
Saturday night on Brad showed up (well, Jens showed up at 9, as I was closing). We played thre games -- he tried out his Targ melee deck, which wasnt the greatest in joust as it runs many of the new melee plots. I pulled all the Winter Block cards out of my Greyjoy deck and threw in LCG cards, making my first stab at a Winter deck. Two White Ravens, a couple Ice Fishermen, SaltWives, the WInter-themed locations, and the Winds of Winter plot (which replaced Muster the Realm). Still used Kings of Salt and Rock, so no Carrion Birds. Deck worked okay, and my gold curve was manageable, but the second game we forgot about the -1 gold during Winter -- though, to be fair, we always had a least one extra gold each marshalling after the season changed.
I won all three games. The Targ deck couldn't put it together, but looked like it could do what it needed to in melee. The next two he ran his stark deck. I was able to amass power rather quickly, and actually feared playing my reset as I had strong board position all game. The second game I thought Brad had me for sure. On turn four I played Winter Storm, and had ITE Euron, ITE Asha (wih a hooked trident) a d 5KE Balon in play; Brad had five characters, including Eddard Stark, Roderick Cassell, and three others. He marshalled an Icy Catapault on Roderick (I knelt Asha to play the Hooked Trident on her, making her immune to Icy Catapault). After WS went off, it was my two characters to his 3. By the end of the round, Ihad no characters in play, 4 power on my house, and Brad still had his three characters, 5 power on his house and 6 on Eddard. I figured the game was over.
Round 5 I played Winds of Winter. It was not winter. I had three cards in my hand, and drew into the White Raven and Fishing Net. I netted an Icy Fisherman with my Pyromancer's Cache, and had a salt wife in my hand and another character. I was able to drop the Raven (hurting his characters), the Net on Eddard (Fishing Net is the BOMB) and my two characters, barely. Somehow I managed to survive the turn.
The only reason I won this game was by dropping Brads deck to 0 cards, via my one Whirlpool in play, Here is my Husband, Veteran Looters and the like. I even remembered to trigger Euron when I had him out. By this point I had cards, characters, and he was down to nothing. He conceeded the game since he had two cards in hand and needed 8 power to win, which wasn't going to happen anymore.