The River Running with Eagles vs Easterlings – July 14, 2021

by Matt Kell / kattattack22

I definitely had much worse first turn staging compared to my last game. It added quite a bit of threat plus I had 2 low engagement cost enemies to deal with right away. Easterling Pursuit got a number of resources pretty quick. I managed to deal with those early enemies but then Riders of Rhun came out and made mincemeat of my fledgling board state. The more I play this quest, the more it seems I need a deck that can have a strong turn 1. I think my Eagles deck could eventually steamroll to victory if I had another game without many enemies in the first couple of turns, but that seems very unlikely.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (Mount Gundabad)
Gwaihir (The Land of Sorrow)
Radagast (The Fate of Wilderland)

Ally (27)
3x Descendant of Thorondor (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Gwaihir (Trouble in Tharbad)
2x Ioreth (A Storm on Cobas Haven)
1x Landroval (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Loyal Hound (The Fate of Wilderland)
3x Meneldor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x Messenger Raven (The Fate of Wilderland)
3x Vassal of the Windlord (The Dead Marshes)
3x Winged Guardian (The Hunt for Gollum)

Attachment (8)
3x Radagast’s Staff (The Fate of Wilderland)
1x Song of Wisdom (Conflict at the Carrock)
3x Support of the Eagles (Return to Mirkwood)
1x Wizard Pipe (The Road Darkens)

Event (15)
3x Close Call (The Dunland Trap)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Gwaihir’s Debt (The Fate of Wilderland)
3x The Eagles Are Coming! (The Hunt for Gollum)
3x Word of Command (The Long Dark)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Starting Hand

  • Descendent of Thorondor
  • Loyal Hound
  • Support of the Eagles
  • Winged Guardian
  • Radaghast’s Staff
  • Daeron’s Runes

Setup

  • Easterling Outrider in the staging area
  • Threat – 33

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Close Call

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Daeron’s Runes draws Support of the Eagles and Eagles of the Misty Mountains
  • Discard Close Call
  • Radagast’s Staff
  • Use staff to play Winged Guardian

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Radagast
  • Bilbo targeting Easterling Outrider
  • Total Quest Power = 4

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Outrider 2
  • Easterling Horse
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 35

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • River Running
  • Engage Easterling Outrider 1
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (1 / 3)

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Engage Easterling Outrider 2
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (2 / 3)

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Radagast
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Recurve Bow)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Winged Guardian
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Radagast’s Staff discarded (Easterling Outrider)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Pay a Tactics Resource to keep Winged Guardian

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Easterling Outrider 2

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 36
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (3 / 3)
  • Discard Rider of Rhun and then add it to the staging area.
  • Easterling Pursuit resources discarded (0 / 3)

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Daeron’s Runes

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Daeron’s Runes draws Word of Command and Loyal Hound
  • Discard Loyal Hound

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Radagast
  • Bilbo targeting Rider of Rhun
  • Total Quest Power = 5

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Horse attached to Easterling Outrider
  • Easterling Outrider returned to the staging area
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • No threat gained or progress made

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Outrider
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit (1 / 3)

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery damage each to Gwaihir and Bilbo

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Winged Guardian
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rolling Plain)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Winged Guardian discarded
  • Gwaihir readies

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Easterling Outrider

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 37
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Close Call

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Eagles of the Misty Mountains
  • Gwaihir readies

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Rider of Rhun
  • Radagast
  • Total Quest Power = 5

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Sword of Rhun attached to Rider of Rhun
  • Rider of Rhun 2
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 active location progress (1 / 5)
  • 1 damage to Rider of Rhun 1

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Rider of Rhun 1

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 3 archery damage to Eagles of the Misty Mountains
  • 1 archery damage to Radagast

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Eagles of the Misty Mountains
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Exhausts Gwaihir (Painful Fatigue)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 6
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Eagles of the Misty Mountains destroyed
  • Gwaihir readies

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir and Radagast
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 6
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Rider of Rhun destroyed.

**I just realized I forgot to give Rider of Rhun 2 an Easterling Horse since it was revealed during staging. This means I would have failed questing and had both Riders engaged. There’s no way I would have survived that onslaught. Game over man, game over. **

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