I'm just starting out with Descent, having no prior experience with 1st edition, and the few "intro" scenarios I've played have been a hit with the family. By the end of the Christmas season I received both big-box expansions and three small-box sets, so it was a good year!
I've seen several guides listing the heroes and their stats, along with the classes and their abilities in an easy-to-read format.
However, I'm facing a dilemma--with so many heroes to choose from now, which classes go best with which hero? The simplest way to go is to just assign the class that matches the hero card's equipment (Treasure Hunter to whip guy, Necromancer to widow, Stalker to net elf girl, etc), but do experienced players have any advice? Any "gotcha" combos I should avoid?
Thanks, hope everyone had a Happy New Year!
This is part of the fun and replayability of Descent 2.0, is that there are so many heroes and class combinations to try!
Yes, there is a little (and I stress LITTLE) synergy between the heroes in the box sets and their "recommended" class (air quotes because not official in any way, just a subtle hint based on the artwork). However, this in no way means you should stick to those.
The more difficult task in Descent is finding a group of heroes and hero classes that have synergy as a group. And for that, there are tons of opinions and forum threads here on BGG for that discussion
Just try stuff out and have fun
With that many expansions to choose from, I think it will also be highly dependent on what the OL's play style is. OL preference for big baddies or swarms will likely influence how effectively your hero combinations work.
That being said, my advice would be to avoid too much overlap between heroes - you will likely need a good balance of abilities to handle everything the OL will throw at you. And besides, a good OL should also be able to select monsters to effectively counter heroes at their level[s] of development.
You could always play a couple of quests to get a feel for how different hero/class combos work before diving into a full campaign. There are also a few polls/discussion threads on this game page that will give you some strong indications of what seems to work.
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Considering I'm going to be the overlord I'll have to see how my players handle themselves--so far they seem to be fond of the "kill all the monsters!" approach.
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Necromancer to the widow
well that's one of the combos I would not recommend ;-) yes it's true that the group synergies are more important than the hero-class synergies, but there are definitely some instant synergies.
My personal experiences and so recommendations are:
Trenloe - Knight
Tahlia - Berzerk
Orkell - Skirmisher
Mordrog - Any class (best Warrior - not including conversation kit)
Alys Raine - Marshal
Lindel - Thief
Tumble - Thief
Laurel - Wildlander or Bounty Hunter
Silhouette - Treasure hunter
Logan Lashley - Treasure Hunter or Stalker (together with Jaine Fairwood best Scout IMO)
Widow Tahra - Runemaster or Hexer
Jaes the Exile - Runemaster
Quellen - Hexer or Geomancer or Conjurer (best Mage IMO)
Mok - Prophet
Augur Grisom - Prophet or Spiritspeaker
Andira Runehand - Bard
Ashrian - Spiritspeaker
Avric Albright - Bard
Sahla - Prophet or Bard