In the latest poll, I asked which ally card players most wanted to see printed. With the recent release of The Hobbit: On The Doorstep, we now have all thirteen of the dwarves from The Hobbit as heroes and/or ally cards. This still leaves many notable characters from Tolkien’s book without representation in the game.
After tallying all of the votes, the ally card that readers most wanted to see was: Treebeard!
Other than Tom Bombadil, the one who has been in Middle Earth the longest, even the elves show a profound respect to Treebeard as the leader of the “tree shepherds”. It is fun to speculate about what a Treebeard ally card would look like. I imagine Treebeard, and Ents in general, having high attack (they were strong enough to throw down all of Saruman’s stronghold except Othanc itself), but low defense (susceptibility to fire and axes). Their willpower could be high, but it would be appropriate if there is something conditional about committing them to a quest, as the Ents were very slow to take action, at least from the point of view of all of the more hasty races in Middle-Earth.
Other favorites among voters were Gwahir the Windlord and Saruman (formerly) the White Wizard. Many in the community, myself included, were hoping that Gwahir would be included as a hero in the latest Hobbit Saga expansion, but Bard does seem like the logical choice, given his importance in the story. Still, for fans of Eagle decks, it would be nice to see a hero that strengthens the synergy of that trait. As for the Istari, it would certainly be interesting to see an ally card, along the lines of Gandalf and Radagast for the erstwhile leader of the White Council. A five cost ally that leaves play at the end of the round but lets you search for one card from your deck and add it to your hand, then remove one card from the encounter deck, that would be my design for the white wizard.
In any case, the voting was close, with even lesser known characters like Ghân-buri-Ghân receiving a fair share of recognition from readers. Here is the breakdown of the voting results:
Tom Bombadil: 19%
Thanks to everyone who voted and be on the lookout for the latest poll.