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Set: Realms of the Elf-lords
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Isengard
Twilight: 4
Card Type: MinionWizard
Strength: 8
Vitality: 4
Site: 4
Game Text: Saruman may not take wounds during the archery phase and may not be assigned to a skirmish. Assignment: Exert Saruman to assign an [Isengard] minion to a companion (except the Ring-bearer). That companion may exert to prevent this.
Rarity: C

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General Strategy

Saruman SoTE is a deadly version of Saruman, although he isn’t too fearsome in the format he’s released in. In Fellowship Block, SoTE is overshadowed by KoI, and there is usually too much archery and too little twilight for him to be effective. Even then, a well-timed SoTE can easily assign a tough minion to a support companion such as Legolas, which could result in easy kill. He can also put pressure on Merry, Friend to Sam or Sam, Son of Hamfast, each of whom must exert 3 times to prevent SoTE’s assignment attempts. Or assure the vitality of Isengard Smith at regroup phase in order to discard Free Peoples weapons (by assigning the Smith to a companion with low strength or no damage bonus, while Isengard Warrior can prevent directed and massive archery).

In Towers Standard, Saruman, SoTE becomes extremely dangerous due to the introduction of Saruman's Staff. This allows him to assign himself to a companion. A strength 10 Damage + 1 Fierce minion will usually clean out your opponent’s support companions with ease, and cards like Saruman's Snows make the process even easier. Use Men Will Fall (or Bill Ferny, SSF) if you’re struggling with Saruman’s base strength being too low, but remember he will usually not beat the opponent’s tank (E.g. Eomer, Third Marshal of Riddermark; Gandalf, Mithrandir). Don’t forget he can assign other minions too; there is more twilight in The Two Towers than Fellowship, so it may be possible to play Saruman in conjunction with Lurtz, another strong Uruk or a mounted Warg-rider.

His skill is especially strong against companions with 3 or less vitality, so exerting cards like One of You Must Do This, Orthanc Berserker, No Dawn for Men, Unferth or splashed Southron archers can pave the road for much easier kills. Such skill can also stack with the assignment abilities of other Isengard cards, like Orthanc Champion or Many Riddles, so the skirmishes are arranged exactly as you want.

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Other Versions of Saruman

Agent of the Dark Lord (P) Of Many Colours (P) Many-coloured Wizard (D) Keeper of Isengard Rabble-rouser Black Traitor Black Traitor (T) Master of Foul Folk Of Many Colours Of Many Colours (T) Agent of the Dark Lord Instigator of Insurrection Servant of Sauron Coldly Still Curunir Master of the White Hand

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