The Land of Sorrow – January 9, 2022

Overview

I read that this scenario had a lot of direct damage and threat raising. I thought I would take a modified version of Seastan’s Seventeen A Round Gloin deck against it. Let the scenario’s direct damage help me accelerate into a threat reducing combo with ally Nori recycling Galadhrim’s Greeting. I put in Galdor to try and get a faster start. I think that ended up being a mistake.

Decklist

Land of Sorrow yet Plenty

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Elrond (Shadow and Flame)
Galdor of the Havens (The Grey Havens)
Glóin (Core Set)

Ally (4)
1x Nori (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Rivendell Minstrel (The Hunt for Gollum)

Attachment (28)
3x Boots from Erebor (Khazad-dûm)
2x Citadel Plate (Core Set)
2x Dwarven Axe (Core Set)
1x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Mighty Warrior (Race Across Harad)
3x Song of Battle (The Dead Marshes)
3x Song of Healing (The Land of Sorrow)
3x Song of Travel (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Sword-thain (The Dread Realm)
3x Thrór’s Key (On the Doorstep)
3x Vigilant Guard (A Storm on Cobas Haven)
1x War Axe (The City of Ulfast)

Event (18)
3x A Good Harvest (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Drinking Song (Mount Gundabad)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Heed the Dream (Flight of the Stormcaller)
1x Hour of Wrath (The Dread Realm)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Land of Sorrow

Sideboard

Hero (1)
Treebeard (The Treason of Saruman)

Contract (1)
1x Messenger of the King (The Land of Sorrow)

Ally (1)
1x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)

Attachment (4)
3x Ent Draught (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Narvi’s Belt (Khazad-dûm)

Event (4)
3x Deep Knowledge (The Voice of Isengard)
1x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Daeron’s Runes
  • Drinking Song
  • Elven-Light
  • Boots from Erebor
  • Song of Travel
  • Rivendell Minstrel
  • Discard Drinking Song and Elven-Light
  • Draw Heed the Dream and Thror’s Key

Setup

  • Farin and Lorgan under The Storehouse
  • Edrahil and Ulwarth under Slave Quarters
  • Arador and Borlach under The Barracks
  • Threat – 31

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Song of Healing

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Daeron’s Runes draws Mighty Warrior and Drinking Song
  • Discard Drinking Song
  • Song of Travel, Song of Healing, and Boots from Erebor on Gloin

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Galdor
  • Elrond
  • Gloin
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Working Fields
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 Quest progress (1 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Working Fields
  • Gloin +1 damage and resource

4.2 Action(s)

  • Play Elven-Light
  • Draw Galadhrim’s Greeting

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 35 (+3 for each camp)
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Boots from Erebor 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Rivendell Minstrel and find Song of Battle
  • Song of Battle and Mighty Warrior on Gloin
  • Draw War Axe

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Galdor
  • Elrond
  • Gloin
  • Rivendell Minstrell
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Overseer’s Whip just surges
  • Rolling Plains
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Working Fields progress (2 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 39 (+3 for the camps)
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Song of Travel (I think discarding both Drinking Songs I drew was a bad idea)

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Heed the Dream to add Rivendell Minstrell 2 to hand
  • Discard Elven-Light to heal Gloin with Song of Healing
  • Elven-Light draws Song of Battle

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Galdor
  • Elrond
  • Gloin
  • Rivendell Minstrell
  • Total Quest Power = 9

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Warrior of Rhun
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 Working Fields (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Warrior of Rhun

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Warrior of Rhun

  • Overseer’s Whip attached
  • Gloin +1 damage and 1 resource
  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +2 attack (Easterling Raider)

Postmortem

That will kill Gloin since he is only at +1 hit point right now. Even if I heal the 1 damage he has. Looks like I’ll need an Ent. Probably should go with the original Seventeen per Round list with Treebeard hero. Then I can run Ent Draught to make him safer sooner. Even then I think location lock will be an issue. There’s not much willpower to ramp up into. Probably should go with a faster Gloin deck where he only needs Lore to get the engine going. I also considered a location control deck with Elrond and a Dunedain for Ranger for Heirs of Earendil and/or Distant Stars. Then I could use Mithril Shirt and Stone of Elostirion.

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