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 on: Today at 03:50:22 PM 
Started by Fingolfinfinwe - Last post by Fingolfinfinwe
Ok I am super pissed at myself for not bidding up that set of Hunters uncut sheets......................  If one of you nabbed that auction, that is the STEAL of a LOTR TCG lifetime.   Brick Wall Brick Wall Brick Wall Brick Wall Brick Wall Brick Wall Brick Wall

 on: June 26, 2017, 10:28:36 PM 
Started by TheHumanHydra - Last post by TheHumanHydra
This is all extremely helpful. I think I'd like to continue down the Rohan road with this deck, as I have plans for another, all-Gondor, deck as well with the same companions (including Faramir, Son of Denethor). Denethor seems great if I were to go back to Gondor, though.

I've revised the deck again, following your suggestions. I can't believe I disregarded Eowyn.

•Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples
•The One Ring, The Binding Ring

1 •Eowyn, Sister-Daughter of Theoden
1 •Theoden, Tall and Proud

4 •Gandalf, Mithrandir
4 •Aragorn, King in Exile
1 •Eomer, Skilled Tactician

1 •Barliman Butterbur, Prancing Pony Proprietor

1 •Narya
2 •Shadowfax
2 •Anduril, Flame of the West
2 •Eowyn’s Sword, Dernhelm’s Blade
1 •Herugrim, Sword of the Mark

1 •Hearken to Me
1 •Moment of Respite

4 Servant of the Secret Fire
4 Hard Choice
4 An Honorable Charge

Variant: -1 •Theoden, Tall and Proud, -1 •Herugrim, Sword of the Mark, -1 •Hearken to Me, +2 •Eomer’s Spear, +1 •Firefoot, starting Eomer with Eowyn.

I was excited to have a second skirmish pump to use with all characters. I'm not sure what to do about Southron Leader; thanks for the heads-up. I'm dodging the other two now.

I'd be very interested to see what your Mithrandir deck looks like. I wouldn't copy it, but it would help me get a better feel for things.

 on: June 26, 2017, 12:13:19 PM 
Started by TheHumanHydra - Last post by Dictionary
Some more food for thought:

The right card count is something you'll have to find suits you best, as it differs greatly from player to player. I tend to clean out 30/30 decks too soon because I discard a card on most reconciles. Be wary of going over 35/35 without cycling tools.

Faramir is tricky, the most versatile one here is probably Faramir, Son of Denethor, who has no Aragorn signet as you mentioned. Since you're using RotK cards, you do have Denethor as another option (All RotK Denethors are Aragorn signet). Wizened Steward can be coupled with Gondorian Merchant and an alternate Ringbearer. Lord of Minas Tirith would depend on your site path to meet his spotting requirement unless you use an alternate Ringbearer. Another advantage of an alternate Ring-bearer is to cut down on cultures (See final paragraph).

Elite Riders are strong but lack Aragorn signets. You could consider Eowyn, Sister-daughter of Theoden and/or Eomer, Skilled Tactician for such signets. Give them Eowyn's Sword/ Rohirrim Bow and Firefoot/ Eomer's Spear and they will still be strength 10 when equipped. This works best with Fellowship site path as you can start Eowyn and either Theoden or Eomer and then summon Aragorn.

If you're struggling for space (E.g. For Moment of Respite) I might suggest only having one copy of one of the lesser uniques (Hearken to Me in this build, or Faramir's Bow in the previous). The best ones are Anduril and Shadowfax, but I don't think you necessarily need 2 of everything else.

When playing online, there are several "splashed" minions (minions that go in any deck) to be aware of: Wormtongue, Southron Leader and Ulaire Enquea, Lieutenant of Morgul. These help keep shadows relevant by stopping Fellowships from becoming too powerful. If you're playing with a friend, then these are less of a concern, as you guys can just decide whether or not you want to use them or not. Wormtongue would be particularly dangerous for Gandalf, as he'd take him down 2 vitality. Consequently, I try to avoid having 3 cards on one unbound companion, having 4 free peoples cultures, or having 6 or more companions unless I can counter these cards in some way.

 on: June 26, 2017, 07:42:18 AM 
Started by TheHumanHydra - Last post by TheHumanHydra
Thanks for the welcome and advice! I really want to fit Moment of Respite in now, and I did not even think about fetching two companions with Westfold and Hard Choice.

In the interim, I created a variation of the deck that I think might have more raw power -- though I fret over the increased card count and setup risks. I realized I wasn't really utilizing Faramir's game text, and in this deck signet is more important than culture, so I decided to experiment with Theoden, Tall and Proud, which I think is a really cool card in its own right:

•Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples
•The One Ring, The Binding Ring

2 Elite Rider (starting)
1 •Theoden, Tall and Proud (starting)

4 •Gandalf, Mithrandir
4 •Aragorn, King in Exile

1 •Gandalf’s Staff, Walking Stick
1 •Narya
2 •Shadowfax
2 •Anduril, Flame of the West
1 •Brego
2 •Herugrim, Sword of the Mark
2 Horse of Rohan
2 Rider’s Spear

2 •Hearken to Me

4 Servant of the Secret Fire
4 Hard Choice

(With Towers sites, I can start Aragorn and fetch Theoden with Throne Room off of Anduril and go down to one Aragorn and one Elite Rider.)

The companions all have high strength and health when fully outfitted, which I feel may help with my minion-beating problem and endurance for double-moves. I guess that's all there really is to say about it.

I need to fit Moment of Respite in here somehow. Should I even run Gandalf's Staff? The Wiki seemed to emphasize the peril of Grima, Wormtongue. Maybe that slot could become Barliman Butterbur.

 on: June 25, 2017, 10:44:24 PM 
Started by TheHumanHydra - Last post by Dictionary
Welcome to the forums!

Mithrandir is a really cool card. I have a Towers Standard build on Gemp that has some similarities to this. If you're playing with set 7, Moment of Respite is a really useful tool, as it not only heals Gandalf each turn but also helps you double, since you can heal before and after the double move.

Blade of Gondor is a good card, especially with all the healing, but it would work best on the Towers site path, since Westfold can grab Boromir and Gandalf if you start with a Hard Choice.

I have never used Threw Down My Enemy, but it certainly does combo well with Mithrandir + Shadowfax. I guess the alternative is Mysterious Wizard, since you also have Narya.

Doubling can be a bit tricky with Mithrandir depending on what shadow they have. I would suggest more healing, but you seem to have quite a bit already. Minas Tirith Fifth Circle on the King site path + Anduril could work well.

Barliman Butterbur is good for Gandalf, since he can get back whatever you need most (Or let you play more than 4 Servant of the Secret Fire)

 on: June 25, 2017, 06:14:40 AM 
Started by TheHumanHydra - Last post by TheHumanHydra
Hello! I'm new to this forum. I've signed on to Gemp to play with my brother, who lives o'er the mountains cold; maybe I will branch out once I get back in the swing of things!

I played back in the day, but I was a kid with few cards and no inkling of tournaments, so I don't have a lot of solid experience to draw on when building decks. In particular, I don't know how many of different types of cards I should include. I really enjoy deckbuilding, though! So I thought I'd post this topic.

We are playing with cards from sets 1-10, though avoiding some of the more egregious cards from set 10. We are deciding on a site path to use before each game so we can experience all of them. Thus, I've put this in the Casual/Other subforum.

All that having been said, here's the deck I played tonight to a mediocre result (My fellowship survived, but it always seemed unsafe to double-move, so I lost the race):

•Frodo, Hope of Free Peoples
•The One Ring, The Binding Ring

1 •Aragorn, King in Exile (starting)

4 •Gandalf, Mithrandir
2 •Boromir, Lord of Gondor
2 •Faramir, Captain of Gondor

1 •Gandalf’s Staff, Walking Stick
1 •Narya
2 •Shadowfax
2 •Anduril, Flame of the West
2 •Faramir’s Bow
3 Sword of Gondor

4 Servant of the Secret Fire
2 Threw Down My Enemy
4 Hard Choice

Ever since I received the alt-frame promos for Gandalf, Mithrandir, his staff and his sword, I've wanted to make a deck using them. Plus, Mithrandir presents that sweet mix of potential power and deck-building puzzle that's so engaging. I read on the wiki that Aragorn, King in Exile and Hard Choice would be potent cards to use with him. Based on this, I decided to build an Aragorn-signet fellowship.

The general strategy is to overpower minions with Gandalf's high strength and damage bonuses while the others pick up the slack, and heal the party's wounds with Aragorn and Hard Choice.

Specific card notes:

Aragorn and Gandalf are both essential for the deck; I chose to include one of Aragorn and start him as against four of Gandalf because I felt Gandalf would need the healing from discards more. If I'm playing with the Fellowship Block site path and win the bid, I can start Gandalf and tutor for Aragorn with The Prancing Pony instead. (If I'm playing with Towers Block sites and win the bid, I can start Aragorn and tutor for Gandalf or one of the others with Westfold.)

I included two copies of cards I wanted to get out early and reliably, namely, my other two companions, my principle strength pumps, and the apparent awesomesauce that is Faramir's Bow. Sword of Gondor is upped to three because it covers two characters. I chose to include Anduril, Flame of the West over Aragorn's Bow and another of his swords and to rely on Sword of Gondor for Boromir over his own Blade in order to save deck space, but I'd love input on these decisions!

The skirmish pumps are weighted toward Gandalf because, despite his huge strength, I was still struggling to defeat my brother's enormous Easterlings! I'd love to include way more skirmish events, but I fear this will only force me to include additional copies of my 'mains and toys' to maintain their reliability and accomplish nothing in terms of ratios. This might be a good deck for a Shadow side with strong cycling capabilities, but I have to confess I have no idea how to make one of those. I chose Threw Down My Enemy over other options because I figured it was uniquely cost-effective in this deck: between Shadowfax and Gandalf's ability, I figure I should be giving at least a -2 debuff almost all the time, and often a -3 or 4.

Hard Choice seems incredible.

Thank you very much for reading and for any advice you give, on any aspect of this deck.


 on: June 21, 2017, 03:25:49 PM 
Started by -Enola- - Last post by -Enola-
Thanks a lot Tonio.

@Fingolfinfinwe: if you want to print the cards, there are here http://hobbitdraftgame.free.fr/Download.html

 on: June 21, 2017, 03:24:56 PM 
Started by -Enola- - Last post by -Enola-
Thanks, I will change it soon.

I also hope we will play the Hobbit on gemp soon.

 on: June 21, 2017, 03:06:18 AM 
Started by Deckhunter - Last post by Deckhunter
Thanks for the comment Legion, glad you enjoy it. There just hasn't been too much activity on these boards for a while, that's all.

And it is a lot of fun to play, and I've actually got it paired with about twenty different shadows at the very least. Grima is annoying to deal with cycle wise, but it is very hard to kill this deck since it can essentially just set up a solo Bilbo if everyone else dies, I mostly just tough it out when Grima shows up. Other than that though, the cycle and auto setup elements make it very reliable on the fellowship side and strong on the minion side.

As for specific shadows I've used, it's mostly been ork, moria, men, uruk, nazgul, and all sorts of strange hybrids which use some weird combo and just need the filter to even have a chance of working. Those are the most fun. In short, you can use virtually any shadow with this that you want to.

 on: June 20, 2017, 11:47:32 PM 
Started by Deckhunter - Last post by Legion
How has this gone so long without a comment? It looks like a lot of fun to play, and probably does quite well against a lot of strategies. Probably not that competitive as it does seem weak to Wormtongue, and 4 culture hate, but very original.
What do you pair it with? It looks like it cycles well, so could definitely form part of a shadow win strategy.

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