Peril in Pelargir with Mono-Spirit – April 13, 2019

Introduction

I haven’t had a chance to attempt Fortress of Nurn again yet. Here are more games from when I started writing down everything I did during the game instead. It’s more free form than my current format with all the phases and action windows specified.

I knew I wanted to use a mono-sphere deck, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use Mono-Tactics or Mono-Spirit. I started with Mono-Tactics because I liked the idea of Mono-Tactics more. I suspected, however, that Mono-Spirit would be more successful. I decided I would play both against the first couple of scenarios to see which is really better.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Arwen Undómiel (The Dread Realm)
Caldara (The Blood of Gondor)
Eleanor (Core Set)

Ally (31)
2x Damrod (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Dwalin (On the Doorstep)
1x Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes)
3x Emery (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Háma (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Lórien Guide (Core Set)
3x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Prince Imrahil (The Flame of the West)
3x Warden of Annúminas (The Lost Realm)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)

Attachment (6)
3x Blood of Númenor (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Sword-thain (The Dread Realm)

Event (13)
2x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
1x Fortune or Fate (Core Set)
2x Hasty Stroke (Core Set)
3x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)
2x Will of the West (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Attempt 1

Turn 1: I draw Gandalf. I play Zigil Miner and Blood of Númenor on Eleanor. I discard Prince Imrahil for a resource on Arwen. Exhaust Zigil Miner naming 3. The Galadhrim’s Greeting and Hasty Stroke discarded netting one resource on Eleanor. I use the remaining resources to play Lórien Guide. Lorien Guide and Arwen quest for 2. Staging adds Zealous Traitor and Lossarnach Bandit to the staging area. Threat increases by 5. All enemies engage killing Zigil Miner due to traitor’s forced effect. I scoop realizing I’ll lose a hero to an undefended attack.

Attempt 2

Turn 1: I draw Sword-thain. I play Zigil Miner and use his ability on Eleanor calling 3. Emery and Warden of Annúminas discarded and 1 resource added. I discard Prince Imrahil to add a resource to Arwen Undómiel. Then use Caldara to put Imrahil and the warden into play. Then play Pelargir Shipwright. No one sent to quest. Treachery discarded for the Leaping Fish’s forced effect. Then Harbor Store house added to the staging area. Threat raised by 3 for failing to quest and Harbor Thug engages. Warden defends, no shadow revealed, and takes 1 damage. Everyone else attacks killing the thug. Refresh to 28 threat.

Turn 2: I draw The Galadhrim’s Greeting. I discard Elven-light for a resource. I play another warden. I send the heroes on the quest for 4. Collateral Damage discarded to Leaping Fish and Harbor Thug added to the staging area. 1 progress placed on Leaping Fish. Thug engages and attacks. Damaged warden defends,no shadow, and takes one damage. Remaining allies attack and kill thug. Refresh to 29.

Turn 3: I draw Lórien Guide and play it. I quest with the guide, both wardens and Imrahil for 7. Leaping Fish discards another Collateral Damage. City Street surges into Collateral Damage. I discard 6 encounter cards 2 of which are locations raising my threat by 4 to 32. Harbor Storehouse triggers as well adding 2 more for 34. 3 threat in the staging area means 4 progress placed on Leaping Fish plus the one from the guide exploring it. I travel to City Street. I exhaust Zigil Miner for Eleanor calling 3. Háma and Blood of Númenor discarded for 1 resource. Refresh to 35 threat.

Turn 4: I draw Háma and play him. I quest with Arwen, Imrahil, the wardens, guide, and shipwright for 9 and 1 progress on City Street. Harbor Thug added to staging area. City Street and quest gain 1 and 5 progress, respectively. City Street is explored. I travel to Harbor Storehouse. Thug engages and attacks. Hama defends, no shadow, takes 1 damage. Use Zigil Miner on Eleanor calling 3. Dwalin and Elven-light discarded for 1 resource. Refresh to 36 threat.

Turn 5: I draw and play Blood of Númenor on Eleanor. I also play another Zigil Miner. I quest with Arwen, guide, shipwright, both miners, and Hama for 7 and 1 progress on the Harbor Storehouse. Lurking Shadows returns Harbor Thug to the staging area. Storehouse and quest gain 3 and 2 progress, respectively. Storehouse explored and Stage 1b completed. Alcaron’s Scroll attached to Thug once stage 2b is revealed. Thug engages and attacks. Activate Eleanor’s Blood of Númenor for +2 defense and defend. Shadow discards the 2 resources on Eleanor, but no damage dealt. The wardens attack and kill the thug. Imrahil exhausts to get the scroll. Refresh to 37 threat.

Turn 6: I draw Gandalf. Exhaust one Zigil Miner for Eleanor choosing 3. Lorien Guide and Will of the West discarded for 1 resource. I discard Sword-thain for a resource on Arwen. Play Gandalf. Then send everyone to the quest for 17. Pelargir Docks added during staging for 4 threat. I make 13 progress completing stage 2b. I choose to add a Harbor Thug to the staging area for revealing 3a. I travel to the docks. Thug engages and attacks. Gandalf defends taking no damage but Blood of Númenor discarded because of the shadow card. Refresh to 40 keeping Gandalf in play.

Turn 7: I draw Sword-thain. Then send everyone questing for 19 and 1 progress on the docks. A Pelargir docks is added during staging. The active location is explored with 2 more progress. The quest gains 13 progress. I travel to the new docks. Thug attacks and Gandalf defends. No damage but I lose all resources. Refresh to 43 keeping Gandalf.

Turn 8: I draw a shipwright and play a The Galadhrim’s Greeting to reduce threat to 37. Then send everyone to quest for 19 and a progress on the active location again. Local Trouble is attached to Arwen, but I put 17 progress on the quest to win.

Score = 37 + 8 + 0 + 8*10 – 3 = 122

Peril in Pelargir with Mono-Tactics – Attempt 2 – April 11, 2019

Introduction

This is second game where I wrote down everything I did during the game. It’s more free form than my current format with all the phases and action windows specified. You can read the first attempt here.

My plan back then was to build one deck and play that deck for the cycle and tweak as I went. I did not have a full card pool, but I used whatever I had available at the time. I wanted to build a deck that used cards I liked and worked rather than confine myself to any sort of progression. I started with Mono-Tactics since Tactics Eowyn was new to me at the time. I found the idea of a Tactics deck that could quest exciting. Plus, I remembered hearing about Battle and Siege questing for this cycle.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Aragorn (The Lost Realm)
Beregond (Heirs of Númenor)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)

Ally (30)
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Dúnedain Hunter (The Lost Realm)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
1x Guthlaf (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Knight of Minas Tirith (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Landroval (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Vassal of the Windlord (The Dead Marshes)
3x Winged Guardian (The Hunt for Gollum)

Attachment (11)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Horn of Gondor (Core Set)
1x Rivendell Bow (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Gondorian Discipline (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Turn 1: I play Gondorian Shield on Beregond. I also play Knight of Minas Tirith then engage and kill Harbor Thug. Eowyn quests for one. Pickpocket discarded by The Leaping Fish then enters the staging area. Zealous Traitor revealed next. Threat raised by 4 to 32. Pickpocket attacks Beregond undefended for 1 and Gondorian Discipline discarded to forceed effect. Beregond defends vs traitor blocking all damage. Aragorn kills pickpocket.

Turn 2: I draw Feint. Play Vassal of the Windlord. Eowyn and Vassal quest for 4. Collateral damage discard to The Leaping Fish forced effect. City Street surges into Market Square for 5 threat. Activate Eowyn’s ability to increase quest power to 13 clearing The Leaping Fish and adding to progress to the quest. Travel to City Street. Beregond defends the traitor’s attack for no damage. Aragorn and Knight of Minas Tirith kill the traitor.

Turn 3: I draw a Defender of Rammas. I play it and Bofur. Eowyn, Vassal, and Knight quest for 7. Harbor Thug added to the staging area bringing threat to 5. City Street cleared but no quest progress. Harbor Thug engaged and defended with Beregond. Aragorn kills the thug. Bofur exhausts drawing a Dagger of Westernesse.

Turn 4: I draw another Knight of Minas Tirith. I play the dagger on Aragon. Eowyn, Vassal, Defender, and Knight quest for 8. Treachery adds Harbor Storehouse to the staging area for 4 threat. I make 4 progress clearing stage 1. Alcaron’s Scroll added to the staging area. I travel to Market Square paying one resource from Beregond. Aragorn exhausted to regain the scroll. Bofur exhausted to draw a weapon attachment but does not hit any.

Turn 5: I draw a Rivendell Bow. I play a Knight of Minas Tirith. Quest with everyone except Aragon, Beregond, and Bofur for 11. City Street surge into Pelargir Docks bringing Staging Area threat to 7. This clears Market Square and puts 3 progress on the quest. I travel to City Street. Bofur fails to draw a weapon.

Turn 6: I drew a Dagger of Westernesse and play it on Aragon. Quest with everyone except Aragorn and Beregond for 13. Market Square added to the staging area bringing threat to 8. City Street is cleared and 3 progress placed on the quest for a total of 6. I travel to Pelargir Docks and refresh.

Turn 7: I draw and play Winged Guardian. Quest with everyone except Aragorn and Winged Guardian for 14. Umbar Assassin added to the staging area of bringing threat to 8. Pelargir Docks are cleared. I add 3 more progress to the quest bringing the total to 9. I travel to Market Square spending a resource from Aragorn. then optional engage the Assassin dealing 3 damage to Aragorn. The scroll attaches to the assassin. Bofur and a Knight of Minas Tirith take a damage from the assassin’s archery. Winged Guardian defends vs the assassin. Shadow card redirects 1 damage to Aragorn. I spend a resource to keep Winged Guardian in play. Aragorn attacks and kills the assassin. The scroll goes the staging area.

Turn 8: I draw a Secret Vigil. I exhaust Beregond to get the scroll back. Quest with everyone except Aragorn and guardian for 13. Local Trouble condition added to Aragorn during staging. Market Square cleared and add 11 Progress to the quest completing stage 2. Harbor Thug added to the staging area for revealing stage 3A. I travel to Harbor Storehouse. Harbor Thug engages and Winged Guardian defends for no damage. I pay a resource to keep the guardian. Aragorn kills the thug but have to raise threat by 1 for local trouble.

Turn 9: I draw and play Legolas. I play the Rivendell Bow on Legolas. Eowyn, Aragorn, and Bofur quest for 8. Lossnach Bandit added to staging area and attacks. Winged Guardian defends taking no damage. I spend the resource to keep it in play. Shadow is discard an attachment. I choose a dagger. Harbor Storehouse cleared and 1 progress placed on quest. Bandit engages taking two of a Eowyn’s three resources. Beregond defends against the bandit’s attack for no damage. Shadow card is lose an attachment, and I choose to lose the other dagger. Legolas and a knight kill the bandit. I draw a Dúnedain Hunter from Legolas. Refresh puts me at 43 threat.

Turn 10: I draw a [Gondorian Shield] (/card/06005). Same questers as last turn for 8. Harbor Thug added to staging area and attacks. Defender of Rammas defends taking no damage. Six progress placed on the quest for a total of 7. Thug engages and attacks. Beregond defends taking no damage. Legolas kills the thug and I draw a Feint. Refresh to 45 threat.

Turn 11: I draw a Dagger of Westernesse. Legolas, Eowyn, Bofur, and Aragorn all quest for 9. Zealous Traitor added to staging area. He attacks and Defender of Rammas defends taking no damage. I add 7 progress to the quest for a total of 14. Traitor engages killing all my allies except Legolas. I have to shuffle the encounter deck for a shadow card. Beregond defends taking no damage. Refresh to 47 threat.

Turn 12: I draw Gondorian Discipline. I play a dagger on Aragorn just in case. I quest with everyone except Beregond for 7. Thug is added to the staging area and attacks. Beregond defends and takes no damage. I place 5 progress on the quest to win with 19 total at 48 threat.

Score = 48 + 0 + 5 + 12*10 – 3 = 170

Peril in Pelargir with Mono-Tactics – Attempt 1 – April 11, 2019

Overview

This is first game where I wrote down everything I did during the game. It’s more free form than my current format with all the phases and action windows specified. This is when I decided to try playing regularly to at least beat every quest once. My plan back then was to build one deck and play that deck for the cycle and tweak as I went. I did not have a full card pool, but I used whatever I had available at the time. I wanted to build a deck that used cards I liked and worked rather than confine myself to any sort of progression. I started with Mono-Tactics since Tactics Eowyn was new to me at the time. I found the idea of a Tactics deck that could quest exciting. Plus, I remembered hearing about Battle and Seige questing for this cycle.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Aragorn (The Lost Realm)
Beregond (Heirs of Númenor)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)

Ally (30)
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Dúnedain Hunter (The Lost Realm)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
1x Guthlaf (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Knight of Minas Tirith (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Landroval (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Vassal of the Windlord (The Dead Marshes)
3x Winged Guardian (The Hunt for Gollum)

Attachment (11)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Horn of Gondor (Core Set)
1x Rivendell Bow (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Gondorian Discipline (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Turn 1: Played Bofur and Gondorian Shield on Beregond. I didn’t send anyone to quest. Discarded 2 locations from a collateral damage raised threat from 28 to 32. Harbor Thug engages because of the threat raise. No progress made but no threat increase from questing. Beregrond defends against Harbor Thug no problem. Aragorn kills Harbor Thug. Use Bofur ability and get a Dagger of Westernesse.

Turn 2: I drew another Dagger of Westernesse. I played one on Aragon. Then sent Bofur and Eowyn to the quest for 3. Lossarnach Bandit is revealed for no progress and once engaged removes resource I was saving for Eagles of the Misty Mountains. Beregond defends easily. Aragorn attacks nearly killing the bandit.

Turn 3: I draw Grimbold and play a Defender of Rammas. Eowyn and Bofur quest again. Pickpocket revealed and no progress made. Pickpocket engaged. Beregond defends vs the bandit but shadow is lose an attachment. [Gondorian Shield] (/card/06005) discarded since I have another in hand. Defender of Rammas defends vs the pickpocket. Eagles of the Misty Mountains discarded and 1 resource to the pickpocket forced effect. Aragorn kills pickpocket.

Turn 4: I draw Sterner than Steel and play Grimbold and Gondorian Shield. Eowyn, Bofur, and Grimbold quest for 4. City Street surges into Zealous Traitor. No progress but no threat. Traitor engages killing Defender of Rammas. Aragorn takes bandit’s attack undefended for 3 and Alcaron’s Scroll attaches. Beregond defends vs traitor for no damage. Aragorn kills traitor.

Scooped after realizing I’ve been forgetting the Leaping Fish forced effect.