chadgar24
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Strategy: I have Dwarf allies and Rohan Allies in this deck. The dwarves (vet axehand, battlemaster, Dwalin, Kili, Fili) will do some attacking and get Dain’s willpower boost while at Caradhras. The Rohan allies (Riddermark’s Finest and Escort to Ederas) will give me a big willpower boost to plow up and over the mountain in one turn. I also have some Northern Trackers to whittle down the mountain while it is in the staging area. A Test of Will, Dwarven Tomb, and Ancient Mathoms to cancel When Revealed and get some card draw. And Elrond’s council will be used to drop threat (Arwen counts as a controlled Noldor character). I also included a lot of tactic events and weapons/armor to help take out all those enemies. As always, with my session reports, I have tried to include some new cards to see how they work and to make sure I am using them correctly.

Heroes: Dain Ironfoot, Thalin, Oin Starting Threat = 28
Reveal Fell Voices, Surge Reveals Celebdil
Starting Hand: Ever My Heart Rises, Steward of Gondor, Spear of the Citadel, Feint, Song of Battle, A Test of Will

Turn 1:
add a Resource to Dain Ironfoot 1 Thalin 1 Oin 1
draw Dwarven Tomb
Attach Ever My Heart Rises to Thalin
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin for 7, Oin 2 AR (Arwen’s resource)
reveal Snow Warg Staging threat = 9 add a Damage to Snow Warg
Unsuccessful quest, Increase Threat Level to 30
Travel to Celebdil
Ever my heart rises response triggered, ready Thalin Threat Level = 29 (-1)
Dain Ironfoot defends Snow Warg, shadow Fanuidhol
Thalin inflicts 2nd Damage to Snow Warg
Refresh, Threat = 30

Great starting hand, was able to use Ever My Heart Rises on first turn and Song of Battle is a must to use the Spear of the Citidel on Dain. I am planning to use Arwen’s ability to add a resource to Ori and plan on the SofGondor for Thalin to hopefully get a bunch of tactic dwarves in play. Crazy seeing 2 of the victory point locations in this turn, I once played this quest and all 3 VP locations were in the final 4 cards of the encounter deck. At least I know I don’t have to do that again.

Turn 2:
add a Resource to Dain Ironfoot 2 Thalin 2 Oin 3
draw Ancient Mathom
Attach and use Steward of Gondor on Thalin 4, Dain 0
Attach Song of Battle and Spear of the Citadel to Dain, Thalin 1
Attach Ancient Mathom to Celebdil, Oin 2
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin for 7, Dain 1 AR
Reveal Bitter Wind, lose all resources
Staging threat = 3
add 4 Progress to Celebdil
Dain Ironfoot defends Snow Warg, Warg Lair shadow, spear causes 3rd damage
Remove 2 Progress from Celebdil - 2
Refresh, Threat = 31

Happy to see Ancient Mathom, but not happy about losing all my resources. I have to keep A Test of Will for the REALLY bad ‘When Revealed’ that could kill Arwen or heroes later in this game. I am in no hurry at this point. Love the Spear of the Citadel on Dain combined with Thalin’s ability, enemies die without ever attacking them.

Turn 3:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 1 Thalin 3 Oin 1
draw Gandalf
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin for 7, Oin 2 AR
Reveal Black Uruks, 1 damage, Staging threat = 5
add 2 Progress to Celebdil
Dain Ironfoot defends Snow Warg, spear kills it, Bitter Wind was the shadow
Remove 2 Progress from Celebdil - 2
Refresh, Threat = 32

Black Uruks are the perfect example of Thalin plus a defender with Spear of the Citidel…1 damage instantly, then when spear wielding defender is exhausted it dies. This is a great way to kill 2-hit-point enemies, I strongly recommend this combo if there are a lot of them in a quest.

Turn 4:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 2 Thalin 6 Oin 3
draw and play Dwalin, Oin 0
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin for 9, Oin 1 AR
Reveal Snow Warg, 1 damage, Staging threat = 8
add 1 Progress to Celebdil
Dain Ironfoot defends Black Uruks, spear kills them, Mountain Goblin was shadow
Feint cancels Snow Warg attack, Thalin 5, Mountain Warg was the shadow
Remove 2 Progress from Celebdil - 1
Refresh, Threat = 33

I decided to play Dwalin even though I had to pay the full price, I need to get some more willpower on the table. Feint is perfect for Snow Wargs, that 3 attack strength is hard to defend if Dain is unavailable and no tactic armor has come out. Going backwards down the mountain….

Turn 5:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 3 Thalin 8 Oin 2
draw Feint
Play Gandalf, Dain Ironfoot 0, Thalin 6
draw Unexpected Courage, Ancient Mathom, Elronds Counsel
Play Elronds Counsel, attach to Thain, Threat level = 30
Attach Ancient Mathom to Celebdil, Oin 1
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Gandalf for 14, Oin 2 AR
Reveal Mountain Goblin, 1 damage, Staging threat = 4
add 6 Progress to explore Celebdil, 2 victory pts
add 4 Progress to Up the Pass - 4
2 Ancient Mathoms draw Gandalf, Spear of the Citadel, Steward of Gondor, Sneak Attack, Ever My Heart Rises, Dwarven Tomb
Dain Ironfoot defends Snow Warg spear inflicts 2nd damage to Snow Warg, shadow Mountain Troll, 1 Damage to Dain Ironfoot
Feint cancels Mountain Goblin attack, Thalin 5, Black Uruks was shadow
Refresh, Threat = 31

Well that worked and it didn’t. You would figure with drawing 9 cards I would draw some tactic dwarves and armor since my deck has a ton of them. I needed to get past this location and decided Gandalf was the answer once I drew Feint.

Turn 6:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 1 Thalin 8 Oin 3
draw Northern Tracker
Attach Spear of the Citadel to Thalin 6
Attach Unexpected Courage to Thalin, Oin 1
Attach Ever My Heart Rises to Oin
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, for 7, Oin 2 AR
reveal another Snow Warg, damage, Staging Threat = 6
add 1 Progress to Up the Pass - 6
Combat phase Sneak Attack Gandalf, Dain 0,
Gandalf kills the new Snow Warg, Mountain Troll was shadow
Dain Ironfoot defends Mountain Goblin, 2nd damage from spear, Turbulent Waters shadow
Encouraged Thalin defends Snow Warg inflicts 3rd damage from spear, Fallen Stones shadow, 1 Damage to Thalin
Gandalf kills wounded Snow Warg, return Gandalf to hand
Refresh, Threat = 32

Decided to not send Dwalin on the quest to stall because I really am not getting the allies I need to win this quest in stage 3. N. Tracker is good but expensive. Thalin can now defend with a spear and quest, dealing 2 damage to enemies without attacking them…nice! With 3 enemies in play I had to bring in Gandalf and was able to kill 2.

Turn 7:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 2 Thalin 9 Oin 3
draw Hasty Stroke
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, for 7, Oin 4 AR
reveal Mountain Warg, damage it, Staging threat = 5
add 2 Progress to Up the Pass - 8
Dain Ironfoot defends Mountain Warg, spear adds 2nd wound, Mountain Goblin shadow so it stays engaged, 2nd and 3rd damage to Dain
Thalin defends Mountain Goblin, spear kills it, shadow was The Dimrill Stair
Refresh, Threat = 33

Still not getting the cards I want. Will advance quest next turn. This Mountain Warg is going to be a nuisance.

Turn 8:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 3 Thalin 12 Oin 5
draw The Riddermarks Finest
Play Northern Tracker, Oin 1
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Northern Tracker for 10, Oin 2 AR, 1 progress on Caradhras
Reveal Fell Voices cancel with A Test of Will, Oin 1
Staging threat = 3
Progress through Up the Pass
advance quest to Snowdrifts – add 2 snowstorms to deck
Dain Ironfoot defends Mountain Warg, add 3rd damage, Rocky Crags shadow so it stays, 4th damage to Dain
Refresh, Threat = 34
Fell Voices was too scary to deal with, had to cancel. Did not have a choice but to use Dain to defend, need some armor on him! Hasty Stroke in my hand ensured he would live.

Turn 9:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 4 Thalin 15 Oin 2
draw Escort from Edoras
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Northern Tracker for 10, Oin 3 AR, 2nd progress on Caradhras
reveal Rocky Crags Staging threat = 7
add 3 Progress to Snowdrifts - 3
Travel to Rocky Crags, add 2 Damage to Dwalin, ready Oin and Thalin because it’s a mountain location, reduce Threat Level to 32
Thalin defends Mountain Warg and kills it with spear, Fallen stones was the shadow
Refresh, Threat = 33

Finally killed that thing! I have a ton of resources on Thalin and am not drawing ANY of my tactic cards…frustrating!

Turn 10:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 5 Thalin 18 Oin 4
draw and attach Horn of Gondor to Dain, Thalin 17
use Dwarven Tomb to fetch A Test of Will Oin 3
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Northern Tracker for 10, Oin 4 AR, 3rd progress on Caradhras
Reveal Freezing Cold, A Test of Will to cancel this, Oin 3
Staging threat = 3, Explore Rocky Crags, add 5 Progress to Snowdrifts - 8
Refresh, Threat = 34

Finally got a tactic card….not super excited about it. I figure 2/3s of my remaining deck is armor and tactic dwarves. Not dealing with Freezing Cold since it would kill a hero in the 3rd quest stage.

Turn 11:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 6 Thalin 20 Oin 4
draw and attach Elronds Counsel to Oin, Threat Level = 31
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Northern Tracker for 11, Oin 5 AR, 4th progress on Caradhras
reveal Snowstorm, Willpower = 6
add 3 Progress to Snowdrifts – 11, Caradhras is active location
advance quest to The Mountains Peaks, return 1 snowstorm to encounter deck
Refresh, Threat = 32

I did not get to use Ever my Heart Rises response since I did not ‘travel’ to this mountain. Staging and engagement areas are clear…time to attempt the crossing.

Turn 12:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 7 Thalin 23 Oin 6
draw A Test of Will
Play The Riddermarks Finest, Oin 4
Play Escort from Edoras, Oin 2
exhaust and discard The Riddermarks Finest, add 2 Progress to Caradhras -6
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Escort from Edoras
for 8, Oin 3 AR
Revel Snowstorm, cancel with A Test of Will, Oin 2, 0 staging threat
add 3 Progress to explore Caradhras, 3 victory points, 5 total
add 5 Progress to The Mountains Peaks - 5
discard Escort from Edoras
Refresh, Threat = 33

Of course Snowstorm comes out thematically as soon as I try to cross Cruel Caradhras. I would have left Arwen out of the questing if I had not drawn A Test of Will…she would have died and I would have lost. Riddermark’s Finest and Escort from Edoras did their jobs perfectly.

Turn 13:
add Resources to Dain Ironfoot 8 Thalin 26 Oin 3
draw and attach Ring Mail to Dain, Thalin 24
Commit Arwen Undomiel, Oin, Thalin, Dwalin, Northern Tracker for 10, Oin 4 AR,
reveal Mountain Warg, add damage, Staging threat = 2
add 8 Progress to The Mountains Peaks – 13 to win!

Oh good…armor. Well it was not a win like I planned, but a good deck is one that can win without relying on a specific card to come out. I did not get the dwarves out I thought I would or the armor and therefore had a heck of a time with the enemies. Thalin had 26 resources at the end of the game, meanwhile Ori was scrounging for his. As always let me know if you see any mistakes and thank you for reading.
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