Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Musings on Building a Two-Sphere Deck: Thorongil Deck
Steward of Gondor and Theordred able to generate extra resources for heroes, a power exceedingly rare and pretty much found all in Leadership, I decided to take Gloin out of my three heroes and switch out Eowyn - the best quester in the game. This made me look to Spirit to which Eowyn belongs. Spirit is the best deck for clearing out locations quickly, and with Leadership's modest combat powers, I thought it would be a good combination. So my heroes are Theodred (Leadership), Aragorn (Leadership), and Eowyn (Spirit). I named this team the "Thorongil Deck" because this is the name Aragorn used while adventuring in Gondor and Rohan before the Lord of the Rings and his teammates are both from Rohan. Also I am a massive rings nerd, so I apologize for that. Coincidentally I really want to play a Rings RPG in this time period and have my players interact with Aragorn hidden as Thorongil and never tell them who they dealt with until afterwards, but that's for a different post.
Sneak Attack and Stand and Fight which lets me play allies from across spheres, and each give me additional uses of Gandalf as well (always a good thing!). I particularly like how Theodred now actively plays two roles in how he deals out his extra resource. He can give it to Aragorn to allow him to stand immediately and be used during combat, or he can give his extra resource to Eowyn, who will always be questing to enhance my Spirit resource pool. I'm also a fan of how well Unexpected Courage can be thrown out on Aragorn and make him usable three times a turn very easily now really taking advantage of his strong 2/3/2 stat line allowing him to quest, defend, and attack in one turn. I'm going to keep playing around with deck and would love to hear what others think of this team/deck concept.
On a sidenote, I just want to reiterate how useful the Card Game DB deck builder site is for quick looking up card names and especially for having scanned all the cards into high-quality images which I continue to borrow from for my LotR-themed posts. Please make sure to check them out and support their efforts in continuing to support the new game!