The River Running with Hit and Run the Easterlings – July 17, 2021

Overview

I kept thinking in my previous games, Three Hunters probably won’t have much issue with this quest. It’s just so easy to have a quick start with the right draw of restricted attachments. Then once the contract flips, willpower and healing are online. Both of those I’ve struggled to get going in my other games.

I hesitated to play Three Hunters since I’ve played it a lot in my LotR Saga campaign with Grant. I decided to make it a little more interesting for me by using just 2 heroes. Eomer because then I get some action advantage with his attack during questing. Then I picked Herubrand since I hadn’t played him yet. Tactics Eowyn would have been better for the lower threat and emergency ready and +9 attack, yet she sees enough play. Time for Herubrand to show his quality.

Decklist

Hit and Run the Easterlings

Main Deck

Hero (2)
Éomer (The Mountain of Fire)
Herubrand (ALeP – Children of Eorl)

Contract (0)
1x Forth, The Three Hunters! (The City of Ulfast)

Attachment (41)
3x Blade of Gondolin (Core Set)
3x Bow of Yew (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Firefoot (The Dunland Trap)
3x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Golden Shield (The Flame of the West)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Raiment of War (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Rohan Warhorse (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Round Shield (Mount Gundabad)
3x Spear of the Mark (The Morgul Vale)
1x Strength and Courage (The City of Ulfast)
3x Strider (The Drowned Ruins)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)
3x Valiant Sword (Under the Ash Mountains)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Open the Armory (The Dungeons of Cirith Gurat)

2 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to ALeP – Children of Eorl

Sideboard

Attachment (6)
3x War Axe (The City of Ulfast)
3x Warrior Sword (The Ghost of Framsburg)

Event (6)
3x Bilbo’s Plan (The Land of Sorrow)
3x Goblin-cleaver (Over Hill and Under Hill)

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Steward of Gondor
  • Gandalf
  • Light of Valinor x2
  • King of Dale
  • Sneak Attack

Setup

  • Side Street in the staging area

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Valiant Determination and Wild Stallion
  • Discard Valiant Determination

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • King of Dale on Brand
  • Draw Gandalf #2

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Brand
  • Cirdan
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Catacombs
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • No progress, but no threat gained

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Catacombs
  • Top encounter card is City Forum and discarded.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 33
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • North Realm Lookout and Narya
  • Narya discarded

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Steward of Gondor on Cirdan
  • Exhaust Steward for 2 resources.
  • King of Dale exhausted to play North Realm Lookout for 1.
  • Light of Valinor on Cirdan
  • Wild Stallion

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Brand
  • Cirdan
  • North Realm Lookout
  • Wild Stallion
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Seedy Tavern
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 progress on Catacombs (4 / 4) to explore it.
  • +1 resource on the main quest

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Seedy Tavern
  • Overwhelmed put facedown under Seedy Tavern

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Long Lake Trader and King of Dale
  • King of Dale discarded

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • King of Dale to play Long Lake Trader for 1

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • Sneak Attack Gandalf into play
  • Draw Wild Stallion, Spare Hood and Cloak, and Hauberk of Mail

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Gandalf
  • Brand
  • Cirdan
  • North Realm Lookout
  • Wild Stallion
  • Long Lake Trader
  • Total Quest Power = 14

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Hillside Manor
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +5 progress on Seedy Tavern (5 / 5) to explore it
  • +4 main quest progress
  • +1 resource on main quest (2 / 2)
  • Overwhelmed revealed, threat is 35 and enemies cannot take damage.
  • Gandalf returned to hand

4.2 Travel

  • Hillside Manor
  • Gandalf #2 randomly discarded

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 36
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Arwen and Guardian of Esgaroth
  • Arwen discarded

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • King of Dale to play Guardian of Esgaroth for 1.
  • Spare Hood and Cloak on North Realm Lookout
  • Squire’s Helm drawn
  • Wild Stallion #2
  • Hauberk of Mail
  • Draw Spare Hood and Cloak 2
  • Wild Stallion #2 attached to Guardian of Esgaroth

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Brand
  • Cirdan
  • North Realm Lookout
  • Guardian of Esgaroth
  • Total Quest Power = 15

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Hillside Manor
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 progress on Hillside Manor (4 / 4) to explore it
  • +6 main quest progress (10 / 5)
  • Advance to Stage 2
  • Submit or Die and Catacombs added to the staging area.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Catacombs
  • Top encounter card is Evidence of the Cult and discarded.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

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

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Long Lake Fisherman and Test of Will
  • Discard Test of Will

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Long Lake Fisherman naming 2 and add Guardian of Esgaroth 2 to hand
  • Guardian of Esgaroth 2 with King of Dale for 1
  • Squire’s Helm on Guaridan of Esgaroth 2
  • Draw Squire’s Helm 2
  • Spare Hood and Cloak on Long Lake Fisherman
  • Draw Hauberk of Mail
  • Wild Stallion attached to Guardian of Esgaroth 2
    (Guardian 1 stats 5/4/5/4 and Guardian 2 stats 5/4/4/6)

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