News for February 2010
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A Card of the Week for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 24 February 2010

Welcome to FFG HQHello A Game of Thrones fans! The snow is still thick on the ground in our own little Winterfell of FFG HQ, but the sun is starting to come back out again and our fingers are unfrozen enough to type another Card of the Week.

We apologize for the early card preview this week: we have a big A Game of Thrones announcement to make later this week and we didn't want to lose this little tradition under it.

Not that the imminent arrival of the next pack in Defenders of the North is small potatoes. This set is so far really exciting for those with a love of the Night's Watch and Wildlings. Of course, for those whose interests lie South of the Wall, there's plenty of cool stuff as well, and as a pre-Beyond the Wall release present, we present this little beauty, Bronze Shield.

Bronze Shield has a nice cancel effect and if you have a cheap character that you aren't terribly attached to, you wouldn't be against throwing that character on an event grenade. Examples of such cheap, potentially disposable characters are House Dayne Knight (Princes of the Sun, F11); Refugee of the Citadel (Refugees of War, F92) if you know you aren't going to win Dominance; Fleabottom Scavenger (A Time of Trials, F35) if it's already done its job; or maybe Orphan of the Greenblood, (Princes of the Sun, F15) if the event you're canceling is bad enough.

The little side bonus of drawing a card in Summer is also a nice feature of Bronze Shield, but consider the possibility of attaching it to a high-STR character like Areo Hotah (Princes of the Sun, F5) or Desert Exiles (Scattered Armies, F112) and then, when your opponent plays an event that you'd like to cancel, you kill this beefy character with Bronze Shield and then play Blood for Blood (Princes of the Sun, F20). This combo hits your opponent with the double-whammy of having had an event canceled, followed by getting a character killed, potentially another high-STR character. (This combo courtesy of Nate French)

That's it for this week's Card of the Week. We hope it encourages heated discussion of Bronze Shield (and our stealth-CotW, Frozen Moat) here in the comments and on the A Game of Thrones forums. Until next week!

BUT WAIT! Be sure to come back on Friday for an announcement regarding A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

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Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game brings the beloved heroes, villains, locations, and events of the world of Westeros to life through innovative game mechanics and the highly strategic game play. The Living Card Game™ format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Chapter Pack expansions to the core game.

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Published: 2/25/2010 12:37:48 PM

 Martell has so many control and revenge events that I don't know if this one will fits every Red decks. Maybe it is a card like reserves that at first sight I thought it would be put in every deck, then after some use I abandoned it. The problem is that I think martell has the best events/effects in the game so it is difficult to fit only 60-65 cards in a deck :-)

Published: 2/25/2010 6:46:20 AM

Oh yeah you're right of course Gualdo. Oh well, it still seems like quite a good one.

Published: 2/25/2010 1:33:12 AM

 I think you cannot counter brienne ability with stark location cause "you cannot trigger effect" and frozen moat is a triggered effect

Published: 2/24/2010 11:24:26 PM

Yeah, you're right. I glossed over the repeat notice: it's regarding the card game.
I agree that there's been some great announcements regarding AGoT LCG, hopefully the Friday announcement will keep this tradition.

Regarding the Bronze Shield. If Cap America can use a shield as a thrown weapon, then so can a Martell. On a related note, doesn't the name "Red Viper" has Super Villain written all over it?

Published: 2/24/2010 8:25:22 PM

I like the Stark location. Anything that counters Brienne of Tarth is well worth consideration in my book.

Is the Bronze Shield really meant to have the Weapon trait? o.O

Published: 2/24/2010 8:15:41 PM

Like both of these cards previewed. The shield looks like it will be an awesome cancel ability and of course can be used to combo as well, as noted in the article. Those who hate playing against Martell are going to have more reason to hate soon. The Stark location looks like it will be useful as well, and the cost doesn't appear to make it prohibitive, so I think it will get some play.

As for the announcement, can't wait to see what that's all about.

Published: 2/24/2010 6:20:20 PM

Martell is the bomb! That shield is awesome, and just may replace The Hand's Judgement in my deck.

And there have been some many great GoT announcements this year I can't imagine what this new one is going to be. Can't wait to find out.

Mig el Pig
Published: 2/24/2010 5:29:46 PM

BUT WAIT! Be sure to come back on Friday for an announcement regarding A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

It's definitely about the lcg.

Published: 2/24/2010 5:25:00 PM

I would hope either OP or a specific event tied to that announcement of Martin's visit to FFG's Event Center in November.

Published: 2/24/2010 4:53:24 PM

CORE SET 2? Or maybe LORDS OF VALLEY - Arryn expansion.

Published: 2/24/2010 4:34:56 PM

I think it will relate to the LCG, since it was posted in an LCG article and could have easily been posted in one of the other posts related to the other Westeros based games.

Published: 2/24/2010 3:44:44 PM

Mayhap it's the AGoT Adventure Game by Eric Lang that some of us have been waiting on?

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