Stronghold: City of the Open Hand
By: SpartyNC
Date: 09/17/19 thru 09/17/19
Location: Jingoku
Occasion: Online Play
Opponent got frustrated and rage quit in the end of the second turn's conflict phase when I had him down to 6 honor with two characters he had invested heavily in bowed and dishonored.
Elemental Championship - Boards & Swords
Stronghold: Kyūden Kakita
By: Toyz N The Hood
Date: 06/22/19 thru 06/22/19
Location: Derby
Occasion: Elemental Championship
Edited: 4 months ago
Round 1 - vs Crane

Fairly straight forward Crane mirror match but I was lucky to reveal my Magistrate Station followed by the drop of a Tengu Sensei that meant my opponent couldn't gain any traction. Both of us had strong duelling elements but this meant we were both honouring our characters so our strongholds didn't do too much. By the end of the game I don't think my opponent had won a single conflict.

Round 2 - vs Crab

Apologies, I can't remember all tha [continue reading]t much detail of this game. My opponent had Crab and I was able to stop him getting a foothold by using Gossip to prevent Fight On, smashing his Iron Mines and then Let Go on his Reprieves. It let me build up a good board presence and using duels (helped by his plays of Defend Your Honour) to honour my characters I was able to destroy all his provinces.

Round 3 - vs Dragon

My opponent was playing a Dragon duelling dishonour deck. I got off to a cracking start, breaking two provinces relatively quickly although one was Restoration of Balance and the other Upholding Authority so my hand took quite a beating. I then realised that my opponent wasn't intending to attack my provinces at all and instead was going to use an incredibly tooled up Mirumoto Raitsugu to dishonour me. I played Gossip for a turn to stop any Mirumoto's Daishos being played. I then essentially stopped playing for two turns until Raitsugu ran out of fate (I was on about 4 honour at this point and so couldn't afford to duel!). My opponent started attacking my provinces and managed to break two before Raitsugu left play. I was REALLY lucky that he didn't draw another Raitsugu to add fate and it meant that my two characters (Kaezin and Ryoku) just outlived him. We were running out of time and he had two of my provinces, more honour (by a mile!) and the favour while I had three of his provinces broken. I then went all out for his stronghold with Kaezin, hit Midnight Revels which had no effect, and through all my honour against his character in a bid with Duelist Training. This bowed his character and honoured Kaezin, breaking the stronghold and letting me win on just one honour! It was an insanely tense game.

Round 4 - vs Crab

My opponent had "The deck" from Crab with the addition of the Hiruma Signaller from the new Inheritance Cycle (which I hadn't realised was legal for this tournament!). He got an early Kisada which meant I was throwing away a Policy Debate each turn just to fire his ability. I wasn't able to duel Kisada as he was such a beat stick so had to skirt round him, Fortunately the only mistake my opponent made was to flip Magistrate Station but to then continue to attack other provinces so I was able to get that ability working for a couple of turns before he realised it didn't just work when attacked. The card of the match was the Political Rival who was able to covert the Hiruma Signaller and break the third province, while a bowed Kisada was forced to watch as I had used Gossip to prevent Fight On from being played. In the end my opponent conceded as we reached 65 minutes, with my having broken three provinces to his one and also being the most honourable.

Semi-final - vs Phoenix

This was the semi-final in the Elemental Champion. I had played my opponent the week before in the Underhand of the Emperor completion. His deck has heavy water focus but also a few tricks with coverts and Spreading The Darkness. I was able to keep him at bay with my duelists and to fight off a few cards, mostly with tricks that bowed his characters, with duelist training or Kakita Dojo. That then gave me more honoured characters so I was able to counter his spells. Toshimoko then cancelled a few of his attacks, especially ones where Feral Ningyos were around as they're not a buff. This, combined with a couple of letters of the Daimyo meant he ran out of cards in his hand. I was then able to go all out with about five characters against his stronghold defended by Isawa Ujina. Ujina put up an epic fight against several duelist trainings and a Kakita Dojo but eventually stayed down and the stronghold was broken.

FInal - vs Crane

In the final game I played John again who I'd played earlier. It was a much tougher game this time round, with an Esteemed Tea House (from the new pack) meaning I couldn't reliably play any attachments. We traded roughly one province for another although a key point was where John challenged my Doji Challenger to a duel with a Kakita Dojo. Unfortunately he'd forgotten that my Challenger was a duelist so when it won it bowed his character. That allowed me to push through and break his province and go for the stronghold. I had a load of fate at the next turn and was first player but only had a Daidoji Nerishima on the flop, the rest were holdings. But then I flipped a card over in my province row and it was a Tengu Sensei - that allowed my to launch a full assault on his stronghold and break it.

Overall a really fun tournament with some fantastic opponents. I think I was really lucky not to run into any Scorpion and that none attended the tournament, I really, really struggle against dishonour decks. My second toughest match up is Crab but I can beat them if i keep my wits about them, especially with the addition of Gossip to my deck.
Underhand of the Emperor - Weekend Warlords
Stronghold: Kyūden Kakita
By: Toyz N The Hood
Date: 06/16/19
Location: Loughborough
Occasion: Underhand of the Emperor
Round 1 - vs Unicorn

Awesome game in an Underhand of the Emperor event. I think this was my first game against Shiro Shinjo. It came down to tie breaker, fortunately I had more honour. Highlight was Gossiping Captive Audience on the first turn and stopping my opponent in his tracks.

Round 2 - vs Dragon

Fortunately Tengu Sensei kept the bigger threats out of the game. This meant I could set up Noble Sacrifices and generally be a nuisance.

Round [continue reading] 3 - vs Pheonix

Opponent used Spreading the Darkness to great effect - and it turns out it's a Spell so it didn't go away. Fortunately while he was winning conflicts to begin with he was using too many cards and a Letter from the Daimyo, Earth Rings and Political Debates brought him down to zero. I need to also not Political Debate when my opponent has no cards. That's not good.
Jigoku Online Play + S16 Discord Pods (05/15/19 to 05/31/19)
Stronghold: Kyūden Kakita
Date: 05/15/19 thru 05/31/19
Occasion: Jigoku Online Play
Edited: 5 months ago
Win on 05/15/19 vs. Ky?den Kakita
Win Condition: Concession
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 10
Most Valuable Card: Kakita Blade
T1 takamori locked out my 0fate A.Challenger and enemy couldn't break, as he too was an honor deck(unicorn bodies+festival). Upon realizing i too was an honor deck and forgetting to Use his (has favor) Yoshii as first action on defense... he instead PDs me while I use Box off his PD. Then, I KDojo his yoshi for a void brea [continue reading]k, which would remove a takamori from board.
Not wanting to continue on a 9v14 (+1DD) honor fight, he conceded right away off his guffaw.

Loss on 05/16/19 vs. Hisu Mori Toride
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 40Notes
I N S A N E L Y S P I C Y deck by unicorn, gets tesuko T1. I stuipdlyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy defend a pilgrimage +dd wayfinder poke, when I 100% did not need to, which gave me a bowed 3 fate kaizen. Moves into bow, did some irrelevant duels, and get FALLEN IN BATTLE'ed, coulda voiced but tesuko stops it.

Later, I get STAY YOUR HAND and GOBLIN SNEAK'd for the lose.

The funny thing is, if my opponent simply DIDN'T PLAY SNEAK, I would have won, honoring out to 25, but I didn't have the 1 fate to equip my 3rd KB in hand, when I was at 22..... So, IMO, this is/was a huge test that if no tesuko, no SYH or no sneak, EVEN 1 OF THEM, I would have won....

Loss on 05/16/19 vs. Ky?den Bayushi
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: YesDuration: 50Notes
Tried to redeem my tilt game, didn't feel like I made any mistakes, but thinking back I was.

This was a perfect game where opponent used 2 clouds to win the game, as he was down to 1 honor, kept squeezing/squeeking out air defense rings, then clouds asami and toshimoko, both whom we able to cause that single point of honor loss, plus, he stole/CiF x2 KBs, which effectively stopped me from wining via honor (was at 20 v 1); he drew duty the turn I was able to win an air ring.... I suppose I was unlucky?

Loss on 05/16/19 vs. Hisu Mori Toride
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 65Notes

Hooo man, I blew it T1 making a 2fate asami into a tower, that was a mistake, as my opponent stopped my KD by simply playing RFB, then I was on tilt.

Gotta have discipline and not tower up turn 1, even if I lose x2 provs.

On tilt and continued to make tons more mistakes, got to 22 honor and left 2 honor on a broken DD

note: I was begging for duels this game, I saw 1 DT , 1KD and 1PD

Loss on 05/16/19 vs. Mountain's Anvil Castle
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 45Notes
Didn't tower up enough, got a nice T1 gossip call with assassinate then discarded it with earth.

X3 let go and x2 void fist, with covert is tough to have presence, didn't tower up enough

Loss on 05/17/19 vs. City of the Open
Win Condition: Dishonor WinHad Starting Initiative: YesDuration: 40Notes
Innnnsanely "high roll" poison deck, where EVERYTHING RIGHT happened for him. X2 afwtd + city of lies, early, imp palace t1, HMD, hametsu turn 2.

Ends the game zeroing out my units, the board resets with him at 21 fate, 18 cards to my 15 fate 8 cards, I buy 2, he plays 2 stolen breath, is first player, and I have 2 honor left..... Like I said ... Perfect

Win on 05/17/19 vs. Shiro Nishiya
Win Condition: ConcessionHad Starting Initiative: YesDuration: 65Most Valuable Card: Daimy?'s GunbaiNotes
Bad deck list, but good player and stoic crab made it a hard match. Towered a kaizen to 11/9 to match his 6/7 shrewd yasuki; opponent didn't want to play till 20 turns after I started my 3 fate toshimoko new tower

Loss on 05/27/19 vs. Shiro Nishiya
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 65Notes
Most optimal crab, gets a 2 fate kisada turn 1, with an iron mine to keep him from dying to a noble Sac.... Made a few mistakes, but not many... Bleh

Loss on 05/27/19 vs. Mountain's Anvil Castle
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 65Notes
Stereotypical "m'daisho" deck. Dragon player Got real lucky prov flips and over 3 turns got x3 a.sword smith, so his hand was insane.

Yokuni is prob the best clan champ.... He's so good; great/smart player was able to control ring of fire perfectly

Win on 05/27/19 vs. Y?jin no Shiro
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 55Most Valuable Card: Gaijin Customs
Locked out a lion honor deck; started out rocky but outlasted and had a key g.customs to straighten and break stronghold

Loss on 05/28/19 vs. Ky?den Bayushi
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 45Notes
Felt this was another "perfect hand/game" for my opponent... Back to back games where t2 toshimoko walked into midnight revels in row..... Discard heavy ninja deck, was pretty neat

Win on 05/28/19 vs. Y?jin no Shiro
Win Condition: Honor WinHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 45Most Valuable Card: Iaijutsu Master
X3 IMs gave me about 5 honor, in conjunction with x2 dojo to give me an additional 9 honor, but *bad* player who made mistakes in duels and "simply bidded 1 always" which wound up making me honor win.

Loss on 05/28/19 vs. Shiro Nishiya
Win Condition: ProvincesHad Starting Initiative: NoDuration: 50Notes

I didn't play "stupid" and overthought hand size when I should have WotCraned' my callow to activate voice, as he assassinated a decently fated/equipped as.challenger as this game decided to give me x3 of them; then went tilt like buying uji when I knew he had cloud
Jigoku Online Play + S16 Discord Pods (05/01/19 to 05/14/19)
Stronghold: Kyūden Kakita
Date: 05/01/19 thru 05/14/19
Occasion: Jigoku Online play
Edited: 6 months ago
Win on 05/10/19 vs. Shiro Nishiyama
Win Condition: Provinces
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 45
Most Valuable Card: Aspiring Challenger
Broke stronghold at (20) v (7)
(Honored) A.challenger mini tower to trick honor bids

Win on 05/10/19 vs. Kyuden Bayushi
Win Condition: Provinces
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 45
Most Valuable Card: Kyuden Kakita
Break with (10) v (4)- forged edict [continue reading] +SBR.
Stronghold kept personalities neutral

Win on 05/10/19 vs. Mountain's Anvil Castle
Win Condition: Honor Win
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 55
Most Valuable Card: Distinguished D?j?
***bad player- weird monk deck
Uji + seal+ 1 DDojo, obtained 3 honor from duels, flipped another DDojo, won 3 more duels (from favored mount + DTechx2+IM+KB), gained (9) honor off dojos to win at (25), on defense.

Loss on 05/10/19 vs. Kyuden Isawa
Win Condition: Concession
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 60
Lost at (20) honor, opponent had good fate management, while I had sub optimal flips

Loss on 05/10/19 vs. Hisu Mori Toride
Win Condition: Provinces
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 40
With honor on DDs and 1 (winnable) duel in hand, would have ended at 23 honor; made a mistake of not winning a duel (miscounted),but then woulda been at 24, so missed by 1 honor; last flip was bad, while opponent had favor + umijaki for massive mil (he never used HMT and gave 4 honor off a yuri duel)

Loss on 05/10/19 vs. Mountain's Anvil Castle

Win Condition: Provinces
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 45
Didn't tower enough, dragon T1 ALCHEMIST, dropped 5 cards +5 fate to tower him up.

I kept buying small when I shoulda bought uji at +2 fate turn 1 or "let t1 go". Didn't focus on void (lost uji a turn early), nor fire ring enough, as alchemist kept dishonoring uji

Missed victory by 1 honor with ZERO kakita blades and ZERO DDojos, opponent LETGO'ED IMaster "for the last honor point" (he was at 2 honor to my 24)... Then high rolled flipped into 5 of the 6 best dragon characters/ in game [no mitsu]

Win on 05/11/19 vs. Shiro Shinjo
Win Condition: Concession
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 20
Most Valuable Card: Magistrate Station
Support of the scorp running AFWTD, which got hit by turn 1, then simply moved back in and kept dueling. Had x2 KDojo with 4 fate toshimoko as an 11/7 favored mount with Mag station revealed... at 2 honor to 21 honor... with 2 broken provs to 0.... (opponent gave up/conceded 15 times)

Win on 05/12/19 vs. Y?jin no Shiro
Win Condition: Honor Win
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 55
Most Valuable Card: Warm Welcome
S16 Discord League POD/GROUP MATCH:

Lion "festivals + mass bodies" missed its wombo combo by 4 honor, as i kept my bids low, my honor high and counter-broke whatever he broke me. (I made TONS of mistakes this game, too).

After his first "festivals drop", he stopped going honor, started to bid 5, to my 1 and unbeknownst to me, drew into a second...a well timed "warm Welcome + Policy Debate" discarded his 'other' Festivals and he could not break Entrenched vs 11MIL Toshimoko

Win on 05/13/19 vs. Hisu Mori Toride
Win Condition: Honor Win
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 45
Most Valuable Card: Kakita Toshimoko
Uni/dragon- HMT:

Duel I lost (1bid to 5) was an honored brash at a revealed mag station, opponent bowed him, I straightened, but he broke, so if he let me bow his guy, I save prov, or he gives me 4 honor to break; which he did

Courtly was almost MVP as he drew x2 kblades on a pol poke defense (23v5 honor), toshimoko got "STAYED YOUR HANDED" but enemy didn't have enough cards/charge to break prov/entrenched+12 mil toshimoko.

Following turn, DD, KD, IMP PLACE flip, stack x2 k blades on honored kaizen, all in mil air, KD his "smallest guy 9v4" over honor "by 2" (kb,kb,dd) and honored toshimoko at end of turn

Win on 05/13/19 vs. Ky?den Kakita
Win Condition: Dishonor Win
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 45
Most Valuable Card: Magistrate Station
Had x3 voice in opening hand which stopped opponent's x2 way of crane and an early assassinate, which brought him down to 7 honor. He flipped by mag station +DD turn 1 and it was downhill from there, was able to be unopposed, resolve fire, and went all in on air, dishonoring him out after continuing to big high and try to win duels.

Neither of us wanted to perform duels, as it would trigger both our boxes; would have been hard fought to fight his towered 4 fate toshimoko, but was able to counter tower & make him spend honor to "win toshimoko"

Win on 05/14/19 vs. Shiro Nishiyama
Win Condition: Provinces
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 55
Most Valuable Card: Duelist Training
Semi-decent crab, saw ZERO spyglasses, but was seeker of void.... So no talisman, no DYHonor, no fight on..... So...that's bad?

T1 was envoy, vanguard, oguri vs callowed and (2f) kaizen, didn't draw gossip, nor voice in first 9 cards.
Opponent proceeds to wombo combo assassinate and WOTC, but then doesn't break.... (and risked flipping mag station)

lasted till t5 as opponent couldn't handle (another, 3 fated) 10/6 kaizen with x2 KBlade +DTraining+mount+invitation, even had a cheeky storied defeat, for the win, so MVPs were using DTraining all 4 turns to bow kisada...

Opponent was bad as he was trying to dishonor me out with straight bids and watch commander doesn't do much to me

This was a perfect example of the "switch aspect" of the deck

Win on 05/14/19 vs. City of the Open Hand
Win Condition: Honor Win
Had Starting Initiative: No
Duration: 50
Most Valuable Card: Kakita Ryoku
(Player wasn't bad per-say, but his deck choices, overthinking for LONG periods of time and general slow play probably would categorize him as bad; as he lost the game by not counting, or causing CotOH honor loss, the remaining honor on DD)

weird CotOH crane splash that tries to WOMBO combo "Shoju or Aramoro + Mark of Shame death bombs"... except he's not running the better stronghold... and played at least 1 'Stay your Hand', which i VOH'ed thank you very much.

we both had Imp Palace T1, he failed to break or win a ring (ran into pilgrimage), while i ran into Authority (which he took literally 4minutes to choose x1 spyglass instead of x2 favored mount). Ryoko came out T2 and proceeded to general 4 total honor tokens over 2 turns; then ran out of fate and the 2nd of 2 copies of her showed up to generate ANOTHER honor token. I misplayed and attacked into a shameful when i did not need to but, next turn i went first and had a x2honor DD with KD ending the previous turn at 22.... all i need to do is win 1 duel ,or make opponent give me 3 honor in a duel, which was the choice the opponent had as Ryoko honored herself to be 3MIL for KD with Fine katana and KBlade in hand, too
Denver Kotei
Stronghold: Hisu Mori Toride
Date: 04/27/19 thru 04/28/19
Deck I played the weekend of the Denver Kotei: https://thelotuspavilion.com/tournaments/3943/stats. It was a good meta call, but I ended up playing only 2 mirror matches the entire weekend. With about 20 locals, I also got paired against 4 of them on Saturday. Since we both knew each other's decks winning came down more to variance. However, I finished second during the Elemental Challenge on Sunday.

Overall a great weekend and wonderful to meet so many member of the horde in real l [continue reading]ife!
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.
Elemental Championship
Stronghold: Kyūden Isawa
Date: 01/26/19 thru 01/26/19
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Occasion: Elemental Championship
Round 1 vs HMT Unicorn KoF

I lost 3 provinces early, letting them burn some essential cards. I found Tadaka and censured Captive Audience when it came to Kuroi Mori to shut down HMT. With Unicorn stalled out on my stronghold, I built up my side and won by conquest.

Round 2 vs Dragon SoV

Limited early buys and aggression to stockpile fate. I mulled for and played attachments and characters to prevent Restoration of Balance from hurting too badly. Tadaka [continue reading]showed up and prevented them from playing cards. Won by conquest.

Round 3 vs HMT Unicorn HMT KoF

Limited early buys to stockpile fate, offered token defense to keep them from breaking too much too quickly. I lost multiple defenses, but saved breaks by 1 force. I built up fated, honored characters including Master of Gisei Toshi and went on the attack and won by conquest.

Round 4 vs Crane KoA

I made some play mistakes here, namely forgetting what Cautious Scout did. Boneheaded. I face planted into Magistrate Station and later Shameful Display. Winnable game, but I got too far behind and couldn't come back in the face of honored Yoshi and Guest of Honor. I should have committed to more defense to keep the Crane from getting too far ahead. Loss by conquest.

Round 5 vs Dragon SoV

Limited early buys to conserve fate. I played attachments and characters to lessen the impact of Restoration of Balance. I bilt up fated characters to make a nice board. Consumed by Five Fires wiped out 4 fate and cleared his side. I found Tadaka to turn off all his events and found Kanjo District to break his stronghold even with Sacred Sanctuary. Won by conquest.

Top 8 vs KI Phoenix SoA

Charge and Lion splash Phoenix, so no Tadaka. I had a godawful flop and starting hand so focused on defending and getting the favor, which was managed with unbowing a shugenja at home and winning 1 ring with a Shrine Maiden. Turn 2 I found Tadaka and had the favor, so I was able to shut down pretty much anything he could try. Won by conquest since he couldn't play any cards.

Top 4 vs Crab KoW

2 clutch Displays of Power prevented the Crab from making any headway in controlling my side of the table and kept me free to go on the offensive. I passed early to deny fate and built up a pretty big fate disparity. Once I got a card advantage too, honored Tadaka/Adept of the Waves were able to smash through provinces and eventually break the stronghold.

Finals vs HMT Unicorn KoF

Rematch of the century! Unicorn came out guns blazing, but conserved many of their high impact events as much as possible to limit the impact of Tadaka when/if he arrived. I offered token defense and tried to keep pace, but gave up provinces too easily. Captive Audience is a neat way to get around Clarity of Purpose. When Tadaka and Censure didn't show up, I was unable to stop the bleeding and they were on my stronghold quickly. I didn't have enough characters or control pieces and just got run over.
York - Travelling Man Elemental Championship
Stronghold: Kyūden Isawa
Date: 01/26/19 thru 01/26/19
Location: Travelling Man, York
Occasion: Elemental Championship
13 player tournament.

1st round vs crane koair - managed to keep par with honoured characters to keep voice off, broke magistrates first turn, eventually outvalued
2nd round vs dragon - managed to hit provinces in right order and avoid resto, broke box
3rd round vs phoenix/lion splash - running charge as RL, I saw atw, he didn't
4th vs scorpion kyuden bayushi - lost, couldn't get a good board state going enough to capitalise on his dropping honour ad lost to box br [continue reading]eak

top cut
semi-final vs unicorn - he broke early and aggresive, was on box at start of turn 3 but tadaka and kuroi mori shut him down
final vs phoenix - rematch of third round - got card advantage and managed to see right cards at right time, tadaka in final turn and 50/50 to avoid manicured meant got the win
Winter Court World Championship 2018 Proving Grounds
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 11/04/18 thru 11/04/18
Location: Fantasy Flight Games Center
Occasion: Winter Court World Championship 2018
1 win 1 loss.
Winter Court World Championship 2018 Day 1A
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 11/02/18 thru 11/02/18
Location: Fantasy Flight Games Center
Occasion: Winter Court World Championship 2018
Edited: 12 months ago
Winter Court World Championship 2018 Day 2
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 11/04/18 thru 11/04/18
Location: Fantasy Flight Games Center
Occasion: Winter Court World Championship 2018
Jigoku Test Games
Stronghold: Isawa Mori Seidō
Date: 11/05/18 thru 11/05/18
Location: Jigoku
Occasion: Testing
Edited: 12 months ago
Paired up against Keeper of Water Crab and Keeper of Air Phoenix.

Notable happenings this game were my opponents bidding 1 either turn 1 or turn 2 in anticipation of me hitting the brakes to drain honor when I just wanted cards to create advantage. I got pretty low on honor in both games while my opponents floated on double digits, but I used my card advantage to win conflicts and just break provinces with a bigger and better board. If I have 10+ cards in hand and my opponent does [continue reading] not, I can aggressively use policy debate to attack their hand and see what awaits me to better navigate the conflict phase. I won both games on conquest.

Probably the most interesting moment was against the other Phoenix. I got to poke water then dump 2 Ningyo and Seeker of Knowledge to break the last row province and fire off an air ring to get me back to a safe honor total.
Woodforsheep Stronghold Conflict #3
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 10/20/18 thru 10/20/18
Location: Woodforsheep
Occasion: Season 1 Stronghold Conflict #3
Edited: 12 months ago
2 games played.
Shogun Challenge @ The Sword & Board
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 10/22/18 thru 10/22/18
Location: The Sword & Board
Occasion: Shogun Challenge
3 matches played.
Heroes World Stronghold Conflict #4
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 10/13/18 thru 10/13/18
Location: Heroes World
Occasion: Season 2 Stronghold Conflict #4
Edited: > 1 year ago
3 games played.
401 Games Stronghold Conflict
Stronghold: Shizuka Toshi
Date: 10/14/18 thru 10/14/18
Location: 401 Games
Occasion: Season 2 Stronghold Conflict #4
Edited: > 1 year ago
3 games played
Grand Kotei
Stronghold: Golden Plains Outpost
Date: 08/02/18 thru 08/04/18
Location: GenCon
I had a great time at GenCon. However, first round was against Nick Soto (Phoenix fish boi for days) who was at the top of Swiss on Day 1A. I defeated a lion player round 2 on HMT. Then round 3 I was up against Trevor Cuba, which is an excellent Crane player. Round 4 I needed a win to make the cut, but had a mirror match. The other unicorn player had the encampment turn 1...I didn't so it was pretty easy for him break my provinces and SH.

I did go to the skirmish event on day 1A and [continue reading] defeated a Dragon and another lion player on HMT. My loss was against a Core set SH lion player. Finally, I played one round of the skirmish event on Saturday to get another KoF vote and played a Dragon player and won with TW being the MVP. I dropped to play in A:NR where I proceeded to go 50/50 Wins and Losses in 7 rounds of swiss.

So overall record with this deck at GenCon was 50% 4 wins and 4 losses:
Wins - 2 Dragon, 2 Lion (HMT)
Loses - 1 Phoenix, 1 Crane, 1 Lion (Core Set), and 1 Unicorn
L5R Tourney - Prep for GenCon
Stronghold: Golden Plains Outpost
Date: 07/22/18 thru 07/22/18
Location: TEG - Broomfield, CO