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Hello everyone, my name is Ira Fey and I'm going to do another opening analysis video. I just recorded the first one and I thought it might be fun to try a second one just to see the variety we get. So Shadow will allocate one eye. I'm going to do one eye allocated at least for a while, but if you leave in the comments that you often allocate zero eyes turn one, I can do some of those as well. So let's see what happens on this one. Alright, a much more normal roll for Free People and a very nice roll for Shadow. So these are good rolls I'd say for both of them.
And let's see what cards Free People drew. So Guards of the Citadel and Elven Rope, both of these are perfectly playable and we don't yet know what Shadow is going to roll. I guess I'm thinking as Free People I'm most likely going to move twice for sure with these character dice. And with the musters I don't really know. If I had a Palantir I would be inclined to play Guards of the Citadel or potentially Elven Rope, but I probably would play Guards of the Citadel. Given that I don't have a Palantir I don't know exactly what I'm doing with these musters and army musters.
It could be that I muster once maybe the elves or potentially Gondor, but muster somebody and then with this army movement go into, Hedorus into Westonet and Carrick into Old Forest Road. Another option is move a third time spending a ring with this muster because I don't really have anything I'm particularly excited to do. Or if on my first two moves I get hit and I need to hide then I could potentially hide with the muster. So I think probably what I would do is start by moving twice and see what happens. Well I'd pass twice then I would move twice and then I would see what happens. Alright let's see what cards Shadow draws.
Flax of Crébain I'm not a huge fan of. Shadow is moving is perfectly nice. It's an army card so I can use it in case new power 2 great shows up and also Swarm of Bats is useful for canceling those pesky scouts in Old Forest Road. So you know as Shadow seeing that I have Shadow's moving into Flax of Crébain those are cards that I'm not going to be playing right away. So if Free People passes to me I think I would start by just drawing a card.
I mean I'm almost certainly I'm gonna muster Isengard to war and then get Saruman almost certainly but I think I'd just start by drawing a card so I could start thinking about that and I would draw a strategy card. I don't know maybe the right thing to do maybe what's better is in case they get revealed on their first hit maybe I'm gonna want to draw character cards.
Would I want to draw character cards in that situation? I might so I know for sure I want to muster Isengard so I'll just do that and then they pass and the thing is if I get Saruman right now it's theoretically possible they could get Gandalf turn one by moving getting hit having Mirror of Galadriel and then turning this character die into a Will of the West.
You know what are the odds of that one out of six to hit them and then one out of 24 so you know we're talking very low odds but I don't know do I really care about revealing that I'm gonna get Saruman I think I think I'm just gonna draw my strategy card now I don't really want to draw character cards I'm gonna draw a strategy card. Alright shadows gather I don't know that that's particularly playable right now but it's something it's something to consider. And now free people moves no no real question there so they move I try and hit them and I miss and then back to shadow what's shadow gonna do.
Alright the thing about shadows gather moving three I think I probably want to save it for reinforcements but it is possible to do like a Morinon to South Rune and then get these guys moving up to Erebor really early it's not really that amazing but it is something to consider. I think I would I think what I would do probably is just draw cards again because I don't really know what I'm gonna get so I'd rather see what it is and draw so I draw one and I get half orcs and goblins very useful card turns on a lot of combat effects gives me good reinforcement option so that's good.
Alright free people move again and this time they get hit let's see what we get a one very interesting.
Do you lose Gandalf to this? You don't have to but we anticipate that I mean Saruman's coming so if I roll will of the west next turn then I could get I could get Gandalf what am I gonna do alright so now I'm free people what am I gonna do with these last two dice am I gonna play guards of this Citadel or am I gonna use a ring to move again how hard do we want to push the fellowship and how much do we want to give rings to shadow early on and do we just if we lose Gandalf here maybe we just slow down a little and then use these musters and save our rings I don't really know this is interesting what would you do here would you lose Gandalf and if you do lose Gandalf would you then slow down and not give a ring or do you lose Gandalf and still use a ring I feel like maybe I would be tempted if I'm using a ring I'm more tempted to take the one corruption and another crazy idea is take a random companion maybe get a hobbit but I don't want to do that I wouldn't take a random companion given that I'm not revealed so I don't really need it Strider's guide ability so yeah I don't know this is an interesting choice for this game for me what would I actually decide I think I would decide to lose Gandalf I'm gonna hang on to my rings my thinking is I'm gonna lose Gandalf I'm gonna hang on to my Elven rings and I'm just gonna I'm just gonna muster up and defend a bit so Gandalf goes bye bye and then shadow I think will now get Saruman clearly they want Saruman and then with these now goes back to free people I think free people are going to I don't know what seems like it could work to just muster Elvis twice I think I'm gonna try mustering Elvis twice and now as shadow what do you do I feel like I want to get to the elves pretty fast but yeah I think maybe what I would do is it do Barad-dur to go growth and then do I bring in this regular unit right there that seems fair and then it's free people I think I muster elves again to get into an advance these armies and now a shadow with this army muster do muster Sauron to war to make sure you get the Witch King next round if they get the elves to war and you only get one muster or do you want to get your armies moving more I don't really know I feel somewhat tempted to get Sauron to war just in case I only will roll one muster because I think that's a real possibility and then at least that's a deterrent for the elves getting to war and gives me options to sort of change direction if I want so I think that's how I would play that round you know clearly there were a lot of choices along the way and we're just on round one so I would love to hear your comments what would you do differently would you have used a ring would you have lost Gandalf curious to hear your thoughts thanks so much have a good rest of the day.