One of the nice things about the less difficult scenarios is that they give us a chance to try out unique decks. While it is fun to play top-tier decks, sometimes it is good to mix things up, and play a more unorthodox deck. This deck is certainly not going to dominate the more troublesome scenarios, but it can be very effective, especially in quests with a large number of locations.
Idraen is an intriguing hero, and combined with other supporting cards, she can form the center of a potent location-control strategy. This deck needs locations to run smoothly. Not only will it allow Idraen to ready, but exploring a location is the key to unlocking the potential of Ancient Mathom and Elf-Stone. Beyond having an impressive level of willpower, this deck has a multitude of options for clearing locations. Asfaloth, Warden of Arnor and Lórien Guide are all ready to clear locations.
Further, events like Strider’s Path and A Watchful Peace can help control where locations are, and keep them in play. A Watchful Peace is another badly underrated card – a fact that this deck underscores. It is vital to remember that every time we put a location back on the top of the encounter deck, it is buying us a round (in solo play) where we don’t need to worry about the encounter card that is coming. Alternatively, when are engaged with an enemy, we can use this knowledge to ensure that the attacking enemy does not get a troublesome shadow effect. When used correctly, this card couples with A Test of Will and Hasty Stroke to give us a tremendous level of control of the game.
With the help of these support cards, and a bit of luck, this deck can create an ideal situation where most of the revealed encounter cards are locations. This plays right into our hands, as we have a plethora of options for dealing with, and benefiting from, these locations. Thanks to Idraen – only the second Spirit hero with 3 attack – this deck can manage some combat. To be clear, prolonged conflict against multiple large enemies will bend this deck to the point of breaking. However, we are not without defenses. Arwen and Protector of Lorien can transform one of our heroes into a solid defender, and our allies can collectively mount at least a meager counter-attack.
Still, direct confrontation is not what this deck is designed for. Think of this as more of a scouting deck, with an aim at disabling one key aspect of the scenario’s assault. As a more focused deck, it will need support from another deck in order to handle the more combat-heavy quests. Paired with a deck like Sons of Númenor, this deck can handle the weaker enemies from most scenarios, and cover that deck’s lack of effect cancellation and location-control.
For players that are only interested in power decks, this is probably not the deck for you. On the other hand, anyone interested in a change of pace, or a nice thematic pairing for Sons of Númenor, might just find this to be a pleasant surprise. As someone who has always appreciated the heroic characters in Tolkien’s legendarium, of either gender, it is nice to finally be able to make a viable deck that includes only female characters. It is good to see there card pool reach a size where more unique decks like this are finally possible.
Silvan Refugee (TDF) x3
Envoy of Pelargir (HoN) x3
Arwen Undómiel (TWitW) x3
Imladris Stargazer (FoS) x3
Galadhrim Minstrel (TiT) x3
Lórien Guide (Core) x3
Daughter of the Nimrodel (Core) x2
Silvan Tracker (TDM) x2