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October 01, 2015, 08:32:58 AM
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Two Beards and a Tree
« on: October 01, 2015, 08:32:58 AM »
Ring-bearer: Frodo, Reluctant Adventurer
Ring: The One Ring, Answer To All Riddles
Starting Fellowship: Gandalf, the White Wizard

Adventure deck:
Western Emyn Muil
Plains of Rohan Camp
Throne Room
Westemnet Hills
Deep of Helm
Hornburg Armory
King's Room
Valley of Saruman
Palantir Chamber

Free Peoples Draw Deck:
1x Birchseed, Tall Statesman
4x Theoden, King of the Golden Hall
1x Albert Dreary, Entertainer From Bree
1x Barliman Butterbur, Prancing Pony Proprietor
1x Glamdring
1x Brego
2x Herugrim
1x King's Mail
1x Rohirrim Bow
1x Rohirrim Helm
1x Gandalf's Staff, Walking Stick
1x Narya
4x A Wizard Is Never Late
1x Deep in Thought
2x Keep Your Forked Tongue
1x Mithrandir, Mithrandir!
3x Roll of Thunder
4x Servant of the Secret Fire
1x Behold the White Rider
2x Betrayal of Isengard
1x Hearken to Me

Shadow Draw Deck:
1x Grima, Wormtongue
1x Saruman, Black Traitor
1x Saruman, Servant of the Eye
2x Uruk Assault Band
4x Uruk Besieger
3x Uruk Stormer
1x Uruk Vanguard
3x Uruk-hai Band
3x Uruk-hai Horde
3x Uruk-hai Mob
3x Ferocity
4x Attack on Helm's Deep
1x Burning of Westfold
2x Down to the Last Child
2x Greed
2x Saruman's Ambition

Made this deck for fun...really wanted a Gandalf/Theoden deck for whatever reason and am 3-2 with it on Gemp so far. It has its holes (lots of them) and will get destroyed by several shadows (that's the truth) but I have had fun with it so far.

As an observation, I should probably swap Frodo with Old Bilbo's Heir for the Gandalf signet even though I am not using Trust Me As You Once Did. The deck lacks healing which could be solved with more copies of Gandalf. Birchseed is a boss for cycling. The site path needs more battlegrounds!


October 12, 2015, 08:34:34 PM
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Re: Two Beards and a Tree
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 08:34:34 PM »
I like the fresh idea. Deck looks really fun!

I definitely agree with using an unhasty, but is there any particular reason for using Birchseed rather than Lindenroot? For only extra 1 twilight you get the strength 10 plus the gametext that might come in handy every once in a while.

With all of those AWINL I would almost recommend starting another cost 2 cannon fodder companion alongside Theoden and then swapping the extra copies of him for Gandalf. It should ensure Gandalf coming out early, and then you can start a solid Third Marshall to soak up some wounds and die valiantly. Definitely a judgement call and it could go either way, as you have lots of possessions for Theoden but many events for Gandalf.

Pretty straightforward shadow, looks like. The nice thing about site control Uruks is that if you run into heavy condition control on your opponent's FP, you still have some solids minions for a beatdown.

I'd look forward to seeing some replays!


October 13, 2015, 05:20:10 AM
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Re: Two Beards and a Tree
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 05:20:10 AM »
Hey dmaz, thanks for the response.

Birchseed rather than Lindenroot was simply a judgment call. This deck doesn't choke as well as I thought it might, so that may be worth a switch.

As for the extra copies of Gandalf, with so few companions I think that it is the best option for healing. Have Patience could equal another two or three minions, and I certainly don't want that.

Shadow ran into some problems in this one, but the Free Peoples did what they had to do against Berserker Uruks:
http://www.gempukku.com/gemp-lotr/game.html?replayId=chet manly$tnp7s59k0gcovar3

It's never going to be the most competitive deck, but it is fun for now.