This game is now at turn 8 and I’m playing Dark Servants.
I cannot give too many details, but the Free People’s player went for a quick army rush opening, recruiting King of the Dead, Denethor and Eowyn as part of the first five champions. Those three bring a cool total 8000 HI and 2000 HC with them. A, thankfully much reduced, part of that army is now on the plain below Barad Dur. Sauron was at first really excited to see all those troops out there but then he realised they weren’t orcs. Not to worry, my brave army is out there as well.
The DS cannot match those numbers with their own champion choices so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Those three commanders do not bring much in the character department and those troops cost a lot of upkeep. Even if they cannot in the end take Barad Dur, they might have created enough momentum to give the Freeps a lasting advantage.