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Two Guys, One Deck: Targaryen — Banner of the Watch

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by Luke Wortley (eldub)
This time on Two Guys, One Deck, we have Cameron Davisson, the King in the North, to build a non-stark deck with yours truly. The full decklist will be linked at the end of the article. Thanks for reading.
Luke
kinda want to build a targ deck
Cameron
Lately I’ve wanted too as well, but I don’t have any hands on experience with the faction.
It’s the only faction I’ve yet to touch.
Still, I’ve recently messed around with a Summer deck on thronesdb.

Luke

Targ-Watch is something I’ve wanted to try for a long tim.
Craven/Milk opponent’s big guys, burn smaller ones. attrition from military claim.
I say we start with the banner package.
Cameron
Let’s do it. I don’t think it will be too hard.
Luke
So start with 3x Craven?
Cameron
Yep. Old Bear’s Raven would be another consideration for attachments. It’s a one-of, I think.
Luke
Seems legit. Drogo or Mirri with Stealth is tasty.
Cameron
Alright. How about characters next?
Luke
1 or 2 Benjen?
Cameron
I’m not sure if he’s worth including. 5 is expensive for an out-of-faction card.
I think if we include him we’ll want at least 2 economy plots.
Luke
I think we want at least 1.
Imagine the jank! Drac your own Benjen for the win!
Even so, he’s a good 5-coster, a slot that targ isn’t exactly swimming in at the moment.
Cameron
Sure. Or you could pull the classic move and kill him and win on a Wildfire, after all.
Luke
1 Dolorous Edd?
Cameron
Yep! Keep those tears at bay.
Luke
I think you’re always running at least 1x of him, right?
Cameron
Sure, don’t know why you wouldn’t.
Luke
I love Ghost, and this deck is perfect for him.
Cameron
I still think he’s a one-of, though.
Luke
Agreed.
Cameron
2x Aemon?
Luke
He’s a card I waffle on.
Sure he kneels to save himself, but I have other things I’d rather spend 3 on in targ…like a dragon.
Cameron
Can’t win all of the military challenges. I think it’s gonna be tough to hit 12 without him.
Luke
3x ranging party and 3x steward puts us at 13 without him.
 And I’d like to sneak a cheeky 1x Shadow Tower as well.
 1x Waymar isn’t a bad shout, either.
Cameron
Eh. Ranging Party has great stats, but they’re going to be hard to afford pretty often.
I think we want to go pretty character-lite here as far as NW stuff goes.
 Waymar is a solid x1
Luke
I think the ranging party makes sure we don’t fold to FSoW, even if the meta is shfting away from it, no?
 Plus with cravens running around, they’re a solid defender.
 I’d rather drop a ranging party than an unsullied almost every time.
Cameron
I think we’ll have plenty of First Snow-proof cards without them.
Luke
You might be right. We can come back to them.
Cameron
If we’re running Dracarys!, Unsullied are a better fit and will be much easier to play between the loyalists and estates.
Luke
Stewards 3x or 2x, then? Without ranging party I’m not inclined to run 3.
Cameron
We can try x2, but I don’t know how often you’ll be using their reduction.
Luke
Setup and claim-soak at that point, really.
Cameron
Yep.
Luke
You down with that cheeky shadow tower?
Cameron
Oh, yes. I’m a big fan of that card.
Luke
Okay, with singleton Benjen, Edd, Ghost, Waymar, 2x Steward, and a Shadow tower, we have 11 banner cards.
So we should be able to make top 8 at a Missouri regional, then, right?

Cameron

Aemon, I tell ya!
Luke
I’m still an advocate of at least 2 Ranging Party, because the deck can be either defensive or aggressive, but Aemon is serious card advantage.
Are we running Here to Serve?
Cameron
I don’t think so.
If we see him, we see him.
Luke
This choice is fascinating.
We’ll leave it up to readers — Ranging Party or Aemon?
You’re the guest. 2x Aemon, then? Definitely want to see him, but not dupes.
Cameron
Sure, let’s go with that.
So move on to Targ characters?
Luke
Sure.
Cameron
Well, you seem pretty set on wanting to burn stuff to the ground.
Should we just start with the Dragon package?
Luke
I think the point of the deck is maintain your own board, Craven / Milk big guys, and burn (or at least threaten) the mid-range ones, right?
Cameron
Sure. Sounds like a headache for the opponent.
Luke
I’m a fan of the 3-3-1 build.
Cameron
Sounds good to me.
Luke
Ok, so 3 Rhaegal, 3 Viserion, 1 Drogon.
3 Dany?
Cameron
Yep.
Luke
My man
I love Daenerys; she’s a great card and really undervalued.
Cameron
Definitely. She can be a pain to deal with.
Luke
Do we wanna have singleton Aggo and Jhogo?
I don’t know that Rakharo is worth it in a non-Summer / LotC build at the moment.
Cameron
I’m not sure. But we at least want big papa Khal in there.
Luke
For sure.
We can knock out the upper end of the curve first.
Cameron
3x? He’s been wrecking people in our meta.
Luke
Okay, so with 3x Dany, I’m interested in how many Drogo / Mirri?
Cameron
Without completely destroying the top end I would saw 3x Drogo and 2x Mirri
Luke
I think that’s fair.
We could even go with 2x dany at that point, really.
Then it’s a matter of who we see: Mirri or Dany?
The little dargons help force through either one.
Cameron
I could see that.
Yeah let’s put that down for now.
Luke
22 characters at the moment.
I’d say we want to be around 33-34
So i think 2x Jorah.
Cameron
Yeah, agreed
Luke
1x Doreah
Cameron
3x Targaryen Loyalist
1x Viserys?
Luke
Hm. I like 2.
Cameron
Fair enough.
We’ll definitely want a Syrio.
Luke
My thoughts exactly
Cameron
And an Illyio or 2.
Luke
So, Illyrio.
I just don’t know if we’re going to have the board to sit back on gold or the money consistently without Tyrion.
Unless everything is going our way, of course.
I think we definitely want 1x Jhogo, though.
Cameron
Illyrio is very good with our expensive characters — Mirri and Drogo, in particular. Perhaps just one?
Luke
We’re at 32 characters without Illyrio.
And you wanted to try and include Unsullied.
Cameron
Sure, Jhogo is a solid body and dodges First Snow. And I think Unsullied gives our burn more bite.
Luke
2 or 3?
Cameron
Personally I would go with three, but we can try 2 for now.
Luke
Let’s go with 3. We can cut.
35 characters seems good.
Cameron
Are we missing anyone obvious?
Luke
Ranging Party 😉
Cameron
Hahaha.
Luke
Perhaps Braided Warrior / Aggo to support Khal, maybe? It depends.
Rattleshirts, perhaps?
Cameron
If we’re running Conficastion we should be okay between that and Viserys.
Luke
So can I get 1x Crown and 3x Milk?
Cameron
Yes we can!
Luke
Sweet. 8 attachments seems legit.
Locations —  1x Shadow Tower, 2x Plaza, 2x Estate, 3x Roseroad, and 3x Kingsroad?
Cameron
I run all of the 9 economy locations, personally.
Plaza is tasty. x2 feels right.
Luke
I can see that, though we might end up cutting 1.
So we have 55 cards at the moment with those, which leaves us very little wiggle room for events.
3x Drac for sure.
There are so many I want to run!
Cameron
Yep. x2 Put to the Sword as well?
Luke
PttS might be steep in terms of cost.
I like Nightmares, Fire and Blood, Funeral Pyre, even a cheeky stand event.
Cameron
Nightmares is never “bad” but we should be nerfing enough between Milk and Craven.
Fire and Blood, sure.
Nightmares might feel redundant at times in this deck, is all.
Luke
But Funeral Pyre is so legit.
Cameron
I think we are gonna have to be somewhat event-lite.
 We could probably trim 1 or 2 characters but no more.
Luke
Okay, so I want to cut a copy of Illyrio’s Estate and go 2x Funeral pyre, 2x Fire and Blood. Gotta have those dragons.
Illyrio’s Estate can’t reduce any of our NW characters nor events, and it can only reduce one of our attachments.
7 events seems good to me.
Cameron
Sure, that’s fair point.
Luke
You don’t play banners enough 😛
I really like Funeral Pyre or stand.
Cameron
I’m always cautious about losing economy in general, though.
Always sucks to lose a game because you can’t find any economy.
 Let’s try x2 Estates though.
What are we at?
Luke
57
So that’s room for 4 events.
Or 3 if you’re one of those.
Cameron
One of those? Oh! So your one of thoooose
60 or bust.
Luke
My vote is 2x Fire and Blood no matter what; Wildfire is everywhere.
And paying 1 for surprise dragons is nice.
Cameron
Yeah, it’s a great event.
Luke
Since I’m publishing the article, i’m going with 61.
I’m in favor of 2x funeral pyre, cutting an Unsullied, and then adding 1x Waking the Dragon.
That event is just stupid sometimes.
Cameron
I still think this should have Put to the Sword. We have more military icons than anything else, 3x Drogo, 1x Syrio, etc. Seems like a natural fit.
Luke
Fair enough.
Cameron
You can have your extra card, but give me my PttS!
Luke
We have the bird for extra stealth, too.
Cameron
Don’t forget about Ghost!
Luke
My case for the draw / stand over PttS is that this deck is generally wanting to go second, and with craven, a lot of big dudes will still be standing…all of our stealth characters (and attachments) are 1x. Plus the cost.
Cameron
Don’t forget, Dragons/Dracarys helps with enabling it as well.
Luke
Fair.
So 2x Fire and Blood, 2x PttS, 3x Drac is your suggestion?
Cameron
Yes, that’s probably what I would go with.
Luke
Ight let’s roll with it.
Plots.
Cameron
A Noble Cause and Calling the Banners straight off?
I’m not of big fan of Pentoshi.
Luke
I love Trading haha.
Cameron
You would…
Luke
I love-hate it.
I hate it because i think it enables the shitty big dudes decks that everyone complains about, but I love it because it’s the only reliable comeback plot in the game.
I think we want Noble, Calling, and Wildifre.
Cameron
Confiscation since all we have is Viserys for attachments otherwise.
Luke
Definitely.
So that’s 4.
Cameron
Marched?
Luke
I’m undecided on Marched; it’s probably my favorite plot in the game, but it’s kind of a win-more card in the current environment — that or it punishes bad setups.
Cameron
Targ can eat through guys like no one’s business. Marched seems like a good fit.
You don’t have to sell me too hard on Marched. Haha I’m down.
Luke
What do you think of Rebuilding?
Decent cash with the ability to recycle the drac / crown / marched dudes / terminal attachments?
Cameron
Sure. If we don’t have a third straight-up economy plot, Rebuilding may be nice to have.
Luke
My suggestion for a third econ plot would be a second Calling or Summer Harvest if we need one.
Lt’s consider other stuff first.
Summons?
Cameron
I’m never sad to see that plot.
Luke
One left.
So if we’re pushing the swing-back idea, I kinda want a 2-claim
If we’re pushing for more money, I want the second Calling or Rebuliding
Cameron
So it’s Rebuilding, a two claim, or another Calling.
I’m leaning towards Rebuilding or Calling.
Luke
I think Rebuilding is more fitting to what our deck wants to do.
Cameron
Make it so!
Luke
Well, that’s a deck.
Cameron
Sure is.
Here’s the link: http://thronesdb.com/decklist/view/6359/2g1d-targ-watch-1.0
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Luke hails from the Bluegrass-covered hills of Kentucky horse country, says yall a lot, and can whip up a fried chicken that’ll make a tomcat smack a bulldog. Luke came from a healthcare family in rural Kentucky and originally wanted to be av radiologist…until he had a few concussions and forgot calculus for a few months. In response, he started playing with words. He holds a B.A. in Spanish and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He teaches at an inner-city high school in Indianapolis and plays Thrones around the Midwest.

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