To Catch an Orc with Flavor of the Lady – January 5, 2020

Introduction

I took the Silvans up against the next scenario right after my win on The Fords of Isen.

Decklists

Flavor of the Lady *CotR DeckBox*

Hero (3)
Celeborn (The Dunland Trap)
Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
Haldir of Lórien (Trouble in Tharbad)

Ally (21)
2x Daughter of the Nimrodel (Core Set)
2x Defender of the Naith (Trouble in Tharbad)
3x Galadhrim Minstrel (Trouble in Tharbad)
3x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Henamarth Riversong (Core Set)
3x Naith Guide (The Dunland Trap)
2x Orophin (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Silvan Tracker (The Dead Marshes)
2x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)

Attachment (13)
2x Lembas (Trouble in Tharbad)
1x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
2x Mirror of Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Nenya (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x O Lórien! (Trouble in Tharbad)
2x Protector of Lórien (Core Set)

Event (16)
1x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Feigned Voices (The Three Trials)
2x Island Amid Perils (The Nîn-in-Eilph)
3x The Tree People (The Dunland Trap)
1x Tighten Our Belts (The Nîn-in-Eilph)
3x Valiant Sacrifice (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Orc Cave selected as Mountain location at setup.

Starting hand: The Tree PeopleDaughter of the NimrodelDefender of the NaithO Lórien!Naith GuideMirror of Galadriel

Turn 1: Island Amid Perils drawn. Play O Lórien! on Galadriel. No one quests. Methedras added to the staging area for 5 threat. Threat increases to 34 for questing unsuccessfully. Travel to Orc Cave and discard Broken Lands from encounter deck. Refresh, threat is 35, and time on quest is 1.

Turn 2: Henamarth Riversong drawn. Naith Guide played with O Lórien choosing Celeborn to quest without exhausting. Defender of the Naith and Henamarth Riversong played. Celeborn and the new allies quest for 7. Prowling Wolf added to the staging area for 5 threat. 2 progress on the active location. Wolf engages and defender defends, shadow discards O Lórien, and no damage dealt. Haldir and Henamarth attack and kill the wolf. Refresh, threat is 36, time counter removed revealing Orc Skirmisher, Take Cover!, and Mugash’s Lair. Henamarth, Haldir, and defender take a damage from Take Cover.

Turn 3: Protector of Lórien drawn. Exhaust Galadriel to draw Galadriel’s Handmaiden and lower threat to 35. Celeborn, guide, and Daughter of the Nimrodel quest for 6. Prowling Wolf added to the staging area.

I concede as it is becoming obvious that I’m going to lose a hero and fall too far behind.

I looked at this playthrough nearly 3 years later trying to figure out why I conceded. It was that first few card reveals for the last time counter being removed. Take Cover softened up many of my allies, Orc Skrimisher is going to engage and the engagement effect will kill at least one of my allies. Then I would have to defend 2 enemies with the Prowling Wolf having +2 attack. It was just too much too early before I was set up much.

The Fords of Isen with Flavor of the Lady – January 5, 2020

Introduction

The net decking continues as I redo Fords of Isen after my win earlier was tainted by a missed trigger. I hadn’t ever played Silvans before this. I had heard about on podcasts and it was high on my list to try. I like tricky combo decks. Silvans getting bonuses for bouncing in and out of play sounded right up my alley. It reminded me of the tempo control mono-blue Ninja Magic deck that I played and tuned for years at least in the bouncing in and out of play mechanisms.

Decklists

Flavor of the Lady *CotR DeckBox*

Hero (3)
Celeborn (The Dunland Trap)
Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
Haldir of Lórien (Trouble in Tharbad)

Ally (21)
2x Daughter of the Nimrodel (Core Set)
2x Defender of the Naith (Trouble in Tharbad)
3x Galadhrim Minstrel (Trouble in Tharbad)
3x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Henamarth Riversong (Core Set)
3x Naith Guide (The Dunland Trap)
2x Orophin (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Silvan Tracker (The Dead Marshes)
2x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)

Attachment (13)
2x Lembas (Trouble in Tharbad)
1x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
2x Mirror of Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Nenya (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x O Lórien! (Trouble in Tharbad)
2x Protector of Lórien (Core Set)

Event (16)
1x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Feigned Voices (The Three Trials)
2x Island Amid Perils (The Nîn-in-Eilph)
3x The Tree People (The Dunland Trap)
1x Tighten Our Belts (The Nîn-in-Eilph)
3x Valiant Sacrifice (Core Set)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting hand: Henamarth RiversongGaladhrim MinstrelOrophinO Lórien!Island Amid Perils, and Light of Valinor

Turn 1: Mirror of Galadriel drawn. Play O Lórien! and use it to help play Galadhrim MinstrelThe Tree People added to the hand from the minstrel. Play Mirror of Galadriel and use it. Naith Guideadded but Orophin discarded randomly. Use Galadriel used to lower threat to 28 and draw Daeron’s Runes. Use Daeron’s Runes to draw Daughter of the Nimrodel and O Lórien! then discard O Lórien!. Celeborn and minstrel quest for 5. Treachery removes a time counter from the quest but threat is 3 resulting in 2 progress. Travel to The Islet. No engagement. Refresh to 29 threat and 3 time counters on the quest.

Turn 2: Silvan Tracker drawn. Play Light of Valinor on Celeborn. Use O Lórien! and play Naith Guide selecting Haldir to not exhaust for questing. Play The Tree People returning Galadhrim Minstrel then Galadriel’s Handmaiden put into play lowering threat to 28. Replay the minstrel and Daeron’s Runes added to hand and played. Mirror of Galadriel and Defender of the Naith drawn. Mirror of Galadriel discarded. Use mirror to add Lembas and discard Defender of the Naith. Celeborn, Haldir, guide, handmaiden, and minstrel quest for 12. Gap of Rohan added to the staging area for 5 threat resulting in 7 progress. The Islet explored, Grima rescued, and stage 1b completed. Dunland Prowler #2 added to the staging area for stage 2b. Travel to Gap of Rohan. Optionally engaged a prowler. Celeborn defends the attack, no shadow, and no damage dealt. Haldir, guide, and handmaiden attack killing the prowler. Refresh, threat is 29, and quest time is 1.

Turn 3: Galadhrim Minstrel drawn. Play Galadhrim Minstrel #2 and add The Tree People to hand. Use mirror to add Nenya to hand and it is randomly discarded (damn it!). Celborn, minstrels, and handmaiden quest for 8. The King’s Road added to the staging area for 4 threat resulting in 1 quest progress and exploring Gap of Rohan. Travel to the King’s Road. Optionally engage the prowler. Celeborn defends, shadow adds 2 attack, and takes 2 damage. Haldir, guide, Grima, and minstrel attack killing the prowler. Refresh and threat is 30. Time removed dealing for 6 damage. Galadriel takes 3, Haldir takes 2, and Grima takes 1.

Turn 4: Protector of Lórien drawn played on Celeborn. Play The Tree People returning handmaiden and putting Orophin into play. Defender of the Naith put into hand from discard pile. Use O Lórien!to play Defender of the Naith. Play handmaiden lowering threat to 29. Celeborn, Grima, handmaiden, defender, Orophin, and minstrels quest for 14. The King’s Road #2 added for 2 threat resulting 7 quest progress and active location is explored. Travel to the 2nd King’s Road. Refresh, threat is 30, and 1 time on the quest.

Turn 5: Daughter of the Nimrodel drawn. Use mirror to add Nenya to my hand and discard Island Amid Perils. Play Nenya on Galadriel using Celeborn’s resource. Then play Silvan Tracker with O Lórien!. Celeborn, tracker, handmaiden, Grima, and minstrels quest for 15 after adding Galadriel’s willpower to Celeborn. Dunland Berserker added to the staging area resulting active location being explored and stage 2b being completed. Prowler added to the staging area from discard for 3a when revealed. Both enemies engage. Berserker attacks and Defender of the Naith defends. Shadow discards Mirror of Galadriel but no damage dealt. Tracker defends the prowler’s attack, shadow discards Protector of Lórien, and no damage dealt. Celeborn and Haldir attack and kill the berserker. Refresh, threat is 31, and time on quest is 2. Celeborn and Haldir heal a damage from tracker’s ability.

Turn 6: Silvan Tracker drawn and play it with O Lórien!. Celeborn, tracker #2, Orophin, guide, minstrels, and handmaiden quest for 18 with Galadriel adding to Celeborn. Old Hatreds added to the quest. Dunland Chieftan added from surge card to staging area for 3 threat resulting in 15 progress on the quest. No travel and engagement. Defender of the Naith defends the prowler’s attack, no shadow, and no damage dealt. Haldir, Celeborn, and tracker #2 attack for 7 killing the prowler. Refresh, threat is 32, time on quest is 1, and Celeborn and Haldir heal completely.

Turn 7: Treebeard drawn and threat increasing to 33. Play Henamarth Riversong and Lembas played on Haldir. Quest for 7 Galadriel boosting Celeborn. Prowler and bandit added to the staging area thanks to prowler’s surge. Optionally engage Chieftan and forced effect added Berserker to the staging area. The rest of the enemies engage. Defender of the Naith defends against the berserker attack, no shadow, and no damage dealt. A minstrel defends vs the Chieftan, kills the minstrel, and readies Defender of the Naith. Shadow gives Chieftan another attack. Defender of the Naith defends the prowler, shadow discards O Lórien!, and no damage dealt. Chieftan 2nd attack defended by minstrel #2, no shadow, minstrel dies, and readies Defender of the Naith. Handmaiden defends the bandit’s attack, Light of Valinor discarded to shadow, and dies. Haldir and Celeborn kill berserker. Discard Lembad to ready Haldir. Haldir, Orophin, and guide attack and kill prowler. Henamarth, trackers, defender, and Grima attack and kill the bandit. Refresh, threat is 34, and remove last time counter. Dunland Tribesman added to staging area from forced effect. Time on quest is 3.

Turn 8: Feigned Voices drawn. Exhaust Galadriel to draw Treebeard and reduce threat to 32. Exhaust Grima and draw Galadriel’s Handmaiden. Play Treebeard. No one quests. Wild Men of Dunland attached to the quest. Surge adds Gap of Rohan. Travel to the Gap. Tribesman engages. Play Feigned Voices returning guide to keep chieftan from attacking. Henamarth defends vs the Tribesman attack, no shadow, and dies. Celeborn and Haldir attack and kill the tribesman. Orophin, trackers, and defender attack the chieftan for 2 damage. Refresh, threat is 38, time is 2 on the quest.

Turn 9: Naith Guide drawn, threat rose to 39 a damage dealt to Haldir. Play Galadriel’s Handmaiden and lower threat to 38. Handmaiden quests for 7 boosted by Celeborn and Galadriel. Fords of Isen added to staging area for 3 threat resulting in active location being exploration and 1 progress on the quest for a total of 17. Travel to the Fords. Treebeard defends the chieftan’s attack, shadow discards Nenya, and 2 damage dealt. Haldir, Celeborn, and Orophin kills the chieftan completing the quest.

Score 92 = 9 rounds * 10 + 3 hero damage + 0 killed heroes – 1 victory point

The Fords of Isen with No Men Self-Starters – December 31, 2019

Introduction

After the Hobbit fellowship didn’t work out, I found another deck on Ringsdb I wanted to try, WanderingTook’s Real Self-Starters. Although, I had to change up the line up a little bit. At the time, I didn’t have A Storm on Cobas Haven to play Na’asiyah. I put in Grimbeorn because then I could argue that my heroes weren’t technically all men still. I also added a couple copies of Bofur to help find weapons for Grimbeorn.

Decklists

No Men Self-Starters

Hero (3)
Beorn (Over Hill and Under Hill)
Éowyn (The Flame of the West)
Grimbeorn the Old (The Withered Heath)

Ally (5)
2x Bofur (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)

Attachment (13)
3x Book of Eldacar (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
1x Captain of Gondor (The Antlered Crown)
3x Dagger of Westernesse (The Black Riders)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)
3x Warrior Sword (The Ghost of Framsburg)

Event (32)
3x Beorn’s Rage (The Withered Heath)
3x Blade Mastery (Core Set)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Goblin-cleaver (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Horn’s Cry (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
3x Quick Strike (Core Set)
3x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)
2x Swift Strike (Core Set)
3x Thicket of Spears (Core Set)
3x Tireless Hunters (The Lost Realm)

3 Heroes, 50 Cards

Deck built on RingsDB.

Play by Play

Starting hand: Book of Eldacar x2, Beorn’s RageWarrior SwordDagger of Westernesse, and Bofur.

Turn 1: Warrior Sword drawn. Sword and Dagger played on Grimbeorn. Eowyn quests for 4. Staging area has The Islet, Dunland Prowler, and Dunland Chieftain for 6 threat. Threat increases to 31. Travel to The Islet. Optionally engage the chieftain. Prowler engages. Grimbeorn defends against the chieftain, no shadow, Grimbeorn takes 2 damage. Spend Grimbeorn’s resource to attack and kill the chieftain. Beorn defends the prowler’s attack, discard Warrior Sword to shadow, and Beorn takes a damage. Beorn attacks the prowler dealing 2 damage. Refresh and threat is 32 and time on quest is 4.

Turn 2: Quick Strike drawn. Warrior Sword played on Grimbeorn. Eowyn quests for 4. Dunland Berserker added to the staging area for 3 threat. Play Quick Strike with Beorn to kill the berserker. The Islet is explored, 3 progress added to the quest, and Grima joins me. Grimbeorn defends the prowler’s attack, no shadow, and no damage dealt. Refresh, threat is 33, and time is 3 on the quest.

Turn 3: Tireless Hunters drawn. Play Book of Eldacar on Eowyn. Grima and Eowyn quest for 6. Fords of Isen added to the staging area and Tireless Hunters drawn from forced effect. 3 progress placed on the quest. Travel to the Fords. Grimbeorn defends against the prowler, Book of Eldacar discarded to a shadow card, and no damage dealt. Beorn kills the prowler. Refresh, threat is 34, and time on quest is 2.

Turn 4: Goblin-cleaver drawn. Play Bofur and Book of Eldacar on Eowyn. Eowyn, Bofur, and Grima quest for 8. 2 Prowlers and Dunland Tribesman added to the staging area for 5 threat. Honour Guard drawn for the tribesman when revealed effect. Prowlers engage and are dealt shadow cards. Play Tireless Hunters to engage tribesman and discard its shadow card, a Fords of Isen. Grimbeorn defends the first prowler, shadow is +1 attack, and no damage dealt. Grimbeorn spends a resource to attack and kill the prowler. Beorn defends the prowler and tribesman attacks, no shadow, and Beorn takes 4 damage. Beorn kills the tribesman. Refresh, threat is 35, and time on quest is 1.

Turn 5: Secret Vigil drawn. Honour Guard played. Eowyn, Grima, and Bofur quest for 8. Dunland Chiehftan added to staging area for 3 threat. Fords of Isen explored and stage 1b completed. Tribesman added to the staging area from the encounter deck for stage 2b. Dunland Chieftan engages and forced effect adds Dunland Berserker to the staging area. Grimbeorn defends against the Chieftan and shadow discards the second Book of Eldacar. Play Beorn’s Rage and spend a resource to attack the Chieftan after taking no damage. Grimbeorn kills the Chieftan. Beorn defends the prowler’s attack, no shadow, and damage cancelled by Honour Guard. Beorn attacks prowler for 2 damage. Play Goblin-cleaver to kill the prowler. Refresh, threat is 36, and time on quest is 1.

Turn 6: Swift Strike drawn. Berserker attacks, and Beorn defends. Damage canceled by Honour Guard. Play Secret Vigil on berserker. Eowyn, Grima, and Bofur quest for 8. Gap of Rohan added to the staging area for 4 threat resulting 4 progress. Travel to the Gap. Berserker engages and dealt a shadow card. Play Tireless Hunters to engage Tribesman and discard shadow card, Gap of Rohan #2. Grimbeorn defends against the Tribesman spending a resource to attack and kill him. Beorn defends the berserker, no shadow, and 1 damage dealt. Beorn attacks and kills the berserker lowering threat by 2 for the attached secret vigil.

Refresh, threat is 34, and time counter removed dealing 1 damage to Honour Guard. Quest gains 2 new time counters.

Turn 7: Thicket of Spears drawn. Same questers for 8. 3 treacheries revealed resulting Ill tidings added to my hand, Sterner than Steel drawn, threat raised to 38, 1 damage dealt to Bofur, and 1 damage cancelled by Honour Guard. 9 progress placed on the quest and Gap of Rohan explored. Refresh to 39 threat and time counter removed.

Turn 8: Goblin-cleaver drawn. Same questers for 8. Dunlending Bandit added to the staging area for 2 threat. Stage 2b completed, and prowler added to the staging area for stage 3a effect. Both enemies engage and get shadow cards. Play Thicket of Spears to avoid attacks. Grimbeorn kills the bandit. Beorn plus Goblin-cleaver kills the prowler. Refresh, threat is 40, and time on quest is 2.

Turn 9: Feint drawn. Same questers for 8. Bandit added to the staging area for 2 threat and 6 progress put on the quest. Bandit engages. Play Feint. Beorn and Grimbeorn attack and kill the bandit. Refresh, threat is 41, and time on quest is 1.

Turn 9: Goblin-cleaver drawn. Same questers for 8. Treachery added as a condition to the quest and Chieftan added to the staging area for 3 threat. 5 progress placed on the quest for a total of 11. Chieftan engages and forced effect puts a prowler engaged with me too. Chieftan attack defended by Grimbeorn. Play Swift Strike and spend a resource to kill the Chieftan. Grimbeorn takes 1 damage after canceling one with Honour Guard. Prowler attack defended by Beorn taking 1 damage. Beorn attacks and Goblin-cleaver kill the prowler. Refresh, threat is 41,and Tribesman added to the staging area when time counter removed. Time counters reset to 3.

Turn 10: Tireless Hunters drawn and threat increased to 42. Same questers for 8. Treachery forces draw of Swift Strike and increases threat to 46. 6 progress placed on the quest to 17 total. Tribesman engages. Grimbeorn defends. Play Sterner than Steel to cancel shadow card. Beorn attacks and kills the Tribesman to complete the quest.

Score 110 = 10 rounds 10 + 11 damage on heroes + 0 dead heroes – 1 victory point.

I realized on turn 5 that I forgot the forced effect for the first chieftain on turn 1. That puts an asterisk next to victory on this one.

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.