Shadowfist Deck: Black Hand by Steve Valladolid
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[posted 31 May 2003]
Originally posted to the Shadowfist Forum on Yahoogroups on 9 Aug 2001 by Steve Valladolid. Republished with permission. If you're a member of the group, you can read the original in the archive.
Steve Valladolid won the GenCon 2001 Final Brawl multiplayer championship using this deck.
For any that are interested, here is the deck I played and won with at the GenCon Multiplayer World Championships.
5 Golden Candle Society 1 Instrument of the Hand 1 Righteous Fist 1 Righteous Protector 2 Blue Monk 1 Fist of Shadow 1 Leung Mui 2 Iron Monkey 1 Sun Chen 2 Iron and Silk 1 Rigorous Discipline 3 Confucian Stability 2 Robust Feng Shui 1 Green Sensei Chamber 1 Yellow Sensei Chamber 2 Shield of Pure Soul 5 Sinister Priest 3 Earth Poisoner 1 Eater of Fortune 3 Underworld Tracker 2 Evil Twin 2 Mad Monk 1 Flying Sleeves 2 Inauspicious Return 2 Tortured Memories 3 Pocket Demon 1 Violet Meditation 2 Whirlpool of Blood 1 Temple of the Angry Spirits 1 Fox Pass 1 Gambling House 1 City Square 2 Festival Circle 1 Nine Dragon Temple 2 Möbius Garden 2 City Park
I designed the deck to be played defensively at the start using cheap event cards. The deck tries to accumulate power and discourage attacks against you with cards like Tortured Memories, Inauspicious Return and the defensive sites. I use cards like Robust Feng Shui to stop an attack against me for 2 power and redirect the damage to an opponent's site that I will be attacking next. Tortured Memories is flexible as it can be used defensively in the early game and offensively later. I also tried to pay a lot of attention to the power curve so that I always have cards to play.
[writeup by Steve Valladolid]