Massing at Osgiliath with 3 Unlikely Heroes – December 7th, 2022

Introduction

I really wanted to see if I just had bad luck last game. I think the changes I made are what is needed if I can get the right draws. I wasn’t sure if getting all 3 copies of Armored Destrier in my opening hand was a great start or not.

Decklist

Massing at Osgiliath 3 Unlikely Hunters

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (Mount Gundabad)
Erkenbrand (The Antlered Crown)
Legolas (The Sands of Harad)

Contract (0)
1x Forth, The Three Hunters! (The City of Ulfast)

Attachment (40)
1x Ancestral Armor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Blade of Gondolin (Core Set)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
2x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Hauberk of Mail (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)

2x Mirkwood Long-knife (The Sands of Harad)
3x Raiment of War (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Round Shield (Mount Gundabad)
2x Silver Circlet (Wrath and Ruin)
2x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
1x Strength and Courage (The City of Ulfast)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (11)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 51 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand after mulligan

  • Armored Destrier x3 I swear I shuffled.
  • Favor of the Valar
  • Dagger of Westernesse
  • Feint

Setup

  • Witch King set aside
  • Snaga Scout, Wolves from Mordor, and Wainriders added to the staging area
  • The One Ring attached to Legolas
  • Strength and Courage added to hand.
  • Threat – 28

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Dagger of Westernesse 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Dagger of Westernesee on Bilbo
  • Armored Destrier on Erkenbrand
  • Dagger of Westernesse and Strength and Courage on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Biblo targeting Wainriders
  • Total Quest Power = 3

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scout
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 30

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.0 Engagement Phase

  • Snaga Scout 1 & 2 engaged.

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Emyn Arnen Overlook)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready Erkenbrand and discard shadow from Wolves from Mordor with Armored Destrier

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Remove defender from combat (Captured Watchtower)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Bilbo (1 / 2)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 3)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 31
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Feint

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Armored Destrier 2 on Erkenbrand

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Wainriders
  • Total Quest Power = 3

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Massing at Osgiliath
  • Uruk Vanguard
  • Threat – 32
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 33

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Massing at Osgiliath)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready Erkenbrand and discard shadow from Snaga Scout 2 with Armored Destrier

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A Damn! It was a Ranger of Ithilien
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready Erkenbrand and discard shadow from Wainriders with Armored Destrier

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 6
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5 (5 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Unexpected Courage on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Uruk Vanguard
  • Legolas
  • Total Quest Power = 4

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Massing at Osgiliath
  • Wainrider Captain and he puts Wainriders back in the staging area.
  • Threat – 35
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 38

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.3 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Deal 2 damage to the enemy, 2 / 2 (Ranger of Ithilien) Target destroyed.
  • Exhaust Legolas to take control of the Ranger. Yay! I have some additional questing power and won’t need to sacrifice a hero later on.
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand and discards Snaga Scout 2’s shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand and discards Snaga Scout 2’s shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Ranger of Ithilien
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 2
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2 (2 / 2)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target Destroyed.

7 Refresh

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

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Dagger of Westernesse 3

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Dagger of Westernesse 3 on Bilbo. Looks like I’ll start making progress soon.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo target Wainrider Captain
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 6

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainriders
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 40

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainriders
  • Wainrider Captain

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Wainriders)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand and discards Wainriders 1’s shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand and discards Wainriders 2’s shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Wainriders 1

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.8b Target – Wainriders 2

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

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 41
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • Flip the contract.

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Gondorian Shield

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Gondorian Shield on Erkenbrand.
  • Favor of the Valar

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Uruk Vanguard
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainriders
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (3 / 7)
  • +1 damage to Uruk Vanguard (1 / 8)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Make Morgulduin the active location cancled with Erkenbrand’s ability (Morgulduin)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Heal 1 damage on Bilbo (0 / 2) and Erkenbrand (1 / 4)
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand and discards Wainriders’ shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
    • Erkenbrand
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas
  • Target destroyed

6.8b Target – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 42
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Foe-hammer

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Uruk Vanguard
  • Legolas
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wolves from Mordor
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +7 quest progress (10 / 7)
  • Advance to Stage 2.
  • +1 Uruk Vanguard damage (2 / 8)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +3 attack (Cut Off) canceled by Erkenbrand’s ability
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • Contract heals 1 damage from Erkenbrand (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
    • Erkenbrand
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 6 (6 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed. Play Foe-hammer exhausting Dagger of Westernesse on Legolas to draw Foe-hammer 2, Hauberk of Mail, and Silver Harp.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Galadhrim’s Greeting

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Hauberk of Mail on Erkenbrand.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Uruk Vanguard
  • Legolas
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wolves from Mordor
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +7 quest progress (7 / 5)
  • Advance to Stage 3
  • +1 damage to Uruk Vanguard (3 / 8)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Uruk Vanguard

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Uruk Vanguard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Remove defender from the combat (Captured Watchtower) canceled by Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • Contract heals 1 damage from Erkenbrand (1 / 5)
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand and discards Wolves from Mordor’s shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Uruk Vanguard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
    • Erkenbrand
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 8
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 7 (10 / 8)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed. Exhaust Legolas’s Daggers of Westernesse to play Foe-hammer and draw Celebrian’s Stone, Blade of Gondolin, and Elven-light.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 44
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 8

1.3 Draw

  • Feint 3

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Celebrian’s Stone on Bilbo.
  • Blade of Gondolin on Legolas.
  • Galadhrim’s Greeting to reduce my threat to 38.

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Discard Ranger of Ithilien 3.1 Action(s)
  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Bilbo.
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Cut Off
  • Threat – 39
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 0

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +10 quest progress (10 / 1)
  • Advance to Stage 4.
  • The Witch-King added to the staging area.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • The Witch-King

5.2 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Feint targeting The Witch-King to cancel his attack.

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +2 attack (Uruk Vanguard)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 (2 / 4)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Contract heals 1 damage on Erkenbrand.
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – The Witch-King

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Bilbo
    • Legolas
    • Erkenbrand
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • Exhaust The One Ring for +3 attack
    • Threat – 40
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 16 So close!
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 10 (10 / 11)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

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

Turn 9

1.3 Draw

  • Silver Circlet That will be good next turn.

1.3 Action(s)

  • Elven-light to draw Hauberk of Mail 2.

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Bilbo.
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Dark Pursuit adds 1 staging area threat for Wolves from Mordor,
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 1

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +9 quest progress (9 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Feint The Witch-King.

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – whiffs because attack is defended (Wainrider Captain)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Contract heals 1 damage on Erkenbrand (0 / 5)

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – The Witch King

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • Exhaust The One Ring for +3 attack
    • Threat – 42
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 8
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2 (12 / 11)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target Destroyed.
  • +1 quest progress (10 / 15) from Blade of Gondolin.

6.8b Target – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Bilbo
    • Erkenbrand
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target Destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 43
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 10

1.3 Draw

  • Round Shield

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Silver Circlet on Legolas discarding Blade of Gondolin.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo
  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Armored Destrier 3 to ready Erkenbrand
  • Total Quest Power = 14

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scout
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 1

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +13 quest progress (23 / 15)

That’s it! I did it at last! I didn’t even need to destroy The Witch-King but I did anyway.

Score

133 = 9 rounds x 10 + 43 threat + 0 dead heroes + 0 hero damage + 0 victory points

Massing at Osgiliath with 4 Unlikely Heroes – December 1st, 2022

Introduction

I got in a quick game for my birthday after I tweaked the events in the deck for more card draw and threat reduction. It should have helped my late game. Unfortunately, I had the worst start so far in playing this scenario.

Decklist

Massing at Osgiliath 3 Unlikely Hunters

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (Mount Gundabad)
Erkenbrand (The Antlered Crown)
Legolas (The Sands of Harad)

Contract (0)
1x Forth, The Three Hunters! (The City of Ulfast)

Attachment (40)
1x Ancestral Armor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Blade of Gondolin (Core Set)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
2x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Hauberk of Mail (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)

2x Mirkwood Long-knife (The Sands of Harad)
3x Raiment of War (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Round Shield (Mount Gundabad)
2x Silver Circlet (Wrath and Ruin)
2x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
1x Strength and Courage (The City of Ulfast)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (11)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 51 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand after mulligan

  • Elven-light
  • Raiment of War
  • Round Shield
  • Silver Harp
  • The Galadhrim’s Greeting
  • Foe-hammer

Setup

  • Witch King set aside
  • Snaga Scout, Wolves from Mordor, and Wainriders added to the staging area
  • The One Ring attached to Legolas
  • Strength and Courage added to hand.
  • Threat – 28

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Gondorian Shield

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Silver Harp and Strength and Courage on Legolas
  • Gondorian Shield on Erkenbrand.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Wainriders for +2 willpower
  • Total Quest Power = 5

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainrider Captain
  • When revealed whiffs because no Scouts in the staging area
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 32

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scout
  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +3 attack (Cut off) canceled with Erkenbrand taking 1 damage.
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Wainriders)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Bilbo
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target Destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 33
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Hobbit Pony

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Hobbit Pony and Round Shield on Bilbo
  • Raiment of War on Erkenbrand

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Emyn Arnen Overlook
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo quests for 4 targeting Wainrider Captain

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 36

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Emyn Arnen Overlook

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Return the active location to the staging area and put Morgulduin as the active location (Morgulduin) canceled by Erkenbrand.
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Attack considered undefended (Captured Watchtower)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Legolas
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • Exhaust The One Ring for +3 attack
    • Threat – 37
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 6 (6 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 38
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Favor of the Valar

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Wainrider Captain
  • Legolas then discard Elven-light to ready Bilbo
  • Total Quest Power = 5

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainrider Captain 2
  • Wainriders
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 8

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 41

Postmortem

I concede since I can’t handle 4 enemies at once. That was the roughest start I’ve had I think. Very few restricted attachments and no weapon for Legolas to get card draw from Foe-hammer.

Massing at Osgiliath with 3 Unlikely Heroes – November 6th, 2022

Introduction

I know last time I talked about using a whole new deck, but life got in the way of brewing something else. I decided to run this one again to at least get a game in this week.

Decklist

Massing at Osgiliath 3 Unlikely Hunters

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (Mount Gundabad)
Erkenbrand (The Antlered Crown)
Legolas (The Sands of Harad)

Contract (0)
1x Forth, The Three Hunters! (The City of Ulfast)

Attachment (38)
1x Ancestral Armor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Blade of Gondolin (Core Set)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Hauberk of Mail (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)

2x Mirkwood Long-knife (The Sands of Harad)
3x Raiment of War (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Round Shield (Mount Gundabad)
2x Silver Circlet (Wrath and Ruin)
2x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
1x Strength and Courage (The City of Ulfast)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (12)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Hands Upon the Bow (Shadow and Flame)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand after mulligan

  • Steerner than Steel
  • Mirkwood Long-knife
  • Raiment of War
  • Round Shield x2
  • Blade of Gondolin

Setup

  • Witch King set aside
  • Snaga Scout, Wolves from Mordor, and Wainriders added to the staging area
  • The One Ring attached to Legolas
  • Strength and Courage added to hand.
  • Threat – 28

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Hobbit Pony

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Blade of Gondolin and Hobbit Pony on Bilbo.
  • Mirkwood-Long-knife on Legolas
  • Raiment of War and Round Shield on Erkenbrand.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scout
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo quests via Hobbit Pony targeting Wainriders
  • Quest power = 3

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 30

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wolves from Mordor
  • Snaga Scouts x2

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Dark Pursuit)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Bilbo
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Snaga Scout)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Legolas
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (Uruk Vanguard) and +2 defense from Round Shield
  • 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 – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3 (3 / 3)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 31
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • Flip the contract.

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Round Shield on Bilbo

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Captured Watchtower
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • Biblo quests via Hobbit Pony targeting Wainriders
  • Quest Power = 6

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (3 / 7)
  • +1 damage to Wainriders (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none I can’t travel because Captured Watchtower is a West Bank location.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Ruins of Osgiliath)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Erkenbrand. (1 / 6)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Use contract to heal 1 damage on each hero (0 / 2), (0 / 6), and (0 / 4).

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Dark Pursuit)
  • 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 – Snaga Scout 1

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

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 32
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Golden Belt

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Unexpected Courage on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none I’m going to try and slowly progress and give a Ranger of Ithilien a chance to show up.
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainrider Captain and put Snaga Scout from the discard pile into the staging area.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo quests via Hobbit Pony targeting Wainrider Captain.
  • Quest power = 6

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 33

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scout

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Deal 2 damage to defending character whiffs (Wolves from Mordor)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 damage assigned to Bilbo. (1 / 2)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Wainriders)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Legolas (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Wainrders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Remove defender canceled with Erkenbrand’s ability (Captured Watchtower), (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Use contract heal 1 damage on each hero. (0 / 2), (0 / 6), and (0 / 4)

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (5 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Ready with Legolas with Unexpected Courage.

6.8b Target – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 5 (5 / 2)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Dagger of Westernesse

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Golden Belt and Dagger of Westernesse on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Uruk Vanguard
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo quests via Hobbit Pony targeting Wainrider Captain.
  • Quest power = 6

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • No progress and no threat gained.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Wainrider Captain

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Deal 2 damage to Wainrider Captain and exhaust Legolas to gain control of Ranger of Ithilien (Ranger of Ithilien) Alright! I’m in business now!
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +3 attack (Cut Off)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 4 assigned to Erkenbrand (4 / 6)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Use contract heal 1 damage on Erkenbrand. (3 / 6)

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (6 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

6.8b Target – Snaga Scout

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

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 35
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Golden Belt 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Legolas
  • Total Quest Power = 5

3.2 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.

3.3 Staging

  • Morgulduin
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo quests via Hobbit Pony targeting Uruk Vanguard.
  • Quest power = 11

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +7 quest progress (10 / 7)
  • +1 damage to Uruk Vanguard (1 / 8)
  • Advance to Stage 2

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Travel to Morgulduin

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Uruk Vanguard

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Uruk Vanguard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Deal 2 damage to defending character canceled with Erkenbrand’s ability (4 / 6), (Wolves from Mordor)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • Use contract to heal 1 damage (3 / 6)
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Uruk Vanguard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
    • Ranger of Ithilien
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 9
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 8 (9 / 8)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

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

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Feint

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Legolas and +1 damage (1 / 4)
  • Ranger of Ithilien and +1 damage (1 / 2)
  • Total Quest Power = 7

3.2 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.

3.3 Staging

  • Morgulduin
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • Biblo quests via Hobbit Pony and takes 1 damage (1 / 2)
  • Quest power = 11

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 Morgulduin 1 progress (3 / 3) and explore it.
  • +7 quest progress (6 / 5)
  • Advance to Stage 3.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none I can’t travel to East or West Bank locations.

4.2 Action(s)

  • Heal 1 damage on each hero with contract. (0 / 2), (2 / 6), and (0 / 4)

7 Refresh

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

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Hauberk of Mail

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Hauberk of Mail on Erkenbrand.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Legolas
  • Ranger of Ithilien discarded.
  • Total Quest Power = 6

3.2 Action(s)

  • Unexpected Courage readies Legolas.

3.3 Staging

  • Cut Off and can’t discard any ally cards from hand.
  • Threat – 37
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (3 / 1)
  • Advance to Stage 4.
  • I have crossed the Anduin.
  • The Witch-king added to the staging area.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Captured Watchtower

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 38
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 8

1.3 Draw

  • Ancestral Armor

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Golden Belt and Ancestral Armor on Erkenbrand.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Legolas
  • Bilbo targeting the Witch-king
  • Total Quest Power = 13

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Emyn Arnen Overlook Ouch, doomed 2 and surge on scout enemies and it is an East Bank location so I can’t travel to it.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 9

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Captured Watchtower progress (2 / 2) and explore it.
  • +2 quest progress (2 / 15)
  • +1 damage to the Witch-king (1 / 11)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none I can’t travel to either location.

4.2 Action(s)

  • heal 1 damage on each hero with the contract. (0 / 2), (0 / 9), and (0 / 4)

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • The Witch-king

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Feint on The Witch-king

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – The Witch-king

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Erkenbrand
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • Exhaust The One Ring for +3 attack
    • Threat – 39
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 13
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 7 (8 / 11)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

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

Turn 9

1.3 Draw

  • Silver Harp

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Silver Harp on Legolas.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Steerner than Steel to ready Erkenbrand
  • Exhaust Silver Harp to get Steerner than Steel back.
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Massing at Osgiliath gives each card revealed Doomed 3 I might lose to threat if the next card is a Scout enemy.
  • Pelennor Fields
  • Threat – 43
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • Biblo quests via Hobbit Pony
  • Quest Power = 15

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +11 quest progress (13 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • None and gain 3 threat from Pelennor Fields I was planning to defeat The Witch-King, but with 2 progress left I think it will be safer to just quest over.
  • Threat – 46

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – The Witch-King

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Massing at Osgiliath)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • The Witch-King returns to the staging area because I don’t raise my threat by 3.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 47
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 10

1.3 Draw

  • Celebrian’s Stone

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Celebrian’s Stone on Bilbo discarding Blade of Gondolin.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas and discard Steerner than Steel to ready Erkenbrand
  • Get Steerner than Steel back with Silver Harp
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scouts
  • Threat – 49
  • Cut Off
  • Threat – 50

Postmortem

Done in by threat and locations. Looks like I need some threat reduction and/or location control. Things were otherwise going my way with the first turn flip and getting a Ranger of Ithilien. More card draw also wouldn’t hurt if I did Foe-hammer.

Massing at Osgiliath with 3 Unlikely Heroes – October 30, 2022

Introduction

I went back to Massing at Osgiliath after taking a break from the game. The Angmar Awakened Print and Play campaign is out, but I’m want to beat this first before attempting it. Also, I wanted to see if using The One Ring as I originally intended helps.

Decklist

Massing at Osgiliath 3 Unlikely Hunters

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (Mount Gundabad)
Erkenbrand (The Antlered Crown)
Legolas (The Sands of Harad)

Contract (0)
1x Forth, The Three Hunters! (The City of Ulfast)

Attachment (38)
1x Ancestral Armor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Blade of Gondolin (Core Set)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Hauberk of Mail (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)

2x Mirkwood Long-knife (The Sands of Harad)
3x Raiment of War (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Round Shield (Mount Gundabad)
2x Silver Circlet (Wrath and Ruin)
2x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
1x Strength and Courage (The City of Ulfast)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (12)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Hands Upon the Bow (Shadow and Flame)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Hobbit Pony
  • Gondorian Shield
  • Blade of Gondolin
  • Dagger of Westernesse
  • Round Shield
  • Golden Belt

Setup

  • Witch King set aside
  • Snaga Scout, Wolves from Mordor, and Wainriders added to the staging area
  • The One Ring attached to Legolas
  • Strength and Courage added to hand.
  • Threat – 28

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Elven-light Perfect, possible card draw right away and a way to ready another hero if I quest with him.

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Blade of Gondolin and Hobbit Pony on Bilbo.
  • Dagger of Westernesse and Strength and Courage on Legolas.
  • Gondorian Shield and Round Shield on Erkenbrand.
  • First turn flip!

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Captured Watchtower
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo committed via Hobbit Pony targeting Wainriders
  • Quest power = 3

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 30 for questing unsuccessfully.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none Captured Watchtower is a West Bank location.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scouts
  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scouts

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – attack considered undefended whiffs (Captured Watchtower)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Legolas.
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none Snaga Scouts
  • 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 – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 3)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 31
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • Flip the contract.

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Silver Circlet

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none I think I’m going to risk sending Legolas to the quest so I can get Elven-light drawing cards for me. I’m really hoping Bilbo can kill the Snaga Scouts for me and no other enemy comes out, but I can still make progress.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Wainriders
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Bilbo.
  • Total Quest Power = 8

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wolves from Mordor
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 quest progress (4 / 7)
  • 1 damage to Wainriders (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • Elven-light draws Feint

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +3 attack (Cut off) canceled with 1 damage on Erkenbrand (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scouts

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – noen
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +2 attack (Wainrider Captain)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • Heal 1 damage on each hero.
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 3 assigned to Legolas (3 / 4)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Snaga Scouts

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Biblo
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 2
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed and +1 quest progress (5 / 7)

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 32
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Elven-light 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Silver Circlet on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • +2 threat from Dark Pursuit
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • Hobbit Pony commits Bilbo targeting Wainriders.
  • Quest power = 5

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • No progress made but no threat gained.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +3 attack (Cut off) and +2 defense with Round Shield
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Contract heals 1 damage from Erkenbrand (0 / 4) and Legolas (1 / 4)

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wolves

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 /3)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 33
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Mirkwood Long-knife

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • none

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Wainriders
  • Legolas and discard Elven-light to ready Bilbo
  • Total Quest Power = 11

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scout
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 4

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +7 progress (12 / 7)
  • 1 damage to Wainriders (2 / 4)
  • Advance to Stage 2

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scout

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Massing at Osgiliath)
  • 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 – Snaga Scout

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Bilbo
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 2
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 2 (2 / 2)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Contract heals 1 damage from Legolas (0 / 4)
  • Target destroyed and +1 quest progress

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Golden Belt 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • Elven-light draws Gondorian Shield 2

2.2 Planning

  • Gondorian Shield on Bilbo.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting Wainriders
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Bilbo
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scout
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +7 quest progress (8 / 5)
  • Advance to Stage 3. Oh crud. I forgot I have to discard a hero or Ranger of Ithilien to quest here. Here’s hoping I get lucky to find a Ranger next turn?
  • 1 damage to Wainriders (3 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scout

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – attack considered undefended (Captured Watchtower)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Bilbo
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Ruins of Osgiliath)
  • 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 – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Bilbo
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 2
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 1 (4 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 35
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Raiment of War

1.3 Action(s)

  • Elven-light draws Raiment of War 2

2.2 Planning

  • Golden Belt and Raiment of War on Erkenbrand

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • none Going to hope I eat the threat for 1 round to find a Ranger.
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Wainrider Captain and puts Wainriders back into the staging area.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 6

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 41

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainrider Captain
  • Wainriders

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Massing at Osgiliath)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Bilbo
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (Uruk Vanguard)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 2 (2 / 2)

Postmortem

I concede with Bilbo dying. It was a risk especially since I had Feint in hand, but I was hoping to save it for the Witch-king. The game seemed to be very much going my way up until I hit Stage 3 and needed a Ranger to sacrifice. Both Rangers were near the bottom of the deck. I guess the question now is to I rebuild with Fortune or Fate or similar in the deck or rebuild with more ally focus so losing a hero is feasible? I could also just hope for another lucky set of draws where my deck is working as intended like today and I get a Ranger like last time. This scenario does play quickly, but I don’t want to get into a dozen or so attempts hoping to see a Ranger come out. More likely will look into a deck with an easy sacrificial hero. Maybe it’s time to try a Fellowship deck since I’ve yet to use that contract.

Massing at Osgiliath with 3 Unlikely Heroes – September 10, 2022

Introduction

I’ve been really disappointed that the Angmar Awakened campaign isn’t available as Print and Play yet. I’ve had some ideas about trying some more minimum purchase decks for it, but really I just want to get started on the campaign. I saw there were points you can switch without a threat penalty. I think that opens it up for me even with minimum purchase restriction in place. I’ll also try Easy Mode when I start since the minimum purchase card pool is lacking defense so much. I could also have started another core campaign to earn some boons that might help make things easier with such a restrictive card pool. I really wasn’t up for replaying it right now especially since the campaign has been out for almost a month and no sign of the PnP files. I’m pretty much resigned that it may be awhile before I can get some good card scans to print the campaign cards myself.

Good news is I still have all the Print on Demand scenarios and Nightmare I haven’t played solo yet. I decided it was better to switch and get away from being bummed about Angmar Awakened. To make it more exciting for me, I put in Tactics Bilbo because I like him a lot. Then Spirit Legolas since I haven’t played him at all and his built in readying ability will be good for this scenario. I also on Vision of the Palanitr that shadow cancelation is big and immediately thought of Erkenbrand. Originally I was going to double down on this with The One Ring and Inner Strength. By the time I got around to playing the deck, I forgot I had them in there. I had to make a sideboard change mid game when I realized my setup mistake.

Decklist

Main Deck

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (Mount Gundabad)
Erkenbrand (The Antlered Crown)
Legolas (The Sands of Harad)

Contract (0)
1x Forth, The Three Hunters! (The City of Ulfast)

Attachment (37)
1x Ancestral Armor (Roam Across Rhovanion)
3x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Blade of Gondolin (Core Set)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Golden Belt (Challenge of the Wainriders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Hauberk of Mail (The Wilds of Rhovanion)
3x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)
1x Magic Ring (The Crossings of Poros)
2x Mirkwood Long-knife (The Sands of Harad)
3x Raiment of War (The Thing in the Depths)
3x Round Shield (Mount Gundabad)
2x Silver Circlet (Wrath and Ruin)
2x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (13)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Hands Upon the Bow (Shadow and Flame)
1x Hasty Stroke (Core Set)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to Challenge of the Wainriders

Sideboard

Attachment (2)
1x Inner Strength (Wrath and Ruin)
1x The One Ring (A Shadow in the East)

Event (2)
2x Hasty Stroke (Core Set)

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting Hand

  • Hobbit Pony
  • Armored Destrier
  • Mirkwood Long-knife
  • Dagger of Westernesse
  • Feint
  • Hands Upon the Bow

Setup

  • Witch King set aside
  • 3 Snaga Scouts added to the staging area
  • Threat – 28

Turn 1

1.3 Draw

  • Raiment of War

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Dagger of Westernesse and Hobbit Pony attached to Bilbo
  • Armored Destrier on Erkenbrand
  • Mirkwood Long-knife on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • None. I’ve played this quest before multiplayer and getting enemies cleared out early makes a big difference for later turns.
  • Total Quest Power = 0

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Cut Off
  • Threat – 29
  • I don’t have any ally cards to discard.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 32

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scouts x3

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Deal 2 damage to defender (Wolves from Mordor) canceled with Erkenbrand’s ability (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready with Armored Destrier and discard shadow from Snaga Scout 2

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Bilbo (1 / 2)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 3

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Deal 2 damage to attacking enemy (2 / 2) and exhaust Bilbo to gain control of Ranger of Ithilien (Ranger of Ithilien)
  • Snaga Scout 3 destroyed.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Sanga Scout 1

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 2)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

6.8b Target – Sanga Scout 2

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

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 3
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • That was a pretty awesome turn 1!

Turn 2

1.3 Draw

  • Hauberk of Mail

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Raiment of War and Hauberk of Mail on Erkenbrand. Darn, no restricted attachment for Legolas, but Erkenbrand is now set up.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power =2

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Uruk Vanguard
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo quests thanks to Hobbit Pony targeting Uruk Vanguard
  • Quest power = 5

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress
  • +1 damage to Uruk Vanguard (1 / 8)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • None, I could but I’m one damage short of being able to kill the Vanguard. I have Feint and Hands Upon the Bow if another enemy comes out next round. I can leave him up there and most likely kill him next round.

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 3

1.3 Draw

  • Feint 2, Not what I wanted at all.

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • None

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 2

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Captured Watchtower
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bilbo rides in with 3 willpower on his Hobbit Pony
  • Quest power = 5

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 quest progress (5 / 7)
  • +1 damage Uruk Vanguard (2 / 8)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • None, I can’t because the quest prevents me from going to West Bank locations like the Captured Watchtower.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Uruk Vanguard

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • none

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Uruk Vanguard

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – Remove defender from combat (Captured Watchtower) canceled with Erkenbrand’s ability (2 / 7).
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Armored Destrier readies Erkenbrand.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Uruk Vanguard

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Erkenbrand
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 6 (8 / 8)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 34
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 4

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage, Still not a restricted attachment but it will help me quest better.

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Unexpected Courage on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Legolas
  • Total Quest Power = 4

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage. I think at this point in the game it’s better to have characters unexhausted.

3.3 Staging

  • Wainrider Captain
  • Snaga Scout returned to the staging area.
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 5

3.3 Action(s)

  • +4 willpower from Bilbo and his Hobbit Pony targeting Wainrider Captain.

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +3 quest progress (8 / 7)
  • +1 Wainrider Captain damage (1 / 4)
  • Advance to Stage 2

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • None

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • Wainrider Captain

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scout

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +3 attack (Cut Off)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 (3 / 7)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready with Armored Destrier and discard Snaga Scout’s shadow

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – none
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 assigned to Legolas (1 / 4)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – Wainrider Captain

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Erkenbrand
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (5 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 35
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 5

1.3 Draw

  • Feint 3, Wow, I really didn’t expect to draw so many cards that aren’t restricted. I just checked my decklist about how many restricted cards I have and realized I had The One Ring and should have had that in play. To keep going without impacting the game state I took out The One Ring and Inner Strength and sideboarded in a Hasty Stroke.

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • None

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Legolas
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 4

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage.

3.3 Staging

  • Snaga Scout 2
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • +2 Willpower from Bilbo on his Hobbit Pony targeting Snaga Scout

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 quest progress (4 / 5)
  • 1 damage to Snaga Scout 2 (1 / 2)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • none

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • none

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • Snaga Scout

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – no effect because not undefended (Wainrider Captain)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready Erkenbrand with Armored Destrier and discard Snaga Scout 2’s shadow

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout 2

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Snaga Scout 1

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (4 / 2)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

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

Turn 6

1.3 Draw

  • Magic Ring, Helpful, but still not 1 of the 24 restricted attachments left in my deck.

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Magic Ring on Erkenbrand.

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Legolas
  • Total Quest Power = 4

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage.

3.3 Staging

  • Wainriders
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 3

3.3 Action(s)

  • +3 willpower from Bilbo targeting Wainriders

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +4 quest progress (8 / 5)
  • 1 damage to Wainriders (1 / 4)
  • Advance to Stage 3. I guess I should have read the quest cards. Good thing I have a Ranger of Ithilien to discard next round.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • None

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • None

5.2 Action(s)

  • None

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainriders

5.3 Action(s)

  • None

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Snaga Scout

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – +1 attack (Uruk Vanguard)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready with Armored Destrier and discard Wainriders’ shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 4
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3 (4 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • Ready Erkenbrand with Magic Ring
    • Threat – 37
  • Target destroyed.

6.8b Target – Snaga Scout

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Erkenbrand
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 3
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3 (4 /2)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 38
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 7

1.3 Draw

  • Round Shield, At last!

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Round Shield on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase

  • Ranger of Ithilien discarded 3.1 Action(s)
  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas and discard Feint to ready Erkenbrand
  • Total Quest Power = 3

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage.

3.3 Staging

  • Massing at Osgiliath
  • Ranger of Ithilien
    • Exhausted and committed to the quest
    • Quest power = 5
  • Ruins of Osgiliath
  • Threat – 39
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 2

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +1 quest progress (1 / 1)
  • Advance to Stage 4
  • Witch-King added to the staging area.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Captured Watchtower

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • None

5.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.3 Engagement

  • None

5.3 Action(s)

  • None

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 40
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none
  • Flip the contract.

Turn 8

1.3 Draw

  • Armored Destier 2

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • None

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • Heal 1 damage on the heroes with the contract.

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Bilbo targeting the Witch-king
  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Armored Destrier to ready Erkenbrand
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • none

3.3 Staging

  • Emyn Arnen Overlook
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 12

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • No threat gained but no progress.

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Emyn Arnen Overlook

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • None

5.2 Action(s)

  • None

5.3 Engagement

  • The Witch-king

5.3 Action(s)

  • None

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Feint, This way I won’t need to spend 3 threat to keep engaged and I might be able to get Captured Watchtower explored.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – The Witch-king

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Erkenbrand
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 7
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 1 (2 / 11)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

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

Turn 9

1.3 Draw

  • Elven-light

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • None

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Erkenbrand
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage
  • Elven-light draws Elven-light 2

3.3 Staging

  • Morgulduin
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 7

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Captured Watchtower progress (2 / 2) and explored it.
  • +1 quest progress (1 / 15)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • None. All locations are East bank ones I can’t travel to.

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • Feint on The Witch-king
  • Heal 1 damage on Erkenbrand with the contract.

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – The Witch-king

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Bilbo
    • Erkenbrand
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 9
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 3 (5 / 11)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 42
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 10

1.3 Draw

  • Mirkwood Long-knife

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • Mirkwood Long-knife on Legolas

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Erkenbrand
  • Total Quest Power = 10

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready with Unexpected Courage
  • Elven-light draws Hauberk of Mail

3.3 Staging

  • Captured Watchtower
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 11

3.3 Action(s)

  • none

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • Threat – 43

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • Captured Watchtower

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – The Witch-king

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Ruins of Osgiliath)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 1 (2 / 7)
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • Heal 1 damage with the contract (1 / 7)

6.7 Player Attacks

6.8b Target – The Witch-king

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Bilbo
    • Erkenbrand
    • Legolas
    • Ranger of Ithilien
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 12
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 6 (11 / 11)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 46
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 11

1.3 Draw

  • Steerner than Steel

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • None

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Erkenbrand
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage
  • Elven-light draws Raiment of War

3.3 Staging

  • Dark Pursuit just surges.
  • Wolves from Mordor
  • Threat – 48
  • Wainriders
  • Total Staging Area Threat = 10

3.3 Action(s)

  • Bibo target Wainriders for +5 willpower

3.4 Quest Resolution

  • +2 Captured Watchtower progress (2 / 2) and explore it.
  • +5 quest progress (6 / 15)
  • 1 damage to Wainriders (1 / 4)

3.4 Action(s)

  • none

4.2 Travel

  • None

4.2 Action(s)

  • none

5.2 Optional Engagement

  • None

5.2 Action(s)

  • None

5.3 Engagement

  • Wainriders
  • Wolves from Mordor

5.3 Action(s)

  • none

6 Combat Phase

6.2 Action(s)

  • none

6.3 Enemy Attacks

6.4b Enemy – Wainriders

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – none (Massing at Osgiliath)
  • 6.4.2 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.3 Determine combat damage – 0
  • 6.4.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Ready with Armored Destrier and discard Wolves’ shadow.

6.4b Enemy – Wolves from Mordor

  • 6.4b Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.1 Defender – Erkenbrand
  • 6.4.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.4.2 Shadow – N/A
  • 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 – Wainriders

  • 6.8b Attackers
    • Legolas
  • 6.8.1 Action(s)
    • none
  • 6.8.2 Total Attack – 5
  • 6.8.3 Damage Dealt – 4 (5 / 4)
  • 6.8.3 Action(s)
    • none
  • Target destroyed.

7 Refresh

  • 7.3 Threat – 49 Ok, if I get any doomed or Scout enemies next staging I’m done for.
  • 7.4 Action(s)
    • none

Turn 12

1.3 Draw

  • Unexpected Courage Not the Spirit card I hoped for.

1.3 Action(s)

  • none

2.2 Planning

  • None

3.1 Quest Phase 3.1 Action(s)

  • none

3.2 Committed Characters vs Main Quest

  • Erkenbrand
  • Legolas discarding Elven-light to ready Erkenbrand
  • Ranger of Ithilien
  • Total Quest Power = 12

3.2 Action(s)

  • Elven-light draws Hobbit Pony
  • Ready Legolas with Unexpected Courage.

3.3 Staging

  • Cut off
  • Threat – 50

Postmortem

That was so close! I wonder what would have happened if I had played my deck as originally designed with The One Ring. Erkenbrand got set up easily so I can probably just tweak this to use Strength and Courage instead. Although Legolas was my main source of questing power. Bilbo was nice especially when The Witch-king was in staging but the -3 willpower otherwise hurt so much. Arod would have been really helpful near the end when all the East Bank locations showed up.Feint was nice near the end but not so good early on. I might just drop them down to 2. Tactics Legolas I’m sure would be better in this quest with all the attacking and then I could run things like War Axe to kill The Witch-king right away. It was interesting to try the Spirit Legolas though. He also made it so Erkenbrand could quest. With it being such a close game, I might just make some minor tweaks and try it again with the same line up.