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#1 juicebox

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 06:30 PM

Welcome & Introduction:

Welcome to my sixth Solo Player LOTR LCG Tournament. This week’s tournament takes us past the half way mark in a series of tournaments exploring the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle. The idea behind this tournament is that for one week (Sunday – Saturday), everyone is invited to participate in playing a particular quest with particular deck building requirements in a Solo Player Tournament. You are then invited to record and post your final score, the heroes you used, and any additional narrative that you’d like to add.

Note: this is not a place to post results from the past. The tournament has a one-week lifespan, and only games played and recorded throughout this week are valid. As the week unfolds, I will keep this first post updated with the Top Ten results. (Each participant can occupy a maximum of one Top Ten spot at a time, so you’re welcome to try and best your own result throughout the week.) See also, The juicebox LOTR LCG Top Ten Hall of Fame.

Will you place in the Top Ten for the week? I hope you’ll participate and find out!

After the end of this week’s tournament, you are welcome to continue to post results to this thread if you continue to play this particular quest under these particular parameters. However, the Top Ten on this first post will not continue to be updated after the week is over, thus preserving (like a time capsule) the results from this week’s tournament. In the mean time, if you have ideas for a future tournament of the week, feel free to suggest them in the Ideas Thread.

And now… on to this week’s Solo Player Tournament!

Solo Player Tournament #6:

Quest: The Hills of Emyn Muil
Deck Parameters: 1-3 Core Sets + HfG, CotC, JtR, & HoEM Adventure Packs
Number of Players: Solo Play – 1 Player/1 Deck

Top Ten:

1. muemakan ~ 39 (Legolas, Beravor, Denethor)
2. Zjb12 ~ 42 (Frodo, Éowyn, Eleanor)
3. Fatty ~ 43 (Beravor, Denethor, Éowyn)
4. Memetix ~ 50 (Denethor, Frodo, Éowyn)
4. wraith428 ~ 50 (Théodred, Éowyn, Beravor)
6. Chac ~ 52 (Éowyn, Dúnhere, Theodred)
7. plueschi ~ 53 (Éowyn, Théodred, Denethor)
8. leptokurt ~ 58 (Théodred, Éowyn)
9. juicebox ~ 64 (Éowyn, Dúnhere, Denethor)
10. Vase ~ 85 (Dúnhere, Eleanor, Éowyn)

Last Updated:

January 15, 2012 (12:02am) [FFG Time]

[This week’s tournament will run from January 8-14, 2012 and will officially close at the end of the week (midnight) as time-stamped by the FFG forum time clock.]



#2 Zjb12

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:14 AM

 Well, not sure how good this is, but here's the score from my first game today: damage 3; threat 20; victory points 20 (Amon law & hen; 2x highlands; outer ridge; shores of new hihoel; chieftain ufthak); 8 rds for an overall score of 83.  



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:14 AM

So let's get this started!

 

After two attempts in which I didn't get enough Emyn Muil locations (both > 150 points), I finally got a good draw. The scenario is super easy if you have Éowyn, so the important thing to get a good result seems to be to draw those VP locations early in the game.

 

Heroes: Théodred, Éowyn, Bilbo

Heroes Threat: 11

Heroes Damage: 0

Rounds: 90

Victory Points: 21 (Amon Hen, Amon Lhaw, East Wall, The Outer Ridge, 2x Highlands, Chieftain Ufthak)

Result: 80

 

Not sure if I remember the encounter order correctly, must have been somewhat like this:

 

1. Pursued by Shadows (+ 1 threat for Bilbo not questing)

2. Highlands

3. Dol Guldur Orcs (damage cancelled with A Test Of Will)

4. Eastern Crows, Highlands

5. East Wall

6. Treacherous Fog

7. Rockslide (hero damage healed with Daughter of the Nimrodel; Théodred, Éowyn and Faramir were hit)

8. The Outer Ridge

9. Chieftain Ufthak

10. Orc Horse Thieves

 

I played 2x GG, 3x Gandalf (2x with Sneak Attack) and used lot of those funny Rohan event cards. Also had Gildor in round 4 or 5 (used Parting Gifts to play DoN and him).

I decided not to travel to the Highlands and waited for my Trackers and Snowbourns, but only in round 8 I got a single Snowbourn Scout to take explore one of the Highlands. Finished the other in my last turn.

 

Edit: lowered Heroes threat from 12 to 11. My counter says 12, but it should be 26 + 9 (rounds) + 1 (PbS) + 2 (OHT) - 12 (2x GG) - 15 (3x Gandalf) = 11.



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:18 AM

 Whoops!  Heros were eowyn, Eleanor; dunhere.  Straight spirit/leadership deck.  2x gg to reduce threat and 2x gandalf (one a sneak, one a regular 5 payment) to take out dol Guldur orcs and then the second time to put 4 damage on ufthak.



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:21 AM

leptokurt said:

So let's get this started!

 

After two attempts in which I didn't get enough Emyn Muil locations (both > 150 points), I finally got a good draw. The scenario is super easy if you have Éowyn, so the important thing to get a good result seems to be to draw those VP locations early in the game.

 

Heroes: Théodred, Éowyn, Bilbo

Heroes Threat: 12

Heroes Damage: 0

Rounds: 90

Victory Points: 21 (Amon Hen, Amon Lhaw, East Wall, The Outer Ridge, 2x Highlands, Chieftain Ufthak)

Result: 81

 

Dude, 2 points!  U got me by 2 pts!



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:56 AM

Zjb12 said:

leptokurt said:

 

So let's get this started!

 

After two attempts in which I didn't get enough Emyn Muil locations (both > 150 points), I finally got a good draw. The scenario is super easy if you have Éowyn, so the important thing to get a good result seems to be to draw those VP locations early in the game.

 

Heroes: Théodred, Éowyn, Bilbo

Heroes Threat: 12

Heroes Damage: 0

Rounds: 90

Victory Points: 21 (Amon Hen, Amon Lhaw, East Wall, The Outer Ridge, 2x Highlands, Chieftain Ufthak)

Result: 81

 

 

 

Dude, 2 points!  U got me by 2 pts!

 

Meanwhile it's 3 points.

 

My record was 89 before, so I'm quite satisfied. Chieftain Ufthak safed my day, and I even had enough attacking power to use Gandalf to lower my threat instead of hurting Ufthak.



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:21 AM

 I read too quick, 3 pts! Right!  Last two games for me not so good.



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:27 AM

 New low score:  73.  Damage to Heros: 2; threat: 1; (2 gg, 3 sneaks of gandalf, 1 full price gandalf); 9 rounds (90pts); 20 victory points.  Heros: eowyn; Eleanor; theodred.



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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:30 AM

 Forgot, vps were: Amon hen & lhaw; 3x highlands; Roth stair; outer ridge; shores of nen hithoel.



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:32 AM

So here we go...

Legolas, Beravor and Denethor. ( Used 3 core sets and cards from every AP except Carrock) 

Final threat: 0

Wounds: 0

Victory points: 21 ( Amon Lhaw and Hen, Rauros Falls, The Outer Ridge, The Shores of Nen Hithoel, Eastwall of Rohan and Highlands)

Encounters:

1. Slick Footing ( decided not to move it to the bottom of the deck due to it giving me a rather safe first round and getting my cards in play) 

2. Impassable Chasm and Highlands ( Denethor: Impassable Chasm move to bottom)

3. Dol-Guldur Orcs ( Denethor: Enchanted Stream move to bottom)

4. The Outer Ridge ( Denethor: Easter Crows move to bottom)

5. Rauros Falls ( Denethor: Dol-Guldur Orcs move to bottom)
 
6. Eastwall of Rohan 
 
7. The Shores of Nen Hithoel
 
Rounds 6
 
Final score: 39
 
Played 6 games in total. Switched Eowyn with Denethor after the first 2 games. 2 of the other games were forfeit after loosing a hero. The 3 others were forfeit after having already played 10 rounds and still victory points missing.
 
 


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:01 PM

 Well, this should have been a 61, but I chose to cancel a treachery card with Eleanor and that meant another emyn muil location came out when I would have been done, so while I saved three damage, I needed another round, so my score ended up at 68.

Heros: denethor, Eleanor, eowyn.  6 rounds, threat 31, no damage or dead Heros.  23 victory points:  Amon hen & lhaw; 2x east wall of Rohan; north stair; outer ridge; shores of nen hithoel.

 



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 12:25 PM

 IN hindsight, I guess I would have had a 64 since I would also have had 3 less victory points.  Oh well, 68 it is!  Muemaken, good job on your 39!!!



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

 Not a great score, but I wanted to at least post SOMETHING after my no-show in last week's tourney:

 

Heroes: Dunhere, Eleanor, Eowyn

Threat: 25

Damage: 2

Round Tracker: 80

V.P.s: 22

TOTAL: 85



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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:45 PM

Played 4 games tonight... scored (from worst to best): 117, 89, 84, 79.

Heroes: Éowyn, Dunhere, Denethor

Total Threat: 22

Hero Wounds: 2

Victory Points: -25

Rounds: 80

Final Score: 79



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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:36 AM

After many tries in which I got scores of 150+ (or lost), I finally was treated kindly by the encounter deck:

 

Heroes: Théodred, Éowyn

Heroes Threat: 17

Heroes Damage: 2

Rounds: 60

Victory Points: 21 (Amon Hen, Amon Lhaw, 2x Outer Ridge, North Stair, 2x Highlands, Shores of Nen Hithoel)

Result: 58

 

Encounters:

1) Slick Footing (travelled to Amon Hen)

2) Eastern Crows, Outer Ridge (travelled to Amon Lhaw)

3) North Stair (traveled to, got Highlands as new encounter)

4) Highlands (travelled to, got Outer Ridge as new encounter)

5) Treacherous Fog, (travelled to Outer Ridge)

6) Shores of Hen Nithoel (travelled to Shores of Nen Hithoel)

7) Slick Footing

 

Explored Highlands with Snowbourn Scouts, explored one Outer Ridge by using Riddermark's finest action,

 

Cards played (don't know the exact order anymore): 2x Escort from Edoras (one early, one late in the game), 2x Snowbourn Scout (rounds 3 and 6?), Faramir (round 5?), Ancient Mathom (round 2), Steward of Gondor (round 2, plaed on Éowyn), Galadrim's Greeting, Sneak Attack (Henamarth, round 7), Ride to Ruin (round 3) used to clear North Stair, discarded Snowbourn Scouts)

 

 

Unfortunatly I got no Gandalf, otherwise I could have scored 10 points less (had Sneak Attack in my hand all the time).



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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:45 AM

 Did u really only use 2 Heros or was that a typo?



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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:59 AM

Zjb12 said:

 

 Did u really only use 2 Heros or was that a typo?

 

 

 

I used only Theo and Eo. Théodred's response gave me the third resource, and Éowyn's WP is as good as the combined WP of 2 heroes. The only real problem is your defense. You have to survive the first two round. If you get an enemy at this point (DG Orcs or Horse Thieves) you're basically screwed.

 

Btw, i have Songs of Wisdom in this deck, so it's a three sphere deck.



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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:20 PM

A few more attempts tonight... a couple were nothing worth reporting, but then there was this juicy romp:

Heroes: Éowyn, Dúnhere, Denethor

Total Threat: 15

Hero Wounds: 0

Victory Points: -21

Rounds: 70

Total Score: 64

That breaks my personal best for this adventure by 1 point.

Granted, I have not played this adventure a ton. Still, satisfying.



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Posted 10 January 2012 - 08:19 PM

leptokurt said:

3) North Stair (traveled to, got Highlands as new encounter)

Why did you get Highlands as a new encounter?

The 2 hero strategy seems quite interesting.... I think you´r the first one to try this in the tournaments.

 



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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:31 AM

muemakan said:

leptokurt said:

 

3) North Stair (traveled to, got Highlands as new encounter)

 

 

Why did you get Highlands as a new encounter?

The 2 hero strategy seems quite interesting.... I think you´r the first one to try this in the tournaments.

 

 

Because of the "forced" effect of North Stair.

 

The 2 hero varaint came to my mind when I had 5+ games in which I had tons of resources, tons of WP and was sitting there, waiting for some VP points to appear from the oncounter deck. Emyn Muil is a very special adventure, as the DG Orcs is the only enemy which is able to attack you during your first couple of turns. The Horse Thieves can be problematic too, because of their 3 threat points.

So, if you're sending all your heroues questing anyway, Théodred counts as two heroes (esourcewise, and Éowyn counts as two heroes WP-wise. You loose however the third heroes special ability (Denethor!)

 

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