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A preview of Kings of the Sea for the A Game of Thrones LCG
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 17 June 2009

As the release of our first deluxe expansion for the A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Kings of the Sea, draws nearer, we are once again proud to present this special preview by guest contributor Will Lentz. This preview will look at one of the great Houses of Westeros that did not appear in the Core Set, House Greyjoy. As Will expertly points out in his article, with the release of Kings of the Sea, House Greyjoy will once again become a force to be reckoned with in the A Game of Thrones metagame. The Kraken rises!

But Rises Again...

by guest contributor Will Lentz

“It is time we returned to the Old Way.”
- Balon Greyjoy

Hello and welcome to the first of the spoiler articles for the Kings of the Sea expansion to the A Game of Thrones. I'm greatly pleased to be bringing you another guest spoiler article, and even more pleased with what this expansion has to offer for the environment, as I'm sure many of you will be as well, whether you are old players patiently waiting on their favorite house to become competitive again, or new players living through the thrill of a new house being added to the LCG™. (Ah, the memories of those first Sea of Storms packs...)

Claimed to be descended from the Grey King of the Age of Heroes, House Greyjoy of Pyke have ruled the Iron Isles since the Conquest of Aegon Targaryen. In the old days, the Ironmen carved out kingdoms beyond their isles by force of fire and sword. Those days are long past, and yet near at hand as Balon Greyjoy's dedication to the Old Way of reaving and iron prices dies hard. In the card game, the Greyjoys have been represented as an offensively based house, ready and willing to spring in at a moment's notice to attack their opponent's resources and other weak points, while still maintaining their own position through sheer determination to keep their characters on the board. So, without further ado, let's dive in to the briny depths of what House Greyjoy will mean in the LCG™ environment.

Support of Harlaw

A strong banner house to the Greyjoys, the Harlaws show their loyalty with this powerful attachment. For those who've seen it before, what is left to be said about this card? For newer players: consider the potential of a card that can grant Stealth to any of your Greyjoy characters with Intimidate. How many characters will be left to defend then? Or on someone with Renown, it can surely help ensure you gaining that crucial extra power. But that second ability is the real kicker. After any unopposed challenge you win, the attached character stands. Just let the challenge phase bending possibilities here sink in. Renown is going to start adding up quickly provided you have saves for your characters to keep that power on the table. Also, the power from going unopposed on a challenge will go straight to your house card-- a much safer position. And that's not even commenting on the fact that the attached character can stand even if it’s not in the challenge which goes unopposed...

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Theon Greyjoy

After the Core Set, it probably surprises few people to see slightly tweaked reprints of previously released unique characters, and Theon Greyjoy follows in those footsteps. This version of Theon provides the Greyjoys with a cheap Lord and Ironborn character-- great for a number of effects, I'm sure. The more interesting feature though, is likely that “Any Phase” ability. Formerly a Marshalling effect, Theon now gives you a great way to drop an excess gold in the Standing phase after locations have been stood to deprive your opponent of resources or powerful effects for the next round, and thankfully just before you lose that extra gold to Taxation.

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Longship Iron Victory

Ah, what would our reaving Ironmen be without the ships necessary to carry out their lightning quick strikes of pillaging and plundering? Much less interesting, that's what. Thankfully, it's not a situation we have to deal with as Victarion Greyjoy's own Iron Victory is here to provide Greyjoy decks with some Challenge phase oomph. Traditionally, the people of the Iron Isles look down on outsiders as weaklings who should be conquered on general principle. With those values, it's no surprise that something as iconic as an Ironborn longship has a drawback that requires you to have Greyjoy characters in play to get any use out of it (or any other warships you might be playing). But what do you gain as a benefit to offset this drawback? Well, first is a way to repeatedly provide the extra boost that an offensively minded house might need to win a challenge, not to mention that additional boost to generating unopposed challenges that it provides when used on a character with Intimidate. And second, who doesn't enjoy additional in house draw tagged on to a useful ability? Card advantage, here we come.

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Assault of the Kraken

Attachment, character, location.... anyone up for an event card? Here we see our first brand new card, and what a doozy it is. With a Westerosi history of being more than willing to take advantage of the slightest opportunity to grab land and other possessions when other houses and armies have their backs turned, taking advantage of the unopposed mechanic is well-fitting for the Iron Fleet. In Assault of the Kraken we see this theme taken to new heights. Read that card again. Who thought they would see additional challenge enablers come so easily in the LCG™ environment? Not only that, but it does so in such a Nedly package. “What? You couldn't defend that first military challenge? Here, let me kick you while you're down.” When I think of the fun to be had with any challenge type and particularly with claim 2 plots, my joy over this card knows no bounds. Of course, should your opponent choose to defend the second challenge, the Greyjoys will stall out and look for easier targets, but what Ironborn worth his salt wouldn't be attacking their opponent's weakest point to begin with?

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So there you have it folks, just a small taste of the cards and themes coming back into the game with the release of the first deluxe expansion to the AGoT Core Set. I hope these spoilers serve to enliven your own excitement for this release. And who knows, for those with sharp eyes and quick minds, there might be more hints about forthcoming cards than you realize... Until next time, remember:

“What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger.”

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Published: 6/24/2009 2:14:00 PM

As a new LCG player, Im glad I will finally have a chance to build a Greyjoy deck with some cool characters . I really like the Longship Iron Victory.

Published: 6/23/2009 2:48:27 PM

They are also going to include "a smattering of Kingdom locations," IIRC...

Published: 6/23/2009 11:22:35 AM

You can expect the Iron Island Fiefdom, a 2 cost in house reducer for characters for 2, and a gold producer for free... I don't imagine they would very from the same card types they gave the other four houses in the Core Set.

Published: 6/20/2009 12:54:03 AM

Theon is incredibly versatile for 2G.  Good traits, good strength to cost ratio, and his ability is a one-stop shop for shutting down Bear Island, Flaming-Pitch Tower, and and any number of other strong locations.

Greyjoy Chris
Published: 6/18/2009 1:04:42 PM

I like the new cards. Theon does seem a little bland, but I think once he gets some play, he's gonna be a great control card. I see Greyjoy winter as being a powerful resource denying deck and he fits right in with that. We do also have another theon to work with if that's not what you're going for as well.


Any chance they could tell us what the generic resource locations will be? I'd love to start working on a LCG greyjoy deck, but that's critical information to know first. Let's hope its the warship reducer.

Published: 6/18/2009 11:21:11 AM

there is some truth to that old ben he's an outstanding utility card as you say, and we even have a more seasonally dependent option if that one doesn't suit a players needs. he just seemed a little unexciting to me, though

Old Ben
Published: 6/18/2009 10:04:51 AM

finitesquarewell, i would think twice about the new (old and reprinted) Theon. His stats are okay for 2 gold, but the best about him is his ability to effectively shut down cards like Bear island, flaming-pitch tower etc. which is a really unique ability till date in LCG. It should also been taken into account, that the reprinted version is better than the old one, because we haven´t had the gold tokens and taxation phase back in I&F time. I find it very interesting that you can use him in the standing phase to kneel that godswood or any other resource location  which kneels for effect.  

Published: 6/17/2009 11:40:59 PM

in the current environment this version of theon seems kinda blah compared to some other choices, but the other three cards are cool the challenge phase draw/pump in particular is very, very welcome

Published: 6/17/2009 5:53:28 PM

I so can't wait for this expansion. Love what we've seen so far.

Old Ben
Published: 6/17/2009 5:36:16 PM

Wow, only a few days ago i looked at my collection and thought how cool a comeback of "support of harlaw" would be. Thank you for reprinting that cool attacment. I like the other cards as well, all have a lot of potential but aren´t necessarily an auto win card. Good job!

Published: 6/17/2009 5:21:43 PM



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