Focusing less on the Lords and Ladies of the Seven Kingdoms than those who serve them, A Clash of Arms permits trait manipulation with Old Nan and manipulates your opponents ability to defend themselves from Ser Lancel Lannisters part in any number of schemes. The Queen of Dragons gains the services of the uniquely talented Arstan Whitebeard, and Salladhor Saan sails in the service of House Baratheon.
Even among the cycle's nobility, you'll find ever-popular characters like Jhalabar Xho, as well as legendary figures like Rhaegar Targaryen , whose time to shine in the competitive scene may soon arrive.
As the battles of A Clash of Arms rage across the realm of Westeros, the Great Houses muster their armies for Epic Battles . The cycle includes several Epic Battle events like The Battle of the Blackwater, all of which create an epic phase that follows the turns dominance phase and foster this new phases additional, high-stakes struggles. These Epic Battles can allow you to put a character into play from your hand in addition to the challenge normal claim or, like The Battle of the Whispering Wood , permit both Military claim and targeted kill. Like the battles whose names they bear, these events can change the shape of the Seven Kingdoms.
A Clash of Arms also features the To Be and Compelled events. Each of the games six Great Houses finds one of each of these powerful event types. When you have a plot with the appropriate trait in your used plot pile, the To Be events trigger powerful abilities from bringing your characters back from the dead pile to searching your deck for the card of your choice. Meanwhile, the Compelled events present their own, authoritative stamp upon the game as each of them reinforces its Houses core identity with a unique game effect, and many of them grow stronger when paired with the cycles Bannerman characters.