Terrible and Evil (7R50)

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Terrible and Evil (7R50) is a Culture Gandalf.svg Gandalf Event from the Return of the King set.

Collection Info
Title Terrible and Evil
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Notes If Gandalf is exhausted, he cannot exert to pay the cost of this card, even if X is equal to zero.
Set 7 - Return of the King
Rarity R - Rare
Card Number 50
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Gandalf.svg Gandalf
Side Free Peoples
Card Type Event
Phase Maneuver
Twilight Cost 3
Game Text Spell.

Exert Gandalf X times to wound a minion X times. If that minion is a Nazgûl, wound it again.

DE - German
Card Name Schrecklich und böse
Game Text Zauberspruch.

Strenge Gandalf X mal an, um einen Diener X mal zu verwunden. Wenn dieser Diener ein Nazgûl ist, verwunde ihn noch einmal.

FR - French
IT - Italian

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN07S050.0
GEMP ID 7_50
LOTRO Hex ID 62 FF AC 06
LOTRO Image ID 07_050


Gameplay Strategy[edit]

One of the most versatile sources of wounding in the maneuver phase, Terrible and Evil's primary purpose in most decks is to dodge the effects of Úlairë Enquëa, Lieutenant of Morgul (1U231) , Gríma, Chief Counselor (5R51) and Gríma, Wormtongue (4R154) -- cards with no cultural enforcement which almost single-handedly establish some of the game's norms. This lets Gandalf enable larger fellowships, opens up Gandalf, Friend of the Shirefolk (1R72) again, and allows card-stacking. Other cards can achieve this, but no other event can do it on its own. This is a blessing and a curse, making it safe from most Shadow player interference at the cost of having one fewer card to cycle through.

Playing with a 7-card hand is a constant handicap for both sides of the deck and makes everything come a bit slower. Barliman Butterbur, Prancing Pony Proprietor (1U70) usually allows players to essentially turn the discard pile into an extension of their hands for all Culture Gandalf.svg Gandalf events, but because there's no indication for when it might be needed there is often little opportunity to benefit from this. Nevertheless, because Enquea and Grima can single-handedly cost the Free Peoples player the game, the protection it offers is well worth the downside. If Barliman isn't needed for anything else and Terrible and Evil is the only Free People card in hand, it is sometimes worthwhile to discard it when reconciling then pull it back into hand in the next Fellowship phase for a one-turn reprieve. When there are more copies of Barliman or Terrible and Evil in the deck that might be drawn, such a move may save you from dead cards down the road.

Of course, stopping a minion from using maneuver-phase text isn't the only use for wounding. Thanks to Gandalf's high vitality, troublesome minions of all sorts - and especially Nazgul - can be killed outright. Swarms rely on numbers, and reducing that number by one can be the difference between losing the game and clearing the board for a double move. Wounding decks can directly benefit from Gandalf and more neatly adopt the rest of his toolkit as a result. Even on its own, its flexibility makes it a natural fit in almost any deck with Gandalf regardless of the danger any specific minion poses.

Deckbuilding Strategy[edit]

If neutralizing a certain minion is the reason for including Terrible and Evil, getting to it can seem to be a top priority. But since those minions often punish strategies for going over a certain threshold, remember that it isn't needed until you cross it. Further, since they tend to be splashes, you are unlikely to need it more than once. Multicultural decks afraid of Gríma, Chief Counselor (5R51) are easier to set up and will need it sooner than decks that just need to ward off Gríma, Wormtongue (4R154) or Úlairë Enquëa, Lieutenant of Morgul (1U231) .

A deck which relies on Terrible and Evil alone to cover its Free Peoples must be prepared to play the game with one card fewer for the rest of the deck -- not only will Shadow hands be one card fewer, but the Free Peoples side of the deck will get to everything slower. Certain Shadow sides will be mostly incompatible as a result, especially swarms where every card counts. For the Free Peoples, it will be hard to dig for the cards which set up a combo or fill out a support area. Having plenty of cycling or getting the deck down as close to the 60 card minimum as possible goes far to mitigate the damage this causes.

Otherwise, it should be treated the same as any other utility card. Like Sleep, Caradhras (1C84) and Roll of Thunder (4U99) , it is often wise to discard the card if it can't be meaningfully used the turn it is drawn and take it back later with Barliman Butterbur, Prancing Pony Proprietor (1U70) . Gandalf's vitality is a very limited resource, which in turn limits how much this card can be used in a game -- unless an opponent has many minions with 1 vitality and no wound prevention, playing it more than twice requires significant dedication to doing so.

Terrible and Evil is among the best counters to minions with maneuver phase actions, but it is far from the only one:

Though not a reliable counter to such minions, Swear by the Precious (15U52) can sometimes force opponents to pick between losing a key minion or losing every skirmish and potentially letting the Free Peoples player double.

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If the cost of an action requires a character to exert X times, then that character must have X+1 or more vitality or that action cannot be performed. A character cannot exert 0 times to pay the cost of a card that requires a character to exert X times.

- exert section

This means Strength of Spirit (1C85) will not allow Gandalf to exert an "extra" time -- it will only prevent one of the exertions from adding a token. Further, the event can't wound a Nazgul once without exerting Gandalf at all.