Is it not uncommon for a new solo player to be defeated pretty soundly by the first adventure in Mirkwood with the leadership starter deck? I was going along fairly well, making progress and keeping the staging area manageable when I decided to engage the Dol Guldur Beastmaster before I was required to. All my heroes were defeated within 4 rounds, mostly due to the stacking shadow effects.
I'm determined to go back at it but wow, what a foe! Any tips for playing through the first adventure with the starter decks? I'd really like to avoid deck building for now until I learn the ropes. I'm spending a lot of time presently just working through the phases in my head and making sure I do everything in the right order, so I don't want to over-complicate things.
I'd like to avoid any "this is exactly what you should do and in what order" responses. I'd like to learn more about some general strategy if that makes sense.
Thanks all, what a great game!