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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Wraith
Twilight: 5
Card Type: Event
Game Text: Maneuver: Exert a Nazgul to discard a Free Peoples possession or Free Peoples condition. If you can spot no such card, discard an ally or companion (except the Ring-bearer) instead.
Lore: ”'…the Three will fail, and many fair things will fade and be forgotten.'”
Rarity: R

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Beauty Is Fading (1R205) Wiki

General Strategy

A twilight restrictive card, Beauty is Fading is one of the few cards in the game that can discard a companion (with Fierce in Despair being another well known method) from play. That said, Beauty is Fading suffers from a huge twilight cost. It's restrictive twilight cost falls in line with its “Swiss Army Knife” ability to discard anything of the Shadow player's choosing. With the cheapest Nazgul at 2 twilight (with Morgul Gates), the twilight pool would need 7 to play the card, and the option of discarding a companion or ally is only achieved without a Free Peoples condition or possession in play.

Ulaire Cantea, Lieutenant of Dol Guldur, Stricken Dumb, Fear, and to a lesser extent, Loathsome, Ulaire Cantea, Faster than Winds, Mastered By Madness, and Black Dart are all more cost-effective Nazgul cards with more direct results. Of course, Grond, Hammer of the Underworld is the best card for dismantling a Free Peoples player's support cards.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Versus...

  • Nearly unparalleled ability to discard a card from play

Weak Versus...

  • Very expensive - at 5 twilight a shadow player could play another large minion, or several smaller minions

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