Journal of the Tiger: Grand Adventures CoM draft event


The 19th day of the month of the Serpent

With the end of the arc coming soon, I decided to head up to Grand Adventures Comics in Murfreesboro, TN for their Torn Asunder / Coils of Madness draft event.

This was my first time to Grand Adventures since they started playing L5R again.  Murfreesboro / Nashville area used to have an extensive L5R playgroup and I am glad that the players have returned.

The event had 10 players so they had two Councils of five players.  We drafted with 3 packs of Torn Asunder and 4 packs of Coils of Madness and all Rares, Full Bleeds, Foils and Tokens were removed from the packs before we began drafting.

Typically in most draft formats, honor is stronger than military.  I realized that it would be difficult to draft honor with the Coils of Madness packs but I wanted to test out the theory anyway so I decided to force honor as my win condition.  I knew that Scorching Lash was a strong draft card so I looked to draft Shugenja.  I also knew that The Tale of the Disgraced was in Coils of Madness so I also was looking for Magistrates.  I thought I had done a decent draft considering the honor based cards I was passed.

Dynasty

2 Rampant Paranoia
The Second Battle of Beiden Pass
Merchant Outpost
The Forgotten Bay Dojo
Colonial Dojo
Recruitment Station
Doji Iza of the Wu Tang Clan
Doji Tatsuzo
Mirumoto Kyoshiro
Tamori Tsuchiya
Togashi Mihato
Mirumoto Yonekura
Kitsune Yuribara
Moshi Ira
2 Asako Kyuudo
Doji Hoturi Inexp
Zansho Exp
Asako Usohara
2 Asp Skirmisher
Chuda Kaito

Fate

Shinobi Vassal

Koan’s Staff
Justice of the Crane

Among the Clouds
2 Soul of Earth
Tempest of Air
Hidden Power
Witness the Untold
2 Path to Inner Peace
Scorching Lash

Charge Into Danger
3 Sudden Blockade
Avenging the Fallen
Scandalous Gossip
Trusting Instinct
Mutual Support
Ambush Tactics
Harmony
Invocation
Fires of Turmoil
The Tale of the Disgraced
2 Suikihime’s Sanction

and here is what I sleeved up:

The Governor’s Estate
Aligned with Crane, Dragon

Rampant Paranoia
The Second Battle of Beiden Pass

Merchant Outpost
The Forgotten Bay Dojo
Colonial Dojo
Recruitment Station

Doji Iza of the Wu Tang Clan
Doji Tatsuzo
Mirumoto Kyoshiro
Tamori Tsuchiya
Togashi Mihato
Mirumoto Yonekura
Kitsune Yuribara
Moshi Ira
Asako Kyuudo
Doji Hoturi Inexp
Zansho Exp
Asako Usohara
Asp Skirmisher

Fate

Koan’s Staff
Justice of the Crane

Among the Clouds
Soul of Earth
Tempest of Air
Path to Inner Peace
Scorching Lash

Sudden Blockade
Avenging the Fallen
Scandalous Gossip
Trusting Instinct

Fires of Turmoil
The Tale of the Disgraced
Suikihime’s Sanction

Christopher Hand, Michael Urbi, and the rest of the guys sleeving up

Round 1

vs. ? (Clans: Crane, ?)
I forgot to write down everything, my apologies.  I remember that he was a new player to the game and he was wearing an old school Legend of Zelda t-shirt.
I lost the die roll and went second this game.  My opponent brought a face down holding and I did the same. My opponent’s turn 2 was a Daidoji Ibara on the cheap.  I had a feeling that something was up but I really wasn’t in a position to do anything about it so I continued to use the box honor gain (12), played Invocation and I bought 2 more face down holdings.  When my opponent started by equipping a Sturdy Armor, I knew I was in deep here as I didn’t have any personalities out yet and never drafted a Warded Premises.  Ibara ate a province, brings out a Daidoji Adachi (8), and passes the turn back.  I end up gaining 2 of the box (14), I brought Doji Iza (Wu Tang Represent) then proclaimed her for 4 honor (18) and brought a The Forgotten Dojo into play and passed the turn.  Then my opponent flips Riot in The Second City.  So I bow my only defender and he gets to bow Adachi leaving up Ibara with the Armor and that leaves me basically dead that game.  I bought Iza because I was holding The Tale of the Disgraced which could have been a game swinger.  If I would have brought out a Shugenja or Courtier that turn instead of Iza, I might could have held him of a turn or two but I thought Iza was the right play.  Instead the event hit a I never recovered.  I ended that game at 29 honor.
Loss 0-1
Round 2
vs. David Hanson (Clans: Crab, Lion)

David is from the Clarksville, TN group and a devout Mantis player.  I’m going first this game and David’s top card that made a holding was a Yoritomo Tansen.  Glad I didn’t have to see that guy this game.  Sadly though, this game digressed quickly.  David brought a Forgotten Bay Dojo on turn 1 and followed up on turn 2 with Hida Chiyurei and another boxable (Ikoma Natsu xp I think).  My turn 3 consisted of a Suikihime’s Sanction on a Kitsune Yuribara, a box honor gain (14), and a proclaim on Yuribara (18) bringing a Butterfly with her.  David’s turn 3 consisted of a Destrier on his Cavalry guy and Chiyurei’s Axe on Chiyurei.  I knew I  was in some trouble.  He sends Chiyurei at one province (Infantry) and I defend with Yuribara.  He sends Natsu xp at another province (Cavalry).  I send the butterfly to meet its doom at that province as I noticed it was Cavalry.  I believe David starts with the Cav guy.  I pass.  He uses Forgotten Bay Dojo to raise his follower’s force to 4.  He then plays A Close Call making his unit 9F.  Knowing that neither of us had used the box ability this turn and knowing I had another battle to try and win, I concede that province.  Now to deal with Chiyurei.  He is already at 5F, has the box ability, and the tactician trait.  I don’t remember exactly what happened except that I ejected from that province and keep him from taking it (saving Yuribara in the process).  On my next turn, I used the box ability (20), lobbied for the favor, proclaimed a Tamori Tsuchiya (23), and left gold up for the swing back (holding spells).  Tsuchiya was defending against Chiyurei and a Lion Cav guy with the follower.

Me: Tsuchiya gets a Scorching Lash and shrinks Chiyurei (7 – 3)
Opponent: Tsuchiya get shrunk by the box ability (7 – 1)
Me: Tsuchiya gets a Path to Inner Peace and uses it (7 – 3).
Opponent: Plays Death of the Winds, Plays The Tale of the Disgraced bowing the Lion Magistrate to bow Tsuchiya (effectively 7-0)
Me: Play Avenging the Fallen (7-3)
Opponent: Pass
Me: Use box ability to give Tsuchiya +2F (7-5)
Opponent: Pass
Me: Use Tsuchiya ability sacrificing Path to Inner Peace (7-10)
Opponent: Chiyurei Tactician a 4 (11-10)
Me: Pass
Opponent: Pass

Whoops!  I had the favor and didn’t use it.  Why did I forget the Imperial Favor?  Simple.  I didn’t bring a physical copy in with me before we started so I had something else proxying the Favor but my mind didn’t register it as the ‘Favor’.  While I saved the province that attack, I was still way back on my heels and then my Dynasty side decided to mess with me (Colonial Dojo, Doji Hoturi Inexp with the gold to proclaim him, down to 2 provinces and Second Battle of Beiden Pass shows up) and that ends my game in the early 30’s of honor.

Loss 0-2

Round 3
vs. Dan Heinrich (Clans: Phoenix, Unicorn)
Dan is the TO here at Grand Adventures.  We were both having some issues with our draft decks as we were both in the 0-2 bracket.  I believe I went first this game.  This was the first game where my deck came together.  Dan got an early P’an Ku but I started buying high PH guys (Asako Kyuudo, Doji Iza, Doji Tatsuzo).  I lost a guy Iza due to a Frozen In Place followed by unrefusable A Magistrate Falls but I made Dan focus some good cards to win the duel so it evened out.  Even after losing Iza, we were fairly even plus I also had the favor.  Dan waited another turn to declare an attack with us both in the 30’s in honor and after a use of the Favor, Fires of Turmoil, 2 Soul of Earth (on a Asako Kyuudo no less) prompted a concession as winning the battle would have pushed me into the 50 honor range.

Win 1-2

Round 4
vs. Dan Heinrich

A rematch?  I asked Dan about that and he said we were the lowest two seeds.  I tried to get him to re-pair but he didn’t seem to be concerned with it so I didn’t push it.  I think he was using the WoW tournament software on his tablet but I am not sure.

This game Dan went first and abandoned the P’an Ku plan with all my high PH guys.  This game was very similar to the previous game with Dan except that he was tentative to attack.  By the time I got Doji Hoturi Inexp proclaimed, I was in the mid 40’s in honor and that prompted the concession from Dan.

Win 2-2

Christopher Hand ends up winning the event after a well laid plan in the finals.

We had several very nice cards to draft at the end of the event including a Kitsuki Judgment, 2 Eye of the Sword, A Threat Enacted, Harbor of Kalani’s Landing, Improper Papers, In the Right, 2 Vital Pathways, Without Mercy…and that was just the Torn Asunder rares.

Slim Pickens after the hot cards are gone…

All the players were nice and fun to be around as always, even when playing against a Kolat.

Final Thoughts

If you are planning on drafting with Coils of Madness, be wary of drafting full defensive honor. So many of the cards have an honor loss attached in this set with the Fudo Rings, the Fallen peeps, the P’an Ku guys and the Dark Naga.

It can be done but it is difficult to get all of the pieces with just 2 clans.  Suikihime’s Sanction really helps with that problem though as you can draft other clan’s high PH personalities but it makes choices difficult as I made a couple of mistakes during the draft portion (not drafting a Daidoji Ibara, missed drafting a second The Tale of The Disgraced because I forgot I had so many Magistrates).

“There is no escape from the Tiger.”

Yoritomo Arashi

A member of the Mantis Clan, Yoritomo Arashi has been masterful at gathering information for the Silken Sect. The master of information founded The Kolat Informant blog in March of 2011 and The Oni's Eye Podcast in October 2013.