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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Free People
Culture: Gandalf
Twilight: 2
Card Type: PossessionHand Weapon
Strength: +2
Game Text: Bearer must be Gandalf. He is damage +1. Fellowship or Regroup: Exert Gandalf to reveal an opponent's hand. Remove (1) for each Orc revealed.
Lore: ”…in his other hand Glamdring gleamed, cold and white.”
Rarity: R

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Glamdring (1R75) Wiki

General Strategy

Glamdring is an popular and iconic card from Fellowship Block. As Gandalf's prized sword, Glamdring offers the invaluable ability to remove twilight when facing Orc decks, as the twilight removal capabilities allow the Free Peoples player to potentially play many Fellowship cards without flooding the twilight pool. Unlike its mirror Sting, Glamdring does not have a limit to the amount of twilight removable and was never X-Listed. With artifacts Gandalf's Staff and Narya, Gandalf can maximize his vitality to mitigate the effect of each exertion. Three of the five major shadow cultures in Fellowship Block contain Orcs, and while the meta of Fellowship block leans less towards Isengard and Sauron Orcs, Moria remains one of the more popular shadow cultures.

Even if your opponent has no Orcs, being able to spy his or her hand is an invaluable asset; revealing the hand allows the Free Peoples player to judge a potential double move, twilight generation, or an early warning of any nasty surprise cards your opponent may have, such as Hate, Lurtz's Battle Cry, Return to its Master, or even a skirmish pump. Concern about Gandalf's vitality during the Fellowship or Regroup phases can be mitigated by Have Patience; Strength of Spirit; Elrond, Herald to Gil-Galad; Brego; Pipeweeds or possibly Aragorn, King in Exile, Hard Choice or Weland.

Glamdring is a spotable cost to playing maneuver event Orc-Bane.

The best counters to Glamdring include No Business of Ours and directed wounding (Too Great and Terrible, Hate, Desert Lord). The introduction of Shadowfax in The Two Towers base set made Glamdring unplayable while Gandalf had his Gandalf mount, forcing the player to make a choice between the two. However, Rohan horses such as Brego or Horse of Rohan can still be used on Gandalf, and subsequent versions of Shadowfax did not always have this penalty. The final Two Towers expansion, Ents of Fangorn, also introduced Glamdring, Lightning Brand, and the Return of the King base set added Glamdring, Elven Blade to the repertoire.

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Other Versions of Glamdring

Lightning Brand (P) Lightning Brand Elven Blade Foe-hammer Foe-hammer (F) Orc Beater Orc Beater (F)

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