In this faction focus we look at House Baratheon. We will be looking at their strengths, and weaknesses and some of their best cards.
House Baratheon of Storm's End is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal house in the stormlands, which they rule as Lords Paramount of the Stormlands. Their seat, Storm's End, is an ancient castle raised by the Storm Kings from the now-extinct House Durrandon. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold. Members of the family tend to be tall and powerfully built, with black hair and blue eyes, as well as strong, square jawlines. They are known for their mercurial tempers, and their words are "Ours is the Fury".
After Robert's Rebellion, House Baratheon split into three branches: Lord Robert Baratheon was crowned King and took residence at King's Landing, thereby creating House Baratheon of King's Landing. Robert gave the seat of Dragonstone to his younger brother, Stannis, creating House Baratheon of Dragonstone. Robert's youngest brother, Renly, became the Lord of Storm's End, continuing House Baratheon of Storm's End.
Lets take a look at some of their cards........
Dragonstone port is a 0 cost location that can be knelt to reduce the cost of the next Baratheon card by 1. Chamber of the painted table is a 2 cost location that has a reaction after you win dominance, you may kneel it move a power from your opponents faction card to yours. This can cause a big swing, as you gain one from dominance, gain one from your opponent, and they lose one, so it is a 3 power swing. The Red Keep adds 2 strength to your side during power challenged, and if you do not lose a power challenge you can kneel it to draw two cards.
The Baratheons are a powerful house in military and power, but weaker in intrigue, they look to kneel and lock down opponents, with lots of abilities to keep cards kneeling to power your and let them go in unopposed.
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