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Chris Fuller
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I heard one of the Grey Company podcast members mention that he was using a Sam Beorn Brand deck, sounded interesting, so I used those heroes and threw something together that has worked well on many quests(beat Foundations of Stone, Anduin solo, dominated Fords of Isen). This deck was sort of designed for Fords of Isen, with 6 allies that can discard cards, but workes well against other quests. Threat can be an issue, which is what Gandalf can be used for.

Hero (3)
Sam (TBR) x1
Beorn (OHsUH) x1
Brand (THoEM) x1

Ally (26)
Defender of Rammas(HoN) x3
Gondorian Spearman(Core) x3
Vassal of the Windlord(TDM) x3
Trollshaw Scout(FoS) x2
Bofur (OHaUH) x3
Watcher of the Bruinen(TWiTW) x3
Bill the Pony (TBR) x2
Gandalf (Core) x3
Faramir (Core) x2
Landroval (aJTR) x3

Attachment (13)
Cram (OHaUH) x3
Steward of Gondor (Core) x2
Celebrian's Stone (Core) x2
Song of Battle (TDM) x1
Dagger of Westernesse (TBR) x3
Rohan Warhorse (VoI) x2

Event (11)
Sneak Attack (Core) x3
Feint (Core) x3
Hands Upon the Bow (SaF) x2
Foe-hammer (OHaUH) x3


Opening hand I either look for early WP boost or a weapon. Brand may look odd but his 2WP comes in very handy early on combined with Sam. Getting Cram and Rohan Warhorse on him for mid-late game and he can start killing a few enemies each turn. Beorn is a beast, and Landroval obvious combo for him basically giving him 19 hit points.

Give it a try and let me know if you have any improvements in mind!.
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So, do you have one Warhorse and one dagger on Brand? Do the other daggers go to Sam?

Willpower must be pretty low until Faramir hits the table.

I saw Hall of Beorn using these heroes in a deck, seemed like an odd group, but I guess there must be something to it.

At least it is cool to see Brand in a deck, but why not Merry instead?
 
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Warhorse has only been useful a few times, but yea 1 dagger to Brand, maybe 2 if no warhorse is around. Merry is a bit too squishy, and 1 less attack than Brand. I could try Merry and add a third copy of Bill to get him up to 3 HP.

WP isnt a huge issue except in the third part of Ithilien, where enemies cant come down. Location locked could be a problem but haven't had that happen yet. Most of the time first rounf I have 5 or 6 right away with Sam and Brand, dont have to worry about a defender early on with Beorn. Then later on hope to get Defender and Watcher out.

 
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Hi Chris. Nice work with the deck. I hate to be the "bearer" of bad news (bad pun, intended) shake, but our bear friend, Beorn, has the following card text:

Quote:
Sentinel. Cannot have attachments
Immune to player card effects.
Beorn does not exhaust to defend.


Since Beorn is immune to player card effects, he would be immune to Landroval's card effect.

I hope you are enjoying the game!

Kevin
 
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Chris Fuller
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Actually confirmed by Caleb(see below)

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/841832/spoilers-all-player-c...


Little odd, but there it is
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Discarded Cards, including Hero cards, have no text; so Beorn can be targeted then

Edit - realized I did not include the qualifier: discarded
 
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Well, what do you know? I did not realize that the game text on heroes in the discard pile is not active.

Thanks for setting us straight!
 
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When are you gonna use Brands ability?

It only works on 2+ players......i find Brand an odd addition.

Plz tell me in case i got something wrong in the rules.
 
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Yea Brand's ability is not used in this deck. He is included mainly for his 2 WP. A minimum of 5 WP on the first turn isnt bad. He also has ranged, so in quests like Foundations of Stone he can kill those bats, and can also use Hands Upon the Bow.
 
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