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A Card of the Week for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 06 May 2010

The Young Wolf remains unbeaten in the Field.
- Littlefinger, A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume III: A Storm of Swords

Hello and Welcome Back, Loyal A Game of Thrones Fans!

We hope you've been enjoying the Defenders of the North cycle as it's been rolling out and that you've had plenty of opportunity to build new, cool, and thematic decks. As those of you who have been paying attention have probably noticed, in this expansion there has been plenty of Trait-based card interactions, especially around the Night's Watch and Wildling traits. There is still more coming in the last two packs of this expansion (including The Stewards from A King in the North, pictured), and on into the future with Brotherhood Without Banners. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we just wanted to let you know that Lords of Winter will be on its way very soon and to celebrate its release we thought we would let out another card or two.

To start, we present the card that lends its name (or nickname, rather) to the title of this week's preview: Ladies and Gentlemen, a new Robb Stark! We mention the Trait-based interactions above because, as you can see, Robb here presents a Trait booster that we think will fit right in to your "tribal" decks. Notice that Robb does not have the limitation of being "House Stark Only"; granted, at 6 cost out of House, Robb is more expensive than some armies, but with Alliance (Princes of the Sun, F59) he could be a boon to your Ironborn, your Dothraki, or your Asshai, as well as your House Tullys or Direwolves.

Moreover, this King Robb doesn't care whether there are other Kings in play, unlike his previous incarnation (Kings of the Sea, F33), but that doesn't stop him making a nuisance of himself to several characters with the last name Baratheon, among others. The fact that he is a King also makes him conveniently accessible to his lady, Jeyne Westerling (A Song of Summer, F6).

Finally, because Robb is a warlord, as well as a monarch, his ability comes into play without him having to kneel, so he can ride in alongside his warriors in Military or Power challenges. (Or, if you're holding a Distinct Mastery, both!)

That's a lot of awesome for one guy to have packed onto his shoulders, but we think he can handle it. Aside from Robb Stark's royal boost to House Stark, another card will be coming out with this set to make the Lords of Winter a little stronger: Frozen Solid.

As you can see, House Stark gets some more love as this cheap little attachment now renders locations blank and useless. Fortunately it can't choke off your gold supply (as most gold locations are limited), but your "effect" locations have now been given a good kicking. Goodbye Iron Throne, goodbye Bear Island, goodbye Alchemist's Guild Hall. The fact that it also renders attachment's dead in the water is another nasty bonus. Fortunately this card is House Stark only, otherwise everybody would be using it; even so, beware of it jumping out at you from your next Stark opponent.

So there you have it: some nice spoilers from the hot (or wintery cold, if you like) new expansion coming to your Friendly Local Game Store very soon. We hope you enjoy it, or, if you don't like Stark, we hope you find some sneaky ways to beat the House of the Wolf.

Until next time!

Bonus Question: What is your favorite anti-Stark technique? Given that House Stark will be getting a boost with the Lords of Winter expansion, what do you intend to do to bring them down? Alternately, will you forswear your allegiance to your chosen House, throw down your banners, and join the Young Wolf? Discuss here in the comments or on the A Game of Thrones forums!

Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, playable by 2-4 players, 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: 5/7/2010 6:35:18 PM

rob and frozen are amazing, cant wait for this to release.

however, running a third "the north" agenda for nights watch doesnt make much sense.

Published: 5/7/2010 5:09:51 PM

Just wanted to comment on the article's mention of using "Frozen Solid" to turn off an opponent's "Bear Island". Well, if one is playing "Frozen Solid", they are already playing house Stark, which means "Bear Island" isn't a threat anyway (since it only kills non-Starks), but I guess if one used a lot of neutrals or out-of-house characters, it may still be worthwhile to use a "Frozen Solid" to turn off the opponent's Bear Island. But even so I think your best characters would already have their built-in protection from the targeted kill because they would already most likely be Stark characters. Just saying.

Published: 5/7/2010 10:03:05 AM

I hate that card. I really, really hate that card. The trouble now is... there isn't anything Greyjoy can do about it. 

Published: 5/6/2010 10:31:49 PM

Love the art for the new King Robb and am glad to see "Frozen Solid" returning even if it cannot affect limited cards. In the LCG environment, I think it will help Stark to be more competitive. Only time will tell if there are enough other goodies in the box to allow Stark to topple the Lions from their throne, but it sure will be exciting to find out.

Published: 5/6/2010 9:57:49 PM

Yes, but would High Tide now become House Greyjoy only? Or is attachment control that much more powerful that it warrants the restriction?

Published: 5/6/2010 8:48:54 PM

Jeeze...High Tide needs to be reinstated...and also Tidal Wave.

Published: 5/6/2010 5:26:57 PM

Wow...if we see this set in the first half of may, that could really change up plans for our Regional on May 29th. If this set makes the splash it looks to be shaping into, and with the recent stumbling block (albeit a small one) in Lannister, I wonder if we won't see some dominating Stark decks in the second half of Regional Season?

Published: 5/6/2010 3:35:19 PM

I expect we'll see this in two weeks (next week seems just too soon), but all indications I've received have been it will be available in the first half of May.

Looking at Robb, I think my NIght's Watch just became a Stark deck. Running him and the new Stannis can give all my NW a nice boost.

And those of us who were at the FFG Regionals got a sneak peek at Frozen Solid and the House Stark restriction. And I think some of the other cards that were "spoiled" are going to take people by surprise...

Published: 5/6/2010 3:25:41 PM

Guess I won't be playing it OOH.....

If this beast comes out before Kublacon, I'm going to have to do some serious deck building tweaks!

Published: 5/6/2010 3:07:03 PM

 Thx God I'm a stark player :-)

Published: 5/6/2010 3:05:30 PM

Frozen Solid was ridiculous in CCG.  Considering LCG has less attachment control than CCG did, Frozen Solid is going to be a beast.

Published: 5/6/2010 2:14:46 PM

Nice spoilers. It may be less flashy, but I think Frozen Solid makes the bigger impact on the card pool. Stark players location and attachment control.

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