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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Sauron
Twilight: 2
Card Type: Event
Game Text: Maneuver: Spot a [Sauron] Orc and remove a burden to make the Free Peoples player discard top 5 cards from his draw deck.
Lore: ”'Go back, Sam. You can't swim. I'm going to Mordor alone.'”
Rarity: R
Notes: Should read “discard <i>the</i> top 5 cards…“

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General Strategy

The key event in a Sauron mill strategy, Desperate Measures can discard five cards for the removal of a single burden in the maneuver phase. Very few strategies function without a draw deck or the ability to replenish cards when reconciling, making the discarding strategy a borderline negative playing experience. Desperate Defense of the Ring, another powerful milling card, can add the burdens necessary to play Desperate Measures. The Irresistible Shadow is one of very few “win condition” cards, automatically granting the Shadow player the win if the opponent has five burdens and no draw deck.

With the addition of Frodo, Courteous Halfling in the Two Towers base set, the Sauron mill strategy took a nearly unrecoverable hit. Additionally, access to stronger companions and abilities left the Shadow discard strategy one of the least played archetypes beyond Fellowship block. With the expensive roaming penalties of the [relatively] weak minions, very little could stop a Free Peoples' player from simply outrunning his or her opponent.

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  • This card's game text contains an error; it should say “discard the top 5 cards” instead of “discard top 5 cards”.


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