Rereading his powers, does he only reduce damage when he *jumps* in front, or at all times when he's in front? If he only reduces damage after jumping, then I guess you could just leave him in front and let him fortify tiles. He'd produce his healing countdowns, but they don't heal very much, we're not sure how they target, and you can match them away at least.If his damage reduction isn't tied to the jumping then he's much more problematic to deal with.
Unless he doesn’t have fortified tiles in the right amount of different colours, which he definitely won’t at the start of battle.
“ If Odin was already in front, he then Fortifies 2 random basic or friendly special tile(s)“The ‘then’ implies he does something before this point - and the only other thing he does is reduce damage. Yes, it could be using the word ‘then’ in the sense of ‘instead’; we don’t know, hence the discussion. It certainly isn’t clear.