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Gandalf Hero

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So I am already suspecting that we will get a hero version of Gandalf before the Ring Cycle is over. Any leads, thughts, anticipation, fears? ;-)

I for one will really be happy when they make him!

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Bring it on!  Along with Varya...then you can have all three elven ring-bearers for an epic deck of ultra-brokenness.  

 

But...how the heck are they going to balance a Gandalf hero?  He's ridiculously powerful.

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What i would really like in "The Road Darkens" is to get a new Boromir ally so i can play the entire fellowship in a 2P game but also to get a new Gandalf Ally version. Though i would happily accept a Gandalf Hero.

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Makes all the sense we get Boromir ally in the Road Darkens. I had been saying that for a long time now. You need the Fellowship and both hero versions of Boromir come in different expansions. Gandalf hero makes all the sense as well.

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Gandalf as a hero seems most likely in the saga expansions to me. (Possibly as a real hero, maybe only as a saga specific hero).

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Surely since every deck must feature a gandalf ally he would still be playable as a hero and an ally? Unless they errata it.

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Surely since every deck must feature a gandalf ally he would still be playable as a hero and an ally? Unless they errata it.

As op as that would be, a new Gandalf ally would most likely be unique. So the hero and the ally would not be playable at the same time because they have the same name, even though they are different card types.

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Surely since every deck must feature a gandalf ally he would still be playable as a hero and an ally? Unless they errata it.

 

Every deck doesn't have to use a Gandalf ally. That's how the original decks are set up in the core set - but when you start building them yourself you can leave out Gandalf if you wish (I often do).

If a player was running Gandalf as hero you would be unable to play your Gandalf ally cards if the hero was in play. (I think technically you could play them and then choose one of the cards to leave play - but that's pretty wasteful).

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Oh didn't realise that. I thought the rulebook stated that it had to contain one in the deck customization section. May take mine out then. Though he is useful for lowering threat

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Bring it on!  Along with Varya...then you can have all three elven ring-bearers for an epic deck of ultra-brokenness.  

 

But...how the heck are they going to balance a Gandalf hero?  He's ridiculously powerful.

According to the books, Galadriel was more powerfull than Gandalf, but they found a way to represent her very accurately. Ok after her show on destroying dol guldur, which is way back from the game era, she never made any real appearences so they made the trick and she looks great. I am sure they will come up something for Gandalf

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Well, we've gotten Vilya and now we're getting Nenya with Galadriel. If we do get a Gandalf hero at some point, I assume this means that Narya should come one day as well. Vilya grants the free play of cards, while Nenya allows Galadriel to add her willpower. What should Narya do? The ring of fire was said to have the power of helping to remove weariness and helping to inspire people against despair. What would that look like in game terms?

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Removing weariness sounds like readying to me.  Inspiring people against despair sounds like a stat boost.  Imagine a personal, transferable Unexpected Courage, that can ready nearly anybody or give anyone a stat boost during any action window.  If he gets a ring that does anything like that, he'll be ridiculous.  But then again, he'd better be, otherwise everyone else at the table will be annoyed that they can't play their Gandalf allies.  ;)

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Shadowfax: Attach to Gandalf.  Action: Exhaust Shadowfax.  Until the end of the round, each player may have a copy of Gandalf under their control.
"It's like he's everywhere at once" 

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Shadowfax: Attach to Gandalf.  Action: Exhaust Shadowfax.  Until the end of the round, each player may have a copy of Gandalf under their control.

"It's like he's everywhere at once" 

 

This would be so broken with the Hobbit Gandalf.

It's a neat idea but I don't think it would work.

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Shadowfax: Attach to Gandalf.  Action: Exhaust Shadowfax.  Until the end of the round, each player may have a copy of Gandalf under their control.

"It's like he's everywhere at once" 

 

This would be so broken with the Hobbit Gandalf.

It's a neat idea but I don't think it would work.

 

I know these things don't always come across on the forums, but it was a joke :D

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Shadowfax: Attach to Gandalf.  Action: Exhaust Shadowfax.  Until the end of the round, each player may have a copy of Gandalf under their control.

"It's like he's everywhere at once" 

 

This would be so broken with the Hobbit Gandalf.

It's a neat idea but I don't think it would work.

 

I know these things don't always come across on the forums, but it was a joke :D

 

It did amuse me, I knew you understood the game to well to suggest it seriously :P

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Grandspleen, your suggestion is actually completely thematic and I think could work if they make the wording airtight.  However, I am in the camp of not making him a hero as well, at least not any time soon.  We have plenty of high threat, high powered heroes, I would rather see some of the other traits fleshed out with lower or mid cost heroes.

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