20 February 2015 | A Game of Thrones LCG

Lead the Sortie

The Valemen Is Now Available for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game


“From every rampart waved the banner of House Tully: a leaping trout, silver, against a rippling blue-and-red field. It was a stirring sight, but it did not lift her heart.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The clansmen of the Vale broil forth from the Mountains of the Moon, eager to avenge the wrongs perpetrated against them by House Arryn. In Essos, Dothraki khalasars ride to war across seas of grass, while in the heart of Westeros, the men of House Tully prepare to defend their home from those who would take it by force. Now, you can bring all of these characters, factions, and Houses to your games of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. The Valemen Chapter Pack is now available online through our webstore and at your local retailer!

The Valemen continues the major themes of the Wardens cycle, bringing additional support to iconic characters, trait based decks, and Limited Responses. With sixty new cards (three copies each of twenty distinct cards), this Chapter Pack brings plenty of exciting new options for every House, including a new Castle plot and recognizable characters like Euron Crow’s Eye and Ser Ilyn Payne.

On the Attack

In The Valemen, every House receives powerful cards to support new strategies and play styles. But the warriors of one House in particular prepare to press the attack, sallying forth from their defensive position to take the fight to their opponents. Take advantage of the new offensive options available to House Stark through their allies House Tully in this Chapter Pack!

The first House Tully card in this expansion is Blackfish's Vanguard (The Valemen, 53). This character is an Army of House Tully, and it offers several important tactical options. Firstly, it bears the renown and deadly keywords, simultaneously rewarding you for winning challenges and dissuading your opponent from defending himself. What’s more, Blackfish’s Vanguard boosts the initiative value of your revealed plot by an amount equal to the number of House Tully characters you control. In a dedicated House Tully deck, this initiative boost can quickly grow, giving you much greater control over the outcome of the challenges phase. With one or more copies of Blackfish’s Vanguard, you can ensure that you’ll seize the initiative when you need it. 

Not every House Tully warrior is as naturally deadly as Blackfish’s Vanguard. That’s where the training of Ser Desmond Grell (The Valemen, 52) comes in handy. This character’s ability reads, “Challenges: Choose a House Tully character. That character gains deadly until the end of the phase. (Limit once per phase.)” In most situations, the mere presence of Ser Desmond Grell is enough to deter your opponent from defending. Since he can give a character the deadly keyword after your opponent has declared defenders, your opponent faces the threat of losing a character whenever he chooses to defend. Whether your opponent lets your challenges through or sacrifices his own characters to defend them, you’re sure to come out ahead. 

Of course, you don’t need to be content with the standard rewards for winning a challenge. Maester Vyman (The Valemen, 51) offers you an additional benefit when you win a challenge in which at least one House Tully character participated. After you win this challenge, you may reveal the top card of your deck and add it to your hand, bringing you new options without counting towards your draw cap. As an added bonus, Maester Vyman bears a Learned crest, offering you more potential control of your opponent’s actions by combining him with Outwit (The Isle of Ravens, 80). 

Take Command of Your House

The intrigues and battles of Westeros lie before you. Call your banners and prepare to make your bid for the Iron Throne. The Valemen Chapter Pack is now available at your local retailer!

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