Deck: Digging Too Deep

Beware the BalrogAs we eagerly await the release of The Voice of Isengard, now is a good time for a bit of a diversion. Whether they were designed for thematic realism, brutal efficiency, or were some hybrid of the two, most of the decks on this site are what you would call traditional. They include a mix of allies, attachments and events designed to create an advantage against the encounter deck, and ultimately solve whatever particular challenge the scenario presents. This is not one of those decks.

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This is a combo deck. Scanning the deck list, some of the most notable aspects of this deck are what it lacks. Even though it includes a Spirit hero, there is no treachery or shadow cancelation. Even though it includes a Lore hero, there is no healing. Even though it includes a Leadership hero, there is no Steward of Gondor or Sneak Attack. To anyone familiar with the decks on this blog, these omissions are an immediate and loud declaration that this is not an ordinary deck.

From a strategic standpoint, a combo deck is aiming to create an engine. This is why the deck is designed in such a particular way. Every card in the list is designed to fill one of two goals: to setup the engine, or the run the engine once it is setup. So what, you might ask, is an engine?

In card games, as in the mechanical world, an engine can be thought of as a loop. More than just some simple loop, there are components to an engine. These components can be broken down into a few distinct categories: the fuel, the catalyst, the mechanism, and impurities. In an ideal situation there would not be impurities, but just like the physical world, it very difficult to design a perfect engine in a card game.

Zigil MinerThe fuel in our case is moving cards off the top of the deck. Notice the distinction there, card drawing effects are simply one way to move cards from the top of the deck. There are other ways to get cards from the top of your deck. Zigil Miner, before errata, was powerful enough to be the basis for an entire archetype. Now, with the addition of Hidden Cache and Ered Nimrais Prospector, there are finally enough cards that work with cards being discarded from the top of your deck.

We Are Not IdleThe catalyst in our case is one of the most efficient and powerful cards in the game. In a deck filled with Dwarf allies, We Are Not Idle is the perfect effect to start a loop. Even better, because it allows you to draw a card, We Are Not Idle actually serves as fuel and catalyst. Being able to generate one resource for each of your Dwarves can create a tremendous resource advantage. Obviously, you can’t go into the quest phase with all of your Dwarves exhausted, so we need a way to reset the engine and ready our characters.

Grim ResolveIn our case, the mechanism for resetting the engine will be Grim Resolve. While Lure of Moria may at first seem like a better option to reset, this deck includes non-Dwarf characters that we also need to ready. In particular, Imladris Stargazer is essential for ensuring that the right cards are always on the top of our deck. The combination of Imladris Stargazer and Zigil Miner, along with a Hidden Cache on the top of our deck can net 3 or 4 resources for exhausting only two characters. Alternatively, if the top cards of our deck are cards that we don’t want to see, of even multiple copies of Hidden Cache, Ered Nimrais Prospector is a good option. In addition to giving us resources to drive the engine, this also trims the impurities out of our deck and gets us to the essential cards to keep everything running.

Legacy of DurinThanks to Legacy of Durin, Daeron’s Runes and Deep Knowledge, this deck draws a ridiculous number of cards. When we get to the end of the deck, we have Will of the West to get all of the goodies from the discard pile back into our deck. In case both copies of Will of the West somehow end up in the discard pile at the same time, we can use the Ered Nimrais Prospector to shuffle one of them back into the deck.

deep-knowledgeLike any combo deck, the early game strategy is just to survive. Until we have Bifur setup with all of his attachments, we need each of our heroes for resource matching. Don’t be afraid to chump block with allies – any character killed will be back in your hand faster than Bofur running for seconds.

Also, even if you don’t have a Grim Resolve in hand, don’t be afraid to use We Are Not Idle around round 3 or 4. Work out the math to be sure you don’t leave yourself vulnerable, but remember that you will gain resources for each Dwarf you exhaust. With the right allies in hand, and a bit of luck, you can often play enough allies with the extra resources to offset the ones that you just exhausted. The overriding goal of this deck is to get as many dwarves into play, as quickly as possible. Some of them may die to cave-ins, Orc attacks, or the odd Balrog citing. Such is the risk of running a Dwarven mining company.

Once you get to about 13 Dwarf allies the deck starts really humming. With 15 Dwarves in play you will net 10 resources, even after paying the 5 for Grim Resolve. Being able to use Imladris Stargazer before and after the Grim Resolve means that you can get double use of your Prospectors and Miners. In my testing, this deck was easily able to gain a dozen resources, even in the early rounds. Combined with all of the card draw, and barring extremely bad luck with the encounter deck, you will often be able to field a massive army of Dwarves by about round 4 or 5.

Imladris StargazerAs far as the first few rounds, the two most critical cards for this deck are Legacy of Durin (to get the “play a Dwarf, draw a Dwarf” chain going) and Imladris Stargazer. You absolutely need the scrying that the elf provides to ensure that you are consistently drawing the cards that you want, and digging the ones that you don’t want into the discard pile. In the early rounds, Bifur ensures that you should always be able to play at least one dwarf. All of the attachments go on him, and once he has all of the songs and you have a sufficiently large mining crew, you can place all of the resources from We Are Not Idle on Him.

hidden-cache-smallJust like any engine, the wrong mix of fuel can cause an engine to stall. This is where all of the card drawing and scrying come in. Gildor Inglorion is indispensable for putting copies of Hidden Cache that you draw back onto the top of your deck. From there the Miners and Prospectors can do their thing.

Another card that helps prevent this deck from stalling is Born Aloft. If you need to draw one more card and possibly move some resources around, use it to play Glóin again. Or perhaps you need to kill an enemy that is going to cause problems this round, return Gandalf to your hand so that you can play him again. If you just want to trade resources for card draw, use it with Erebor Hammersmith. Assuming you have Horn of Gondor on Bifur, this will give you an extra card and lower your threat by 1 for each Lore resource you can spare.

Born AloftThere are more nuances to playing this deck, and like any combo deck it can have problems with aggressive scenarios that do not give it time to setup. That said, Dain is a fantastic defender, and you really only need to stall for a few rounds while you get everything setup. Dain will mean that you Dwarven army can fell all but the most impressive enemies, and chump blocking shouldn’t hurt you unless it thins your ranks too severely.

Ravens of the MountainFor the truly pathological, you can skip the quest phase entirely and just win the game once you get the loop going. Ravens of the Mountain can be cycled infinitely through your deck. It requires you to exhaust a hero to place progress on the current quest, but Grim Resolve solves that problem quite nicely. To be honest, I have never actually completed a game using this card, as I find that strategy extremely tedious, but the card is included to prove the theory and make the infinite loop actually do something. This deck is not recommended for new players, as some of the critical early game decision making might not be intuitive to those without more experience. So if you like clever tricks that border on breaking the game, and you really enjoy shuffling your deck, then you should check this out.

Heroes:
Dain Ironfoot
Nori
Bifur (KD)

Allies: 24
Imladris Stargazer x3
Gleowine (Core) x1
Master of the Forge x1
Zigil Miner x3
Erebor Record Keeper x3
Miner of the Iron Hills x3
Erebor Hammersmith x3
Ered Nimrais Prospector x3
Glóin (THOtD) x1
Dwalin (THOtD) x1
Gandalf (Core) x1
Gildor Inglorion (THoEM) x1

Attachments: 8
Legacy of Durin x3
Song of Kings x1
Song of Travel x1
Song of Battle x1
Born Aloft x1
Horn of Gondor x1

Events: 18
Deep Knowledge x3
We Are Not Idle x3
Daeron’s Runes x3
Hidden Cache x3
Will of the West x2
Ravens of the Mountain x1
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x1
Grim Resolve x2

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  1. Chris says:
    Yup this can get pretty crazy, good work! Session of Rivendell below: spurries is ready Unlocking game spurries loads a deck spurries Takes control of the encounter deck Starting Game 1 spurries begins a Nightmare quest ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ spurries turns ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ face up. spurries advances quest to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1A’ Turn 1: spurries spurries shuffles Encounter spurries loads a deck spurries places his Heroes on the table and sets his starting Threat to 21 spurries shuffles Deck spurries draws ‘Feint’ spurries draws ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries draws ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries draws ‘A Light in the Dark’ spurries draws ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries draws ‘Spear of the Mark’ spurries adds ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries draws ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Spear of the Mark’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries moves ‘Unexpected Courage’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries readies ‘Dunhere’ spurries turns ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ face up. spurries adds ‘The East Bank’ to the staging area. spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Dagger of Westernesse’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 2: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Dagger of Westernesse’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries adds ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ to the staging area. spurries moves ‘Unexpected Courage’ to Table spurries discards ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The East Bank’ spurries adds ‘Hunters from Mordor’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Signs of Gollum’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Hunting Warg’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries discards ‘Hunting Warg’ spurries adds ‘The West Bank’ to the staging area. spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘The Enemy’s Trail’ spurries discards ‘The Enemy’s Trail’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Foe-hammer’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 3: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘Northern Tracker’ to Table spurries moves ‘Northern Tracker’ to spurries’s Hand spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds ‘The Old Ford’ to the staging area. spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Song of Travel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 4: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘Northern Tracker’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The West Bank’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 4 (+4) spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 5 (+5) spurries adds ‘Hunters from Mordor’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 25 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 26 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 27 (+1) spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘A Test of Will’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 5: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries discards ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The West Bank’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries adds ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 29 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 30 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 31 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 32 (+1) spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries moves ‘Foe-hammer’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Spear of the Mark’ spurries draws ‘Dagger of Westernesse’ spurries draws ‘Foe-hammer’ spurries draws ‘Quick Strike’ spurries discards ‘Foe-hammer’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Dwarven Tomb’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 6: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ to Table spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 32 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 31 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 30 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 29 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 28 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 27 (-1) spurries discards ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The West Bank’ spurries discards ‘The West Bank’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 3 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 2 (-1) spurries adds ‘Dark Pools’ to the staging area. spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘A Test of Will’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 7: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds ‘Watched Path’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 29 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 30 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 31 (+1) spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 31 (-1) spurries draws ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 8: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries moves ‘West Road Traveller’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The East Bank’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 9 (+7) spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 7 (+7) spurries adds ‘Misty Mountain Goblins’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 33 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 34 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 35 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 36 (+1) spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Misty Mountain Goblins’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ spurries discards ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 37 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 38 (+1) spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Misty Mountain Goblins’ spurries moves ‘Foe-hammer’ to Table spurries draws ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries draws ‘A Light in the Dark’ spurries draws ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries discards ‘Foe-hammer’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 9: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Song of Travel’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Arwen Undomiel’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘Ethir Swordsman’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘Dwarven Tomb’ to Table spurries discards ‘Dwarven Tomb’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 38 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 37 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 36 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 35 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 34 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 33 (-1) spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘The East Bank’ spurries discards ‘The East Bank’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Watched Path’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Watched Path’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 6 (-3) spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 11 (+11) spurries adds ‘The Trail Goes Cold’ to the staging area. spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘A Test of Will’ to Table spurries discards ‘A Test of Will’ spurries discards ‘The Trail Goes Cold’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries discards ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Flooding’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Flooding’ spurries discards ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ spurries removes a Progress from ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries removes a Progress from ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 10: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘Ethir Swordsman’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 13 (+13) spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 15 (+2) spurries adds ‘Hunters from Mordor’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 7 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 8 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 9 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 10 (+1) spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries discards ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ spurries adds ‘The Enemy’s Trail’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Ravenous Hawk’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Restless Hunters’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Restless Hunters’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘A Test of Will’ to Table spurries discards ‘A Test of Will’ spurries discards ‘The Enemy’s Trail’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries moves ‘A Light in the Dark’ to Table spurries discards ‘A Light in the Dark’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Quick Strike’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Ravenous Hawk’ spurries discards ‘Quick Strike’ spurries exhausts ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries readies ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 11: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries discards ‘Watched Path’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 7 (-3) spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 9 (+9) spurries adds ‘Hunters from Mordor’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 36 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 37 (+1) spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Feint’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘A Light in the Dark’ to Table spurries discards ‘A Light in the Dark’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Massing at Night’ spurries discards ‘Massing at Night’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Pursued by Shadow’ spurries discards ‘Pursued by Shadow’ spurries discards ‘Feint’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries exhausts ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries readies ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Hobbit Pipe’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 12: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 6 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 5 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 4 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 3 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 10 (+10) spurries adds ‘Ravenous Hawk’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Hunt Begins – 1B’ spurries adds ‘Restless Hunters’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Dark Pools’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Watched Path’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Restless Hunters’ spurries discards ‘Dark Pools’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries exhausts ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Signs of Gollum’ spurries discards ‘Signs of Gollum’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries exhausts ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries readies ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Ravenous Hawk’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Ancient Mathom’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 13: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries moves ‘Ancient Mathom’ to Table spurries advances quest to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2A’ spurries turns ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ face up. spurries adds ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Hunting Warg’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Hunting Warg’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 5 (+2) spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Northern Tracker’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries discards ‘West Road Traveller’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 12 (+12) spurries adds ‘Flooding’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 40 (+1) spurries discards ‘Flooding’ spurries adds ‘Signs of Gollum’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ to the staging area. spurries moves ‘Song of Travel’ to Table spurries discards ‘Song of Travel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 6 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 7 (+1) spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Watched Path’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries discards ‘Watched Path’ spurries discards ‘Ancient Mathom’ spurries draws ‘Good Meal’ spurries draws ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries draws ‘A Light in the Dark’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Dark Pools’ spurries discards ‘Dark Pools’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Goblintown Scavengers’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Elrond’s Counsel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 14: spurries spurries moves ‘Hobbit Pipe’ to Table spurries moves ‘Elrond’s Counsel’ to Table spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 40 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 39 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 38 (-1) spurries discards ‘Elrond’s Counsel’ spurries exhausts ‘Hobbit Pipe’ spurries draws ‘Spear of the Mark’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dunhere’ spurries moves ‘Ethir Swordsman’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 16 (+16) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 3 (-4) spurries adds ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ to the staging area. spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries exhausts ‘Unexpected Courage’ spurries readies ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds ‘Ravenous Hawk’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Old Wives’ Tales’ spurries adds ‘The Trail Goes Cold’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 4 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 5 (+1) spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries discards ‘Hunter’s Lookout’ spurries discards ‘The Trail Goes Cold’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Ravenous Hawk’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘The West Bank’ spurries discards ‘The West Bank’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries discards ‘Ravenous Hawk’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Feint’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 15: spurries spurries moves ‘Good Meal’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 4 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 3 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 16 (+16) spurries adds ‘The East Bank’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Pursued by Shadow’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Pursued by Shadow’ spurries adds ‘The Old Ford’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Resource to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘A New Terror Abroad – 2B’ spurries advances quest to ‘On the Trail – 3A’ spurries turns ‘On the Trail – 3B’ face up. spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 16: spurries spurries discards ‘Good Meal’ spurries moves ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 39 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 38 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 37 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 36 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 35 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 34 (-1) spurries discards ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries exhausts ‘Northern Tracker’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The Old Ford’ spurries discards ‘The Old Ford’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 18 (+18) spurries adds ‘Restless Hunters’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Restless Hunters’ spurries adds ‘Signs of Gollum’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Hunters from Mordor’ to the staging area. spurries moves all cards from Encounter Discard Pile to Encounter spurries shuffles Encounter spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 11 (+8) spurries adds a Progress to ‘The East Bank’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The East Bank’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘The East Bank’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries discards ‘The East Bank’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Merry’ spurries moves ‘Feint’ to Table spurries discards ‘Feint’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Hunting Warg’ spurries discards ‘Hunting Warg’ spurries exhausts ‘Dunhere’ spurries exhausts ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Hunters from Mordor’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Elrond’s Counsel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dunhere’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Frodo Baggins’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Merry’ Turn 17: spurries spurries moves ‘Elrond’s Counsel’ to Table spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 34 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 33 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 32 (-1) spurries exhausts ‘Hobbit Pipe’ spurries discards ‘Elrond’s Counsel’ spurries draws ‘Dwarven Tomb’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Ethir Swordsman’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries exhausts ‘Merry’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 16 (+16) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 3 (-8) spurries adds ‘Flooding’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 33 (+1) spurries discards ‘Flooding’ spurries adds ‘The Eaves of Mirkwood’ to the staging area. spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 4 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 5 (+1) spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘On the Trail – 3B’ :::Calculating Score…::: 16 completed rounds = 160 Total combined Threat = 33 Total damage on Heroes = 0 Cost of dead Heroes = 0 Victory points = 0 TOTAL SCORE = 193 spurries reset the game spurries loads a deck Starting Game 2 spurries places his Heroes on the table and sets his starting Threat to 27 Turn 1: spurries spurries shuffles Deck spurries draws ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries draws ‘Gleowine’ spurries draws ‘Gandalf’ spurries draws ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries draws ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries draws ‘Will of the West’ spurries loads a deck spurries Takes control of the encounter deck spurries advances quest to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1A’ spurries shuffles Encounter spurries turns ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ face up. spurries adds ‘Barren Hills’ to the staging area. spurries shuffles Deck spurries draws 6 new cards. spurries draws ‘Legacy of Durin’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Legacy of Durin’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries adds ‘Goblin Archer’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 2: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries moves ‘Imladris Stargazer’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries adds ‘Crebain’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Orc Ambush’ to the staging area. spurries adds ‘Followed by Night’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Orc Ambush’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Archer’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Turbulent Waters’ spurries discards ‘Turbulent Waters’ spurries discards ‘Followed by Night’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Barren Hills’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Barren Hills’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Barren Hills’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Barren Hills’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries discards ‘Barren Hills’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries exhausts ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Archer’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Followed by Night’ spurries discards ‘Followed by Night’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Daeron’s Runes’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 3: spurries spurries moves ‘Daeron’s Runes’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries draws ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries draws ‘Keeping Count’ spurries discards ‘Daeron’s Runes’ spurries discards ‘Born Aloft’ spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 30 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 31 (+1) spurries moves ‘Keeping Count’ to Table spurries draws ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries draws ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries discards ‘Keeping Count’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries moves ‘Hidden Cache’ to Table spurries draws ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ spurries discards ‘Hidden Cache’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries moves ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ to Table spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 30 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 29 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 28 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 27 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 26 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 25 (-1) spurries discards ‘The Galadhrim’s Greeting’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries adds ‘Followed by Night’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Followed by Night’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Crebain’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries discards ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries exhausts ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries discards ‘Crebain’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Grim Resolve’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 4: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries moves ‘Hidden Cache’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Zigil Miner’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Zigil Miner’ to spurries’s Deck spurries shuffles Deck spurries draws ‘Grim Resolve’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries moves ‘We Are Not Idle’ to Table spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries draws ‘Song of Battle’ spurries discards ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries moves ‘Song of Battle’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries moves ‘Horn of Gondor’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Damage to ‘Nori’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 5: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries moves ‘We Are Not Idle’ to Table spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries discards ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries draws ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ to Table spurries moves ‘Master of the Forge’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Will of the West’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Legacy of Durin’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘We Are Not Idle’ to spurries’s Deck spurries shuffles Deck spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ to Table spurries draws ‘Gleowine’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 9 (+9) spurries adds ‘Wild Bear’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Damage to ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries discards ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries draws ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries moves ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ to spurries’s Deck spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Crebain’ spurries discards ‘Crebain’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 6: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ to Table spurries draws ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries moves ‘Gandalf’ to Table spurries discards ‘Goblin Archer’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries moves ‘Imladris Stargazer’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Gandalf’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 13 (+13) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to -1 (-1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 0 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 1 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Staging_Threat counter to 2 (+1) spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 14 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 15 (+1) spurries adds ‘Bitter Wind’ to the staging area. spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries discards ‘Bitter Wind’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Along the Misty Mountains – 1B’ spurries advances quest to ‘Orc Outpost – 2A’ spurries turns ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ face up. spurries looks at Global’s Encounter. spurries moves ‘Goblin Gate’ to Table Global shuffled Global’s Encounter spurries stops looking at Global’s Encounter. spurries adds a Damage to ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Plundered Armoury’ spurries discards ‘Plundered Armoury’ spurries exhausts ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Daeron’s Runes’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 7: spurries spurries moves ‘Daeron’s Runes’ to Table spurries draws ‘Song of Travel’ spurries draws ‘Keeping Count’ spurries discards ‘Song of Travel’ spurries discards ‘Daeron’s Runes’ spurries moves ‘Keeping Count’ to Table spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 30 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 31 (+1) spurries draws ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries draws ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries discards ‘Keeping Count’ spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries discards ‘Gandalf’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries adds ‘Undisturbed Bones’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ spurries discards ‘Undisturbed Bones’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Goblin Gate’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Goblin Gate’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Goblin Gate’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Goblin Gate’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries discards ‘Goblin Gate’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Black Uruks’ spurries discards ‘Black Uruks’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries discards ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 8: spurries spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries moves ‘Zigil Miner’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries moves ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Hidden Cache’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries draws ‘Will of the West’ spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ to Table spurries moves ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Zigil Miner’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Imladris Stargazer’ to spurries’s Discard Pile spurries moves ‘Imladris Stargazer’ to Table spurries moves ‘Zigil Miner’ to spurries’s Deck spurries shuffles Deck spurries discards ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ to Table spurries draws ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries moves ‘We Are Not Idle’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries discards ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries draws ‘Keeping Count’ spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 33 (+1) spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 34 (+1) spurries moves ‘Keeping Count’ to Table spurries draws ‘Legacy of Durin’ spurries draws ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries discards ‘Keeping Count’ spurries exhausts ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries adds ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Miner of the Iron Hills’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Orc Outpost – 2B’ spurries advances quest to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3A’ spurries turns ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ face up. spurries adds ‘Pathless Country’ to the staging area. spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries moves ‘Grim Resolve’ to Table spurries discards ‘Grim Resolve’ spurries readies ‘Bifur’ spurries readies ‘Arwen Undomiel’ spurries readies ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries readies ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries readies ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries readies ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries readies ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries readies ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries readies ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries readies ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Bitter Wind’ spurries discards ‘Bitter Wind’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries readies ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Barren Hills’ spurries discards ‘Barren Hills’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Wild Bear’ spurries discards ‘Wild Bear’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Gildor Inglorion’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 9: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 15 (+15) spurries adds ‘Pathless Country’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries discards ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries exhausts ‘Nori’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Black Uruks’ spurries discards ‘Black Uruks’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 10: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries reorders spurries’s Deck spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards. spurries moves ‘We Are Not Idle’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries discards ‘We Are Not Idle’ spurries draws ‘Daeron’s Runes’ spurries moves ‘Daeron’s Runes’ to Table spurries draws ‘Gloin’ spurries draws ‘Song of Kings’ spurries discards ‘Legacy of Durin’ spurries discards ‘Daeron’s Runes’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Song of Kings’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’ spurries moves ‘Zigil Miner’ to Table spurries draws ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Gloin’ to Table spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Gleowine’ to Table spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’ spurries moves ‘Gildor Inglorion’ to Table spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’ spurries exhausts ‘Gloin’ spurries exhausts ‘Gildor Inglorion’ spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 13 (+13) spurries adds ‘Black Uruks’ to the staging area. spurries discards ‘Song of Kings’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries discards ‘Pathless Country’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Black Uruks’ spurries exhausts ‘Gleowine’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Wild Bear’ spurries discards ‘Wild Bear’ spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries adds a shadow card to ‘Goblin Taskmaster’ spurries reveals shadow card ‘Undisturbed Bones’ spurries discards ‘Undisturbed Bones’ spurries discards ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Damage to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries readies all his cards and increases threat. spurries draws ‘Dwalin’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’ spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’ Turn 11: spurries spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Hammersmith’ spurries exhausts ‘Zigil Miner’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Gloin’ spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ spurries exhausts ‘Gleowine’ spurries exhausts ‘Gildor Inglorion’ spurries adds ‘Goblin Spearman’ to the staging area. spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ spurries adds a Progress to ‘Approaching Rivendell – 3B’ :::Calculating Score…::: 10 completed rounds = 100 Total combined Threat = 37 Total damage on Heroes = 4 Cost of dead Heroes = 0 Victory points = 0 TOTAL SCORE = 141
  2. Chris says:

    Possibly best first turn ever? Beat Anduin pretty easily with this:

    spurries loads a deck
    spurries Takes control of the encounter deck
    spurries advances quest to ‘To the River… – 1A’
    spurries shuffles Encounter
    spurries shuffles Deck
    spurries draws 6 new cards.
    spurries draws ‘Erebor Record Keeper’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’
    spurries adds ‘Driven by Shadow’ to the staging area.
    spurries discards ‘Driven by Shadow’
    spurries adds ‘Eastern Crows’ to the staging area.
    spurries adds ‘Chieftan Ufthak’ to the staging area.
    spurries looks at Global’s Encounter.
    spurries moves ‘Hill Troll’ to Table
    Global shuffled Global’s Encounter
    spurries stops looking at Global’s Encounter.
    spurries moves ‘Daeron’s Runes’ to Table
    spurries draws ‘Gloin’
    spurries draws ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’
    spurries discards ‘Daeron’s Runes’
    spurries discards ‘Keeping Count’
    spurries moves ‘Daeron’s Runes’ to Table
    spurries draws ‘Dwalin’
    spurries draws ‘Imladris Stargazer’
    spurries discards ‘Master of the Forge’
    spurries discards ‘Daeron’s Runes’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’
    spurries moves ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’ to Table
    spurries moves ‘Hidden Cache’ to spurries’s Discard Pile
    spurries moves ‘Song of Battle’ to spurries’s Discard Pile
    spurries moves ‘Hidden Cache’ to spurries’s Discard Pile
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Bifur’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’
    spurries moves ‘Erebor Record Keeper’ to Table
    spurries sets spurries’s Threat_Level counter to 26 (-1)
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’
    spurries moves ‘Legacy of Durin’ to Table
    spurries draws ‘Song of Travel’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Bifur’
    spurries moves ‘Song of Travel’ to Table
    spurries moves ‘We Are Not Idle’ to Table
    spurries exhausts ‘Erebor Record Keeper’
    spurries exhausts ‘Ered Nimrais Prospector’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Dain Ironfoot’
    spurries draws ‘Will of the West’
    spurries discards ‘We Are Not Idle’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Dain Ironfoot’
    spurries moves ‘Gloin’ to Table
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’
    spurries adds a Resource to ‘Nori’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’
    spurries removes a Resource from ‘Nori’
    spurries moves ‘Imladris Stargazer’ to Table
    spurries exhausts ‘Imladris Stargazer’
    spurries looks at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards.
    spurries stops looking at spurries’s Deck top 5 cards.
    spurries exhausts ‘Gloin’
    spurries exhausts ‘Bifur’
    spurries exhausts ‘Nori’
    spurries sets spurries’s Willpower counter to 9 (+9)

    • Beorn says:

      Nice! That is just about the perfect first round for this deck. Being able to draw a card, reduce threat, and move resources after playing Gloin is pretty amazing.

  3. Tonskillitis says:

    While control is certainly important in surviving this game, I generally find that if I ever do achieve any semblance of control, the quest becomes boring and predictable. If you do get the required number of willpower on the table and have two defenders ready (at least one with burning brand) and couple of cancellation cards it can become a bit like going through the motions before winning.

    Perhaps this is why on the very best and most difficult quests, while you still strive for that level of control, you never actually feel like you are ready for what the encounter deck reveals. In certain quests, I would argue that it is nigh impossible to control the encounters as they surge and multiply the staging area beyond players intervention. And so the times that I win Ithilien, Massing or even Shadow and Flame I generally have only 1 or 2 heroes left and my threat tends to be about 47 and I feel contented. This is the probably the most fun that you can have at LOTR LCG in my opinion.

    What are your thoughts? Can players control the situation in Nightmare Escape From Dol Guldur for example?

    • Beorn says:

      I agree, complete control makes the game boring. However, with the more difficult scenarios – particularly Nightmare decks – including some elements of control is often essential to provide even the slimmest chance of success.

  4. Dr. Biddix says:

    Just picked up Khazad-Dum (hence, looking forward to trying this deck) and I’m trying to wrap my head around the Zigil Miner discussion. I see a lot of “since it got nerfed.” So, what did it allow before and what is acceptable now?

    • Beorn says:

      The post-errata version of Zigil Miner can be found on my card search engine, here: http://hallofbeorn.com/Cards/Details/Zigil-Miner-KD. With this new version, the most you can gain from a single use of Zigil Miner is two resources (if both discarded cards have a cost matching the number you named). With the original version, you gained resources equal to the cost of the card named (as long as one of the two cards matched the named cost). This means that you could easily gain 5 or 6 resources from a single use of Zigil Miner. It became apparent that with scrying effects like Imladris Stargazer and Goldor Inglorion which made it easy to stack the top of your deck and consistently guess the correct number, the original version of Zigil Miner was too powerful. This errata was a good decision, as the new version of Zigil Miner is still powerful, but no longer ridiculously so. Leadership is still the primary sphere for resource acceleration (as it should be) but in a deck with scrying (particularly Imladris Stargazer), Zigil Miner can provide extra resources. He also works with the new Dwarven digging archetype that uses cards like King Under the Mountain and Hidden Cache to maximum advantage.

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