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A Card of the Week for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 02 September 2010

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

This week we lead off with an announcement: for those of you who didn't get a chance to make it out to our World Championships at Gen Con Indy 2010, you can now view the decklists of the Top 8 competitors in the Joust and the Final Table of the Melee by visiting our A Game of Thrones Support Page. Replay the great matches of Gen Con, or crib some ideas from the top players for your own deck!

Moving on, this week we will be taking a look at the next Chapter Pack in the Brotherhood Without Banners cycle of expansions, Rituals of R'hllor. While there will be a little something for every House in every Chapter Pack of Brotherhood Without Banners, each pack will also focus on a particular House. Rituals of R'hllor will expand on the Asshai trait for House Baratheon.

As we don't often spoil plot cards in these articles, we thought we'd give you a quick peek at Rituals of R'hllor's plot card, Many Powers Long Asleep. Technically this card isn't of House Baratheon - the right Greyjoy deck could do well with this plot card, too - but given the holiness of the Asshai, this plot card should fit right in.

From our developer Nate French: "This plot card is a focal point for Holy-based decks. It also allows you to build a deck around a key character like Melisandre. It is probably best to plan on playing it late but not last (rounds 4-6), so that you can bring your character back an additional time when the plots recycle. Baratheon has this tendency to start fast and fizzle late and this gives them some nice late game resilience." [ Thanks, Nate! ]

To round out today's spoiler, we present the aforementioned Holy-crest character that you are most likely to want to pull out of your dead pile. Of course, there are plenty of excellent Melisandres already, but this particular incarnation makes a pretty compelling argument for itself especially against renowned, infamous, or Brotherhood (with the agenda) decks. While your opponent has characters in play with power on them, Melisandre essentially has double renown during intrigue challenges, with the distinctly deadly bonus of being able to kill characters if she takes the last power on them.

This Melisandre is basically a massive handbrake for speedy renown decks so long as you can keep winning intrigue challenges. Of course, she doesn't have to go it alone and there are plenty of other Asshai with intrigue icons ready to back her up, with more to come as this expansion progresses, as well the ones coming very soon in Kings of the Storm.

So there you have it. We hope you've enjoyed this week's card spoilers and have plenty to discuss here and in the A Game of Thrones forums. Until next week!

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: 9/5/2010 11:25:35 AM

Ok, I'm not so confident about my Tullys deck commanded by Blackfish anymore...  Hopefully Shaggydog/Grey Wind combo will kill her off soon enough. And again ;)

Published: 9/3/2010 2:38:25 PM

I love the kill effect of this Melisandre, but her core set version would destroy a Brotherhood deck with the agenda out.

Published: 9/3/2010 10:20:36 AM

 How I love this new mel? and plot? Unluckly i'm not a bara player but an asshai deck can be worth it a try :-)

Published: 9/3/2010 9:19:49 AM

Wow...quite the card.  A little combo, but very strong. 

Published: 9/3/2010 7:56:53 AM

Nice combo. Melisandre is a strong card. Nice way to kill off The Blackfish and the like.

Published: 9/3/2010 1:12:17 AM

This Melisandre goes great with the event that taps a character and puts a power on them.

Published: 9/2/2010 11:03:23 PM

man. why does baratheon hate of brotherhood soo much?

her and eastwatch by the sea will cause them alot of problems.

Published: 9/2/2010 6:04:35 PM

I love the plot, interesting effect on Melisandre. Could be quite powerful. Its a tough choice for which version of hers I like the best.

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