News for November 2010
Hide the Knives 9
A Card of the Week for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 04 November 2010

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

As the next Chapter Pack in the Brotherhood Without Banners cycle, A Song of Silence, is just about to release, thus dropping a big splash of Greyjoy Raider love into the card pool, we thought we would take this opportunity to look at some of the cards that non-Greyjoy players would find interesting. While we didn't want to spoil the whole pack for you, we did want to entice some players and warn some others, so this week's very interesting cards come from the poisonous shadows of House Martell.

We start with Poisoned Knife, another one of the growing assortment of nasty Martell attachments. Anyone who has been on the other end of a Venomous Blade* knows that Martell daggers can be exceptionally cruel and Poisoned Knife is no exception. With a Poisoned Knife in play, an opponent is compelled to keep gold or influence handy to prevent the discard of non-stealth characters and is thus win-win for House Martell: in addition to sneaking past opponents' characters, Poisoned Knife can be used to alternately tie up vital resources or discard characters. Hopefully, if you find yourself on the other side of a Poisoned Knife you will be able to either get rid of it directly or otherwise target and kill the character it is attached to.

Up next, we have the deadly bait-and-switch, the Silent Assassin. Say you commit to an attack and your opponent commits a stronger defense. In creeps the Silent Assassin. While you would still lose the challenge, if you have more Deadly characters in the challenge (and you most likely do) your opponent still has to kill a character. The especially mean part about Silent Assassin is that he has all three icons and can potentially jump into any challenge, so any opponent facing a Silent Assassin has to try and guess which challenge he may lose a character in. Fortunately for everyone opposing him, he only has 1 STR, and so is fairly easy to get rid of through targeted effects**, but while he's in play he looms dangerously.

And that's it for this week's card spoiler. Hopefully you have plenty to discuss here in the comments and in the A Game of Thrones forums. See you next week!

* The Battle of Blackwater Bay, F115
** Targaryen burn, for example.

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: 11/5/2010 9:14:08 AM

Very good on Red Viper or maybe someone hard to kill like Beric.  Pretty so-so after that (text reads: you opponent has one less gold or influence, their choice...and only if they don't have a ton of stealth like Wildlings). 

King Blith
Published: 11/4/2010 8:29:16 PM

you know with low amount of attachment control out there, this going to be a great card. The one thing is its going to be easier to kill the character that Poisoned Knife is attached to then remove it from play. Just another tool martel has at its side.

Published: 11/4/2010 6:01:15 PM

All sweet Martell awesomeness aside, if this pack releases next week will it be legal for Days of Ice and Fire? The current Tournament document doesn't say anything about having to wait a week after release (like in the tcg days), and I know people are asking me about it.

Published: 11/4/2010 1:53:22 PM

Blackfish was also powerful on the first sight, but then in praktice he was good. Not for his House Tully ability but for draw. We will se... :)

Published: 11/4/2010 1:33:52 PM

~Why don't we just ban/errata House Martell

Personally, I'm diggin' the Silent Assassin way more that the Knife (ofcourse, if we saw more ally hate that might change).

The Kinfe is pretty good, but your opponent can prepare for it if they choose, and attaching it to the Viper just increases your chances of turning off the Vipers ability.  I'm not saying it's a bad card (it's pretty good IMHO), but I don't think it deserves errata/ban treatment before it's even seen play.

Published: 11/4/2010 1:09:46 PM

I agree that it is powerful, but there is always attachment hate.  Not to mention, it's 2 cost and non-setup.  I'd like to see it in practice before I condemn it.  As a matter of fact, I'm excited for it!


Red Viper  + Poisoned Knife.. THAT would be a terrible thing, but if you allow that, you aren't controlling the field well enough anyway.

Published: 11/4/2010 12:44:22 PM

Wow. I'm sure Poisoned Knife won't be banned/erratad soon...

Normally I enjoy these COTW spoilers but, that just seems ridiculous.

Published: 11/4/2010 11:57:37 AM

Wow, those are some very strong cards. Poisoned Knife has the potential to really hurt in the early game when it is likely an opponent will be 'tapped out'

Published: 11/4/2010 11:51:26 AM

I think the Red Viper needs a poisoned knife.

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