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Gandalf
*****

Today, 12:54 AM by JonofPDX

Narya gives this guy an extra point of attack and defense as well as standing (and giving the same bonus to) another ally. 

 

Now I really want to try him!

Narya
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Today, 12:47 AM by JonofPDX

Easily up there with Vilya as one of the best Attachments in the game. And, in my opinion, a much more fun card to play (I’ve always found the Vilya-Engine decks tediously mechanical).

 

I think I like Cirdan as the target a little better than Hero Gandalf only because of the potential combo with Light of Valinor. But Hero Gandalf brings his own suite of powerful effects to the table and giving him a steady Leadership resource also makes him easier to use.

 

And, of course, you can’t overlook that this can be played on Hobbit Box Gandalf to huge effect. 7 resources is steep but at the end of it you are left with a 4/5/5/4 character that will apply his 4 Willpower every turn as well as being able to attack and defend. And he’ll stand another character up to attack or defend as well (Gildor+Burning Brand as a defender, for example). And if you can get him into play via Elf-Stone or Timely Aid…it gets crazy. Though you do need to have some threat management options available. 

Bard the Bowman
*****

Today, 12:00 AM by JonofPDX

Legolas's progress is often mostly wasted since I tend to have enough questing power to get through locations anyways.  Sure, it is progress and it helps, but in most occasions it isn't really that useful.   Bard works great with Hands Upon the Bow, making him able to kill many things in the staging area while you are questing that Legolas can't handle without weapon support.  

 

Legolas's best feature is his trait and the weapons it allows him.  When relying on FoeHammer to draw, it's just easier to pack your deck with the silvan weapons that offer so much more than the non-silvan weapons do.  

 

I do like to use Ally Legolas for the added draw though and Bard is a decent replacement even if his weapon choices (excluding the use of Elf-friend) are more limited.

 

We really need some non-Silvan/Nolder weapons.

 

I didn't much miss Ally Legolas since I was running Lore and Foe-Hammer for card draw but you make a good point--losing access to him could hurt if you didn't have another easy way to get cards. Plus, Arod can give you some of that progress back...

Idraen
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Yesterday, 10:04 PM by slothgodfather

She's like the Prince Imrahil of Spirit except with a repeatable standing effect and excellent traits - Ranger in particular.

Bard the Bowman
*****

Yesterday, 05:49 PM by slothgodfather

Legolas's progress is often mostly wasted since I tend to have enough questing power to get through locations anyways.  Sure, it is progress and it helps, but in most occasions it isn't really that useful.   Bard works great with Hands Upon the Bow, making him able to kill many things in the staging area while you are questing that Legolas can't handle without weapon support.  

 

Legolas's best feature is his trait and the weapons it allows him.  When relying on FoeHammer to draw, it's just easier to pack your deck with the silvan weapons that offer so much more than the non-silvan weapons do.  

 

I do like to use Ally Legolas for the added draw though and Bard is a decent replacement even if his weapon choices (excluding the use of Elf-friend) are more limited.

 

We really need some non-Silvan/Nolder weapons.

Grappling Hook
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Yesterday, 04:58 PM by JonofPDX

Pretty sure I’m alone here but I think this is my favorite card from the entire box. It’s not super flashy but it’s thematically hilarious and genuinely fills a hole in the meta that’s been there since Core.

 

The most common 2-player setup you see is people running one deck designed to engage and combat enemies (often with some Sentinel and/or Ranged characters to help out when the flop forces the other guy to take an enemy) and the other player running a deck designed to place progress and manage the non-enemy threats from the Encounter Deck.

 

But sometimes the Encounter Deck just doesn’t cooperate and it can often lead to the Combat-focused player having very little to do in a given turn. Now with a couple Grappling Hooks on hand you can easily turn that kind-of-boring, kind-of-annoying eventuality into a big Questing turn that can put a lot of progress on the board. Especially since it’s not uncommon for a Tactics Hero to be sitting on 5 or 6 attack by the middle of a game.

 

Great design, great theme, great card. 

Bard the Bowman
*****

Yesterday, 04:41 PM by JonofPDX

I've played around with Bard a bit but I've never found a real home for him. If he could make his attack into Staging without Great Yew Bow he would be BAMF but as is...I'm not seeing it. 

 

I would pretty much always prefer to run Legolas. Lower threat means you will have an easier time keeping things in Staging for when you can get the bow, Silvan trait means he synergizes with another Staging Area attacker (Haldir) and for 1 tactics resource you can give him Bard's power (Rivendell Blade). Plus--progress. 

 

Maybe we see some Esgaroth trait buffing in the future but I can't imagine it. 

 

Are you guys having better success with him? Am I missing something?

Idraen
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Yesterday, 04:29 PM by JonofPDX

^This.

 

Sure, her threat is certainly high. But she's in Spirit. If you're really concerned about it pair her with other low-threat Heroes (of which Spirit has a multitude of solid options). Or pack the deck with threat-reduction--also Spirit's thing. 

 

And don't forget that she makes a great splash in a combat-focused Tactics deck to give them easy-access to readying, cancellation and threat-reduction (not to mention the 2 willpower) without taking too much of a hit in combat-efficiency. 

 

Honestly she's a pretty decent Hero. I think the reason you don't see her played as often is that Spirit has a lot of really good Heroes. And Eowyn+Herugrim+Unexpected Courage is probably the better option unless your building a deck specifically to her strengths (Dunedain, Ranger or Location Control). 

Idraen
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Feb 10 2016 08:50 PM by slothgodfather

She has a built in readying effect and 3 attack power in spirit.  I feel that 11 is justified.  Of coarse she would be much better with the same stat line and only 9 threat, but that would fall outside of FFG's standard stat line = threat practice.  

Idraen
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Feb 10 2016 08:39 PM by crx3800
With the new song that favors Dunedain and Noldor, she gets impressive quick. She's another hero that can multitask as long as you can get progress on locations. With glorfindel, you can have two heroes quest and combat easily every turn.
Idraen
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Feb 10 2016 08:38 PM by crx3800
With the new song that favors Dunedain and Noldor, she gets impressive quick. She's another hero that can multitask as long as you can get progress on locations. With glorfindel, you can have two heroes quest and combat easily every turn.
Idraen
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Feb 10 2016 07:49 PM by ketermuls

This would have made a great threat 9 hero, but 11 is laughable.

Bard the Bowman
*****

Feb 10 2016 05:22 PM by Lohkabre

wow ^ The internet is a real mature place

Anchor Watch
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Feb 10 2016 04:16 PM by slothgodfather

@Jon - it is to defend against a single attack.  So you are combining shields.   I feel like this can be great against certain scenarios that have big attack values and you don't really want to chump block all the time.   The card is definitely interesting, but I agree that it isn't overwhelming. 

Grappling Hook
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Feb 10 2016 11:29 AM by Valdemart

Indeed this could be hilarious from a thematic perspective. However this is a 3x include whenever I am playing Legolas (Core) for he usually stands back and waits for an enemy to pop out of the encounter deck. This card allows him to be a power-quester for those few rounds that you get buried in locations. Also this doesn't happen more than 1-2 times per game, so it is a really good deal for 1 resource.

 

And if you think that the eagle combo is funny, just imagine using this on Beorn (Core ally) and then triggering his shape-shifting for the 5 attack bonus to the quest. Quiet orc camp on the hill and then suddenly a wild bear jumps over like Tarzan. Those times...

Mithlond Sea-watcher
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Feb 10 2016 02:31 AM by rmunn

Another possible combination with Lindon Navigator: Lindon Navigator quests and is discarded, then at the start of the Combat round before enemies' attacks are resolved, Mithlond Sea-Watcher fires off a Skyward Volley.

Mithlond Sea-watcher
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Feb 10 2016 02:25 AM by rmunn

Combines well with the Lindon Navigator. Resolve the quest, choose to discard the Navigator, and now the Mithlond Sea-Watcher has Ranged and 3 Attack. "Discard an attachment" shadow cards can spoil this plan, though.

Grappling Hook
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Feb 10 2016 02:22 AM by rmunn

One interesting thing to note is that Grappling Hook is not restricted. So it could be attached on, say, Vassal of the Windlord. This is ridiculously hilarious from a theme standpoint (I picture an eagle carrying a rope in his claws, the grappling hook trailing across the ground), but powerful from a mechanics standpoint. It would allow the Vassal to quest for 3 even on a non-battle quest, and still be available on a later turn to make an attack. (Or even on this turn if Narya readies him).

Anchor Watch
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Feb 10 2016 01:54 AM by joezim007
It sounds like you're using a single card to defend multiple enemies, but that's incorrect. This card allows you to declare multiple exhausted characters as defenders against a single attack... So it's kinda like Stand Together, except that it gives you restrictions on the number of defenders you can declare, and those defenders should already be exhausted. So it accounts for less pseudo reading, but it allows you to attack defense stats up to build a nice walk after a while. In general, though, I agree is not generally worthwhile, cuz it's halfway between reading and Stand Together and nobody plays Stand Together and you must likely won't get to play it with two copies in your deck, so it's not cost effective reading either.
Anchor Watch
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Feb 10 2016 01:31 AM by JonofPDX

EDIT: misread the card. 

 

Still think it's underwhelming but I think it fits better in a Noldor-Discard deck than I did previously (though you still need to get a Leadership Hero or use Narya/Vilya tricks...or just Song of Kings, I guess). 



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