|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.
It's not Jaime. Isn't Jaime still in his Kingsguard uniform when Ned finds him on the throne? And yes, the offering of the sword doesn't fit either. I didn't think of Joffrey; it's a possibility, but I don't think it's him. The person on the throne looks older and does seem to be wearing red and black rather than red and gold.
I thought Joffrey as well, but the colours are the Targaryens'. When was the last time a young Targaryen was sitting the Iron Throne? Or is it a glimpse of the future...?
I think the only one who really could fit here is Joffrey.
If not for the sword being offered in the foreground, I'd say the cover was Jaime, as Ned finds him when they capture Kings Landing. As it is, no-one seems to make sense. If it's the mad King, he's very young.
So what's with the picture on the box. Is that the Mad King, and will we see him as a character or is this illustration for some event card perhaps?
This makes me slightly nervous and excited all at the same time...
Now the Brotherhood without Banners has two more Learned Crest characters than House Baratheon...
I think it's great that "Knights" are getting some more love!
Possibly the coolest plot ever!
Yeah, i need this NOW!
The plot is some crazy help for knight based decks. Maybe a little bit over the top, but i like it.
With that plot I might actually play The Laughing Storm now.
And look at Rings making a return. :)