I’ve been sleeping with the book under my pillow (yes, I’ve got more neck problems than if I was dating Frank Ocean), and figured I’d give everyone a recap of how last season ended!
The official trailer gave us a nice format, so let’s use it.
(Most of the information is based on the show, but a few details are filled in from the books and may be changed in the new season.)
We start off with Cersei and Jaime Lannister in King’s Landing. (Circled above.)
Season 6 ended with Cersei blowing up the Sept of Baelor
And with it the High Sparrow (fictional pope), Kevan Lannister (her uncle), Maergery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, and Lord Tyrell.
These were the last people in King’s Landing putting a check on her power.
Her plan was to have full control of her son (the King), but he killed himself after realizing he’s the spawn of a Maleficent-wannabe.
Sooooo she proclaimed herself Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
While Cersei was auditioning for the next shitty Huntsman movie, Jaime was crushing the rebels (insert Darth Vader breathing sounds).
Except he’s trying to be a better person, so he looks understandably pissed when he shows up in King’s Landing and sees all the shit Cersei did.
Now, they’re together in King’s Landing and Cersei starts rattling off about all the enemies they (read: she) has.
ENEMIES TO THE EAST
Daenerys has landed in Westeros, Storm’s End to be specific.
(FUCKING FINALLY. IT ONLY TOOK 21 YEARS.)
In S6 she killed off the Khal’s (the leaders of the Dothraki), and basically became Jesus to the savage brown people when they saw her survive the fire.
Then she set sail with her 12- er 6- Apostles.
She has the Dothraki (brown savages), her Unsullied (black slave soldiers), and her mercenaries.
On her way she also meets up with the Greyjoy and Tyrell fleets, so basically everyone supports/worships this blonde chick showing up to ruthlessly murder and conquer.
ENEMIES TO THE SOUTH
South of King’s Landing are The Reach and Dorne.
The Reach is the land of the Tyrell’s, and only Olenna’s immortal ass is still alive.
She’ll probably become irrelevant after giving her family’s army to Daenerys, but god damn it I want her snarky ass to burn Cersei worse than the wildfire did her own grandchildren.
Dorne is the home of the Martell’s, and are currently led by Ellaria Sand (The Viper’s widow). She wants revenge for the death of her lover.
The Martell’s have also historically been close to the Targaryen’s, but I really think this is a war waged entirely for Pedro Pascal’s sexy ass.
ENEMIES TO THE WEST
To the West of King’s Landing are the the Iron Islands, currently led by the personification of fragile male egos.
Seriously, Euron Greyjoy (Uncle of Theon and Yara) is what happens when an awkward weeb grows up to be somewhat successful.
“I AM THE STORM.”
Melodramatic - Check.
God complex - Check.
No real life plan - Check.
Wants to marry the out of his league white girl - Check.
The only thing we know for sure is that he is rebuilding the Iron Islands’ fleet and raiding all of the western coast of Westeros, including Old Town where Samwell Tarly is currently studying to become a maester.
ENEMIES TO THE NORTH
Jon Snow and Sansa Stark killed (read: fed him to his dogs) Ramsay Bolton.
The Northern Lords proclaimed Jon the King in the North, and Sansa was all for it.
He was also revealed to be the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, which means he’s the heir to the Iron Throne, Daennery’s nephew, and Sansa’s cousin.
The only hiccup there is that Littlefinger is still whispering in Sansa’s ear. He wants her to take ownership of The North for herself so that he can marry her and gain power through her.
Not creepy at all.
Oh and Arya is an edgy teenager on a murder spree.
Now for anyone that wants to tell me this show isn’t interesting cause it’s not realistic or some dumb shit I don’t care about: the main bad guys are literally blue eyed white demons (no relation to the Yu-Gi-Oh dragons) that want to kill everythin
When this card is targeted for an attack: You can negate the attack, and if you do, change the battle position of this card, then you can Special Summon 1 “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard. During either player’s turn, when a card or effect is activated that targets this face-up card (except during the Damage Step): You can Special Summon 1 “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard. You can only use 1 “Maiden with Eyes of Blue” effect per turn, and only once that turn.
Can Be Found In: Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon Structure Deck (SDBE-EN006)
In a time the game is completely dominated by Extra Deck strategies and Effect Monsters, “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” still remains as one of the most devastating monsters in the game. It might lack effects like any other Normal Monster, but its high ATK as well support options makes it viable from its own build to even assist mixed tactics. From getting several paths to arrive on the field to being in a material role, “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” is the oldest monster in the game and still able to match recent mechanics.
“Maiden with Eyes of Blue” is one of the options “Blue-Eyes” can take for be brought to the field as well a reference to Kisara from the original series. Despite her complete lack of stats, she will take two roles in a deck arround the legendary dragon. If “Maiden” is targeted by an attack will change position and bring “Blue-Eyes” from any place except banished. Same will happen if she gets targetted by an effect (Before the effect resolves and outside Damage Step) excluding the battle postion change. The purpose comes of being a Tuner, covering her weak stats as well having another purpose after using her abilities. Overall, a creature which can either bait the opponent to strike or be targeted by any sort of effect (Regardless of user) for bring the strongest Normal Monster on the field.
In a deck completely arround “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” is hard to say there’s something left for bring “Maiden” on the field, as she’s more one of the many tools we can obtain at any moment and play to summon the Dragon. A good option is to bring her from the deck itself by “One for One”, arriving without need to wait to be drawn. A great way to support “Maiden” is to be played with Spellcasters along few yet important “Blue-Eyes” options. Doing so cards like “Apprentice Magician”, “Magician’s Circle”, and “Spellbook of Life” becomes one of the many methods to bring “Maiden” to the field.
Due the ability to summon “Blue-Eyes” when targetted by an attack or effect, is more likely that the opponent will avoid “Maiden” at all costs or get rid of her by untargetable effects. Fortunately, “Maiden” can also trigger the arrival of “Blue-Eyes” if she’s targeted by our own effects. Cards like “Safe Zone” or “Forbidden Dress” not only assists “Maiden” but also trigger the summon of “Blue-Eyes” inmediately. Same will do if we use cards commonly aimed towards the enemy, as cards like “Fiendish Chain” or “Compulsory Evacuation Device” will target her and bring the Dragon right before their effects resolve. The option to mix both “Maiden” and “Blue-Eyes” with Spellcasters also increases the number of options, going from being equipped by “Wonder Wand” for obtain additional cards after summoning the Dragon or “Spellbook of Wisdom” protecting her from global effects in the process.
“Maiden with Eyes of Blue” is a great option to summon “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” right on the first turn, but requires full knowledge of how she works. In most circumstances she’ll be targeted by our own effects right when she’s on the field, as the opponent can either go arround it with certain tools or simply ignore her. Although literally has no stats, fortunately her Tuner status makes her possible to Synchro summon with the freshly summoned “Blue-Eyes” to bring a creature such as “Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon”. “Maiden” overall is pretty well-rounded to become a staple tool arround “Blue-Eyes”, but we must accept that under most circumstances she’ll achieve her goal by our own actions rather the opponent’s.
Personal Rating: A-
+ Summons “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” when attacked or targeted by an effect
+ We can activate her effect by our own card effects against her
+ Being Tuner allows her to leave the field out of danger with a Synchro summon
- In most situations she’ll require our own cards to activate her effect