One thing I love about this game is the freedom to pick your own hero setup and the availability of all of your favourite characters. Gandalf is mine with great lengths. So, time for a Gandalf deck to be spotlighted by Gandalfguy!
Core Set ally Gandalf has been a staple right from the start as suits a character like Gandalf. When Gandalf 2.0 released, people were skeptical. The ‘uniqueness’-rule prevents you from having multiple Gandalfs into play and surely Core Set Gandalf was way better. While time passed by, people found ways to play Gandalf 2.0 and use him in decks he is intended for: hero-like ally decks.
The release of a second Gandalf ally was a suprise to many and even until his spoilment people questioned if there ever would be a Gandalf hero.
The Road Darkened and therefore the designers came with an answer: Hero Gandalf.
Join us today, as CoTR shines a spotlight on…
Gandalf Means Me!
2x Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Bilbo Baggins (The Road Darkens)
2x Curious Brandybuck (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward’s Fear)
2x Faramir (Core Set)
3x Glorfindel (Flight of the Stormcaller)
2x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
3x Fast Hitch (The Dead Marshes)
2x Gandalf’s Staff (The Road Darkens)
2x Hobbit Pipe (The Black Riders)
2x Hobbit Pony (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Shadowfax (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
2x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)
3x Wizard Pipe (The Road Darkens)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Daeron’s Runes (Foundations of Stone)
2x Flame of Anor (The Road Darkens)
3x Smoke Rings (The Black Riders)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)
2x Word of Command (The Long Dark)
Cards up to Flight of the Stormcaller
This is not your top tier Gandalf deck, but takes things a bit slower, making use of staples but not relying on them too much. A fun, relaxing way to play, especially in multiplayer. For instance, Steward of Gondor is strong of course, but in this deck Gandalf and Gandalf’s Staff allow for enough resourcesmoothing that you could operate without it. Steward of Gondor would go on Merry to pay for all the spirit cards, who are quite expensive, but having such a strong hero as Gandalf allows you to wait for them a bit longer.
Getting action advantage on Gandalf would be a priority. Shadowfax shines more in multiplayer, a style in which you want to play this deck in anyway. It can do solo, but quests that give you enemies right off the bat will give it trouble.
Questing is the department wherein this deck wins. Merry, Pippin, Ethir Swordsman and once saved up for it, Faramir: the amount of willpower can be bonkers. No lack in threatreduction either, with Merry + Hobbit Pony and Galadhrim’s Greeting. A cool combo in this deck is Flame of Arnoring with Glorfindel and then using Merry to pay for him.
All in all a neat deck to try out Hero Gandalf! Be sure to take a look at the other decks mhidalgo83 made, he has some sweet ones!