Challenge of the Wainriders with Rohan and Eagles Race the Wainriders – Attempt 2 – October 30, 2021

I set up for another attempt right after my quick loss. This time around the ally discard engine gets up and running. Westfold Horse-Breaker of all cards I would call the MVP of the game. When discarded, it could ready Thengel and Gwaihir as needed for combat or racing tests. Eventually, it was readying all my heroes when discarded and not just one. I just had to hope to not see an early Rider of Rhun or Overcrowded Track again.

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

  • Golden Shield
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker x2
  • Morwen Steelsheen
  • Wilyador
  • Thror’s Key

Setup

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

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Theodwyn

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Golden Shield on Thengel
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker 1

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Gwaihir
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker 1
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Aggressive Racer
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • Last Alliance changes Gwaihir’s text to Eagle or Rohan
  • Discard Westfold Horse-Breaker to ready Thengel
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Thengel’s ability to search top 5 and finds Gamling to put into play exhausted. (He was the only option.)
  • Willpower is 9.

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 stage 1 progress (4 / 4)
  • +3 stage 1 damage (3 / 4)
  • Exhaust Gwaihir for defense racing test. Discard Rolling Plains, Easterling Horse, and Ravine Ledge for no straight results
  • Thror’s Key discarded randomly.
  • Challengers advance to stage 2

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Rolling Plains
  • Threat – 35

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Aggressive Racer

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery dealt to Eowyn

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Aggressive Racer

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel and +3 defense from Golden Shield
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – whiffs because attack will not destory a character (Chariot Driver)
  • 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

  • Vassal of the Windlord

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Vassal of the Windlord with contract discount
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Painful Fatigue exhausts Gwaihir and deals a damage to him.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

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

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery dealt to Thengel

6.2 Action(s)

  • Last Alliance changes Gwaihir’s text to say Eagle or Rohan
  • Discard Westfold Horse-Breaker to ready Thengel and Gwaihir
  • Gamling returns Horse-Breaker to hand.
  • Thengel finds and puts Escort from Edoras into play exhauted.

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel and +3 defense from Golden Shield
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Easterling Captain)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Aggressive Racer

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Exhaust Vassal of the Windlord
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Put Morwen Steelsheen into play
    • Discard Escort from Edoras
    • Morwen heals 2 damage on Gwaihir

7 Refresh

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

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Light-footed Steed

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Wilyador with contract discount
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Weary Lands
  • Threat – 38
  • Willpower = 5
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 stage 2 progress (4 / 4)
  • +2 stage 2 damage (3 / 4)
  • Attack racing test
    • Exhaust Gwaihir to discard Aggressive Racer, Crowded Track (Yay!), An Arduous Journey, and Ravine Ledge for 1 straight result
    • No damage dealt and +1 stage 3 progress

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery to Wilyador

6.2 Action(s)

  • Last Alliance to change Gwaihir’s text to Eagle or Rohan
  • Discard Westfold Horse-Breaker to ready Thengel and Gwaihir
  • Return Westfold Horse-Breaker to hand with Gamling
  • Thengel finds and puts Riddermark’s Finest into play exhausted.
  • Morwen reduces my threat to 37.

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Aggressive Racer

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel and +3 defense from Golden Shield
  • 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

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Aggressive Racer

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
    • Wilyador
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 38
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Pay a resource from Gwaihir to keep Wilyador in play.

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Gamling 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Light-footed Steed on Thengel

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Riddermark’s Finest
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Narrow Pass
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • Exhaust Last Alliance to change Gamling’s text to Eagle or Rohan

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 stage 3 progress (4 / 4)
  • +1 stage 2 damage (4 / 4)
  • +1 stage 3 damage (1 / 4)
  • Challengers advance to stage 4
  • Wainriders advance to Stage 3
  • Willpower racing test
    • Exhaust Wilyador to discard Veteran Wainrider
    • No turn results
    • Discard Wilyador
    • Return Wilyador to hand with Gamling
    • Gwaihir and Thengel ready
    • Thengel finds and puts Winged Guardian into play

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Narrow Pass

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 39
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Meneldor

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Westfold Horse-Breaker

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker
  • Riddermark’s Finest
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Rider of Rhun
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 Narrow Pass progress
  • +3 stage 3 damage (4 / 4)
  • Wainriders advance to Stage 4
  • +3 Stage 4 damage (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Rider of Rhun

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery dealt to Thengel and Riddermark’s Finest each

6.2 Action(s)

  • Last Alliance changes Gamling’s text to Eagle or Rohan

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Winged Guardian
  • 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
  • Winged Guardian discarded.
  • Gamling returns it to hand.
  • Thengel readies thanks to Light-footed Steed
  • Thengel tries to find another Eagle ally but fails

6.4b Enemy – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel with +3 defense from Golden Shield
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (The Champion’s Cunning)
  • 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
    • Gwaihir
    • Vassal of the Windlord
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.
  • Vassal discarded
  • Gwaihir readies

6.8b Target – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Remove 2 damage from Stage 4 thanks to Narrow Pass (1 / 4)

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 40
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Winged Guardian 2 (I was hoping for Thror’s Key or Unexpected Courage)

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Winged Guardian
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Theodwyn and draw Unexpected Courage

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Theodwyn
  • Riddermark’s Finest
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Veteran Wainrider
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Narrow Pass Progress (5 / 5) and explore it.
  • +3 stage 4 progress (4 / 4)
  • Defense racing test
    • Exhaust Winged Guardian to discard Narrow Pass, The Champion’s Cunning, Wainriders Chariot, and Veteran Wainrider for 3 straights and a wild result.
  • +2 stage 5 progress (2 / 4)
  • +3 stage 4 damage (4 / 4)
  • +1 stage 5 damage (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Veteran Wainrider

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Veteran Wainrider

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Crowded Track, Whew I was worried about that 2nd copy. I get a couple turns before those get shuffled back in.)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Last Alliance to change Gwaihir’s text to Eagle or Rohan
  • Discard Westfold Horse-Breaker to ready Eowyn
  • Gwaihir and Thengel ready.
    • Return Westfold Horse-Breaker to hand with Gamling.
    • Morwen lowers threat to 39.

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel with +3 defense
  • 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

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Veteran Wainrider

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
    • Eowyn
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 40
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Unexpected Courage on Eowyn
  • Winged Guardian 2
  • Gwaihir readies

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Escort from Edoras
  • Theodwyn
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Eowyn with Unexpected Courage

3.3 Staging

  • Chariot Driver and choose to take attack

  • 6.4b Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel with +3 defense

  • 6.4.1 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – whiff because no character destroyed (Chariot Driver)

  • 6.4.2 Action(s)

    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0

  • 6.4.3 Action(s)

    • none
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 stage 5 progress (4 / 4)
  • Willpower racing test
    • Eowyn exhausted to discard The Champion’s Cunning, Weary Lands, Easterling Horse, and Rocky Outcrop for 1 wild result.
  • +3 stage 6 progress (3 / 4)
  • +3 stage 5 damage (4 / 4)
  • +1 stage 6 damage (1 / 4)
  • Escort from Edoras discarded
  • Thengel readies with Light-footed Steed
  • Thengel finds Riddermark’s Finest 2 and puts into play exhausted
  • Morwen heals 2 damage on Thengel.

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 – Gwaihir
  • 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 – 2
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Winged Guardian
  • 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 – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Last Alliance modifies Gamling’s text to Eagle or Rohan
  • Discard Winged Guardian
  • Thengel readies with Light-footed Steed
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Return Winged Guardian to hand.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Chariot Driver

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Thengel
    • Gwaihir
    • Riddermark’s Finest 1
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 6
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 41
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 8

1.3 Draw

  • Snowmane

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Horn of the Mark on Eowyn
  • Wilyador with contract discount
  • Gwaihir readies

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Theodwyn
  • Riddermark’s Finest x2
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainrider Chariot attached to Chariot Driver
  • Rolling Plains
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 stage 6 progress (4 / 4)
  • Attack racing test
    • Exhaust Gwaihir
    • Rolling Plains, Narrow Pass, Aggressive Racer, and Weary Lands discarded for 1 turn result.
  • Challengers at Stage 1
  • +2 stage 6 damage (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Eowyn readies with Unexpected Courage

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Chariot Driver

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel with +3 defense
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (The Champion’s Cunning)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Chariot Driver

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Wilyador
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 42
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Pay a resource to keep Wilyador in play

Turn 9

1.3 Draw

  • Escort from Edoras

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Meneldor with contract discount
  • +2 Rolling Plains progress (2 / 4)
  • Gwaihir readies
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker
  • Meneldor
  • Theodwyn
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • Eowyn resides with Unexpected Courage

3.3 Staging

  • Rider of Rhun and find an Easterling Horse and put it on the Rider
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • Exhaust and discard Riddermark’s Finest 1 to +2 Rolling Plains progress (4 / 4) and explore it.
  • Staging area threat = 6
  • Return it to hand with Gamling.
  • Horn of the Mark draws Horn of the Mark 2
  • Thengel readies via Light-footed Steed
  • Morwen heals 2 damage on Gwaihir

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 Stage 1 progress (4 / 4)
  • Defense racing test
    • Exhaust Winged Guardian
    • Veteran Wainrider, Chariot Driver, Crowded Track (Yay!), and Aggressive Racer discarded for 3 straight results
  • +2 Stage 2 progress (2 / 4)
  • +1 stage 6 damage (4 / 4)
  • +4 stage 1 damage (4 / 4)
  • +1 stage 2 damage (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Rider or Rhun

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

  • 1 archery damage each to Riddermark’s Finest and Meneldor

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Champion

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Gwaihir
  • 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

6.4b Enemy – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Thengel with +3 defense
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (another Aggressive Racer)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Last Alliance on Gwaihir
    • Discard Westfold Horse-Breaker to ready Thengel and Gwaihir

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Rider of Rhun

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Gwaihir
    • Wilyador
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none\
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Wilyador discarded
  • Gwaihir readies.
  • Thengel finds another copy of Wilyador and puts it into play exhausted.

Turn 10

1.3 Draw

  • Flight of the Eagles

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Escort from Edoras
  • Winged Guardian with contract discount

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Escort from Edoras
  • Theodwyn
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • Eowyn readies with Unexpected Courage

3.3 Staging

  • Narrow Pass
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 stage 2 progress (4 / 4)
  • Attack racing test
    • Exhaust Gwaihir
    • Chariot Driver, Veteran Wainrider, The Champion’s Cunning, and Ravine Ledge discarded for 2 straight and 1 wild result
  • +4 stage 3 progress (4 / 4)
  • Willpower racing test
    • Eowyn exhausted
    • An Arduous Journey, Rocky Outcrop, Narrow Pass, and Wainrider Chariot discarded for no turn results.
    • Discard Escort from Edoras.
    • Horn of the Mark draws A Test of Will.
    • Morwen lowers threat to 42.
    • Gamling returns Escort from Edoras to hand.
    • Thengel finds and puts Westfold Horse-Breaker into play exhausted.
  • +2 stage 2 damage (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Pay a resources for Wilyador

Turn 11

1.3 Draw

  • A Test of Will 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Last Alliance on Gwaihir
  • Escort from Edoras

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Thengel
  • Gwaihir
  • Escort from Edoras
  • Theodwyn
  • Meneldor
  • Westfold Horse-Breaker
  • Total Quest Power = 18

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ravine Ledge
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • Exhaust and Discard Riddermark’s Finest for +2 Ravine Ledge progress (2 / 4)
  • Gwaihir and Thengel ready.
  • Morwen lowers threat to 42.
  • Horn of the Mark draws Light-footed Steed
  • Flight of the Eagles returns Meneldor to hand for +2 Ravine Ledge progress (4 / 4) and explore it.
  • Eagle of the North shuffled into the encounter deck (I wasn’t planning on trying to win it here, but that Ravine adding an additional success needed would have been awful.)

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 stage 4 progress (4 / 4)
  • Defense racing test
    • Winged Guardian exhausted
    • Crowded Track (Yay!), Rolling Plains, Weary Lands, and Easterling Horse for 1 straight result
  • +4 Stage 5 progress (4 / 4)
  • Willpower racing test
  • Eowyn exhausted
  • Eagle of the North, Rolling Plains, Painful Fatigue, and Easterling Horse discarded
  • +1 stage 2 damage (4 / 4)
  • +1 stage 3 damage (1 / 4)
  • Challengers advance to stage 6
  • +2 stage 3 damage (3 / 4)
  • Escort from Edoras discarded.
  • Gamling returns it to hand.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Wilyador discarded.
  • Thengel finds Vassal of the Windlord and puts it into play exhausted.

Turn 12

1.3 Draw

  • Thror’s Key (Finally my insurance plan for Crowded Track when both copies are in the discard.)

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Escort from Edoras
  • Meneldor with contract discount
  • +2 Narrow Progress (2 / 4)

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Escort from Edoras
  • Theodwyn
  • Meneldor
  • Westold Horse-Breaker
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • Eowyn readies with Unexpected Courage

3.3 Staging

  • Rider of Rhun and attach an Easterling Horse from the discard pile.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 stage 6 progress (4 / 4)
  • Attack racing test
    • Gwaihir exhausted
    • Easterling Captain, The Champion’s Cunning, Veteran Wainrider, and Rocky Outcrop discarded for 1 wild result to pass and win!

Postmortem

Wow, this game took a long time to play! I started playing early in the afternoon. I had to stop for dinner and pick this game up later. I had completed 1 circuit before dinner. The second circuit took another hour and a half. Some of that is typing this log as I play. Some of that is working out when to discard an ally and who to use the contract on. I’m surprised I managed to beat this in 12 turns. It helped getting Unexpected Courage on Eowyn and the Winged Guardians out. Then I could expect to have a shot of passing 2 racing tests in a single turn. Really interesting set up, but the racing tests are retread of well worn mechanic in other quests. Exhaust character(s) and discard cards hoping for the right word or icon in the bottom corner that is in many quests. I was hoping this would be one of the Vengeance of Mordor quests I’d want to revisit since it seemed more unique. I don’t think I’ll try this again anytime soon given how long this game went.

I’m pretty happy with how my deck did. There was a lot to think about when to use the contract and on which card to maximize the ally discard effects. The location control was all for Crowded Track which didn’t come up. Still very helpful to avoid a little bit of threat gain and needing extra success for a racing test (Ravine Ledge).

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