My philosophy is also that having more fate on your characters is extremely good, and puts the onus on your opponent to win fast or lose the game. I put a minimum of 3 fate on my key character. Sometimes I place 4. This seems insane to people who have been taught to play 0 fate on small characters and 2 on large ones, but it results in my character still being on the board late when yours dies. I want to pass first and get an advantage in Fate, and have more Fate on my characters.
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The goal is to overwhelm your opponent through numbers and outmatch them in military conflicts. The dynasty deck has fifteen characters that cost one fate or less.
The overarching goal is to keep as many characters in play as you can. This allows you to pressure your opponent with enough bodies for simultaneous offense and defense. Just as critical as military conflicts to the Lion Clan is their honor.
If you can establish an honor advantage in the early stages of a game, the later stages become much easier. Characters like Obstinate Recruit, Steadfast Samurai, and Venerable Historian are disproportionately powerful as long as you are more honorable than your enemy, and Ikoma Prodigy and Honored General help you get there. Additionally, look to attack with Air and Fire during conflicts, as they directly gain honor or take it from your opponent.
Also be conservative with your honor dial during the Draw Phase. If you can consistently bid lower than your opponent, you will easily gain the honor advantage — especially if used in tandem with the Earth ring.
Out of the Core Set, some of the most powerful cards center around keywords. As such, an important part of the Lion card pool centers around the Bushi keyword. One such Bushi is Ikoma Eiji, who allows you to play three cost or lower Bushi for free. Further playing to this theme is For Greater Glory, which gives you another turn of conflicts with your Bushi characters. Triggering these critical effects should be a priority. See the Lion Clan in action in our How To Play video, and follow along as we use them in both deck building videos in Chapter 1!
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Alexfrog's Way of the Lion
Edit After the Tournament of the Kami , Akodo went out in search of men and women worthy to stand beside him and protect the Emperor. Led by Ikoma and Kitsu , the Lion clan grew slowly. Akodo was not satisfied. The Lady Matsu , who was possibly the greatest mortal warrior of the time, had not come to be tested. When he finally convinced her to fight, the sky and the earth were said to have shaken.
Way of the Lion
The Way of the Lion