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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Sauron
Twilight: 0
Card Type: Condition
Game Text: Search. To play, exert a [Sauron] tracker. Plays to your support area. Each time the fellowship moves, the Free Peoples player must exert a companion.
Lore: What the Lidless Eye of Sauron does not see, his countless minions observe and report.
Rarity: C

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General Strategy

A staple card in Sauron wounding decks, Under the Watching Eye is often combined with Orc Bowmen and Hate to kill enemy Fellowships. Since the effect of the card stacks with each copy out, it can start to cause a lot of damage to the Fellowship whenever they move, and, unlike Orc Bowmen, its effect is not weakened by cards such as Hosts of the Last Alliance, Intimidate or Mithril Coat. This card also synergises with You Bring Great Evil (Prevents healing) and I'd Make you Squeak (Benefits from the wounds if they are placed on Frodo).

This card does however, have several weaknesses, namely its requirement of a Sauron tracker, which limits the minions the Shadow player can use in a deck relying on this card, and the fact that it costs an exertion (Like many other Sauron cards). In Fellowship Block, this card is especially vulnerable to condition discard, as there is no way to recover it after being discarded and it is primarily effective only in numbers (The release of the Dead Marshes in set 5 solved this issue). Under the Watching Eye grows weaker the later in the game it is played, and its own text is completely useless at site 9, although it can still be used as fuel for the abilities of minions such as Orc Guard, Orc Butcher and Orc Warrior.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Versus...

  • Strength-based Fellowships
  • Wounding Fellowships
  • Low vitality Fellowships (Dwarves, Elves)

Weak Versus...

Example Decks

Extra Information

  • Despite its potency and popularity, Under the Watching Eye also has the advantage of being Common, making it a relatively easy card to get 4 copies of.


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