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https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/11/the-city-of-ulfast/

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Non-unique spirit ally with 2 cost and 2 attack, while also having 2 health, 1 willpower, and a positive textbox. Boy is powercreep real.

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1 hour ago, John Constantine said:

 

Non-unique spirit ally with 2 cost and 2 attack, while also having 2 health, 1 willpower, and a positive textbox. Boy is powercreep real.

Yeah it seems like the allies in this cycle are ridiculously undercosted and/or totally ignoring color pie. I don't get it. The Merry/Pippin allies in Shadow in the East are also totally crazy.

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Amazing! The lastest cycle is looking incredible! Very excited for this!

4 minutes ago, Onidsen said:

That Angbor ally makes me question what they thought they were doing with Derufin. The knight of Belfalas is better in every way.

Should have been cost 2

Well actually the Knight makes Derufin more interesting now since Derufin is repeateable. It's like a delayed Galadhrim's Greeting but you trade the higher threat reduction for some ranged attack help and being able to eat an archery arrow.

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1 hour ago, Zura said:

the third restricted slot must enable some disgusting combo, i love it. Time to dig and find it

Boromir, The One Ring and his shield and sword. 

Legolas and a chariot of 3 Rohan Warhorses! 

Gimli or Gloin and an Ironman suit if 3 Citadel Plates!

Eowyn being able to wield her uncle's Sword, Shield and Steed just like him.

Beregond and Armored Destrier, a Shield and a Spear.

Haldir/Faramir/Legolas/Bard with Grear Yew Bow and stil room for two attack-boosting weapons.

 

Also anyone notice that you can still have allies given to you by other players you just can't have them in your deck. And also it doesn't specify the number of heroes required so 4 for the Sagas is cool.

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1 hour ago, Yepesnopes said:

Is it me, or the Galadhrim host is a rather broken in a Celeborn Galadriel deck?

Maybe if you add Elrond then perhaps but otherwise it's pricey to play and you can only do it three times barring some card recursion. A lot of the 4+ Cost events are crazy strong but trickier to play, unless you have Vilya haha

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Best Allies for Lothiriel

Gondor

Lore Faramir

Spirit Damrod

Pelargir Ship Captain

Prince Imrahil (Free hero if you have one in your discard pile!)

Mablung

Squire of the Citadel

Envoy of Pelargir

Noble

Arwen (I'm not sure if her ability applies)

Glorfindel

Rohan

Escort from Edoras

Westfold Horse-Breeder

Westfold Horse Breaker

And Last but Not Least, Eomund Ready all Rohan Characters in play for free!

 

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My takes:

Lothiriel provides a nice 3 wp for 8 threat, an efficient quester.  Her ability powers up LeImrahil and TaEomer, and so is nicely thematic.  Without that, her ability has limited utility because you lose the card -- as nifty as it is putting Envoy of Pelargir into play for free and getting a resource back in the bargain, you could keep the same ally permanently for 1 less.  While it's an echo of her Tactics Dad's ability for less cost, at least he gets his allies out of the deck.  Escort from Edoras is the biggest win.

Can it be exploited with attachments?  With Elf-friend she has access to the wide world of Silvans with their enter-plays effect and Celeborn boost to willpower.  Still drains card in hands, though.  Elrond ally isn't bad -- he could quest for three and get your card back.  You could also use Elvenking to get a Silvan back before it disappears into the deck.

Knight of Belfalas is good value at 2 attack for 2 spirit resources.  There aren't a lot of self-discarding Gondorians and not any popular ones, but the existence of this card should help with that.

Angor the Fearless is good value at 2 wp for 2 leadership resources, but 2 wp, 3 attack, and no-exhaustion questing is amazing value if you get to 40+ threat.

Woodland Sentry's enter-play effect could be quite strong in a Silvan victory display deck.

Host of Galadhrim is powerful late Silvan card and at 4 neutral is easier to play than <obscured> Needs Drive Them, which looks like it will ready all characters at 40+ threat.  But it's good to see help for valour.

War Axe has a floor of +1, though a limit of +2 without the contract or Theoden.  But it's cheap and tactics characters includes a lot of candidates, Warrior of Dale with this and the free bow could pack a punch.

Keen Longbow goes on less characters (just lore heroes) and has a floor of +0.  The best non-ranged attacking hero in Lore is Treebeard, who can't have it.  For 2-cost I'm not liking this much unless I have cards to burn.

The contract is tough -- no allies at all.  Folco Boffin could be a good choice for this one -- get two restricted on the other two heroes and then toss Folco.  Since it can't flip back, you could even bring Folco back later...

Raiment of War "counts as two restricted attachments", so I presume it counts twice on both sides of the contract.

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Sounds to me like you need to get down to 5 cards in your deck in an eomer - lothiriel - imrahil deck. All allies of traits playable for both imrahil and lothiriel.

1. Draw an ally.

2. During questing, put said ally into play for questing.

3. Shuffle into your deck of 4, now 5.

4. Eomer gets a boost from character leaving play.

5. Combat phase -- trigger Imrahil ability. Get an ally.

6. Use and then shuffle back into deck.

Repeat

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I should specify what I am writing about: the contract. xD

The mechanics of hero Gandlaf do benefit, if there are lots of events in your deck (so less allies). So that contract could be something for a deck around him. Also, purple and blue Gimli/Legolas Sprung to my mind. They cover most basic tasks themselves.

 

Edit: I just realized the reduction of the cost. Each hero. Each round. That could be up to 3 resources a round in the early game.

 

Edit 2: Elladan and Elleohir also do cover questing and fighting. So a deck featuring them could also benefit much. Haldan and Halbeard might be of interest with this contract. But not that much, I guess.

Edited by Flrbb
should get my thoughts to and end before I start typing

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I  really hope we get another green silvan event that interacts with the victory display. It would be nice if they add a few more cards to make victory display another distinct playstyle for silvan. But to be honest I am already thrilled that we got 2 very solid silvan cards. I did not anticipate any more support after the last cycle.

 

Lothieriel being blue also could be a sign that Spirit Aragorn (as a hero) won't happen..

 

Anybody else feels that with this 'iteration' of the game winding down that every reveal is even more thrilling than before. I feel a bit of a letdown since I won't get my tactics Glorfindel or get another Tactics Silvan hero

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3 hours ago, Flrbb said:

Edit 2: Elladan and Elleohir also do cover questing and fighting. So a deck featuring them could also benefit much. Haldan and Halbeard might be of interest with this contract. But not that much, I guess.

Technically the twins could quest, though you would need readying for them, as their innate ability only works, when they attack/defend. And who is Halbeard supposed to be? Halbarad, Treebeard?

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12 hours ago, webslinger9 said:

How does Host of Galadhrim work with Sneak Attack? Does the sneak attack trigger still go because they are still in play, or does the trigger go away once that ally goes back to my hand?

The language on sneak attack seems to be that if the ally is in play at the end of the phase, it returns to your hand. So Host doesn't ignore sneak attack's lasting effect, I don't think.

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22 hours ago, dalestephenson said:

I don't mind not having more non-unique Outlanders, but I was hoping for Outland lords like Derufin and Angbor to get the trait. 

While I agree with you, I wonder if they've given up trying to work around the bonkers stat boosts that outlands allies give each other and just abandoned the trait altogether 

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55 minutes ago, player3351457 said:

While I agree with you, I wonder if they've given up trying to work around the bonkers stat boosts that outlands allies give each other and just abandoned the trait altogether 

It has been basically abandoned since it was developed. There haven’t been any Outlands characters released since the Druadan Forest. Yes, they added Prince of Dol Amroth, but that was more to boost Prince Imrahil than anything else. Otherwise the trait was basically complete within the cycle it was released. 

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