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The juicebox LOTR LCG Solo Player Tournament (#11) [March 25 - April 7, 2012] [COMPLETED]


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#1 juicebox

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:03 PM

Welcome & Introduction:

Welcome to my eleventh Solo Player LOTR LCG Tournament. The idea behind this tournament is that for two weeks (Sunday – Saturday x2), 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 you’d like to add.

Note: only games played and recorded throughout this two-week span are valid. As the time 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 tournament.) See also, The juicebox LOTR LCG Tournaments ~ Top Ten Hall of Fame & Ideas Thread.

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

And now… on to the Solo Player Tournament!

Solo Player Tournament #11:

Scenario: Conflict at the Carrock
Deck Parameters: Open Build; Heroes must be Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli
Tournament Parameters: Theme Tournament – The Three Hunters*
Number of Players: Solo Player

*Let’s hunt some… TROLL!

Top Ten:

1. muemakan ~ 127
2. SiCK_Boy ~ 136
3. Chac ~ 144
4. Marael ~ 155
5. Budgernaut ~ 157
6. Narsil0420 ~ 162
7. Robert McMutton ~ 169
8. DukeOfLizards ~ 175
9. juicebox ~ 181
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Last Updated:

April 8, 2012 (12:36am) [FFG Time]

[This tournament will run from March 25 – April 7, 2012 and will officially close at the end of the second week (midnight) as time-stamped by the FFG forum clock.]



#2 DukeOfLizards

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:28 PM

First to post, eh? I assumed this was the same format as the others - play 3 games with a deck and post the scores, right? My first two builds got stomped all over the place, but this latest one did alright.

 

1st game

Legolas died 9

Hill Troll -4

Final Threat 33

Wounds 3

20 Rounds 200

Total = 241

 

2nd game

Final Threat 45

Wounds 6

Gladden Fields + Muck Adder -6

Rounds 180

Total = 225

 

In my third attempt, I traveled to Banks of the Anduin on the second turn and then became buried under The Brown Lands and other locations. Final result was a loss.

 

Just for fun, I ran the deck three more times. I failed on the first two, but got a low score of 175 on my final go. This is such a fun quest. Thanks for running the tourney.

 

 

 



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Posted 25 March 2012 - 05:14 PM

DukeOfLizards said:

First to post, eh? I assumed this was the same format as the others - play 3 games with a deck and post the scores, right? ...

but got a low score of 175 on my final go. This is such a fun quest. Thanks for running the tourney. 

Hi Duke of Lizards! You're welcome! Glad you're playing!!

Actually, this format isn't the same as the Living Tournaments in that you can try as many times as you like for your single lowest score possible.

So, right now, you're 175 stands! 



#4 dcdennis

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:53 AM

Are these supposed to be a best of three like the other tournies or just one game?



#5 juicebox

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:41 AM

dcdennis said:

Are these supposed to be a best of three like the other tournies or just one game?

Just one game. You can try as many times as you like for your lowest score.



#6 Marael

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:40 AM

Up to now I only have the Core Set plus 4 first expansions, and the game is very difficult. I already played 4 times, without any sucess !! I will continue trying to figure here, but looks very chalenging with the cards I have.



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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:49 PM

How I delete this post ? It is wrong...



#8 Marael

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:52 PM

Wel,, a not very good one, and after 5 tentatives, I get a result:

Final Threat Level: 42
Threat Cost of Each Dead Hero: 0
Damage Tokens on Remaining Heroes: 5 (2 on Gimi, 3 on Aragorn)
Victory Points Earned: 3 (Marsh Adder)
Number of Rounds Completed: 15 (Wow !)

Total Points: 194

 

Remembering that I only have 4 expansions, here is my decklist:

3 Guard of the Citadel
2 Faramir
1 Brok Ironfist
3 Veteran Axehand
3 Gondorian Spearman
3 Winged Guardian
3 Gandalf
2 Song of Kings
3 Dunedain Quest
2 Steward of Gondor
1 Celebrian's Stone
3 Dunedain Mark
2 Sneak Attack
2 Valiant Sacrifice
2 Blade of Gondolin
2 Feint
1 Swift Strike
3 Keen-eyed Took
2 Silverlode Archer
3 Blade Mastery
2 Landroval
2 Rain of Arrows

I think I will add 1 more Song of Kings and Landroval, as they are key to my victory. But let´s check on the other posts



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Posted 28 March 2012 - 06:04 AM

 Not bad- I only have 3 expansions, I'll be giving this a shot this weekend



#10 SiCK_Boy

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

Final result: 136

Threat: 33

Dead Heroes: 0

Wounds: 7

Victory Points: 14 (2 x Hill Troll, 1 x Gladden Fields, 1 x Marsh Adder)

Number of Rounds: 11 * 10 = 110

 

Decklist

Juicebox Solo # 11 - March 25th

Hero (3)
Aragorn (Core) x1
Gimli (Core) x1
Legolas (Core) x1

Ally (23)
Beorn (Core) x1
Descendant of Thorondor (THoEM) x3
Dunedain Watcher (TDM) x2
Faramir (Core) x1
Gandalf (Core) x3
Gondorian Spearman (Core) x2
Landroval (AJtR) x2
Radagast (AJtR) x2
Vassal of the Windlord (TDM) x3
Veteran Axehand (Core) x2
Winged Guardian (THfG) x2

Attachment (16)
Born Aloft (CatC) x2
Celebrian's Stone (Core) x2
Citadel Plate (Core) x1
Dunedain Warning (CatC) x1
Dwarrowdelf Axe (KD) x3
Dwarven Axe (Core) x1
Steward of Gondor (Core) x3
Support of the Eagles (RtM) x2
Song of Battle (TDM) x1

Event (11)
Ever Vigilant (Core) x1
Feint (Core) x3
Grim Resolve (Core) x1
Quick Strike (Core) x1
Sneak Attack (Core) x3
The Eagles Are Coming! (THfG) x2

Card pool is 3 x Core Set, all Shadows of Mirkwood AP, KD, The Redhorn Gate.

I found this experience much easier than I initially expected. It's been a while since I played this scenario, but it just doesn't stand the test of time in terms of difficulty (it still remains a very fun one).

My game was pretty basic. I got a second turn Steward of Gondor on Aragorn than fuelled my progression. Early Celebrian's Stone and Radagast helped with questing as well as bringing more eagle allies out. Gimli found his axe (Dwarven, then later Dwarrowdelf) and was able to hit for 9 by the end (+ a free point of damage). Gandalf showed up 4 times (Sneak Attack, Born Aloft, 2 x hard-casted), helping me maintain a threat under 34 for the round when all the trolls went into staging. I killed Louis (raise threat by 3 after a Troll attacks) right away. On the next turn, I didn't quest at all, letting my threat go back near the 40s, but I killed two more trolls (Stuart and Morris). The second Hill Troll showed up the next turn, delaying my victory a bit (and forcing me to take 3 damages on Aragorn). For once, I only cleared The Carrock after killing most of the trolls...

The pace of this quest is so much smoother than the latest quests. I guess I'm now used to seeing multiple enemies pop up every turn (and I haven't tried Road to Rivendell yet with Ambush!). The slow pace of the quest, along with the huge boost provided by Grimbeorn (he did join my team after we found him via a Bee Pasture), made this a fun experience.

As for my deck, I toyed with the idea of adding Spirit (with Celebrian's Stone), but it was forcing me to do too many thing. I decided there weren't too many bad event in the deck. The worst one can't be cancelled anyway. And playing eagles (I assume most build will include some) gives you an out against A Frightened Beast (that event would have brought me over 34 on the turn I brought the bad guys in staging, but a Winged Guardian gave up his life to keep me at 33). I did decide to try Dunedain Watcher; at 3 costs, it's a reasonable ally and those Despair shadow cards can really hurt. I did use his ability at the end to save a Descendant of Thorondor from being killed by Wolf Rider, but the game was over anyway by then; the impact of that loss would have been minimal. Still, it's an overall nice ally that can quest and fight, as needed. Also, the fact that its ability can be used even when he's exhausted is nice.

I'd like to see other's decklists; with a fixed set of heroes, I guess it'd be interesting to see if we all went the same way or not (and what "tech" each player brought).



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Posted 28 March 2012 - 11:57 PM

Well, last night after 5 plays, I get one victory. I am not sure if I am playing right, but this is a very challlenging scenario with my cards (i am winning 1 game each 5 played with 3 hunters !). Anyaway here are the results:

 

Final Threat Level: 49 (Wow !)
Threat Cost of Each Dead Hero: 0
Damage Tokens on Remaining Heroes: 4 (on Gimi)
Victory Points Earned: 3 (Gladden Fields)
Number of Rounds Completed: 12

Total Points: 170

 

My decklist

3 Guard of the Citadel
2 Faramir
1 Brok Ironfist
3 Veteran Axehand
3 Gondorian Spearman
3 Winged Guardian
3 Gandalf
3 Song of Kings
2 Dunedain Quest
2 Steward of Gondor
1 Celebrian's Stone
3 Dunedain Mark
2 Sneak Attack
2 Valiant Sacrifice
2 Feint
1 Swift Strike
3 Keen-eyed Took
2 Silverlode Archer
2 Blade Mastery
2 Landroval
2 Rain of Arrows
3 Snowbourn Scout

 

I raise the number of cheap allies to serve as "Troll Food" and this take me closer to beat the scenario; but unless Grimbeorn shows up, I do not suceed. AS I only has 1 Core and 1 of each expansion I do not have the way to put multiple copies of good cards, unless I use proxys, but I think this is not fair :D

 

I see this like I am attending an real event, but at my home; much like work at a home office, lol



#12 Marael

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:50 AM

Final Threat Level: 31
Threat Cost of Each Dead Hero: 0
Damage Tokens on Remaining Heroes: 4 (1 on Gimli, 3 on Aragorn)
Victory Points Earned: 0
Number of Rounds Completed: 12

Total Points: 155

 

My decklist

3 Guard of the Citadel
2 Faramir
1 Brok Ironfist
3 Veteran Axehand
3 Gondorian Spearman
3 Winged Guardian
3 Gandalf
3 Song of Kings
2 Dunedain Quest
2 Steward of Gondor
1 Celebrian's Stone
3 Dunedain Mark
2 Sneak Attack
2 Valiant Sacrifice
2 Feint
1 Swift Strike
3 Keen-eyed Took
2 Silverlode Archer
2 Blade Mastery
2 Landroval
2 Rain of Arrows
3 Snowbourn Scout

 

This time Gandalf showed up 4 times, every time lowering threath; I used Landroval power to reduce the 4 damage on Gimli to 1 damage on the last round, a power that I never has used before, and looks very good. I am not used with Tactics decks, and to be honest this was my best run with Carrock (I get the copy 2 weeks ago and never played it "for real" before). Grimbeorn showed himself in round 2, and I start with a Song of Kings after the mulligan. Steward of Gondor showed up in round 7 and helped me to put everything on the table.

 

It is far from the 136 of the first place, but looks more solid than the last one.



#13 muemakan

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:10 AM

 Finally had time to sit down and play the new challenge.

Took me quite some time to decide which deck to take…..


Heroes: same as everybody
Rounds: 10
Final Threat: 30
Wounds: 4 on Gimli
Victory points: 7 for Hill Troll and Gladden Fields

So a score of 127

The Trolls engaged in round 10. They were stopped by a Wall of Spears and three of them went to see Gimli and his axe. The fourth was left for round 11 and died by Gmli with the help of Aragorn and Legolas.
Gandalf was busy helping the three Hunters by appearing 5 times. Twice for threat and three times for cards.

That was quite a battle.



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Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:58 AM

Care to post your decklist?

Using Thicket of Spears is a great idea for this specific scenario!

Were you also using Spirit (Unexpected Courage) or Lore (Erebor Record Keeper) to ready Gimli, or was it simply a Lure of Moria or Grim Resolve that let you ready him?



#15 muemakan

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:30 AM

 Decklist maybe later. I hate to translate so many cards.

Had one UC on Gimli. And Common Cause was there to help too.

Had Lore of Moria but didn´t use it. Khaaazad (3times) on Gimli, so he could kill the trolls on his own. 

 

 I think the hardest part in this scenario for me was getting cards. Without Bilbo I am lacking card draw.

My normal fight deck at the moment consists of the two twins and Bilbo....



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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:00 PM

Finally Victorious!

This was my first time playing seriously with an eagle deck. Loads of fun combos, but in this win, Gimli was the shining star.

With two Citadel Plates + Boon and some eagle aid, he became a Troll-squashing TANK!

Final Score: 181

Final Threat Level: 20
Threat Cost of Each Dead Hero: 0
Damage Tokens on Remaining Heroes: 11 (on Gimi)
Victory Points Earned: 0
Number of Rounds Completed: 15



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:58 AM

How you guys are reducing threath ? I am not used with the cards of the last expansions, and becuase that the question; juicebox has a very good low threat, as mumekan - It is hard to believe that Gandalf is doing all the job. Mumekan at least do not use only Gandalf - 2 times reduce the treath by 10, so it will be 32 at minimun in 10 rounds.

Thanks for the info !!!



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:35 AM

Marael said:

How you guys are reducing threath ? I am not used with the cards of the last expansions, and becuase that the question; juicebox has a very good low threat, as mumekan - It is hard to believe that Gandalf is doing all the job. Mumekan at least do not use only Gandalf - 2 times reduce the treath by 10, so it will be 32 at minimun in 10 rounds.

Thanks for the info !!!

 

Yeah sorry, did mix up the numbers. Gandalf reduced threat 3 times and twice he was used for card draw.



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:25 AM

muemakan said:

 Yeah sorry, did mix up the numbers. Gandalf reduced threat 3 times and twice he was used for card draw.

 

Hum, ok. I am not acting like an auditor for the numbers, but sometimes I really do not know the cards. As my main deck is a spirit/leadership, I know little about the combos and other spheres decks; I trid them sometimes, but I really like the spi/lead deck :D



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Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:06 AM

SiCK_Boy said:

Care to post your decklist?

Using Thicket of Spears is a great idea for this specific scenario!

Were you also using Spirit (Unexpected Courage) or Lore (Erebor Record Keeper) to ready Gimli, or was it simply a Lure of Moria or Grim Resolve that let you ready him?

So here it is:

 

Spirit:
2x UC
3x Old Mathom

Neutral:
3x Song of Battle
1x Song of Travel
3x Gandalf

Tactics:
3x Wall of Spears
2x Quick Strike
3x Feint
2x Winged Guardian
1x Landroval
3x V. of the Windlord
3x Born Aloft
2x Horn of Gondor
3x Citadel Plate
3x Khazad!Khazad!

Leadership:
2x Celebrians Stone
2x Lure of Moria
3x Sneak Attack
3x Common Cause
3x SoG






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