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NBarden
Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:39 am
Joined: 28 Dec 2006 Posts: 5468 Location: I don't know...
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They have a burden. A mission unfulfilled that calls out to them. They are the Free Peoples of Middle Earth, not a slack people, but with a little bit of toying with their minds, you can watch them fall surely to the power of the ring.
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Todayís spotlight on....

Sense of Obligation!



This card has been around for awhile, but its big comeback didnít start until the release of Ageís End. Why? Ulaire Nertea, Dark Horseman. Yes, this guyís ability to prevent an entire culture from being assigned to a skirmish rocked the world, with ANY deck that didnít run rainbows getting the ring-bearer run over. But, thatís not all this cardís potential is good for. Any crazy self-assigning minion deck will love the card Sense of Obligation.

Letís first take a look at what makes this card tick.


(1). Twilight cost. 2. Decent, nothing out of the ordinary here.
(2). Non-unique. This card is not unique. This makes for a tricky situation, since you can only pile one per companion, and if a companion not bearing this condition doesnít get assigned, the whole point of the deck breaks down. But, the more out, the more payoff you have.
(3). Card Type. Condition, and a condition borne by a companion for that matter. However, cards that key off of companions winning skirmishes (Anduril, Sword that Is Broken, Pallando, Far-Broken One), can be easily avoided with a self-assigning minion strategy.
(4). Text.
-(A). "To play, spot a Wraith minion. Bearer must be an unbound companion. Limit 1 per bearer" Typical here. Can only load up 1 per companion, its culturally enforced and bearer must be an unbound companion. Restrictions.
-(B). "At the end of each assignment phase, if bearer is not assigned to a skirmish and a companion who does not bear a Wraith condition is, add a burden." Okay, so if you can just get ONE companion who doesnít have a condition assigned, bam. Burdens aplenty.
(5). Rarity. Uncommon, tolerably easy to get a hold of.

So, obviously the point of a Sense of Obligation deck is to assign minions to a companion not bearing it. The way to do this? Self Assigning Minions! So, letís see how this works.

(30 cards)

Ulaire Nertea, Dark Horseman x 4
Bill Ferny, Swarthy Sneering Fellow x 4
Ulaire Toldea, Messenger Of Morgul x 4
Ulaire Cantea, Black Assassin x 4
Mauhur, Relentless Hunter x 4
Ulaire Enquea, Duplicitous Lieutenant x 2

Sense of Obligation x 4
Hatred Stirred x 2
Out of Sight and Shot x 2

The point of this deck is to simply drop 4 copies of Sense of Obligation on companions, and then choose to fight those without conditions. Nertea picks companions he canít fight, while Ferny, Toldea, Cantea, and Mauhur pick those they can.

Hatred Stirred is good for getting back your conditions if they get discarded. The point? Get 4x Sense of Obligation and then with fierce Nazgul add 8 burdens per turn. Sweetness, eh?

However, this deck is NPE because thereís nothing that the FP can do to prevent it (except discard conditions). So, I propose giving them the choice of who fights.

(35 cards)

Ulaire Lemenya, Lieutenant Of Morgul x 2
Ulaire Toldea, Messenger Of Morgul x 3
Ulaire Enquea, Duplicitous Lieutenant x 2
Ulaire Cantea, Black Assassin x 2
Ulaire Nertea, Dark Horseman x 2
Mauhur, Relentless Hunter x 2
The Mouth of Sauron, Lieutenant of Barad-dur x 3
Bill Ferny, Swarthy Sneering Fellow
Orc Inquisitor x 4
Morgul Hunters x 4

Sense of Obligation x 4
Desperate Defense of the Ring x 4
Thin and Stretched x 2

Okay, so it SOMEWHAT letís the Free Peoples pick. But why be nice when you can be so mean? Twisted Evil

The point? Load all the companions each with Sense of Obligation and Desperate Defense of the Ring. Fight? Burden. Not Fight? Burden. Then grab a self-assigning minion to pick who to assign himself to and trigger Sense of Obligation anyway. Fierce? All the better. Would you like....17 burdens per site? (NOTE: Absolute BEST case scenario, but still possible).

So get a hold of this killer uncommon and some self-assigning minions, and watch it start raining burdens!

Until Next Time!

~NB
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As I lay in bed staring at the stars last night, I thought to myself, "where the heck is the ceiling?"
Arrow Spotlight on....Sense of Obligation.
MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:09 pm
Joined: 30 May 2007 Posts: 423 Location: Living with the Governator
This is an absolutely fanastirific idea. Applause Nice deck!
MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:11 pm
Joined: 30 May 2007 Posts: 423 Location: Living with the Governator
double post............... whoopsie
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NBarden
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:25 pm
Joined: 28 Dec 2006 Posts: 5468 Location: I don't know...
Thanks! Iíll be turning out another one of these soon, hopefully.
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MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:50 pm
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agh triple post. sorry bout that.
MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:59 pm
Joined: 30 May 2007 Posts: 423 Location: Living with the Governator
Is the second deck legal in standard?
'On and on old war shall go,
Without respite my blood will flow
Oíer your eyes Ďtil they cannot see
The impossibility of victory.'

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NBarden
Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:13 am
Joined: 28 Dec 2006 Posts: 5468 Location: I don't know...
Nope. Expanded.
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MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:34 am
Joined: 30 May 2007 Posts: 423 Location: Living with the Governator
aw well, I love the idea behind this (corruption has been my fav from the beginning) and Iím looking forward to more spotlights. Keep them coming NB! Have a GP, Iím in a groovy mood. Razz
'On and on old war shall go,
Without respite my blood will flow
Oíer your eyes Ďtil they cannot see
The impossibility of victory.'

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TheJord
Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:54 am
Joined: 16 Feb 2007 Posts: 486 Location: UK
I faced this deck with my 3 Hunters deck and it was a pain in the arse.

Paybacks coming NB
"The rule of Gondor is mine!"
MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:12 am
Joined: 30 May 2007 Posts: 423 Location: Living with the Governator
But thatís what makes it so fun. Sometimes, you just canít do anything to stop the burdens from rolling in. Cool
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Without respite my blood will flow
Oíer your eyes Ďtil they cannot see
The impossibility of victory.'

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