Saw Further and Deeper

Revealing you wizard is a big advantage. For no mind cost, you receive a 6/9 character with 10 DI, four skills, and two cool abilities. However, it brings with it a risk. You may lose the game on a bad roll.

Saw Further and Deeper # Resource # Permanent-event
Playable only if your Wizard is not revealed. Your general influence is increased by 5. Your Wizard may only be brought into play at his home site. Discard when you bring your Wizard into play. Cannot be duplicated by a given player.

This card makes playing without a wizard a definite option. While it is only half of the influence you wizard would give you (though a 5 mind character can have a couple DI) and doesn't give the free 6/9 character, but it also won't lose you the game if it gets discarded (which it can't).

You should build the rest of your deck before you include this card. Where does your deck go? Is it far away from any of the wizard home sites? Does it go to dangerous places and take lots of risks? Can your deck survive without a wizard? Is your play group really viscous? Do your dice roll snake eyes too often? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Saw Further and Deeper is the product for you! Also, if you are going to a tournament, you might want to include this card so you don't lose the whole tourney because of one lousy die roll (though a wizard can also be a big advantage in a tourney). This card can also be useful in a large deck, giving you 5 GI until you can draw your wizard. This works best with Gandalf, though Saruman and Alatar don't have home sites that are too bad.

So, what does 5 GI do for you? Well, you can bring in another character like Beretar or Gloin or Fram Framson or two like Annalena and Gamling the Old. This can give you that one extra untapped character to play an item during the site phase or that one extra warrior to protect your company. Also, if you are playing without a wizard anyway, you might want to include Saw Further and Deeper to counteract cards like Call of Home and Muster Disperses. It also protects against agent/character influence.

So if you don't feel like revealing yourself directly, you can act indirectly, though not as effectively. It will, though, make it harder for Sauron to find his enemy...

(5.0 w/ Pallando)
Ratings for Saw Further and Deeper:
Isildur: 7.0
Samwise: 7.3
Bandobras Took: 8.0
Farmer Maggot: 9.5
Frodo: 7.5
Fingolfin: 9.0
Beorn: 8.0
Strider: 8.5
Legolas: 5.0
Wormtongue: 7.0
Average: 7.0

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