Absolutely shocked that Balin is of the leadership sphere (thought he was a lock for spirit); but what a good card although. Lower starting threat, decent stats, and a pretty great ability IMO. Almost a pity the 3 leadership dwarves are all soo good because when deckbuilding one of them is gonna have to take the axe to have access to another sphere.
Also while not directly spoiled, looking at the deck lists we can see that there are ally versions of Bifur, Dwalin, and Gloin. While this was pretty much expected, it gives us a better chance at assuming which sphere they belong too. If I had to guess id say they remain the same color as their hero versions were…still no sight of Oin although….(maybe he's the last spirit hero?!)
As for the player cards, I like the combo between the two of them but not sure I'd make the space for it in most decks. Dwarfs have better draw power through lore with Ori and legacy of durin, but I can see King under the Mountain having space in a Leadership spirit deck where you can use will of the west to replace the cards lost from the effect. To me! My kinsmen! Cards seems a little too situational but may be clutch for a necessary placement of Miner of the iron hills, erebor hammersmith, kili or fili, and even a well timed longbeard Orc slayer (ok so maybe this card seems better the more I think about it)
What do u guys think? Shocked as I was Balin is leadership? Who's the spirit hero? Do the player cards stink or are they sweet?