News for April 2014
Claiming the Prize
The Champion's Purse Is Now Available for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 18 April 2014

“The Lord of Light has seen his children in their peril and sent a champion to them, Azor Ahai reborn.”
   –George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Knights may compete for lesser prizes in tournaments, but the Great Houses of Westeros know the Iron Throne is the true reward for the game of thrones. Now, with the release of The Champion’s Purse Chapter Pack for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, you too can compete for that hallowed throne. The Champion’s Purse is now available online through our webstore and at your local retailer!

In this Chapter Pack, you’ll find a host of new tools for every Great House, expanding on the themes of the Conquest and Defiance cycle. Whether you take advantage of powerful new cards with the prized keyword or join the Houses of Westeros together to forge a multi-House deck, you’ll find cards to help you do just that in this Chapter Pack, along with new versions of iconic characters like Ser Edmure Tully and Viserys Targaryen.

From Out of Sight

Whether in the intrigues of court or on the field of battle, you make your greatest advantages by surprising your opponent in some way – finding something to tip the balance of battle abruptly in your favor. In The Champion’s Purse, you find new events for your House to get the drop on your opponent, starting with A Taste of Glory (The Champion’s Purse, 23) for House Baratheon.

This event grants your prized characters a sudden Strength boost and renown for a phase. Of course, you need to have a few prized characters to make it worthwhile, but as the Conquest and Defiance cycle advances, you’ll only find more prized characters to include in your decks. A sudden burst of renown for enough characters just might grab you the power tokens you need to win the game.

House Greyjoy, on the other hand, gains a way to drop Warship locations into play in the middle of challenges. When you or your opponent declare a naval attacker or defender, you may play Every Captain is a King (The Champion’s Purse, 25) to put a Warship location into play from your hand. This event works naturally with the Black Sails (Reach of the Kraken, 18) agenda, whether you use the agenda yourself or struggle against it in your current meta.

Bringing a Warship location into play opens additional ways to surprise your opponent and tip a challenge in your favor. House Greyjoy has a host of Warships to sail into battle, and some of your best choices for gaining the upper hand in a challenge are Longship Black Wind (Called by the Conclave, 49) or Longship Maiden’s Bane (A Hidden Agenda, 49). Longship Black Wind can be used offensively, giving one of your attackers the deadly keyword and potentially even killing the character that joined the challenge with the naval enhancement. Longship Maiden’s Bane gives you an immediate Strength boost, allowing you to defeat your opponent when he least expects it.

House Lannister also receives a way to foil an opponent’s plans with their new prized event, Counterplot (The Champion’s Purse, 28). This event bears a Limited Response, which reads, “After an opponent reveals a plot card, kneel a unique Lannister character to cancel the revealing of that plot and move it to its owner’s used pile. That player must choose and reveal a new plot card.

Although the costs of playing this event – giving your opponent three power and kneeling a unique Lannister character – are undoubtedly high, the rewards are equally lofty. Canceling a key plot is nearly priceless, whether it’s a Valar Morghulis (Core Set, 201), or Melisandre’s Scheme (Reach of the Kraken, 9). If you play your cards right, running Counterplot in your deck could easily win you a game.

Taking the Purse

Whatever House you lead in your battles for Westeros, you’ll find ways to surprise your opponents and gain the upper hand in The Champion’s Purse, the newest Chapter Pack for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. Head to your local retailer and pick up your copy of The Champion’s Purse today!

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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