The best way to prevent a company from doing something at their site is to not let them get there

Baudila # Minion # Warrior/Scout/Ranger Man # 6/8 # 3 MP # 8 mind # 2 DI # Home Site: Goblin-gate, Mount Gundabad
Unique. Agent. Agent only: If Baduila is discarded at target company's new site, company must return to its site of origin.

which makes Baudila a really cool agent. His 8 mind mean that you can only have three or four agents with similar abilities, but it also gives you some pretty nice stats. His 2 DI and lack of diplomat skill make him unlikely to be doing much influencing for you, but with Baudila you can prevent your opponent from doing his influencing.

Baudila can be a key piece in an agent attack deck. He's got easy acces to a lot of the area around Rivendell and the area north of Lorien. And while he doesn't have as high of a prowess as The Grimburgoth, when he attacks from face down he's at 8+2d6, if you add a Cunning Foes it becomes 11 plus a roll, only the most kick ass characters can be confident against that. And he's got 8 body, so even if they do defeat the prowess, they may have a problem getting the 3 MPs.

This is not Baudila's main strength, though. HIs main strength is his cool ability. You can send him to a site, discard him, and return your opponent's company to their site of origin. You can use this to get an early turn advantage or you can use it to prevent your opponent from making a last ditch effort. His home sites of Goblin Gate and Mount Gundabdad allow him to slow down both normal Indy decks, Dragon decks, and other Rivendell based decks. You can further his range and REALLY surprise someone if you give him Inner Cunning, letting him pop up anywhere and ruin anybody's day. Seek Without Success can do the same thing but it requires an extra two cards (a resource to balance) and requires you to draw it and the ranger agent at the same time. You can just plop Baudila down and wait for a chance to muck with your opponent's plan. Only problem is remembering to use him, since he's face down he's out of sight, out of mind. Hmm, that could be another agent card...

How can you defend against Baudila? I Know Much About You doesn't work as Baudila doesn't tap to force you back home. Withdrawn to Mordor can send him back to your opponent's hand, but he can hit the table again and cause you more trouble. Ordered to Kill won't do it either, you might get munched or he might just force you back. This is one tough agent. Watch out for his wolf, too...

Ratings for Baudila:
Isildur: 8.7
Bandobras: 8.5
Farmer Maggot: 9.5
Legolas: 6.0
Strider: 7.0
Fingolfin: 8.0
Beorn: 7.2
Cirdan: 7.5
Merry: 7.6
Frodo: 8.5
Samwise: 7.9
Average: 7.9

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