Into Ithilien is a quest that we tried really hard to win, managed to pull out one victory, and then haven't come back to try it again.
Looking back at my quest log, I see that the final score when we won was 76 (old system) or 106 (new) -- we won during turn 4, as did you. I didn't record the individual players' threat levels.
Thalin questing with a Dwarven Axe attached to him helped immensely. We canceled one copy of Blocking Wargs on turn 1. Gloin took advantage of the Archery keyword on an enemy in the staging area and made a little cash. Beregond was a key player for being able to block and survive over multiple turns. He was almost killed by a Morgul Spider, but a timely play of Blade Mastery pushed his defense up and spared his life. The last round was scary. Threat was low so we were using Willpower to quest. During Staging, another copy of Blocking Wargs came out, and this time we were not in a position to cancel. Several allies were wiped out, but we still had enough willpower committed to win.
Oh thanks for that interesting input. I have had a few wins on round 5, this was the first on round 4 also. I used to run Thalin here a lot, always hoping for the Forest Bats, haha.
I did get the Bats this time (without Thalin) and it was the only three damage the heroes received (2 from the ability, 1 from the undefended attack). It was also the only enemy engaged throughout the game. I like the Beregond approach also but somehow I feel safer in running through the quest (via stage 3). Outlands really shine here, yes, but (Leadership) Boromir also. However, it was the two copies of Risk Some Light that allowed us to quest without risking much, without it all the Knights of the Swan (together with other Outlands) would have been destroyed.
Hmm, Glaurung, it is a bit weird what you write here. I've heard you saying Dwarves had been broken for about a year, yet you post a ton of videos playing with them. And you seem plenty proud in those, at least you don't forget to mention the videos in every other post you write. But now you think one shouldn't be proud of a good result, just because you didn't make a video of it? I also saw you glorify an Outlands deck on bgg. Do you suffer some sort of dual personality problem that you are so incosistent with your opinions, or you just cannot take the fact someone does better than you?