So, it's taken me a couple of days to figure out what to say about Gimli, other than he's pretty much been done before. He's basically been played out. Everyone knows how to slap Citadel Plate on him, give him some damage, and let him swing for a ton of attack. Perhaps that's why his popularity has waned over the years, especially when there is a fairly fresh and still shiny Ally Gimli with a more interesting ability. So, I decided to challenge myself to make the Son of Glóin a little more interesting by trying to see just how much attack power I can get core set Gimli to swing for in one hit! Can I do 20? 30?! Dare I shoot for 40?!?! Naturally, I went and built a "Make Gimli Ridiculous" deck around this idea, which can be seen at ringsdb.com I use a ton of non-restricted attachments on Gimli, so after putting 2 Citadel Plates on him, everything else can somehow still fit. So, between maxing out on hit points and taking on damage, putting resources on Keeping CountCount and making judicious use of Support of the Eagles, soon our favorite dwarf can be back to his old self again, and actually, better than ever. My challenge to you, then, is for you to do the same and see just how ridiculous you can make Gimli with the current card pool!!! Bring out your best deck building skills, put up your decks on this site, and feel free to post your results in the comments below!!!!
Dwarf. Noble. Warrior.
Gimli gets +1 for each damage token on him.
Core Set #4. Tactics.
I saw a post on Discord about the uptick in Card Reviews and figured I'd go through some of the earlier cards, throw in some of my 2 cents in the hopes that it will help newer players. I'll admit I didn't use Gimli too much after I started to build up my card pool. Like the other reviewer, "Averygoodtale," mentions, the Gimli strategy is a pretty well established one - although it has fallen out of grace as the card pool grew and other strategies emerged. While I never stuck with him long enough to slap Citadel Plate's on him, I did immediately think of him after "A Storm on Cobas Haven" was released during the Dreamchaser Cycle. Simply put, the addition of Vigilant Guard to the card pool (which pictures Gimli) breathed some new life into this old dwarf. With vigilant guard you no longer have to worry about taking an undefended attack or giving Gimli action advantage so he can attack AND defend. Now you can slap Vigilant Guard on him (and maybe a Citadel Plate if you are so inclined) and let another defender do the work. If a damage creeps through, Gimli can help mitigate the damage a la vigilant guard and STILL be ready for attacking. Not only that, but Vigilant Guard helps mitigate archery damage and other direct damage effects, expanding Gimli's uses beyond the combat phase. All of this isn't exactly reinventing the wheel, but it's a strategy that feels better and looks more enjoyable to me and one I'm happy to bring to the table in today's meta.
One thing is for sure: Gimli can be a tank. If you boost him properly and you're able to control the damage, he can kill Nazgul with one hand and hill troll with another. Stats are also good and the threat is high enough accordingly. However i don't play him much mostly 'cause he's in sphere. I just started buying the first AP cycle and simply put, the cards for aren't so good as the others. But I think he will shine thematically in Dwarrowdelf cycle. Very nice artwork. Verdict: 4/5.