Shadowfist Deck: Walk Softly by Joshua Kronengold
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[posted 31 May 2003]
Originally posted to rec.games.trading-cards.misc on 3 Oct 1997 by Andrew Davidson. Republished with permission. Read the original with a newsreader or Google if you prefer.
Joshua Kronengold won the GenCon 1997 National Championships using this deck. He is constantly retuning it, and keeps it up to date with new sets, but I don't have a more recent listing for you.
This is the big deck of 1997 - the winner of the US Nationals tournament at Gencon. Interesting then that it is one of the smallest decks to be published here - just 48 cards.
Joshua has used the deck for some time but is continually changing the exact mix. The overall concept remains the same though - seize an early advantage with cheap events like Final Brawl and "Now You've Made Us Mad" and then bring out "big sticks" like Ting Ting to win the game.
The choice of foundation characters - Average Joe, Hacker and Stunt Man - is interesting. I would have thought that they were too few and too expensive to work well but I'm not used to playing a deck like this. Certainly the Hacker did good service for Joshua in one case - I played Covert Op on him during a threatening attack and chose to make him discard the Charmed Life instead. I regretted this choice when he then burnt for power and hacked my Jellyfish - d'oh!
Joshua is a Shadowfist veteran - his name appears in the 1st edition playtest credits. He has held the top slot in the Proving Ground at New York's Neutral Ground for many weeks and regularly crosses swords with the redoubtable Dennis Heffernan. A man to be watched and a worthy champion.
5 Hacker 2 Average Joe 1 Stunt Man 1 Chinese Doctor 1 Scrappy Kid 1 Serena Ku 2 Baptism of Fire 1 Charmed Life 1 Claw of the Dragon 2 Dirk Wisely's Gambit 2 Fighting Spirit 5 Final Brawl 2 Golden Comeback 3 "Now You've Made Us Mad" 1 Kar Fai's Crib 1 Iala Mane 1 Little Jim 1 Marisol 1 Redeemed Assassin 1 The Golden Gunman 1 The Prof 1 Ting Ting 1 Queen of the Ice Pagoda 1 Cave Network 2 Festival Circle 1 Fox Pass 1 Kinoshita House 1 Ring of Gates 1 Sacred Heart Hospital 1 Turtle Beach 2 Whirlpool of Blood
= 48 cards
10 Feng Shui Sites
12 0 cost
5 1 cost
9 2 cost
5 3 cost
2 4 cost
3 5 cost
2 6 cost
10 variable cost
1.92 average cost (excluding variable)
3 1 fighting
7 2 fighting
1 3 fighting
1 4 fighting
2 6 fighting
3 8 fighting
2 10 fighting
4.21 average fighting (by character)
1.67 average fighting (by card)
19% Base resource
21% Feng Shui
3 Very Common
16 Rare (33%)
[writeup by Andrew Davidson]