New World, Old Strategies

Tomorrow heralds a new era as love it or hate it, Reflect / Refrain is banned from New Frontiers. At the same time, the Grimm Cluster is rotating out in few a days, so that leaves us somewhat stuck in an Alice Cluster format with the ban in effect at the moment (unless of course, your local gaming store insists that they milk every last ounce of Grimm goodness, in which case, be prepared for the worst deck ever), which is exactly what’s happening at our local shores.

This leaves the big question: where do we go from here? Here are some decks for the Alice cluster that either thrived even during the dominance of R/R, or are made relevant once again in its absence, and are great starting points heading into the next cluster as they have proven themselves competitively.

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Masters Cup Qualifier 6 Feature Matches

The 6th Masters Cup Qualifier gives us a peek at a world without Reflect/Refrain, and it looks promising! Despite the low turnout of 8 players (hey it’s something :/ ), we get appearances from 2016 AGP Philippines Champion Kenneth with his signature Gill Lapis control, a copy of the Yggdrasil Treefull Threat that made waves during the same event, BEST GIRL Dark Alice piloted by 4th Placer Andrei Pelayo, the CLASSIC Melgis Knights, Valentina Sacred Beasts, and…. VALKYRIE ALICE!

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2016 Philippine Area Grand Prix Top 8 Decklists

Reflect who? Southeast Asian Rulers continue to baffle their Western counterparts as only one Reflect deck out of five managed to break through the 28-man melee that happened last weekend. Meanwhile, the World Tree sneaked in and took half of the Top 8 spots as the breakout deck of the event, with three players having similar lists.

In the end however, true to his name and just like in the lore, the Primogenitor won the whole competition, piloted by probably the best new player in the local scene this year, Kenneth Navarro.

Congratulations to everyone!

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Rulings: Valentina and the Seven Kings

Welcome to a special post here on Friend & Fow which focuses on an important ruling that will be applied for the Philippine AGP (August 20, 2016). I would like to note that there is no rule change that caused this, rather this post is just to clarify any confusion about Overlord of the Seven lands, Valentina.

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New Frontiers: The Worst Deck Ever

If you’ve been following the Australia Grand Prix, the main buzz going into the tournament was the Yggdrasil OTK combo. Admittedly, I wasn’t aware that there’s already a list circulating around by the time I made this deck – I thought it was only mentioned in hush whispers within the US Facebook group. Regardless, I thought the upcoming Masters Cup Qualifier tournament during the weekend was a good field to test it on – it’s the first New Frontiers tournament we’ve had in a while, and it might catch a few players unawares.

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