Palantir is just a thematic win but a terrible card s gameplay perspective
Oh, this is interesting. I totally agree about how well the theme is represented by the card, and also about how difficult it is to make the card work for your deck. I have had some sort of success in the past but it was a great labour to achieve, I basically had to dedicate the entire deck-building to this one mechanic, which in the end does not win you anything. So I abandoned it a long time ago, hoping that one day the card will spring back to action.
For me it is obvious. Tactics Boromir is a great thematic card. Core Gandalf too, even the Hobbit version with the raising of the threat when he lingers. Then, hero Denethor, now Galadriel too. I really like Miruvor and the idea beyond Rivendell Minstrel. I wish Master of the Forge had better stats but would only bring weapons and/or items -- I feel that was a big thematic miss.