Anyone see the new Illyrio spoiled on the FFG news section? That is a beast of a character if I ever saw one. I will thoroughly enjoy playing this in a summer deck with the Dragon Knights... -3 STR + kill effect AND a character, all for the bargain price of kneeling 2 influence. Ambush from the plains makes a lot of sense in this deck as well, given Illyrio is prone to being discarded as a an Ally.
I may even find a reason to slide the Titan's Bastard back into my deck. He bounces back to hand every time the opponent's weenie dies, which is prone to happen when I put Titan's Bastard into play for free. The trick is controlling the timing of cards hitting my own dead pile...may have to consider bumping Forever Burning back up to 3x.
So here's the combo...Forever Burning to a 2 STR character-->Titan's Bastard enters play and triggers Illyrio to kill the character-->Titan's Bastard returns back to hand. Reveal this on a Threat from the North round, and 3-STR characters are in range.
Man Illyrio is strong!
Oh yeah, and Young Griff is pretty OK too
Edit: I should mention what I love most about Illyrio, and what offers balance, is that he targets non-uniques. Finally a real reason to take a second look at even the cheap non-uniques like the refugees and 1-cost "chud" (to borrow a term from Rings).