"The honor of our House was at stake. I had no choice but to ride. No man sheds Lannister blood with impunity."
– Tywin Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume I: A Game of Thrones
From their seat of power at Casterly Rock, a seat nearly as powerful as the Iron Throne itself in wealth and influence, the rich and powerful lords of House Lannister are raising the banners of war. Beneath the golden lion on a crimson field as red as spilt blood ruthless lords, devious ladies, cunning knights, and vast armies are forming to proclaim to Westeros the words of House Lannister: "Hear Me Roar!"
Lions of the Rock is the sixth Deluxe Expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, featuring 165 cards new to the LCG® card pool – three copies each of 55 unique cards – that add deck-building opportunities and strategic depth to your game.
The cards included in Lions of the Rock deepen the existing strengths of House Lannister, as well as adding some new avenues of strategy to explore. Forming the core of Lions of the Rock are the formidable members of the Lannister family: the ruthless patriarch Tywin, the treacherous queen Cersei, the Kingslayer Jaime, and the beguiling Tyrion. Each wields power as naturally as dragons breathe fire, backed by the limitless wealth of Casterly Rock and the unbreakable will of House Lannister's honor and willingness to repay any debt in blood. As anyone in Westeros will tell you ... A Lannister always pays his debts...
In-game, each Lannister represents a different approach to victory, around which entire decks could be built, from Tyrion's synergy with the Clansman trait, to Tywin's breathtaking seizure of power based on having lots of gold in play during Dominance, to Cersei's ability to claim power whenever you win intrigue challenges (playing very well into the new The Power Behind the Throne agenda). Working separately, the Lannisters are merely powerful. Working together, the might of the Lannisters can become unstoppable.
Knife in Your Back
Included with the Lions of the Rock expansion are two decklists, created with the aid of championship-level player Will Lentz, that you can use as insight into House Lannister's diverse and devious strengths, or, if you are a new player, a starting place to explore the art of customizing a deck in general.
These decks can be constructed using only the contents of one A Game of Thrones Core Set and one copy of Lions of the Rock. Below is one of the two decklists included with Lions of the Rock. This deck, "Knife in your Back," is a showcase of what the unique characters loyal to House Lannister can do when deployed together.
From the commentary included with this decklist:
"With half of the characters in the deck being unique, you’ll have quite a bit of stealth on the board at any given time to slip right past defenders and in for the kill – and that’s without even considering those characters’ base abilities! Along with this stealth, a mix of kill, kneel, and location control effects from cards like Terminal Schemes, Lannisport Brothel, and a Vat of Wildfire combine to keep your opponents off balance enough for your uniques to continue doing their devious, deadly work."
Through Lions of the Rock, you can recreate the deadly scheming and subtle power struggles depicted in George R.R. Martin's thrilling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and take command!
With your hand on the reins, you can lead House Lannister to dominance of the Iron Throne through wars of intrigue or merciless battle. With Lions of the Rock, you can rule Westeros from Lannisport to King's Landing!
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