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A New Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game Rules Reference Is Now Available


The latest version of the Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game  Rules Reference is now online! This update contains the usual streamlined rules, clarifications, new questions, and other minor changes that come with refining the rules. In addition, today’s update includes errata and a change to claiming rings with multiple elements that players should ensure they read about. Learn why these changes were made directly from the developers in the paragraphs below, and then download the new Rules Reference to see all the changes for yourself!

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This update goes into effect immediately.

The Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game Developers

This Rules Reference update contains minor clarifications within the rules to make some phrases and interactions more clear, as well as to explain how the Support of the Phoenix (Disciples of the Void, 3) card from the new Disciples of the Void expansion works in relation to the Keeper and Seeker roles. In addition, this update includes two additions of card errata for cards from the clan pack. This errata does not change the function of the cards, but is being used to clarify ambiguity as to how the cards work within the rules.

Kaito Kosori (Disciples of the Void, 18)

This card’s ability allows Kaito Kosori to contribute her skill to Air conflicts while at home. With this update, it is clear that her ability only works while she is ready. The intent was always that she needed to be ready to contribute, as the rules state that “During a conflict, bowed characters do not contribute their skill.” However, due to the Jade Rule (which states that card abilities override the rulebook), it created a situation in which it was possible that her text could allow her to contribute even while bowed. This situation was sufficiently unclear as to warrant errata, as we wish to ensure that the game is as easy to understand as possible between the rules and the card text.

Yogo Kikuyo (Disciples of the Void, 25)

When an opponent plays a Spell event, Yogo Kikuyo can enter play from your hand to cancel the effects of that Spell. However, the rules state that “Card abilities on characters… can only be initiated or affect the game while they are in play unless the ability specifically refers to being used from an out-of-play area.” While you cannot pay the cost of Kikuyo’s ability while she is in play, the ability does not state the out-of-play area from which it can work. To clarify that her ability works from your hand, we have added “from your hand” to its cost.

Download the new Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game Rules Reference now to read the entire update. If you're planning on playing in an event, make sure to read the changes so you're prepared!

As always, game rules, tournament regulations, and other support materials for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game can be found on our Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game page.

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