Shadowfist Deck: Tea for Two by Yuit Sum Vong

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[posted 11 Sep 2003]

Originally posted to the Shadowfist-uk group on Yahoogroups on 27 Sep 2001 by Andrew Davidson. Republished with permission. The group is open to the public, so you can read the original in the archive.

Yuit Sum Vong won the Origins 2001 Final Brawl multiplayer championship using this deck.


by Yuit Sum Vong

This is the deck with which Yuit won Flashpoint Finchley 59 in June 2001. I didn't publish it at the time because Yuit wanted to keep it under wraps before the big tournaments at the summer conventions. She won the Final Brawl at Origins with it but it did not perform well at the US Gencon. By the time Gencon UK came, Yuit had soured on the deck - it had an awesome reputation in London and would attract too much heat from the other players. She switched to a remix of Harmony, adding some Shaolin Showdown cards, but I still think this would have been a smarter choice - you should use a fast deck when playing with time limits of 60-90 minutes and the Z-Man match points system.

The deck was inspired by Jonathan Pickles' Fusion Kid deck which we have long admired - a deck built around the Scrappy Kid + Fusion Rifle + Orbital Laser Strike combo. The trigger was Ryan Keane's praise for Bandit Hideout which we then looked at more closely. When you remix these ideas, you can get great synergy from the core combo of Scrappy Kid + Dirk Wisely's Gambit + Bandit Hideout. This generates great gobs of power which can then be spent on the many fine Independent hitters that the deck contains. Ting Ting is foremost amongst these
but bear in mind that the Scrappy Kid is Independent too - a crowd of kids can be annoying when they start playing with Fusion Rifles.

If you lose Bandit Hideouts, as you will, the Redeemed Gunman are good at retaking them. Gonzo Journalists are used to make up the numbers of foundation characters - useful for getting extra cards in hand to spend all that power on.

Apropos current discussions about the cookie-cutter nature of mono-Dragon decks, note that the deck does not contain any Final Brawl as you don't want to fight in front of the children. Instead, heavy use is made of Satellite Intelligence - one of Yuit's favorites. And also we have the little-used card, Assassins in Love. This has always
been good for taking control of the White Ninja but is even better now that there is a Bounty to attract Assassin decks.

And the deck contains Silver Fist which some describe as a coaster. We have more copies of Ting Ting in our collection but three is enough for a deck of this size. Silver Fist makes a good alternative if Ting Ting is already in play and is no mean hitter in her own right, especially with a Flying Kick. I tried to persuade Yuit to play with
the Dragon Adept too but she balked at that level of contrarian metagaming - it's what she would call an "Andy card".

The deck's title is a play on words, as usual. Yuit's decks generally have a musical title like this. And a "tea leaf" is Cockney rhyming slang for a thief - the bandits in their hideout. And some players call Ting Ting, "T2", which is appropriate in this case. And the last verse of the song is fitting:

"We will raise a family,
A boy for you, a girl for me.
Oh, can't you see how happy we would be?"


  2 Gonzo Journalist
  5 Hacker
  5 Redeemed Gunman

  5 Scrappy Kid
  3 Jane Q. Public

  1 Hiro Asataka
  1 Jason X
  1 Silver Fist
  1 Suong Xa
  1 The Golden Gunman
  1 The Prof
  3 Ting Ting
  1 White Ninja

  1 Assassins in Love
  3 Back for Seconds
  5 Dirk Wisely's Gambit
  2 Flying Kick
  3 Golden Comeback
  1 Ting Ting's Gambit
  4 Satellite Intelligence

  2 Fusion Rifle

  1 House on the Hill
  5 Bandit Hideout
  1 Rebel Camp

  1 City Park
  1 City Square
  1 Festival Circle
  1 Fox Pass
  1 Kinoshita House
  2 Proving Ground
  1 Ring of Gates
  1 Sacred Heart Hospital
  1 Stone Garden
  2 Turtle Beach
  1 Waterfall Sanctuary

Total Cards: 71

[writeup by Andrew Davidson]

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