The Fords of Isen with Hobbit Decks 2 – December 29, 2019

Introduction

I changed up the Necromancer deck a little bit to fix some issues from the my first attempt. I thought having Erestor discarding my hand would help the Necromancers have targets to bring back with Stand and Fight. It really hindered things instead since I usually didn’t the resources for much beyond playing Stand and Fight once. Plus discarding A Test of Will without using it was never good. Dain too his place for more defense and possible resource acceleration with Hidden Cache. Plus his ability could help get allies into the discard pile.

Decklists

Hobbit Necromancers Raise the Dead

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Dáin Ironfoot (The Ghost of Framsburg)
Frodo Baggins (Conflict at the Carrock)
Merry (The Wastes of Eriador)

Ally (24)
1x Beorn (Core Set)
3x Elven Jeweler (Escape from Mount Gram)
3x Ered Nimrais Prospector (The Morgul Vale)
1x Faramir (Core Set)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Gildor Inglorion (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Glorfindel (Flight of the Stormcaller)
3x Imladris Stargazer (Foundations of Stone)
1x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
1x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)

Attachment (9)
3x Good Meal (The Redhorn Gate)
3x Hobbit Pipe (The Black Riders)
3x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath)

Event (17)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
2x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Hidden Cache (The Morgul Vale)
3x Smoke Rings (The Black Riders)
3x Stand and Fight (Core Set)
3x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Ghost of Framsburg

Sideboard

Ally (16)
1x Boromir (The Road Darkens)
1x Descendant of Thorondor (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Elladan (The Mountain of Fire)
1x Elrohir (The Mountain of Fire)
3x Erebor Hammersmith (Core Set)
1x Gwaihir (Trouble in Tharbad)
1x Halbarad (The Flame of the West)
1x Mablung (The Land of Shadow)
3x Soldier of Erebor (The Ghost of Framsburg)
3x Warden of Healing (The Long Dark)

Attachment (8)
3x Expert Treasure-hunter (On the Doorstep)
2x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Song of Travel (The Hills of Emyn Muil)

Event (9)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Will of the West (Core Set)

Player Side Quest (1)
1x Double Back (Escape from Mount Gram)

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Ranger Hobbits Lay Traps

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (The Hunt for Gollum)
Pippin (The Black Riders)
Sam Gamgee (The Black Riders)

Ally (17)
2x Anborn (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Bill the Pony (The Black Riders)
2x Galadriel (The Road Darkens)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Gimli (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Ithilien Archer (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Ithilien Tracker (Heirs of Númenor)

Attachment (24)
3x A Burning Brand (Conflict at the Carrock)
3x Fast Hitch (The Dead Marshes)
3x Forest Snare (Core Set)
3x Hobbit Cloak (The Black Riders)
3x Ithilien Pit (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Ranger Bow (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Ranger Spikes (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)

Event (9)
3x Legacy of Númenor (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Sneak Attack (Core Set)
3x Take No Notice (The Black Riders)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Treason of Saruman

Sideboard

Ally (12)
3x Haldir of Lórien (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
1x Ithilien Archer (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Master of the Forge (Shadow and Flame)
3x Quickbeam (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Son of Arnor (Core Set)

Attachment (3)
3x Protector of Lórien (Core Set)

Event (11)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Peace, and Thought (Shadow and Flame)
3x Second Breakfast (Conflict at the Carrock)
2x Secret Paths (Core Set)

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Play by Play

HN = Hobbit Necromancers HR = Hobbit Rangers (1st player)

HR starting hand: GandalfSneak AttackHobbit CloakRanger BowFast HitchIthilien Pit

HN starting hand: Stand and Fight x2, Zigil MinerThe Galadhrim’s GreetingHobbit PipeEred Nimrais Prospector

Turn 1: HR draws Forest Snare and Gimli. HN draws Beorn.

HR played Fast Hitch and Hobbit Cloak on Bilbo.

HN played Hobbit Pipe on Frodo and Zigil Miner. Exhaust Zigil Miner naming 2 and Merry. [Ered Nimrais Prospector] (/card/06141) and Hidden Cache discarded resulting in 3 resources added. HN played Stand and Fight choosing Ered Nimrais Prospector discarding Map of EarnilElven Jeweler, and Northern TrackerMap of Earnil shuffled back into the deck.

Ered Nimrais Prospector, Pippen, Sam, and Merry quest for 8. Dunland Tribesman x2, The Islet, Dunlending Bandit, and Dunland Chieftain have 10 threat. Questing fails raising HR threat to 25 and HN to 26.

Travel to The Islet. HR optionally engage Tribesman and draws Take No Notice. HN optionally engages the other one. Bilbo defends the first tribesman. No shadow and no damage thanks to hobbit cloak. Dain defends the 2nd one. Shadow raises attack to 5. Dain discards Good Meal and Hidden Cache for +2 defense taking no damage and adding 2 resources to Merry.

Refresh and HR threat is 26. HN threat is 27 and is 1st player.

Turn 2: HN draws Faramir and Smoke Rings. HR draws Ranger Bow. Exhaust Zigil Miner choosing 2 and Merry. Northern Tracker and The Galadhrim’s Greeting for no resources. Play Stand and Fight to play Northern Tracker. HR plays Forest Snare on tribeman engaged with them.

During questing HR plays Gandalf and using Sneak Attack dealing 4 damage to the dunlending bandit killing it. Gandalf, Sam, Pippin, Merry, and prospector quest for 12. Staging reveals a treachery removing a time counter. Fords of Isen added to the staging area. 5 progress made exploring on The Islet and 4 on the quest. HN gains control of Grima.

Travel to Fords of Isen. Chieftan does not engage. Dain defends against the tribesman, no shadow, mill smoke rings from the deck to take no damage. Grima, Frodo, and tracker attack for 4 dealing 2 damage to the tribesman.

Refresh, HR threat is 27, and HN threat is 28.

Turn 3: HR draws Steward of Gondor and A Burning Brand. HN draws Ered Nimrais Prospector. HR plays Steward on Pippin. Use Steward and the resources from it to play A Burning Brand on Bilbo. HR plays Ithilien Pit. HN exhausts Miner naming 2 and Merry. Dwarven Tomb and The Galadhrim’s Greeting discarded for no resources.

Pippin, Sam, Merry, Grima, and Prospector quest for 10. Staging reveals Old Hatreds, The King’s Road, Dunland Prowler, and Fords of Isen for 10 threat. No progress made but no threat gained.

HR optionally engages prowler. Bilbo defends exhausting burning brand to discard shadow card taking no damage. Tribesman attack defended by Dain milling Hobbit pipe to take no damage. Shadow adds an additional attack that is defended by Frodo raising threat to 30. Shadow adds another attack. Norther tracker defends taking 2 damage as shadow card has no effect.

Refresh, HR threat is 28, and HN threat is 31.

Turn 4: HN draws A Test of Will and Map of Earnil. Threat increased to 29 for HR and 31 for HN. HN plays Map of Earnil then discards it to play Stand and Fight. Northern Tracker #2 played from the discard pile.

During questing HR plays Sneak Attack and Gandalf dealing 4 damage to the Chieftan. Gandalf, Pippin, Sam, Northern Trackers, and Prospector quest for 12 and place 2 progress on Fords and Road in the staging area. Bandit and King’s Road #2 added to the staging area for 12 threat. No progress made and no threat gained. Game lost as Grima will be discarded at the end of the turn.

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