The River Running with Hit and Run the Easterlings – July 18, 2021

Overview

OK lesson learned from last game, don’t advance when Easterling Pursuit will trigger at the end of the round. I also managed to get a better starting hand. Most importantly, Strider and Golden Shield are there so Herubrand can quest and defend every round. Eomer also got Firefoot right away. The encounter deck cooperated with enemies coming out early. Eomer was killing an enemy in staging usually. If not, Herubrand could defend with 8-11 defense. Then Firefoot’s ability usually could take out 2 enemies.

The Easterling Captain made an appearance right before advancing to stage 2, but actually wasn’t too bad. He didn’t engage right away even after advancing. Eomer could keep peeling attachments off him thanks to his staging area attack or Firefoot after I had to engage him. I also drew 2 Feints during the game for nice emergency button.

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

  • Golden Shield
  • Strider
  • Bow of Yew
  • Firefoot
  • Spear of the Mark
  • Feint

Setup

  • River Running & Easterling Outrider in the staging area.
  • Threat – 18
  • The One Ring found and attached to Eomer
  • Strength and Courage on Eomer

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Rohan Warhorse

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Golden Shield, Bow of Yew, and Strider on Herubrand
  • Firefoot on Eomer

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eomer
  • Herubrand
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Warrior of Rhun
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 quest progress (1 / 10)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • River Running
  • Warrior of Rhun engaged

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun

  • Discard pile is empty
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Herubrand and Exhaust Golden Shield for +6 defense
  • 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

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 19
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • Flip contract
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit resource (1 / 3)

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Raiment of War

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Spear of the Mark on Eomer

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Easterling Outrider with 7 attack, deal 6 damage, exhaust Firefoot to deal 4 excess damage to Warrior of Rhun.
  • Both Easterling Outrider and Warrior destroyed.
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Warrior of Rhun
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +5 River Running Progress
  • +3 quest progress (4 / 10)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 20
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (2 / 3)

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Bow of Yew

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Bow of Yew 2 on Herubrand

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Warrior of Rhun with 7 attack, deal 4 damage, and Warrior destroyed.
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Rocky Outcrop
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +8 quest progress (12 / 10)
  • Advance to Stage 2
  • Warriors of the East in the staging area
  • Easterling Outrider added to the staging area.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Outrider and attacks
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 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 – 2 assigned to Eomer
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

5.3 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 – Herubrand and +9 defense from Golden Shield
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (An Arduous Journey)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Heal 1 damage on Eomer with contract

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 21
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (3 / 3)
  • Discard 3 Easterling Pursuit Resources (0 / 3)
  • Shuffle encounter discard pile back into deck
  • Easterling Captain added to the staging area
  • Sword of Rhun attached to the Captain from discard pile
  • Discard and attach Recurve Bow to the Captain.

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Raiment of War 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Easterling Captain for 7, damage prevented and discard Recurve Bow
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Exposed Riverbank
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 10

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (3 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Exposed Riverbank
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (1 / 3)

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • 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 – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • heal 1 damage on Eomer with contract
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 3 assigned to Eomer
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Easterling Outrider

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Herubrand and exhaust both Bows of Yew to deal 2 damage
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 22
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (2 / 3)

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Open the Armory

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Easterling Captain with 7 attack, damage prevented, and discard Sword of Rhun
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Raider
  • Sword of Rhun attached from discard pile to Raider
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 10

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 Exposed Riverbank progress (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Raider

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery damage to Herubrand

6.2 Action(s)

  • heal 1 damage on each hero with contract

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Raider

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Herubrand and +9 defense with Golden Shield
  • 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

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 23
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (3 / 3)
  • Discard 3 Easterling Pursuit Resources (0 / 3)
  • Shuffle encounter discard pile back into deck
  • Warrior of Rhun added to the staging area
  • Discard pile doesn’t have any Easterling attachments

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Feint

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Strength and Courage on Eomer

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Warrior of Rhun with 7 attack, exhaust The One Ring for +3 attack (10), 7 damage dealt, exhaust Firefoot to deal 3 excess to Easterling Raider
  • Dagger of Westernesse drawn
  • Threat – 24
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Recurve Bow on Easterling Captain
  • Enemies Close Behind
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resources (1 / 3)
  • Threat – 25
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 Exposed Riverbank progress (4 / 4) and explore it.
  • +5 quest progress (8 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Rocky Outcrop
  • Exhaust Herubrand

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 2 archery damage assigned to Herubrand

6.2 Action(s)

  • Heal 1 damage on each hero with the contract

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 26
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (2 / 3)

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Blade of Gondolin

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Raiment of War on Herubrand
  • Discard both Bows of Yew

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Easterling Captain with 7 attack, damage canceled, and discard Recurve Bow
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Rolling Plains
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 Rocky Outcrop progress (3 / 3) and explore it.
  • +1 quest progress (9 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Rolling Plains
  • Threat – 28

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Captain

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Herubrand and +9 defense (11) from Golden Shield
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – attach Recurve Bow from discard pile (Warrior of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Heal 1 damage on each hero with contract.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 29
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (3 / 3)
  • Discard 3 Easterling Pursuit Resources (0 / 3)
  • Shuffle encounter discard pile back into deck
  • Easterling Raider added to the staging area
  • Discard pile doesn’t have any Easterling attachments

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Round Shield

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer and attack Easterling Raider with 7 attack, deal 5 damage, exhaust Firefoot to deal excess 2 damage to Easterling Captain, cancel the 2 damage, and discard Recurve Bow.
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Sword of Rhun attached to Easterling Captain
  • River Running
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 Rolling Plains progress (4 / 4) and explore it.
  • +5 quest progress (max because engaged with an enemy, 14 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • can’t no enemies in staging to engage

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • cancel attack with Feint

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 30
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Easterling Pursuit Resource (1 / 3)

Turn 9 (Hopefully this should be the last turn)

1.3 Draw

  • Raiment of War

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Herubrand
  • Eomer
  • Total Quest Power = 13

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

    • 5 quest progress (max because engaged with an enemy, 19 / 15)

I win! This time the timing worked out with quest advancement so I wasn’t overwhelmed. I had Feint most of the game if I got too many enemies. Herubrand had Strider and Golden Shield so he could quest and defend. Eomer was killing an enemy in staging most rounds and often one engaged with me. I also think I made the smart play in killing the Easterling enemy in staging to also kill the one engaged with when I could have just killed the Captain instead. He wasn’t a threat to Herubrand and Eomer could possibly have killed him or at least kept peeling attachments off with Firefoot. I’m glad to finally move on from this quest. I know from playing the next quest in multiplayer that low threat and avoiding engagement will be key for the next quest as well. This deck might do well for it too.

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