Over the past couple weeks here the TC website has had much discussion regarding whether ally characters are playable, whether condition attachments should be played, and how many duplicates you should run of unique characters. Well I’m not going to throw any more fuel on those fires. However, those discussions have inspired me to revisit my Lannister Trait Manipulation deck that I had built and played during last year’s Regional season. With all the new goodies that Lanny has received over the past couple months I figured is there really a better time to consider playing these scheming Lions of Lannister?

So, the first thought for the deck is that I don’t want to rely on any one card for the trait manipulation. Like any other tournament level deck you need to have multiple ways to accomplish your goal. The goal for this deck being to manipulate the traits on opponent’s characters and to punish him for having those traits. Seeing as how there’s not really an abundance of trait hate cards in the environment you will also need other forms of control. Something that Lannister has in spades with their kneel effects. But first thing’s first…where to start with the main theme.

The Maester’s Path is a great agenda to start with. It gives you immediate access to Copper Link, one of the main cards that we will use to add traits to opponents characters. It will also give access to other great attachments with effects that Lannister does not normally have access to such as attachment discard, str reduction, and icon manipulation. We won’t use all of the chains available, but the best ones that are suited for the task as hand. For now we’ll plan on Copper Link, Valyrian Steel Link, Bronze Link, Steel Link, Pale Steel Link, Lead Link and Tin Link.

To run the Maester’s Path you will obviously need Maester characters. The number of chains you put on the agenda will determine how many Maester characters you will need to run. For this deck just a few will suffice, and Lanny has access to some really nice ones.  So we’ll go with Maester Creylen, Grand Maester Pycell, and Qyburn. For some neutral help we’ll go with Oldtown Scholar, and The Conclave. Both of which are nice characters. The Scholar being a good cheap option that will help setup and the gold curve and The Conclave being a high STR character with a good ability that gets cheaper the more maesters you have on the board. Also, no Maester deck would be complete without Maester Aemon(Core).

 

Now that we have a good base from where to start, we need more manipulation. Let’s go with a nice combo that I used to great effect last year: You Killed the Wrong Dwarf and Lion’s Gate. This will turn any non-Noble character into a great target for Dissension or Aerys Oakheart. Another solid card that we can use here is Old Nan. Yes she is out of house and will cost 4 gold but for this deck(and Lannister in general) it will be OK. There will probably a few OOH cards in this deck so we’ll use Alliance to nullify some of those gold penalties when we need it. Lastly is another good plot card for this archetype – The Songs of Bael the Bard. With this, once again you can give any non-Noble the trait of your choice. Good for when you need an ally for KL Varys as the Songs lasts the entire round.

Lastly, time to throw in the control cards that will help you to win the game. Dissension is the cream of the crop here, allowing you to discard 2 Refugees or 1 Ally during Marshaling. A House Divided is a new card for Lannister that allows you to put a character back on top of your opponent’s deck whenever they play a character with a matching trait. This can be great against certain houses like Bara where they will be playing lots of Lord characters, or if you opponent is playing an agenda such as TMP or either of the North agendas. Just anticipate what they will play and give that trait during the marshaling phase. Abandoned Fort is another card from House Stark that lets you return an attacking House Bolton character to it’s owner’s hand. It can be very good as a way to force your opponent to over commit characters to a challenge and since you will be able to make any attacker a House Bolton at will, this is a no-brainer.  Then we’ll stick in the staples that have been mentioned earlier: KL Varys, Aerys Oakheart, and maybe even Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis for added uncancellable discard. This should be the bulk of the trait manipulation in the deck, now just stick in some standard Lanny kneel effects and let’s see what we came up with.

 

Lanny Trait Hate

House (1)
House Lannister (Core) x1

Agenda (1)
The Maester’s Path (GotC) x1

Character (32)
Brothel Gurad (LotR) x2
Old Nan (BoRF) x2
Carrion Bird (ASoS) x3
Enemy Informer (Core) x3
Grand Maester Pycelle (Core) x1
Lannisport Steward (Core) x2
Lannisport Weaponsmith (Core) x2
Maester Aemon (Core) x1
Maester Creylen (FtC) x1
Mountain Refugee (RoW) x3
Oldtown Scholar (FtC) x2
Qyburn (SaS) x1
Ser Amory Lorch (LotR) x1
Ser Arys Oakheart (PotS) x1
Ser Jaime Lannister (TftH) x1
Tommen Baratheon (SA) x1
Varys (SaS) x1
The Conclave (CbtC) x2
Daario Naharis (WLL) x1
Ser Jorah Mormont (WLL) x1

Location (18)
Abandoned Fort (RoR) x2
Golden Tooth Mines (Core) x3
Lannisport Brothel (Core) x1
Lannisport Treasury (LotR) x2
Lion’s Gate (ASoS) x3
Queen Cersei’s Chambers (Core) x1
River Row (QoD) x1
Shadowblack Lane (Core) x1
Street of Sisters (Core) x1
The Goldroad (Core) x3

Event (9)
Dissension (QoD) x3
A House Divided (WLL) x3
You’ve Killed the Wrong Dwarf! (Core) x3

Attachment (10)
Pyromancer’s Cache(TWot5K) x3
Bronze Link (FtC) x1
Copper Link (GotC) x1
Pale Steel Link (FtC) x1
Steel Link (TIoR) x1
Tin Link (CbtC) x1
Valyrian Steel Link (HtS) x1
Lead Link (CbtC) x1

Plot (7)
Alliance (PotS) x1
At the Gates (GotC) x1
Retaliation! (ASoSilence) x1
Search and Detain (HtS) x1
Valar Morghulis (Core) x1
The Songs of Bael the Bard (AKitN) x1
Fortified Position (LoW) x1

Now this is just a rough draft of course. It’s sitting at 62 cards right now so there is still some fat to be trimmed. It still needs play testing to see the validity of some of the new cards. Anyone out there feel free to throw this together and test if for yourself! If you do, let me know how things go.