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  1. Well, the rulebook only says that you cannot use Aragorn in campaign mode.
  2. Well, I don't play in campaign mode. Nonetheless, I always believed that Saruman wasn't scheming all the time in Orthanc (that's just elven propaganda), but I'd like to think he was peacefully hiking through the Ithilien woods, slaying orcs and Harad bandits on his way.
  3. Cool combo indeed! What buggers me about the scenario is that there are too many cards that force you to engage enemies in the encounter deck or to put them under the Black Gate. As for the strategy part, Bilbo did a good job in defending multiple attacks, but it still takes time to build him up, so you better draw some Mumaks at the start to give him some time. One card that helped me a lot is Saruman. His ability is able to keep one nasty enemy in the staging area for one more turn. In the meantime he helps you defating the remaing enemies. Funny thing: Today I built a rather decent Halbarad/Amarthiul/Bilbo deck. I managed to overcome all nine enemies (3 Mumaks (Olifants in German btw) being under the gate) and only had to make the 20 quest points plus exploring the gate. And then I drew that enocunter card that tells you to put one enemy that is engaged with you under the Black Gate or to reveal one of the enemies under the Crossroads card. Game over, just when I was about to win!And it was my own fault as I could have beaten that remaining enemy if I wanted to, but kept him - playing a Dunedain deck - out of habit, as he did pose no threat to my fellowship. Man, totally forgot about that card and screwed it!
  4. Very frustrating quest. I could beat it in my second try with a Dunedain deck with sheer luck. Noldor decks don't stand a chance at all. Most of the times I loose because there are too many enemies attacking me. If that's not the case, I loose beacuse there are too many locations in the staging area. Like it has been said already, it doesn't seem right that you have to reveal two cards each turn as a solo player - right from the start! The scaling is really bad for solo, not sure how you're supposed to beat this one all alone. I'm also not sure what you're supposed to do when you reveal these enemies with a surge effect. Often they surge in a second enemy, and that means game over. I played it as a single scenario, so I'd like to know if it does it get any better when you're playing it in campaign mode when you have some boons to pimp your heroes. Last thing I'm going to try now is a deck based on Bilbo as a defense bulwark. If anyone has other hero combo suggestions, please tell!
  5. He has to exhaust to use the ring, so you'd only get 1 defence out of him unless you ready him some other way. Ah, that's right. Looks like I was wrong, the ring seems to be ok in that case.
  6. Ok, so getting a resource icon is not enough to gather resources? * checks rules * You're right! The threat issue is almost neglectable with all the opportunities to lower your threat or to turn high threat into an advantage. 2 cost still seems to be too cheap. IMO ally Gandalf would help Dunedain decks quite a lot if he had that ring. He could block 2 enemies with 5 DEF all alone, and another defender could block 2 more attacks if neccessary.
  7. That ring seems to be somewhat overpowered. So I put in on ally Gandalf and I get a new leadership hero? Who can ready himself and one other ally for free? Who can boost stats? For only 2 resources? Seriously?
  8. tier 1: decks that are fun to play tier 2: decks that are boring
  9. I'm always happy when the designers give us more opportunities to build our decks. In that regard, A Good Harvest is a true blessing. It's thus quite understandable why you're so enthusiastic about this card.
  10. It's certainly a good card, but I'd hardly call it the best neutral card. Gandalf is still better in both versions as is Treebeard, who is almost an auto include for me in any non-tactics deck. But yeah, it is underrated. It's certainly more useful in power decks than in themed decks, and as I play the latter more often my opinion might be influenced by that. A Good Harvest might become even more useful with all these new cards that require to have two spheres.
  11. Now that's new - characters that actually fit to the quest they were released with! Really, this scenario looks very, very promising, as so the new cards. That Rohan scout looks like a beast and that 4 cost tactics ally could even be useful in solo play when using Mablung. Otherwise he seems to be too expensive. The idea of bulding an island with the location cards is definitely a 10/10. In theory. Hopefully it plays as well as I hope it does. And if that's the case, why not doing the same thing with treacheries or enemies? Oh, and let's hope that there is a hidden Goblin camp somewhere on that island, and everyone will be happy! Why is everyone in Middle Earth suddenly undead instead of green and dumb?
  12. Question: Favour of the Valor's card text says "1 per player". Does that mean one copy per deck or that only one copy can be attached by a player? I interpreted it as "1 per deck". As a solo player, Legolas doesn't work that good. I'm currently working with Tactigorn, Halbarad and Amarthiul.
  13. I think everyone here knows that you're great at deck building, Seastan. I hope I will be able to check out on your Frodo deck. However, atm I am too busy to build a Dunedain deck that is going to be strong enough to beat most of the quests. I think I made a huge step forwards by finally including these Valor cards together with Tactigorn.
  14. I wouldn't say that this quest is combat heavy. In fact most enemies have a threat level > 30, so with a low threat deck it's possible to avoid fighting them. I'm not sure about the theme. I think they did a good job with the mechanics of this quest, so I guess I can live with some enemies that never appeared in the original story.
  15. The main problem is that Loragorn is so much better than him, and that tactics itself offers better alternatives. I guess that Tactigorn works better in multiplayer decks, but in solo mode I only once used him successfully in my last deck (so he is not that bad) against Dread Realm. Just for interest, could you tell me the other heroes of your Scorpio deck? The idea of it sounds great!
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