2013 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Champion, Joust
Hear the Lion's Roar!
Who is Álvaro Rodriguez?
Álvaro Rodriguez has been playing A Game of Thrones: The Card Game since the beginning of the LCG format. At the time, he was reading A Storm of Swords in A Song of Ice and Fire, and as soon as a friend mentioned the game, his first question was: “Can I play Lannister?” Since, then Álvaro has been a very active player, playing tournaments every week and traveling to any international tournament he has the possibility to attend. In 2013, he led House Lannister to victory in the Joust at the 2013 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championships.
In His Own Words:
I was born in 1986 in Madrid, Spain, the city where I still live. I have a History degree from the university, and I work as a teacher in a school, but my dream job would be designing games! I very much enjoy travelling, archeology and trying food from all over the world. I am a board game enthusiast, and I’m especially in love with Battlestar Galactica. I am known as “Aioria” in the A Game of Thrones community, where I am a very active player. Some friends and I run the biggest Spanish A Game of Thrones community forum, as well as Casterly Rock, a website about the game. I am also an organizer of one of the biggest AGoT European Tournaments, Battle for the Wall. A Game of Thrones: The Card Game was my very first LCG game, and, truly, the only one that matters.
On the 2013 World Joust Championship:
The final match was a game where I bet everything on an initial good hand. I had a setup of just three cards, but I decided to risk it and keep my hand, since I had the cards that I needed: Pentoshi Manor, The Iron Throne, and A House Divided. My strategy was to systematically control Steven’s naval enhancements to prevent him from accessing his Hold. I played defensively for the first turns until I managed to control the table and impose my own playing pace. I enjoyed the final very much with everyone around us watching. And Steven was an outstanding opponent!
On House Lannister:
I’ve always had an immense love for the lions. In my opinion they’re the best characters of the saga. They might not be the characters with the weight of the story on their shoulders, but for me they are undoubtedly the engine of the story. They are the “spice” of the novels, and the most human characters in the sense that they are full of different faces and edges. It’s a matter of personal taste, but I also love the style of playing that they represent in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. I have always been a control player: I like to manage the game and the situation with a good strategy until I can give the final blow!
Preparing for Tournaments:
I just play. All I can. But I don’t just do that when I’m going to a big event; A Game of Thrones is a big part of my life as my main hobby, and I play it whenever I can just for fun. I love the game, and I very much enjoy playing. I don’t give a lot of importance to exhaustive preparation, I just try to play a flexible, comfortable deck that can defend itself in any situation. For me, having fun while playing is essential in order to win: when you have fun, you give more in every game. That’s the only way you can give your best.
Álvaro Rodriguez's 2013 Joust World Champion Deck
Characters (34): Arbor Guardsman (x3), Carrion Bird (x2), Castellan of the Rock (x3), Cersei Lannister, Enemy Informer (x3), House Clegane Brigands (x2), Lannisport Moneylender (x3), Lannisport Weaponsmith (x2), Margaery Tyrell, Qyburn, Ser Arys Oakheart, Ser Boros Blount, Ser Lancel Lannister, Ser Jaime Lannister, Ser Mandon Moore, Ser Meryn Trant, Ser Preston Greenfield, The Hound, Tommen Baratheon (x2), Tyrion Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Varys
Locations (22): Golden Tooth Mines (x3), Kingdom of Shadows (x2), King’s Landing Lannisport Brothel, Pentoshi Manor (x3), River Row, Shadowblack Lane, Street of Steel, Sunset Sea (x2), The Goldroad (x3), The Iron Throne (x2), The Roseroad (x2)
Attachments (2): Enslaved, Widow’s Wail
Events (5): A House Divided (x2), Condemned by the Council (x3)