I wonder if other people had this deckbuilding experiences too. You want to build a Stark deck and think about how to arrange ressources in your deck, which charachters you are planning to include etc. So you are going through your collection and see that there are about 30 charachters (in total deck numbers) in the cost bracket 0-1 (and some very solid 2 cost charachters) and start thinking why not make a deck out of these guys, so you mustn´t include too much ressources in your deck and can run attractive plots with a low gold value and a good game text, also you can have some more events or attachments/ locations which usually don´t make the cut. I ended up with an average charachter cost of 0,72 gold, which have an average strength of 2,1. Which is a lot considering the average cost and taking into account that only 8 charachters are neutral and so a card like winterfell castle (which is 3 times in the deck, thank you for the free ressource slots) can get the average strength up to a freaking 2,85 for an average cost of 0,72 gold. Wow!
But than concerns arised - am i playing a mono iconed charachter deck or something like that ? Surprisingly not. Every charachter has an average of 1,75 icons and there is roughly an equal distribution with a typical Stark inhouse focus on military icons, in total numbers: 26 military icons, 11 intrigue icons, 15 (+1 optional - Gilly) power icons. Keywords among charachter: 6x stealth, 3x deadly, renown x1 stalwart x4, no attachments x8, + the untouchable (Cat o´the canals).
Seems pretty undercosted too me ? Hint: some guys didn´t even make the cut, such like Jeyne Westerling, Walder Frey, Mord, Winterfell tutor, Vale ward ... so there´s still some design room to pull the average cost near the 0,5 gold mark. Also the new reinforcement events are not part of the deck, since they haven´t arrived at my place. Granted the deck is a standard format deck and so some of you may say, if you are playing an unsupported format you shouldn´t wonder that you will receive some strange decks. - You maybe right. ;-)
But you can easily do the math for a LCG deck too. Every house has access to:
- 3 x inhouse refugees
- 3 x Vale refugees
- 3x carrion birds
- 1x Gilly
- 1x Walder Frey
- Samwell tarly
- about every house has at least one weenie charachter for 1 gold (or less) which is at least decent (dire wolf pup, salt wife, disgruntled mercenary, midnight sentry, ascetic follower, zealous collector, ice fisherman, house tully recruiter, cersei´s attendant, lannisport weaponsmithold red priest, bastard of robertillyrio´s man)
- every house can run (up to) 15 reinforcement events - in deckbuilding reality i don´t think you would use more than 6 of these events.
- in addition there are 3-4 charachters with 0-1 gold cost for every house
- a traitor charachter with 2 or 1 gold cost for every house
So for me the question arises: Have high gold cost charachters and resources become redundant in todays enviroment ? A 3-6 gold cost charachter seems hard to include in a nowadays deck unless it has a very special ability. With the high gold cost cards naturally the ressources drop from your deck - why run 12-14 resources cards if your average charachter cost is below 1 ? 6 or so resources are more than enough.
Had anyone similiar deck building experiences lately ?