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Orc Bowmen (1R264)

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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Sauron
Twilight: 3
Card Type: Condition
Game Text: Plays to your support area. While you can spot a [Sauron] Orc, add 1 to the minion archery total.
Lore: Where volleys of Orcish arrows fly, the defenders of the West fall.
Rarity: R

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General Strategy

A key cog in the Sauron grind strategy, Orc Bowmen is a support area constant that adds 1 to the minion archery total with a spotted Sauron Orc. The cost of the condition is steep at 3 twilight, the benefit is outstanding as even the smallest Orc Ambusher adds a useful wound. A support area filled with Under the Watching Eye and Orc Bowmen can dish out eight wound tokens via four exertions and four wounds each move, making the threat of Sauron nothing to scoff at. Another grind linchpin, Hate can finish off exhausted companions.

Before the release of alternate Ring-Bearers, Frodo served as the only ring-bearer and absorbed a lot of these tokens; I'd Make You Squeak can generate additional twilight in a Sauron grind deck. Additionally, the Battle of Helm's Deep expansion released Grishnakh, Orc Captain, Orc Cutthroat, and Orc Patrol which largely reduced the site number of Sauron minions. Fires Raged Unchecked is another option in a deck that generates threats.

Like the Dark Lord himself, the Sauron grind deck benefits from other cultures. Desert Lord and other Raider wounding cards fit well in the grind theme, and Gollum's threat generation (Captured By the Ring, Fat One Wants It) in Movie Block also increase the damage done to the fellowship.

Sauron Grind is incredibly susceptible to condition discarding. Grown Suddenly Tall and Sleep, Caradhras largely dissolve the strategy, though Dead Marshes can play discarded Sauron conditions. Gandalf becomes a quick target for the direct wounding capabilities of the grind deck, and Tower Assassin is always helpful against an Elrond with Secret Sentinels.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Versus...

  • Decks that lack healing
  • Decks that lack vitality
  • Decks with few companions
  • With Under the Watching Eye, Orc Bowmen represent the keystones of a Sauron grind deck
  • Works well with Desert Lord for further wounding, and with Haradhrim Marksman in a multicultural Shadow
  • Can be boosted by threat support in the later sets, particularly from the Gollum culture

Weak Versus...

Example Decks

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