Under the Ash Mountains with Electronjon’s Ain’t No Ash Mountain High Enough – November 20, 2021 – Attempt 2

Overview

This time I’m much more careful to mine the correct number of cards. I don’t get a great starting starting hand, and it is all uphill from there.

Decklist

Ain’t no Ash Mountain High Enough

Hero (3)
Beregond (The Flame of the West)
Éowyn (Core Set)
Glorfindel (Foundations of Stone)

Ally (21)
2x Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water)
2x Dunedain Pathfinder (Race Across Harad)
3x Ered Luin Miner (Temple of the Deceived)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Galadhrim Weaver (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
3x Knight of Belfalas (The City of Ulfast)
3x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Rider of Rohan (Beneath the Sands)

Attachment (12)
2x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Inner Strength (Wrath and Ruin)
3x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
3x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (18)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
2x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Hidden Cache (The Morgul Vale)
3x Reforged (The Fate of Wilderland)
3x Stand and Fight (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 51 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand after mulligan

  • Reforged x2
  • Stand and Fight
  • Hidden Cache
  • Rider of Rohan x2 (This could work depending on what is mined at setup)

Setup

  • Mine
    • Pelargir Shipwright
    • Ethir Swordsman
    • Dunedain Pathfinder
    • Elrond’s Counsel
    • Arwen
  • Torech Gorgor Patrol in the staging area.
  • A Haunt for Beasts added to the staging area.
  • Find and attach The One Ring to Beregond.
  • Find and add Inner Strength to hand.
  • Threat – 24

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Hidden Cache 2 (Wow! I’m considering just scooping now having drawn 2 of the 3 of these.)

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Stand and Fight to put Pelargir Shipwright into play.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Glorfindel
  • Threat – 25
  • Pelargir Shipwright
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ransacked Supplies mines Ered Luin Miner putting it into play and + 3 staging area threat. (At least I had some luck on the mining there.)
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 quest progress

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • a

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Torech Gorgor Patrol and it attacks
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Ered Luin Miner
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Discard 2 attachments whiffs (Ransacked Supplies) since The One Ring is immune to non-Master card effects.
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 4
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ered Luin Miner destroyed.

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Torech Gorgor Patrol

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – whiffs because doesn’t destroy a character (Ash Mountain Werewolf)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 26
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • A Test of Will, Knight of Belfalas, and Unexpected Courage mined.

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Unexpected Courage and Inner Strength on Beregond.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Glorfindel
  • Threat – 27
  • Pelargir Shipwright
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ash Mountain Werewolf
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • Discard Hidden Cache for +1 willpower (11 total)

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +9 progress (13 / 25)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Torech Gorgor Patrol

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Enemy makes an additional attack (Writhing Shadows)
  • (I’m not going to cancel because I want to avoid engaging the Werewolf next turn.)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 26
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Ready Beregond with Unexpected Courage.

6.4b Enemy – Torech Gorgor Patrol

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Mordor Cave Troll)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 27
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Gondorian Shield, Elrond’s Counsel, and Galadhrim Weaver mined.

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Stand and Fight

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Stand and Fight Ethir Swordsman (Hoping will see another to get up to 3 willpower on each.)

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Glorfindel
  • Threat – 28 (Whoops, miscalculated looks like I’m getting the werewolf)
  • Pelargir Shipwright
  • Ethir Swordsman
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Nameless Beast
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • Discard Hidden Cache 2 for +1 willpower (13 total)

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +8 quest progress (21 / 25)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Ash Mountain Werewolf

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Torech Gorgor Patrol

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Hideous Deeps)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 27
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Ready Beregond with Unexpected Courage

6.4b Enemy – Ash Mountain Werewolf

  • Knight of Belfalas 2 mined.
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Twisted Tunnel discards another Twisted Tunnel from the top of the encounter deck. Not an enemy so not added to the staging area.
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 28
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Light of Valinor, Galadhrim Weaver, and Hidden Cache mined.
  • +2 resources on Eowyn. (Well next planning is going to be big.)

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Elrond’s Counsel

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Reforged to put Light of Valinor on Glorfindel (Hopefully won’t have to engage that Nameless Beast now)
  • Rider of Rohan

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Glorfindel
  • Pelargir Shipwright
  • Ethir Swordsman
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Fiery Chasm (Gah, I hate that card)
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +6 progress (27 / 25)
  • Advance to Stage 2
  • Overwhelming Darkness and Mordor Cave Troll added to the staging area.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Torech Gorgor Patrol

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Exhaust a character (Spawn of Shelob) canceled with The One Ring
  • Threat – 29
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 28
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Ready with Unexpected Courage

6.4b Enemy – Ash Mountain Werewolf

  • Rider of Rohan 3 mined.
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Discards Light of Valinor (Ransacked Supplies)
  • 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 – Ash Mountain Werewolf

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Glorfindel
    • Rider of Rohan
  • 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 – 29
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Arwen, Gondorian Shield, Pelargir Shipwright, and A Test of Will mined.

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Light of Valinor 2 (Hooray!)

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Light of Valinor on Glorfindel
  • Rider of Rohan 2
  • Knight of Belfalas and Ered Luin Miner mined.
  • Ered Luin Miner put into play.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Overwhelming Darkness

  • Eowyn
  • Glorfindel
  • Pelargir Shipwright
  • Ethir Shipwright
  • Riders of Rohan x2
  • Ered Luin Miner
  • Total Quest Power = 17

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Ransacked Supplies mines Ethir Swordsman for +2 staging area threat.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 12

3.3 Action(s)

  • Elrond’s Counsel for +1 willpower (18 total)
  • Threat – 26
  • Ered Luin Miner mined and put into play.

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +6 Overwhelming Darkness progress and add it to the victory display.
  • Elrond’s Counsel, Ethir Swordsman, and Knight of Belfalas shuffled into my deck. (16 cards in my deck now.)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Torech Gorgor Patrol

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Fiery Chasm)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • Threat – 25
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Beregond readies with Unexpected Courage.

6.4b Enemy – Ash Mountain Werewolf

  • Elrond’s Counsel Mined.
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Beregond
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Ered Luin Miner 2 exhausted (Spawn of Shelob)
  • 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 – Ash Mountain Werewolf

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Glorfindel
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2 (6 / 5)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 26
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Knight of Belfalas and Map of Earnil x2 mined.

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Light of Valinor 3

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Reforged to put Map of Earnil on Eowyn. (No Dwarven Tombs in discard but Stand and Fight to get another Shipwright or Swordsman might work well next turn.)

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Eowyn
  • Glorfindel
  • Pelargir Shipwright
  • Ethir Swordsman
  • Riders of Rohan x2
  • Ered Luin Miners x2
  • Total Quest Power = 18

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Burning Reek mines 9 cards from my deck leaving me with 2 cards. That’s game.

Postmortem

I think I was close this time to winning. The deck has answers to what the quest throws at you but I seem to have terrible luck on draws. I also read in Electronjon’s piloting instructions that he usually clears the first side quest early. That definitely helped in my misplayed game where I cleared Overwhelming Darkness first turn. This game I did have a chance to clear A Haunt of Beasts but thought I could just ignore it. It also doesn’t help that I don’t have a 3rd copy of Unexpected Courage. When it is in play it is much easier to manage the enemies. I might have to play on Drgncards next time to play with the 3rd copy as intended.

I have to say I’m not getting tired or frustrated with the quest yet. This one reminds me so much of playing against a mill deck in Magic. It is fairly quick to play which is nice. Jon’s deck also isn’t as straightforward to play as I initially thought.

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