2006 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Champion
“Oh, king, eh? Very nice…”
–Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Who is Matt Ley?
The 2006 A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Champion, Matt Ley has been playing since the game first came out in 2002. Matt attended every World Championship event hosted at Gen Con, enjoying his share of success, and he was once again present when Gen Con became the site of the North American Championships.
Over the years, Matt has made many friends among the A Game of Thrones player base, and he has also shared his wisdom, sense of humor, and insights into the game as an A Game of Thrones guest writer for FFG.
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Champion – 2006
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship, 4th Joust – 2010
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Days of Ice and Fire, Top 8 – 2010
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship, 3rd – 2009
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game “Tourney for Lannisport” Regional Champion – 2009
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship, 2nd – 2008
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship, 4th – 2007
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game World Championship, Top 16 – 2005
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Gen Con SoCal Southern Championship, Winner – 2005, 2004, 2003
- A Game of Thrones: The Card Game KublaCon Champion – 2004, 2003
Though he has not risen to quite the same level in Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game, Matt has consistently translated his experience in card games to victories in the Old World.
- Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game North American Championship, Top 8 – 2012
- Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game World Championship, Top 8 – 2011, 2010
In His Own Words:
I grew up in Nebraska, graduated from the U of Nebraska Huskers and moved to the West Coast. I lived in Portland and Seattle, starting up banks for about fifteen years before moving back to Wayne, Nebraska with my family to take over the bank my great-great grandfather started in 1892. I am married to Sandy Brown, a former attorney for Microsoft, and have two children, Mason and Josie. In my spare time, I play and watch a lot of basketball, and am a gamer of all kinds – video, cards, and board.
I have been playing card games since I broke my neck in a car accident in 1994. My mother got me started when she brought me one of the starters for Magic: The Gathering Beta…I wish I still had those cards! The hobby quickly translated into Legend of the Five Rings, Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, Fullmetal Alchemist, and probably another ten to fifteen games. I also discovered George R.R. Martin’s great books, and when I read in InQuest magazine that FFG was making an A Game of Thrones card game I couldn’t wait. The rules of the game drew me in even further; I especially love the plot mechanic! I have been playing ever since.
On the 2006 World Championship Finals:
In the preliminary rounds of the 2006 A Game of Thrones World Championship Tournament, I played quite a few grueling matches, even beating the prior year’s World Champion, John Bruno, in a game that was decided 15 to 14. After playing a slew of other great games, I entered the finals against another former World Champion, Greg Atkinson. We were both playing the Knights of the Realm agenda (Kings of the Storm, 39), which meant one of us wasn’t going to lose our card advantage. He was playing Stark, and I quickly controlled his knights to control the draw and won Intrigue challenges to control his hand. The actual match was a little bit one-sided since the double-edged agenda was bound to work for one of us and against the other.
It was very gratifying to be around so many players I respected and counted as friends, and we sketched out the champion card I was going to make over drinks that night.
Matt Ley designed the card, Ghost of High Heart (Where Loyalty Lies, 77).