Angus Lee said:
… perhaps someone can enlighten me on how you can use it and him more efficiently?
If Gandalf stays a whole round you can exhaust him in the refresh phase just before he leaves play. But still very dependent on the situation…..
Correct. So this Gandalf can quest (without exhausting), then attack or defend, ready in refresh phase, then exhaust to use Word of Command, and leave play at the end of the refresh phase (without paying the 2 threat cost). It may be useful if you need a card, though it requires a combo and the cost in resource is quite high (it is balance for searching for a card, IMHO).
Ahhhh, thanks for the reminder. I was overlooking the refresh action and thinking in terms of using him with Sneak Attack (I rarely seem to pay for him outright)… That almost makes the "new" Gandalf even more potent (it does, actually), and gives him the potential for 3 actions per turn (quest, defend/attack, then search). Loses the initial splash of the original, but has some serious turn-altering implications.
I agree with boored that there just isn't a huge number of "must-have" cards to search for yet, and haven't played with WoC for that reason yet. I expect we will see that change as sets are added and they continue to put out character-specific cards (Vilya, Light, Asfoloth, etc), even as we see Radagast's usefullness increase as other creatures coime out…
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