Meta Check – Madrid

Meta Check – Madrid

This year Madrid gets a Grand Kotei. Attendance this year is around 260.

This is also the first Grand Kotei with more than one day of qualifiers as Pax Unplugged only had the Friday. We discovered today that Players can enter into the day 1 qualifiers AND the day 2 qualifiers! Great news for players, but it came as a bit of a surprise for some of the Madrid players who had assumed you couldn’t. In their defense, FFG never announced otherwise so we all assumed it was just like Worlds! Luckily, once the issue was discovered Alex Watkins from Asmodee stepped in to apologise for the misunderstanding, give those who couldn’t make both days some extra Koku for the prize wall, and those who could free entry into the other day.

Hello L5R players, specifically those of you coming to the Grand Kotei in Madrid. I want to apologise for some poor…

Posted by Alex Watkins on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

For all of us, this is great news! Every Grand Kotei has double the number of Hatamoto, tons more games for Koku for the prize wall, and double the opportunity to make day 2. 

  • May 31-Jun 2, 2019 Grand Kotei UK Games Expo – Birmingham, UK
  • May 31-Jun 2, 2019 Grand Kotei ETX – Seattle, WA
  • Aug 1-4, 2019 Grand Kotei Ticketing – Indianapolis, IN
  • TBA Grand Kotei FFG European Championships – Poland
  • TBA Grand Kotei France

Day 1A

There is stream up at

Pairings are at

Total attendance for this day was 96 players. Scorpion (22) had the highest participation with Unicorn (6) at the lowest. At the end of 6 rounds, we have two undefeated Scorpion who achieve Hatamoto: Jakub Irzyk and Pablo Tobias. 11 Players qualify on 43 or better points: 5 Scorpion, 2 Crane, 2 Phoenix, and 1 Crab.

Day 1A Attendance
Day1A Qualifiers
Day 1A Qualificaiton Rate

Due to the confusion over the days we’re expecting Day 1B to have a significantly higher number of players (essentially everyone as anyone not already qualified from today’s bracket should be available to play).

Day 1B

Tournament is up on Lotus Pavilion. Total players registered is 209 currently. If we assume the 11 who qualified yesterday are the only players who didn’t double over, that is 220 players. *Update – Based on names from the two days it apepars there is a total of 264*. Much less than we had expected. Hopefully we’ll get a little more context from the players as the day goes on.

Apparently games will be streamed here

Day 1B Attendance

Lots of Scorpion again. You could definitely make an argument that the better clans have more players.

At the end, we have 4 new Hatamoto: Shadowblade playing Lion, Jose Luis S S playing Phoenix, César Jiménez playing Scorpion, and Mario B A playing Scorpion.

Congrats specifically to Shadowblade who went undefeated with Lion who are commonly accepted as the weakest clan!

For day 2 we have another 22 players who qualify. Crab 1, Crane 4, Dragon 2, Lion 2, Phoenix 4, Scorpion 8, Unicorn 1.

Day 1B Qualifiers
Day1B Qualification Rate

Qualification rates for Scorpion, Phoenix, and Crane have dropped , but relative to each other appear unchanged. The rest of the clans now have a look in.

Win rates for both days combined are below.

  • Crab lose hard to Scorpion, Phoenix, and Dragon.
  • Crane are weak to Unicorn, Phoenix, and Crab.
  • Dragon lose to Unicorn, Crane, and Scorpion.
  • Lion lose hard to Scorpion and Unicorn and are weak to Crane and Crab.
  • Phoenix are weak to Scorpion and Lion.
  • Scorpion are only weak to Crane.
  • Unicorn lose hard to Crab and are weak to Scorpion and Phoenix.

What a weird environment! My money definitely is on Scorpion 🙂

Day 2 – Final Day

Challonge bracket is up here.

The same streams will be up again, but this time Toreadory from the Hidden City Rollers is doing some english coverage.

The GameOn stream is also due to have an interview with Tyler around 12:30 GMT or so. As a few spoilers have appeared already we can expect more there.

Tyler Interview

Jan is Children of the Empire, March Unicorn Clan pack, April Crane Clan pack, and May starts the third cycle. The new cycle will have a new pack released each month (rather than the weekly version for the previous two cycles). The last 3 clans packs will come out in the last quarter. Dragon will not have their clan pack legal for worlds but will have some love coming up (we suspect he means a stronghold). The next cycle is going to be a major ‘moment’ in the L5R story. “Things are going to get pretty exciting, pretty unstable, once we see the next wave of fictions.”

On the new Hatamoto system having less Hatamoto “We wanted to highlight the achievement, we want to make the victories more memorable. To give them something they could strive for’. Maybe this will eventually mean bigger rewards and relevance for those who make the title?

No plans to move Worlds out of Roseville (despite Madrid having larger events!) but Tyler did indicate they’re looking at giving a storyline prize to a major European event.

Jakub Irzyk wins another Grand Kotei for the Scorpion clan. The final game will be up on twitch for a bit before moving over to YouTube.

Jakub's Scorpion Deck

City of the Open Hand
Seeker of Air

Manicured Garden Air
Secret Cache Air
Upholding Authority Earth
Shameful Display Void
Rally to the Cause Water

Dynasty Deck (40)
2x Alibi Artist
3x Bayushi Aramoro
3x Bayushi Liar
3x Bayushi Manipulator
3x Bayushi Shoju
3x Favored Niece
3x Ignoble Enforcers
3x Shosuro Actress
3x Shosuro Takao
3x Soshi Illusionist
3x Young Rumormonger
3x Favorable Ground
1x Hidden Moon Dojo
3x Imperial Storehouse
1x The Imperial Palace

Conflict Deck (40)
3x A Fate Worse Than Death
2x Ambush
3x Assassination
3x Banzai!
2x Calling in Favors
1x Censure
3x Court Games
1x Duty
3x For Shame!
3x Forged Edict
1x I Can Swim
2x Noble Sacrifice ////
3x Soul Beyond Reproach ///// /
3x Way of the Scorpion
3x Mark of Shame
1x Adept of Shadows
2x Bayushi Collector
1x Bayushi Kachiko

Shadowblades Lion Deck

Yōjin no Shiro
Keeper of Earth

Fertile Fields Air
Upholding Authority Earth
Meditations on the Tao Fire
Shameful Display Void
Rally to the Cause Water

Dynasty Deck (40)
3x Akodo Toturi
1x Deathseeker
2x Honored General
2x Ikoma Ikehata
3x Ikoma Prodigy
2x Ikoma Ujiaki
3x Keeper Initiate
3x Kitsu Spiritcaller
3x Kudaka
3x Lion’s Pride Brawler
3x Matsu Berserker
2x Miwaku Kabe Guard
1x Miya Mystic
3x Miya Satoshi
3x Tireless Sōdan Senzo
2x Favorable Ground
1x The Imperial Palace

Conflict Deck (42)
2x A Legion of One
1x Admit Defeat //
1x Assassination
3x Banzai!
1x Censure
3x Charge!
3x Court Games
3x For Shame!
1x Noble Sacrifice //
2x Ready for Battle
1x Sabotage
1x Strength in Numbers
1x Voice of Honor //
2x Cloud the Mind
3x Fine Katana
1x Heroic Resolve
3x Ornate Fan
1x Writ of Authority
2x Ageless Crone
2x Goblin Sneak
1x Master of the Spear
1x Political Rival //
3x Steward of Law ///

If you have any comments or feedback please post them in the comments section below. Check us out on the Imperial Advisor website, podcast, and YouTube channel for more discussion about the L5R LCG.

8 Replies to “Meta Check – Madrid”

    1. I think we might have his 3-3 day 1 list before he made the changes to focus on beating Crane and Scorpion. We’ll do a little more hunting.

    2. Fixed! I think it was his middle of the night version that didn’t include the last few morning tweaks. The link now goes to his deck where he has a great write up!

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