We're just about a week away from the 1.5 update for the A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. As players are wondering what will change, CMON has a new preview out, taking a look at a Stark and Lannister unit that will be getting some changes made. Have yourselves a look.
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We’re less than a week away from our release of the 1.5 Update for A Song of Ice and Fire Tabletop Miniature Game, and while last time we said that was going to be our last article looking into that release, we’ve had such an overwhelming response we decided to surprise you with one more - we know how long a week can feel when you’re eagerly awaiting it to pass!
Today we’re going to look at two more units that will be receiving some tweaks in 1.5, one for Lannister and one for Stark. Lots to talk about so let’s get right to it!
Joffrey’s Kingsguard are receiving some quality-of-life improvements in 1.5. For their points, they boast more unique abilities and raw power than any other unit in the game. Of course, this came at a number of drawbacks, specifically, two primary ones: If Joffrey himself was destroyed it he grants additional Victory Points and causes rippling Panic through your army, and the unit itself cannot be healed in any way. While the nature of the Kingsguard is risk-vs-reward ("here is my incredibly powerful unit, I dare you to come try to kill it") the fact they had no sustain (outside the general Lannister methods, plus one of Joffrey’s own cards) meant that as long as they were focused by an opponent they would eventually be taken down - and even if was a tough job to do so, it was often worth the effort for the opponent.
In 1.5 we’ve removed the restriction that the Kingsguard could never be healed, giving them back a level of sustain on par with other units. Of course, they still have the drawback of only being comprised of 8 Wounds, but that aspect is more than mitigated by their other benefits, from cost to the usage of their Baratheon Banners.