“It would gladden my heart if I could assure you that the Sand Snakes were alone in wanting war, but I will not tell you lies, ser.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
In the struggle to claim the Iron Throne, even those who wait at the periphery of the struggle can have potent effects on the outcome of your battles and intrigues. The Valemen continues the major themes of the Wardens cycle, enhancing the power of trait-based decks, exploring the powerful “limited response” mechanic, and granting more support for some of the game’s most expensive and recognizable characters.
You may choose to ride the plains of the Dothraki sea with a horde of Dothraki , defend the Baratheon kings with the Rainbow Guard , or reinforce your walls with the soldiers of House Tully . No matter whom you support in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game , you’ll find the cards you need in The Valemen Chapter Pack.
A Viper in the Rocks
In addition, this Chapter Pack provides cards that offer more support for the Sand Snakes of Dorne – the illegitimate daughters of Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper. Alone, the Sand Snakes can be overwhelmed, but when combined, there are few who can rival their thirst for vengeance.
In A Game of Thrones: The Card Game , you can only trigger one Limited Response each turn. The Valemen Chapter Pack opens new choices for you, providing a Sand Snake with a powerful Limited Response in the person of Nymeria Sand ( The Valemen , 48). Nymeria bears the text: “ Limited Response: After a Sand Snake character you control is killed, choose and kill a character with an equal or lower printed cost. (Limit 1 limited response per round.) ” Nymeria Sand allows you to claim revenge for every Sand Snake death. By choosing and killing a Sand Snake for military claim when Nymeria Sand is in play, you can ensure that your opponent’s characters pay the price for earning the Sand Snakes ’ enmity.
Of course, Nymeria’s Limited Response requires a Sand Snake to be killed before it can activate. Thankfully, House Martell and the Sand Snakes gain a way to cheat death in the Red Mountain Keep ( The Valemen , 51). During the dominance phase, you may kneel Red Mountain Keep to shuffle one of your Sand Snake characters back into your deck from your dead pile, allowing you to play more copies of that character, ensuring the Sand Snakes never stay gone for long.
Decks built around the Sand Snakes trait gain another tool for revenge in An Opening Gambit ( The Valemen , 49). You may play this event immediately after you lose a challenge to choose a participating Sand Snake character you control. That character gains a power, and if that was the first challenge initiated during the phase, you may stand the character and draw a card! By strategically losing the first challenge of the challenges phase, you can take revenge and easily gain an advantage in power, standing characters, and cards in hand.
Exact Your Revenge
Whether you take revenge with the Sand Snakes of Dorne, raid and pillage with the clansmen of the Vale, or plot alongside iconic characters such as Euron Crow’s Eye and Ser Ilyn Payne, you’ll find the cards that will bring you to the Iron Throne within The Valemen Chapter Pack.
Look for The Valemen at your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2014!
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.