Shadowfist Deck: Punchy Hand by Willow Palecek
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[posted 18 Feb 2010]
Posted with permission. Thanks Willow!
Willow Palecek used this deck to win the first exclusive invitational tournament at GenCon 2009 (multiplayer, constructed) for winners of other major tournaments. The format doesn't have an official name yet, but in my opinion it can't be anything other than Fists of Legend.
by Willow Palecek (51 cards)
Foundations (10) Golden Candle Society x5 Buddhist Monk x5 Hitters (11) Sword Saint x4 Iron Monkey x2 Cheng Hu Bai The Silent Cowboy Zhu Maichen Lui Yu Min Derek Han Feng Shui (10) City Square x2 Fox Pass LaGrange Four Mah-Jongg Parlor Sacred Heart Hospital Temple of the Angry Spirits x2 Whirpool of Blood x2 Events (15) Confucian Stability Rigorous Discipline x5 Secrets of Shaolin The Willow Bends x3 Violet Meditation x3 Wind on the Mountain x2 Etc (5) Chinese Connection Hot Zone Shield of Pure Soul Spear of Destiny Violet Senshi Chamber
This is the deck that allowed me to go undefeated in the 2009 Gencon Invitational Tournament. It didn't do quite so well in the World Championship Final Brawl, due to a few larger game sizes and some horrid draws.
The deck is an absolute beast in 3-player. You want to get out a Sword Saint early, and burn sites before anyone else can, and use that to field more characters. Always keep pushing. Play from first place, and play hard.
The other hitters are a grab-bag of useful characters. If you lose a site, hopefully Shield of Pure Soul can set you up with a character that's useful for any given situation.
I got a lot of mileage out of Willow Bends to keep my Sword Saints punching through and my Temple of the Angry Spirits healed, but the Rigorous Disciplines are so flexible. The non-Sword Saint hitters all have juicy abilities, and I've got a lot of mileage off of copying what my opponents play. Also, you can copy a Buddhist Monk onto itself, allowing a potential 2 for 6 or 2 for 8 late game cheap hitter. A sneaky move I'm fond of is copying the Sword Saint's text onto an opponent's character to get a power gain when my own guys die, or to prevent a state from showing up.
Special thanks to Jim "The Beast" Sensenbrenner for suggesting the Spear of Destiny. In addition to its usefulness in permanently canceling opponent's cards, it fits right in on the Sword Saint.
[writeup by Willow Palecek]