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  1. I’ve long thought that two expansions good for new players are Foundations of Stone and The Steward’s Fear. Admittedly, you can’t play the scenarios without other purchases, but the player cards in these sets really upgrade deck strength for new players with a minimal investment. To test my theory, I built a deck with only the core set and these two expansions: http://www.ringsdb.com/decklist/view/9616/a-potentially-strong-minimum-purchase-deck-1.0
  2. Best dwarf deck ever (by jjeagle): https://community.fantasyflightgames.com/topic/121989-one-deck-to-rule-them-all-almost/
  3. Well, I beat Assault on Osgiliath four times in a row and moved on to Blood of Gondor, where the new deck was promptly beaten. Tweaking it again to include Beregond, Eowyn & Théoden (all tactics) resulted in 2 wins & 6 losses. Back to the drawing board.
  4. This core set only deck is also reportedly good: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/898293/journey-down-anduin-deck-built-only-single-core-se
  5. This is a good deck using one core set: http://www.ringsdb.com/decklist/view/951/back-to-basics-a-killer-deck-using-cards-from-1-core-set-1.0
  6. I tweaked my deck to Théoden (tactics), Eowyn (tactics), & Dunhere and I swapped out a few cards. I dropped Map of Earnil and Fortune or Fate for Golden Shield and Song of Travel. I also dropped the Elf allies for Rohan allies. It became a pure Rohan deck. This new deck beat Assault on Osgiliath by turn three. Only two locations came out, so I feared it was fluky. Out of curiosity, I kept playing for 18 turns, just to see what would happen, and the deck never ran into any serious trouble. It eventually threated out, but, by then, it had met the win condition multiple times and had taken everything the encounter deck threw at it (including, very late in the game, two copies of “Street Fighting” together popped out 7 cards into the staging area).
  7. Thank you both ... good discussion. I checked out Authraw’s link.
  8. Thank you for your ideas; I really appreciate them. You’re spot on in your analysis. I think I distracted things by posting my deck. That deck actually won, despite its oddities. It was assembled and played the weekend before Caldara was errata’d, ironically enough. The three copies of the two cards you mentioned were included to ensure they were drawn. The odd combo of heroes was chosen because I try to use heroes from the cycles I’m playing through. Admittedly, their abilities weren’t used to max effect. In the end, I didn’t even have to sacrifice Caldara. I might just have to try it again. The win may have been luck. Every other deck I’ve used has been crushed by enemy threat strength or enemy combat power. That’s why I’m considering using a published power deck.
  9. What deck do you recommend for someone stymied by the latter half of the Agsinst the Shadow cycle? I’m specifically stuck at Assault on Osgiliath. I beat it once with the deck below. I’m considering Sestan’s Boromir, Caldara 2.0, Ent!, or Nary an Exhausted Ent. There’s also a strong dwarf deck by jjeagle. Thoughts? My one victory came with: Hero (3) Caldara (The Blood of Gondor) Éowyn (Core Set) Théoden (The Morgul Vale) Ally (17) 2x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Númenor) 1x Déorwine (Temple of the Deceived) 1x Elfhelm (The Dead Marshes) 1x Éomund (Conflict at the Carrock) 2x Escort from Edoras (A Journey to Rhosgobel) 1x Gamling (The Land of Shadow) 1x Gildor Inglorion (The Hills of Emyn Muil) 1x Glorfindel (Flight of the Stormcaller) 1x Grimbold (The Flame of the West) 1x Guthlaf (The Blood of Gondor) 1x Háma (The Treason of Saruman) 2x West Road Traveller (Return to Mirkwood) 2x Westfold Outrider (The Voice of Isengard) Attachment (18) 3x Ancient Mathom (A Journey to Rhosgobel) 3x Herugrim (The Treason of Saruman) 3x Map of Earnil (Assault on Osgiliath) 3x Snowmane (The Land of Shadow) 3x Spear of the Mark (The Morgul Vale) 3x Unexpected Courage (Core Set) Event (15) 2x A Test of Will (Core Set) 1x Astonishing Speed (Return to Mirkwood) 1x Charge of the Rohirrim (Celebrimbor's Secret) 3x Foe-hammer (Over Hill and Under Hill) 1x Forth Eorlingas! (The Morgul Vale) 3x Fortune or Fate (Core Set) 2x Hasty Stroke (Core Set) 2x Mustering the Rohirrim (The Hunt for Gollum)
  10. I love this deck! I was struggling with The Steward's Fear, so I pulled out this deck. It won easily with threat 19, 3 VP, & 6 wounds. The overall score was uncertain, because I lost track of counting turns. I'm estimating about ten. Great job, jjeagle!
  11. Thanks for commenting ... I'd love to see your decklist.
  12. The Deck Building 101 articles from Tales From the Cards is very helpful. https://talesfromthecards.wordpress.com/deck-building-101/
  13. You should be able to make this Sneak Attack deck: Hero (3) Boromir (Heirs of Númenor) Prince Imrahil (A Journey to Rhosgobel) Sam Gamgee (The Black Riders) Ally (16) 2x Bill the Pony (The Black Riders) 3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Númenor) 2x Faramir (Core Set) 3x Gandalf (Core Set) 2x Guard of the Citadel (Core Set) 2x Pelargir Ship Captain (The Morgul Vale) 2x White Tower Watchman (The Drúadan Forest) Attachment (13) 2x Celebrían's Stone (Core Set) 3x Good Meal (The Redhorn Gate) 3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set) 3x Tome of Atanatar (The Blood of Gondor) 2x Visionary Leadership (The Morgul Vale) Event (21) 3x Ever Vigilant (Core Set) 3x Gaining Strength (The Steward's Fear) 3x Second Breakfast (Conflict at the Carrock) 3x Sneak Attack (Core Set) 3x Strength of Arms (The Drúadan Forest) 3x Valiant Sacrifice (Core Set) 3x Wealth of Gondor (Heirs of Númenor)
  14. It was a deck building challenge where I could use the core set and three adventure packs. I was trying to beat A Journey to Rhosgobel. After choosing two Lore heroes, there were only eight allies available that were Lore or neutral. I included six of the eight. I passed on Gleowine and Daughter of the Nimrodel, because I thought Radagast could help heal Wilyador. In the end, he wasn't needed. In hindsight, the two allies I skipped might have been better choices. The deck was successful, nonetheless.
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