In melee I decided to play my Stark, Siege of Winterfell deck that revolved around epic battles and different ways to make additional military challenges such as Lucas, Storm of swords, After the mummers farce. I did not play storm of swords or after the mummers farce once all day, that could be because none of my games lasted more than 2 plots(if memory serves me correctly.) I liked how the deck could claim power quickly with the epic battles, as well as the fact that it could build power simply from military challenges, including using the Lord commander title to redirect challenges to myself to win. I should have included more renown, and better plots but it played well in its own right.
Melee table one
Bara knights (3) Played by Rachel
Martell no agenda(2) Played by Ben
Stark no agenda (4) Played by Will
Stark siege (1) Played by Derek
My first table started off leaving a bad taste in my mouth, I was forced to play against my wife since the pairing was done alphabetically, directly beside us there were brothers that got paired up as well. I had a solid setup, and drew back into 4 epic battles and a flank. I opened with summoning season and took a hungry mob, everyone at the table was surprised with my choice, but in play testing I often found that if there was a Martell at the table and I had a flank in hand the mob was better than Syrio. I also knew I would not have the gold to play Syrio and my Flank. I won the coin flip and made a deal with the Martell player that I would let him pick where he went, if he did not use Myrcella on me. He agreed and asked to go first, I was able to get the Lord commander title and I knew I had a chance to win if things went my way. When challenges started I finally realized that my flank only was not going to kneel against Rachel, but since she flipped loyalty money can buy I figured I was safe to attack her without destroying her board position making her easy target for my opponents. I believe I ended up winning 7 military challenges the first round, 2 on defense and claiming 15 power in the 4th epic phase. I felt bad for my opponents, and that was the only game all day that the epic battles were on my side.
Melee table 2(feature table)
Martell no agenda (4) Played by Daryl
Targ heir(melee winner)(3) Played by Mathieu
Martell no agenda (2) Played by Dennis
Stark siege (1) Played by Derek
This table had me slightly intimidated because I was playing against the French national champion, Daryl(I thought I recognized his name from the 2 champs 1 chump podcast) and of course Dennis who I know to be an awesome player. I had a good setup, with 3 or 4 epic battles in my hand, but I knew that if I came out too strongly I would be destroyed. I opened with summoning season and ended up making a deal with Daryl that I would give him the summoning if he did not use his orphans on me, and in return he would also trade with me the following round. It seemed like a solid deal because I did not want to give Dennis another character, and the Targ player played building season and my deck did not need any locations. I don't remember the specifics, but I do remember that Daryl not only used 1 of his orphans on me the first round, but revealed Loyalty second round destroying our deal. That left annoyed me greatly, but is well within the rules and he was playing to win the game by breaking our deal. In marshalling the second round Dennis told me that if I let him take first, I'd be in second, all I had to do was bring Syrio out of shadows so his Viper did not kneel to attack me. I agreed, much to the displeasure of the other players because I knew I won my first table and that 2 second place finishes would allow me to make the cut. Everyone finished marshalling and Dennis started to scourge someone in challenges and we continued with pre-challenge actions. When he went to make his first challenge we both realized that I forgot my shadows action and had to rethink what we were doing. Dennis made a few challenges but something happened that prevented him from getting enough power to win the game. He offered to switch the deal around with me, if I let him have an uo challenge then he would give me uo military challenges in return. Seemed like a good deal to me so I took it and won the table. This table taught me a few things, Dragons are extremely scary in Melee, and never trust Daryl with deals.
Melee table 3
Martell no agenda (1) Played by Rick
Martell no agenda (2) Played by Chad J.
Lannister pbtt (3) played by Darknoj
Stark siege (4) Played by Derek
This table almost ruined my weekend, it seriously got me upset with the game and disappointed with some of the players. Rick and Chad were running the Martell combo decks that made it so that Darknoj and I had zero icons on our characters, in combination with the martell players being able to intrigue Jon to claim extra power and every challenge being uo this game was over fast. Jon(Darknoj) was able use a shadow politics to declare an intrigue challenge before they could take all of his icons away to claim some power and take third. I did manage to get revenge on Chad the following day in joust! I was worried that 20 points(2 wins) would not be enough for me to make the cut but it was!
Martell no agenda (1) played by Rick
Lannister pbtt (4) played by Darknoj
Greyjoy no agenda (3) played by Alex
Stark siege (2) played by Derek
Darknoj and I teased Rick beforehand that this was Karma coming back on him, that we were going to pound his board repeatedly to get back at him for the round before. Fortunately for Rick we are not like that and Darknoj started the first round with Asha, Cersie, Myrcella, Jamie and a painted dogs I believe. Having 2 non kneeling renown/power grab intrigue characters with noble crest(2 power of blood turns coming likely) made him a huge threat. Alex was able to play king balans host the second turn which slowed down everyone but Rick's Viper. I played war of the 5 kings epic battle so that we could make Darknoj reveal a random plot and have a chance to Valar his nobles. Unfortunately we hit Darknoj a little too hard, and Rick was able to win the round during my epic battle phase I believe. If Darknoj and I still wanted to make Rick lose, he could have attacked me with a weak Military allowing me to win the challenge and claim for my agenda, then Alex kneeling his host would have allowed Robb to claim renown for me and 2 more for my agenda would have gotten the win, but we did not. Also to note this game, Alex used a few tricks to win a challenge over Darknoj, and if he would not have won that challenge Darknoj would have won the game with Creylens response. This was by far one of the most fun melee games I've ever played. Props to the other players for making it this far and making a game of this one!
I finished 6th in melee(bumped up to 3rd in melee after 3 players were DQ'd)