|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 04 October 2011|
They watched the heroes of a hundred songs ride forth, each more fabulous than the last. The seven knights of the Kingsguard took the field, all but Jaime Lannister in scaled armor the color of milk, their cloaks as white as freshfallen snow. Ser Jaime wore the white cloak as well, but beneath it he was shining gold from head to foot, with a lion’s head helm and a golden sword. Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain That Rides, thundered past them like an avalanche.
–George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
With powerful new unique characters and events for the Great Houses of Westeros, the 60 cards (3 copies each of 20 different cards) in Where Loyalty Lies offer tremendous deck-building options and pushes the development of the cycle’s new Joust and Melee keywords.
Fans of House Lannister and their machinations should be particularly pleased by the new characters raising their banners for their favorite House.
The Mountain That Rides
Where Loyalty Lies features 12 unique characters, including new versions of existing characters and exciting new characters like The Mountain that Rides, Ser Gregor Clegane (Where Loyalty Lies, 63). A Knight from House Clegane, Ser Gregor Clegane stands among the most wicked–and intimidating–figures from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.
Though he doesn’t have the Intimidate keyword, Ser Gregor Clegane may still cause House Lannister’s opponents to tremble with his Joust keyword. As previously noted in the article, Sing a Song of Champions, Part Two, when a character with the Joust keyword is attacking alone, the defending opponent cannot declare more than one character as a defender. Ser Gregor Clegane can easily ride down most combatants with his four Strength, and his War crest makes him even more fearsome in a deck running two copies of The Power of Arms (Core Set, S200), especially since any characters sacrificed to satisfy its two claim cannot be saved from Ser Gregor’s wrath.
Given his Devious Intentions (The Battle of Ruby Ford, 94), Ser Gregor Clegane is truly The Mountain That Rides, thundering across the battlefield, and felling foes one or two at a stride.
Words to action
Still, while it may prove fruitless to stand against Ser Gregor Clegane, there are some Knights who aspire to the values they’re sworn to uphold. A new plot, You Swore an Oath (Where Loyalty Lies, 80), challenges Knights to live up to their vows.
If Beric Dondarrion (Ilyrio’s Gift, 17) falls to The Mountain, it won’t be the first time. However, the lightning lord doesn’t die easily, and with You Swore an Oath and support from the new Brotherhood character, Ghost of High Heart (Where Loyalty Lies, 77), Beric Dondarrion needs only a minor boost to his strength to stand fast against Ser Gregor Clegane and live to counterattack.
Of course, it’s not unlike House Lannister to play on both sides of an intrigue, and Beric Dondarrion, armed with Devious Intentions of his own, might serve them well as a stalwart defender if they can get him to swear an oath to their House.
Look for Ser Gregor Clegane, You Swore an Oath, Ghost of High Heart, and other exciting new cards when Where Loyalty Lies is released in the First Quarter of 2012!
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.
You can check this LINK to find more about the new keywords: JOUST and MELEE.
I'm sure the chapter packs in the cycle will include a little blurb on them also just like how the Shadow mechanism was handled last time in the KL cycle.
I'm a noob... what's this keyword Joust? Does the chapter pack explain?
I like the way Ser Gregor is holding his lance. It looks like he is going to take a trip to his special place.
Oath of Fealty (4)(5)(1)
"Each character you control is considered to be of your House in addition to any other House affiliation it may have. When playing an Alliance House card,characters are considered to be of both Houses,in addition to their original House Affiliation."
However, they don't do reprints in the chapter packs (old champion cards aside), and if they did, they'd probably use the original illustration (or maybe not... the old one was pretty crappy).
I'm still thinking it'll be an event card. Usually they don't put more than one plot in a chapter pack.
It's going to be a plot card. There was an oath of Fealty in the CCG. It did something with out of house cost reduction if I remember right.
The art for Ser Gregor is fantastic, although I wish they'd remembered to put the first on the top of his helm, as it's clearly described in the books more than once.
@Gladstone: Nice catch! The illustration is great, by the way. The Iron Throne on the picture is probably the best I've seen, looking as chaotic and dangerous as I have always imagined it.
The image is subtitled "Oath of Fealty," which does sound like the title of a possible event card.
This beautiful young boy is of course Joffrey...
check it here : http://www.magali-villeneuve.blogspot.com (the illustrator's blog)
I think its Joffrey wearing a Lannister red cloak. It looks like he has silvery hair, which throws me off and makes me think its a Targ maybe. Anyway, his artwork looks like the Joffrey from the Tales of the Red Keep.
Jeez, I didn't know they nefted the Ghost of HH THAT bad (ally trait, totally lost the CBD). But, kept the crest and the ability, so oh, well :)
As a Targaryen enthusiast, these two last axpansion chapters make me feel a bit disappointed, as my beloved house has just a few maestars and knights.
Also, Joffrey has no place an a tale of champions ;)