Shadowfist Deck: The Mustache of Understanding by Gavin Edwards

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Home > Decks > Decks: The Mustache of Understanding (winner of the 2005 National Championships, Part 2, at DexCon 8)
[posted 4 Aug 2005]

Originally posted to the Shadowfist Forum on Yahoogroups on 1 Aug 2005 by Alex Bergmann. Republished with permission. If you're a member of the group, you can read the original in the archive.

Gavin Edwards won the 2005 National Championships, Part 2, at DexCon 8 with this deck.


The Mustache of Understanding
by Gavin Edwards (60 cards)

9x Manchu Soldiers
1x Bad Colonel
1x Cabinet Minister
1x General Senggelinqin
1x Jan Zvireci
2x Manchu Bureaucrat
5x Manchu Officer
1x Might of the Elephant
1x Military Commandant
1x Natraj Thalnasser
1x The Unspoken Name

4x Bite of the Jellyfish
1x Fox on the Run
5x Operation Killdeer

5x Shadowy Mentor

3x 200 Guys with Hatchets and Ladders
1x Paper Trail

5x Manchu Garrison

1x Booby Trapped Tomb
1x Cataract Gorge
1x Disco
2x Eagle Mountain
1x Festival Circle
1x Fox Pass
1x Gambling House
1x Nine Dragon Temple
1x Temple of the Angry Spirits
2x Whirlpool of Blood

The deck does a bunch of different things, but basically I wanted to take advantage of the Manchu engine and 200 Guys, bolstering it with some of the traditional Ascended power cards (since I hardly ever play the faction).

Play notes:

Of all the decks in the final, mine was probably the least-suited for the high-power multi-Bull Market environment that Alex B. created. I wasn't pulling my big sticks, and whenever I got out somebody useful, Bruce generally would whack him. (Not to mention Alex P's full hand of denial making it hard to get traction, or Alex B's Neutron Bomb defense.) I also didn't have a lot of Mentor options, because Bruce had an Ice Queen and Alex P had a Stone Dolmens. So I had to wait, slowly building up my site structure, sniping a site here and there, and biding my time, hoping I would get a good opportunity to strike. Which, after a long time, I did.

[Side note: the game was not won due to a Mentor being played, but more on that in the game report to follow once I've had time to write it.]

[writeup by Gavin Edwards and Alex Bergmann]

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