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Set: Rise of Saruman
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Isengard
Twilight: 1
Card Type: Follower
Strength: +2
Game Text: Aid - (1). (At the start of the maneuver phase, you may remove (1) to transfer this to a minion.) Each time bearer wins a skirmish, you may exert a companion.
Rarity: R

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General Strategy

The first thing to note about Saruman, Servant of Sauron is that he remains in play. This means that cards that have to spot him (Their Arrows Enrage, Uruk Ravager etc.) are much easier to play. It also means that other copies of him cannot be played while he is out, so he cannot coexist with minion versions of himself. Consequently Servant of Sauron does not actually fit very well with the Isengard and Uruk-hai cultures.

Since Servant of Sauron provides extra strength and helps deal damage to opposing fellowships, he naturally complements beatdown decks such as various Nazgul and Troll builds and can be splashed into the vast majority of decks.

Servant of Sauron also has a natural synergy with Whisper in the Dark and therefore fits well into Men wounding decks. He works well with Isengard Ruined as this site can trigger off of him being transferred, although he is hindered by Streets of Bree. Servant of Sauron is vulnerable to follower discard (Erkenbrand's Horn, Gamling's Horn etc.) as the Free Peoples player will not only be able to discard him from play but also received an additional benefit depending on what card they used.

Servant of Sauron is relatively cheap. He costs one twilight to transfer but is able to use twilight provided by Free Peoples followers.

Skirmish order can sometimes be important while Servant of Sauron is active as his ability to exert companions can target those who are assigned to skirmishes, causing them to die if they then lose that skirmish. This can be particularly significant when there are Lurkers on the table or when combined with effects such as Orkish Skirmisher or Following Uruk.

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Other Versions of Saruman

Servant of the Eye (P) Agent of the Dark Lord (P) Of Many Colours (P) Many-coloured Wizard (D) Keeper of Isengard Servant of the Eye 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 Coldly Still Curunir Master of the White Hand


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