That's why I'm going to look at cards in the Core Set that continue to be staples of solid decks, or, in many cases have become much better than they were back in the old days! Make no mistake; there are a whole lot of cards that are really great in the current card pool, but a lot of those still come from the core set! So let's jump in with allies first.
All card images from the fantastic Hall of Beorn.
As quick note, after looking over this article after having written it, I realize this is most of the allies in the core set!
Beorn is a beast, but one of (if not THE) most expensive ally in the game. But look at that stat line! Out of box he was prohibitively expensive. Playing with only core set cards makes Beorn less than attractive... now days, however, cards like Elf-stone, Vilya/Elrond, and possibly even A Very Good Tale have made getting Beorn into play easier. Having him on the table is a very, very good thing.
Leadership Boromir or Visionary Leadership, though, he becomes a cheap ally that is more than capable.
chump. This guy has one purpose: place a progress token, take a nasty attack from an enemy. I love cards that are singular in their use- and thus economical. One resource for all that? Sign me up!
Just a solid tactics ally that benefits from a lot of Dwarf synergy.
Sneak Attack for the ultimate Grey Wizard experience.
Thank you for taking a look! Next, we'll take a look at Attachments from the core set.