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#41 silverthorn

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 01:13 PM

After much consideration I decided to change my decks to a Spirit/Tactics deck consisting of Beregond, Eowyn & Legolas and a Leadership & Lore deck comprising Elrond, Hirluin the Fair & Mirlonde.


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#42 Narsil0420

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 07:02 PM

I also keep a spreadsheet of all my games and I just passed the One Thousand mark! In three years of playing that's 335 per year!



#43 silverthorn

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 07:21 AM

Since I've finally got the time to get some industrial scale questing in I've got some more questing under my belt.

 

GAME 39 - PERIL IN PELAGIR

 

Heroes: Elrond, Hirluin & Mirlonde and Berogond, Eowyn & Legolas.

 

This game went well. The new decks seemed to gel together well and between Elrond and Hirluin I was bringing out a ridiculous amount of Outlands guys. The quest was won after six turns with Elrond and company scoring 109 (after losing Mirlonde) and Legolas's team scoring 105.

 

GAME 40 - INTO ITHILIEN

 

Heroes: Elrond, Hirluin & Mirlonde and Berogond, Eowyn & Legolas.

 

If the last game went well, this one went even better. By turn two Elrond had Vilya & Unexpected Courage on him meaning that I was litterally running out of space for Elrond's company's allies. Added to Eagles entering play at the right time everything was good. The game took eight turns with Elrond's company scorring 119 to Legolas's company's 122.

 

GAME 41 - SIEGE OF CAIR ANDROS

 

Heroes: Elrond, Hirluin & Mirlonde and Berogond, Eowyn & Legolas.

 

If anything this game went better than the last two, either the decks are really working or I'm due a major case of bad luck. None of the heroes came out of the game uninjured but the quest was accomplished in eight turns with Elrond's company scoring 111 to Legolas's company's 112.

 

GAME 42 - THE STEWARD'S FEAR

 

Heroes: Elrond, Hirluin & Mirlonde and Berogond, Eowyn & Legolas.

 

My luck continued to hold as this quest again went well (despite Hirluin dying early on). The quest was completed on turn five with Legolas's company scoring 85 to Elrond's company's 97.



#44 silverthorn

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 09:52 AM

I've finally got a lot more time to spend on trying to reclaim the time I've lost over the last few weeks. I decided to change the deck to a solo deck consisting of Aragorn (Lore), Faramir and Glorfindel (Spirit).

 

GAME 43 - PASSAGE THROUGH MIRKWOOD (NIGHTMARE)

Heroes: Aragorn (Lore), Faramir and Glorfindel (Spirit).

Result: Win (Threat Level: 28 (I  was on 9 progress on stage 3B so I used Loragorn's ability. Dead Hero Threat: 0. Damage: 0 (I had four healers out by the end of the game. Victory Points: 4 (Chieftain Ufthank). Turns: 12. Total Points: 144).

My progress was hampered by drawing a ridiculous amount of locations and the fact that I only drew 4 Spirit cards all game (2 Lights of Valinor, thankfully one in my starting hand, and 2 Escorts from Edoras). All in all a interesting, if slow start with the new deck.



#45 silverthorn

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 04:04 AM

GAME 44 TO 46 - JOURNEY DOWN THE ANDUIN (NIGHTMARE) ATTEMPTS ONE THROUGH THREE

Heroes: Aragorn (Lore), Faramir and Glorfindel (Spirit).

Result: Three straight losses, the combination of heroes and allies can't kill the Troll so I'm going back to basics.



#46 ZanzibarLand

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:55 AM

Tonight or tomorrow morning I'm going to really nail some quests, I've spend too much money vs not enough time for this game so far. But I'm going to make a deck and just have fun with it. :)

#47 silverthorn

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 10:10 AM

That was the basic idea behind the 200 games in a year challenge, I spent 95% of my time building decks and 5% playing the game. I'll be able to get back to playing games on Wednesday or Thursday since a friend of mine ordered Road to Rivendell (the only non-POD set I managed to miss) off a prominent internet auction site for me so I'll be building a deck using Elladan and Elrohir as soon as that arrives.


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#48 7theye

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 05:32 PM

Not interesting or challenging when playing out lands so much

#49 silverthorn

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:52 AM

As a update, Road to Rivendell arrived this morning so I should be getting some gaming in soonish.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:12 AM

GAME 47 - PASSAGE THROUGH MIRKWOOD (NIGHTMARE)... again.

Heroes: Aragorn (Lore), Beravor & Glorfindel. Elladan, Elrohir & Legolas.

 

The two decks worked well first time out despite losing the first quest phase by 5. The cards in Road To Rivendell were a revelation (Putting Blade of Gondolin and Rivendell Blade on Legolas made him a absolute monster) and the twins synergised well together. The game was completed on turn 6 and Aragorn's team only just beat Legolas's team 96 to 97.



#51 silverthorn

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:45 PM

GAME 48 - JOURNEY DOWN THE ANDUIN (NIGHTMARE)

Heroes: Aragorn (Lore), Beravor & Glorfindel. Elladan, Elrohir & Legolas.

 

This was a bloodbath. I had to kill four Hill Trolls and lost Aragorn, Beravor and Legolas in the effort. Regardless I managed to complete the quest in thirteen turns, Legolas's team winning 137 to Aragon's teams 145.


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#52 silverthorn

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 07:27 AM

GAME 49 - ESCAPE FROM DOL GOLDUR (NIGHTMARE)

Heroes: Elrond, Glorfindel (Spirit) & Mirlonde. Elladan, Elrohir & Legolas

 

This was another bloodbath, every hero had at least two wounds by the end of the game and both decks threat levels were over 45 when I gambled on playing everyone with any Willpower in order to beat the final Quest Phase. The game was over by turn eight with team Elrond scoring 131 to team Legolas's 134.


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#53 ZanzibarLand

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 08:45 AM

I'm using a deck made from the brothers and spirit Glorfindel. I'm enjoying it and have gotten 12 games down. Thanks for the inspiration.
If/when I start playing two handed again I think I'll try putting legolas in with the brothers, seems like it would work well.

Edited by ZanzibarLand, 16 May 2014 - 08:45 AM.

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#54 silverthorn

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 03:21 AM

Legolas is probably the most constant hero in the decks I've been playing with (especially since I got my hands on Rivendell Blade) because he's the only (for lack of  a better term) fighter hero who can contribute to questing without needing extra cards (although Blade of Gondolin is a nice bonus), unless I missed someone. I'm a little less gung-ho about Elladan and Elrohir after one of them was made prisoner in Escape from Dol Goldur and crippled my questing ability.


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#55 PsychoRocka

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 04:44 AM

The brothers are the backbone of one of my decks (also has legolas as the third hero!), one of them being the prisoner in dol guldur is very brutal though...
Check it out, it might help you with what works well with them:
http://community.fan...o-handed-decks/
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Posted 19 May 2014 - 05:07 AM

GAME 49 - ESCAPE FROM DOL GOLDUR (NIGHTMARE)

Heroes: Elrond, Glorfindel (Spirit) & Mirlonde. Elladan, Elrohir & Legolas

 

This was another bloodbath, every hero had at least two wounds by the end of the game and both decks threat levels were over 45 when I gambled on playing everyone with any Willpower in order to beat the final Quest Phase. The game was over by turn eight with team Elrond scoring 131 to team Legolas's 134.

Just tried this with the two handed decks I posted... Got Loragorn as the prisoner but still lost brutally...... had ungoliants spawn, the new spider that gets surge if there are unclaimed clues and the treachery that makes every player discard all but 2 cards as the first three encounter cards guarding the objectives so I knew there was very little chance of victory from the start...... very very brutal start. I then went on to fight chieftain Uftak and kill him as well as ungoliants spawn and the other spider, kept control somewhat over locations and thought I may actually come back from the terrible start but then I copped a Torture Chamber and another location followed by another Torture Chamber and a Torture Master in the one go and the prisoner was killed.... was only 1 quest point away from clearing the chamber that went to 3 resources too.....

 

I beat most of the other nightmare decks I've played so far first or second try but this one is just crazy hard.... looks like it may take a little while, so many nasty nightmare cards.....


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#57 silverthorn

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:34 AM

I decided to try and build two decks around themes and keep to the basic themes on all the quests (accounting for the fact that some of the heroes in one of the decks historically don't make it past the Battle of Five Armies).

 

GAME 50  (Woop! A quarter of the way to my target) - WE MUST AWAY 'ERE BREAK OF DAY:

Heroes - The Dwarves: Balin, Nori & Thorin Oakenshiled.

Heroes - The Elves: Elrond, Legolas & Mirlonde.

 

The two decks seemed to gel well together. The high-spot of the game being the Elves killing one of the Trolls on the turn that the Dwarves had ground another to one wound then using Mighty Prowess to kill the Dwarf-fodder Troll. All the heroes survived (although a whole load of allies died) and all the booty was captured. The game lasted 7 turns and the Dwarves won 89 points to 92.

 

GAME 51 - ACROSS THE MISTY MOUNTAINS GRIM

Heroes - The Dwarves: Balin, Nori & Thorin Oakenshiled.

Heroes - The Elves: Elrond, Legolas & Mirlonde.

 

I hit massively lucky with opening hands, pulling Vilya from the Elf deck and Steward of Gondor and Unexpected Courage from the Dwarf deck. Aftet Nori received the Stewardship and played Unexpected Courage on Elrond carrying Vilya I was churning out cards on the Elven side with Dwarves just behind. By the time the game was won on turn 8 I was running out of space to put all the allies in play. Again, the Dwarves squeeked a win through 108 to the Elves 109.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 10:58 AM

GAME 53 - DUNGEONS DEEP AND CAVERNS DIM

Heroes - The Dwarves: Balin, Nori & Thorin Oakenshiled.

Heroes - The Elves: Elrond, Legolas & Mirlonde.

 

Another win, despite the fact that both decks seemed to be running slower than normally. I hit lucky with Bilbo riddling and managed to get past Phase 2 in three turns, countering the lack of Allies coming into play for the Dwarves. All in all a lucky win in five turns with the Elves winning by 89 points to 92.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:25 PM

GAME 54 - SPIDERS AND FLIES

Heroes - The Dwarves: Balin, Nori & Thorin Oakenshiled.

Heroes - The Elves: Elrond, Legolas & Mirlonde.

 

I managed to scrape a win by the narrowest of margins (mostly due to my once again putting Mighty Prowess on Legolas and racking up extra wounds aplenty on the huge number of spiders).

 

GAME 55 - THE LONELY MOUNTAIN

Heroes - The Dwarves: Balin, Nori & Thorin Oakenshiled.

Heroes - The Elves: Elrond, Legolas & Mirlonde.

 

Once again, a win by a flukey margin.

 

GAME 56 - THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES

Heroes - The Dwarves: Balin, Nori & Thorin Oakenshiled.

Heroes - The Elves: Elrond, Legolas & Mirlonde.

 

This was brutal. I lost Legolas, Balin, Nori & Elrond before I managed to complete the campaign. Now to rebuild my Dwarf deck (since half the heroes are supposed to be dead by the time the next lot of scenarios begin).



#60 ZanzibarLand

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:13 PM

Mighty prowess seems to be working well for you.
Congrats on your quarter mark. Looks like you'll be hitting your goal sooner rather than later.




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