Best card in the game. Seems the only way it would be fair is if it was restricted, but it's not. And for only two cost! I would use it for Beravor, so she can draw two cards for free, Denethor, Gimli, and especially Treebeard.

Played by itself, the Ring of Barahir offers a pretty good trade off of 1 resource for 1 hit point. But if you really want it to shine you'll need to give it to Aragorn so you can take advantage of his other artifacts like Celebrían's Stone and Sword that was Broken. All three of these attachments on him make him a 5 , 3 , 2 , 8 resource smoothing beast! The Ring of Barahir also shines in the SAGA quests with all the artifact treasures and most importantly The One Ring. That gets put on your hero at setup making the Ring a Barahir a 2 hit point boost for 1 resource on the first round if you draw it in your opening hand. Or you could fetch it with The Grey Wanderer contract and get the 2 hit points for free.

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Another good target is Galadriel, with Nenya, her Mirror, the One Ring and a master card like Well-Preserved she can absorb all kinds of undefended attacks —

Hirluin is a very niche hero. I can't really see using him in anything outside of your typical Outland swarm decks. Maybe if you're on the fence when deck building and need a low threat leadership hero but even then he'll need his allies or else his stats will be wasted, and there are other better options like Denethor and Sam Gamgee in those regards. He does have a better pool of hit points for quests with archery I guess.

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A card I was a little confused about at first. At the time of its release it was the only Outlands card available, so its search effect was pretty much limited to finding itself in your deck. And with only 2 copies left in your deck the chances of it whiffing are fairly high. I guess you could of used it in your dwarf mining decks. BUT...when the Steward's Fear was released this card instantly became an auto include in your Outland decks! With the full card pool the chances of its effect whiffing diminish greatly. On top of his stats getting the usual boosts from Outland shenanigans, he also has the Gondor trait. That means he can get the boost from Boromir as well. Overall, kind of weak by itself but shines when paired with his Outland buddies.

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This can be a very powerful card in the right situations. Sure it's pretty expensive but it can be easily saved up for if you know when you want to use it. It mentions "all characters" which makes it more lucrative to play in multiplayer games. It combos great with any dedicated defender with sentinel like Beregond or other good defenders like Frodo Baggins (granted you've been keeping your threat low). It would also work great against siege quests with boost of 2. And something else I'd like to point out is it's not limited to the combat phase. It's best played during the planning phase so you can deal with those surprise enemy attacks during staging, not to mention all those shadow effects that grant extra attacks. Seriously, being able to defend without exhausting is bonkers! This card can be a game changer for that last push to the finish line when the encounter deck tries to swarm you.

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