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card review Great-shield of Rohan

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Great-shield of Rohan

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Unique. Shield. +2 to body to a maximum of 9. Warriror only: tap Great-shield of Rohan to remain untapped against one strike (unless the bearer is wounded by the strike).
"His golden shield was uncovered, and lo! it shone like an image of the Sun, and the grass flamed into green about the white feet of his steed."-LotRV

  • Card Number: TW130
  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Card Type: Resource Item
  • Alignment: Hero
  • Artist: Audrey Corman
Great-shield of Rohan
written by LV42
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Heroes take note: here is an item which boosts the bearer's body +2 to a maximum of 9 AND acts as an unending source of Block short-events without occupying the three slots in your deck.

This shield is playable at any site which permits major items. It can be combined with armour, a helm and a valiant sword to help out pathetic bodied characters, though not even dough-boy Halbarad is so pathetic as to require all four. There are eleven hero characters with a body of six or less, most of which can handle two corruption points, the exceptions being the dwarves. This shield works best with a character who has a high prowess and substandard body, like Theoden, Balin, Erkenbrand, Gildor Inglorien or Gloin. Of course you can give the shield to a non warrior, but this is a waste of opportunity.

For as long as your character bears this shield upon his or her arm, he or she gets the equivalent of at least one Block per turn. Also, cards like Wielded Twice untap the item to tease out more than one Block per turn; however, there are also nasty cards like Slip Treacherously that render the special ability temporarily out of order. Also, if someone or something like Adunaphel the Nazgul tapped the bearer, then the shield's special ability is useless that turn.

A drawback to this card is its marshalling points to corruption points ratio; i.e., 2:2. And while its uniqueness is also a negative, it is less so as far fewer people seem to play it as play Glamdring, Orcrist, Wormbane and other offensive items.

So, the deciding factor in choosing to include this major item in your deck depends on your characters. If you have some warriors who can greatly benefit from +2 to body, then this should be high on your list of items.


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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 October 4, 2011 11:12 am

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Subject:    Posted: October 4, 2011 11:12 am Reply with quote Report content icon

a great card to help out the lesser heroes is always a good thing - plus and minus are well spelt out - good review on an uncommon card that many over look -
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