Greenwood Defender

Ally. Cost: 3. 0   0   2   3  

Silvan. Warrior.

Response: After Greenwood Defender enters play, it does not exhaust to defend until the end of the round.

...after the coming of Men they took ever more and more to the gloaming and the dusk. —The Hobbit
Derek D. Edgell

Mount Gundabad #113. Leadership.

Greenwood Defender

A Silvan defender that isn't thranduil, a chump, or feigned voices. Opens up Silvan deckbuilding. Nice to have more options. Nice HP pool for all the Silvan healing, so it's possible to make him a static Silvan.

With Celeborns bonus he can show up and do some serious tanking. Could be interesting.

This guy can be absolutely clutch in a Silvan build, particularly when paired up with Thranduil and enjoying the boost from Celeborn. The trick is waiting for the strategic moment, which is made all the easier by Thranduil's combat action. I've lost track of the number of times that multiple enemies have bounced off of Greenwood Defender, allowing the other Silvans to stay ready to counter-attack and get the board under control. Even if he falls to enemy attacks, oftentimes the ability to block a few smaller enemies first is invaluable.

If you aren't running Thranduil, you can always pop him in with Sneak Attack during the combat phase (less cool than Gandalf, but potentially more effective under the right circumstances). If he lives through his first round, he can soak up archery quite nicely (especially for a Silvan) and then be healed up by Silvan Tracker to repeat the process. The only thing he's really missing is sentinel, which would elevate him to top-tier in my opinion.

Great card for Silvans that has almost completely replaced Defender of the Naith for me.

I agree (he's much better than defender of the faith, who was never really great). silvan decks have always struggled with defending for me, especially if you're not running thranduil, but this guy is a beast — BlackArrow 108
#naith — BlackArrow 108
Yeah, the two possible advantages of the Defender of the Naith are neutral sphere (completely negated by using Thranduil's ability) and sentinel (which I would happily trade for the extra health of the Greenwood Defender). — ironwill212 165