Finally managed to get another MESBG game in! Feels like it had been forever. Initially, I planned to run Galadriel, Lady of Light in our game tonight... but her Fortify Spirit ability felt like too hard of a counter to Andrew's list, and so I decided instead to try Gwaihir for the first time. Andrew was running a fun combo of Mordor and Isengard, leaning heavily into two of the best spellcasters in the game with very decent infantry.
Gwaihir. Andrew's been running him a bit and seems to like him a lot.
Rivendell score 3 VPs for killing the Witch King. They score 5 VPs for breaking the evil alliance without being broken. Finally, they score an additional 2 VP for quartering evil.
Evil scores 2 VPs for having a banner remaining at the end of the game making the final...
10-2 for Rivendell.
Closing Thoughts: Well, I am a believer in Gwaihir. I know he can fail spectacularly rolling so few dice, but I feel like I never overextended him and used him sparingly this game. It's hard to resist the temptation to go flapping about with stabby-feet and chompy-mouth but he's definitely more of a scalpel. Gil-Galad was... whatever. Erestor is bae, as usual.
I dug Andrew's list, but I'm not sure Saruman and Uruks are worth giving up the Mordor army bonus. I think Andrew's planned revision to this list look much scarier; stay tuned and I'm sure it'll show up here soon!