Grima, Wormtongue (4R154)
|Grima, Son of Galmod (4C153)||
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|Haunting Her Steps (4U155)|
Grima, Wormtongue (4R154) is a Isengard Minion from the The Two Towers set.
Grima was one of the cards introduced in Two Towers to discourage people from simply piling up a tonne of possessions/conditions on a few companions. This minion is often splashed in decks to help deal with a fully decked up Aragorn, Gimli or Eomer. Not only does he disable all of that companion's card bonuses for the turn, he also constricts card flow and makes twilight if the player replays the cards next turn. Simply the threat of this card is enough to make a lot of players play no more than 2 cards on a companion, in order to remain safe from this ability. Note that he has no effect on Ring-Bound companions, so any Two Towers version of Faramir is safe, along with any version of the Ring-Bearer. Also note that he has synergy with shadow conditions that play on companions, as these add towards the total cards Grima spots, but are not returned to hand when he is triggered. Grima is very difficult to counter, however, as more and more cards were released in later sets, several strategies became possible to deal with this minion, most of which can also be used against Enquea, LoM, like Rush of Steeds.
After Grima has done his job, you can try to discard those cards returned to hand with post-Shadow phase discarding tricks like Hand of Sauron, Tower Lieutenant or Band of the Eye.
Strengths and Weaknesses
- Possession heavy decks (Dwarves, Rohan etc.)
- Decks that rely on a single tank e.g. Durin III
- Follower heavy decks
- Ringbound-only fellowships
- Ents and other Unbound companions who can manage without bearing any card
- Foul Creation (can discard Grima from your hand)
- Slaked Thirsts
- Terrible and Evil
- Merry's Sword
- Great Day, Great Hour
- Unheeded (if a card exerts Grima)
- Denethor, Last Ruling Steward
- Stewards' Legacy
- Ithilien Blade
- Storied Homestead
- A New Light (can discard Grima from your hand)
- Rush of Steeds
|Gríma, Son of Galmod (4C153)||Each unbound companion (or ally) bearing a Shadow condition is strength -1.|
|Gríma, Chief Counselor (5R51)||Maneuver: Spot 4 Free Peoples cultures and exert Gríma to return an unbound companion, and all cards on him or her, to their owners’ hands.|
|Gríma, Betrayer of Rohan (12R68)||Lurker. (Skirmishes involving lurker minions must be resolved after any others.)
Each time a companion loses a skirmish involving a minion, you may exert Gríma to exert a companion.
|Gríma, Footman of Saruman (13U92)||Lurker. (Skirmishes involving lurker minions must be resolved after any others.)
Each time a Free Peoples character is killed, you may spot another minion to exert each companion.
|Gríma, Witless Worm (18R67)||Regroup: Exert Gríma to add .
Regroup: Remove a token to add .
|Gríma, Servant of Another Master (19P16)||When you play Gríma, you may remove to exert an unbound companion. That companion cannot use special abilities until the regroup phase.
Assignment: Exert Gríma to assign him to an unbound companion. That companion may exert to prevent this.