I haven’t written up a play test report in a while and I thought I might do a new one with Tracker’s recursion deck. I expect I’m going to make a few tactical mistakes as this deck isn’t like anything I’ve played before, but hopefully I’ll get some pointers and others can learn from my mistakes. This is the deck in the first post of this thread without Tracker’s adjustments made in later posts. I’ve played through Passage through Mirkwood twice, winning both easily and so wanted a quest with a little more of a challenge. Journey down the Anduin it is.
Opening hand: A Test of Will, Ethir Swordsman, White Tower Watchman, Arwen, Emery, Elrond’s Council.
Quest 1A: Reveal a card: Hill Troll! (About the only time you want to see that.)
Opening Draw: Fortune or Fate. During my previous two games I did not draw this card, but won anyway largely due to the shear questing power of the deck. Play Arwen (2). Discard three cards from my hand to put Emery into play (Northern Tracker, Imladris Stargazer, Pelargir Shipwright).
Quest with Eowyn, Arwen & Caldera. Play Elrond’s Council (Threat to 19). Reveal banks of the Anduin. Questing 9 versus 2 threat is 7 progress on the quest. Travel to the Banks of the Anduin and leave the Troll in the staging area.
Refresh everyone and raise the threat to 20.
Resources: Eowyn (1), Glory (2), Calera (1) Draw Hidden Cache.
Quest with Eowyn, Arwen & Caldrea (8). Reveal Wolf Rider surging into Dol Guldur Orcs (4). Two damage to Caldera. 8 Will vs. 4 threat puts banks of the Anduin back on top of the Encounter deck and places 1 progress on 1A (8).
Now… play Hidden Cache for 1 resource, Caldera (0), and draw Imladris Stargazer. Discard Caldera and put Northern Tracker and Pelargir Shipwright into play.
Engage Dul Guldur Orcs and Wolf Rider. Defend Orcs with Emery (No Shadow NS), no net damage. Defend Rider with Shipwright (NS) for 1 net damage. Glory attacks and destroys Orcs. Tracker attacks and destroys Wolf Rider.
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 21.
Resources: Eowyn (2), Glory (3) draw Light of Valinor. (Here I decide that I don’t need Glory’s questing right now and so decide to play FoF towards the end of turn in case I need to play A Test of Will.)
Quest with Arwen & Eowyn (6), reveal The Necromancer’s Reach. Note, unless I say otherwise Arwen’s +1 defense will go to Emery. I decide to take the damage. 5 progress on the quest. Leave the Troll and play FoF to bring back Caldera.
Refresh everyone and raise Threat to 22.
Resources: Eowyn (1), Glory (1), Caldera (1). Draw Dwarven Tomb.
Play Light of Valinor on Glory. Glory (0), Play Dwarven Tomb to fetch FoF. Caldera (0).
Quest with Arwen & Glory (5), reveal Massing at Night “surging” into Eastern Crows surging into Driven by Shadow. Net threat 4 vs 5 equals 1 net progress.
Engage Eastern Crows & defend with Emery, NS and no damage. Destroy Crows and shuffle it back into the deck.
Refresh everyone and raise Threat to 23.
Resources: Eowyn (2), Glory (1), Caldera (1). Draw Hasty Stroke. Play Imladris Stargazer. Glory (0), Caldera (0).
Quest with Arwen & Glory (5) Reveal Necromancer’s Pass (3) for net 1 progress. I don’t travel here as I don’t want to discard two cards at random. (Possible talking point.)
Exhaust Imladris Stargazer and place Elfhelm, White Tower Watchman, Fortune or Fate, Ethir Swordsman, and Arwen back on the top of the deck in that order.
Refresh everyone and raise Threat to 24.
Resources: Eowyn (3), Glory (1), Caldera (1). Draw Elfhelm. Play Ethir Swordsman. Eowyn (2), Glory (1)
Quest with Eowyn (discarding Elfhelm), Glory, Arwen and Northern Tracker placing 1 progress on Necromancer’s Pass. Reveal (not so) Evil Storm. Put 8 more progress on 1B.
I plan on engaging the troll next turn.
Exhaust Imladris Stargazer and place Ethir Swordsman on top of the deck.
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 25.
Resources: Eowyn(3), Glory (2), Caldera (1) draw Swordsman.
Quest with Eowyn (discarding Swordsman), Tracker (putting another progress on Reach and removing it), Arwen, and Glory for 11. Reveal Dul Guldur Orcs for net threat of 3. Two damage to Caldera. (There is so much progress on the quest now it’s immaterial.)
Engage DGO and Hill Troll.
Defend Hill Troll with Emery. Shadow is Pursued by Shadow. Arwen back to my hand (removing her damage), but her effect persists and Emery defends with 3 and has two hit points. Emery passes away and my threat increases by 1 to 24. Defend DGO with Caldera (NS) and no further damage. Discard Caldera (losing her resource) putting Elfhelm and Emery back into play. Play Fortune or Fate and bring Caldera back.
Glory kills the DGO and the rest of the team gang up on the troll with an attack for 6 and 3 net damage.
Exhaust Stargazer and place Damrod on the top of the deck. (FoF is second.)
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 26.
Resources: Eowyn(1), Glory (1), Caldera (1) draw Damrod. Play Arwen. E(1)G(0)C(0).
Quest with Eowyn discarding Damrod and Arwen for 7. Reveal Eastern Crows surging into Chieftan Ufthak (net 3). Engage Crows.
Defend Troll with Emery (NS). Discard Emery and Raise threat by 1. Defend Crows with Shipwright (NS).
Glory, Caldera, N. Tracker, Elfhelm & Swordsman attack for 9 dispatching the Troll. Move to Quest card 2B.
Exhaust Stargazer and put FoF on top. (And second too.)
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 28.
Resources: Eowyn (2), Glory(1), Caldera(1) draw Fortune or Fate and play nothing.
Quest with Eowyn, Arwen, Glory & Shipwright (12). Reveal Enchanted Stream and The Brown lands (9). Three progress on the quest. Travel to TBL and discard it.
Defend Eastern Crows with Caldera (shadow = +1AT) no net damage. Destroy Crows and shuffle it back into the deck.
Exhaust Stargazer and place Northern Tracker on top of the deck. (This should be sweet.)
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 30.
Resources: Eowyn (3), Glory (2), Caldera (2).
Quest with Eowyn discarding Northern Tracker. Arwen (Shipwright +1DF), Glory (10). Reveal Eastern Crows surging into Gladden Fields and Pursued by Shadow. Cancel with A Test of Will (Caldera). Net progress 4. Travel to Enchanted Stream. Engage Cheiftan Uftak and Crows comes along for the ride.
Defend Eastern Crows with Caldera (NS) and no net damage. Defend CU with Shipwright. Shadow removes 1 progress from the quest. (6). Shipwright dies. Discard Caldera. Return Northern Tacker and Damrod.
Attack Ufthak with Glory, two Trackers, Elfhelm and Damrod. Bye bye Ufthak. Attack Crows with Swordsman and shuffle back. Return Caldera with FoF.
Exhaust Stargazer and place FoF on top.
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 31.
Resources: Eowyn(1), Glory(1), Caldera (1) No card draw to Enchanted Stream.
Quest with Eowyn, Arwen (Caldera), two Trackers (2 progress on Gladden Fields) and Glory (11). Reveal Wargs and Gladden Fields. (It’s a big field.) 8 threat for 3 progress. Discard Enchanted Stream and place 1 on the quest (7). Travel to Gladden Fields (the new one).
Defend Wargs with Caldera. Shadow is Despair and is cancelled with Hasty Stroke for no damage. Caldera (0). Destroy Wargs.
Exhaust Stargazer and place A Test of Will on Top.
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 33.
Resources: Eowyn(2), Glory (2), Caldera (1). Draw a Test of Will.
Quest with Eowyn, Glory, two Tackers (removing GF from the staging area) and Arwen (Caldera) for 11. Reveal Misty Mountain Goblins and Marsh Adder (5). Net three progress on the quest (10) and remove the second Gladden Fields. Engage both Goblins and Adder. Defend Adder with Caldera (shadow +1 AT) for 2 damage and threat to 32. Discard Caldera and return Shipwright and Emery. Defend Goblins with Emery (NS), no damage. Remove 1 progress from the quest (9).
Attack Adder with Glory, Elfhelm, Damrod and Swordsman. Remove Adder from the game.
Exhaust Stargazer and place Fortune or Fate on top.
Refresh everyone and raise threat to 34.
Resources: Eowyn(3), Glory (3). Draw FoF. Play FoF returning Caldera
Quest with Eowyn, Glory, Arwen (Caldera), Shipwright (12). Reveal Eastern Crows surging into Eastern Crows surging into Evil Storm and Despair. 10 Progress for 19 total on the Quest card. Move to 3B. Reveal Eastern Crows surging into Necromancer’s Pass and banks of the Anduin. Travel to Necromancer’s Pass discarding my hand.
Engage all three Crows. Defend Misty Mountain Goblin with Caldera (NS) no damage. Defend Crow 1 with Swordsman (NS) no damage. Defend Crow 2 with Emery (NS) no damage. Defend Crow 3 with Elfhem (NS) no damage. Destroy Crow 1 and 2 with the two Northern Trackers. Destroy Goblins with Glory and Damrod.
Exhaust Stargazer to place Northern Tracker on top.
Raise threat to 35 and refresh everyone.
Resources: Eowyn (2), Glory(1), Caldera(1). Draw and play Northrn Tracker.
Quest with Eowyn, Arwen (Calera) and three Northern Trackers (removing Banks from the staging area and back to the top of the deck). Necromancer’s Pass is discarded.
Defend Crows with Caldera (NS) and destroy Crows.
Thoughts. I didn’t get the Zigil Miner resource engine going and so I felt like I had to creep along. Also, and maybe I just need more experience, but I felt like I needed a little bit of card draw. I understand why Tracker doesn’t have any though. It’s a bit slow to get the engine of this deck rolling and it always feels like it might sputter. Would appreciate any comments on my play as it IS a very different play style.