House Stark. Loyal.
Location. Cost: 4.

The North. Winterfell.

Each character you control gets +1 STR.

Reaction: After a challenge is initiated, kneel Winterfell. Then, each player with a non-Winter plot card revealed cannot trigger card abilities until the end of the challenge.

Ted Nasmith
Wolves of the North #17.

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Rules FAQ

  • Winterfell prevents opponents from triggering card abilities, but it does not prevent occurrences mandated by the game, like "Forced Reactions", "Forced Interrupts", and "When Revealed". Likewise, as it only affects card abilities, it does not affect duplicates, which are defined as a triggered game ability. Finally, it only prevents triggered abilities, so it does not prevent anything that lacks a boldface precursor (e.g. keywords like Ambush or Renown, and constant abilities). However, it does stop pretty much everything else, including events. Since the limitation Winterfell places is on the player, not the cards themselves, it's not "restricted" to only affecting cards in play.

  • When a challenge is initiated, several things happen simultaneously: characters are declared and knelt, stealth is declared, etc. The first player has the first opportunity to trigger a Reaction to any of these changes in game state. For example, first player could trigger Ser Horas Redwyne, who knelt to attack, Then second player could trigger Winterfell. Next, first player might want to trigger Ghost, who declared stealth, but he doesn't have a Winter plot, so Winterfell now prevents him from doing triggering any further abilities.

  • An interrupt (like Treachery) resolves before its triggering condition does (That's why a card like Viserys [Core] can trigger - because his interrupt happens before he's actually killed). For example, when Winterfell is triggered but before it resolves, it is interrupted by Treachery. Treachery cancels it, so it never resolves. Also, because kneeling Winterfell is not part of the cost to trigger it, Winterfell does not kneel when cancelled.
When Tyrion is in play, and the Lannister is first player, i guess that if the first challenge initiated is an intrigue one, Tyrion has the time to activate his ability ? — Benji 321
@Benji yes, exactly. — Protikon 1
would this also mean that if my opponent has dracarys and is first player, he can burn one of my part chars when I initiate a challenge? So before I can use Winterfell? — Stoenas 88
No, as Tyrion's ability is a react responding to the same trigger, while Dracarys is an action needing an action window that hasnt occurred yet — SirLargeness 464
Does this stop Stealth? I'm not sure it does, but me and my GF aren't 100% sure. — Kitescreech 1
@Kitescreech Stealth is a keyword, and you'll see above that Winterfell does not stop keywords — scantrell24 2270
Is winterfell looking for the trait winter on an opponents plot card or a trait that is not winter? EG if i used old nan to make my opponents first snow of winter (winter plot) an Edict or summer or whatever. could they trigger effects? depending on which way you read it, it could be either way as they do have a none winter plot in this case. but if winterfell is looking for winter rather than none winter plot it would be a winter plot — clarky101 41
correction... if i use old nan to make it a summer traited plot as well as winter — clarky101 41
RR pg. 4 'The word "cannot" is absolute, and cannot be countermandated by other abilities'. so why forced are not affected by this card? they are still triggered abilities — hallas 1
Forced reactions are triggered by the game, not the player. Since winterfell is preventing the player not the game it still happens — clarky101 41
Can I use "Winter Is Coming" first then use Winterfell's reaction ability? — jtfied 1
Can we use "Winter Is Coming" then use Winterfell's reaction? — jtfied 1
@jtfied no. Winterfell needs no be knelt as the challenge is declared. Your action window is after the — Zed 1
If a revealed plot has more than one trait, one of which is not winter, can they trigger abilities? I read it as not as they have a non-winter plot even though it is winter as well. — blackkat96 9
FYI, Winterfell does not kneel if Treachery'd. It simply gets it's ability cancelled. — tonythetiger891 8
Official ruling: Winterfell imposes the "cannot trigger card abilities" restriction on players that have a non-Winter plot revealed at the time Winterfell is activated. If a player with a Winter plot later uses The Rains of Castamere to reveal a new, non-Winter plot, that player remains unaffected by Winterfell, and can still trigger card abilities. — mplain 171
If winterfell doesn't kneel when cancelled, does it mean you can activate it again (since we're still in the same "reaction-window")? — TheRobin 1
@TheRobin No, you can trigger a reaction once per triggering condition. For example, if Littlefinger is treacheried, can you trigger him again? No. — scantrell24 2270