This is a straight up solid Gondor deck that manages to pull off solo play pretty well. A lot of the staples are included, but there are also some fun nuances and not as common cards that make it worth further inspection.
Visionary Leaders of Gondor
Aragorn (Core Set)
Beregond (Heirs of Númenor)
Boromir (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Citadel Custodian (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Errand-rider (Heirs of Númenor)
2x Faramir (Core Set)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Gondorian Spearman (Core Set)
3x Guard of the Citadel (Core Set)
2x Ingold (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Blood of Númenor (Heirs of Númenor)
2x Celebrían’s Stone (Core Set)
2x Gondorian Fire (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Spear of the Citadel (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
2x Sword that was Broken (The Watcher in the Water)
2x Visionary Leadership (The Morgul Vale)
2x Ever Vigilant (Core Set)
3x For Gondor! (Core Set)
2x Grim Resolve (Core Set)
2x Lay of Nimrodel (The Morgul Vale)
3x Valiant Sacrifice (Core Set)
It combines the Gondor ally swarm archetype with the Voltron hero approach enabled by Fire and Blood. It’s a nice mix that gives the deck two independent methods of operation. It’s also very multiplayer friendly with resource sharing, sentinel, and action advantage.
I really like the Spirit splash in this deck. Celebrian’s Stone with Aragorn opens up this sphere, making the deck a little dependent on this one card. But, with only four spirit cards not gaining access to this sphere certainly does not mean the end of this deck. I like the idea of these Leaders of Gondor fighting the perilous fight while singing about their lost loves. If you haven’t dug out the books for a while, the whole Song of Nimrodel is a really engaging, story driven song that should not be passed over.
With Flame of the West releasing this week, all three versions of Aragron are going to lose a lot of stock as players jump into these new saga quests with the Fellowship version. What’s great about this deck is how easily you can substitute out Aragron for many other Leadership heroes. And, you’re still poised to setup the Fellowship version with his attachments. Faramir, Sam, Erkenbrand, Prince Imrahil, and Theodred all make good substitutions.
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Hey, that’s my deck! Thanks for the spotlight.
The premise of the deck is rather simple, quest with allies boosted by Faramir, Sword that was Broken, and Visionary Leadership; Let the heroes deal with combat.
When playing with Fellowship Aragorn, I suggest using Leadership Denethor, to keep the carefully crafted theme, and because resource smoothing can’t hurt.