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Getting Started With A Game of Thrones LCG

Oct 21 2010 01:45 AM | Darksbane in Game of Thrones

Whether you are brand new to the Game of Thrones LCG or a returning CCG player it can be alittle confusing deciding what you need to buy to get started playing and having fun. I just went through it myself this year and I'm going to use my experien...

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First Tilt - New Player FAQ

Aug 07 2012 05:03 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

New players often have similar questions when they first begin playing A Game of Thrones: The Living Card Game (AGoT). Here at First Tilt, we have gathered together many of the most commonly asked questions into one location in order to provide a centralized resource for new players learning the game. This FAQ will be updated on an ongoing basis to remain current and relevant to new players, no matter when the happen to join the game. If you have suggestions for additional questions, links, or answers, please let us know in the comments.

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First Tilt - Expanding House Martell

Jun 12 2012 05:00 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

We continue with our series of articles exploring how a new player might affordably expand each house into a reasonably competitive deck build with only a few purchases (2X Core Sets and 1X House Expansion + up to 6 chapter packs). Let us now venture away from the snow and rain of the north, south along the Kingsroad, past King’s Landing, all the way down to the sunny southernmost reaches of Westeros, to explore House Martell...

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First Tilt - Expanding House Stark

May 22 2012 05:33 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

Welcome back to another edition of First Tilt! Over the next few weeks, doulos2k and I are going to tackle a frequent question among new players: what do I buy next? The basic answer, of course, is another core set and the house expansions. The reasons for this were covered in a previous First Tilt, so we won’t repeat them here. Instead, we’re going to address what you should buy after the second core set and the house expansion, and what you can do with those cards.

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First Tilt - Deck Archetypes: Targaryen

Aug 14 2012 05:05 AM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

This week, we start a new series where we'll be breaking down the basic deck archetypes for each house. I know that when I first started out, I had no idea what all these words meant: Burn, Rush, Aggro, Raider/Mill, Choke, etc. So, we thought it might be helpful if we covered the basics of these archetypes and a few cards that typify how they work. Keep in mind that this is just designed as a basic primer to educate new players on the basics of these themes and not meant to be in any way comprehensive.

Each week, Paladin and I will focus on a particular house and talk about three basic themes found in that house. We'll then break down each of those themes (in basic form) and talk about the strategy of that theme and some key cards. This series won't be featuring any decklists, but we will try to link to any good deck lists that we know of that illustrate the theme we're discussing.

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First Tilt - Deck Archetypes: Stark

Aug 21 2012 05:13 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

In discussing deck builds, veteran players will often toss out terms such as Burn, Rush, Aggro, Mill, Choke, etc. But what do these terms mean? Last week, Doulos2k began our series on the basic deck archetypes for each House by covering the major archetypes fielded by the Targaryens in their quest to once again claim the Iron Throne and rule over Westeros. This week we shift focus away from the fires of the Targaryen dragons to the snows and wolves of the north.

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How to Build Martell (Control)

Mar 25 2011 05:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

As a Martell player, I thought I would break down what I see as two of the most competitive archetypes (as of spring 2011; pre-Maesters of the Citadel). These are both control-oriented builds, which play on Martell’s strengths. Other non-control builds...

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First Tilt - Expanding House Greyjoy

May 29 2012 05:19 AM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

Welcome back to your weekly edition of First Tilt! Last week, Paladin started our new series that explores how to expand our basic recommended purchase (2X Core Sets and 1X House Expansion) into a more competitive deck. We're requiring no more than 6 Chapter Packs, and we're trying to stay focused on the newer 60-card packs. This week, I'm going to be focusing on the Ironborn!

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GenCon 2011 3rd Place Deck (Top Targ Joust Deck)

Aug 10 2011 05:00 AM | Twn2dn in Tournament Reports

I want to take a few minutes to discuss what I think is currently the most powerful House Targaryen build in joust. I don't mean to suggest this is somehow the "perfect" list, but just that the Maester's Path agenda is clearly the best...

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The Things I Do For Win- Examining Martell Maes...

May 18 2012 05:00 PM | clu in Game of Thrones

It was a toss up this week between Targ burn and Martell Maesters. Our very own cardgamedb author Imrahil327 took down Fresno with what I think is the best deck in the current meta. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to plumb the depths of this world beater.

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First Tilt - Expanding House Baratheon

Jun 26 2012 05:00 AM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

Welcome back to another edition of First Tilt! This week we're finishing up our House Expansion series where we're building decks for a smallish card pool that includes 2X Cores, 1X House Expansion, and no more than 6 Chapter Packs. This week we're taking a trip to Storm's End to see how the we can expand House Baratheon.

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There Are No Decks Like Me - Brett Zeiler's...

Apr 06 2012 07:00 PM | clu in Game of Thrones

A Study in Card Efficiency: Brett Zeiler’s Moonboy Classic Championship Deck Brett Zeiler won last weekend in the Moonboy Classic tournament with a Stark Knights of the Realm deck. Card draw was the backbone of this monstrosity combined with agg...

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First Tilt - Expanding House Targaryen

Jun 05 2012 05:00 AM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

We're continuing our series that explores how to expand the basic recommended purchase (2X Core Sets and 1X House Expansion) into a more competitive deck. This week, I'll be focusing on my House of choice: House Targaryen.

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First Tilt - Deck Archetypes: Baratheon

Sep 18 2012 05:13 AM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

Today we continue our series on House Archetypes. So far, we've covered the fiery flames of House Targaryen, the bitter cold steel of House Stark, and the poisoned blade of House Martell.... Today, we move to the Stormlands and discuss House Baratheon's thirst for power.

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First Tilt - Deck Archetypes: Martell

Sep 06 2012 05:05 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

This week we continue with Martell in our overview of the various deck builds that are commonly found in AGoT, so as to assist new players (and refresh veteran players) on what terms such as Burn, Rush, Aggro, Mill, Choke, etc. signify and mean in terms of deck compositions and playing styles

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First Tilt - Deck Archetypes: Greyjoy

Sep 27 2012 05:00 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

In this penultimate chapter of our series covering the various deck builds that are commonly found in AGoT, we head to the choppy waters of the Iron Isles to see what archetypes the Greyjoys employ in their bid to secure the Iron Throne. As mentioned in earlier installments: because the possibilities are so vast with an LCG that has as large a card pool as AGoT does, this series does not aim to be exhaustive and cover every single deck build and archetype. Rather, the aim is to provide an overview of some of the more common or notable archetypes for each house, so that newer players can understand what certain archetypes look like and how they work in practice.

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Quill & Tankard Regulars

Jun 15 2012 05:05 AM | CardGameDB in Game of Thrones

Welcome to the first issue of Quill & Tankard Regulars, a unique AGOT column concentrating on that most obscure of subjects: the rules of the game. We'll be covering a wide variety of topics from actual gameplay examples and the newest rulings from the FFG Rules Forum to individual cards with particularly complex behaviour and interactions.

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First Tilt - Which House is for You: Martell, P...

Apr 10 2012 05:00 AM | BenStark in Game of Thrones

Welcome to “The First Tilt”, a blog dedicated to helping new players get their bearings in A Game of Thrones LCG. We’ll be covering a wide variety of topics, from what to buy, basic strategies and tactics, and getting acquainted with basic themes. Th...

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On Building a Targaryen Draw Engine

Mar 17 2011 03:56 PM | Twn2dn in Strategy

House Targaryen boasts many of the strongest cards in the game, including (arguably) the strongest locations and attachments. Forever Burning and The Hatchlings' Feast are at least on par with Martell’s renowned events. In addition, House Targary...

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First Tilt - Deck Archetypes: Lannister

Oct 16 2012 05:00 AM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

Welcome back to First Tilt! I apologize for the long absence, but we're back! ((yay)) Today we're hitting the final article in our current series on House deck archetypes. Remember that this series is aimed at newer players by newer players, so we're really trying to define some of the basic archetypes that people hear mentioned a lot when they start to get into this game. Today, we visit the rich lands of Casterly Rock. This opulent house is the current power behind the throne and they wield this power with pride and great skill causing most of their enemies to either kneel in submission or watch helplessly as their resources are stripped away.

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First Tilt - Expanding House Lannister

Jun 19 2012 05:00 AM | Paladin in Game of Thrones

In this edition of First Tilt, we continue with our series of articles exploring how a new player might affordably expand each house into a reasonably competitive deck build with only a few purchases (2X Core Sets and 1X House Expansion + up to 6 chapter packs). This week we cover the powerful Lannisters, a wealthy and ambitious House hailing from the western end of Westeros, extracting riches from their gold mines and containing two of the most powerful figures in Westeros: patriarch Tywin, one of the richest and most feared men in the land and a former Hand of the King, and Queen Cersei who schemes from King’s Landing to advance the House to even further power.

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Valar Morghulis

Feb 05 2012 07:00 PM | Egg in Card Spotlight

Valar Morghulis 2-0-0Limit 1 per plot deck. When revealed, kill all characters in play. Arguably THE meta-defining card for A Game of Thrones LCG, Valar Morghulis demands the attention of every player not only during play but also as they build thei...

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Valar Dohaeris Card Reviews

Jun 18 2012 06:03 AM | CardGameDB in Game of Thrones

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released chapter pack Valar Dohaeris. We’ve used a one through five scale; five being the best. The cards are listed in numeric order. Our reviewers are listed in alphabetical order. Disagree with our assessment? Let us know!

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First Tilt - Deckbuilding Concepts

Nov 13 2012 06:00 PM | doulos2k in Game of Thrones

Welcome back loyal readers! This week we're going to cover some basic deckbuilding concepts for new players. What do you need to consider when building a deck? What are the right ratios for cards? How do you decide on a deck strategy?

Building a deck is part art and part science. The science portion has to do with probability and card type. The art is knowing which cards to put in there and the synergies needed to pull off certain effects. We're going to cover a little bit of both in today's column.

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Valar Morghulis Card Reviews

May 12 2012 06:50 AM | Darksbane in Game of Thrones

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released chapter pack Valar Morghulis. We’ve used a one through five scale; five being the best. The cards are listed in numeric order. Our reviewers are listed in alphabetical order. Disagree with our assessment? Let us know!

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