Challenge of the Wainriders with The Doom of Men – October 17, 2021

Overview

After the resounding victory at The City of Ulfast, I return to my Bond of Friendship deck. While Burglar’s Turn and Caldara were fun, I wanted to play one of my own creations again. I also wasn’t quite sure how best to approach the strong stats and quick set up needed according to the Vision of the Palantir. This deck was mostly built, and I thought my 2 strong questers, decent attacker, and strong defender line up might suffice once again. It didn’t start off too badly until I hit a certain location…

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

  • A Good Harvest x2
  • The Seeing Stone
  • Meneldor
  • Legolas
  • Honour Guard

Setup

  • Circuit created.
  • Wainrider Champion and Rolling Plains in the staging area.
  • Threat – 38

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Galadhrim’s Greeting

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • The Seeing Stone finds and adds Legacy of Numenor to hand
  • Threat – 39
  • Legacy of Numenor
  • Threat – 43
  • A Good Harvest naming Tactics
  • Legolas
  • Spend an Ingold resource to draw Warden of Healing
  • Meneldor and put 2 progress on Rolling Plains

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Ingold
  • Meneldor
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • The Champions’s Cunning and Champion attacks

  • 6.4b Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond

  • 6.4.1 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – whiffs because challengers are not ahead (Veteran Wainrider)

  • 6.4.2 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0

  • 6.4.3 Action(s)

    • none
  • Threat – 42

  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +5 quest progress on stage 1 (5 / 4)
  • +2 damage on stage 1 (2 / 4)
  • Defense Racing Test
  • Aragorn discards Weary Lands and Veteran Wain Rider for 1 Straight and pass
  • +1 stage 2 progress (1 / 4)
  • Stage 1 progress (0 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Rolling Plains
  • Threat – 44

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 45
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Pippin (I’m getting lots of Tactics cards)

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

  • Eowyn
  • Ingold
  • Meneldor
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Narrow Pass
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Rolling Plains (4 / 4)
  • +2 Stage 2 progress (3 / 4)
  • +2 Stage 1 damage (4 / 4)
  • Wainriders advance to Stage 2
  • Stage 1 damage (0 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Aggressive Racer)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Threat – 44

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 45
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Gondorian Shield

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Warden of Healing
  • Spend Ingold resource to draw
  • Gondorian Shield and Unexpected Courage on Beregond

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Ingold
  • Meneldor
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Chariot Driver
  • +3 Stage 2 damage (3 / 4)
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 Stage 2 progress (4 /4)
  • +1 Stage 2 damage (4 / 4) and reset
  • +4 Stage 3 damage (4 / 4) and reset
  • Wainriders at Stage 4
  • Attack racing test, Aragorn discards Narrow Pass, Rolling Plains, and Ravine Ledge for 1 Straight to pass.
  • Challengers at Stage 3

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Chariot Driver

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Chariot Driver

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Wainrider Chariot)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Ready Beregond with Unexpected Courage
  • Threat – 44

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Chariot Driver

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Beregond
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3 (3 / 6)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 45
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Arwen Undomiel

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Pippin
  • A Good Harvest naming Spirit
  • Arwen

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Meneldor
  • Pippin
  • Arwen
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Crowded Track
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 14

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 49
  • +2 Stage 4 damage (2 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Crowded Track
  • Rider of Rhun added to the staging area.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Rider of Rhun

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery dealt to Meneldor and Legolas

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Chariot Driver

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • Ready with Unexpected Courage
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Wainrider Chariot)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Threat – 48

6.4b Enemy – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Rolling Plains)
  • 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 – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Aragorn
    • Ingold
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Warden heals 1 damage on Meneldor and Legolas
  • Target destroyed
  • Legolas draws Warden of Healing 2

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 49
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • Aragorn resets threat to 41

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Deep Knowledge

1.3 Action(s)

  • Deep Knowledge draws Honour Guard and Daeron’s Runes

2.2 Planning

  • Warden of Healing 2
  • Spend Ingold’s resource to draw Beorn

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Meneldor
  • Pippin
  • Arwen and boost Beregond’s defense
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Aggressive Racer
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 Crowded Track progress (4 / 6)
  • +2 damage Stage 4 (4 / 4) and reset
  • +1 damage Stage 5 (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Aggressive Racer

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery deal to Legolas 6.2 Action(s)
  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Chariot Driver

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • Ready with Unexpected Courage
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Aggressive Racer)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Threat – 42

6.4b Enemy – Aggressive Racer

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Narrow Pass)
  • 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 – Chariot Driver

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
    • Ingold
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Warden helas 1 damage on Legolas
  • Target destroyed
  • Legolas draws Gondorian Shield

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Threat – 42
  • Daeron’s Runes draws Tighten Our Belts and Angbor the Fearless
  • Discard Gondorian Shield
  • Honour Guard
  • Ingold draws The Seeing Stone 2

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Meneldor
  • Pippin
  • Arwen and boost Beregond’s defense
  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Crowded Track (That’s probably going to lose me the game.)
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 17

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 46
  • +2 Stage 5 damage (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery dealt to and canceled by Honour Guard 6.2 Action(s)
  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Aggressive Racer

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 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
  • Threat – 45

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Aggressive Racer

  • 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 Gandalf

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat -46
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Legacy of Numenor

1.3 Action(s)

  • Daeron’s Runes draws Glorfindel and Ioreth

2.2 Planning

  • Gandalf
  • Threat -41
  • Legacy of Numenor
  • Threat – 45
  • Angbor the Fearless

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Aragorn
  • Eowyn
  • Ingold
  • Meneldor
  • Angbor the Fearless
  • Arwen and boost Beregond’s defense
  • Galadriel’s Handmaiden
  • Pippin
  • Wardens of Healing x2
  • Total Quest Power = 25

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Easterling Captain
  • Discard until Easterling Horse attached to the Captain
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 24

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 Crowded Track progress (5 / 6)
  • +1 Stage 5 damage (4 / 4) and reset
  • +4 Stage 6 damage (4 / 4) and reset
  • Wainriders at Stage 1 again

I’m calling the game right there.

Postmortem

Crowded Track completely stopped all my progress even with making a big questing push. I’m thinking that either I’ll need to sideboard in some location control like Strider’s Path, The Hidden Way, or Mariner’s Compass or use a different deck. I’m leaning towards using a Dale deck of some kind since Guardian’s of Esgaroth would provide a lot of the questing and combat power. Mariner’s Compasses could go on North Realm Lookouts to get rid of Crowded Tracks easily enough. Healing might be an issue though. A Saruman Doomed deck might be fun to try as well. I’ll think about it and see which way appeals to me.

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