News for October 2012
The Pirates of Lys
Announcing the Third Chapter Pack from the A Song of the Sea Cycle
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 04 October 2012

“Where are the pirates?” When Davos did not answer, he rapped his spoon against the table. “The Lyseni. Torrent spied their sails from Littlesister, and before him the Flints from Widow’s Watch. Orange sails, and green, and pink. Salladhor Saan. Where is he?”
–George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Pirates of Lys, the third Chapter Pack from the A Song of the Sea cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

As the tides carry the Great Houses and their fleets further out to sea, the A Song of the Sea cycle continues to give shape to each House’s naval presence with the sixty new cards (three copies each of twenty individual cards) from The Pirates of Lys. The naval challenge enhancement () continues to feature prominently, and players will find deep synergies between the Chapter Pack’s characters, events, and locations. Several cards reward players for winning challenges by four or more total strength. A new agenda encourages radical new deck designs. The Greyjoys and Lannisters cook up new schemes, and House Baratheon looks to hatch intrigues and win power with its burgeoning fleet of Smugglers.

Salladhor Saan

In his introduction to the A Song of the Sea cycle, lead developer Damon Stone wrote:

“The naval challenge enhancement and the cycle’s theme of naval engagements gave me the opportunity to craft a naval identity for each House, one which would play to their strengths but would also give players opportunities to pursue deck builds that stood apart from the traditional favorites.”

As for House Baratheon, he wrote that they benefit from an “influx of smugglers, enough to create a new deck type or supplement an existing build.”

Featuring prominently among these Smugglers is Salladhor Saan (The Pirates of Lys, 47). The  enhancement attached to his Intrigue icon allows the Lyseni pirate to lend his support, and that of his fleet, to Baratheon players caught in the middle of difficult Intrigue challenges. However, seasoned veterans are more likely to be drawn to Salladhor’s response:

“After you play a Smuggler character, pay 2 gold to choose and discard from play 1 non-limited location with printed cost 3 or lower.”

Since it came out in Tourney for the Hand, Newly Made Lord (Tourney for the Hand, 16) has found its way into many Greyjoy decks due primarily to its ability to force the discard of opponent’s locations. Now, for the price of two gold, Salladhor Saan will allow you to mimic the Newly Made Lord’s ability any time you play a Smuggler. Though the game currently features only one Smuggler, Ser Davos Seaworth (Where Loyalty Lies, 67), the first Chapter Packs from A Song of the Sea will soon provide us more of these cunning sailors. Later, with the release of The Pirates of Lys, we can expect to see Salladhor Saan standing at the helm of any deck that seeks to buy power with a fleet built of Smugglers, mercenaries, and pirates.

Look for Salladhor Saan, a new agenda, and a flotilla of other great, naval-themed cards to sail the coasts of Westeros when The Pirates of Lys arrives at retailers everywhere in the first quarter of 2013!

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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