|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 03 February 2011|
Hello and Welcome Back, Loyal A Game of Thrones Fans!
This week we continue our previews of the upcoming Secrets of Oldtown cycle of expansions through the first Chapter Pack in the cycle, Gates of the Citadel. Last week we went to the Iron Isles in the West where the Lords of the Iron Isles have convened for a Kingsmoot - a theme that will run through Secrets of Oldtown. This week, we head to the far East and meet up with the Queen in Exile, Daenerys Targaryen.
The first thing you may have noticed in this new incarnation of Daenerys is the higher price for the same icons, keyword, traits, and crest. What accounts for the price increase, then? The simple, yet effective ability to give Targaryen characters you control (including Dany herself) +1 STR*. Given its passive and across-the-board nature, this is a pretty big boost, especially given the number of low-STR characters in House Targaryen. Obvious comparisons to Daenerys Targaryen would be Hoster Tully (Lords of Winter, F21) and Randyl Tarly (Kings of the Sea, F45), although Dany has a slightly wider reach. Of course, in the case of the Randyl Tarly, if you're also playing a WAR-crest deck with Daemon Blackfyre (Tales from the Red Keep, F73), all of your Targaryen characters get another big boost. Suddenly, all of your low-cost Targaryen claim soaks can now stand alongside the big boys.
Armies of the Dragon
Making your low-STR Targaryen characters bigger and stronger, apart from making them better in challenges, has other benefits: for example, that +1 STR might be just enough to keep your characters from being tied up by Noose and Swordpoint, or killed by Ser Ilyn Payne or City of Soldiers (The Battle of Blackwater Bay, F120). Furthermore, if you want to clear out all of your opponent's 1 STR characters with Threat from the North (Princes of the Sun, F56) and don't want to do the same to your own, they are now protected by Daenerys' STR boost. Or, if you are playing with Winter, the Winds of Winter plot** makes your characters that much stronger than your opponents'. Another good use that the new Daenerys can be put to is making Khal Drogo (Wolves of the North, F9) a massive killing machine: with just Dany in play, Khal Drogo can, with won Power challenges, kill characters up to 3 STR. Beef him up further with, say, Aegon's Blade, and huge armies can go down to Khal Drogo. Don't you love that mental picture?
So that's it for this week's card spoiler. Hopefully you've got plenty to discuss, here in the comments and on the A Game of Thrones forums. Until next time!
* For those of you who have been with the game for a while, you might be interested to know that this version of Dany evolved out of the version from Winter Edition. The cost was adjusted and the new Dany has renown and a NOBLE crest over the older version.
** Winds of Winter, F40
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Just for the record, Daenerys' ability is a constant ability here.
@jmccarthy: Something more along the lines of a big Stark army, or maybe a Mountain that Rides... Well, the mountain would have been good to have, but I'm a bit bored with huge armies after all the wildlings. :)
And yes, bland but powerful and useful is just the thing... and I think large global passives like this belong on key characters from the books. :)
...finally there's some reason to think about running all of the noble -support in Targaryen (Stalwart Shield etc) .
Passive abilities are strong - this one very strong (especially on a Noble).
Maybe I'm doing my math wrong, but with just Dany in play, Khal Drogo can only kill characters up to 3 STR. This is not counting supportive buffs like aforementioned Aegon's Blade or debuffs such as Winds of Winter (plot), Threat from the North (plot), Flame-Kissed (attachment), Forever Burning (event), etc.
Wow! I love that picture.
@WWDrakey: what were you expecting?
@Saturnine: Bland but powerful is awesome, toss it in 95% of your Targ decks. There's like 5 Roberts, 3 Robbs and Eddards, and like 7 Joffreys. Why not a couple more Danys? Targ needs her. I'm hoping the Targ box comes with the Danys and Dragons from 5KE, but based on what has been in the other boxes, the "main characters" will likely be brand new.
Not bad, but a bit bland. I'm a little surprised they are releasing a new Dany with the Targ box on the horizon.
Love the nedliness of giving strength to the Targaryen riffraff, and especially the combo with Threat from the North... Even the art is quite beautiful.
...slightly misleading naming on the news post though... definately wasn't what I was expecting. Thankfully. :)
Now you are talking!
Robb Stark > Dany.
I like the new incarnation, it finds a place in a lot of targ archtypes. It helps burn, it helps Dothraki, it helps everything.
Very nice! and also love the mental pictures hehe
Love it! Now we just need the official announcement of the Targ box that was spied on the French site last week.