TaKtiX: Laurence J Sinclair

Laurence J Sinclair has been playing the Warlord CCG since the release of the game - mainly thanks to that killer Rathe art. He even stuck with it through that dark time involving Campaign Rathe art. Now he is a playtester and a member of the Warlord Story Team - guiding the armies of the Accordlands into an uncertain future.

26.9.06

Bloody but Unbroken

So, in the end I went with playing the Bloody Countess at Barnstaple's tournament on Sunday. Made Top 4 (read: fourth :P) out of eleven participants.

Dwarves were no obstacle. They fell before my blade and my indomitable Dev speak. Took a while to hack through Priam's funky rank structure; at one point I had him reduced to sheltering behind a solitary Wall and failed to stun him forward with a deluge of attacks...

Trevaine Cartwright was a mild annoyance. When it comes down to it, just ignoring the Jiyacin Frets and running the peasant lord himself through as soon as he shows his hidden face is a solid tactic. Having cousin Lestan, shifter Caleb, keepers of d'Ilchant and Ghed Nuri around to throw off all those potential backstabs helps as well.

By the time I came to facing Trevaine's better - Black Tom - my devotion to Dev-speak was starting to falter, and I was punished with a draw for my lack of persistence. The minor complication of a slew of astral and ethereal rogues led to poor Elsabet fearing for her life every time she took a swing - even with the aid of Acolyte Dorra. I lost track of how many high level miscreants I dispatched to the afterlife over the course of the game, but there were always more hard on their heels. Called for time, we played on after to see what would have happened, and found that victory would have been mine after due time. Oh well, c'est la guerre. Unprecedented use from Shadow of Murder was nice, though.

Finally, I was facing off against Dyer himself and his Magson deck. Elsabet likes not being shot in the face, and even less having her second rank shot out from under her. Losing initiative even with bonuses several times, and drawing in a Title Contestation (after having won one the action before, no less!) contributed also. Still, I continued my tradition of at least taking a game from Chris even if I lose - the only person in the tournament to do so. Stunned Magson to the front first turn, only to have all the Militia-summoned Spencers inflict two wounds on Elsabet before turn's end...

The deck I used follows. It ain't the best (much 2x of cards...), but it's fun. Elsabet dashes to the front and delivers long overdue death to those who would dare face her.

Characters:
The Bloody Countess
Caleb the Shifter
Acolyte Dorra x3
Bascia Tremayne x2
Deverenian Courtier x3
Cardinal Bromin x3
D'Ilchant Keeper x3
Ghed Nuri x3
Lestan Drac x3
Xaros the Mist x3

Actions:
Ar'tek's Rampage
Bear's Soul x3
Bloodthirsty x2
Bull Rush x3
Contest Thy Title x2
Gahid's Stand
No Prisoners! x2

Items:
Battle Rhino x2
Black Sun Helm x2
Gloves of Mercy x2
Noble Steed x2
Shadow of Murder
Token of Favor x2

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