The River Running with Eagles vs Easterlings – July 3, 2021

by Matt Kell / kattattack22

Overview

I went with an Eagle deck for yet another attempt at this quest following the advice of direct damage from the Vision of the Palantir scenario analysis. I thought Descendant of Thorondor along with Gwaihir’s Debt and core Gandalf would work. I also added Tactics Bilbo for more direct damage and to offset any threat that enemies returning to the staging area with Easterling Horses. I also haven’t played with Radagast and Gwaihir heroes yet so built around them as well.

In the game, Bilbo did do a lot to offset some really high threat enemies especially with the horses. He even got to to take out an Easterling Outrider with 2 horses attached with his ability. Gwaihir and Radagast worked well together to have 2 fairly consistent defenders. Gwaihir with Support of the Eagles usually could kill one enemy per turn easily. Getting rid of a second enemy which I usually needed to was difficult. Once in a while Descendant and/or Bilbo could finish off a damaged one, but not as consistent as I’d like. Still this was the closest I came to winning. I got a very easy start with almost no threat in the staging area. I’ll try this deck again and see if I can build up a better board state or not run out of Eagle allies to play for readying Gwaihir.

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.

Play by Play

####Starting Hand

  • The Eagles are Coming!
  • Radagast’s Staff
  • Daeron’s Runes
  • Gwahir’s Debt
  • Meneldor
  • Support of the Eagles

####Setup

  • Warriors of the East out of play
  • Easterling Pursuit, River Running, and Easterling Outrider in the staging area
  • Threat – 33

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Vassal of the Windlord

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • The Eagles are Coming to draw Winged Guardian, Descendent of Thorondor x2, and The Eagles are Coming.
  • Second The Eagles are Coming draws Winged Guardian 2
  • Daeron’s Runes draws Support of the Eagles and Descendent of Thorondor 3
  • Discard a Descendent of Thorondor
  • Play Radagast’s Staff
  • Play Winged Guardian with Staff discount

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Outrider
  • Radagast
  • Gwaihir
  • Total Quest Power = 6

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • An Arduous Journey
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 main quest progress (3 / 10)
  • 1 damage to Easterling Outrider

3.4 Action(s)

  • Gwahir’s Debt to find and put Meneldor into play
  • +2 River Running progress (2 / 5)
  • Gwaihir readies

4.2 Travel

  • River Running
  • Easterling Outrider engaged and attacks
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Meneldor
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (Easterling Raider)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 2
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Meneldor destroyed.
  • +2 River Running progress (4 / 5)

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider

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

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
  • Easterling Outrider destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (1 / 3)

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Loyal Hound

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Meneldor with discount from staff
  • +2 River Running progress and explore it
  • Gwaihir readies

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Radagast
  • Gwaihir
  • Meneldor
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Painful Fatigue exhausts Radagast and deals 1 damage
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 1

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +6 quest progress (9 / 10)

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 35
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (2 / 3)

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Loyal Hound 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Loyal Hound with staff discount
  • Vassal of the Windlord
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Support of the Eagles on Gwaihir

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Radagast
  • Meneldor
  • Loyal Hound
  • Total Quest Power = 6

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Horse just surges
  • Warrior of Rhun
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 quest progress (10 / 10)
  • Advance to Stage 2
  • Warriors of the East and Warrior of Rhun 2 added to the staging area.
  • Easterling Horse in discard pile attached to Warrior of Rhun 2

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Warrior of Rhun x2

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rider of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Winged Guardian
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rocky Outcrop)
  • 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 – Warrior of Rhun 2

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • Support of the Eagles exhausted for +3 attack
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Warrior of Rhun 2 destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 36
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (3 / 3)
  • Rider of Rhun added to the staging area.
  • Easterling Horse and Recurve Bow added to it from the discard pile
  • Easterling Pursuit resources (0 / 3)

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Messenger Raven

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Winged Guardian
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Descendant of Thorondor with staff discount
  • Deal 2 damage to Rider of Rhun

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Rider of Rhun
  • Radagast
  • Gwaihir
  • Meneldor
  • Descendent of Thorondor
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Rocky Outcrop
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +5 quest progress (5 / 15)
  • +1 damage to Rider of Rhun

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Rocky Outcrop
  • Radagast exhausted

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Rider of Rhun

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 4 archery dealt as follows
    • 1 Loyal Hound
    • 1 Descendent of Thorondor
    • 2 Radagast
  • Discard Loyal Hound to cancel 2 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 – Winged Guardian
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Easterling Horse)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • defender destroyed
  • Gwaihir readies

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – deal 1 damage to defender (Weary Lands)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 37
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (1 / 3)
  • Rider of Rhun and Warrior of Rhun return to the staging area.

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Eagles of the Misty Mountains

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Descendent of Thorondir 2
  • Deal 2 damage to Rider of Rhun to destroy it.
  • Gwaihir readies

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Radagast
  • Descendent of Thorondir 2
  • Meneldor
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Sword of Rhun on Warrior of Rhun
  • Easterling Outrider and attach Easterling Horse from discard pile to it
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (2 / 3) from Enemies close behind
  • Threat – 39
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • 3 Rocky Outcrop progress (3 / 3)
  • Deal 1 damage to Warrior of Rhun

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Warrior of Rhun
  • Easterling Outrider and attacks
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rocky Outcrop)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun

  • Recurve Bow attached from discard pile
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Descendent of Thorondor 1
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Easterling Horse)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 4
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • defender destroyed
  • Gwaihir readies

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Radagast
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – attach Easterling Horse from discard pile to Outrider (Warrior of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Warrior of Rhun

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • +3 attack from Support of the Eagles
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 40
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Easterling Outrider returned to the staging area
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (3 / 3)
  • Warrior of Rhun added to the staging area.
  • No Easterling treachery in the discard pile
  • Easterling Pursuit resources (0 / 3)

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Daeron’s Runes

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Daeron’s Runes draws Word of Command and Eagles of Misty Mountains
  • Discard Word of Command
  • Eagles of Misty Mountain
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Loyal Hound with staff discount

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Easterling Outrider
  • Radagast
  • Meneldor
  • Loyal Hound
  • Descendent of Thorondor
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Outrider and no Easterling attachments in discard pile
  • Painful Fatigue exhausts and deals a damage to Eagles of the Misty Mountain
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 10

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 quest progress (7 / 15)
  • Deal 1 damage to Easterling Outrider (1 / 2)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Outriders x2
  • +2 Easterling Pursuit (2 / 3)
  • Warrior of Rhun

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun

  • No Easterling treacheries in discard pile
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Radagast
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – deal 1 damage to defender (Weary Lands)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rider of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 2 to Gwaihir and cancel by discarding Loyal Hound
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outirder 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rider of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Easterling Outrider 2

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Vassal of the Windlord
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • target destroyed
  • Vassal of the Windlord discarded and attached facedown to Eagles of the Misty Mountain
  • Gwaihir readies

6.8b Target – Warrior of Rhun

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • +3 attack from Support of the Eagles targeting Eagles of the Misty Mountain
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • target destroyed

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 41
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Easterling Outrider returned to the staging area
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (3 / 3)
  • Easterling Raider added to the staging area.
  • No Easterling treachery in the discard pile
  • Easterling Pursuit resources (0 / 3)

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Messenger Raven

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Eagles of the Misty Mountain with staff discount
  • Gwaihir readies

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Easterling Outrider
  • Radagast
  • Eagles of the Misty Mountain 2
  • Meneldor
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easerling Raider 2 and discard pile doesn’t have Easterling treachery
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (10 / 15)
  • Deal 1 damage to Easterling Outrider (2 / 2) and it is destroyed.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Raider x2

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 2 archery dealing 1 each to Meneldor and Descendent of Thorondor

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Raider 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Radagast
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (Enemies Close Behind)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Raider 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Descendet of Thorondor
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – deal 1 damage to defender (Wearly Lands)
  • defender destroyed and attached to Eagles of the Misty Mountain 1
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 2 assigned to Gwaihir
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Easterling Raider 1

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • +4 from Support of the Eagles
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 8
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 6
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • target destroyed

6.8b Target – Easterling Raider 2

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Eagles of the Misty Mountain 1
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • +none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 42
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit (1 / 3)

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Word of Command

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Messenger Raven with staff discount
  • Support of the Eagles on Gwaihir

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Radagast
  • Eagles of the Misty Mountains x2
  • Meneldor
  • Messenger Raven
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Outrider and attach Easterling Horse from discard pile
  • Rocky Outcrop
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 quest progress (Nooo! I was so close)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

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

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery to Meneldor and he is destroyed
  • Meneldor attached facedown to Eagles of the Misty Mountains 1
  • Gwaihir readies

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Raider

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

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Outrider

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – enemy returns to the staging area after attack (Painful Fatigue)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target returned to the staging area.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat –
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (3 / 3)
  • Easterling Raider added to the staging area.
  • Easterling Horse attached to raider.
  • Easterling Pursuit resources (0 / 3)

Turn 9

1.3 Draw

  • Loyal Hound

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Loyal Hound with staff discount
  • Messenger Raven 2

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Raider
  • Radagast
  • Eagles of the Misty Mountains x2
  • Messenger Raven x2
  • Loyal Hound
  • Total Quest Power = 14

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Exposed Riverbank (Argh! Again so close and I only needed 1 progress 😦 )
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 14

That’s game. Maybe I should have played the longer game and not YOLO quested especially with my built up Eagles of the Misty Mountains. I ran out of Eagles to ready Gwaihir which meant I lost a lot of the combat ability I needed to let the allies with willpower quest.

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