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Unique. +2 direct influence against any faction playable at Variag Camp.
"'Killer and slave-trader, Asternak knew all the roads and ways in both Khand and Nurn.'"-Kuduk Lore

  • Card Number: LE010
  • Rarity: Fixed1
  • Card Type: Character
  • Alignment: Minion
  • Home Site: Variag Camp
  • Artist: Stephen F. Schwartz
written by LV42
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This man really needs no introduction, he's helped rally Scatha, pillaged the Shire, and rally the Variags. He's crossed the misty mountains not once, but twice, and from what I hear he's a sensational public speaker, all right everybody, let's give a big round of applause to...ASTERNAK

Asternak has been in every deck of MELE I have ever made; what's more, he's been in every starting company. Admittedly, I play with a limited number of cards, even so I think Asternak's general usefulness cannot be overlooked.

Let's start with every one's favorite set of numbers, prowess and body (P/B.) Asternak is a respectable 5/7, a solid addition to any warlike company. However, Tros Hesnef could give you the same fighting power for three less GI, so let's look at what those three mind points buy you.

[1] They buy you 2 DI, which very nearly makes up the difference. With the profusion of heavy hitting 1 and 2 mind characters in MELE, 2 DI becomes not only a valuable help in the rallying department, but also a convenient place to store an Orc Veteran or somesuch.

[2] His special ability makes it a snap to rally any factions you have at the Variag camp (at a respectable, but not stunning 2 MPs a piece) and he's worth 2 MP all by himself.

[3] In a party crammed with orcs, swordspeople, and hooligans of every description, it's important to have people skills, and Asternak is a diplomat, giving you access to such cards as Crooked Promptings. Not only that, but also a diplomat you're not afraid to bring him with you raiding and pillaging for fear he'll be eaten by cave-drakes.

It's this combination of really useful qualities that makes Asternak shine, especially in a sealed deck environment.

Don't have a diplomat? Bring Asternak along. Need another high prowess fighter because the Old Troll just encountered an Ent? Haul out Asternak. Need someone to head a covert raid on Minas Tirith for that Palint¡r? Asternak's your man. His one drawback is his low body, but a High Helm or even a Black Hide Shield will remedy that quickly enough.

So the next time you're looking for that one last character who'll round out your party, look to Asternak. His potent combination of prowess, DI, MPs, bonus, and skills is likely to do the trick.

Ulkaur the Tongueless

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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 January 3, 2012 06:06 am

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Subject:    Posted: December 30, 2011 05:48 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

a fixed card with great flexibility -It's a combination of really useful qualities that makes Asternak shine, and his availabilty as a fixed card is a bonus
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