Seige of Cair Andros with Mono-Tactics 4 – July 29, 2019

Introduction

I switched the allies up a little from the last attempt. I took out some of the willpower allies like Bofur, Eagles of the Misty Mountains, and Grimbold for some Ents.

Decklist

Legolas Shoots Locations aka Mono Tactics v5

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

Ally (29)
3x Booming Ent (The Antlered Crown)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Derndingle Warrior (Escape from Mount Gram)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Gondorian Spearman (Core Set)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Vassal of the Windlord (The Dead Marshes)
3x Winged Guardian (The Hunt for Gollum)

Attachment (12)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
2x Dwarven Axe (Core Set)
3x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Horn of Gondor (Core Set)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)
3x The Eagles Are Coming! (The Hunt for Gollum)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting hand: Winged Guardian x2, Defender of RammasVassal of the WindlordFeint, and Dagger of Westernesse

Turn 1: Legolas drawn. Winged Guardian played. Winged Guardian and Beregond quest for 8. Scourge of Mordor forces the top card of my deck to be discarded and add the cost to staging area threat. Booming Ent discarded and staging area threat is 8 resulting in no progress. Travel to The Banks. Refresh and threat increases to 29.

Turn 2: Gondorian Shield drawn and played. Winged Guardian number 2 played. Beregond and 2 Winged Guardians quest for 14. Orc Rabble added to the staging area for a total of 7 threat there. The Banks are Explored and 4 progress placed on the quest. Travel to The Citadel and Orc Rabble engages. Play Feint on Orc Rabble discarding its shadow card. Aragorn and Eowyn attack killing it. Refresh and increase threat to 30.

Turn 3: Honour Guard drawn and Legolas played. Both Winged Guardians quest for 8. Orc Scrambles added to the staging area and deal 1 damage to the battlegrounds. Surge reveals Scourge of Mordor which discards Knights of the Swan from the top of my deck. Staging area threat is 4 and 4 progress placed on The Citadel. Orc Scramblers engaged and Beregond defends. No shadow effect and no damage on Beregond. Legolas attacks and kills the Scramblers. Defender of Rammas drawn. Refresh and increase threat to 31.

Turn 4: Dagger of Westernesse drawn. Defender of Rammas and Vassal of the Windlord played. Defender of Rammas and both Winged Guardians quest for 12. Orc War Camp added during staging resulting in 7 threat. 5 progress placed on The Citadel for a total of 9. Refresh and increase threat to 32.

Turn 5: 2nd Honour Guard drawn. Defender of Rammas number 2 played. Dagger of Westernesse attached to Aragorn. Defenders and Winged Guardians quest for 16. Lieutenant of Mordor added to the staging area which activates Southron Supports when revealed effect in the encounter discard pile. This adds Southron Mercenaries to the staging area for 11 threat total. The Citadel is explored and added to the Victory display and 3 progress placed on the quest for a total of 7. Travel to The Approach. Lieutenant of Mordor engaged. Mercenaries archery damage of 1 dealt to Aragorn. Beregond defends and takes a damage as a shadow card increases lieutenant’s attack to 7. Aragorn and Legolas attack and kill the lieutenant. Feint drawn. Refresh and increase threat to 33.

Turn 6: Knights of the Swan drawn and played. Honour Guard played. 2 Defender of Rammas and 2 Winged Guardian quest for 16. Orc Arsonist added to the staging area for 10 total threat. 6 progress added to The Approach. Optionally engage the Arsonist and he gets a shadow card. Southron mercenaries archery damage negated by exhausting Honour GuardKnights of the Swan defend vs arsonist. Arsonist 2 shadow cards results in a total of 6 shadow cards being flipped. These add 1 attack and deal 2 damage to The Approach and give it another attack. Knights of the Swan die. Beregond defends the second attack. Shadow card does 2 more damage to The Approach for a total of 5. Aragorn and Legolas kill the Arsonist. Gandalf drawn. Refresh and increase threat to 34.

Turn 7: Legolas drawn. Honour Guard number 2 played. Same questers as last turn for 16. Revealed treachery would deal 3 damage to any character of a chosen sphere and choosing Spirit results in no damage. The Approach is explored and added to the victory display and 8 progress placed on the quest completing stage 1B. Stages 2-4 are removed thanks to exploring the battlegrounds. Stage 5B adds Orc Arbalesters to the staging area. Travel to Orc War Camp. Optionally engage Southron Mercenaries. Archery damage from mercenaries and Arbalesters negated by 2 Honour Guards. Beregond defends and shadow adds 2 attack for a total of 5 but enough to damage Beregond. Aragorn attacks and kills the mercenaries. Aragorn’s ability engages the Arbalesters. Legolas and Vassal of the Windlord attack and kill the Arbalesters. Dwarven Axe drawn. Refresh and increase threat to 35.

Turn 8: The Eagles Are Coming! drawn and played. Only eagle card is another The Eagles Are Coming!. Shuffle and play it. No eagles on 2nd try. Play Dwarven Axe and Dagger of Westernesse on Eowyn. Aragorn, Eowyn, Beregond, Legolas, and 2 Defender of Rammas quest for 14. The Power of Mordor can’t shuffle any cards back into the encounter deck but does raise threat to 38. A. Activate Eowyn’s ability to raise it to 41 and quest for 23, explore the Orc War Camp, and place 21 progress on the quest to win.

Score 107 = 7*10 + 41 + 2 damage tokens – 6 victory points

Seige of Cair Andros with Mono-Tactics 2 & 3 – July 29, 2019

Introduction

Sorry Frodo, the card review was delayed. Here is the next installment of my 2019 Mono-Tactics playthroughs versus Against the Shadow.

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 Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Knight of Minas Tirith (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)
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)
2x Dwarven Axe (Core Set)
3x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)
3x The Eagles Are Coming! (The Hunt for Gollum)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Attempt 2

Starting hand: Feint x2, Vassal of the WindlordWinged GuardianFavor of the Valar, and Legolas.

Turn 1: Honour Guard drawn. Winged Guardian played. Beregond and Winged Guardian quest for 8. Orc Scramblers revealed and deal 1 to battlegrounds. Orc Assault reduces each character attack and defense by 2 lower questing to 4. Threat raised to 31. Travel to The Citadel. Orc Scramblers engaged and Eowyn defends. Shadow cards add 2 attack knocking out Eowyn and I scoop.

Attempt 3

Starting hand: Dwarven AxeEagles of the Misty MountainsKnights of the SwanGandalfLegolasDefender of Rammas

Turn 1: Bofur drawn. Knights of the Swan played. Orc Vanguard added to the staging area. Threat raised to 31. Travel to The Citadel. Orc Vanguard engaged. Knights defends and dies. Shadow card deals 2 damage to all the battlegrounds. Aragorn attacks dealing 1 damage to the Orc Vanguard. Refresh and threat is 32.

Turn 2: Legolas drawn. Gandalf played dealing 4 damage to Orc Vanguard killing it. Eowyn and Beregond quest for 5. Orc War Camp added to the staging area. Threat raised to 35. Gandalf discarded, refresh, and threat is 36.

Turn 3: Eagles of the Misty Mountains drawn. Defender of Rammas played. Eowyn, Beregond, and Defender quest for 9. Treachery raises threat to 38 and adds Southron Mercenaries to the staging area. Threat increases to 39 for questing unsuccessfully. Mercenaries engage and deals 1 archery damage to Eowyn. Mercenaries attack is undefended and shadow card does 2 damage to each battleground destroying The Banks. The undefended damage destroys The Approach. Aragorn deals 2 damage to the mercenaries. Refresh and threat is 39.

Turn 4: Honour Guard drawn. Legolas played. Aragorn, Eowyn, and Defender quest for 7. Orc War Camp revealed. Threat raised to 42. Archery damage dealt to Aragorn. Beregond defends. Shadow card adds 2 attack for 5 total resulting in a damage on Beregond. Legolas attacks and kills the Mercenaries. Dwarven Axe drawn. Refresh and threat is 43.

Turn 5: Dagger of Westernesse drawn. Honour Guard played. Eowyn, Beregond, and Defender of Rammas quest for 9. Orc Arbalesters added to the staging area. Threat raised to 46 for questing unsuccessfully. Arbalesters engaged and Honour Guard defends. Shadow cards increases Arbalesters attack to 3 dealing 2 damage to Honour Guard. Aragorn and Legolas attack and kill Arbalesters. Eagles of the Misty Mountains drawn. Refresh and threat is 47.

Turn 6: Feint drawn. Bofur played. Eowyn, Beregond, Defender of Rammas, and Honour Guard quest for 10. Haradrim Elite added to the staging area and will threat out.

Seige of Cair Andros with Mono-Tactics 1 – July 29, 2019

Introduction

The card review had to be delayed. In lieu of that here is the next installment of my 2019 Mono-Tactics playthrough of Against the Shadow.

Decklist

Legolas Shoots Locations aka Mono Tactics v5

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

Ally (33)
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Descendant of Thorondor (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Knight of Minas Tirith (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)
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)
2x Dwarven Axe (Core Set)
3x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)

Event (6)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting hand: Defender of RammasHonour GuardEagles of the Misty MountainsFeintDescendant of ThorondorSterner than Steel.

Turn 1: Another Honour Guard drawn. Defender of Rammas played. Eowyn quests for 1. Battering Ram added to the staging area raising threat to 30 and for 8 threat in the staging area. Threat raised to 37. Travel to The Citadel. Battering Ram engaged and feinted Orc Scramblers shadow card discarded. Aragorn, Beregond, and Defender of Rammas attack for 5 dealing 3 damage to the Battering Ram. Refresh and threat is 38.

Turn 2: Knights of the Swan drawn and played. Eowyn and Beregond quest for 5. Battering Ram number 2 added to the staging area, 3 damage dealt to The Citadel, and threat raised to 40. No progress made on the quest. Battering Ram 2 engaged. Knights of the Swan defends vs Battering Ram 1 and dies. Shadow card deals 2 damage to all battleground locations. Battering Ram 2 undefended, shadow cards add 2 more attack, and deals damage to The Banks removing it from the game. Defender of Rammas and Aragorn attack and kill Battering Ram 1. Refresh and threat is 41.

Turn 3: Favor of the Valar drawn. 2 Honour Guard played. Eowyn and Beregond quest for 5. Orc Vanguard added to the staging area. 1 progress added to The Citadel. Orc Vanguard engaged. Honour Guard 1 and 2 defend the attacks and die. Shadow card on Battering Ram adds 1 attack and The Power of Mordor discarded as a shadow. Aragorn and Defender deal 2 damage to Orc Vanguard. Refresh and threat is 42.

Turn 4: Knights of the Swan drawn. Eagles of the Misty Mountains played. Eowyn and Beregond quest for 5. Steel Raft added to the staging area and deals 2 damage to The Approach. Steel Raft engaged. Orc Vanguard attack undefended and shadow card destroys The Approach. Undefended damage destroys The Citadel. Defender and Eagles killed by next 2 attacks. I scoop.