Yesterday we had our National... last year we were only a group (very small) of friends... yesterday we had 51 players and the honor to fight with 9 spanish friends... some of the best players around... I always thought about the throne as a game that must have no walls... no borders... that's why I spent lot of time writing in all "not italian forum" and pushing on internationals tourney via OCTGN2 and so on...
At Stahleck our "small italian group" met a lot of great friends: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish, ecc ecc ecc
We went to Madrid playing with most of them and we invited "all the european world" to come to our home... unluckly french guys had the national very closer to ours so they didn't attended but Spanish guys accepted our invitations and the Spanish Armada was ready for the Invasion ;-)
I really think that the future of this game is to "unify" all world meta... in some way... virtually or physically... i will try to work on this way starting from tomorrow to organise our stahleck invasion this year and coming to New york in november for Black Friday...
There is only ONE IRON THRONE and we have to fight for him all together!!!
What about the tourney.
Attendances: 51 people (9 spanish)
I played a Martell Summer Deck (I know this is not so exiting but in all my tests all my decks lost against this very badly so I felt to play this: THX to Erick and Zsa for suggestions and help)
1st round vs Stark Defender (Valeria)
A good matchup for me. My Venomus in setup killed almost all draw engine of my opponent. Cyvasse, Burning and most of all Bannerman made the rest.
2nd round vs Targaryen KOTHH deck (a guy from Roma - sorry I forgot the Nick)
Terrible... Terrible... I knew from starting that this archetype would cause me lots of problem. 2 Resets + Threat of the North... I won the game at last minute 15-14. Thx to the Old Gods for the Sam Tarly draw when I had a black raven in hand... this made me draw a Bannerman that BREAK my Nightmare! Honor to my opponent that was unlucky in this epic game!
3rd round vs Targaryen Summer (Pyat Pree)
The perfect game for me. My opponent needed to get summer very early cause my 2 claim intrigue hurted a lot. Gilly, Luwin Bannerman made the rest.
4th round vs Greyjoy Winter (a guy from Ravenna - sorry to not remember the nick)
Well... I play Summer... he play winter... I fear greyjoy... and I fear Whiter Raven as the Devil... I played very well... I draw not bad... I played a lot Greyjoy so I know no one would renounce easily to Blockade, Fear of Winter... I setupped well... so I knew he wasn't playing Fear of Winter first round... I suspected he had rule by decree... seeing 2 darkstar in my hand I forced him to reveal Rule by decree playing 2 house messenger and going in card advantage...
He played rule by decree... great for me... he had a lot of military in play and a Claim 2... I played valar when I suspected he would play fear of winter... I bet well... he played a character... I played Burning on the sands... next plot... summer for me + maester of the sun . Viper's Bannerman... Game.
5th round vs Lannister (Aioria)
I know I can suffer draw of Lannister most of all cause I don't have location control. So I need to start quickly with my claim 2 plots... well... the game get longer and longer... I drew all my best events but NO key cards... at the end of the game with more than 40 cards drawn no Venomus seen and only one Bannerman at plot 7th... all game with Summer so 3 cards at round... no luck... but I had luck in other games so honor to Aioria that played a perfect game.
6th round vs Stark Winter (Manfre)
simply... first round Bannerman... second round Bannerman + cyvasee and him in hand... third round bannerman... is it enought? 3 summer sea in first rounds and summer... game ended at third plot...
I want to underline that this game was a very special to me cause played with one of my maesters... it is so bad to fight the place in top 8 with a friend... someone suggested us to make a tie to have "security to pass both"... we laugh and said 'no thx'... this is the fight for the throne... honor first please...
I arrived in top 8 with a 5-1 ranking.
Stukov won all the swiss: Martell Summer (with location control, Knight of Summer, Fleeing to the Wall, Southern Mercenaris)... the true champion is the one that "see the meta" and know is enemy... he knew Targaryen deck made him scare... so made a lot of anti Targaryen move that were versatile also against other formats...
in Top 8 we had 4 italians and 4 spanish (luckly also my friend Manfre passed with 4-2).
I faced Beric with a Targaryen King of summer deck... It was a very exausting game... I saw all my weapon... he saw all his ones... he played better than me and had a better deck than mine... no regrets... honor for my opponent and for his "Search location plot" at 7th round that surprised me and took the Hill... and resurrected 2 Bannerman in my dead pile... 8 cards reavealed in one turn are very bad to manage... :-)
Next Round Balerion finished the game... cards left in my deck 10... great deck for a Great Player!!! Honor to Beric
I finished my tourney 5th... Then I saw final games... Stukov won against Beric semi-final... and had only 3 cards left in the deck... Stukov won against his "worst match up"... like a true champion...
I saw the final near stukov to see and wath all his moves... the final started not well for him... but managed quickly to control it... he deserved the title of Italian Champion!!!
Honor to all the Spanish Armada Team that made our tourney a great one... I think you have the highest "Meta level" in the world at the moment... it will be exiting to try to beat you next time!!!
I love you all my friends... Keep on rocking in a free world!!!