Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I have a question about the stronger effect on the "banner of fear" artifact.
When you destroy the card, it says to skip the combat and assign damage phase. Does that mean that in a city nobody gets to attack you? That sounds too good to be true?
That is indeed the case. Artifacts are awesome. But note you can't have the banner assigned to a unit if you want to use the stronger effect. You have to play it from your hand to get that.