|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 31 March 2011|
"One flute will serve only to unstop your ears and dissolve the caul from off your eyes, so that you may hear and see the truths that will be laid before you."
- A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume II: A Clash of Kings
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The Wine of Warlocks
Moving on from The Chosen Few, we present this week's card spoiler, again from the upcoming deluxe expansion Queen of Dragons. We chose this week's card because of the ongoing discussions on the subject of creating a House Targaryen draw engine. The main question is whether Queen of Dragons will add more draw capability to the Targaryen arsenal. We offer Shade of the Evening as an example of some new draw possibilities for House Targaryen.
We are cheating a little here: Shade of the Evening is not technically a draw card, it is a search card. In effect, it falls somewhere between a draw card and a search card, in that the net result is that it adds a card to your hand, but you don't have to reveal it. Because it is not a draw card, it is not affected by card effects that reference drawing cards, such as Kings of the Storm's Stannis Baratheon or Kings Landing's The Iron Throne. Of course, Shade of the Evening requires you to win a challenge in order to trigger its response, but that is a small price to pay given the boost of both adding a card to your hand and getting some information about what is in store for you the next time you draw (or what you stand to lose in a Greyjoy milling attack). Other than that, Shade of the Evening fits in nicely alongside other House Targaryen strategies - it is stronger in Summer and it is an attachment (Xaro's Home, Lady Daenerys's Chambers, etc.) - so it is bound to get plenty of play in the months ahead.
Another card that will add to House Targaryen's draw capabilities is Meereen. Meereen again works double duty as a card that plays alongside a developing strategy - Dragon synergy - as well as adding to draw. The main thrust of this card is actually giving one of your Dragons immunity to opponents' triggered effects. The fact that winning the challenge - again, a small price to pay - lets you draw a card for each participating Dragon is an especially enticing bonus. With the Queen of Dragons Daenerys in play, there is not much of a downside to throwing all of your Dragons into a challenge (assuming you are attacking) in order to draw more cards through Meereen. A good Dragon deck has a lot of moving parts that need to come together in order to really work, but if you can get them in line, it can be a formidable enemy.
So that's it for this week's card spoilers. Hopefully we've given you plenty to discuss here and on the A Game of Thrones forums. Be sure to come back next week when we announce the Chosen Few: the decks chosen to participate in our staff Proxy tournament!
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.
Just wow. Shade of evening just looks fantastic. And I love the fact that finally there will be reasons to play with dragons beyond the dragons themselves. Just really like the "feel" of all these new Targ cards.
@Syd. It's also not unique, so you could get even more cards per round if you have two or three copies in play, at least in theory.
Put shade on a non-kneeler, and it becomes really good. Provided of course you can win the challenges. That's a possible three cards outside of the draw mechanic, and you get to choose them at that. Add in a win on defense as well, and could be 4+.
Nice! Really looking forward to the box.
i really like both cards. but shade looks really nice because it has various effects and has various pros/cons. its thematic and perfectly fits in targ play.
well Meereen certainly changes things for targ draw, even if its not a dragon deck, the hatchlings are worth it
Great additions indeed. These cards (and maybe others in the targa box) will fill some holes in targa weakness (draw in this case). I'm beginning to feel very hot... flames on the horizon!!!
Wow, very nice those bump up targ draw quite a bit
Wow - Shade of the evening looks really solid. I can see that amking a lto fo competitve targ decks. tricons are always great and it shouldn't be hard to get at least two cards off this atathcment. and Targ cna always bring ti back if it goes away. I like it a lot.