The shadow card itself is in play, yes? There is plenty of text in the manual that refers to shadow cards as "in play." But the rest of the card is ignored and not considered "in play" if that card is dealt as a shadow card.
Pg. 6 of the manual, in the description of shadow effects, the shadow effect and the "in play" effect of a card are considered separate:
"11. Shadow Effect Icon: If a card has a shadow
effect, that effect is denoted by this icon, which also
serves to separate the shadow effect from the card’s in
Also clarified in the FAQ pg 8:
"Q: What happens to Banks of the Anduin (CORE 113)
if it is drawn as a Shadow card?
A: It will be discarded from play at the end of the
combat phase, like other Shadow cards. When a card
is drawn as a Shadow card, only its Shadow text is
considered to be active."
Edited by GrandSpleen, 16 October 2013 - 07:27 PM.