Fortress Never Fallen (4U276)

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Fortress Never Fallen (4U276) is a Culture Rohan.svg Rohan Condition from the The Two Towers set.

Collection Info
Title Fortress Never Fallen
Unique Yes
Collectible Yes
Notes Lists: ERL
Set 4 - The Two Towers
Rarity U - Uncommon
Card Number 276
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Rohan.svg Rohan
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Condition
Twilight Cost 2
Game Text Each time a Culture Rohan.svg Man wins a skirmish, you may place a Culture Rohan.svg token on this card.

Regroup: Discard a Shadow condition for each Culture Rohan.svg token here. Discard this condition.

Lore “‘...it was the spirit of your people that held it strong.'”
Translations
DE - German
Card Name Diese Festung ist nie gefallen
Game Text Spiele diese Karte in deinen Unterstützungs-bereich. Jedes Mal, wenn ein Culture Rohan.svg Mensch einen Kampf gewinnt, darfst du eine Culture Rohan.svg Marke auf diese Karte legen. Sammeln: Lege für jede Culture Rohan.svg Marke hier einen Schatteneffekt ab. Lege diesen Effekt ab.
Lore "... der Mut Eures Volkes machte sie uneinnehmbar.“
ES - Spanish
Card Name Fortaleza Nunca Derrotada
Game Text Cada vez que un Hombre Culture Rohan.svg gana una escaramuza, puedes poner un contador Culture Rohan.svg en esta carta.

Reagrupación: Descarta una condición de Sombra por cada contador Culture Rohan.svg puesto aquí. Descarta esta condición.

Lore “...fue el espíritu de tu gente lo que le mantuvo fuerte.”
FR - French
Card Name Une Forteresse Jamais Prise
Game Text Chaque fois qu’un Homme Culture Rohan.svg gagne un combat, vous pouvez déposer un jeton Culture Rohan.svg sur cette carte. Ralliement : Défaussez une situation de l’Ombre pour chaque jeton Culture Rohan.svg qui se trouve ici. Défaussez cette situation.
Lore « “... c'est l'esprit de votre peuple qui la garda forte.” »
IT - Italian
Card Name Una Fortezza Mai Caduta
Game Text Ogni volta che un Uomo Culture Rohan.svg vince una schermaglia, puoi piazzare un segnalino Culture Rohan.svg su questa carta.

Raccolta: Scarta una condizione Ombra per ogni segnalino Culture Rohan.svg qui presente. Scarta questa condizione.

Lore “‘...è stato lo spirito della tua gente che l'ha mantenuta salda.'”
Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN04S276.0
TLHH ID LOTR04276
GEMP ID 4_276
LOTRO Hex ID 64 A1 D0 03
LOTRO Image ID 04_276


Strategy[edit]

Goodbye Uruk-hai! That's how many players welcomed Standard Format when it was first announced. And since Standard is now the format of choice for most high-level tournaments, the relatively condition-free Uruks have definitely taken a back seat while condition-heavy strategies like Moria swarm and Sauron trackers now dominate the field.

This means that nearly every Free Peoples half-deck needs a way to discard conditions. Before The Battle of Helm's Deep set, it was relatively easy to splash Gandalf (along with Sleep, Caradhras, Deep in Thought, or Grown Suddenly Tall) or Elven allies (and Secret Sentinels) into a deck, but Grima, Chief Counselor has changed all of that. In decks that already contain three non-Gandalf, non-Elven Free Peoples cultures, such as the popular Help in Doubt and Need strategy, an alternate method of condition removal is needed. If that deck uses Rohan, then Fortress Never Fallen is a good bet.

Even if a deck already uses a culture with good condition removal, Fortress Never Fallen still has its advantages. Most cards that remove conditions are events, which clog up a player's hand if they are not needed immediately. Fortress Never Fallen, on the other hand, is a condition that can be played to the support area during any fellowship phase. Also, in a deck that uses Rohan and Gandalf cultures along with conditions, Sleep, Caradhras and Grown Suddenly tall will discard the Free Peoples conditions along with the Shadow ones, and Deep in Thought can be difficult to use because a player must be able to spot four twilight tokens in order to play it. The versatility of Fortress Never Fallen overcomes all of this and allows it to be incorporated in many Rohan deck types.

Fortress Never Fallen also has another huge advantage - there is no limit to the number of conditions it can discard. This makes it particularly effective against decks that rely on many conditions, such as Moria swarm or the recently popular Sauron (and Rohan usually has little problem winning skirmishes against these deck types, allowing the tokens to be easily stacked on Fortress Never Fallen).

The only draw back to this unique condition removal is the placement of tokens. This draw back is negligible when you consider how easy it is to get Eomer to win a Skirmish - the man rarely looses, problem solved! Being a condition itself it is susceptible to cards like Saruman's Power and Beauty is Fading which can discard Free Peoples conditions. It looks like Rohan is becoming more and more popular since the inception of Standard format, seems there is a place for them in almost every deck type, just remember that when you look for your next condition removal - Fortress Never Fallen may just be the way to go.

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