Consorting With Wizards (2R97)

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Consorting With Wizards (2R97) is a Shire Condition from the Mines of Moria set.

Collection Info
Title Consorting With Wizards
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 2 - Mines of Moria
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 97
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Shire
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Condition
Twilight Cost 0
Game Text Tale. Bearer must be Bilbo.

Bilbo may not take wounds (except during the archery phase).

Fellowship or Regroup: Exert Bilbo or discard this condition to remove .

Lore “‘He wasn't always this peculiar! When I were a lad, old Bilbo was a most respectable Hobbit.'”
DE - German
Card Name Umgang mit Zauberern
Game Text Erzählung.

Muss auf Bilbo gespielt werden. Bilbo darf nicht verwundet werden (ausser in der Fernkampfphase). Gemeinschaft oder Sammeln: Strenge Bilbo an oder lege diesen Effekt ab, um den Einfluss um zu verringern.

Lore "Er war nicht immer so sonderbar! Als ich noch ein Junge war, war der alte Bilbo ein höchst ehrbarer Hobbit.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name Asociarse con magos
Game Text Cuento. El portador debe ser Bilbo. Bilbo no puede recibir heridas (excepto durante la fase de arquería). Comunidad o Reagrupación: Esfuerza a Bilbo o descarta esta condición para quitar .
Lore “¡No siempre había sido así de peculiar! Cuando yo era un muchacho, el viejo Bilbo era un Hobbit respetable.”
FR - French
Card Name Fréquentations Magiques
Game Text Récit.

Le détenteur doit être Bilbon. Bilbon ne peut pas être blessé (sauf pendant la phase d’archerie). Compagnie ou Ralliement : Affaiblissez Bilbon ou défaussez cette situation pour retirer .

Lore « “Il n'a pas toujours été aussi particulier! Lorsque j'étais un jeune garçon, le vieux Bilbon était un Hobbit des plus respectables.” »
IT - Italian
Card Name Frequentare gli Stregoni
Game Text Racconto. Il possessore deve essere Bilbo. Bilbo non può subire ferite (tranne che durante la fase degli Arcieri). Compagnia o

Raccolta: Sforza Bilbo o scarta questa condizione per rimuovere .

Lore “‘Non è sempre stato così strano! Quando ero un bambino, il vecchio Bilbo era un Hobbit assai rispettabile.'”
PL - Polish

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN02S097.0
GEMP ID 2_97
LOTRO Hex ID 61 4E E8 01
LOTRO Image ID 02_097


Consorting With Wizards is an exceptional choke card along the lines of Sting (1R313) and Aragorn, Heir to the White City (3R38) . However, unlike Sting and HttWC, it is not particularly splashable. It requires Bilbo, so one needs a good way of getting him out early, such as Hobbiton Party Field (2U115) . It also needs a good way to keep Bilbo healthy, such as Hobbit Party Guest (1C297) or Frodo, Old Bilbo's Heir (1R289) . For this reason, it sees its best use in a dedicated "Hobbit Hospital" style deck and has little use otherwise in Fellowship Block. See below for a sample Fellowship decklist.

At the launch of The Two Towers, Bilbo was almost forgotten entirely. Consorting With Wizards was relegated to obscurity almost from its first printing... until Reflections, which introduced the first new Bilbo card in over two years: Bilbo, Bearer of Things Burgled (9R+49) .

This new Bilbo was not only a companion, but one of the brand-new Alternate Ring-bearers (and a particularly solid one at that). Suddenly, Consorting With Wizards had a new purpose, and those players who held onto their obsolete Mines of Moria cards now wielded potent firepower. This condition is perhaps the single-best form of wound-prevention for a Ring-bearer. It's also free to play, it's a tale (an unloaded keyword which happens to be targeted by Bilbo himself), and it even comes with pool-control that becomes abusive through vitality-boosting such as The One Ring, Answer To All Riddles (4R1) .

Also note that Consorting With Wizards is non-unique. If you're playing against an opponent with condition-discarding on his mind, only keep one of these in play at a time. But if your opponent has other things on his mind than keeping your conditions in check, drop all four onto Bilbo as you draw into them.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • Any Shadow deck that doesn't care about condition-removal or archery fire.

Weak Versus...[edit]

  • Putting too much focus on your Ring-bearer will inevitably draw the Eye of your opponent, and relying on powerful conditions is risky since just about any proficient player will have a means of disrupting your conditions.

See Also[edit]


Bilbo's Party by Kralik (Fellowship Block)[edit]

Ring-bearer: Frodo, Old Bilbo's Heir (1R289)

Ring: The One Ring, Isildur's Bane (1R1)

Sites important for Freeps:

Hobbiton Party Field (2U115)
Valley of the Silverlode (2U120)
Anduin Wilderland (1C354)

Free Peoples Draw Deck (40 cards):

1x Merry, From O'er the Brandywine (1C303)
1x Pippin, Friend to Frodo (1C306)
1x Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311)
1x Thrarin, Dwarven Smith (1U27)
1x Bilbo, Well-spoken Gentlehobbit (2U96)
2x Bounder (1C286)
1x Farmer Maggot, Chaser of Rascals (1R288)
3x Hobbit Party Guest (1C297)
1x Melilot Brandybuck, Merry Dancer (3R110)
1x The Gaffer, Sam's Father (1R291)
1x Bill the Pony (3U106)
3x Hobbit Sword (1C299)
2x Sting (1R313)
3x Hobbit Stealth (1C298)
3x Practically Everyone Was Invited (2U111)
3x A Promise (2R112)
2x A Talent for Not Being Seen (1U316)
4x Consorting With Wizards (2R97)
2x There and Back Again (1C317)

Basic Strategy: Bid very high (3 is recommended) to get Bilbo out early. Consorting With Wizards chokes and discards Shadow conditions with Bilbo's help. Practically Everyone Was Invited helps filter your deck and lets you choose which allies you need the most. For a large deck, it filters quite well. The hobbits are weakest in the early game, but difficult to kill in the end since you'll have LOADS of healing, relatively high strengths, Bounder and two Ringbearers. You don't want to see Anduin Confluence (1U353) , so try not to move to your opponent's site 7.