February’s Hero of the Month!

Hello everyone!

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

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4 thoughts on “February’s Hero of the Month!

  1. It’s been a long time since I sent Frodo out there, but he was a part of my longest running decks early in the game along with Lore Aragorn and Spirit Glorfindel. I ran the new Hobbit deck on The Black Riders and so I didn’t get to try this version out with Hobbit Cloak, but I agree that between that (and maybe some Ring Mail or Dúnedain Warnings), he could be a defender as potent as the best of them. I look forward to your treatment of the card this month!

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  2. Daeron

    I would say that Frodo and Beregond are the best defending heroes in the game. However, Beregond, even with Gondorian Shield, can have an untimely death if the shadow effects get too bad. You don’t have that problem with Frodo as long as you have threat to spare. Plus he is a hobbit. Extra awesome!

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    1. All of the Hobbits are really spot on! I really hope they re-implement Bilbo at some point as he is the only Hobbit that doesn’t seem to fit in with the theme that was fleshed out in the Black Riders Box

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