I hope everyone’s year has been going along smoothly so far. For any of you who have been experiencing the torrential downpour of snow that has been blanketing the north east, I feel for you! It’s been rather cold here just shy of the Mason-Dixon line and I’m thankful that all we’ve had to experience is a light dusting of snow or a bit of ice here and there.
The increasing cold around here means that we are now getting into the month of February, 28 days of brutally cold weather where snow can fall at unexpected times! February can, at times, be my least favorite month in that at a moments notice I can be experiencing weather in the mid-40s only to have to go to work the next day with a low of 8!
But enough of my digressing. I am not one for harsh environments, I would much rather stay indoors and write about February’s Hero of the Month (DRUM ROLL PLEASE……………) Frodo Baggins!
As of right now we only have three iterations of Lord of the Ring’s resilient protagonist. Two of which are from the Fellowship Sphere, only playable on the Saga Expansion Scenarios that follow the plot of the novels. The Frodo we will be covering this month is of the Spirit Sphere. Coming from the AP Conflict at the Carrock, Frodo is one of the game’s earlier Heroes though I’d say his ability stands strong even today.
With decent stats, a very low starting threat, and only two hitpoints, Vanilla Frodo Baggins doesn’t look to be anything special. Of course, like with most Heroes, when you take a look at his card text you begin to see the true value in this Hobbit:
“Response: After Frodo Baggins is damaged, cancel the damage and instead raise your threat by the amount of damage he would have been dealt. (Limit once per phase.)”
With a (potentially) slight increase to your threat, Frodo Baggins has the potential to be the one of the best defenders in the game. He shrugs off almost all enemies, he can mitigate the impact of damage dealing treacheries, and he can even work around various enemy abilities such as that of the Cave Troll from Khazad-Dûm. With the various tools we have now that allow us to manage our threat, and the very well equipped Hobbit trait, Frodo can be one heck of a Hero. With the upcoming Deluxe Expansion and AP Cycle hinting at new hobbit cards I can’t wait to see what more we can do with Frodo.
Oh and have I mentioned that the art looks GORGEOUS!
So what do you think of Frodo? Do you still use him in any of your current builds? I’ll be delving a little deeper into his various uses in a later article and begin sharing some deck lists that utilize his very unique ability throughout the month!
You’re almost halfway through the week everyone!
-The Secondhand Took