CotR Fellowship Spotlight: Gondor, Rohan, and Dori

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I’m willing to bet that, as soon as they got their hands on Heirs of Numenor, pretty much everyone immediately began envisioning an epic Rohan and Gondor alliance, a recreation of the armies of man built to stand up to Sauron’s forces. The card Mutual Accord virtually begged for a coordinated fellowship to unlock its potential, and many such fellowships have been made.

Gondor, Rohan, and Dori

by dalestephenson

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Gondor for Rohan

Hero (3)
Balin (On the Doorstep)
Boromir (Heirs of Númenor)
Théodred (Core Set)

Ally (23)
1x Anborn (The Land of Shadow)
3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Númenor)
2x Errand-rider (Heirs of Númenor)
2x Faramir (Core Set)
3x Galadriel (The Road Darkens)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Guard of the Citadel (Core Set)
1x Ingold (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Pelargir Ship Captain (The Morgul Vale)
3x Veteran of Osgiliath (Escape from Mount Gram)

Attachment (20)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
2x Dúnedain Warning (Conflict at the Carrock)
2x Heir of Mardil (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x In Service of the Steward (Flight of the Stormcaller)
1x Rod of the Steward (Flight of the Stormcaller)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
2x Sword of Númenor (The Dread Realm)
2x The Day’s Rising (The Antlered Crown)
3x Visionary Leadership (The Morgul Vale)

Event (7)
2x Mutual Accord (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Sneak Attack (Core Set)
2x Strength of Arms (The Drúadan Forest)

Player Side Quest (1)
1x Gather Information (The Lost Realm)

Sideboard

Event (4)
3x For Gondor! (Core Set)
1x Strength of Arms (The Drúadan Forest)

Dori in the Rohan deck

Hero (3)
Dori (Across the Ettenmoors)
Merry (The Wastes of Eriador)
Théoden (The Treason of Saruman)

Ally (26)
1x Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes)
1x Éomund (Conflict at the Carrock)
3x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
3x Gamling (The Land of Shadow)
1x Guthlaf (The Blood of Gondor)
1x Háma (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x West Road Traveller (Return to Mirkwood)
3x Westfold Horse-Breaker (The Hunt for Gollum)
3x Westfold Horse-breeder (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Westfold Outrider (The Voice of Isengard)

Attachment (15)
1x Blood of Númenor (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Gondorian Fire (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Herugrim (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)
1x Raven-winged Helm (The Wastes of Eriador)
1x Ring Mail (The Long Dark)
2x Snowmane (The Land of Shadow)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (9)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
2x Astonishing Speed (Return to Mirkwood)
1x Lay of Nimrodel (The Morgul Vale)
2x Ride to Ruin (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x We Do Not Sleep (The Dead Marshes)

Player Side Quest (1)
1x Gather Information (The Lost Realm)

Sideboard

Ally (4)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
1x West Road Traveller (Return to Mirkwood)

Event (10)
3x Feint (Core Set)
3x Power of Orthanc (The Voice of Isengard)
1x Ride to Ruin (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
3x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)

Not very many of them, however, also include Dori, the most-maligned Tactics hero and a dwarf beside. But then, not many are built around Theoden-king as a dedicated defender.

With just two printed defense, Theoden needs a bit of help to stand up to the onslaught a nasty encounter deck can unleash. There are Gondorian Shields, sure, which become doubly effective in the rare moments when a Mutual Accord has been struck. But with a dwarf as his shield-thain, (and extra Gondorian Shields for Dori, to boot), Theoden’s defenses become nigh-impregnable. Especially if the armies of Gondor name the pair honorary squires of the citadel.

Beyond the unexpected dwarven entourage, this fellowship lets each faction do what it does best. Rohan brings an avalanche of cheap willpower, fed and led by their versatile king. Gondor brings sturdy combat support, inspired by the fearless example of the Captain of the White Tower. When the two factions work together in harmony, the result is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. And that’s a fellowship that certainly deserves a second look.

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