“Lady Catelyn, you are wrong.” Brienne regarded her with eyes as blue as her armor. “Winter will never come for the likes of us. Should we die in battle, they will surely sing of us, and it's always summer in the songs. In the songs all knights are gallant, all maids are beautiful, and the sun is always shining.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
–George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
The banners have been called in the War of the Five Kings. In the north, Robb Stark gathers his armies around Riverrun, preparing to strike out at Tywin Lannister’s forces. Joffrey Baratheon has ascended the Iron Throne in King’s Landing, Renly Baratheon has been crowned in Highgarden, and on the islands of Dragonstone and Pyke, Stannis Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy plot their own rise to power. Before long, great armies will march onto the field of battle, while subtle intrigues and assassins’ daggers decide the fates of countless others.
Lets crack it open, and take a look at the new cards.
Donella Hornwood, 4 cost 3 strength with intrigue and power icons. She is a great reducer as she lets you reduce the cost of each LOYAL card you play each round by 1, so will pay for herself over time.
Fear cuts deeper than swords is a 2 cost event that is an interrupt. It works when any card has abilities that would target a stark character. This then cancels the effects and stands them. Very handy if your opponent tries something sneaky, as they will not expect that character to then stand and be ready to face them or add to the dominance claim.
There is my claim is a 0 cost event that can only be used in challenges. You must show 4 Tyrell characters from your hand, but it raises your claim by 1 for that challenge, this can be devastating when played right allowing you to cause huge damage, or gain a ton of power, though of course you need those cards in hand first.
Craven is a 1 cost attachment where the attached character can not be declared as an attacker. This is ideal to play on your opponents big scary cards, or ones with stealth to stop them causing havoc.
The Boy King is a 1 cost attachment that can only go on Lord characters. It does then give them the King trait, and as a reaction, after a character of str 3 or less is killed (yours or your opponents) you can kneel the Boy king to have the attached character gain a power. give this to some one like Tywin and he is bringing home power all day long.
The Stone Drum is a 0 cost location, that helps whilst a plot with the Kingdom trait is revealed by increasing your gold by 1.
Doreah is a 2 cost character with intrigue and power and a str of 2. During a challenge where you control a lord or lady she gains insight, so a handy card to push into challenges with them.
Starfall Cavalry are a 6 cost 4 str army with military and intrigue, they also have the reaction that when they enter play you can draw cards, very useful!
Kings of Summer works the same as Kings of Winter, just take out the term winter and replace with summer!
And the summer Harvest, where you get 2 more gold then your opponents revealed plot.
So.... whats this pack like? i think its another great addition, i really like the new version of Balon, and the addition of new agendas to try out. when a new set comes out it totally throws up in the air (in a good way) my thinking about my deck, as there is always something that links back to another trait, or ability, or a plot that unlocks something else you may have forgotten about, and its a perfect time to change things up and try something new. The way the agendas can let you push for summer or winter themed again adds another device to your arsenal, do you go for that, or ignore it? Its another option to try, though be aware, as your oppoent may go for that theme too, so be on the look out.
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