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Dravius
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:59 am
Joined: 22 Apr 2007 Posts: 191 Location: Quebec, Canada
Free People (34 cards)

Isildur, Bearer of Heirlooms
The One Ring, The Ring of Rings
Glorfindel, Revealed in Wrath
Arwen, Fair Elf Maiden

Gil-Galad, Elven High-king
Eomer, Eored Captain x2
Haethen, Veteran Fighter x2
Gandalf, The Withe Rider x3
Boromir, Defender of Minas Tirith
Faramir, Wizardís Pupil
Elendil, The Tall
Ranger of Westernesse x2
Pippin, Wearer of Black and Silver
Merry, Swordthain

Refuge x3
Home and Hearth x3

Riderís Spear x2
Rohirim Mount

Seclusion x2
For the Mark x2
Inspiration x4

Shadow Side (34 cards)

The Balrog, The Terror of Kazhad-dum x2
The Balrog, Deamon of Might x2
The Witch-king, Black Lord x3
Gollum, Dark as Darkness
Shelob, Menace
Shelob, Last Child of Ungoliant x2

Not Alone x3
Treacherous Little Toad x4

Spider Poison x2
Whip of Many Thongs, Weapon of Flame and Shadow x2

Little Snuffler x4
Led Astray x4
Captured by the Ring x4

Site path

0 The Bridge of Kazhad-dum
1 Cavern Entrance
1 Doorway to Doom
1 Ettenmoors
2 Moria Stairway
2 Window on the West
3 Mount Doom
3 Pinacle of Zirakzigil
4 Sirannon Ruins

Strategy
Freepoeple side is a simple matter of 14 companions (15 cards can be used for Refuge). Some of them have a lot of vitality (Elendil, Gil-galad, Gandalf, Merry, Pippin), others a decent base Strenght (Glorfindel, Arwen, Eomer, Gil-galad). Basicaly, Iím gonna study my opponentís deck and I will know what to play. If itís either archery or corruption, the bouncing Hobbits and Home and Hearth should do the trick. Beatdown ? Play your strongest guys along with Gandalf and let him do magic with Inspiration (good Swarm prevention too), double move every turn and heal with Refuge if you skiped a Sanctuary. I can also discard conditions and possessions with seclusion and for the mark. Ranger of Westernesse help me with the Sitepath Manipulation
as well. I can afford to get a little bit hand cloged since my shadow side doesnít need many cards to stop.

The Shadow Strategy is beatdown bomb. Treacherous little toad with Gollum, dark as darkness is one of the best way to reduce the witch-kingís cost. Sirannon Ruins and Led Astray is wonderful, itís basicaly a 7 cost site. With the proper timing, I can easily play gollum, the Balrog and the witch-kiking (5 companions, sirannon ruins, led astray, region 2 = 15) on the brigde with 2 wounds on the ring-bearer (cost 17), all I need is 2 more twilight (or 1 if he plays Strider, the most common Aragorn in my gamers group). On a bold Double Move, add in Shelob, and replace the Bridge by Ettenmoors. Iím pretty sure the deck CAN kill, but itís main purpose is to let me take the lead and stop my opponent from running. Like I said, facing the balrog, the witch-king, shelob and gollum on ettenmoors is not somtehing every fellowship can do. Oh and I fogot, itís always nice to drop a whip on the balrog when youíre playing against the Sons of Elrond Wink

Any comments ?
-Darth Dravius, Dark Lord of the Sith
Dravius
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:00 pm
Joined: 22 Apr 2007 Posts: 191 Location: Quebec, Canada
I forgot to mention, Shelob Menace can bring Gollum, which can be a game winner vs. an exhausted ring-bearer with any ring exept Ring of Rings (but hey, itís still a nice trick ainít it).
-Darth Dravius, Dark Lord of the Sith
MR. Lurtzy
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:13 pm
Joined: 30 May 2007 Posts: 423 Location: Living with the Governator
Could you please add itís strengths and weaknesses (like what decks will it own and what decks it will be destroyed by).
'On and on old war shall go,
Without respite my blood will flow
Oíer your eyes Ďtil they cannot see
The impossibility of victory.'

MR. Lurtzy's Have/Wants
Dravius
Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:06 am
Joined: 22 Apr 2007 Posts: 191 Location: Quebec, Canada
It has not been playtested yet, Iím gonna play test it as soon as I get the chance (my players group is 260 kilometers away from me, I canít play every week). The freepeople is designed to be as versatile as possible, so I think itís gonna be up to the way I play it. The shadow side though, I know it will crush archery decks, but I might have a problem against a fellowship that can have a 19 strenght companion. I canít tell more for the moment sorry.
-Darth Dravius, Dark Lord of the Sith

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