Now that we've got Pippin (and a few more Hobbit event cards) in the latest AP, the time is ripe for decks themed around hairy-footed small folk.
I've been toying around with one, but Hobbit allies are so thin on the ground that it makes sense to throw a few Elves in. The card mechanics you end up with encourage avoiding attacks, and you'll therefore need to pair any Hobbit deck with a decent attacking deck.
I'll post my deck once I've playtested it tonight. Anyone tried a Hobbit deck already?
With the last spoiler, it seems Faramir and Ranger have good synergy with the hobbits.
Low threat tactic hobbit + hands uppon the bow / trap that allow you to attack an ennemy in the staging / great yew bow
With Ranger bow / Faramir / raising engagement cost hobbit... returning in the staging hobbit... etc...
There seems to be a lot to think about, but one must be mono lore and one must be full hobbit, tricky...
Master of Lore
I tried the Hobbit deck that was offered by FFG: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4196
I usually play solo and the deck was quite a bit of fun! It's not very viable solo though, so I ended up going against Passage Through Mirkwood which made that quest seem nostalgically difficult like unwrapping that first Tactics starter deck.
I'm happy to wait for the Black Riders before I start messing with hobbits. I tend to go all in when I go thematic, and there's just not enough hobbit cards yet.
I'm happy to wait for the Black Riders before I start messing with hobbits. I tend to go all in when I go for power, and there's just not enough hobbit cards yet.
This is the deck I've been tinkering with. It's a bit different to FFG's, and features a very familiar resource-generation mechanic.
I've tested it two-handed against Journey Down the Anduin and, apart from those pesky Wargs dragging stage 3B out, it worked pretty well. I paired it with a brutal Gondor deck, because the Hobbits just aren't made for fighting. And they have plenty of abilities to avoid enemies, letting the Gondor war-machine do the meat-grinding.
I didn't use Pippin's ability once, though my threat certainly stayed low enough to do so. Denethor's ability meant I didn't have to face the Marsh Adder early on, but I did finish the game with both Hill Trolls and Chieftan Ufthak in my display.
Here's the deck:
Arwen Undómiel x3
Imladris Stargazer x3
Zigil Miner x3
Northern Tracker x3
Wandering Took x3
Gandalf (Core) x3
Fast Hitch x3
Ithilien Pit x3
Good Meal x2
Boots from Erebor x2
A Test of Will x3
Small Target x2
The Galadhrim's Greeting x3
Short Cut x2
Out of Sight x2
Beorn's Hospitality x2
Dwarven Tomb x2
I'll be taking a copy of Short Cut out, and maybe a copy of Small Target, and swapping in Dwarven Tomb. And Northern Tracker is only in there for the attack boost - although the Response comes in useful.
Good Meal's a handy card in this deck too, so I might try and get a third copy in somehow.
If you're playing 'true solo', alternate Gandalf (The Hobbit: OHaUH) would be a good option. And I suppose you could get Keen-eyed Took in there with a Song of Kings, if you wanted to get rid of the less thematic allies.
EDIT: Got rid of both copies of Out of Sight, a copy each of Small Target and Short Cut, then replaced them with two copies each of Haldir and Dwarven Tomb. Updated the decklist.
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