Well, GenCon 2013 has come to a close, and, after briefly being waylaid by Southron spies in the fell city of Dallas, I am home at last. To say that GenCon was awesome would be a tremendous understatement. Meeting the members of the Cardboard of the Rings podcast, Ian from Tales From the Cards blog, and Matthew from The Progression Series videos was fantastic. Being able to play The Black Riders, with the designer of the game watching us play, was a real treat (thanks from coming by, Caleb!). The last time I was this excited was when I discovered a dozen bonus barrels of mead behind my couch.
In the coming days, I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the new Saga Expansion (spoiler alert: it is awesome), the Stone of Erech GenCon quest, and the latest Adventure Pack. I’m still not even unpacked yet, and I head back to work tomorrow; in these hard times, under the shadow of Mordor, even a bear needs a job. In the mean time, I thought that it would be fun to have another contest.
I picked up an extra pack of The Blood of Gondor at GenCon and I would like to give it away to a member of the community. Instead of having readers design a custom card, this time we will do something a little different. One of the the things that surprised me playing the game at GenCon, was just how many people commented on my use of Mirlonde in the Secrets of the Wise deck. As I detail in that article, she is essential to allowing the deck to start at 19 threat and take advantage of secrecy for Resourceful, and the low overall threat that she provides also allows time for the deck to setup.
In any case, many other players were shocked to see me include her in a deck; apparently the consensus among some players is that Mirlonde is not a very good hero. While I certainly understand that her stats and ability are nothing spectacular when you compare them to heroes like Dain, Glorfindel (FoS), or even Hirluin (in an Outlands deck), I find that I really enjoy utility heroes like Mirlonde. It is not so much her stats that I like (she usually quests early, and sometimes helps with attacks in the late game), but the fact that her ability opens up different kinds of decks that were not as viable before. Everyone has their own taste and heroes that some players use all of the time, others have never taken out of the box. Still, I truly believe that many heroes go underappreciated.
As the card pool gets larger, there are more and more heroes to choose from. It is ultimately a subjective take, but there are always going to be unheralded heroes that are better than most people think. We may not agree on which heroes are thus underrated, but we can certainly all agree that they exist. One of the great things about a Living Card Game is that an evolving card pool means that cards which seemed useless only recently can suddenly become powerhouses, because new cards create new synergies and archetypes (I’m looking at you Dunhere).
So rather than bore everyone with my arguments why Mirlonde is an underrated hero (hint: she totally is), I want to hear your thoughts. At stake is a chance to win Blood of Gondor, before it even goes on sale! As always the special eagles delivery service will provide shipping, anywhere in the world (it will just take a bit longer for international addresses). So here are the rules:
- No Orcs, Trolls, Fell-Beasts or Agents of Sauron
- Beornings are not allowed to enter, as they work at the Hall of Beorn and that would look suspicious
- Each reader may enter only once, subsequent comments by the same user will not be counted as an entry (though feel free to reply to other comments if you agree/disagree)
- Add a comment below, as long or as short as you’d like, making a case for your favorite underrated hero. It should be someone that a) you think most players don’t use on a regular basis and b) you enjoy using in your decks.
- The contest will end at Midnight CST a week from today, on August 26th.
- I will choose my favorite entry. For international readers, don’t worry, spelling and grammar are not part of my determination. Heck, many Americans aren’t very good at English, either, so don’t feel bad. What I’m looking for is a compelling case for a hero that does not get enough attention, and why they should be included in more players’ decks.
That’s it, so bring your comments and I look forwarding to reading about everyone’s favorite underrated hero. After the deadline I will announce the winner, and we will ship you a free Adventure Pack! Once I get settled back into my lair, and make sure that Mrs. Beorn hasn’t forgotten what I look like, you can be on the lookout for more articles about all of the awesomeness that was GenCon. Good luck to all who enter, and watch out for suspicious-looking Breelanders, they may be up to no good.
Last but not least, I would like to extend a warm and hearty thank you to everyone that I met, talked to, shared ale with, and joined for games at GenCon. You helped make GenCon 2013 an amazing experience and this bear thanks you from the bottom of his enormous, fur-covered heart!