Emperor Edition Themes: Scorpion – Paragons of Loyalty

Of all the clans and their themes that we have previewed this far, this clan sickens me.  Virtuous?  Don’t make me laugh.  But that is exactly what the Scorpion are, to themselves and to the Empress.  While the Crane was the Emperor’s Left Hand and the Lion his right, the …

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Emperor Edition Themes: Lion – Shadow of the Pride

The Lion clan has always been feared on the battlefield. The Akodo are master tacticians; The Matsu are master warriors; The Kitsu are master Shugenja; The Ikoma are master historians. The Akodo and the Matsu families typically are the front lines of the vaunted Lion armies, but the Ikoma have …

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Emperor Edition Themes: Crane – Protectors of the Temples

While honor is nothing new to the Crane, this theme certainly is.  The Asahina family haven’t been as prominently promoted in the game as the Kakita, Doji, and Daidoji families but they just as important. The Arrow Knows the Way The Asahina family was originally Phoenix.  Isawa Asahina was the …

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Emperor Edition Themes: Phoenix – The Path of Man

Ah, the Path of Man, now this is a theme I can deal with. The Asako family is one that has had many personalities printed for it but mostly they have been shugenja.  Most of the Asako monks that have been printed have been bloodspeakers.  That makes predicting what the …

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Emperor Edition Themes: Mantis – Spirits of Kitsune Mori

  Back in Fire and Shadow at the end of the Jade Arc, Yoritomo’s Alliance was coming apart at the seams. The Fox clan (Kitsune family) had decided to try and split from the Alliance thanks to the intervention of the Crane. It still welcomed other ‘minor’ clans of the …

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Emperor Edition Themes: Spider – Minions of the Shadow Dragon

I’m sure your wondering why the Kolat care about the Faceless Shadow?  Well, you must know how to fight which cannot be seen. The last Open World Championships in L5R was the final battle at Oblivion’s Gate, where the Great Clans fought against the Shadow.  The event was won by …

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Emperor Edition Themes: Crab – Economic Warfare

Several weeks ago, AEG began releasing their planned themes for each clan for Emperor Edition.  Today, I begin a review of each of those themes. Economic Warfare is a fairly new theme in L5R.  Right now the Mantis seem to have a monopoly on this theme.  Currently they employ an …

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Celestial Disfavor

  While I have been a long time fan of Legends of the Five Rings CCG, there are a few things that bothered me during this Arc: The Celestial Name As a Kolat, this obviously bothered me. The age of man came to a crashing halt at the end of …

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Celestial Favor

While the Celestial Arc has not been my favorite arc, it has produced some great building blocks for the future: Tournament Balance This is one of the things that I think DT got right. Every clan has at least 1 tournament playable deck this arc, most have 2, and some …

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