This remake of The Eagles Are Coming! for Ents is an obvious auto-include in every Ent deck. Even though Ents usually don't need as much card draw as Eagles due to the sphere they're in, this is still a really useful card to have in an Ent-based deck, and if you think about it...why not include this card? Almost every time, this card will replace itself with one or two (or three, four, and five) cards depending on your luck. And how lucky can you get with this card? Well, obviously, you can't build a deck in which you can get a guaranteed Ent every time you play this. However, if you have the whole Ent card pool in your deck (36 cards with the Ent trait minus the copy of Entmoot you're playing currently), then it should be very rarely that you whiff with this card. The average is about 1 or 2 Ent cards per play, and even if you don't have access to the whole Ent card pool, it's still likely to hit at least one. In the tragic case that is when you do whiff, there were no resources wasted. As for the play restriction, I've never found this a problem, mainly because I always mulligan for at least one Ent card to play on turn 1, if able. (Or, if you're playing an Ent hero, then you're good as well.) Overall, this card provides a necessary engine in an Ent deck to dish out allies and it is one of my favorite cards to see coming off my deck in the refresh phase.

Great card for any deck with a hero. I use it with my Silvan deck to give even more flexibility for bringing out various Silvan allies, but I do have a question: is this card synergistic with O Lórien!? That is, can you exhaust O Lorien to reduce the cost of X by 1? My guess is no, since I'm pretty sure that "playing" a card is not the same as "putting a card into play". I wish they would have found different words to describe these two situations - using the word "play" for both creates a lot of confusion.

2 for 3 resources is alright, but the returning of 1 resource makes this card similar to Envoy of Pelargir, and so Halfast effectively costs only 2, with a little resource smoothing on top. The extra stats means this is roughly equivalent

Add in a single side quest, and Halfast now looks like the Envoy, but has one extra and hitpoint, and has slightly more flexibility in its resource smoothing. With anymore than one side quest, Halfast is just fantastically cheap. Even mono-Leadership might benefit from his resource smoothing if Kahliel, Hirluin, or any of the heroes that require paying a resource for abilities.

The two downsides are that Halfast is unique, and that it's in Leadership instead of Neutral, as should be expected to limit such a cost-effective ally. Leadership has pretty good side quests to play, though.

If you or your fellowship plays side quests, this card should be showing up in someone's deck, even if just one copy of it for the cheap 2 .

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Honestly, Marks(wo)man of Lorien isn't just hands-down the best ally from the Dream-chaser cycle, they're honestly one of the best allies in the game. Ethir Swordsman is one of the best questing allies in the game, Derndingle Warrior is the best defending ally in the game (#changemymind), and Marksman of Lorien is honestly the best attacking ally in the whole game.

First off, comparing them to the gold standard attacking ally, Veteran Axehand. Marksman of Lorien costs 1 more for 1 more and 1 less in exchange for ranged, and their enters play effect. Ignoring their response, Marksman is a simple case of more expensive than Veteran Axehand in exchange for higher with ranged. But such a simple explanation is doing the Marksman a disservice; that ranged has proved incredibly helpful in several of my games, and 3 in one character is honestly really helpful sometimes, especially when you have readying available like Narya. And Narya really illustrates the main point about the Marksman; they're 3 cost for 3 with ranged.

And they can get better.

Naryaing an ally with ranged, boosting them up to 4 and readying them to attack again, maybe with ranged, is ridiculous, and it gets even more absurd once you get multiple Marksmen out. For reference, the Siege Ship from A Storm on Cobas Haven is one of the toughest enemies from the Dream-chaser cycle at 5 and 7 . That's as much bulk as the Hill Troll from the core set. And yet, when I'm fully set up, with Narya, multiple Marksmen, and Narya, I can reliably just discard those behemoths once I'm done with enemy attacks, and have 8 ranged ready to squash whatever other enemies have engaged me.

Since they're a Silvan, Celeborn also boosts these allies, giving them 4 where you need it the turn they enter play. And speaking of entering play, we haven't even talked about their enters play effect. After they enter play, you give an enemy of your choice -2 , effectively making Marksman a 5 ally the turn they enter play, and unlike Rúmil or Galadhon Archer, there is no engagement restriction on which enemy you target, so you could theoretically target an enemy in the staging area so that either Dúnhere or Haldir of Lórien can snipe it come the combat phase. Combine that enters play effect with Celeborn's boost and you hit (pseudo) 6 , the magic number to kill most enemies. Yes, that is only for one turn, but then they go back to a 3 ally with ranged, which is like saying you lost half your wealth and now only have $50 billion.

And, once more on the subject of entering play, Marksman of Lorien is a Warrior. You know who else is a Warrior? Prince Imrahil. Prince Imrahil with the Marksman is so ridiculous it's unbelievable. Being able to drop them for 1 resource, trigger their enters play effect, and get an attack or two out of them before shuffling them away so you can trigger them again later is hilariously good. Honestly, if you're using Prince Imrahil's ability to dig for an attacking ally, the only better option I'd say you could find is Beorn.

All in all, Marksman of Lorien might be a bit expensive, but they are worth every penny of their price. Two means they can take a point of direct damage without dying, ranged is more helpful than you'd expect, and 3-5 pretty much means if you can hit something it's gonna die. In a deck with fairly slow resource acceleration you may want to take a pass on the Marksman, but even then I'd say seriously consider them just because of the value you get for their cost. And, if you're running a deck that can consistently play the Marksman, whether through resource generation or cheating, you should already be sleeving them at this point or hunting for the Drowned Ruins.

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 ;) —
After hearing about this errata, i was thinking that this would work well with the upcoming Three Hunters contract: the restricted is a good thing for once? Either way, exhausting is a nerf that i can't spin into a good thing though. —