I apologize in advance for my bad english, I speak spanish as my native language.
I'm about to buy a starter and I want a bit of information about the game. I've searched the web, but I still have some doubts.
I've read all books so far and I've always been a Stark loyalist, I specially love all the things that got to do with the Winter itself and what lies beyond the wall (specially Jon Snow and Bran Stark stories), but after reading about this game I've found that Stark decks tend to be heavily "brute force" oriented and they take a very direct approach when it comes to play, which is the exact opposite of my playstyle in different kind of games, card games included.
I always like to play either defensive or using tricky combos to win, I specially love alternative win conditions.
So there's my problem, is there a (competitive) different way to play Stark than going Hulk Smashing around? or I should rather pick another house for the game?
Additional data: A friend of mine is a total Lannister fan and we intend to play together a lot, so I won't use Lannister (although for how it sounds, Lannister would the exact match for my playstyle).
If Stark doesn't have a less "brute force" deck approach, what other house, besides Lannister, have a defensive/control playstyle?
Thanks in advance.