Always back to Core Set not having 3 copies of every card.
I myself now think not having 3 copies of every card was marketing decision from FFG. As someone always points out, they could've done 2 copies of every card and be done with that.
However, I'm okay with the Core Set as is. I only have 1 Core Set, but I have never felt I needed to buy more to enjoy the game and have fair chance against every scenario released so far.
From the article it looks like FFG is making 'Second Breakfast' a regular thing.
If these articles are meant to provide inside view of the game from designer's perspective, that's great, I love the idea and I will definitely check back regularly for more.
But if these articles just continue to provide how to make lateast released mediocre cards (such as Great Yew Bow and Bard) work in a deck by adding super over powered card (like Glorfindel) along with MULTIPLE COPIES OF CORE SET, they should stop, because it really isn't helping them at all - already yet another discussion about their marketing tactics has been rekindled and that can't be a good thing.
The deck they posted doesn't even need those extra cards from second core set, drop 5 cards (Feint, Test of Will, HoN, UC, Light in the Dark) and add in any combination of following cards to make up for the loss: Ancient Mathom / Vassal of Windlord / Winged Guardian.
Infact, if I wanted to centralized Bard even more, I'd get rid of Legolas and add in a Leadership Hero (perhaps Theodred or brand new Balin), add in bunch of Dunedain Marks, Erran Rider so now you have 6 cards that can shuffle resources in turn 1, some cheap 1 cost leadership allies, 2 copies of Steward of Gondor. That would give you so many choices that you wouldn't even need to consider adding cards from second Core Set.
All in all, I don't know why they decided to post yet another deck that requires 2 core set to flame the old arguement, when they could have easily posted equally functioning (if not better) deck featuring Bard using 1 Core Set.
Edit: That was a bit of negative comment…. I should add that I only sometimes comment negative stuff about this game because otherwise it is wonderful and flawless game and I think designers did excellent job especially with the new Hobbit box and HoN quests.