The Fords of Isen with Hobbit Decks 3 – December 31, 2019

Introduction

Sorry the playthroughs have been a bit sporadic lately. I’m hoping to get back on a regular schedule starting with the last attempt using the Unlikely Hobbit Professions fellowship!

Decklists

Hobbit Necromancers Raise the Dead

Main Deck

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

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

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

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

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

Sideboard

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

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

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

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

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Ranger Hobbits Lay Traps

Main Deck

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

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

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

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

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

Sideboard

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

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

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

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Play by Play

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

HN starting hand: LegolasImladris StargazerZigil MinerDwarven Tomb x2, Smoke Rings

HR starting hand: AnbornHobbit Cloak x2, Steward of GondorA Burning BrandIthilien Pit

Turn 1: HN draws Hobbit Pipe and Good Meal. HR draws Ithilien Archer. HN plays pipe and meal on Frodo. Zigil Miner played and exhausted naming 2 and Merry. Elven Jeweler and The Galadhrim’s Greeting milled for 1 resource. Imladris Stargazer played and exhausted. HR plays Hobbit Cloak and Burning Brand on Bilbo.

Pippin, Sam, and Merry quest for 7. After staging, Dunland Prowlers x3, The Islet, Dunland Berserker, and Fords of Isen are in the staging are for 12 threat. Both decks gain 5 threat. HN threat is 29, and HR threat is 28.

Travel to The Islet. HN optionally engages Beresker. HR optionally engages prowler.

Dain defends against the berserker, no shadow, mills Hidden cache for 1 defense and 2 resources, and takes no damage. Bilbo defends against the prowler, discards the Shadow, and takes no damage. Refresh, HN threat is 30, HR threat is 29, and time counters down to 4.

Turn 2: HR draws Ranger Spikes and Ithilien Tracker. HN draws Stand and Fight and berserker attacks. Frodo defends, shadow adds 1 attack, and threat raises to 31. HR plays Ranger Spikes. Exhaust Imladris Stargazer and only ally revealed another Imladris Stargazer.

I scoop as it is becoming apparent both decks require too much time and set up to for this quest.

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

Introduction

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

Decklists

Hobbit Necromancers Raise the Dead

Main Deck

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

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

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

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

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

Sideboard

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

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

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

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

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Ranger Hobbits Lay Traps

Main Deck

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

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

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

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

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

Sideboard

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

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

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

Decklist built and published on RingsDB.

Play by Play

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

HR starting hand: GandalfSneak AttackHobbit CloakRanger BowFast HitchIthilien Pit

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

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

HR played Fast Hitch and Hobbit Cloak on Bilbo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fords of Isen with Hobbit Decks – November 10, 2019

Introduction

After successfully completed Against the Shadow cycle, I continued on to Ringmaker. Ringmaker represents a change in how I played the game. Before I was trying to create a single deck that I would tweak as needed during a cycle. This cycle I abandoned that to experiment with more deck types. I started off playing two handed to play more decks. Spoiler alert, two handed play won’t last long. Still, I remember being excited about trying these two decks I found on Ringsdb and since I couldn’t decide which to play I chose both. I had to make changes because of card overlap, but I got a 2 handed fellowship that I was excited for.

Decklists

Hobbit Necromancers Raise the Dead

Hero (3)
Erestor (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
Frodo Baggins (Conflict at the Carrock)
Merry (The Wastes of Eriador)

Ally (13)
1x Beorn (Core Set)
1x Bilbo Baggins (The Road Darkens)
2x Elven Jeweler (Escape from Mount Gram)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Gildor Inglorion (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Halbarad (The Flame of the West)
1x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)

Attachment (19)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Expert Treasure-hunter (On the Doorstep)
3x Good Meal (The Redhorn Gate)
3x Hobbit Pipe (The Black Riders)
3x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Protector of Lórien (Core Set)
2x Song of Travel (The Hills of Emyn Muil)

Event (18)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
2x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Hidden Cache (The Morgul Vale)
2x Smoke Rings (The Black Riders)
3x Stand and Fight (Core Set)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Ranger Hobbits Lay Traps

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

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

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

Event (9)
3x Peace, and Thought (Shadow and Flame)
3x Sneak Attack (Core Set)
3x Take No Notice (The Black Riders)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Hobbit Rangers = HR Hobbit Necromancers = HN

HR start as first player.

HR starting hand: A Burning BrandPeace, and ThoughtAnbornForest SnareHobbit Cloak, and Bill the Pony

HN starting hand: Hobbit PipeHidden CacheDaeron’s RunesZigil MinerProtector of Lórien, and Halbarad.

Turn 1: HR draw Gandalf and Galadriel. HN draw Map of EarnilHidden CacheDaeron’s Runes, and The Galadhrim’s Greeting.

HR play [Bill the Pony] (/card/141006). Also Hobbit Cloak and A Burning Brand on Sam.

HN play Daeron’s Runes number 1 drawing Treebeard and Stand and Fight then discard HalbaradDaeron’s Runes number 2 played drawing Gandalf and Ancient Mathom then discard Gandalf. Hobbit Pipe played on Merry. Protector of Lórien played on Frodo. Zigil Miner played and exhausted naming Merry and 1. Good Meal and Expert Treasure-hunter milled for no resources.

Sam, Pippin, and Erestor quest for 7. Dunland Chieftan added to the staging area. Merry responds and exhausts to negate his 3 threat. Old Hatred revealed and attached to the quest. Pillaging and Burning has HR draw Take No Notice and HN draws Good Meal. HR raises threat by 7 for 6 cards in hand plus for drawing a card to 30. HN discards 2 Hidden Cache and Treebeard to Protector of Lórien. Then raises threat by 6 for 5 cards in card plus drawing a card. 5 threat in the staging area results in 2 progress placed on the quest.

Travel to The Islet.

HR and HN both optionally engage a prowler. Pippin draws Gandalf and threat is 32. Sam readies then defends the prowler’s attack. No shadow and no damage to Sam. Frodo defends the other prowler attack. Shadow adds 1 attack and discard a card to increase Frodo’s defense so no threat gained.

Refresh, HN discards hand, HR threat is 32,and HN is 1st player with 30.

Turn 2: HN draws Hobbit PipeLegolasSong of TravelBilbo Baggins, and Expert Treasure-hunter. HN threat is 31.

HR draws Steward of Gondor and raise threat to 33.

HN plays Hobbit Pipe on Frodo. Expert Treasure-hunter and Song of Travel on Erestor. Zigil Miner exhausted naming Merry and 1. Daeron’s Runes and Map of Earnil discarded. (I just realized that ally Bilbo is a dead card in this fellowship.

HR doesn’t play any cards during planning.

Erestor, Pippin, Bilbo, and Bill quest for 6. Treachery attached to the quest that will deal 1 damage to a character each time card(s) are drawn. The King’s Road and The Gap of Rohan added to the staging area for 8 threat with the Chieften.

Scoop and look at tweaking HN.

Postmortem

I think these two decks are not great against this quest considering how much card draw they have. Also both require some set up to get going. Plus pretty sure HN lost a lot cards it needed in the first turn from Erestor’s ability.