This is the deck I took to the Saturday social event in Edinburgh. The event was using the tricycle format - no more than three of any value per suit, so at best you'd be able to run a 12x12x12 structure.
I don't think I've ever taken a Judge Harry Somerset aggro deck to an event before, and I don't think starting the Judge is a great choice for the current meta, as proved by my first opponent starting Black Owl. However for a casual event I thought it would be fun to try out.
Looking at previous decks on dtdb, most started Andrew Burton to have a bounty in place for a first action job. While I could see the advantage in doing that, the deck then slowed down after the first turn as you'd need to boot Judge Harry to place a bounty on your next target, rendering him unable to run his job. Meanwhile Andrew Burton served only as an expendable body after his initial grift. I thought that Rev. Perry Inbody would do a better job overall. Making use of his ability to unboot Law Dogs dudes enabled the Judge to place a bounty every turn and then go after the wanted dude.
Perry meant the deck wanted to run off mid to high values, so most cards were sevens or higher. This allowed for cards like Shield of Faith and Pedro to be included to help mitigate casualties from the weaker structure and added to the Judge attrition game when things went well.
Several of the cards included were placeholders for Out for Blood cards (e.g. For Such a Time as This which doesn't mesh well with this deck) but due to me arriving a little late to the venue I didn't swap them out before the event started.
If using this in a regular format game, I'd build up the core values of 7, 8 and 10 to be closer to 3x16. Of the on-value clubs I'd swap the Comin' Up Roses for Pinned Down, swap Reserves for a mix of Fleet-Footed and You Had ONE Job!, and throw in a few off-value Cheatin' punishment cards. Note I have Cheatin' Varmint instead of the more powerful Ricochet as Shield of Faith prevents Ricochet from discarding the opponent's shooter in its catch-all protection from Soul Blasts, Point Blanks and the like.
|Jul 03, 2019 Findegil|
Jul 03, 2019
The values of the deck make Magical Distraction too much of a risk for my tastes, but if it was built mostly on tens and higher I'd definitely bring a couple. I'm not sure how it would work with Tommy Harden, but if you retain his hand rank bonus it could work with eights and nines too.
Is Magical Distraction not a thing that gets used anymore? Seems to me that the pull structure makes it a passable Cheatin' alternative at 9, especially since many of the spells are largely dependent on your opponent packing the right kind of shootout tricks and may be expendable?