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by RoninRosko  ●  3 days ago
Isawa Mori Seidō  ●   (6)  ●  
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person  3  Acolyte of Koyane
person  3  Asako Diplomat
person  3  Asako Maezawa
person  2  Asako Tsuki
person  3  Ethereal Dreamer
person  3  Hantei Daisetsu
person  3  Miya Mystic
person  3  Naive Student
person  1  Radiant Orator
person  2  Righteous Delegate
person  3  Solemn Scholar
place  2  Ancestral Shrine
place  1  Bustling Academy
place  3  Favorable Ground
place  3  Forgotten Library
place  1  Kanjo District
place  1  The Imperial Palace
attach_file  3  Cloud the Mind
attach_file  3  Fine Katana
attach_file  2  Magnificent Kimono
attach_file  3  Ornate Fan
attach_file  2  Pacifism
person  2  Isawa Tadaka
flash_on  2  Banzai!
flash_on  3  Censure
flash_on  3  Clarity of Purpose
flash_on  3  Court Games
flash_on  3  For Shame!
flash_on  1  Hand to Hand
flash_on  2  Outwit
flash_on  3  Policy Debate
flash_on  3  Ready for Battle
flash_on  2  Regal Bearing

by RoninRosko  ●  1 week ago
Kyūden Isawa  ●   (6)  ●  
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person  3  Acolyte of Koyane
person  1  Adept of the Waves
person  2  Chikai Order Protector
person  3  Ethereal Dreamer
person  2  Hantei XXXVIII
person  2  Isawa Atsuko
person  3  Isawa Ujina
person  3  Master of Gisei Toshi
person  2  Miya Mystic
person  2  Naive Student
person  3  Shiba Yōjimbō
person  3  Solemn Scholar
place  3  Ancestral Shrine
place  3  Favorable Ground
place  3  Forgotten Library
place  1  Kanjo District
place  1  The Imperial Palace
attach_file  3  Cloud the Mind
attach_file  3  Embrace the Void
attach_file  2  Ornate Fan
person  3  Ancient Master
person  2  Isawa Tadaka
flash_on  3  Against the Waves
flash_on  2  Banzai!
flash_on  3  Censure
flash_on  2  Clarity of Purpose
flash_on  3  Court Games
flash_on  3  Display of Power
flash_on  3  Earth Becomes Sky
flash_on  3  Let Go
flash_on  2  Sabotage
flash_on  3  Supernatural Storm

by RoninRosko  ●  1 month ago
Isawa Mori Seidō  ●   (8)  ●     ●  High Glory  ●  Aggression  ●  Control
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person  2  Adept of the Waves
person  3  Akodo Toturi
person  1  Asako Maezawa
person  3  Ethereal Dreamer
person  2  Hantei Sotorii
person  2  Hantei XXXVIII
person  2  Haughty Magistrate
person  3  Seppun Ishikawa
person  3  Serene Warrior
person  3  Shiba Tsukune
person  2  Solemn Scholar
person  3  Valiant Oathkeeper
place  3  Ancestral Shrine
place  3  Favorable Ground
place  3  Imperial Storehouse
place  1  Kanjo District
place  1  The Imperial Palace
attach_file  1  Daimyō's Gunbai
attach_file  3  Duelist Training
attach_file  3  Fine Katana
attach_file  3  Ornate Fan
person  2  Political Rival
flash_on  2  A Perfect Cut
flash_on  2  Banzai!
flash_on  3  Censure
flash_on  3  Clarity of Purpose
flash_on  3  Court Games
flash_on  2  Display of Power
flash_on  3  Policy Debate
flash_on  3  Purity of Spirit
flash_on  1  Rout
flash_on  3  Soul Beyond Reproach
flash_on  2  Stay Your Hand
flash_on  1  Subdue the Spirits

by RoninRosko  ●  7 months ago
Kyūden Isawa  ●   (5)  ●  
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person  3  Adept of the Waves
person  3  Asako Tsuki
person  3  Ethereal Dreamer
person  3  Isawa Atsuko
person  3  Isawa Tadaka
person  3  Isawa Ujina
person  3  Master of Gisei Toshi
person  3  Miya Mystic
person  3  Prodigy of the Waves
person  1  Shiba Yōjimbō
person  3  Solemn Scholar
place  2  Favorable Ground
place  3  Forgotten Library
place  1  Kanjo District
place  2  Secluded Shrine
place  1  The Imperial Palace
attach_file  3  Cloud the Mind
attach_file  3  Embrace the Void
attach_file  3  Fine Katana
attach_file  3  Ornate Fan
person  3  Shrine Maiden
person  2  Tattooed Wanderer
flash_on  3  Against the Waves
flash_on  1  Assassination
flash_on  2  Banzai!
flash_on  2  Censure
flash_on  3  Clarity of Purpose
flash_on  2  Consumed by Five Fires
flash_on  3  Court Games
flash_on  2  Display of Power
flash_on  3  Let Go
flash_on  3  Supernatural Storm

by RoninRosko  ●  11 months ago
City of the Open Hand  ●   (8)  ●     ●  Political  ●  Defense/Attrition  ●  Tempo
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person  3  Bayushi Liar
person  3  Bayushi Manipulator
person  3  Blackmail Artist
person  3  Heartless Intimidator
person  3  Keeper Initiate
person  3  Reclusive Zokujin
person  3  Shosuro Miyako
person  3  Shosuro Takao
person  3  Soshi Illusionist
person  3  Yogo Hiroue
person  3  Young Rumormonger
place  2  City of Lies
place  1  Hidden Moon Dōjō
place  3  Imperial Storehouse
place  1  The Imperial Palace
attach_file  3  Ornate Fan
person  2  Adept of Shadows
person  2  Bayushi Kachiko
person  2  Meek Informant
person  2  Political Rival
person  2  Shosuro Sadako
flash_on  2  A Fate Worse Than Death
flash_on  3  Admit Defeat
flash_on  3  Banzai!
flash_on  3  Calling in Favors
flash_on  3  Court Games
flash_on  2  Discourage Pursuit
flash_on  3  Disdainful Remark
flash_on  3  Forged Edict
flash_on  2  I Can Swim
flash_on  3  Way of the Scorpion
schedule Recent Session Reports
A Fistful of Dice EC
Stronghold: Kyūden Isawa
Date: 03/17/19 thru 03/17/19
Location: Portsmouth UK
Occasion: Elemental Championship
Edited: 7 months ago
I had gone into this tournament, my first in just under a year, hoping to scrape into the top 16 and win some sleeves. I did a lot better than I had hoped and ended up 7th overall, crashing out hard to a top Crane player in the quarters. It's really got my appetitie for tournaments back, and I feel like I have made a marked improvement in my play over the length of time the game has been out.

Round 1 v Guy (Unicorn) - Now I don't remember an awful lot about this game as the adrenali [continue reading]ne was pumping and I was so determined to win a game that I was concentrating really hard I think. If I remember rightly, there was a Master of Gisei Toshi out on my second attack on the stronghold (Rally to the Cause), possibly in combo with Atsuko attacking void and obviously using that ring to nullify his events. This meant that capticve audience, and thus cavalry reserves could not be played and it clinched me the game with 3 province breaks each. Guy has designed an excellent swarm deck and it is intense to play against so I was happy to resist the stampede, and also happy to win against him as he went on to win every remaining game and won the tournament.

Round 2 v Darren (Crane) - I had never met Darren before but knew him as a top Crane player and this matchup showed the gulf in class. I was quite nervous about playing a world class player if truth be told. Toshimoko and a Magistrate Station I could not break combined to create a lot of problems, and when the Guest showed up I was left with no options and conceded. Picked up some good tips in the aftermath though, particularly that it is usually a good idea to not attack Crane on round 1 to eliminate the risk of revealing the Magistrate, meaning the burn some resources while you build a board state that can control the game. One great tip I saw here was Above Question being used on my Phoenix cards to prevent me from using events on them!

Round 3 v Lloyd (Phoenix) - I felt like I was settling into the tournament by this stage and was fairly relaxed and focused in this game. Lloyd was playing a very interesting homebrew Phoenix ring manipulation deck and some of the tricks he was pulling off were really sweet. On turn one I got a Shiba Yojimbo out and she eventually became quite tooled up with a wanderer for covert and honour. She then did her job later in the game by protecting the other Shugenja from events and relaly proved her worth in this matchup. Looking back, perhaps more than 1 copy would have been a great idea! I remember in this game that Kanjo came out at the right time, and I managed to bow both an honoured Kaede and an honoured Azunami just when they were posing a huge threat from clarity being used on them. Meanwhile I also managed to five fires (unfortunately without an embrace attached). And I managed to defend a province at just the right time to make it 3-2 in my favour with the first player coming to me.

Round 4 v Liam (Phoenix) - This was an intense game. Liam has obviously played in a lot of tournaments as is a very fast player. He also plays with an intensity that can put you on the back foot. But he was also a good sport and recognised my lack of experience and allowed me to take back some ridiculous moves. It turned out to be an absolutely fantastic battle and was probably my favourite of the day. 3 province breaks each and I had a Tadaka out which was causing damage. Unfortunately for me, a Secluded Shrine was included in Liams final flop, allowing him to claim the Earth ring meaning he could play events again and that was it for me. It went to the wire, but in the end I succumbed.

Quarter Final v Darren (Crane) - Yep, was playing Darren again and although I felt more relaxed, I think this was more of a pasting than the last game. I again hit magistrate on turn one and Toshimoko ended up honoured and causing all kinds of problems again and it was no contest.

I really had a great day and was very happy to come away with all the swag that I did. I think I played well in 3 of my 5 games with both of those games being against a top Crane player and my not really understanding the match up that well. I will definitely be looking to attend or organise more competitions in the near future.
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Added: 1 week ago
Aye, it's not bad. I think it lacks the POW factor of the old Seeker of Air, and in fairness it's just a slight variation on that, but it's certainly half decent.
Added: 1 week ago
I'm sure I'm not alone in attempting to design an IMS Phoenix Courtier deck and I would be interested to hear what other Isawa think of this prototype.
Added: 1 week ago
All in all, looks like a mighy annoying deck to have to face!
Added: 1 week ago
Definitely 3x of Toshimoko over Kaezin. Better stats and his effect his much more useful (and incredibly irritating to play against)!
Added: 1 week ago
I'd maybe try and find a way to get 3x of Policy Debate and 3x of Yoshi. If you have the favour, Yoshi is a big value character in terms of card draw and stats. Get him honoured by using a Debate or Way of, and he's a beast.
Added: 1 week ago
I like it dude. Difficult to make suggestions for improvement, but one may be to sub Demonstrating Excellence for Manicured Garden. With your role, D.E is 5 strength which means it can be "farmed" to win a conflict and activate a ring effect while at [continue reading] the same time providing you with no gain. Manicured Garden obviously has 1 strength less, but if you can defend it and its attacked again, you are getting rewarded each time there is a conflict there.
Added: 2 weeks ago
Very much a work in progress at the moment, and obviously trying to take advantage of the Courtier trait and the ability of the Righteous Delegate. A couple of cheeky Bushi are thrown in (Haughty Magistrate and Chikai Order Protector) as their abilit [continue reading]ies synergise well with Isawa Mori Seido and Courtiers and Shugs being in the deck respectively. I like the look of the new courtier in the Dragon pack (I think), Asako Togawa, and it's possible that Isawa Tsuke may have a place in the deck too. Very much a prototype at the moment.
Added: 2 weeks ago
Hey Booth, can I ask how playtesting is going and what your results have been like? I've got a game against my Crane brother tonight.
Added: 3 weeks ago
Wu-Tang forever BB!

I've cloned your deck and I've tinkered with it a little. I haven't had a chance to play with my modified version yet, but having a look at your list I'm wondering, am I missing a restricted card inclusion? I thought [continue reading]of experimenting with Gateway to Meido as it could really feed the sacrifice machine, though I admittedly have no idea how it will actually work in practice.

I'm liking the inclusion of the Student of Anatomies. I think "it"(?) is a nice fit in this deck, and I was also thinking that Warm Welcome might fit nicely, especially if you kept a contingency plan in hand (would WW still work after playing a CP to reduce your honour bid to zero?). Could be crucial to gain that last backhanded compliment or levy.

And a final thought was that Goblin Sneak may also be a decent fit. If you are playing Levy, but you really want the honour then the sneak would be a fine way to remove that pesky last fate from an opponent :)

Looking forward to giving this deck a spin over the next few nights.

Cheers!
Added: 3 weeks ago
Also, fucking dig the Wu reference.
Added: 3 weeks ago
I played my first game today with your last version of this and really had a good time with it. It was a very interesting game against a Lion Honour running deck exploring the "fewer cards in hand " strat too. That last part didn't really work for my [continue reading] opp today, but I've never played a game where so much of the game revolved around "how many cards do you have" and "how much honour" do you have. I like this idea and I like the new inclusions. One thing I was thinking was that it would be great to trim your conflict deck down to 40 cards. If you're drawing minimal cards each time, you really want to get the cards you want. Softskin seems a great inclusion, and fits better than the 3 x Jade Tetsubo for sure.
Added: 4 weeks ago
Looks like a good deck which I'll be trying to pilot helping one of our local players prepare for Worlds.

Can I ask, what changes if any would you make to this deck now that Shosuro Miyako is available? It seems like quite a different b [continue reading]uild to some of the Cran decks I've seen which use Satoshi to fill the discard.
Added: 1 month ago
Shiba Yojimbo was included just to throw in an extra Bushi, but I had not considered Seppun Ishikawa so I think I'll throw him in based on your advice and probably also switch the libraries for Imperial Storehouses.

What cheap options w [continue reading]ould you consider instead? I'm a little underwhelmed by them all to be honest! I can see a case for the Seppun Hidden Guard and the Shiba Peacemaker, but they both seem a little "meh" to me (though the Hidden Guard ability could be pretty rad).

I "cut" the Cut down to two as I felt three was a little restrictive. It can also be tricky to get the honour bonus sometimes, and being restricted to Bushis further limits its use. Banzai doesn't have those restrictions, though I have been considering dropping one and adding a fresh sword.

I only added Stay Your Hand yesterday having come away from a weekend losing to Toshimoko! I haven't had time to assess its usefulness but it was included with the particular purpose of preventing Duels initiated by characters, because Toshimoko is annoying!

I've been pretty happy with the performance of Demonstrating Excellence. I'm not too fussed about defending my provinces really so it gives a good return for being broken. I have obviously considered Manicured Garden as well, but it would need to be defended to provide as much of a return. I am considering switching it out and experimenting with Henshin Mysteries when it comes out :)

Ahhh, The Emperor. I'm going to drop him in as a one of. Anything to defeat those impeccably perfect Crane!
Added: 3 months ago
Looks like fun!
Added: 3 months ago
Also looking at dropping possibly 2 Voice to replace with Political Rivals as 4 cancels seems enough and it’s nice to have some characters in conflict.
Added: 3 months ago
I’m definitely going to switch out Midnight Revels for Rally. I’ve only played 5 games but by that stage of the game I’ll almost certainly have a 5 coaster out and I think in all those games my opponent has not rendering the province blank. [continue reading] />
Also considering dropping Sotorii and Maezawa to 2x as Pride is a little counter synergistic with cards such as Cut and Purity, and Maezawa is a Courtier. Also, I’m looking to drop the Mystics entirely. I don’t feel that a Cloud on any of my characters, while irritating, isn’t game ending. Attachments on opponents might be a little more problematic. Might throw the keepers in there. Interestingly, what has been happening in the non-Crane matchups is that my honour gets very high and my opponents low, allowing a little bit of pressure to be exerted on that front. I am liking Policy Debate as the RL card at the moment though.
Added: 3 months ago
Hi Anonymous. Wow, I would be really interested to hear how this deck performed in a competitive environment! I think the public deck should update automatically, so I have no further updates as yet. I’m meeting our group for some casual play tomor [continue reading]row so may make some changes after that.

I was thinking of Steward as the RL card. I would then be tempted to find room for For Shame also!
Added: 3 months ago
After a few more plays of this I'll look to experiment with Charge, and possibly remove the Mystics to replace them with Shiba Yojimbo, simply for the Bushi trait.
Added: 3 months ago
I like it! I'm working on a similar build myself but using Keeper of Air, mainly for SbR, but A New Name was one of the new cards that jumped out at me for the very same reason you describe.
Added: 3 months ago
Oh, I haven't included Keepers mainly due to the number of times I actually contend the Air ring but as I say, it's all testing at the moment.

I hadn't considered the Emperor. Will maybe try and muscle him in somewhere.
Added: 3 months ago
Hey Sev, thanks for the comments. I’m not quite sold on policy debate as the RL card, but I havent played a ton of games with this deck. The games I have played have mainly been against Crane which I knew the deck would naturally struggle against. [continue reading]

I have been considering switching it with Charge and going for a bit more of the blitz style but I would like to test with this build a little more.

The card I’m less sold on is Magnificent Lighthouse. It’s nice when it turns up on Shameful or Sanpuku. Less good when it clogs up the Upholding. Plus, it inevitably means you have to play an additional turn in dynasty to get its full value, obviously denying you the dynasty fate.

I’m considering switching that with Ancestral Shrine which I’ve been led to believe is very good and may have similar effects in allowing double ring attacks. Plus it synergises with tsukune.

The other thing I have been considering is trying this Bushi build with lion splash. We’ve tried similar before, but Lion May have more Bushi synergistic cards. But need to explore that a little more.
Added: 3 months ago
Added a couple more Bushi to work with the number of Bushi only cards in my conflict deck. Armament Artisan has been added to try and match Crane for number of honoured characters to help with Voice.

Kiku Matsuri added for more honourin [continue reading]g buzz.
Added: 3 months ago
Most of the courtiers have been takne out simply because they are not that great. Maezawa stays in though as he synergises well with the stronghold. Instead, low cost shugs have been included as they just have better inherent value. Similarly, For Sh [continue reading]ame is out as it requires a courtier and often needs 2 copies to achieve what it wants.

Favourable Grounds have been upped to try and counter covert and character nullification cards.

Banzai upped to 3 copies, Haughty Magistrate upped to 3 copies, Display upped to 3 copies.
Added: 6 months ago
I'm intruiged by the inclusion of Vassal Fields, but mainly Illustrious Forge. I presume you are having success with it, but do you ever find you don't want it to fire or that you just end up adding a low value attachment like a katana or fan?
Added: 6 months ago
Nice deck!
Added: 7 months ago
I've been wanting to experiment with a tower deck for quite some time. I think I'll give this a go and see how I get on. Thanks :)
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