Gen Con 2015 Bear Draft – Deck Lists

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As promised, here are the deck lists from the 8 player Bear Draft that I ran at Gen Con this year. Unfortunately, I was not able to get each player’s name when I was collecting their decks at the end of the event, so many of these lists are uncredited. If you are the creator of any one of these decks, please let me know in the comments and I will credit you accordingly. It was eye-opening to see just how good draft decks could be – some of the decks are very close to constructed equivalents for their respective archetypes.

In some cases I was not able to get an exact list (some cards were shuffled into the “extras” pile of unused cards), so some of these lists are incomplete. In any case, I thought that players would be interested to see what kind of decks can be made in a draft format. Remember, the minimum deck size for this format is 40 cards, so these lists are shorter than the “tournament” size from the rule book. Since I ran this event I have updated the format based on player feedback, so anyone interested in running their own draft should check out Bear Draft version 2.

Leadership/Lore – Gondor (Matt Newman)

Heroes
Aragorn (Core)
Boromir (HoN)
Denethor (Core)

Allies: 15
Snowbourn Scout x2
Herald of Anorien x1
Weather Hills Watchman x1
Honour Guard x1
Gleowine x1
Ithilien Tracker x2
Envoy of Pelargir x1
Ingold x1
Dori x1
Gimli x2
Ranger of Cardolan x1
Gandalf x1

Attachments: 11
Healing Herbs x1
Dunedain Warning x2
Gondorian Shield x1
Song of Battle x2
Celebrian’s Stone x1
Steward of Gondor x2
Visionary Leadership x2

Events: 12
Parting Gifts x2
Close Call x1
Gondorian Discipline x1
Daeron’s Runes x1
Campfire Tales x2
Sneak Attack x2
Radagast’s Cunning x1
For Gondor! x1
Grim Resolve x1

Spirit/Lore Hobbits (Matthew John Elias)

Heroes
Frodo Baggins
Pippin (TBR)
Merry (TWoE)

Allies: 15
Silvan Refugee x1
Imladris Stargazer x1
Wandering Took x2
Erebor Hammersmith x1
Galadhrim Minstrel x1
Warden of Healing x1
Escort from Edoras x1
Eomund x1
Lorien Guide x1
Daughter of the Nimrodel x1
Saruman x1
Northern Tracker x1
Ranger of Cardolan x1
Gadalf (Core) x1

Attachments: 13
Spare Hood and Cloak x3
Expert Treasure-hunter x2
Ring of Barahir x1
Song of Earendil x1
Fast Hitch x1
Song of Wisdom x1
Unexpected Courage x1
Silver Lamp x1
A Burning Brand x1
Resourceful x1

Events: 10
Free to Choose x1
Power of Orthanc x1
Hasty Stroke x1
Ride to Ruin x1
Expecting Mischief x1
Noiseless Movement x1
Secret Paths x1
Lore of Imladris x1
Astonishing Speed x1
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x1

Leadership/Lore/Spirit – Men with Elf and Dwarf Support

Heroes
Prince Imrahil
Beravor
Eowyn

Allies: 30
Snowbourn Scout x1
Minas Tirith Lampwright x2
Silvan Refugee x1
Westfold Horse-breeder x1
Erebor Record Keeper x1
Henamarth Riversong x1
Naith Guide x1
Pelargir Ship Captain x1
Weather Hills Watchman x1
Arwen Undomiel x2
Blue Mountain Trader x1
Imladris Stargazer x2
Wandering Took x1
Zigil Miner x2
Erebor Hammersmith x1
Wandering Ent x1
Envoy of Pelargir x1
Longbeard Elder x2
Rivendell Minstrel x2
Bofur (TRG) x2
Ranger of Cardolan x1
Treebeard x1
Gandalf (Core) x1

Attachments: 15
Ancient Mathom x3
Elf-stone x1
Protector of Lorien x3
Song of Kings x2
Song of Travel x1
Song of Wisdom x1
Dunedain Quest x1
Silver Lamp x1
Ranger Spikes x1
Herugrim x1

Events: 4
A Good Harvest x1
We Are Not Idle x2
A Test of Will x1

Gondor and Rohan Aggro (Justin Jeffers)

Heroes
Erkenbrand
Beregond
Eomer

Allies: 20
Dunedain Hunter x1
Pelargir Ship Captain x2
Weather Hills Watchman x1
Booming Ent x1
Defender of Rammas x2
Galadhon Archer x2
Honour Guard x1
Veteran Axehand x1
Westfold Outrider x1
Winged Guardian x2
Galadriel x1
Warden of Helm’s Deep x1
Boromir x1
Landroval x2
Gandalf x1

Attachments: 12
Cram x2
Dunedain Warning x1
Arod x1
Blade of Gondolin x1
Captain of Gondor x1
Gondorian Shield x1
Horn of Gondor x1
Rohan Warhorse x2
Secret Vigil x1
Song of Kings x1

Events: 8
Gaining Strength x1
Close Call x1
Campfire Tales x1
Sneak Attack x1
Hail of Stones x1
Tireless Hunters x1
Quick Strike x1
For Gondor x1

Tri-Sphere – Silvan and Noldor (David Gearhart)

Heroes
Brand son of Bain
Theodred
Bifur

Allies: 19
Dunedain Hunter x1
Errand-rider x1
Vassal of the Windlord x1
Naith Guide x1
Defender of Rammas x1
Master of the Forge x2
Miner of the Iron Hills x1
Galadriel x1
Silverlode Archer x1
Daughter of the Nimrodel x2
Silvan Tracker x1
Elrond x1
Defender of the Naith x2
Legolas x2
Gandalf x1

Attachments: 9
Expert Treasure-hunter x1
Healing Herbs x1
O Lorien! x2
Blade of Gondolin x1
Dagger of Westernesse x1
Song of Battle x1
Song of Kings x1
Song of Wisdom x1

Events: 13
A Very Good Tale x1
Feigned Voices x2
Gaining Strength x1
The Tree People x1
Feint x1
Hands Upon the Bow x1
Quick Strike x1
Radagast’s Cunning x1
Strider’s Path x1
Lore of Imladris x1
The White Council x2

Tacitcs/Lore – Ents and Dwarves

Heroes
Gimli
Mablung
Bilbo Baggins

Allies: 25
Vassal of the Windlord x2
Erebor Record Keeper x2
Booming Ent x2
Honour Guard x1
Westfold Outrider x1
Erebor Hammersmith x1
Ithilien Tracker x1
Miner of the Iron Hills x2
Quickbeam x1
Wandering Ent x1
Envoy of Pelargir x1
Bofur (TH:OHaUH) x2
Erebor Battle Master x1
Dori x1
Silvan Tracker x2
Defender of the Naith x1
Boromir x1
Treebeard x1
Gandalf x1

Attachments: 10
Boots of Erebor x2
Captain of Gondor x1
Dagger of Westernesse x1
Gondorian Shield x1
Elf-stone x1
Fast Hitch x1
Song of Kings x1
Narvi’s Belt x1
Dwarven Axe x1

Events: 12
We Are Not Idle x1
Foe-hammer x2
Gondorian Discipline x1
Khazad! Khazad! x2
Feint x2
Quick Strike x1
Expecting Mischief x1
Secret Paths x1
Shadow of the Past x1

Leadership/Tactics/Spirit – Silvan (Patrick B.)

Heroes
Celeborn
Legolas
Galadriel

Allies: 19
Errand-rider x2
Silvan Refugee x1
Westfold Horse-breeder x1
Henamarth Riversong x1
Naith Guide x1
Galadhon Archer x1
Trollshaw Scout x1
Winged Guardian x1
Galadriel’s Handmaiden x2
Galadhrim Minstrel x1
Warden of Healing x1
Orophin x1
Silverlode Archer x2
Lorien Guide x1
Northern Tracker x1
Gandalf x1

Attachments: 17
Dunedain Mark x1
Arod x1
Blade of Gondolin x1
Dagger of Westernesse x1
Horn of Gondor x1
Rohan Warhorse x1
Light of Valinor x2
Nenya x2
Song of Battle x1
Song of Travel x1
Song of Wisdom x2
Elven Mail x1
Unexpected Courage x1
Asfaloth x1

Events: 15
Gaining Strength x1
Unseen Strike x1
Elrond’s Counsel x1
Power of Orthanc x1
A Good Harvest x1
A Test of Will x1
Dwarven Tomb x1
Hail of Stones x1
Hands Upon the Bow x2
Tireless Hunters x1
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x2
Stand and Fight x2

Spirit/Lore – Rohan and Ents

Heroes
Theoden
Dwalin
Haldir

Allies: 14
Westfold Horse-breeder x1
Escort from Edoras x1
The Riddermark’s Finest x3
Galadhrim Minstrel x1
Gleowine x1
Quickbeam x1
Wandering Ent x1
Eomund x1
Hama x2
Elrond x1
Gandalf x1

Attachments: 11
Miruvor x3
Steed of the Mark x1
Thror’s Key x1
Elf-stone x1
Song of Wisdom x1
A Burning Brand x1
Ranger Spikes x2
Herugrim x1

Events: 11
Free to Choose x1
Daeron’s Runes x2
A Test of Will x1
Hasty Stroke x2
Ride to Ruin x1
Mithrandir’s Advice x2
Radagast’s Cunning x1
Astonishing Speed x1

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6 Responses to Gen Con 2015 Bear Draft – Deck Lists

  1. drbiddix says:

    Thanks for posting and again for the event-what a blast. Also, I was Leadership/Tactics/Spirit – Silvan

    -Patrick B

  2. David Gearhart says:

    I was the Brand/Theodred/Bifur deck. The original idea was to use Master of the Forge to find the Songs to give Bifur all the icons, and then use Bifur’s ability, and Theodred to be able to pump out whatever allies I needed at the time. Little hit or miss. We won that game by a very narrow margin, and lost to the other team by a very close margin, so it’s possible that my deck just wasn’t put together very well.

    Still had an absolute blast, and cannot wait to do it again next year! Perhaps a scenario that’s announced in advance? That way we know a little bit more about what to draft in advance.

    It was awesome meeting you!

    David G.

    • Beorn says:

      I quite like your deck, David. It’s the kind of deck that I prefer to draft – versatile with lots of different utility cards. Brand is such a great hero in multi-player games, it’s amazing to me how underrated he is. It was great to meet you as well!

  3. Man, I was so happy to pick up such a tight hobbit deck because they were being underestimated by the other players. How thematic is that!?!

    Also, DOUBLE FOR GONDOR!!!!

    Justin Jeffers was on that Tactics/Leadership – Gondor and Rohan Aggro deck

    • Beorn says:

      Thanks for commenting, Mr. Elias! Yes, I always enjoy when I can draft a deck of cards that are being overlooked by the other players. It is nice that the card pool is large enough now to support many different archetypes.

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