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card review Fori the Beardless

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Fori the Beardless

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Unique. Agent. +2 direct influence against Dwarves and Dwarf factions.
"Grór, Dáin's third son, went away with many followers to the Iron Hills..."-LotR

  • Card Number: DM012
  • Rarity: Uncommon2
  • Card Type: Character
  • Alignment: Minion
  • Home Site: Iron Hill Dwarf-hold
  • Artist: Christina Wald
Fori the Beardless
written by LV42
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You might ask why I am bringing up this loser again? Didn't Isildur already review him? Well, yes, and you are right - for 4 mind, there are certainly a lot better ways to get 4 prowess, and his body downright *beep*. The DI bonuses are nice, but let's be realistic - a whopping 3 DI is unlikely to influence away the Iron Hill Dwarves or any Dwarf character of any importance.

However, MELE has given him two very compelling advantages:

First, he can tap to cancel the auto-attack at the Iron Hill Dwarf Hold. This is one of the most lucrative sites around, although the auto-attack is pretty nasty (and is never detainment). With Fori to answer any questions, you can discount that problem. The route to the Iron Hills is still fraught with difficulties, but it is after all a Greater/Gold Ring site that is also a free-hold. There are potentially a _ton_ of MPs to be scored here, and Fori can unlock them.

Secondly, he's a dwarf, which means he can use the various Dwarven Rings. Obviously, the Dwarven Ring of Durin's Tribe in particular can be extremely powerful, but the Dark Lord is short on Dwarves to actually use them (and Wisdom to Wield is largely a waste of deck space). Fori may be a wuss, but give him a Dwarven Ring and he becomes a serious force to be reckoned with, assuming you can beat the corruption (which, as has been hammered on before, is considerably less of a problem for minions). The 5 CP the dwarven rings give to Dwarf bearers is still a problem, especially since using their abilities requires the Dwarf to tap. However, there is zero chance of losing the bearer (and the ring) just from using the ability. You still have to be extremely wary of additional corruption, however. You might want to actually consider using Ren the Ringwraith.

Finally, you also might ask what Fori has over the 3 Dwarves in the MELE set, and that's an easy one. While the MELE dwarves are on the whole a little bit better than Fori, they are also all rares. Fori is a u2, and Dror (who has the keys to the Blue Mountain Dwarf Hold, an equally lucrative site) is a c1. This makes them an order of magnitude easier to obtain. They are both Agents, which is a plus (or will be once MEAS is out anyway), and none of the MELE dwarves are dramatically superior (although there is no question they are somewhat better).

So, Fori is probably one of those agents from MEDM that you would do well to consider using as a minion in a MELE deck.


Original card review taken from :
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The reviewing team consisted of Gwaihir (Chris Farrell), Gimli (Nathan Bruinooge), Ohtar (Charles E. Bouldin, Esq.), Radagast (James Kight), Joshua B. Grace (Beorn), Martijn Steultjens (Fram Frumgarson), Jason Klank (Saruman) and Jeffery Dobberpuhl (Wormtongue)


Modified on July 17, 2011 02:30 pm

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Subject:    Posted: July 17, 2011 02:30 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

when new expansions are released - there is a tendency to correct problems from previous releases - and this card is a prime example of an uncommon card made slightly better (the next time around) - very good idea to revisit a card - thanks
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