So here is a short report on my tourney:
I was playing Bara Treaty to the South. It was pretty similar to my last version, except I swapped some cards out for Val and TLS.
I also swapped a few plots around.
Round 1 vs Jaime (SF Meta, Lannister PBtT)
Jaime said beforehand that he was "just showing up to get his butt kicked". He is a melee-only player, and scared me a little when he got to 6 power on turn 1. (Remember, he only needs 10 to win). This happened to be the only match of the day where I got my Val and TLS combo out. On turn 2, pre-plot, I got 3 cards into my hand, and rolled over him with about 8 characters in play. 1-0
Round 2 vs Garrett (SF Meta, Stark Shadows)
Flopped TLS, so I decided to open with Threat from the East. I drew 3, and he drew 3, then he discarded 3. Fortunately for me, those 3 were 2 white ravens and a carrion bird. His lack of winter really slowed his deck down and I won this game on turn 2. 2-0
Round 3 vs David (Sac/Davis Meta, Targ KotHH)
By turn 2, I had TRV, Robert, Eddard, Arianne and KoF out in play. His Threat from the North comboed with Hatchlings feast quickly dispatched Rob, Arianne, and Eddard. However, the following turn, I drew into Robert again and replayed him. He drew pretty dead for the next 2 turns and I just overpowered him. Pretty sure a single flame kissed would have turned the tides for him, but fortunately he pretty much drew locations. 3-0
Round 4 vs Luke (Tourney Winner, Concord Meta, Stark Siege)
In all reality, Luke deserved this win. He played the game right, and it actually cost him. Had he played badly, I think he would have won. This went about 3 turns, if I remember correctly. Going into turn 3, I had about 9 power and Power of Blood out. He had 4 power and Storm of Swords. He had 3 stealthers on the board and sent 2 of them on the first challenge, stealthing everyone but TRV. At this point, I completely brain farted and didn't remember he had 2 military challenges. I said out loud "I can let this through and you are only at 7 power, no big deal" So I did. He then proceeded to (to my surprise) initiate a 2nd military challenge. Fortunately, he only had 1 stealther left. I chump blocked with Stannis (I think) and he got up to 9 power. Now, his next mistake was saying "Well I can't get unopposed, so I guess I am done". To be honest, I forgot he didn't get unopposed because of his agenda. (Its been about 2 months since i played the game). Had he sent an intrigue challenge, I am pretty sure I would have blocked it. So rusty! Anyhow, he topped at 9, and I swung and won for about 8 power with TRV, Arianne and Robert and it was over. Dodged a bullet on this one.
Top 4 - Semis vs Joey (Targ Maesters)
Joey pretty much did the same thing that David did on turn 2 and wrecked my board. A turn or so later, I had Arianne, TRV, and KoF in play with about 12 power. I had red wedding at the ready to give myself the win, but infortunately, that would have left me 1 power short. Going into that turn, Joey got a mil challenge through and I had to choose who to kill. I think I may have made the wrong decision, but I let viper die. Arianne was the only legal target for the Distinct mastery in my hand, and KoF had 4 power on him to TRV's zero. I let viper die. The next turn, I played the 11 initiative plot, hoping to go first and win out, but thanks to 2 bay of ice, a Kingsroad fiefdom, and a retaliation, Joey won initiative by 1. I didn't have a hand to lose, fortunately. So, I ended up going first anyway, but Joey stalled me at 14. His 2 claim military ended my tournament.
So I hadn't really played much in a really long time. I think once in about the last 3-4 months. That being said, this tourney went pretty well for me and I had a lot of fun.
Item of note: In 4/5 of my games, my opponent's first plot was search and detain. EVERY single time, I won initiative against it. It was pretty easy to predict. Thanks to everyone who showed. 16 was fun, but I look forward to the 40+ that should be at Kubla, and of course, the melee. I still consider myself to be a melee player, and my success in Joust is simply coincidence.