CotR Deck Spotlight: Swear Allegiance, Receive Sword

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Outlands?! Dare to say that again!
There is no archetype in any game that is as controversial as Outlands. Hated for the simplicity and power it has, but easily accessible by new players, dare I say necessary for those players that don’t enjoy/are not fond of deckbuilding. Most community members that run blogs or podcasts have denounced Outlands for a long time. With time passing by  they were more or less forgotten. The splinter was still there, but the pain ignored.
Suddenly, the designers decided to add two cards that would breathe new life into Outlands. Their real lord and a way to join his service.

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CotR Fellowship Spotlight: When Elves Talk to Trees

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Ally Treebeard made a big impact when he arrived on the scene, and deservedly so. Even today, he is a contender for the most powerful neutral card. When it came time to design a hero version, the developers had big shoes to fill, but they sure came through! Hero Treebeard is a powerhouse. Even in simple builds, Treebeard can pack a punch; throw in some action advantage, and he pulls his weight in both the questing and combat phases. Now, that’s fun and all, his but how can you truly push the limits with him? Well, why don’t you ask the elves?

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CotR Deck Spotlight: Wild Joy

This will come as no surprise to those who know me, but I’m a fan of 2-hero decks. Building one provides a lot of puzzles and challenges; you start the game with 33% fewer actions and 33% fewer resources, and you gain 33% fewer resources per round. In return, you get a lower starting threat, which often means secrecy access. Secrecy has a few cards that will help cover for that slow start, but you need to draw them in your opening hand or else you’re starting the game well behind the 8-ball. Continue reading

CoTR Deck Spotlight: The Last Supper

 

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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.

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CotR Deck Spotlight: Caldara’s Prince

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As an unapologetic Caldara fan, I was absolutely giddy when the spirit ally version of Prince Imrahil was released. While this has spurred discussion on whether Caldara is overpowered, I think that Prince Imrahil’s release has been healthy for the game, as it has opened up the Caldara metagame to far more deckbuilding options; specifically, the wealth of options we now have frees us from the constraint of having three spirit heroes.

While I think that we are still at the tip of the iceberg in terms of unlocking Caldara’s potential, there have been some notable contributions: Sappidus proved the viability of a two-hero Caldara deck in You can only hope to contain her, and Deck Tech author chrsjxn made a splash with his dual-sphere Caldara deck: Galdara.

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CotR Fellowship Spotlight: Escape from Dol Guldur – Progression Series #3

I’m using this week’s spotlight to highlight a pair of deckbuilders that newer players (or those with a limited card pool) will especially appreciate. Mitch “The Hive Tyrant” and Matthew from The Grey Company have revamped their Progression Series and with the advent of RingsDB, they can now easily post there decks for all to see and use.

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CotR Deck Spotlight: Ebb and Flow of Threat

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One of the things that I love best about this game is the unlikely bedfellows it makes. Elrohir and Elladan are not unlikely bedfellows– there are 58 decks on RingsDB featuring the twins, making it one of the most popular hero pairings around, (for obvious reasons). But the problem with building a Twins deck is one of economy. How do you afford to use their expensive abilities while still paying for the cards you need to get on the table?

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