So I'm 2 quests into the Shadows of Nerekhall campaign and I'm starting to struggle quite a bit against the heroes I am playing against:
- Durik (Beastmaster)
- Jaes (Runemaster)
- Elder Mok (Disciple)
- Logan (Treasure Hunter)
- Belthir plot deck
- Basic 1 OL deck
Where to start? All heroes have 10+ health, Jaes has an armor that gives +1 gray die. Elder Mok has a Deflecting Shield. Logan has the crossbow accessory. All heroes can move 4+ and have at least 1 attribute of 4+.
Logan can typically do 6-8 damage, so a single bad roll will kill almost every monster in a single shot (he actually did 24 damage in 3 attacks and 1-shotted a master Ettin last quest). Jaes barely takes damage, Elder Mok passes the damage off and barely takes any damage. Durik can summon the wolf to add more damage and the extra brown die.
I have yet to see a monster get placed that can survive for more than 1 turn if the heroes attack it (assuming they are not unlucky and roll mostly misses).
Rather than attacking, I started focusing on attribute tests, and with the Master Changling, I can force a failure on Willpower usually (Whisper is an awesome skill) and sometimes on the other checks. Unfortunately, it seems monsters that can inflict conditions might work, but Mok clears them up rather quickly without expending actions.
I just barely lost the intro quest, I won the Without Mercy quest (chose to make the executioner not corrupt and pretended to setup for escorting), and lost the Local Politics quest (couldn't slow them down even though I won part 1 and they had all day to test the magistrates).
Which quest should I choose next (we're playing where the loser chooses)? What weaknesses should I look to exploit with this group? What overall strategies should I target (such as hoarding OL cards)?
I'm afraid of choosing one that offers a good reward because the reward to the heroes is typically as good and we're near the heroes' power peak in Act 1. I would really like to get the Scholar card from The Incident, but that offers the heroes yet another free shop item.