The refined Elhazard issued commands from his seat as his soldiers were engaged in brutal combat. His apparent enjoyment at watching warriors slaughter each other earned him the name of "The Mad Tactician". To him, war was like a lethal game of chess. He carefully plotted his strategy and made calculated sacrifices in order to defeat the enemy leader and claim victory. There was no greater thrill than seeing a perfectly executed plan come to fruition.
Added on June 8, 2014 as a part of Dragon's Hoard 2 BOX Card Pack.
- Rereleased on November 12, 2014 as a Returning UR in the Dragon's Hoard 5 BOX Card Pack.
Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain; one of the top chess players of a particular country.
Checkmate (often shortened to mate) is a game position in chess in which a player's king is in check (threatened with capture) and there is no way to remove the threat. Checkmating the opponent wins the game. In chess the king is never actually captured – the game ends as soon as the king is checkmated.
The term "checkmate" is an alteration of the Persian phrase "shāh māt" which means, literally, "the King is helpless". Shāh means "monarch" and "māt" is an adjective for "at a loss", "helpless", or "defeated". In modern parlance, the term checkmate is a metaphor for an irrefutable and strategic victory.
Artwork by Thitipon Dicruen.