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Set: The Fellowship of the Ring
Kind: Shadow
Culture: Sauron
Twilight: 4
Card Type: Minion • Orc
Strength: 10
Vitality: 2
Site: 6
Game Text: Skirmish: Exert this minion to wound a character it is skirmishing.
Lore: Sauron has countless armies of Orcs at his disposal.
Rarity: R

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Orc War Band (1R272) Wiki

General Strategy

Generic wounding Orc minion, the Orc War Band, like Orc Soldier, Orc Scouting Band, and Orc Hunters, contains the exert-to-wound skirmish special ability. These minions play best in the “Sauron Grind” Shadow, with support area conditions like Under the Watching Eye and Orc Bowmen causing uncomfortable assignment match-ups. The skirmish special ability allows for the Shadow player to place a wound on a free peoples character even when matched against a much stronger companion, and saves the Shadow player deck space, as the game text is effectively a built-in Mordor's Strength.

As with most Sauron minions, the high site number and roaming penalty can be cost-restrictive, although Orc Scouting Band reduces the roaming penalty for further Sauron Orcs played. Orc War Band, at 4, may be cost-restrictive compared to the 2 twilight Orc Soldier, although it has a higher base strength.

With skirmish phase game text, Orc Soldier, Orc Scouting Band, and Orc War Band can be countered by pre-skirmish wounding such as Quick As May Be or Legolas, Greenleaf; however, Sauron grind support offers powerful pre-skirmish wounding cards such as Hate.

In the Movie Block format, Gothmog's Warg can increase the vitality of these exert-to-wound minions, making assignment match-ups even more difficult for the Free Peoples player.

Strengths and Weaknesses

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Example Decks

Fellowship Block Sauron Grind deck by ket_the_jet

Shadow Draw Deck:
1x The Balrog, Durin's Bane
4x Orc Ambusher
4x Orc Assassin
4x Orc Scouting Band
4x Orc Soldier
2x Tower Assassin
2x Úlairë Enquëa, Lieutenant of Morgul
1x Úlairë Nertëa, Messenger of Dol Guldur
4x Hate
4x Orc Bowmen
1x Our List of Allies Grows Thin
2x Spies of Mordor
4x Under the Watching Eye
3x You Bring Great Evil


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