Temple of Doom with The Doom of Men – September 04, 2021

Overview

Some online discussion about how Bond of Friendship is a good counter to many of the quests in this cycle got me back to deckbuilding board. This time with a Good Stuff with a minor Doomed theme BoF deck. The limit of 2 copies limits the damage Shrine of Sauron can do. The line up gives me 7 willpower to easily commit which is nice for the Stage 2 that can add 2 or 4 threat. The extra turn to prep fits too since then many of the 2 cost cards are played before having to quest or fight. It definitely seemed well suited for this quest!

Decklist

Hero (4)
Aragorn (The Watcher in the Water)
Beregond (The Flame of the West)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)
Ingold (ALeP – Children of Eorl)

Contract (0)
1x Bond of Friendship (The Fortress of Nurn)

Ally (25)
1x Angbor the Fearless (The City of Ulfast)
1x Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water)
1x Beorn (Core Set)
2x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Firyal (The Mûmakil)
2x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Glorfindel (Flight of the Stormcaller)
1x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
2x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Ioreth (A Storm on Cobas Haven)
1x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Meneldor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
1x Pippin (A Shadow in the East)
1x Quickbeam (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Rhovanion Outrider (Temple of the Deceived)
1x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
1x Veteran of Osgiliath (Escape from Mount Gram)
2x Warden of Healing (The Long Dark)

Attachment (11)
2x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
1x Blood of Númenor (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
2x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
1x The Red Arrow (Beneath the Sands)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (14)
2x A Good Harvest (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
2x Deep Knowledge (The Voice of Isengard)
2x Legacy of Númenor (The Voice of Isengard)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)
2x The Seeing-stone (The Voice of Isengard)
2x Tighten Our Belts (The Nîn-in-Eilph)

4 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Gondorian Shield
  • Armored Destrier
  • Meneldor
  • Warden of Healing
  • Legolas
  • Grimbold

Setup

  • Thane Ulchore and Tribute to Mordor in the staging area.
  • Threat – 38

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Gondorian Shield on Beregond
  • +1 Stage 1B resources (1 / 2)

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Skipped

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 39
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 damage on Tribute to Mordor (1 / 4)

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Tighten Our Belts

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Threat – 38
  • Warden of Healing
  • Draw Galadriel’s Handmadien #2 and threat – 39
  • Armored Destrier on Beregond
  • +1 Stage 1B resource (2 / 2)
  • Add Stage 1B to the victory display and advance to The Lord of Middle-Earth
  • Ulchor’s Guard revealed.

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Discard Grimbold

3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ingold
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Lost in the Dark
  • Top 10 cards of my deck under threat dial
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (max since Grimbold’s cost is 3)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Ulchor’s Guard

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond and ready with Armored Destrier
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Beregond cannot ready until the end of the round (Fearful Shadows)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 38
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 39
  • Glorfindel discarded from 10 set aside cards
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (2 / 4)

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Veteran of Osgiliath

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Meneldor discarded 3.1 Action(s)
  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ingold
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ulchor’s Guard #2
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (max for Meneldor and 6 / 4) and add The Lord of Middle Earth to the victory display.
  • Advance to Memory of the Dark Years
  • Fanaticism attached to Ulchor’s Guard #2.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Ulchor’s Guard #2

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond, ready with destrier, and discard Ulchor’s Guard 2’s shadow
  • 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
  • Threat – 38
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 39
  • The Seeing Stone discarded from set aside cards
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • Tighten Our Belts
  • +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (3 / 4)

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Ioreth

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Legolas
  • Threat – 40 and draw Gandalf
  • Warden of Healing 2 discarded from set aside cards
  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Threat – 39
  • Veteran of Osgiliath

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Sword of Rhun and Warrior of Rhun discarded for +4 staging area threat 3.1 Action(s)
  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ingold
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden x2
  • Warden of Healing
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Fanaticism on Ulchor’s Guard 1
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +5 quest progress (5 / 12)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond, ready with Armored Destrier, and discard Ulchor’s Guard 2’s shadow
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Narrow Opening)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 38
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 1
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed
  • Draw Steward of Gondor for Legolas’s response

6.8b Target – Ulchor’s Guard 2

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
    • Veteran of Osgiliath
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 39
  • Discard Honour Guard from set aside cards
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (4 / 4) and remove all damage (0 / 4)
  • Covered by Darkness revealed (Not the one I wanted to see, but manageable with Beregond. Probably not using Eowyn’s response or drawing cards with threat. Also stops Aragorn refresh action.)
  • Threat – 43
  • Quickbeam discarded from set aside cards

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Rhovanion Outrider

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Gandalf
  • Draw Envoy of Pelargir, Galadhrim’s Greeting, and Blood of Numenor.
  • Envoy of Pelargir and add a resource to Ingold
  • Play Steward of Gondor on Beregond and use it for resources
  • Blood of Numenor on Aragorn.

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Twisted Tunnel and Temple of Sauron discarded for +2 staging area threat 3.1 Action(s)
  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ingold
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaidens
  • Envoy of Pelargir
  • Gandalf
  • Total Quest Power = 16

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Temple of Sauron
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +7 quest progress (12 / 12 and add Memory of the Dark Years to the victory display.
  • Advance to Shrine to Sauron
  • Ulchro’s Rage revealed.

6.4b Enemy – Thane Ulchor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond and ready with Armored Destrier
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Sword of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 42
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Hall of Horrors)
  • 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 – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
    • Aragorn
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 6
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.
  • Legolas draws A Good Harvest

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • The Red Arrow discarded from set aside cards
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (1 / 4)
  • Gandalf discarded

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Envoy of Pelargir

1.3 Action(s)

  • Exhaust Steward of Gondor for 2 resources

2.2 Planning

  • Envoy of Pelargir
  • Add a resource to Ingold
  • Draw Gandalf 2
  • Rhovanion Outrider

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Arwen, Unexpected Courage, Deep Knowledge, and Gondorian Shield mined.
  • Gondorian Shield on Beregond discarded from play. (I put Blood of Numenor on Aragorn thinking it would be good to have a secondary defender. Now I wish I had kept it for Beregond)

3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ingold
  • Aragorn
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaidens x2
  • Warden of Healing
  • Envoys of Pelargir x2
  • Veteran of Osgiliath
  • Rhovanion Outrider placing a progress on Temple of Sauron and +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (2 / 4)
  • Total Quest Power = 19

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Fearful Shadows
  • Threat – 44 and characters text boxes are blank except for traits
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +15 quest progress (15 / 16)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 45
  • Deep Knowledge discarded from set aside cards
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (3 / 4)

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Armored Destrier 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • Exhaust Steward of Gondor for resources

2.2 Planning

  • Armored Destrier 2
  • Galadhrim’s Greeting
  • Threat – 44 (Just in case I see the other copy mined and if the Power of Mordor reduces my elimination level to 45.)

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Galadhrim’s Greeting, Pippin, Angbor the Fearless, and The Seeing Stone mined.

3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ingold
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaidens x2
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ulchor’s Guard
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +5 quest progress (20 / 16) and add it to the victory display.
  • Advance to The Legacy of Mordor
  • Place of Evil deals 1 damage to Tribute to Mordor (4 / 4)
  • Surge revealsPlace of Evil 2 that deals 1 damage to Tribute to Mordor (5 / 4)
  • Surge reveals Ulchor’s Rage

6.4b Enemy – Thane Ulchor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond and ready with destrier
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – discard Easterling Raider and add it to the staging area (Twisted Tunnel)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 2
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Thane Ulchor
  • Ulchor’s Guard engages due to Forced effect.

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Easterling Raider

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery deal to Legolas ally

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Easterling Raider

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Fanaticism from discard pile attached to Easterling Raider (Warrior of Rhun)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 3 assigned to Ingold
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Warden of Healing heals a damage from Beregond and Legolas

6.4b Enemy – Thane Ulchor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond, ready with destrier, and discard Ulchor’s Guard shadow
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (Easterling Raider
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • heal 1 damage with Ioreth
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 3
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Ulchor’s Guard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 43
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Thane Ulchor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
    • Legolas
    • Rhovanion Outrider
    • Envoys of Pelargir x2
    • Veteran of Osgiliath
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 13
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 9
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 44
  • Daeron’s Runes discarded from the set aside cards
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • +1 Tribute to Mordor damage (6 / 4) and remove 4 (2 / 4)
  • The Armies of Mordor added to the staging area.

Turn 8

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage

1.3 Action(s)

  • Exhaust Steward of Gondor for resources

2.2 Planning

  • Unexpected Courage on Beregond
  • Gandalf
  • Draw Steward of Gondor, Steward of Gondor 2, and Firyal

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Deal 1 damage to Aragorn and exhaust him. 3.1 Action(s)
  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Tribute to Mordor

  • Ingold
  • Eowyn
  • Galadriel’s Handmaidens x2
  • Envoys of Pelargir x2
  • Gandalf
  • Veteran of Osgiliath
  • Rhovanion Outrider
  • Total Quest Power = 20

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Hall of Horrors
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +15 Tribute to Mordor progress (15 / 12)

I win!

Postmortem

The deck pulled through despite seeing probably the worst Power of Mordor card for it. I was banking on Aragorn resetting my threat at some point but no point when it would only go down by 1. Still I’m glad I didn’t see The Tower of Barad-dur. That one would have really slowed down my questing along with possibly making me lose to threat. The early Tighten Our Belts really helped get my board state set up and quest really strong. It also fixed my attack power as I could play Legolas then.

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