News for March 2011
You Wear the Crown 12
A card of the week for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 17 March 2011

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

Queen of Dragons promises to be an amazing release for A Game of Thrones, and we are excited to present a few spoilers from this expansion below... but before we get to those, some news:

  • The "Chosen Few" deckbuilding contest is still going strong and we are receiving new decklists all the time. Hurry, though - the deadline to submit your decklists is April 1st! Be among the Chosen Few at our Staff Proxy tournament on April 17th at the FFG Event Center.
  • Speaking of April 17th at the FFG Event Center, we will also be running our Hand of the King Tournament that day and we hoping for a big turnout. Be on the lookout on this website, too, for a list of participating venues for Hand of the King tournaments all over the world.
  • Don't forget to tune in on April 17th for the debut of A Game of Thrones on HBO!
  • PAX East was a great time with A Game of Thrones selling out in record time. The new HBO series is creating a lot of buzz around A Song of Ice and Fire and that hopefully means a lot of new blood being injected into our beloved game. If you see some new players at your next game night, welcome them in with open arms!
  • Finally, Regionals season is almost upon us and we will be announcing the venues very soon. One event you can set your calendars for now is LCG Days at the FFG Event Center May 13th-15th, featuring Regional tournaments for all three LCGs. Be there!

Blood of the Dragon

Now to move on to what you're really looking for: news from upcoming expansions. This week we return to House Targaryen's Queen of Dragons, due out late this Spring. As those of you who have been with the game for a while know, one of House Targaryen's key strengths is in its use of attachments. There are attachments like Dragon Sight (A Song of Summer, F5) or the recent spate of Dothraki Weapon attachments, or attachment-related cards like Lady Daenerys's Chambers, Xaro's Home, or The Battle of Astapor (Epic Battles, F69) all with the intent of House Targaryen's attachment superiority.

One place in which House Targaryen excels over other Houses is in its ability to discard attachments from play or move them around - see Dany's Handmaiden or Dragon Thief (Ancient Enemies, F37). A shining example of this skill set can be found in Queen of Dragons in Crown of Meereen.

Crown of Meereen does double duty in this set: apart from making it Summer and powering cards like Dragon Sight and The Long Summer (A Song of Summer, F44), it also gives you the ability to take control of attachments and put them on your own cards. Win a challenge with the character that Crown of Meereen is attached to and, assuming you have an eligible card handy, cards like Northern Steel (The Battle of Blackwater Bay, F102) and Poisoned Knife (A Song of Silence, F76) become assets instead of irritants.

Dark Wings, Dark Words

We couldn't leave you without some more insight into the Dragon theme of Queen of Dragons, so as an added bonus this week, we present one of the three new Hatchlings you will find in this box. Like the Hatchlings that have come before, these little guys are pretty similar, but each of them are different enough to use more than one to fill out the low-cost character slots in your deck. In the case of the new Hatchlings, you have even more incentive to put them into your Dragon-themed deck. Early in the game, you can play them as you would any other low-cost character, but later in the game when you've got the big Dragons in play the Hatchlings will come in especially useful as dupes. Given how much of Queen of Dragons supports Dragons - cards like True Queen's Harbinger, Qarth, Yunkai, and more - the Dragons are the characters that you will want to keep alive the longest to accomplish the most in-game, that is, clearing your opponent's board and grabbing power.

So that's it for this week's card spoiler. We hope we've given you plenty to discuss here in the comments and on the A Game of Thrones forums. Until next time!

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: 3/20/2011 3:11:37 AM

 You must be blind, Rogue. Rhaegal was spoiled alongside the other two dragons.

Rogue Cypher
Published: 3/19/2011 1:57:32 PM

Not sure if I'm just blind or what... But I only see Drogon and Viserion on the Expansion's Box. Does that mean Rhaegal won't be getting much love from this set apart from the given Hatchling?

Laban Shrewsbury
Published: 3/18/2011 4:43:00 AM

The crown just feels broken. In a melee you don't even need to beat the opponent you're taking the attachment off, leading to deals for easy challenge wins. That's the end of attachments right there - who'd be mad enough to play them with this card available? Oh, but no attachments means you're vulnerable to Flaming Pitch Tower (another card which thrives on easy challenge wins).

Couple the crown with Spending the Winter Stores (if unchanged from CCG) era and you've got effectively a 5 gold plot with easy attachment control thereafter. These sorts of cards are taking the game in the wrong direction I fear.

Published: 3/17/2011 11:03:13 PM

@ Ruvion - They won't kill the character for cliam if you attach it to an essential Stark character that they won't kill like the Blackfish or Robb.  Against Venomous Blade, you'd have to be first player (and hence have first response) to steal it, but it's certainly possible.

Published: 3/17/2011 10:01:29 PM

Hmm... there is only so much attachment hate that the environment can deal with. I've always felt Meernese Brothel and Dragon Thief and Mad King's Legacy were enough. We don't get sideboard decks to pull out all of our attachments when facing a Targ deck. Or to put them back in when facing Lannister. 

The environment is becoming more and more min/maxed. 

Published: 3/17/2011 9:04:38 PM

@Tomidiot: Well, the Shaggydog/Greywind steal entails that it will get attached to a Stark char, so unless you control Ser Jorah Mormont (or other dual/OoH Stark chars) they can easily military claim the Stark char with the attach to deny you access....and wouldn't the losing player get to trigger his/her Venomous Blade's "go back to Shadows on a loss" response?

Published: 3/17/2011 4:26:28 PM

Ah, so happy to finally get a spoiler :D   And a good one, too.

Love the Crown. Taking control of an attachment is very strong indeed. And makes it Summer. This puts most if not all cost-3 attachments to shame.

The Hatchling is cute. I still like the other one a little better, but I think this will be worth it in a dragon-themed deck for its dupe ability.

Published: 3/17/2011 4:09:27 PM

Shadow Hatchlings, sweet! Now if only Targ had a card that triggered off of a card coming out of Shadows...

I also like how the card works well with Kraznys. Targ no longer gets rid of your attachments, it takes them away!

Published: 3/17/2011 4:07:45 PM

The Crown can be quite nasty!  Stealing Shaggydog or Grey Wind woujld really help Targ Burn, steal Taste for Blood - steal your opponents' venomous blade to stop him from just sending it back into shadows..... or just steal a bodyguard from Bara and stick it on your Drogo.  very nice :D

Published: 3/17/2011 4:04:43 PM

That Crown is nice, with that ability I would be very hesitant to play any attachments against a Targ deck.

The new Hatchling is nice will make a hard choice between it and Dreadfort Betrayal's Black Hatchling


Young Ranger
Published: 3/17/2011 4:03:09 PM

 Finally a new card of the week article

Published: 3/17/2011 3:50:10 PM

 Love the hatchling!

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