|Seizing the Throne at Stahleck, Part Two
A tournament report by the 2011 European A Game of Thrones Champion
|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 22 December 2011|
Congratulations to Martí Foz from Barcelona, the new European Champion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game! Martí besieged Stahleck with a Greyjoy Winter deck that cut off his enemies’ supply lines and then cut down his enemies.
Last week, Martí discussed his deck design and recounted his progress through tournament’s Swiss rounds. Today, he provides us the champion’s perspective on the elimination rounds at the 2011 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game European Joust Championships.
Top 32 vs Baratheon, Knights of the Realm (Antti, Finland)
This was a difficult match for me because Antti started by stealing one of my River Blockades and my Distinguished Boatswain. I thought that I was defeated. However, I managed to stay in the match, and little by little, my weenies appeared to help me rebalance the game. Dagmer captained my fleet and won lots of power challenges on his own. Again, Search and Detain was key, sending Eldon Estermont to his hand to never return.
Top 16 vs Baratheon, Treaty with the Isles (Markus, Austria)
This match started well. I played Valar offensively on turn two and wiped out the board, ready to reset. However, the problems started just afterward. Melisandre hit the board together with Smuggler’s Cove and Scouting Vessel, and she was unstoppable. With Obey the King and Distinct Mastery, she almost destroyed me. It was a super rush, but I just managed to stop him at 14 power. After his amazing rush, I took control of the board, his hand, and his resources to win the game.
I liked Markus’ deck. It was funny and original, and he was a very friendly guy. It was a pleasure to almost lose against him. His arrival at the Top 16 with a Treaty Deck is truly remarkable–congratulations!
European Champion Martí Foz on his way to the Top 8.
Quarter-final vs Targaryen, Kings of Summer (Mathieu, France)
I knew a little about the deck and what it was capable of because I had played two matches in the Swiss next to him, and his deck was a scary one. Luckily, I had a River Blockade in setup that cancelled his Aegon’s Hill. Otherwise, the match would have been very difficult for me. Also, I managed to steal his Red Keep with Support of the Kingdom, and I discarded Khal Drogo in an intrigue challenge. After that, I controlled the board, and the victory was mine. Mathieu played well, but goddess Fortune was at my side. Interesting match and nice guy.
Semi-final vs Lannister, City of Shadows (Álvaro, Spain)
In the semi-final, I faced another Spanish legend, Aioria, the man who can win a game even when it seems that everything is against him, a real Lion of the Rock.
Again, I had a lot of luck from the beginning, being able to play two copies of Ice Fisherman and two Pillaged and Burned very early. The gold choke prevented him from bringing cards out of shadows. Still, Littlefinger was there to fight until the end. Nevertheless, the Fishermen and economic control were so extreme that little by little I reached my 15th power.
Finals vs Lannister, City of Shadows (Asier)
And there I was, without believing it, in the great final. A lot of people were watching the game–four referees and a camera; everything was very professional. I want to thank everybody for their respect. We could enjoy the final and the solemn environment. And what can I say about my opponent? He’s another Lion of the Rock, a great player who emerged in this tournament to show the fantastic level of A Game of Thrones in Navarra. It was a pleasure to play the final with Asier.
I started with a mulligan. My first hand was not bad. I could flop for five cards and a River Blockade, but I would only spend three gold and didn’t have a Pillaged and Burned. And in the second hand, it appeared, and two copies! However, my setup only consisted of three cards, but they were good ones: Baelor Blacktyde, Carrion Bird, and Samwell Tarly.
From that moment, the match was very similar to the semi-final. I pushed a lot of economic control, and Littlefinger won a lot of challenges. Again, I got very lucky with my draw, and I drew into a third Pillaged and Burned that decided the match.
My congratulations to Asier for reaching the final.
Words of gratitude
It is impossible to remember everyone I’d like to thank, so thanks to everyone! Thanks to those who helped me hone my deck, those who allowed me to practice at strange hours, and those who shared the fantastic experience of being at Castle Stahleck for the European Championship. It is a pleasure to enjoy this game with people like you. It is very interesting to see different ways of thinking and playing, to speak different languages, and to enjoy being part of such a nice community.
Of course, I want to offer special thanks to the organizer, Wolfgang, and to all of his team for organizing such an awesome event. It was a great success.
Thanks also to the artists, Tiziano and Nacho. You have been very patient and friendly with all of us and always kept smiles on your faces. Thank you for doing such great pieces of artwork.
Well, I still cannot believe it, European Champion! I want to thank the A Game of Thrones Community for all the support and congratulations I received. I really appreciate it all, and I promise that I will try to do a good job with the card design.
We do not sow…
–Martí Foz, 2011 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game European Champion
Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, playable by 2-4 players, brings the beloved heroes, villains, locations, and events of the world of Westeros to life through innovative game mechanics and the highly strategic game play. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Chapter Pack expansions to the core game.
Awesome - thanks again - especially for the picture of the castle :)
Fantastic report. The class and grace you demonstrate make you a worthy champion, and a fine representative for the game and the community.
Well done all involved
is there a decklist i can have a look at seems interesting (as a starting playing ro check on alot of decks)
Great report... thanks :-)
Moltes feliçitats Martí!! ^_^