Favor of the Valar

Attachment. Cost: 3.


Attach to a player's threat dial. Limit 1 per player.

Forced: When you would be eliminated by reaching your threat elimination level, instead discard Favor of the Valar and reduce your threat to 5 less than your threat elimination level. You are not eliminated.

"...their hearts were lifted up in such a hope as they had not known since the darkness came out of the East..."
The Return of the King
Matthew Cowdery

The Battle of Carn Dûm #124. Neutral.

Favor of the Valar

Not a full review since the usage of this card is rather obvious. If you are running Valor and want some protection against losing the game because of threat then this card is worthwhile inclusion.

An interesting aspect that isn’t immediately obvious is that the reduction is against your threat elimination level (usually 50) instead of the amount of threat gain. This means that if (for example) your threat is 49 before questing, you can choose to not quest with ANYONE and regardless of the threat gain for questing unsuccessfully, still end up at 45 threat. That opens up some interesting options that other cards don’t provide. Which makes sense as this card is a unicorn for uniqueness, it is the only attachment for a player’s threat dial.

Nystrum 23
The other important use-case for Favor is in non-spirit, high-threat The Last Alliance and Forth, Three Hunters! decks, neither of which can use Gandalf. Keen as Lances is another popular option, but more expensive and risky (can be discarded from your hand) than Favor. — kjeld 260