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Subject: Ally gandalf with Narya + sword thain rss

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Gerry Drouillard
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It takes quite a bit to get it working, but I'm determined to give a neutral card sword-thain.

You can give ally gandalf Narya, giving him a leadership icon. He then 'belongs to a sphere of incluence', thus allowing him to have an attached sword-thain.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it a legal move?
 
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Nikos Pesmatzoglou
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If you make it on OHUH Gandalf yes, not on the core set one i think cause he will go to discard pile at the end of round anyway
 
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Legal move, but very expensive and probably not worth it. But if you are determined to do it, give it a try.
 
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The Road Darkens saga expansion includes a neutral Gandalf hero. His special basically expands your hand size to 7 (though you can only play the deck card once per phase). But it's his being considered to have all printed spheres that's nice. Those heroes that affect other heroes in their spheres will also affect Gandalf. He is high threat, but you wont' have to discard him at the end of the turn.

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Type: Hero Sphere: Neutral
Threat Threshold: 14
Willpower: 3 Attack: 3 Defense: 3 Hit Points: 5
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Play with the top card of your deck faceup. Once per phase, you may play the top card of your deck as if it was in your hand. When playing a card this way, Gandalf is considered to have the printed [Leadership], [Lore], [Tactic] and [Spirit] icons.
 
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You can but it's very wasteful. If you have Narya on OHUH Gandalf you want to keep him as an ally so that he can refresh himself. Give him shadowfax as well and you can defend for 5, attack for 5 and refresh a helpful ally to participate in the attack and give them +1 Atk to boot.
 
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Gerry Drouillard
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Great point, i never considered that OHaUH gandalf would be able to ready himself with Narya! that makes him mighty powerful with just another 2 cost attachment!

Yeah, forget the sword thain idea. The whole point was to generate some more resources and to open up some more attachment possibilities, but it would all be way too intricate to make it work properly.

As for TRD Gandalf, i believe he only has all 4 spheres of influence when he is playing a card from the top of the deck. He is powerful for sure, especially with all his toys, but still has his limitations. in the right deck, i like OHaUH Gandalf much more!
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Sword Thain is not really a good source of resources. Many of my games finish by turns 6 or 7, so the payoff is awful. You have to be doing something that takes advantage of there being an extra hero for it to be worthwhile e.g. a caldara deck or ramping pip and merry even further.
 
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