In my few weeks of doing this blog I’ve discovered that in can be a bit time consuming to formulate articles that actually say something valid and worth posting. Even though I don’t always have the time to put together something solid I still find myself wanting to write about the game. So I figured I would occasionally toss out a few “Top X” or “Card Spotlight” posts to fill up the gaps between my more content heavy posts. And without further ado I present my top 3 Tactics heroes!
It’s well known that Tactics is the most combat focused sphere in this game. And, seeing as we’re often facing off with Trolls, Orcs, spiders, goblins, giants, haradrim, and various nameless things, Tactics heroes are an ever appreciated resource in the player card pool. With all that being said, I’ve never been a fan of cards that serve just one purpose or rather, only allow for one thing to be done because of their presence. The best cards, in my opinion, are the ones that do their job AND allow you to do other things because of their contributions. That’s why I value these tactics heroes more than the rest in the class, they allow for more things to be done with the cards in your deck.
These three are all fantastic heroes and they all fit the criteria of not only what a tactics hero is supposed to do, but they also give the players a slight edge over the encounter deck and allow for some flexibility in deck building. The only thing that keeps them from cracking my top three is the fact that they don’t necessarily enhance what your deck, but are instead made better by the cards around them. Granted any hero is made better when you surround it with support, but I feel that the best cards work effectively on their own, and can be used in various deck to similar degrees of success.
Number 3. Beregond
As mentioned in my post about Gondor’s support capabilities I consider Bereogond to be the ultimate support character. His huge defense and free access to Gondorian shield allow him to be all the defense you’ll need. He gives players lots of time to get their board set up and take on the encounter deck when they’re ready for it. Beyond the early game value this card has, he has staying power and can go toe-to-toe with the toughest enemies in the game and come out unphased.
Number 2. Boromir
Boromir is the ultimate tactics hero. He has the ability to be the entire source of combat in many decks. Being able to defend and attack as many times as you need him to, allow him to be a one man wall/wrecking crew/Gondorian army knife. Using him too much may result in your threat climbing a bit higher than you’re comfortable with but when paired with the proper spirit hero and player cards there’s really not much to worry about. Boromir really shines in quests where you’re hit with a swarm of smaller enemies who just keep coming. He can take out a good number of them and still keep coming back for more, if he’s given the proper attachments to prepare. And the often overlooked second part of his text provides an incredibly powerful effect, even though it also comes at a huge cost. You’re not likely to use his ability unless it’s going to win you the game or as a last ditch effort to not lose, and in some instances it may be just what you need.
Number 1. Legolas
Right from the core set Legolas proved to be one of the most formidable heroes available. His stats are incredibly balanced and put in the right spots. In a pinch he can quest or defend, though you’re really not likely at all to use him for anything other than his amazing ability. Being able to toss two progress tokens on the quest is huge, not just for Tactics but, for any deck that includes him. Careful planning with questing and his ability can lead to clearing off locations or quests at the most optimal time for the players. Being able have some control over how the quest and encounter deck effects are going to hit you allow for tons of great tactical options. Everyone reading this blog can think of at least one occasion where Legolas’ ability has allowed them to beat out the encounter deck and that’s because he gives the option progress on your own terms. All that and his range keyword opens him up to use for tons of great cards like Great Yew Bow and Hands Upon the Bow, giving him the potential to contribute to the more quest than some spirit heroes. For a measly 9 threat cost Legolas provides an advantage that not many player cards can provide and that makes him my number 1 tactics hero.