A Fair Exchange

Event. Cost: 0.

Action: Discard a unique card from your hand that shares a title with a card in play to search your deck for a different unique card and add it to your hand. Shuffle your deck.

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something…” —Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit
Tim Löchner

ALeP - Blood in the Isen #184. Leadership.

A Fair Exchange

There are 104 allies and 86 attachments in the whole game. That's a lot of targets for A Fair Exchange. In , we think about the Steward of Gondor, but also all the traits-based engines relying on Narvi's Belt, The Elvenking, Lord of Morthond, Gúthwinë and so many others.

Before this card, decks in were feeling like this: add 1 of each cards you kind of want, and 3 of the ones that were absolutely required. Keep your combos strings short, as you have limited ways to fetch cards. In fact, there are only 3 tutors in : Dúnedain Message for side quest, The King's Return for guarded cards and Wealth of Adventure for skills. Some few others can look for specific cards among the top 5: Soldier of Gondor for Gondor allies, Galadriel for attachments of cost 3 or less and Weather Hills Watchman for Signals.

A Fair Exchange allows your to setup better combos with 3 or 4 cards to the point of making those decks viable without needing to draw half your deck. This opens up many new deck building strategies - and really boost the value of by giving them value when clogging your hand. No more dead Steward of Gondor in your hand! Some maths: if we need 2 cards that we run 3 times each, we have 50% chances to get our 2-card combo after drawing 10 cards. With 3 A Fair Exchange to spice things up, it becomes ~80%. If you run multiples of less important , it becomes even more guaranteed to pull off the combo.

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This is not a card you build a deck around, but a tailored solution for existing combo decks that need several key pieces in play and run several 2x-3x (cheap) unique cards. So in that sense, I anticipate seeing A Fair Exchange in niche use across a range of combo decks with access to . For example, certain Dwarf builds run multiple key uniques, e.g. ringsdb.com And the amazing Bouncy Bear deck might find a use here, too: ringsdb.com

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