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#1 TheDisturbed1



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:30 AM

Prince Imrahil
Allies: 21
3x Errand-rider
3x Erebor Hammersmith
2x Gildor Inglorion
3x Master of the Forge
2x Rivendel Minstrel
2x Beorn
3x Descendant of Thorondor
3x Gandalf (Core)
Attatchments: 11
2x Steward of Gondor
3x Born Aloft
2x Horn of Gondor
2x Vilya
1x Song of Battle/ Kings/ Wisdom
1x Song of Battle/ Kings/ Wisdom
Events: 18
3x Grave Cairn
3x Parting Gifts
3x Second Breakfast
3x Sneak Attack
3x Valiant Sacrifice
3x Feint
(For deck construction, I have a copy of everything released, plus 2 Core sets, though I have no idea what all sets are used here.)
The idea here is to get Gandalf (and Beorn and Descendant of Thorondor to a lesser extent) into play as many times as possible over the course of the game to abuse his ability.
Use Gildor to put him back on top of the deck, to be put into play via Vilya. Put Born Aloft on him, then take him back into your hand when needed, to repeat with gildor + Vilya. Erebor Hammersmith and Second Breakfast will help you use Born Aloft many more times, while many other cards in the deck are also centered around allies leaving play as well.
Hama is included just to help stave off attacks using his Feint trick, and my original thought was to put Steward and the Song cards on either Elrond or Imrahil, depending on how your card draw goes, meaning the songs will depend on who you think it would be best to put it on. There are more Leadership cards than anything else, though they are all cheap. Lore and Tactics have fewer, but are far more expensive.


#2 GrandSpleen



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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

Since Gandalf is to be frequently in play, Word of Command might be a good addition, to be used after Gandalf has refreshed but before you retrieve him via Born Aloft.  Good for getting out cards that are crucial to your strategy.  Since you have several expensive allies but it's a tri-color hero party, Vilya is probably the most important to get out early.

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