The thing I like about this guy is that his response is after he 'enters play', which opens him up to all sorts of cool combos using the likes of Sneak Attack and To me! O my kinsfolk!, which belong to the same sphere. Another way to use him would be in secrecy with Timely Aid as you are likely to have more of an impact with his ability if you have built up a number of orc enemies in the staging area. With Dáin Ironfoot, he's attacking for 3 and with both the dwarf and warrior traits, the longbeard can have some pretty decent attachments. With a couple of Dwarrowdelf Axes in hand, he's swinging for 5 and dealing 2 direct damage too,
Longbeard Orc Slayer
Response: After Longbeard Orc Slayer enters play, deal 1 damage to each Orc enemy in play.
The Two Towers
Core Set #18. Leadership.
In some scenarios it's an extremely useful card. Consider the first stage of Into the Pit, where you may have a steady stream of low hp goblins/orcs entering the staging area and you can't optionally engage them...and you know that as soon as you hit stage 2 they will all engage. Thalin is doing one damage as they are revealed from the encounter deck, then pop Longbeard Orc Slayer into play and whammo the staging area is a lot friendlier.
At first sight the ability looks very tempting to add this card to the deck, but in reality it really don't work. First of all, the price is really to high and to make it really useful, you need to face a hell-of-lot of orcs to make it work. And when i mean a lot, i mean suicidal number and even then, is not doing so much. The other stats are not impressive at all beside 3 hp, which mean this guy is much more a moving orc target, then orc slayer. I wonder if it can be useful in dwarf deck, but I doubt it. I like the artwork though. Verdict: 2/5.
Here he is in all his glory. The longbeard orc-almost-slayer. Seriously, FFG? Is one damage gonna do much? Granted, it's a neat ability and decent stats, but for four cost?! Okay, so maybe for some reason you have a killer orc just hanging on to life and you pop this guy in. Good for you! It doesn't make the orc-tickler any better.