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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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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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Greyjoy Knights of the Hollow Hill

Apr 21 2011 05:00 AM | WolfgangSenff in Strategy

Recently, I built a deck for the Chosen Few contest held by Fantasy Flight Games . I don't think my deck did that great in the proxy tournament, but there were a lot of possibilities with it. In any case, over the course of building that deck, I b...

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Combo: What Game of Thrones is Missing

Aug 16 2011 05:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

Many players have recently expressed concern about the growing power level of certain cards in the current (Maester's) card block. In particular, the agenda has attracted some attention as people complain about how powerful Joffrey-focused, Shadows...

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Who is the Real Driver—the Deck or the Player?

Aug 13 2012 04:00 PM | Twn2dn in Strategy

As some of you may know, I am a long-time A Game of Thrones cards (AGOT) player. I have enjoyed the evolution of this game from the first entrance of House Targaryen during the Ice & Fire era of the CCG. Over the past year or so, I have become simultaneously more excited about where the game is in terms of its diversity, and frustrated about where we are in terms of powerful effects (especially character removal). In short, every house has competitive options, but the decks at the competitive level increasingly feel like they drive the player, rather than the other way around.

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Deckbuilding in 2.0: Initial Thoughts on the Ga...

Sep 25 2015 08:05 PM | Twn2dn in Strategy

I have read a lot of reviews and tried to follow the "metagame" for A Game of Thrones Second Edition (2.0)—that is, to the extent there is a competitive metagame for a game that has not yet been fully released. I am finding that I disagree with many of the reviews posted online and discussed in podcasts, and I thought I would share a somewhat different perspective. In my view, ratings for many second edition cards, in particular, should be different from what I have experienced and what I would expect to see as the competitive environment takes shape over the next six months.

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Game of Thrones Deck Building: Crafting the Cos...

Oct 16 2015 12:00 AM | Twn2dn in Strategy

New players often ask me for tips on how to build a Game of Thrones decks. There are, of course, many perspectives on the most important aspects of deck building. Frequent online advice address amount and type of card advantage, removal, and number of characters for a given deck archetype. More specific or advanced advice may guide players to consider metagame trends. However, one of the most challenging aspects of deck building for new players, and an aspect that continues to perplex many players as they gain experience, is crafting a deck’s overall cost curve.

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Taking the Black: AGoT LCG Chapter Pack Review

Nov 11 2015 10:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Taking the Black” chapter pack. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. For more information you may also want to check out the official preview article from FFG. Now onto the reviews!

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Beating Targ 101

Jan 13 2016 12:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

In this article, we’ll discuss why Dany and her dragons are so effective, and then we’ll construct a game plan to defeat them.

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The Road to Winterfell: Chapter Pack Review

Jan 27 2016 02:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Road to Winterfell” chapter pack.

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King's Peace Chapter Pack Review

Feb 25 2016 04:30 PM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “The King’s Peace” chapter pack. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum overall score is 25 points.

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Wolves of the North Review Part 1

Apr 07 2016 10:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Happy big box release day! Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Wolves of the North” deluxe expansion. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 6 reviewers this time around, so the maximum overall score is 30 points.

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Wolves of the North Review Part 2

Apr 08 2016 11:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Wolves of the North” deluxe expansion. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum overall score is 25 points.

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AGoT Faction by Faction Primer

Apr 18 2016 11:00 PM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Hello there! If you’re new to the game, you’ve come to the right place. The following article addresses the key cards and strategies for each faction to give you a sense of their play-styles, strengths, and weaknesses.

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Calm Over Westeros: AGoT Pack Review

Apr 20 2016 08:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Calm Over Westeros” chapter pack. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum overall score is 25 points.

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"For Family Honor" AGoT Pack Review

Oct 06 2016 12:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “For Family Honor”, the third chapter pack in the War of Five Kings cycle. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 4 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 20 points.

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Natural born killer: Tyrell Kawaii

Oct 17 2016 12:00 AM | FedericoFasullo in Strategy

Seems that Green is the new Black and everybody is trying to figure out something good out of one of the - allegedly - weakest faction in this game. So here's my personal attempt to try to make Tyrell competetive.

First of all let's make it clear: the biggest problem is that Tyrell cards are not skilled enough, they do not have good things to try to achieve a good attack deck (like Targayren or Lannister) or a good defence deck (Stark, Nightwatch) or a control deck (Baratheon, Martell). So what's left? Rush? Heck no! I'll never play rush. The silly designers of this game gave Tyrell all cards that push towards a good rush but who am I to follow people intentions? I don't trust strangers.

Let's adapt Tyrell cards to my playstyle :3

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Dumb Fun Decks: Throwing Spears

Oct 30 2016 11:10 PM | bored2excess in Strategy

Travel causes a late release this time! Gotta get ahead of the crazy combo trend and share one of my older pure HyperViper decks, using Street of Steel and the Kraken banner to try to try to buff him up and let hit him hard. Were those children murdered? Not yet...

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Lions of Casterly Rock Review: Part 1

Nov 01 2016 12:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Lions of Casterly Rock”, the second deluxe box following Wolves of the North. We cover the Lannister cards only here in part 1. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 4 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 20 points.

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Lions of Casterly Rock Review: Part 2

Nov 01 2016 12:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Lions of Casterly Rock”, the second deluxe box following Wolves of the North. We cover the non-Lannister cards here in part 2. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 25 points.

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There Is My Claim: Thrones Pack Review

Dec 02 2016 12:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “There Is My Claim” chapter pack. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 25 points.

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Ghosts of Harrenhal: AGoT Pack Review

Jan 05 2017 11:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Ghost of Harrenhal” chapter pack. Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 25 points. Let us know in the comments how you feel about the cards in this pack!

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AGoT LCG: Tyrion's Chain Pack Review

Feb 02 2017 10:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Tyrion’s Chain” chapter pack. Check out the unofficial rules FAQ for this pack or find rulings on the individual card pages on thronesdb.com.
Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 25 points. Let us know in the comments how you feel about the cards in this pack!

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Budget Builders: Greyjoy Sun and Targ Fealty

Feb 16 2017 10:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Welcome to the first installment of Budget Builders, a column geared towards new or casual players who are interested in expanding their collections to build tournament decks. All of the cards necessary for each deck that we build can be purchased for approximately $150 or less.

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Watchers on the Wall Review: Part 1

Apr 06 2017 08:00 AM | scantrell24 in Strategy

Our staff has put together a first blush analysis of the newly released “Watchers on the Wall”, the third deluxe box following Wolves of the North and Lions of Casterly Rock. We cover the Night’s Watch cards here in part 1, and you can find the neutral and other faction’s cards in part 2 (coming tomorrow). Cards are listed in numeric order and scored on a scale ranging from one through five, with five being the best possible score. We have 5 reviewers this time around, so the maximum score per card is 25 points.

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