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by RoninRosko  ●  last month
Isawa Mori Seidō  ●   (11)  ●     ●  High Glory  ●  Defense/Attrition  ●  Experimental
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person  3  Asako Diplomat
person  3  Ethereal Dreamer
person  3  Fearsome Mystic
person  3  Isawa Kaede
person  3  Isawa Tadaka
person  3  Isawa Ujina
person  3  Miya Mystic
person  3  Naive Student
person  3  Serene Warrior
person  3  Shiba Tsukune
person  3  Solemn Scholar
place  2  Ancestral Shrine
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  3  Guard Duty
attach_file  3  Ornate Fan
person  2  Goblin Sneak
flash_on  2  A Legion of One
flash_on  3  Against the Waves
flash_on  3  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  Hand to Hand
flash_on  3  Ready for Battle
flash_on  1  Subdue the Spirits

by RoninRosko  ●  last month
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  ●  5 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
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A Fistful of Dice EC
Stronghold: Kyūden Isawa
Date: 03/17/19 thru 03/17/19
Location: Portsmouth UK
Occasion: Elemental Championship
Edited: 4 weeks 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
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 :)
Added: 1 week ago
Nice deck friend. Played with it once and had a great time. I like the above suggestions of keeper of earth/discourage pursuit so am going to try a build of that and see how it gets on.
Added: last month
Well done Guy! What an achievement!
Added: last month
Nothing too fancy or original to see here, but managed to take this deck to a top 8 finish in an EC which, for a player of my standard is a huge achievement. Shiba Yojimbo has actually proven her worth in the mirror match and I will have to try bumpi [continue reading]ng her up to 2 or even 3 copies. It has also been pointed out to me that Ancient Masters are great in place of a wandered, and upping the censures to 3.
Added: last month
Thanks!

The reason I have not included Keepers is simply because I feel that Air is, most of the time, the weakest ring to go for. That's not to say they don't have a place (particularly as it may become more important post CotE with the [continue reading] duelling decks and associated extra honour strain), but I just prefer the other characters. A little more playtesting will hopefully determine whether or not this is the case.
Added: last month
Just one more suggestion, how about fitting in a single copy of Subdue the Spirits? Your conflict deck is really cheap and although the dynasty deck is more on the expensive side, i think a 1 of StS would be a nice touch. It could be so destructive i [continue reading]n this kind of high glory deck.
Added: 2 months ago
Also, I'm fairly sure Clarity of Purpose would be amazing in this deck, particularly if you're focusing on defence.
Added: 2 months ago
Loving the idea behind this and am going to use it as the inspiration for a similar deck of my own.

Suggestions wise, how about removing the Ningyos completely? I have done so with one of my other Phoenix decks and have not missed them a [continue reading]t all. Legion of One provides mil pump, and if you really needed it you could add 3 x Banzai for a greater mil boost that is not restricted to just one conflict type.

I'm also going to add the Asako Diplomat to my deck for another way to honour our characters.

Thanks for the inspiration!
Added: 3 months ago
Interesting stuff. Thanks for the write up. I'm keen to give this a try.
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