In our previous poll, we asked readers what they thought was the most difficult of the standard scenarios (basically everything but Nightmare and GenCon scenarios). The result, by an overwhelming margin, was Escape from Dol Guldur. Ever since the Core Set, this scenario has been imprisoning and slaying heroes from all over Middle-Earth.
As you can see from my experience on Beorn’s Path, escaping from the dungeons of the Necromancer is no easy task, particularly limited to cards from the core set. Newer cards, like the Spirit version of Glorfindel, have helped to some extent. Even so, Escape from Dol Guldur remains one of the most punishing solo scenarios in the entire game.
Rounding out the rest of the list, we have other notoriously challenging scenarios like Return to Mirkwood, Shadow and Flame, and Into Ithilien. Some of these, like Return to Mirkwood, are much harder to defeat with a solo deck, whereas newer scenarios like Into Ithilien tend to scale better and have a fairly consistent level of difficulty no matter how many players are involved. On the other end of the spectrum are scenarios like The Drúadan Forest, which can be relatively easy in solo play, but becomes absolutely punishing in 3 and 4 player games.
With release of The Morgul Vale completing our fight Against the Shadow, the difficulty of that cycle has evened out a bit. As you may recall, many players commented about the extreme difficulty of the Heirs of Numenor scenarios when that expansion was first released. Certainly, powerful cards like Gondorian Shield, Ranger Bow and now Visionary Leadership have helped to bolster players decks in the ensuing releases.
Thanks again to everyone who took part in the voting for this poll. If you haven’t already, take a look at the latest poll about what other kinds of games everyone plays.
|Escape from Dol Guldur||60||40%|
|The Siege of Cair Andros||27||18%|
|Shadow and Flame||15||10%|
|The Battle of Five Armies||6||4%|
|Return to Mirkwood||5||3.33%|
|Dungeons Deep and Caverns Dim||3||2%|
|The Drúadan Forest||1||0.67%|