Winning by Losing House Martell in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Will Lentz on Losing to Win with House Martell

House Martell can be, without a doubt, one of the trickiest factions for players to wrap their minds around. A Game of Thrones: The Card Game is largely about careful, back-and-forth maneuvering through challenges, with sudden bursts of crushing impact. For most factions, this involves calculating their wins and losses during these challenges—judging where they can get the biggest impact and what they can afford to lose.

House Martell, of course, does the same thing, but their perspective is different. Like a viper in the grass at the feet of the other factions, Martell is seeing the same battlefield, but with a viewpoint that shows different opportunities and drawbacks. And while other factions look to the field they know, a subtle Martell player may strike with an opportunity that their opponent never saw coming.

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