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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Free People
Culture: Shire
Twilight: 2
Card Type: Companion • Hobbit
Strength: 3
Vitality: 4
Resistance: 6
Signet: Aragorn
Game Text: Fellowship: Exert Sam to remove a burden. Response: If Frodo dies, make Sam the Ring-bearer (resistance 5).
Lore: ”'Oh, I've never held a girl's hand before. I … I think I might just have myself another ale.'”
Rarity: C
Notes: Lists: EXL

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General Strategy

One of the most common “splash” approaches to burden removal, Sam, Son of Hamfast can exert to remove a burden during the Fellowship phase. A “play him, exert him three times, then throw him in front of the Balrog” approach is incredibly common in almost any eligible format, as few cards are available to cultures that so easily remove burdens at a relatively low cost.

Some strategies focus on keeping Sam, Son of Hamfast alive, particularly with dangerous self-corrupting alternate Ring-Bearers, such as Gimli, Bearer of Grudges or Boromir, Bearer of Council. Any corruption or burden based strategy must make Sam, Son of Hamfast a target, whether by directed wounding, or Helpless, a bane of Sam. It is worth noting that Sam, Son of Hamfast has access to several Shire healing cards and can be healed by Aragorn, King in Exile or Hard Choice, by the nature of his signet.

In decks running Frodo as a ring-bearer, Sam, Son of Hamfast is the obvious splash option. If Frodo absorbs too many burdens quickly, such as against Easterling Lieutenant and Vision From Afar, or takes burdens as archery or threat wounds quickly, Frodo can be the sacrificed pawn and Sam can take the ring. While trading off a lower resistance than Frodo offers, Sam can continuously remove his burdens each Fellowship phase, as long as he kept healed.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Versus...

  • Corruption strategies
  • “Beasterling” strategies which rely on as few as two burdens

Weak Versus...

Extra Information

Other Versions of Sam

Steadfast Friend (P) Lover of Trees (W) Faithful Companion Proper Poet Proper Poet (M) Frodo's Gardener Samwise the Brave Nice Sensible Hobbit Needer of Vittles Resolute Halfling Great Elf Warrior Great Elf Warrior (T) Steadfast Friend Bearer of Great Need Bearer of Great Need (T) Bearer of Great Need (F) Innocent Traveler Loyal Friend


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