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Unique Ally Championship 2015

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Presenting the Unique Ally Championship 2015!

The heroes championship we usually see each year on the forums is so fun and interesting that I decided to do one for unique allies while we wait for Across the Ettenmoors to arrive.

 

This tournament includes unique allies up to and from Land of Shadow and Escape from Mount Gram. Whilst I probably should have done so, there is no seeding and all starting positions are completely random. I would rather allies of different costs and spheres go up against each other to make the choices harder. I think it will force people to make choices that take in every aspect and potential benefit of each ally rather than just deciding who is the best 4 cost ally, 3 cost etc and having the winners face each other.

 

Vote for your favorite ally as they enter their match-ups in the comments below. Vote on whatever criteria you desire. You are free to discuss anything you wish but all votes will be counted just once and CANNOT be changed once I record them.

 

Voting will close at the end of each week for each bracket. Fifth Round Semi Finals voting has begun and ends on Sunday 13th 11.59PM (GMT +10). If you need to look any allies up to remind yourself of exactly what they do Hall of Beorn is the best place to do so:

http://hallofbeorn.com/Cards/Search

 

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Edited by PsychoRocka

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A Eomund

B Gwaihir

C Rumil

D Ingold

E Arwen

F Bifur

G Hama

H Gleowine

I   Bofur

J  Treebeard

K Faramir

L Quickbeam

M Legolas

N Boromir

O Anborn

P Skinbark

Q Bill

R Gandalf

 

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First!

Edited by koriakin97

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A-Forlong

B-Elfhelm

C-Rumil

D-Ingold

E-Arwen

F-Bifur

G-Hama

H-Gleowine

I-Kili

J-Treebeard

K-Faramir

L-Bilbo Baggins

M-Legolas

N-Boromir

O-Dwalin

P-Skinbark

Q-Bill the Pony

R-Gandalf

Edited by Veve7

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As a strong fan of Gildor, i must say it is pretty annoying that you have him battle against that nameless filthy stinky wizard whose name i cannot even speak in middle earth .... I suspect a plot from Sauron here, anyway, i will vote later and make three hundred twenty one fake accounts to clear this matter .... :D

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A - Eomund

B - Gwaihir

C - Rumil

D - Ingold

E - Arwen

F - Bifur

G - Hama

H - Gleowine

I - Bofur

J - Treebeard

K - Faramir

L - Bilbo Baggins

M - Legolas

N - Radagast

O - Dwalin

P - Skinbark

Q - Bill the Pony

R - Gandalf Core Set

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Seriously, week one Gildor vs. Gandalf is brutal, as well as Erestor vs. Legolas and Faramir vs Gandalf. I think they all could have gotten a bye. Anyway, vote is:

A Eomund

B Elfhelm

C Rumil

D Ingold

E Arwen

F Bifur

G Hama

H Gloin

I Bofur (spirit)

J Treebeard

K Gandalf (OhUh)

L Quickbeam

M Erestor

N Radagast

O Anborn (lore)

P Skinbark

Q Bill the Pony

R Gildor Inglorian

I'm calling it right now: Arwen vs. Bill the Pony in the finals.

Bill the Pony for the win!

Edited by DukeWellington

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A - Forlong

B - Elfhelm 

C - Rumil

D - Ingold

E - Arwen

F - Bifur

G - Anborn (leadership)

H - Gleowyne

I - Bofur (spirit)

J - Treebeard

K - Faramir 

L - Quickbeam

M - Legolas

N - Boromir

O - Anborn (lore)

P - Skinbark 

Q - Bill the pony

R - Gandalf (core)

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A - Eomund
B - Elfhelm
C - Rumil
D - Ingold
E - Arwen
F - Guthlaf
G - Hama
H - Gleowine
I - Bofur
J - Treebeard
K - Faramir
L - Bilbo
M - Erestor
N - Radagast
O - Anborn
P - Emery
Q - Bill the Pony
R - Gandalf

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A: Eomund

B: Gwaihir

C: Rumil

D: Brok Ironfist

E: Arwen – poor Damrod, but Arwen has been a favorite for a long time

F: Guthlaf

G: Hama

H: Gleowine

I: Kili

J: Treebeard – I vote straight ticket for Ents!

K: Gandalf (OHaUH)

L: Quickbeam – I vote straight ticket for Ents!

M: Legolas

N: Boromir – I’m sure Radagst will be trounced in this match-up

O: Anborn (Lo)

P: Skinbark – I vote straight ticket for Ents!

Q: Bill the Pony – I’ve got my money on this guy making it to the championship round

R: Gildor Inglorion – Gildor won on art alone!

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A - Eomund

B - Gwaihir

C - Farmer Maggot

D - Ingold

E - Arwen

F - Bifur

G - Anborn (Leadership)

H - Gleowine

I - Kili

J - Treebeard

K - Gandalf (OHUH)

L - Quickbeam

M - Legolas

N - Boromir

O - Dwalin

P - Skinbark

Q - Bill the Pony

R - Gildor Inglorian

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Farmer Maggot for the win! Besides him being one of the most extreme characters in the books (telling off a Nazgul, sneaking Frodo to the ferry in the fog, keeping what look like wolves as pets, and casually strolling through the Old Forest to name a few), the flavor of the card is that he is sticking his massive dogs on people.

A vote for Farmer Maggot is a vote for mushrooms!

Edited by goldensun05

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A - Eomund - Awesome in a Rohan deck, and the only ally besides Gandalf that I ever use with Sneak Attack.

B - Elfhelm - One of the stronger spirit allies, good in a Rohan or Caldara deck.  Eagles still don't seem very playable, despite Gwaihir's tiny crown.

C - Farmer Maggot - I like the idea of Rumil, but he's too expensive to play in a silvan deck.  Farmer Maggot wins for being a hobbit.

D - Brok Ironfist - Only because I actually used his ability once several years ago.  And because I know he's going to lose.

E - Arwen - No contest.  I'm glad we are getting a non-terrible version of Damrod.

F - Guthlaf - Because I like the Rohan/Gondor synergy and I like saying his name.

G - Hama - Great defender potential.  Also, the leadership version of Anborn is far less playable than the lore version.

H - Gleowine - Good, repeatable card draw.

I - Kili - Everyone loves playing the Fili/Kili combo.

J - Treebeard - He has the potential to win it all.  Plus, the Mablung ally pales in comparison to Mablung hero.

K - Gandalf - Very tough matchup because Faramir ally is also very good.  But OHUH Gandalf can be a total beast.

L - Bilbo - So good for fetching Hobbit Pipes, which is one of my favorite decks.  Meanwhile, Quickbeam is OP.

M - Legolas - The best attacking ally in the game.  Erestor is also pretty good.

N - Boromir - With a little healing, you can often get 2 or 3 actions out of him every turn.  Poor Radagast desperately needs a reboot.

O - Anborn - Bring on the trap deck!

P - Emery - So good in mono spirit.  Plus, you can play her on other people.  Skinbark is also good, but Booming Ents will often be attacking for more and cost less.

Q - Bill the Pony - Bombur ally is terrible, and Bill plays for free.  What's not to like?

R - Gandalf - Gildor is good, too, but I never seem to play him anymore because of his cost.  Meanwhile, Gandalf is playable in almost every deck.

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A: Forlong

B: Gwaihir

C: Rumil

D: Ingold

E: Arwen

F: Guthlaf

G: Hama

H: Gleowine

I: Spirit Bofur

J: Treebeard

K: Faramir

L: Quickbeam

M: Legolas

N: Boromir

O: Lore Anborn

P: Emery

Q: Bill the Pony

R: Core Gandalf

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Ok, here we go

 

A: Eomund, cause I have used him in Rohan decks while have never played Forlong

B: Gwaihir, tough but I am more of a tactic player and use a lot of eagles

C: Farmer Maggot, he can kick Nazgul in their butt 

D: Ingold, I've always though Brok to be a useless card

E: Arwen, she is very helpfull in quest and defence

F: Guthlaf, cause I play more Rohan than dwarves

G: Hama, have used him and helped me a lot in Helms Deep

H: Gloin, nice Leadership Dwarf ally

I: Kili, cause you get Fili

J: Treebeard, but Mablung Ally is in the first age custom cards I think

K: Faramir offcourse

L: Quickbeam, used him a lot recently and liked him

M: Legolas, he is ranged and draws a card, with his horse he is even better

N: Radagast, cause he can bring more eagles ... ok he is expensive but he is an Istari after all

O: Anborn, I like his ability

P: Skinbark, do not have him yet but I know I will love him

Q: Bill the Pony, does it need an explanation ? 

R: Gildor, who cares about the stinky wizard, Gildor is a mystery of his own 

Edited by Nickpes

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A - Éomund
B - Elfhelm
C - Farmer Maggot

D - Ingold
E - Arwen

F - Bifur

G - Háma
H - Gléowine

I - Bofur (Spirit)
J - Treebeard
K - Faramir
L - Quickbeam

M - Legolas
N - Boromir

O - Anborn (Lore)
P - Skinbark
Q - Bill the Pony
R - Gandalf (Core)

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A.  Eomund, since Forlong is only useful in Outlands and they don't need help

B.  Elfhelm, his threat-lowering is useful in all sorts of quests

C.  Rumil, both direct-damage effects can miss, but Rumil's more powerful on the table

D.  Ingold, since Brok Ironfist manages to be both expensive and useless

E.  Arwen, only $2, buffs a defender while questing for 2, insanely useful.

F.  Guthlaf, since his discount is available immediately and Bifur's bonus needs 5 dwarves.

G.  Hama.  Double defense at 5D is worth the discard

H.  Gleowine.  Cheap repeatable card draw that can be used on another player.

I. Bofur (S).  Love being able to keep him in play for 1, when that can be managed

J.  Treebeard.  Awesome stats and ent-readier.

K.  Faramir.  Post-staging massive willpower booster.

L.  Quickbeam.  Fantastic value and lacks the usual ent delay.

M. Legolas.  Ranged, 3 attack, and card draw in tactics.

N.  Boromir.  Radagast is too limited, though if he could be used on Ents it'd be different.

O.  Anborn.  More important to a traps deck than Dwalin is to a dwarf deck.

P.  Skinbark.  Love the ents, and orc-killers are useful in many quests.

Q.  Bill the Pony.  Free with Sam and gives hobbits what they need.

R.  Gandalf.  Always gives you what you need, and awesome with Sneak Attack

 

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A Forlong
B Elfhelm
C Rumil
D Ingold
E Arwen
F Bifur
G Hama
H Gleowine
I Kili
J Treebeard
K Gandalf (OHaUH)
L Quickbeam
M Erestor
N Boromir
O Anborn
P Skinbark
Q Bill the Pony
R Gildor Inglorion

 

There were some pretty intense first round match-ups:
Rumil vs. Farmer Maggot for similar effects. Rumil won for me since he scales better in the part of the game I expect to play him in.
Gandalf (OHaUH) vs. Faramir. Both are questing powerhouses, but Gandalf can shore up multiple weaknesses of a deck on his own, spheres be damned!
Erestor vs. Legolas. Again, both let you see more cards. I went Erestor since I still rather have Hero Legolas much of the time.
Gildor vs. Gandalf (Core). Gildor has solid stats or a great ability to use turn after turn. Gandalf is still solid, but I like my allies to stick around longer if they cost 5 (even considering Sneak Attack).

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I think you forgot poor Gamling...

GODDAMNIT.......... I knew I had to miss someone.......... everyone agrees as good as he is for Rohan he was never going to win it right? Lets just let this one slide eh? <_<
No worries PsychoRocka.

I'm just grateful you were willing to put the time needed in this to set up and maintain

Edited by Noccus

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