Author: Joe From Cincinnati

To Build or Not to Build?

Let’s Talk Builders! Well, Florian Maas (in conjunction with JC Wamma) has finally published the now notorious Night’s Watch Kings of Summer Builder deck list. Wamma shared this deck idea with me over 2 months ago now and I’ve been wanting to talk about it ever since! Now that the deck is common knowledge, I wanted to talk about a few things. In this article, I’ll discuss how this deck breaks conventions, how it works and the strengths and the weaknesses of the Builder deck and, ultimately, make some sort of conclusion about whether this deck is better, worse or...

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Lannister Second Cycle Review (By Chris Thompson)

House Lannister. The den of lions that for an entire first cycle made such a large portion of the player base groan in agony. Lannister. The prominent house of all that is the “Good Stuff” archetype. Lannister, world championship winning house. Lanni had a pretty good first year. They won a large batch of events, including worlds with a little wolf-ish support, and in the minds of many, dominated the meta from the time the first chapter pack (The Hound) “dropped” into play, if you will. I said some controversial things when reviewing the first year of the game...

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Baratheon Second Cycle Review (By James Booker)

Following its trend in the show (show spoilers ahead), House Baratheon started off very proud and strong by receiving strong cards that fell in line with the design strategy and philosophy of the house.  Now, some of the cards the once proud house is receiving would be better off set on fire like Shireen Baratheon. All is not lost for the Stags. Main house Baratheon remains an extremely viable option in today’s meta. Additionally, the Melisandre kneel package remains a very solid option for a number of decks. I will review the cards released in the War of the...

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Greyjoy Second Cycle Review (By Richard Walker)

Hello people. As Cincinnati Joe has written War and Peace (again) on the Night’s Watch cards from the 2nd cycle, I thought I had better write some more words too. As before, I will follow the Cincinnati Joe blueprint™ for his review…. In my opinion, Greyjoy were in a fairly bad place at the beginning of the 2nd cycle. Tyene and Mirri were causing all kinds of trouble with their targeted kill, and the lack of Greyjoy intrigue really left them weak to this despite the inevitable 3x Iron Mines in every deck. The ubiquity of Nightmares also hurt,...

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Targaryen Second Cycle Review (By Justin Sengstock)

Across the Seven Kingdoms Viserys Targaryen Cute. Viserys is an annoying twerp, so he’s the annoying king that can’t win anything by himself but can inconvenience other kings. When you have a well-developed and balanced card pool, I don’t mind seeing cute little thematic bits, but when you’re starving for good new cards, this is disappointing. If your opponent doesn’t have a king character then Viserys is a bit of passive power gain, which admittedly Targ doesn’t have, though it comes at the expense of not playing one of Targ’s cheapest and most efficient characters (core Viserys). If your...

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