This deck is an attempt at combining the best of the Gondor and Dúnedain cards currently in print. Elendil and his sons set sail in nine ships, leaving Númenor and establishing two kingdoms in Middle-Earth. The Dúnedain lead by Aragorn are all that remains of the once-proud northern kingdom of Arnor. The Southern Kingdom of Gondor still stands, and is championed by Boromir, son of Denethor and Steward to the Kings.
The main strategy of this deck is to use superior resource generation to field an army of allies that will provide us with numerical superiority. Sword that was Broken and Faramir will transform otherwise weak-willed allies into questing champions. Similarly, Boromir’s ability will give a boost to the lowliest errand-rider allowing us to overwhelm enemies on the counter-attack. With limited card draw, this deck will often end up with excess resources. In this case, that actually works to our advantage as each of our heroes starts with 2 defense so Blood of Númenor along with some unspent resources can turn them into a rock-solid defender. Alternatively, for bigger enemies we can use a cheap ally as a chump blocker then reap the benefits of our valiant sacrifice.
During testing this deck has performed well, even against more challenging scenarios like Conflict at the Carrock. Damrod’s ability is often maligned, but with 4 trolls and a warg in the staging area, I was able to discard him after questing to lower my threat by 5. Northern trackers help with some location control and errand-riders ensure that resources are where they need to be. As always, Gandalf is a critical piece of this deck, which takes particular advantage of his versatility. With ample resource generation, the wizard can help us draw cards on which to spend our bounty. Alternatively, our starting threat of 30 can be problematic, something that a sneak attacked Gandalf can solve very quickly. Killing pesky enemies in the staging is another specialty of our Istari friend. While the deck can certainly use some bolstering of the the Gondor and Dúnedain traits, it is a solid foundation for these themes.