After what seemed like an interminable wait, I finally got my massive paws on Beneath the Sands – the latest AP from the Haradrim cycle. A warning for anyone with arachnophobia, this quest features more spiders than you can shake a stick at. I would not recommend hanging around long on the third stage as the Brood Mother boss is invincible until you get 5 progress on the quest, and she keeps popping out annoying spider babies.
For a change of pace, I brought my A Bear on Vacation mono-Tactics deck to the party. While it wasn’t entirely stress-free, there were moments of quiet introspection, cocktails with little umbrellas, and plenty of spider ceviche (a Carrock delicacy). By far the highlight was hitting 40 threat just after reaching the final quest stage with Horn’s Cry in hand. With Brood Mother, a Giant Scorpion, and three Spider Broodlings engaged, it was the perfect time to give all engaged enemies -3 attack.
This situation proved how powerful Valour Effects can be, as one of Broodlings ending up attacking 3 times in a row because of a bad run of shadow cards. Since the baby Spider’s attack had been reduced to 0, all of those attacks amounted to nothing more than an invertebrate massage – with far too many appendages. No matter, friends like Legolas, Dúnedain Hunter, and Eagles were on hand to chop the Broodlings into delicious hors d’oeuvres.
The ending to the quest was nearly equally as epic as that round. Éowyn used her boss-killing super move to finish off the Brood Mother. I can see why Caleb said he was inspired by a certain classic 80’s Horror Sci-Fi movie in designing this scenario. That movie happens to be a favorite here at the Hall and I could wandering the underground halls killing spiders was a fun bit of nostalgia.
As Rohan’s original bad-ass finished off the Brood Queen I found myself shouting out the movies iconic line. Éowyn didn’t even need a robot loader for support, what with a giant Spider-eating bear on hand. All things considered, it was an exciting and enjoyable vacation. It is encouraging to see how much better mono-Tactics has become with the help of Valour, Legolas, and recent aces like Proud Hunters. While they could certainly use an exterminator, I give Beneath the Sands resort two paws up. 🐾