|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 18 February 2010|
"There are no laws beyond the Wall."
- George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, Vol. 3: A Storm of Swords
Hello and welcome to our latest installment of the A Game of Thrones LCG™ card of the week column. Last week we went back in time to look at the Summer/Winter mechanic introduced in the A Time of Ravens expansion. This time out, we are gazing into the future - the near future - at the next Chapter Pack of the Defenders of the North expansion, Beyond the Wall.
We don't want to spoil too much of this pack for you, so this week we will just be showing off one card from this pack, Traitorous Crow. Those of you who have been following Defenders of the North know that this expansion features a running theme of cards with the Night's Watch and Wildling trait. Traitorous Crow is one of the rare cards that fits under both banners, available for all sorts of cool Night's Watch and Wildling combos, the least of which might be the additional icon or special ability provided by a The North agenda like The Free Folk (Beyond the Wall, F21) or The Rangers (Wolves of the North, F1) (or both, given the ability to run multiple The North agendas).
Leaving that aside, though, if you find yourself playing against a The North-themed deck, Traitorous Crow's ability is quite handy. Using the Shadows mechanic introduced in the King's Landing expansion (download Shadows rules from our Support Page), Traitorous Crow is a ticking timebomb of character discard, just waiting for the right moment, i.e. right before challenges. Granted, he can only discard Night's Watch or Wildling cards, but given cards that can temporarily deal out those traits like The Wall (The Winds of Winter, F37) or Rhaegar's Harp (The Battle of Ruby Ford, F84), suddenly no one is automatically protected from being thrown into the discard pile by the effect. Furthermore, picture a scenario in which Tywin Lannister from The Tower of the Hand (F43) wins a challenge and puts the Traitorous Crow back into Shadows, thus cocking the hammer on the discard effect for another go-round.
So, that's it for this week's card of the week. We hope you've enjoyed it and that you have plenty of deck-building and strategy ideas to discuss here in the comments or in the A Game of Thrones forums. We'll see you next week!
P.S. One last thing before we go: for those of you who are new to the A Game of Thrones LCG™ and are just starting to get involved in the community, do have a look in on 2008 Overall World Champion Tzu-Mainn Chen's website, an invaluable reference for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. Thanks Tzu-Mainn! Go to http://www.tzumainn.com/agot/
Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game 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.
Rhaegar's Harp however...
Trait manipulation...not sure if I like where this is going :)
Let's not 'dis on Tzu for someone who is not an active member of the community, he still puts alot of effort into keeping his site going. It is still a fan site, an the guy's got a young child to deal with. Tzu, you're a great guy, and thanks for the site and everything else you've brought to the game.
Back to the card, I'm curious to see this "The Free Folk" Agenda that is mentioned. Looks like the Wildlings are going to get some fo the same kind of love the Night's Watch is getting and probably on a different note than icons.
To bad it is nowhere mentioned who has written this article. If he tells me to go to tzumainn, maybe he is a person who can help to keep the site up to date.
I think all people have dream about an "Old Nan" who give the "Ally" trait at an ennemy, and play Varys from Shadow lol
Start of the phase, you say true and right Winter (sorry for my poor english, I'm French)
Yeah, I don't see how you'd have a window to use Nan before the opportunity to bring a card out of shadows at the start of a phase.
Sorry, but the combo with Old Nan is faulse. No?