With the increasing lifespan of this game, the amount of new players that have to catch up on 10000 adventure packs and deluxe expansions increases as well. Most players go and catch up in the so-called “Progression Style”, buying and playing everything in order of release.
Some people choose their own path. For example, the deck that will be spotlighted today does not draw from a full card pool nor from a progression-style card pool. Gnarly Nyarly adds cards from a certain AP or DE to his card pool every week. Not even all cards from an AP or DE, but just a couple to increase his enjoyment and to learn the card pool better.
This gave me a sort RPG-like feeling, earning/unlocking cards while progressing through levels and beating all the enemies, upgrading your arsenal to beat the next one.
Join us today, as CotR shines a spotlight on…
1x Erestor (The Long Dark)
1x Faramir (Core Set)
1x Gildor Inglorion (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
1x Gimli (The Treason of Saruman)
1x Legolas (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
3x Wandering Took (Core Set)
3x Good Meal (The Redhorn Gate)
3x Hobbit Pipe (The Black Riders)
2x Mirror of Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Nenya (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Silver Harp (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
3x Song of Eärendil (Road to Rivendell)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
2x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Elven-light (The Dread Realm)
3x Hasty Stroke (Core Set)
3x Stand and Fight (Core Set)
3x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)
2x Will of the West (Core Set)
3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to The Dread Realm
The recent Angmar Awakened cycle saw an increase in Noldor cards. Discarding cards is no big deal anymore. With the release of Arwen Undómiel it even ramped up more, giving you resources for otherwise unplayable cards. Gnarly Nyarly has taken advantage of this by using an old Core Set card. I was especially triggered by this deck because of a combo I never stood still by. Stand and Fight used to be too expensive most of the time, but a clever combination with Good Meal can bring you great off-sphere allies, as in this deck Legolas, Faramir or one of the others.
So, this deck combines some Noldor mechanics with the Hobbit archetype. It also fulfils the role that gets no glory but is really important: the support role.
Bringing all Spirit gems as A Test of Will and The Galadhrim’s Greeting, maybe tossing over Galadriel to your neighbour, marshalling Northern Trackers to combat locations and gathering willpower by making use of some off-sphere allies. (Using Faramir’s ability on another player could be a really good choice, pairing it with a Dwarf deck or other questing deck.)
The cool thing is that you can change up some of the allies to whoever suit your need.If you wanted to make this deck different, because you do have access to a full card pool, several cards can be switched out. Bilbo Baggins, as Seastan mentions, would be good to fetch you a Hobbit Pipe and carry one as well. The addition of Treebeard or Gandalf would also not be a bad thing to give you an option if you would have some spare resources.
All in all, I think this deck is strong, even without an optimal card pool. You do want to pair it with a deck, as the designer mentions he paired it with a Leadership deck. I recommend all of you to try it out and taste the Good Meal this deck is!