My apologies, dear readers. I have been busy lately with testing out a draft format for the Grey Company listener event at Gen Con 2015. Most recently, Derek and Matthew visited for the first of what will hopefully be an annual tradition at Ranger Con here in Austin. Still, it is long past due to close out our poll and tabulate the results.
Voters were asked which hero was their favorite to use for attacking enemies. Being able to kill enemies quickly as increasingly become one of the most important aspect of a deck’s strategy, and the game now offers a variety of heroes who are up to the task. Thanks to Idraen and now Santa Théoden, Spirit even has multiple options beyond the obvious choice of Glorfindel.
There is one caveat to make about the results, before we get into details. This poll was created before The Lost Realm or Treason of Saruman were released, so both Tactics Aragorn and Santa Théoden were not included in the original list of options. Both heroes were included as write in votes, but I have no doubt that they would have received more votes if they were included in the poll from the beginning, and players had the time to play with them before voting. I have had quite a bit of success with the new Treebeard hero, and his ability makes him particularly well suited as an attacker. As for Tactics Aragorn, he fits well in a Dúnedain deck, but I feel that this strategy needs a few more cards (for example: a readying effect) to be truly viable.
The list of most popular attacking heroes is filled with some predictable choices. Legolas, Tactics Boromir, Éomer and Haldir of Lórien can all be turned into powerful attackers. The one interesting exception is Gimli. The son of Glóin was commonly featured as the main attacker in many early decks, especially because Citadel Plate was also included in the Core Set. He seems to have since fallen out of favor as most Dwarf decks moved to a swarm strategy built around Dain Ironfoot. To be fair, Gimli allows for an attacking strategy that is not Dwarf-specific. With the release of an ally version of Gimli in The Treason of Saruman it will be interesting to see if this has any impact on the use of hero Gimli.
One of my favorite aspects of the draft format that we’ve been playing lately is the way it pushed you to use cards that you would not normally include in your decks. With that in mind, I have included a deck list at the bottom of this post that features the three most popular attacking heroes from this poll. It is obviously not what I would call a balanced deck as it focuses almost entirely on combat, but for combat heavy scenarios it should be brutally effective. Thanks again to all of those who voted, and be sure to participate in the latest poll. Safe travels in Middle-earth!
|Haldir of Lórien (TiT)||54||7.29%|
|Bard the Bowman (TH:OtD)||21||2.83%|
|Prince Imrahil (AJtR)||7||0.94%|
|Thorin Oakenshield (TH:OHaUH)||4||0.54%|
|Brand Son of Bain (THoEM)||3||0.4%|
Deck: The Fellowship Attacks
Dúnedain Hunter (TLR) x3
Envoy of Pelargir (HoN) x3
Booming Ent (TAC) x3
Westfold Outrider (VoI) x3
Bofur (TH:OHaUH) x3
Treebeard (TaC) x3
Arod (ToS) x2
Blade of Gondolin (Core) x2
Captain of Gondor (ATC) x2
Dagger of Westernesse (KD) x2
Gondorian Shield (TSF) x3
Horn of Gondor (Core) x2
Rivendell Blade (RtR) x3
Secret Vigil (TLR) x3
Citadel Plate (Core) x2
Foe-hammer (TH:OHaUH) x3
Feint (Core) x3
Hands Upon the Bow (SaF) x3
Quick Strike (Core) x2