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Suggestions for Well Rounded 2 Player Decks?

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#1 juicebox



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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

Hi Folks,

I've had a lot less play time lately, but I'm starting to have success introducing the game to some friends. Hence, I'm looking for ideas for 2 decks that are in and of themselves a lot of fun to play and also play well together. At this point, I have everything up until The Hobbit release (Christmas can't come soon enough).

I've recently had a successful dwarf deck (Dain, Bifur, Thalin) and elf deck (Glorfindel - Spirit, Elrond, Legolas) running. Enjoyed those, but would like to mix it up.

I'd kind of love to do something with Aragorn (Lore) + Sword that was Broken (have yet to use that combo in a deck), but I'm open to all sorts of ideas.

Any solid 2 player success stories out there?


#2 juicebox



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Posted 18 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

A more direct way of asking this is…

Any experienced 2 Players out there willing to share enjoyable decklists?

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:01 AM

Make two dwarf decks, you have both heroes and cards for it

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:34 AM

Well, here is what I've been using with my wife.  I'm not a min-maxer of any sort, so this will look like a bit of a grab bag, but the basic idea is lore+leadership dwarf-ish deck, and tactics+spirit eagles deck with some dwarves to take advantage of Dain in the other player's deck.  We have Core, all SoM, Khadaz-dum, and Dwarrowdelf APs up throgh TLD.  We tweak the deck for each quest we play, but here's the general rundown:


Ally (31)


Bofur (TRG) x2
Descendant of Thorondor (THoEM) x3
Eagles of the Misty Mountains (RtM) x3
Gandalf (Core) x1
Gondorian Spearman (Core) x3
Landroval (AJtR) x2
Northern Tracker (Core) x2
Radagast (AJtR) x3
The Riddermark's Finest (THoEM) x3
Vassal of the Windlord (TDM) x3
Veteran Axehand (Core) x3
Winged Guardian (THfG) x3
Attachment (8)
Horn of Gondor (Core) x1
Song of Travel (THoEM) x2
Song of Battle (TDM) x 2
Unexpected Courage (Core) x1
Blade of Gondolin (Core) x2
Event (13)
A Test of Will (Core) x2
Dwarven Tomb (Core) x1
Feint (Core) x2
Hasty Stroke (Core) x2
Quick Strike (Core) x2
The Eagles Are Coming! (THfG) x3
Swift Strike (Core) x1
Total cards: 52
Ally (33)
Daughter of the Nimrodel (Core) x2
Erebor Hammersmith (Core) x2
Erebor Record Keeper (KD) x2
Gandalf (Core) x3
Gildor Inglorion (THoEM) x2
Gleowine (Core) x2
Guard of the Citadel (Core) x3
Haldir of Lorien (AJtR) x2
Longbeard Map-Maker (CatC) x3
Longbeard Orc Slayer (Core) x2
Miner of the Iron Hills (Core) x2
Rivendell Minstrel (THFG) x3
Silverlode Archer (Core) x2
Snowbourn Scout (Core) x3
Attachment (15)
A Burning Brand (CatC) x2
Celebrian's Stone (Core) x1
Forest Snare (Core) x2
Legacy of Durin (TWitW) x3
Song of Wisdom (CatC) x1
Song of Kings (THFG) x1
Steward of Gondor (Core) x2
Sword that was Broken (TWitW) x3
Event (5)
Lore of Imladris (Core) x3
Sneak Attack (Core) x2
Total: 53
Green/purple has been using Bilbo, Aragorn (Lore), and Dain pretty consistently.  Sometimes we switch Bilbo out for Bifur, but we feel the loss of his passive draw ability.  That deck handles healing, quests better once it's built up, and card draw.
Red/blue uses more variable heroes, but good candidates are: Gimli for defense, or a good quester thanks to Dain. Attacks when necessary, but typically not the main attacker.  Legolas for combat, greater for taking out those 2-token locations.  Eowyn for questing, or if Gimli will be questing, Eleanor or Dwalin (depending on the quest).  We've used Brand a little bit for combat as well; combos well with Gleowine on the other end of the table.  This deck is better at getting early-turn fighters/defenders on the table, but is weak with regards to native card draw, resource management.  Getting Radagast on the table early helps a lot, but depends on luck of the draw.
Hope you see something you like!


#5 juicebox



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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:09 AM

Thanks GS! Appreciate the post! I'm going to have to try these out.

In the mean time, I did receive The Hobbit OHaUH for Christmas, so now I can also play around with 2 decent dwarf deck ideas.

Since I started this topic though, I'll post the 2 decks (one dwarf and one elf theme) that I've been enjoying before I take them apart:

Dáin Ironfoot/Bifur/Thalin

Allies: (22)

Vetran Axehand x2
Erebor Battle Master x3
Erebor Record Keeper x3
Erebor Hammersmith x2
Miner of the Iron Hills x3
Longbeard Map-Makerx3
Bofur x3
Gandalf (Core) x3

Attachments: (15)

Horn of Gondor
Dwarrowdelf Axe x3
Steward of Gondor x3
Narvi's Belt x3
Forest Snare x2
Legacy of Durin x3

Events: (13)

Lure of Moria x3
Sneak Attack x3
Feint x3
Swift Strike
Daeron's Runes x3

Glorfindel (FoS)/Elrond/Legolas

Allies: (21)

Arwen Undómiel x3
Imladris Stargazer x3
Gildor Inglorion x2
Haldir of Lórien x2
Silvan Tracker x2
Mirkwood Runner x2
Henamarth Riversong
Warden of Healing x3
Gandalf (Core) x3

Attachments: (15)

Unexpected Courage x2
Light of Valinor x3
Asfaloth x3
Rivendell Blade x2
Blade of Gondolin x2
Vilya x3

Events: (14)

The Galadhrim's Greetings x3
Hasty Stroke x3
A Test of Will x2
Elrond's Counsel x3
Hands Upon The Bow x3

(Note: for a more "pure" elf experience, substitute out 3 copies of Daughter of the Nimrodel for Warden of Healing.)

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