Episode 109 – Man With a Gun

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CotR Deck Spotlight: Ain’t Paying Nobody (Except Maybe a Few People…)

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How fun, we got both of our new tactics toys (Na’asiyah and Prince Imrahil) back-to-back! Now, just like a kid who got two brand new action-figures for Christmas, let’s mash them together and see what happens! Will it work? To quote stokesbook: “it’s ingeniously stupid”… but he also said that “it works surprisingly well”, so let’s take a look.

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CotR Deck Spotlight: The Heir of Isildur

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I have to admit, that the relatively recent introduction of Dunedain cards to our beloved card game stalled me out as I struggled to come up with a decent deckbuild. By requiring careful balance of risk versus reward, it’s a difficult mechanic to build around. Early on, it appears this was one of those archetypes that took a while for the community to wrap its head around, but, at the culmination of the Angmar Awakened cycle, there emerged some powerful and popular builds. I would be remiss if I did not mention Seastan’s Dunedain Trappers deck, which has become the de facto standard of the Dunedain archetype, and is worth checking out if you haven’t yet seen it in action.

As is the case with all deck archetypes, there is more than one road to victory. Variations in hero lineup and focus can shake up the way a Dunedain deck plays, without sacrificing that feeling of living on the edge.

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Episode 108 – Mom’s Spaghetti

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–  Welcome and a HUGE SURPRISE! LIKE HUGE HUGE!

– News

– Help Wanted 2 – Brian and Chris play the role of big wig HR people who are hiring for deck positions. Who will the best candidate be??

– Patreon pledge drive, any amount helps!! https://www.patreon.com/cotr

– Sign off

CotR Deck Spotlight: The White Tree of Mirkwood

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Erestor has made quite a big impact on the meta-game since his hero version was released. By forcing you to discard all of the cards in your hand at the end of the round, he dramatically alters the value of many cards. For example, “safety net” cards like A Test of Will are less useful, since you can no longer save them for the optimal moment.

What he initially brought to the table was a mechanism to fuel the Noldor discard mechanic; however, since the release of leadership Denethor, the two have formed quite a partnership.

Here’s a fun game: Go to RingsDB and run a search for all decklists that contain those two heroes. There are a lot, and for good reason: tempo is very important in this game, and no two heroes get your deck rolling faster than Erestor and Denethor.

In today’s feature, we are going to explore a high-tempo deck with Legolas as the third wheel.

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CotR Deck Spotlight: Strider with 3 Heroes

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Many among the community, myself included, have been lukewarm on 2-hero decks; mainly because the early-game action/resource hit are difficult to recover from. While cards like Strider alleviate these problems somewhat, you still have to draw them, and you still have to pay for them. As community member Sechen shows us, Strider can be a useful addition if you consider that 2-hero decks don’t necessarily have to start with 2-heroes.

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