With the holidays upon us, news has slowed down a bit from FFG, but there are always goings on worth mentioning in the community at large.
Now that the Against the Shadow cycle is complete, we all eagerly await the release of the next deluxe expansion: The Voice of Isengard. Some recognizable, and long-sought cards like Eomer and Saruman have already been previewed, but questions remain. Who will the other hero card be? Will there be Ent player cards?
The doomed and time cards certainly look to add an interesting wrinkle to the game, as do the new Dunlending enemies. The designers are definitely keeping the metagame on its toes by specifically punishing decks which rely on card drawing effects. Other cards are about to receive increased attention with doomed player cards running amok.
In particular, Spirit-based threat reduction effects as well as the Strider (Lore) version of Aragorn should be in great demand for their ability to manage rapidly increasing threat totals. Those interested can join the discussion and speculation on the FFG message boards.
For those seeking an in-depth discussion of the finale to the Against the Shadow cycle, look no further than the latest episode of The Grey Company Podcast. We discuss strategy for solo and multi-player, review specific encounter cards, and retell in detail how we designed and played our decks to defeat the scenario.
For anyone looking for some help dealing with this challenging quest, or just curious about what kinds of decks we used, this episode should be quite interesting.
For those that have not yet purchased this Adventure Pack, be warned that the episode does contain spoilers. The deck that I used for our epic multi-player game is a modification of an earlier Secrecy deck: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe. We also announced our first contest, so for anyone interested in winning a copy of The Morgul Vale, you should go submit your favorite custom traitor card on our Facebook page. We hope that you enjoy this latest episode, and as always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Over at Tales from the Cards, Ian has shared a really fun Rohan-themed deck list. Featuring Théodred, Dunhere and Háma, along with some of the great cards released recently, the deck showcases Rohan synergy that simply did not exist before.
In particular, I like his use of Eomund and Ride to Ruin to not only clear locations, but ready your entire army of Rohirrim in the bargain. It is likewise good to see the door warden of Edoras used with something other than Feint. In this case, Háma can return Forth Eorlingas! or Quick Strike, both very effective ways of killing enemies before they have the chance to attack. For anyone interested in Rohan deck, or new ways to use heroes that have been around a long time, this is a deck spotlight you won’t want to miss.
Our friends over at Cardboard of the Rings have a new episode for everyone to enjoy. In addition to a review of the player cards from The Morgul Value, they enter into an interesting discussion about the importance of story in the game. As an added bonus, Brian brings his best fake laugh to the proceedings, and hilarity ensues. Definitely check out their latest episode for a good dose of fun along with their take on the upcoming Voice of Isengard release.
With recent events leaving the community without a simple card search engine, I decided to take things into my own paws. The result is the new Hall of Beorn card search. The aim is for it to be easy to use, work on mobile devices, and have a URL scheme that never changes (no more broken links!).
So far, I feel like it is doing a good job of meeting these goals, but I am always looking to improve the site and make it the best LotR LCG search engine available. In coming days, I will be looking into a solution for translating existing links, but that may end up being a more involved process. Hopefully, we can get clean up all of the dead links on this site, and friendly sites like Tales from the Cards. If anyone has any suggestions or constructive criticism, I would love to hear it. The site is my gift to the community, happy holidays everyone!