Hero. Threat: 13. 3   4   2   4  

Istari. Isengard.

When a player card effect would reduce your threat by any amount, reduce that amount to 1.

When you play an event with the printed doomed keyword, Saruman gains the printed , , and icons.

Response: When you play a card with the Doomed keyword, ready Saruman.

Martin de Diego Sádaba

Challenge of the Wainriders #54. Lore.


Let me explain why Saruman is one the best heroes of the game.

First, his stats. Notice this sweet 4 , wich makes him the second best fighter after Beorn (but Saruman can wear Attachments ). His is good to, but nothing special for someone with this threat level. His is a bit behind (although he can take A Burning Brand against nasty shadows effects, i wouldn't make him my main defender).

Nonetheless, he can make a better use from his stats than any other hero, because he has the best readying ability of the game. Most champions have some kind of limitation : Prince Imrahil's is once per round, Elladan or Elrohir are limited to special windows of the combat phase. And you don't need to pay ressources or loose an ally : it's just a bonus effect from all your Doomed cards, many of them already being top-tier cards (you loved Deep Knowledge ? Consider it now gains the printed text "Ready Saruman").

Of course, Doomed increase your Threat level, and it's hard to reduce yours when you have Saruman (remember, his limitation is only for player cards, so encounter cards can lower your threat by more than one. ). So here are your possibilites :

Did i just said shenanigans ? Cause you know the best card for shenanigans is ? Word of Command. And what better way to play this exhausting-istari event than a Istari whith build-in readying ? Yes, Saruman is an Istari. Go play with your pipe and make all Gandalf does better. For he is only grey when you are Saruman of Many Colours !

Spirit Beregond is also a good partner in crime for Saruman threat-wise. Grima of course being able to give Doomed to any card is thematically and mechanically perfect. — Alonewolf87 613
Great review! What I'm still trying to figure out is what he is doing in front of Orthanc holding his staff like that... — bobbymcbobface 90
Looks like he's checking to see if his gutters need to be cleaned out. — eddyvan 22
@eddyvan, lol — Truck 102