CotR Fellowship Spotlight: Ride to Gondor!


Mounts are awesome!

Yes, I’ve been on an Elfhelm kick lately, and this week my delve has taken me to a wonderfully synergistic fellowship with Elfhelm at the center of it all. There is far more to it than that though, and the Rohan fans out there will be especially tickled.

Join us today, as CoTR shines a spotlight on…

Ride to Gondor!

by Herumen

Arise, Riders of Theoden!

Hero (3)
Caldara (The Blood of Gondor)
Éowyn (Core Set)
Théoden (The Treason of Saruman)

Ally (23)
3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Éomund (Conflict at the Carrock)
3x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
1x Gamling (The Land of Shadow)
1x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
2x Pelargir Shipwright (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Rider of the Mark (Road to Rivendell)
3x The Riddermark’s Finest (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
2x West Road Traveller (Return to Mirkwood)
3x Westfold Horse-breeder (The Voice of Isengard)
1x White Tower Watchman (The Drúadan Forest)

Attachment (15)
3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
2x Blood of Númenor (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Herugrim (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Livery of the Tower (The Flame of the West)
2x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath)
1x Snowmane (The Land of Shadow)
3x Steed of the Mark (The Morgul Vale)
1x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)

Event (12)
2x A Test of Will (Core Set)
3x Astonishing Speed (Return to Mirkwood)
3x Ride to Ruin (The Hills of Emyn Muil)
2x Stand and Fight (Core Set)
2x Strength of Will (Core Set)

Player Side Quest (1)
1x Double Back (Escape from Mount Gram)

Spear Shall Be Shaken, Shield Be Splintered!

Hero (3)
Beregond (Heirs of Númenor)
Éomer (The Voice of Isengard)
Háma (The Long Dark)

Ally (22)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Déorwine (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
3x Gondorian Spearman (Core Set)
1x Grimbold (The Flame of the West)
1x Guthlaf (The Blood of Gondor)
2x Henneth Annûn Guard (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Honour Guard (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Knight of Minas Tirith (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Westfold Outrider (The Voice of Isengard)
1x White Tower Watchman (The Drúadan Forest)

Attachment (13)
1x Firefoot (The Dunland Trap)
1x Golden Shield (The Flame of the West)
1x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Horn of Gondor (Core Set)
1x Raven-winged Helm (The Wastes of Eriador)
1x Rohan Warhorse (The Voice of Isengard)
3x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)
1x Spear of the Citadel (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Spear of the Mark (The Morgul Vale)

Event (14)
2x Behind Strong Walls (Heirs of Númenor)
1x Charge of the Rohirrim (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
2x Feint (Core Set)
2x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill)
1x Forth Eorlingas! (The Morgul Vale)
2x Quick Strike (Core Set)
2x Sterner than Steel (The Flame of the West)
2x Tireless Hunters (The Lost Realm)

Player Side Quest (2)
1x Delay the Enemy (Across the Ettenmoors)
1x Gather Information (The Lost Realm)

Ride Now, Ride Now!

Hero (3)
Denethor (Flight of the Stormcaller)
Elfhelm (Temple of the Deceived)
Prince Imrahil (A Journey to Rhosgobel)

Ally (22)
1x Ceorl (Temple of the Deceived)
1x Éothain (The Dread Realm)
1x Faramir (Core Set)
1x Gandalf (Core Set)
1x Gandalf (Over Hill and Under Hill)
2x Guard of the Citadel (Core Set)
1x Ingold (The Wastes of Eriador)
3x Pelargir Ship Captain (The Morgul Vale)
3x Snowbourn Scout (Core Set)
3x Squire of the Citadel (The Blood of Gondor)
2x Veteran of Osgiliath (Escape from Mount Gram)
2x Warden of Helm’s Deep (The Antlered Crown)
1x White Tower Watchman (The Drúadan Forest)

Attachment (11)
2x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
1x Rod of the Steward (Flight of the Stormcaller)
2x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
1x Sword of Númenor (The Dread Realm)
1x The Day’s Rising (The Antlered Crown)
2x Tome of Atanatar (The Blood of Gondor)
2x Visionary Leadership (The Morgul Vale)

Event (17)
2x For Gondor! (Core Set)
3x Mutual Accord (Heirs of Númenor)
2x Reinforcements (The Treachery of Rhudaur)
2x Sneak Attack (Core Set)
3x Strength of Arms (The Drúadan Forest)
2x Valiant Sacrifice (Core Set)
3x Wealth of Gondor (Heirs of Númenor)

Player Side Quest (1)
1x Send for Aid (The Treachery of Rhudaur)

First off, check out those deck titles! Now that we’ve got the blood pumping, let’s ride!

Here’s what caused me to fall in love with the Ride to Gondor! fellowship:

1) It is accessible: The entire fellowship can be created from a single LoTR-LCG collection with a single core set.

2) Each deck is mono-sphere: This opens up a plethora of specialized cards, and Herumen takes full advantage of it: He includes the record attachments, Knight of Minas Tirith, Pelergir Shipwright, Reinforcements, Strength of Arms, and each deck contains a White Tower Watchman; and, as a side-benefit… suck it Master’s Malice!

3) This fellowship maximizes global effects, and there are a lot of them: For starters, eight of the nine heroes are slated to benefit from Elfhelm’s bonus. Second, excluding the all-powerful Gandalf, all characters have either the Gondor or Rohan traits. The shear number of targets means that plays such as Charge of the Rohirrim, For Gondor!, or Astonishing Speed always make an impact, especially if Mutual Accord is played beforehand.

4) All of the major bases are covered: Willpower, attack, and defense are big, but there is also a fair amount of cancellation, resource acceleration/smoothing, and action advantage. It’s a little weak on card draw, and there is no healing to speak of, but the fellowship is otherwise solid.

5) Read the deck descriptions. Those are fantastic write-ups, and not all of the strategies are intuitive from just looking at the deck list.

If you are ever in the position to build a fellowship beforehand, consider giving Ride to Gondor! a try. Just note that none of these decks are meant to be played by themselves: Each deck is a cog in the whole machine, from the focus on trait-based global boosts, to the way attachments are meant to be played across the table, and how each deck covers for the weaknesses of the others.

The last thing I will mention is that there is room for growth; afterall, there is still one sphere left unaccounted for, right? Sure, Lore heroes can’t benefit from Elfhelm’s sphere-ism, but there are a lot of lore Gondor and Rohan characters that would slot nicely into the framework that the rest of the fellowship brings.

Enjoy the ride!

– WanderingTook

2 thoughts on “CotR Fellowship Spotlight: Ride to Gondor!

  1. Thanks for featuring my fellowship! I love thematic decks/fellowships, and this one came together surprisingly well. Especially as it was the first fellowship I ever made and my first posting on RingsDB. As such, it could probably use some refining. Constructive comments are always welcome. Thanks again!

  2. Cool idea. The 4th Mono Lore deck would surely have to be almost entirely Gondor if you didn’t want to break the Gondor/Rohan theme. A House of Healing/Gondor Ranger/Trap deck could work.

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