Davos could make out the striped hulls of Salladhor Saan's ships beyond, but he knew he would never reach them. A wall of red-hot steel, blazing wood, and swirling green flame stretched before him. The mouth of the Blackwater Rush had turned into the mouth of hell.
–George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
–George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
The War of the Five Kings has reached its tipping point. Stannis Baratheon marches on King’s Landing by land and by sea, sending his powerful navy up the Blackwater Rush to seal off any escape. Tywin Lannister moves south with all speed, leaving the north to House Stark and House Greyjoy, but his mighty armies will never arrive before the city is besieged. In the end, the man who sits the Iron Throne at the end of the battle may be determined by nothing more than the ingenuity of Tyrion Lannister’s defenses.
With the Tyrion’s Chain Chapter Pack, the War of Five Kings cycle approaches its dramatic conclusion. Here, you’ll find plenty of new support for Summer and Winter decks, inviting you to draw your strength from the warm zephyrs of summertime or the howling gales of winter. As the final chapters of A Clash of Kings play out in the card game, you’ll also find iconic characters entering the game for the first time, including Qhorin Halfhand, Salladhor Saan, Podrick Payne, and Ser Arys Oakheart. It’s time for you to rally behind your King and enter one of the greatest battles in the game of thrones!
Lets take a look and see what we get!
Wolf in the Night is a 1 cost event, that as an action you choose a stark character attacking alone, and they get +3 strength until the end of turn. When you combine this with a character with renown as well it can really nasty.
Renlys pavilion is a 2 cost location that as an action lets you kneel it, then you choose 2 characters (does not need to be your own) one gets +1 strength, and one gets -1 strength.
The Valyrian is a 1 cost location warship that can be played as ambush 2 if needed. You can kneel it to .
Fist of the First Men is a 2 cost location that gives you the effect.... While your reserve (found on your plot) is higher than your opponents, any rangers you control get +1 strength and can not be bypassed with stealth.
Tyrions Chain is a 1 cost event that is a reaction. After you win a challenge in which you control a unique Lannister, choose a revealed war plot, initiate the when revealed ability on it... Very nice as this allows you to get the benefits of a war plot twice.
the Sea Bitch is my favourite art in the pack as well as 1 cost location. It has the action, sacrifice the Sea bitch to choose a non limited location to take control of that location until the end of the phase. Really useful if you need some money from a kings road, or something else.
Houses of the undying is a 6 cost location, so very pricey.... but what does it do? Well it has a challenge action.. Remove house of the undying from the game to chose an opponent. Put each character in their dead pile into play under your control and at the end of the phase return them to the dead pile, so this lets you really swamp an opponent for a turn if played at the right time.
The Greenblood is a 3 cost location that gives each Martell character +1 strength for each summer plot revealed, so if you and your opponent both have one, that's a hefty boost.
Relentless Assault is a 0 cost event used as a reaction. After you wina challenge by 5 or more strength as the attacking player kneel your faction card, then you may make an additional challenge of that type in this phase.
Lastly we have a new plot, the Battle of blackwater. Its a 4 income, 6 initiative 1 claim cost with a reserve of 5, and the siege and war traits. When revealed choose an opponent and discard each duplicate you and your opponent control.
This is another great pack, I am continually impressed with how much content they can find and create. I always enjoy looking at the new options it gives to the houses, and with neutrals getting more every pack too, you can really start to theme and tailor your decks to your own personal play style. Its good seeing new variants of old characters too as they progress through the story its only right their abilities should change, its great seeing new characters come in and have ways to change the decks you build. There are certainly some things in here that are going to change my decks and I'm really looking forward to getting them out on the table to see. I rally like the way more cards have effects depending on if its a summer or winter plot as well, making plot choices even more important.
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