Elven Brooch (4U63)

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Elven Brooch (4U63) is a Culture Elven.svg Elven Possession from the The Two Towers set. It is the sole member of the "brooch" item class, effectively acting as "limit one per bearer."


Collection Info
Title Elven Brooch
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Notes Game text is a clarification.
Set 4 - The Two Towers
Rarity U - Uncommon
Card Number 63
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Elven.svg Elven
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Possession
Item Class Brooch
Twilight Cost 1
Game Text To play, spot an Elf. Bearer must be a companion.

Response: If another possession borne by bearer is about to be discarded, discard this possession instead.

Lore “‘Not idly do the leaves of Lórien fall.'”
Translations
DE - German
Card Name Elbenbrosche
Game Text Entdecke einen Elben, um diese Karte auf einen Gefährten zu spielen. Reaktion: Wenn eine andere Ausrüstungskarte, mit der der Träger dieser Karte ausgerüstet ist, abgelegt wird, lege statt dessen die Elbenbrosche ab.
Lore "Nicht zwecklos fallen Lóriens Blätter.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name Broche Élfico
Game Text Para jugarlo, avista un Elfo. El portador debe ser un compañero.

Respuesta: Si se va a descartar otra posesión llevada por el portador, descarta esta en su lugar.

Lore “Las hojas de Lórien no caen inútilmente.”
FR - French
Card Name Broche Elfique
Game Text Pour jouer, désignez un Elfe. Le détenteur doit être un compagnon. Réponse : Si une autre possession détenue par le détenteur est sur le point d’être défaussée, défaussez plutôt Broche Elfique.
Lore « “ Ce n'est pas inutilement que tombent les feuilles de Lórien.” »
IT - Italian
Card Name Spilla Elfica
Game Text Per giocarlo, avvista un Elfo. Il possessore deve essere un compagno.

Risposta: Se un altro bene portato dal possessore sta per essere scartato, scarta invece questo bene.

Lore “‘Non cadono inutilmente le foglie di Lórien.'”
Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN04S063.0
TLHH ID LOTR04063
GEMP ID 4_63
LOTRO Hex ID 6F 93 D0 03
LOTRO Image ID 04_063


Strategy[edit]

Perhaps designed to help protect the new Naith Elves and their possessions from cards such as War Club as well as existing Fellowship cards like Ulaire Cantea, Lieutenant of Dol Guldur and Isengard Smith, Elven Brooch has the potential to save important possessions from being lost. Because the Elf spotted does not have to be a companion, it is easy to include in many decks and can also keep Pipes from being lost or [Rohan] mounts from being discarded by Uruk Spear.

In practice, Elven Brooch is more often the third-most important possession a companion will have and allows Grima, Wormtongue (introduced in the same set) to send each card borne by a companion back into the Free People's hand. Its discard protection is wholly ineffective against Twisted Tales, and many items such as Rohirrim Bow or Dwarven Bracer have "discard this possession" listed as a cost, meaning that using Elven Brooch will cancel the effect of those cards rather than enable a player to use them twice. Elven Brooch will also only save possessions, so artifacts such as Anduril, Flame of the West will not be protected from weapon discard. As there are not many ways to replay Elven Brooch once discarded and each companion may bear only one brooch (Elven Brooch being the only possession of this class) at a time, most players view Elven Brooch as more of a minor inconvenience than a preventative barrier, especially when considering the persistent discarding available to the [Dunland] culture in Towers Block and the [Raider], [Wraith], and [Sauron] cultures in King block.

Because of the prevalence of Grima, Wormtongue and the strong possession discard of [Dunland] in Towers Block followed the numerous Shadow cards released in King Block which target possessions more freely than in previous blocks, Elven Brooch never had an opportunity to shine. It is likely best used on a Ring-Bound companion who will bear a keystone possession in the Free Peoples player's deck. Elven Brooch also synergises with Durin III and Rohirrim Doorwarden.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • One-time possession discard

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Grima, Wormtongue, Twisted Tales, and other cards which remove possessions without discarding them
  • Persistent possession discard
  • Cards which benefit from Free Peoples possessions, such as Troll of Cirith Gorgor or Covetous Uruk