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    Default Looking for thoughts on dealing with too many Giants

    Without resorting to the Mountain that rides, what are you using to deal with Giants? In particular looking for ideas that are compatible with a general strategy and a tweak counter that would handicap in normal play.

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    Pyromancers aren't a bad choice
    Jaime + MM can throw enough hits out that he can put them down.
    Flanking them with Knights of the Rock can also do the trick.

    If anything, the The Mountain That Rides is a bad matchup against the Giant - he can only deal 2 wounds to the giant (or 4 if he rolls all sixes) and the Giant is very likely to squish him in return.

    Counterintuitively, throwing Guardsmen or something into combat with a Giant and then never attacking it can also be a good way of dealing with them - if it's undamaged it won't be dealing that much damage and you can probably lock it in combat for most of the game.

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    Pyromancer Melee is great if you can boost their attack a bit. They have crap defense anyway so don't really care about the gian's ability. If Joffrey is your commander, one of his cards will boost their attacks insanely.

    The Poor Fellows can really hurt a giant with a faith token, but will die too if they don't finish it.

    Otherwise, Crossbowmen can put enough wounds for a unit of Lannister Knights to finish it off with a timely charge.
    Last edited by Oakwolf; 09-05-2019 at 02:23 PM.

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    I think units should be restricted.... it is too much rock scissor paper

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    It didn't start that way, most things were "soft counters" but we're seeing more "hard counter" things popping out, which i guess is normal if they want to diversify the factions. The most obvious (to me at least) right now is morale. Army lists that focus on morale can be seriously countered by the units available nowadays, and some lists are all but immune to it.

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    but whats wrong with limiting stuf.... i dont wanna fight a competitive battle vs 4 giants

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    What's funny is that they limited Scorpion Crews to 2 per army, but not Giants.

    In any case, if you have access to Vulnerable (through the tactic board or another mechanic), the giants will fall quickly. Sundering is another great way of getting those wounds in. Then flanking it is not too hard either.

    No units will come out of a fight with a giant unscathed (well...almost none), but that's how it should be too. They do cost 7pts each, after all and won't contest objectives very well with the coming rule changes.

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    Personally, I'd rather fight four Giants any day over an army of 8 Raiders. At least Giants are worth points. But yeah, each army has a problem unit, but I (as a Stark player) find that the Lannisters have unique ways of solving various problems, you just gotta get creative.

    As I'm sure Oakwolf can testify, I hate the over use of Umber units in Starks, but they are not difficult to deal with, you just have to get creative. Same with Freefolk Giants, Bolton Flayed Men, or Nightswatch anything.

    One of the rudest thinks a Stark player can do to you is charge you with Umber Greataxes, led by a Sworn Sword Captain. Missed saves generate extra hits, plus Vulnerable, your pretty much dead. How to counter this? Out manuver them, or weakness tokens. Giants swing a single dice and kill a crap tone of dudes? Weakness may help, unlikely but better than nothing, otherwise just hold out. Flayed Men are terrifying on a charge, but they are just like any other calvery, just slower. Nightswatch are no issue, Jon Snow and his NCU's are the issue.

    The big issue with Lannisters against these groups tend to be how you approach them. And my favorite answer to this is usually Tywin Lannisters: Lord of Casterly Rock. Can he prevent calvery or Giants from having !ultiple wounds? No, but he can slower their roll like a mud slide, and spitting out weakened tokens with Pycel makes it all the better.

    So have fun with that bit of information.

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    Yeah Tywin can seriously annoy Free Folk

    While Giants don't usually care too much for weakness tokens (2+, even with a forced re-roll, is kind of easy), they really do care for what Tywin+Pycell can pull off from them:

    Lannister intimidation will completely neutralize a giant's offensive power for a complete round.

    Exploit Weakness: perhaps useless vs giants, but i wonder if the +2 additional wounds for spending a weakened require rolls of 1s on the re-roll?
    Last edited by Oakwolf; 09-08-2019 at 09:44 AM.

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    From my understanding, the way exploit weakness works is: enemy attacks(result irrelavent to the card), you spend the weakened tokens to force a reroll, result is a 1, first ability of tactics card is in effect, and because the token was spent, then second effect triggers, result in(for a giant) 3 automatic wounds being dealt. Far more devastating and reliable against other units but still useful.

    Lannisters Intimidation: far more useful against Giants, ok against other units.

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    Sounds about right. In any case, you can always go wild and hire Lannister Knights lead by Gregor Clegane. Few giants will survive: D3 wounds + 9 dice with critical blow and sundering, re-rolled. If the giant is Vulnerable it's an almost guaranteed kill.
    Last edited by Oakwolf; 09-08-2019 at 09:49 AM.

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    One important thing is to not try and chip the wounds of the giant away. If you are on an objective marker with a unit of guards, you should never ever attack the giant. Try to kill the giants in one blow with KoCR or MM and the help of cersei, the crown, vulnerable etc. Pick one giant to kill per round and focus on that one.

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    Another, arguably more helpful Commander is Tyrion. Using him, you can actually have. Let's say the mountain in kocr unit perform multiple charges in a turn given the right set up. Not be sure when facing Giants, you wait till they act first so there is no fear of retaliation.

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