Poll Results: Most Wanted Ally Card

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!

ImageOther 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:

Treebeard: 27%
Gwaihir: 22%
Saruman: 22%
Tom Bombadil: 19%
Ghân-buri-Ghân: 8%

Thanks to everyone who voted and be on the lookout for the latest poll.

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5 Responses to Poll Results: Most Wanted Ally Card

  1. shipprekk says:

    I could see Tree-beard working very conditionally, either as an ally objective who has to be convinced to fight on your side (like Grimbeorn in CatC) or maybe even as an ally that can only be included in your deck in certain scenarios (like how the treasure cards only work in Hobbit quests). It should be interesting to see what they come up with!

  2. TalesfromtheCards says:

    Hmm, what if there was a card one day that let you transform Beorn the ally into Beorn the bear hero in the middle of a game? What’s a fair cost for that? 12 resources?

    • Beorn says:

      As long as honey-cakes are accepted as an alternate form of payment, I’m there! In all seriousness, the rule of 3 starting heroes is arbitrary. It makes sense with the relative balance of the existing scenarios, but after seeing how insanely hard the Nightmare scenarios are, I for one would welcome some way to “level up” an ally during the course of a game. It certainly fits thematically, as this is essentially what Merry and Pippin do over the course of The Return of the King.

  3. Vladimir says:

    I don’t know if it is just me, but I don’t see Saruman as a fitting ally. Wasn’t he already corrupted some time ago before the War of the Ring started?

    • Beorn says:

      You are absolutely right, Vladimir. Saruman was at least heading down the path of corruption by the time of Bilbo’s adventure to Erebor. Because the game spans a long period of time in Middle-Earth, I chose to include Saruman as a potential ally card; it could represent Saruman the White, before he was corrupted.

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