Challenge of the Wainriders with Rohan and Eagles Race the Wainriders – October 30, 2021

Overview

I had a couple deck ideas for this scenario after my last play of it. I decided to try none of them. Instead, I played a game with Carl (He keeps Grant and I honest in our playthroughs) where he played a Thengel Rohan Discard deck. I built a Eagle – Rohan Last Alliance deck that would use the contract to keep readying Gwaihir hero off Carl’s discards. It was fun so I decided to build a new solo Eagle Rohan Last Alliance with a big focus on readying. Also a location control sub-theme for Crowded Track since it wrecked me last time.

Decklist

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Éowyn (Core Set)
Gwaihir (The Land of Sorrow)
Thengel (ALeP – Children of Eorl)

Contract (0)
1x The Last Alliance (ALeP – Children of Eorl)

Ally (25)
3x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Gamling (The Land of Shadow)
1x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
1x Meneldor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
2x Morwen Steelsheen (ALeP – Children of Eorl)
2x The Riddermark’s Finest (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Théodwyn (ALeP – Children of Eorl)
3x Vassal of the Windlord (The Dead Marshes)
3x Westfold Horse-Breaker (The Hunt for Gollum)
3x Wilyador (The Land of Sorrow)
3x Winged Guardian (The Hunt for Gollum)

Attachment (16)
3x Golden Shield (The Flame of the West)
3x Horn of the Mark (The City of Ulfast)
3x Light-footed Steed (ALeP – Children of Eorl)
2x Snowmane (The Land of Shadow)
3x Thrór’s Key (On the Doorstep)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (9)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Flight of the Eagles (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x The Eagles Are Coming! (The Hunt for Gollum)

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

Sideboard

Hero (1)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)

Ally (3)
3x Eagle of the North (Roam Across Rhovanion)

Attachment (6)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Born Aloft (Conflict at the Carrock)

Event (3)
3x Ride to Ruin (The Hills of Emyn Muil)

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Vassal of the Windlord x2
  • Horn of the Mark x2
  • Light-footed Steed
  • The Eagles are Coming!

Setup

  • Wainrider Champion and Rolling Plains in the staging area
  • Threat – 33

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Golden Shield

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Golden Shield on Thengel
  • Use Last Alliance so The Eagles are Coming says Rohan or Eagle.
  • The Eagles are Coming! draws Gamling. (I hit 4 attachments)
  • Vassal of the Windlord with Last Alliance discount
  • Light-footed Steed on Thengel

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • The Champion’s Cunning

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Vassal of the Windlord

  • 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 – 1

  • 6.4.3 Action(s)

    • none
  • Vassal of the Windlord destroyed

  • Exhaust Light-footed Steed to ready Thengel

  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 stage 1 progress (3 / 4)
  • +2 stage 1 damage (2 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Rolling Plains
  • Threat – 35

4.2 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 – Thengel and boost defense to 6 with Golden Shield
  • 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

7 Refresh

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

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Winged Guardian

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Winged Guardian with contract discount
  • Gamling

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • Last Alliance makes Gamling’s ability say Eagle or Rohan until the end of the round.

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Gwaihir
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Rider of Rhun and find an Easterling Horse to attach to it.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

I’m going to call this here and hope things work out better next game.

Postmortem

It was already not looking good. Rider could kill my Winged Guardian. I won’t get Thengel to trigger or be able to use Gamling to get it back. Gwaihir and Thengel don’t have enough attack to kill the Rider. It will go back to the staging area for the next turn. They’ll be on stage 3 while I’m on stage 1. Next turn they will at least get to stage 4. I might get to stage 2.

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