It seems this card was severely nerfed. It should read now "Item.  Attach to a Lore character. Restricted.  Response: Exhaust A Burning Brand to cancel a shadow effect just triggered during an attack that the attached character is defending."

Now it seems borderline playable to me.

Source: boardgamegeek.com

My card doesn't have those words so nope still good ;) —

This is not a review per se, but rather me pointing out an easteregg: This card actually depicts Caleb Grace, the main designer for LOTR for the past 7 or so cycles. It is customary at FFG to allow employees of five years to make cameos in their products.

Source: kotaku.com

Ceorl is quite possibly one of the best allies from the Dream-chaser cycle. Sure, against Veteran Sword-elf, Master Ironsmith, and Soldier of Dol Amroth that's not much competition, but I'd say he can stand his ground even against the likes of Marksman of Lórien (which is actually really really OP, hashtag change my mind) and Glorfindel.

First off, the most important thing about Ceorl; he's cheap. 2 is pretty much nothing, and while 1 isn't stellar, it is serviceable, and his 2 cost for 2 is a ratio often restricted to allies, while his 2 means he won't die to a stray damage like Silverlode Archer. Ignoring his text box, Ceorl is already a solid one-of in pretty much any deck.

When you take his text box into account, Ceorl really starts showing his quality. Spending 1 is arguably a bit expensive, especially if you want to consistently ready Ceorl, but there is one major mitigating factor: Ceorl is , just like the best card in the game, meaning that you can slap Steward of Gondor on a hero, turn it 90 degrees sideways, and ready Ceorl pretty much constantly.

And you want to know who one of the best targets for Steward of Gondor is? Círdan the Shipwright, because of his potential to go dual-sphere with Narya- Wait a minute, that's and together right there. Ceorl is a fantastic target for Narya, being able to, if you play your cards right, be declared as an attacker, ready with Narya, have 3 for the first attack due to the timing window, hit another enemy for 3 , then ready with a resource to hit another thing for 3. That's three attacks with as much base as Legolas for 12 starting threat, 2 resources, 1 , two , and whatever it cost you to ready Círdan. The ability to pass Ceorl to other players isn't to be forgotten either, giving them either 2 extra , an emergency chump who won't be killed by "Deal 1 damage to the defending character," or even just an extra body for the likes of Sailing or Hide tests.

All in all, Ceorl is a great ally without his text box, providing with cheap , and with his text box he can be a real workhorse, questing while still being able to attack, potentially multiple times. Add in Narya for more and Faramir for and Ceorl can quickly turn from just another unique ally into a superhero.

This is the card your allies have been waiting for!

In the spirit realm I would rate it as one of the strongest allies for its cost. On it own it's not steller but once you use its action to attach to another Ally you really get to see how good this horse can get. Counting as restricted means Ents and Eagles are out, but the rest of the Ally pool is wide open and fair game.

It's best paired up with already strong allies to push them into hero-stats levels and even better with ones that have some readying effects (or paired up with Leadership Faramir (or valiant determination attachment) to be able to use their cross-boosted stats multiple times in a round.

My favourite targets are Hobbit ally Gandalf who becomes a 5/5/5 monster stronger than any other hero that can quest and battle since he doesn't exhaust to quest. Other decent ones are Boromir, Gimli and Wiglaf who all benefit from the boosted stats and built in readying.

Hope you enjoy this excellent steed for our allied friends!

One of the strongest Spirit heroes in the game. Arwen was later to enter the game as a hero but she sure made a splash once she did. Solid stats compliment a lower cost hero that can either quest or defend decently. But it's her ability that really stands out, similar to the core set Eowyn and SoH Spirit Legolas she discards a card from your hand to grant a benefit, in this case it's a resource, and it has further effect by being able to be placed on any Noldor hero or thematically her husband Aragorn, to smooth a multi-coloured hero pairing.

Obviously you want to combine her with some card draw to fuel her ability so you have things to spend your extra resources on, and on that note she combines excellently with the Elven Light card released in the same pack to be able to actually re-use the effect again and again while also giving up card draw. For fun try pairing her up with Spirit Legolas and Eowyn for some extra Elven Light madness.

She fits in any deck requiring a Spirit hero but also works particularly well with Noldor discard decks that want you to put certain cards in your discard pile. If you haven't tried her with Cirdan and Caldera, you definitely should.

There you have it, another massive thematic win and incredibly powerful representation of one of Tolkien'a female heroines. There aren't many of them in the original lore but thankfully all of them are well represented game-changing powerhouses.