A couple of days ago we got a rather interesting look at one of the more nuanced cards yet to arrive from the A Tale of Champions series. Best of all it’ll be coming out very soon in the “A Poisoned Spear” chapter pack!
Attachments and control
Attachments play a major role in deck design, as they provide some of the best control in the game. Milk of thePoppy (Core Set, 145) has long been a staple in many tournament decks because it can shut down the best characters your opponent can put on the field. Frozen Solid (Lords of Winter, 4) and Freezing Rain (Forging the Chain, 23) are great for blanking locations, and the recent addition of Bastard (Lions of the Rock, 39) has given players the ability to protect themselves from decks that make super characters by loading them with multiple attachments.
Seal of the Crown (A Poisoned Spear, 117) is one of the few attachments that attaches to your House card, protecting it from the simplest form of attachment removal, the death of the character to which an attachment is attached. If you’re not running an Agenda, Seal of the Crown allows every player to draw one additional card during the draw phase. This extra card counts towards your draw cap, so it won’t make a draw engine more powerful, but it will hurt anyone who is using a powerful draw engine.
When the Seal is in play, any time another card effect allows a player to draw a card, that player must also discard a card. This can be brutal against someone running multiple copies of Golden Tooth Mines (Core Set, 57), as each card is a separate effect that triggers the discard effect. Players might soon find themselves choosing not to trigger optional draw effects just to avoid having to choose a card to discard. Characters like Eddard Stark (The Tower of the Hand, 41) can still cancel an effect targeting a character with the Noble crest, but when the draw part of his ability triggers that player will have to discard a card as well. Unless a player gains multiple cards from a single draw effect, the Seal of the Crown limits that player’s card advantage from a raw number of options to simply being able to sort the best options early. Still, players will likely wonder if the cards they discard to the Seal of the Crown are the ones they’ll need later in the game.
There are still ways to get rid of the Seal of the Crown. Since it is a Condition attachment, characters like Maester Cressen (Core Set, 77) and Maester of Lemonwood (Beyond the Wall, 31) will discard it easily. Frozen Solid can blank the Seal, and there are any number of events that can discard an attachment. Yet while this card remains in play, each player will receive an additional card as a benefit, and you may even find certain players in a melee match doing what they can to help keep the Seal in play.
Is the quill mightier than the spear?
When confronted with A Poisoned Spear, a paper shield is not much protection. But when that paper can protect you from the strike in the first place, it can be powerful indeed.
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