Encounter at Amon Din with Mono-Tactics – October 19, 2019

Introduction

First time playing one of my favorite scenarios.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Beregond (Heirs of Númenor)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)
Legolas (Core Set)

Ally (24)
2x Beechbone (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Derndingle Warrior (Escape from Mount Gram)
3x Dúnedain Hunter (The Lost Realm)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)

Attachment (17)
2x Arod (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Rivendell Blade (Road to Rivendell)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Hands Upon the Bow (Shadow and Flame)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Flame of the West

Play by Play

Opening hand: Secret VigilArodDagger of WesternesseRivendell BladeDefender of Rammas x2.

Turn 1: Secret Vigil drawn. ArodDagger of Westernesse, and Rivendell Blade all played on Legolas. Eowyn quests for 4. Orc Arsonist added by staging for a total of 5 threat in the staging area. Threat increased by 1 to 29. Travel to Gondorian Hamlet. Engage arsonist and Beregond defends. Shadow adds 1 attack but Beregond does not take any damage. Legolas attacks and kills the arsonist. Arod exhausted and 3 progress placed on the active location. Refresh and threat is 30.

Turn 2: Draw Gondorian Shield and play on Beregond. Also play a Defender of Rammas. Eowyn quests for 4. Secluded Farmhouse added to the staging area. 1 progress on the active location exploring it and rescuing 3 villagers. Travel to the farmhouse and travel effect reveals an encounter card. Treachery discards Arod from the top of my deck. Refresh and threat is 31.

Turn 3: Favor of the Valar drawn. Play a second Defender of Rammas. Eowyn quests for 4. Treachery revealed but no effect but gains surge. Secluded farmhouse 2 added to the staging area. 1 progress on the active location. Refresh and threat is 33.

Turn 4: Gandalf drawn and played drawing 3 cards. Foe-hammerGandalf, and Gondorian Shield drawn. Eowyn, Gandalf, and Lord Alcaron quest for 9. Marauding Orc added to the staging area for 5 total threat. 2 progress placed on the active location exploring it and saving 2 villagers. 2 villagers saved from the quest, but 3 remain. Travel to secluded farmhouse and add Orc Ravager to the staging area. 1 villager killed from the secluded farmhouse by the Ravager. Marauding Orc engaged. Beregond defends against the attack. No shadow effect and no damage dealt. Legolas attacks and kills the orc. Legolas with Arod explores the active location saving 1 villager. Play Foe-hammer exhausting Dagger of Westernesse to draw Knights of the SwanRivendell Blade, and Dúnedain Hunter. Gandalf discarded, refresh, and threat is 34.

Turn 5: Derndingle Warrior drawn and played. Play Secret Vigil on orc ravager. Eowyn and Alcaron quest for 5. Bruning Farmhouse added to the staging area. 3 villagers saved from the quest completing stage 1b. Ghulat added to the staging area. Travel to the burning farmhouse. Orc Ravager and Ghulat engaged. Beregond defends the ravager’s attack, shadow adds 1 attack and another shadow card. Second shadow has no effect and Beregond takes no damage. Defender of Rammas defends Ghulat’s attack, but dead villager added for a total of 2. Shadow has no effect and no damage dealt. Legolas and second defender of Rammas attack Ghulat dealing 4 damage. Refresh, villager in burning farmhouse dies, and threat is 35.

Turn 6: Beechbone drawn and played. Eowyn and Derndingle Warrior quest for 5. Burning farmhouse added to the staging area. 4 progress placed onto the active location. Defender of Rammas defends the ravager’s attack, no shadow effect, and no damage dealt. Beregond defends Ghulat’s attack and a villager dies. No shadow effect and no damage dealt. Legolas attacks and kills Ghulat. Arod exhausts to place a progress on the burning farmhouse in the staging area. Legolas places 1 progress each on the active location and quest. Active location explored saving 3 villagers for a total of 9. Refresh, burning farmhouse would kill a villager but Lord Alcaron exhausts to keep them alive at that location, and threat is 36.

Turn 7: Honour Guard drawn. Play Honour GuardKnights of the Swan, and Dúnedain Hunter. Second orc ravager added and engaged with me for the hunter. Eowyn and the Ents quest for 6. Orc Arsonist added for a total of 4 threat in the staging area. 2 progress placed on the quest. Travel to the burning farmhouse. Orc arsonist engaged giving both ravagers a shadow card. Beregond defends the first ravager attack. One of the shadows added another shadow card but no effect from it or the other card. Beregond takes no damage. Defender of Rammas defends the second ravager attack. One of the shadow cards adds another which leads to it getting plus attack equal to the 4 dead villagers. Defender of Rammas is killed. Defender of Rammas 2 defends the arsonist’s attack. Shadow raises threat by the 4 dead villagers to 40, but no damage dealt. Legolas attacks and kills the arsonist placing 3 progress on the active location. Knights of the Swan and Dúnedain Hunter attack and kill ravager with Secret Vigil attached. Threat reduced by 2 to 38. Refresh, Lord Alcaron keeps a villager at the burning farmhouse alive, threat is 39.

Turn 8: Favor of the Valar drawn. Play Secret Vigil on the ravager. Quest with Eowyn, the Ents, and Dúnedain Hunter for 8. Gondorian Hamlet added the staging area for 2 threat. 1 progress explores the burning farmhouse saving 4 villagers for a total of 13. Quest gains 5 progress for a total of 8. Travel to the hamlet. Beregond defends the ravager’s attack, no shadow, and no damage dealt. Legolas attacks and kills the enemy placing 3 progress on the active location. Secret Vigil reduces threat by 2 to 37. Refresh and threat is 38.

Turn 9: Favor of the Valar drawn. Play Gandalf reducing threat by 5 to 33. Eowyn, Gandalf, the Ents, and hunter quest for 12. Treachery raises threat by number of dead villagers, 4, to 37 and surges. Surge card is Craven Eagle. Discarded 3 random cards rather than lose a character. Favor of the Valar x2 and Rivendell Blade discarded. 9 progress made with 3 threat in the staging area to explore active location, save 3 villagers for a total of 16 and complete the quest to win.

Score: 37 threat + 9 rounds * 10 + 0 hero damage + 0 threat of dead heroes – 8 victory points = 119.

The Drúadan Forest with Mono-Tactics – August 25, 2019

Introduction

The deck begins to find its stride.

Decklist

Hero (3)
Beregond (Heirs of Númenor)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)
Legolas (Core Set)

Ally (24)
2x Beechbone (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Derndingle Warrior (Escape from Mount Gram)
3x Dúnedain Hunter (The Lost Realm)
3x Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Return to Mirkwood)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Knights of the Swan (The Steward’s Fear)

Attachment (17)
2x Arod (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Favor of the Valar (The Battle of Carn Dûm)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Rivendell Blade (Road to Rivendell)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)

Event (9)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Hands Upon the Bow (Shadow and Flame)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Flame of the West

Play by Play

Starting hand: Dúnedain Hunter x2, Dagger of WesternesseDerndingle WarriorHonour Guard, and Hands Upon the Bow

Turn 1: Draw Rivendell Blade and play it. Play Dúnedain Hunter and put Druadan Hunter into play engaged (oh nice I get to avoid the prowl this way). Play Honour Guard. Eowyn quests for 4. Druadan drummer added to bring staging area threat to 6 with Overgrown Trail. Threat increased to 27 for unsuccessfully questing. Travel to Overgrown Trail. Archery damage dealt 1 to LegolasDúnedain Hunter, and Honour Guard. Beregond defends the Druadan Hunter’s attack and takes no damage but shadow returns it to the staging area. Refresh and threat is 28.

Turn 2: Favor of the Valar drawn. No cards played during planning. Eowyn quests for 4. Treachery makes me play a resource for the Rivendell Blade. A new Overgrown Trail is added to the staging area. Play Hands Upon the Bow to have Legolas attack and kill Druadan Hunter. Placing 2 progress on the active location. Threat increases to 30 for unsuccessfully questing. Optionally engage Druadan Drummer and defend with Beregond. Shadow has no effect and Beregond takes no damage. Dúnedain Hunter exhausted to add 3 progress to Overgrown Trail in the staging area. Refresh and threat is 31.

Turn 3: Hands Upon the Bow drawn. Play Derndingle Warrior. Eowyn quests for 4. Druadan Drummer added to the staging area. Exhaust Dúnedain Hunter to explore Overgrown Trail in the staging area. No progress made but no threat gained. Optionally engage the 2nd drummer. Beregond defends the first attack. No shadow effect and he takes no damage. Honour Guarddefends the 2nd attack. Shadow would remove quest progress if there was any and guard takes no damage. Legolas attacks and kills 1st drummer placing 2 progress on the active location. Refresh and threat is 32.

Turn 4: Secret Vigil drawn. Play Dagger of Westernesse on Legolas. Eowyn quests for 4. Druadan Theif revealed taking a resource from Eowyn. Secluded Glen revealed for surge. Play Hands Upon the Bow to kill the with Legolas. Placing 2 progress on the active location and exploring it. 1 progress placed on the quest. Travel to Secluded Glen. Beregond defends drummer’s attack. Shadow removed 1 progress from the quest but no damage taken. Dúnedain Hunter and Derndingle Warrior kill the drummer. Refresh and threat is 33.

Turn 5: Eagles of the Misty Mountains drawn. Play 2nd Dúnedain Hunter and add Druadan Elite to the staging area. Play Secret Vigil on him. Eowyn quests for 4. Glade of Cleansing added. 1 progress placed on the active location. 1 archery damage dealt to Dúnedain Hunterand one prevented by Honour Guard. Elite engaged and Beregond defends. Shadow would return elite to staging area but prevented by spending a resource from Legolas. Legolas kills the elite. Vigil reduces threat by 2 to 31. No progress added because Secluded Glade is immune to player card effects. Refresh and threat is 32.

Turn 6: Feint drawn and no cards played during planning. Eowyn and Derndingle Warrior quest for 5. Treachery makes me pay a resource from each hero or deal a damage. Eowyn and Beregond take a damage although Beregond’s is prevented by Honour Guard. Legolas pays a resource. Eowyn took damage so it doesn’t gain surge and 4 progress made. 2 progress explores Secluded Glade and 2 is put on the quest. Travel to Glade of Cleansing. Refresh and threat is 33.

Turn 7: Defender of Rammas drawn. Play Eagles of the Misty Mountains. Eowyn, Eagles of the Misty MountainsDerndingle Warrior, and hunters quest for 9. Another Glade of Cleansing added to the staging area resulting in active location being explored and 4 progress placed in the quest for a total of 6. Travel to 2nd Glade of Cleansing. Refresh and threat is 34.

Turn 8: Foe-hammer drawn. Play Defender of Rammas. Eowyn, hunters, eagles, and Derndingle Warrior for 9. Garden of Poisons added to the staging area. Active location explored and 2 progress placed on the quest for a total of 8. Travel to the garden paying a resource for travel effect. Refresh and threat is 35.

Turn 9: Dagger of Westernesse drawn. No cards played during planning. Same questers for 9. Treachery removes a resource from each hero due to Prowl 2 and to keep Eowyn questing. Active location explored and stage 1b completed. Stage 2 doesn’t add to the board state. Refresh and threat is 36.

Turn 10: Eagles of the Misty Mountains drawn. No cards played during planning. Quest for 9 with same characters as last turn. Garden of Poisons added and 7 progress places on the quest. Travel to it paying a resource. Refresh and threat is 37.

Turn 11: Rivendell Blade drawn. Favor of the Valar played. Same questing characters for 9. Ancestral Clearing added. Active location explored and progress on the quest increases to 10. Travel to Ancestral Clearing by exhausting Beregond. Refresh and threat is 38.

Turn 12: Arod drawn. No cards played during planning because active location adds an additional resource to the cost. Same questers for 9. Treachery costs a resource to cancel damage to heroes. Eowyn pays, Beregond’s is canceled by Honour Guard, and Legolas takes 1 to prevent surge. Active location is explored and quest progress increases to 16. Refresh and threat is 39.

Turn 13: Secret Vigil drawn. Arod attached to Legolas and 2nd Eagles of the Misty Mountains played. Eowyn and the eagles quest for 8. Garden of Poisons added to the staging area. Stage 2b completed. Dru-Buri-Dru is added to the staging area. Travel to the garden. Dru-Buri-Dru engaged. Beregond defends. No shadow effect and 1 damage canceled by honour guard. Legolas, hunters, and derndingle attack for 4 using willpower adding 3 progress to the enemy. Refresh and threat is 40.

Turn 14: Bofur drawn and played. Defender of Rammas and a hunter quest for 5. Treachery makes me pay a resource for each attachment or discard them plus it has surge. I choose discard because I have enough willpower to defeat Dru-Buri-Dru without Rivendell Blade and I have another in hand. Druadan hunter added to the staging area. Active location explored but no progress on the quest. Hunter engaged. Beregond defends Dru-Buri-Dru’s attack. Shadow has no effect as my heroes all have resources on them. 1 damage canceled by honour guard. Derndingle Warrior defends the hunter’s attack. I use his ability to deal a damage and add 3 defense. Shadow has no effect and no additional damage dealt. Eowyn and Bofur attack Dru-Buri-Dru adding 3 more progress to place him in the victory display. Legolas and eagles attack the hunter for 8 and place him in the victory display too. Their progress added to the quest for a total of 9. Refresh and threat is 41.

Turn 15: Feint drawn. No cards played during planning. Beregond, defender, Eagles, and Derndingle Warrior quest for 19. Druadan drummer added and 17 progress placed on the quest to win.

Score 194 = 15 x 10 + 41 threat + 0 no dead heroes + 3 damage tokens on heroes – 0 victory points