Interview with Vincent Paglia

The largest Force of Will organized event to date was this past July 4th in Los Angeles, California. More than 270 players attended this WGP regional event in attempts to win an invite to the world championship this fall in Japan. Vincent Paglia took home the first place prize with his “Oddgro Grimm” deck (shown below). He took a moment to answer some questions with Void and Moon about his deck choices and how he prepared for such an important event.

VincentHow did you learn about Force of Will? Are there other TCGs that you have played in the past?

I learned about Force of Will at my local card store and my cousin who was one of the first to get into it. Yes I’ve played the YuGiOh trading card game, Magic the Gathering, Vanguard for little bit, and [the] Hearthstone online card game.

There are many different ways to build a deck using Grimm, the Fairy Tale Prince. Why did you choose Odd Grimm?

I’m a big fan of the tempo strategy. Going triple one drop [for the] first turns of the game is big in my eyes and overwhelms my opponent and forces them have the right answers.

What card was the “all star” for your deck?

Oz, the Great Wizard I would have to say was the biggest card in the deck. Just tutor for him with Grimm, the Fairy Tale Prince. Being able to burn out opponent with Thunder, bounce a blocker with Dreams of Wonderland, or Crime and Punishment to kill J-Rulers or big creatures [is great].

What card in your deck under-performed?

Little Dread, the Fake Red Moon as a one-of under performed. It never came up as a huge play and isn’t searchable when needed. I also didn’t see much Mephistopheles, the Abyssal Tyrant which is the best target for her.

CA Top 8What was your strategy for practicing for the California regionals?

I practiced with my cousin who loved the game since it came out and we decided on which deck I should play together. He couldn’t come since he already booked his flight for a Pokemon event the same day of the Force of Will event. We also play tested the night before with one of my friends from California.

What cards are you liking so far from The Millenia of Ages or Engage Knights?

I’m a big fan of all the six sages and how they can change the game state as they hit the field. They make it more difficult for the opponent play around it and other cards in the hand.

Any closing remarks?

I’m excited for this game to grow more and more and [I want to] continue to play in more events.

Ruler: Grimm, the Fairy Tale Prince

Main Deck Stone Deck Side Board
4 Hunter in Black Forest 4 Magic Stone of Hearth’s Core 2 Kai, the Frozen Heart
4 Thunder 4 Magic Stone of Flame 2 Split Heaven and Earth
2 Rapid Decay 2 Magic Stone of Water 2 Crime and Punishment
1 Little Dread, the Fake Red Moon 3 Glinda, the Fairy
4 Cheshire Cat, the Grinning Remnant 2 Rapid Decay
4 March Hare 1 The Emperor with New Clothes
4 Tinker Bell, the Spirit 2 Gilles de Rais, the Golden Dragon
2 Etna, the Snow Queen 1 Little Dread, the Fake Red Moon
1 Kai, the Frozen Heart
2 Split Heaven and Earth
3 Blazer, the Eater of Dimensions
4 Oz, the Great Wizard
4 Dreams of Wonderland
1 Rapunzel, the Long-Haired Princess
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