Last time I wrote of a hero of the White City who hardly appears on the table. Today we leave the white city behind and move through the Anorien and the Eastfold to reach the green plains of the Horselords. Unlike Minas Tirith, Rohan as a clear hierarchy of heroes: Erkenbrand is always the first pick, followed by The Knight of Pelennor (bigger games) and/or Eorl the Young. Then we have the children of Eomund, with Eowyin acting as Rohan's Berengod. Today I'll deal with one of the others, probably the worst of the bunch.
Meriadoc, Knight of the Mark!
Well...there's hardly anything to say. In most games there's no reason to field this guy. Unlike Eowyin, Merry can't lead troops and he's way too expensive to be a deployment drop. With average fight value, only 1 attack and a single wound, you'd probably only use him in a campaign scenario or if you are a masochist. It could be argued that, with Merry being this useless you might as well remove him from the list and nobody will notice. Seriously, this guy has no saving grace; even his Resistant to magic rule is of little benefit when you can just deal with him with a Uruk Hai.
So, is Merry useless?
Oh yes. Absolutely. There is, however, the tiniest glimmer of hope if you have Gamling with his Royal Banner in the same army. We all know how precious Might is and it is even more important if you play an all cavalry force and Gamling allows any hero of Rohan to recover one single might once his reserve is depleted. That's when Merry becomes useful.
Merry has a single might point. Which means that if he spends that single point of might, he will recover it the following turn. The opponent is too far? Call a heroic march with Merry. You lose priority? Call an heroic move with Merry. Abuse this little hobbit as much as possible. Heroic shooting, even heroic accurancy: no might is wasted if you can simply recover it the following turn. And in the fight phase you can charge together with Rohan's strongest to make them fight twice.
Siamo Dikey e Shagrat, e facciamo parte del Gruppo di Gioco della Sicilia Orientale dedicato al gioco " Middle-Earth: Strategy Battle Game" prodotto dalla games workshop, che è la proprietaria del marchio registrato.