Palantir of Minas Tirith

Resource: Special Item
Marshalling Points: 2
Corruption Points: 2

Unique. Palantir. Playable only at Minas Tirith. With its bearer able to use a Palantir, tap Palantir of Minas Tirith to look at the top five cards of your play deck; shuffle these 5 cards and return them to the top of your play deck. Do the same to your opponent's play deck. Bearer makes a corruption check.

Pretty nice. Usual Special Item palantir stuff, 2 corruption, 2 M.P., unique, playable at only one site. It also requires the bearer able to use a Palantir, once again normal for palantiri. But another different ability.

It's probably the truest to what the Palantir actually were, the "stones of seeing", since that's what this card does. It lets you "spy" on your opponent's and your own play decks to see what's coming up next. This ability can be very useful in some cases. Like if you're trying to decide whether to keep a few combo cards in your hand or not, this tells you what you'll be getting in the next few turns.

Better yet, use this with Saruman every turn you have the chance to to see what you'll be getting the next turn or two and therefore be able to decide things like whether to go for that extra discard/draw card in the end-of-turn phase. Or if you're willing to keep someone in one place, keep Saruman usable and instead just put a sage somewhere with this and Align Palantir (tomorrow's card) for that ability every turn.

Also you know what your opponent's getting, good for planning combos and knowing that your opponent can't cancel them (if you watch how many cards he discards and make assumptions) or better yet combine this with Pallando (I finally found an actually good use for his second ability) to know everything your opponent gets or discards and therefore effectively his hand as well.

Even better: use Pallando, Palantir of Minas Tirith, and Palantir of Amon Sul (lets you look at his hand) to know absolutely everything about your opponent's cards (just use two Align Palantirs and you can sit someone somewhere to use them). What a combo, pretty hard to get out but well worth it when you do. Though you can pretty much remove either one of the the palantiri or Pallando (the latter choice is better IMHO) and still have almost all of the ability, it works best with all three.

Overall, Palantir of Minas Tirith is a very useful palantir, one of the best ones in the game.


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