The fewest golds I've had in an arena winner, but Ge'els x2 actually made it easier to find the good ones. Stefan found Seltkirk each game, Francesca buffed him, and four mages bled most of my opponents dry in a long round three. Having good bronze synergies for once was a major bonus too.
If you haven't figured it out yet, the format is all about winning the weather/Ale of the Ancestors battle. Vilgefortz is king, Tibor is queen, and Shupe capers around their throne like the jester he is.