Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Taking Back the Questing Crown - Community Deck Contruction

When we bought our core sets, we were handed four decks of 30 cards, and had to figure out what to do with them.  When I got to that blue deck, I looked at the four willpower of Eowyn, plus her discard ability, I assumed that Spirit was deck for questing.  As time has gone on, looking at cards such as Sword that was Broken, Visionary Leadership, and the ability to get a bunch of allies on the board, Leadership has become the superior choice in many cases.

My intention is to build a strong questing deck with only Spirit heroes.  I started added all the cards I wanted, and got up to over 90 cards!  I started to think how I could trim it down, but instead, I thought I'd throw it out to community to take over from here.

My thought in putting this together is that this deck will handle the majority of questing, but also be able to handle a bit of combat.  Defense is handled either by Gandalf or using White Tower Watchmen to tank undefended attacks.  Attacking back can be handled a variety of ways.  I have Herugrim to bolster Eowyn's attack, or Fair and Perilous to make Cirdan a threat.  If all the pieces fell together, I'd love to Eowyn, with Herugrim and Elf-friend attached, use her discard ability, then using Fair and Perilous and/or Nenya to boost her attack to ridiculous levels.  This combo could be expanded.  Protector of Lorien and Lay of Nimrodel are both included to help with questing or continue to boost the aforementioned Eowyn or Cirdan combos.  I take advantage of Nenya and Narya giving their wielders Lore and Leadership, respectively, by including various attachments and events, such as Steward of Gondor, which I would expect to best go on Galadriel

With that said, I hand this over to the Lord of the Rings LCG community.  What are your thoughts on the deck?  The first thing I'd like to do is see what we feel needs to be trimmed off.  Because of Cirdan cycling through cards, and the other card draw opportunities, I don't think it's necessary to get down to exactly 50, but the deck size is a little silly right now.  Feel free to reply on Twitter, leave a comment on Facebook, or any other way you wish to respond.  I want to start more of a conversation between myself and the greater LOTR crew, so I encourage anyone who wants, to respond in their own blogs, or record a video or an audio clip.  If you do, I will share it so everyone can check it out.

Total Cards: (96)

Hero: (3)
Círdan the Shipwright (The Grey Havens)
Eowyn (Core Set)
Galadriel (Celebrimbor's Secret)

Ally: (28)
3x Arwen Undomiel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Curious Brandybuck (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward's Fear)
3x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor's Secret)
3x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
2x Treebeard (The Antlered Crown)
3x White Tower Watchman (The Drúadan Forest)
3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Numenor)

Attachment: (37)
3x Herugrim (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Light of Valinor (Foundations of Stone)
3x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Mirror of Galadriel (Celebrimbor's Secret)
3x Snowmane (The Land of Shadow)
3x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
3x The Favor of the Lady (Core Set)
1x Elf-friend (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
3x Narya (The Grey Havens)
3x Nenya (Celebrimbor's Secret)
1x Celebrian's Stone (Core Set)
3x Protector of Lorien (Core Set)
2x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
3x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event: (31)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Elrond's Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Lay of Nimrodel (The Morgul Vale)
3x The Galadhrim's Greeting (Core Set)
1x Will of the West (Core Set)
3x Fair and Perilous (Across the Ettenmoors)
3x Daeron's Runes (Foundations of Stone)
3x Deep Knowledge (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Word of Command (The Long Dark)
3x Elwing’s Flight (The Grey Havens)
3x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)


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  2. I like the idea of the deck and I definitely think it will work as a questing deck. High starting WP always gives you a foothold against the encounter deck and this hero line up doesn't even have a particularly high threat. I think many of the choices for what to cut come down to what sort of player counts you intend on playing the deck with.

    Unless I intended to play the deck as as solo deck I would probably end up removing most of the cool but possibly unnecessary combat stuff like Herugrim and Snowmane (certainly not include three copies). For allies I would probably drop the Whitetower Watchman and the curious brandybuck. Hobbit Gandalf and Treebeard would be my main go-tos for combat and I would probably up their counts (whoops were we cutting!) to 3 copies with narya in the deck. Similarly I would probably remove Fair and Perilous and maybe a few copies of the lore cards which can only be played with Nenya.

    Generally, spirit can pack a bit of punch with the newer cards but I think it will be too much at the expense of questing, so if I was playing with a partner or in 3-4 player games I would rely on my buddies for ranged or sentinel and let them know I was bringing the WP!

    By the way- congrats on the newest addition to your hobbit hole...

  3. I would cut Envoy of Pelargir--a 1-cost ally is nice, but not essential. I would also cut Word of Command and reduce Fair and Perilous to maybe 2 copies...Many of the unique allies could also probably be reduced to 2 copies instead of 3 (to reduce the number of dead cards, even if dead cards can be used via Cirdan's ability each turn).

    Favor of the Lady, while nice in the long-term, provides too little for what it does. I would delete those since you have Lay of Nimrodel.