Brok is... not a bad card, as long as you don't pay for him. His 6 cost is unmatched in the game (except by Beorn) so he makes a great target for A Very Good Tale, Flame of Anor or Taking Initiative (or, in some scenario with treacheries focusing the highest cost ally, as a shield for valuable 5-cost allies).

There are some ways to sneak him into play at a discount (for example Timely Aid or Send for Aid) but usually you will have a better ally to put into play instead almost every 4 or 5-cost ally of the game for starting.

So if you want to play him, you have to use his ability. Another review was presenting The Fall of Gil-Galad, here are two other possibilities :

  • in a (dwarf) Fellowship deck. If one of your heroes dies during the combat phase, you will loose the Side B bonus. Brok Ironfist can cancel this, serving as an insurrance. And in the little realm of unique dwarven allies (if you want to build thematic), Brok may even shine in comparison of the alternatives.
  • if you plan to use Helm of Secrecy to change a dwarf hero, Brok is going to be a free bonus.

Thematic Review

Sam Frodo Rope

Here's a card review that was inspired by consuming some amusing podcast material, rather than a need for strategic analysis (However the previous reviews could use a little update; pretty sure Rosie Cotton with Sword-thain or Messenger of the King weren't considered in their time; Fast Hitch has aged very well as the Hobbit architype has been more fully fleshed out). I love you Card Talkers, but I got some chuckles out of this one ; and, it brought to mind that many people may play the cards at face value w/out ever considering their thematic reference or canonical origin. (Are people forgetting to shout "Ninnyhammers!" just prior to exhausting Fast Hitch? You people are missing out!)

Card Talk Live: Shadows of Mirkwood Cycle (Tune around the 26:00 mark; "How does a Fast Hitch mean that a Hobbit should get a ready out of that?" Maybe they were in a stupor, scratching their heads, unable to think, like Sam in the upcoming quote (it was a live show after all).

Source Material/Extended Quote

"We've done it! We've escaped from the Emyn Muil! And now what next, I wonder? Maybe we shall soon be sighing for good hard rock under foot again."

But Sam did not answer: he was staring back up the cliff. "Ninnyhammers!" he said. "Noodles! My beautiful rope! There it is tied to a stump, and we're at the bottom. Just as nice a little stair for that slinking Gollum as we could leave. Better put up a signpost to say which way we've gone! I thought it seemed a bit too easy."

"If you can think of any way we could have both used the rope and yet brought it down with us, then you can pass on to me ninnyhammer, or any other name your Gaffer gave you," said Frodo. "Climb up and untie it and let yourself down, if you want to!"

Sam scratched his head. "No, I can't think how, begging your pardon," he said. "But I don't like leaving it, and that's a fact." He stroked the rope's end and shook it gently. "It goes hard parting with anything I brought out of the Elf-country. Made by Galadriel herself, too, maybe. Galadriel," he murmured nodding his head mournfully. He looked up and gave one last pull to the rope as if in farewell.

To the complete surprise of both the hobbits it came loose. Sam fell over, and the long grey coils slithered silently down on top of him. Frodo laughed. "Who tied the rope?" he said. "A good thing it held as long as it did! To think that I trusted all my weight to your knot!"

Sam did not laugh. "I may not be much good at climbing, Mr. Frodo," he said in injured tones, "but I do know something about rope and about knots. It's in the family, as you might say. Why, my grand-dad, and my uncle Andy after him, him that was the Gaffer's eldest brother he had a rope-walk over by Tighfield many a year. And I put as fast a hitch over the stump as any one could have done, in the Shire or out of it."

"Then the rope must have broken - frayed on the rock-edge, I expect," said Frodo.

"I bet it didn't!" said Sam in an even more injured voice. He stooped and examined the ends. "Nor it hasn't neither. Not a strand!"

"Then I'm afraid it must have been the knot," said Frodo.

Sam shook his head and did not answer. He was passing the rope through his fingers thoughtfully. "Have it your own way, Mr. Frodo," he said at last, "but I think the rope came off itself - when I called." He coiled it up and stowed it lovingly in his pack.

"It certainly came," said Frodo, "and that's the chief thing. But now we've got to think of our next move."

The Two Towers: Chapter 1. The Taming of Smeagol

(Brief) Analysis

The lines "If you can think of any way we could have both used the rope and yet brought it down with us", "Climb up and untie it and let yourself down, if you want to!" and "now we've got to think of our next move." imply that because of the rope coming loose they are now available to take a second action that they wouldn't have otherwise been afforded. Now, my main niggle is that the extra readying is really the result of the magical quality of the elven rope, not the knotting knowledge of generations of Hobbits. But I think the elements are there: Sam remarks how many of the Gamgee clan were experienced with ropes, and now, by their fortune, the Hobbits are free to get on with their quest.

Nothing but affection from me; No Card Talk hosts, guests, or Teddy bears were intended harm in the writing of this review

This is a good card. It's free, threat reduction, but there's a catch. It requires you to control a unique Noble character, and a unique scout character, that can be tough as there aren't tons of scout characters. Below I list all of the unique scout characters:

Heroes: Aragorn, Elfhelm, Argalad, Haldan, Haldir of Lórien, Idraen, Legolas, Hirgon, Lanwyn.

Unique Allies: Haleth, Wiglaf, Firyal, Súlien, Ceorl.

Other cards: Fearless Scout.

While that may look like a lot, it really isn't. In my opinion, I would never play this card, unless I had a scout hero, because it's too much steps to get out a scout ally. All of the unique scout allies are around 4-5 cost (with the exception of Ceorl. Below I will list all of the noble heroes and unique allies:

Heroes: Aragorn, Théodred, Glóin, Gimli, Legolas, Éowyn, Eleanor, Denethor, Glorfindel, Prince Imrahil, Boromir, Elrohir, Elladan, Glorfindel, Elrond, Boromir, Faramir, Théoden, Éomer, Celeborn, Galadriel, Arwen Undómiel, Círdan the Shipwright, Denethor, Prince Imrahil, Gimli, Legolas, Kahliel, Brand son of Bain, Bard son of Brand, Thranduil, Dáin Ironfoot, Faramir, Thorin Stonehelm, Lothíriel, Gildor Inglorion, Thorin Oakenshield, Aragorn, Théoden, Faramir, Éowyn, Aragorn, Aragorn, Éomer.

Unique Allies: Faramir, Arwen Undómiel, Denethor, Glorfindel, Eldahir, Elrond, Prince Imrahil, Galadriel, Elrohir, Elladan.

And... I think that's it. As you can see having a noble unique character isn't that hard. Now this card has saved me a couple times before. Threat reduction is important in this game. And this is essentially an Elrond's Counsel except without the boost and you have to engage an enemy to trigger it. When I play this card I like to save it for 4-5 threat enemies if I can.

My rating: 6/10

Cool art. Okay stats, but good HP. Sentinel is always pretty nice to have. Now his ability. You can pay all 4 for him, pay 2 and discard 2 from your deck, or pay 0 discard 4. He is a reliable defender that you can bring in turn 1 to defend, and buy time before you can get permanent defensive solution. Or keep him as a main defender.

My opinion:
Early game: 9/10

Late game: 5/10

Overall: 7/10

shure u can use the response twice? it not a use this or this startingplayer decide what first. if you take the response and do it, the "window" for response is over, or not? would be nice. —
I don't think your can't use a Response 2 times on the same trigger. Or hero Elrond would get infinite heal for example. —
yup. My bad you're totally right. I rarely ever use this card. But when I do I use the two cost 2 discard. When I was typing it earlier I just thought of the 4 discard possibility. Thanks for explaining! —

In my opinion this is a pretty good card.

While she works best with Thranduil's ability to bring her in during the combat phase, ready a hero, and have 2 attack, or a chump at your disposal. This card also works amazing with Beravor, Peace, and Thought, Ravens of the Mountain, and many other cards.

My Rating: 7/10

im almost positive its a he —
You think? —
me 2 —
It looks like a girl to me —
That's what I think, too. —
It's a lady! —