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Here is my latest attempt at rescuing Wilyador the eagle and bringing him safely to a place where he can be healed.

Heroes (starting threat = 26):
Denethor/Bilbo/Eowyn

Opening Hand:
Lore of Imladris
The Galadhrim's Greeting
Celebrian's Stone
The Favor of the Lady
Westfold Horse-Breaker
Westfold Horse-Breaker


Round 1:
Resource:
1/1/1

Draws:
A Test of Will
Dunedain Warning

Planning:
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Black Forest Bats is moved to the bottom of the deck.

Quest:
Eowyn and Bilbo quest.
Exhaustion revealed.
I play A Test of Will to cancel the effect.
I discard The Favor of the Lady to give Eowyn +1 willpower.
6 willpower vs 1 threat = 5 progress

Refresh:
Wilyador now has 4 wounds and my threat is now 27.

Staging Area:
Rhosgobel is in the staging area.


Round 2:
Resource:
2/2/1

Draws:
Son of Arnor
Faramir

Planning:
Denethor checks the encounter deck: King Spider is moved to the bottom of the deck.

Quest:
Eowyn and Bilbo quest.
Enchanted Stream revealed.
I discard Celebrian's Stone to give Eowyn +1 willpower.
6 willpower vs 3 threat = 3 progress.
I make it to the second stage of the quest.

Travel:
I travel to Rhosgobel.

Refresh:
Wilyador now has 6 wounds and my threat is now 28.

Staging Area:
Enchanted Stream is in the staging area.


Round 3:
Resource:
3/3/2

Draws:
Unexpected Courage
Son of Arnor

Planning:
I play Unexpected Courage on Denethor.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Enchanted Stream is moved to the bottom of the deck.
I ready Denethor with UC.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Exhaustion is moved to the bottom of the deck.

Quest:
Eowyn and Bilbo quest.
Festering Wounds revealed.
Wilyador suffers 2 damage.
I discard the Galadhrim's Greeting to give Eowyn +1 willpower.
6 willpower vs 2 threat = 4 progress.
I fully explore Rhosgobel.

Refresh:
Wilyador now has 10 wounds and my threat is now 29.

Staging Area:
Enchanted Stream is in the staging area.


Round 4:
Resource:
4/4/1

Draws:
Westfold Horse-Breaker
Sneak Attack

Planning:
Denethor checks the encounter deck: The Necromancer's Reach is moved to the bottom of the deck.
I ready Denethor with UC.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Dol Guldur Orcs is moved to the bottom of the deck.

Quest:
Eowyn and Bilbo quest.
Athelas revealed: (Athelas revaled for attachment) Forest Spider attached to the first Athelas.
Dol Guldur Orcs attached to the second Athelas.
Eowyn takes 2 damage from Dol Guldur Orcs' When Revealed effect.
I discard Dunedain Warning to give Eowyn +1 willpower.
6 willpower vs 6 threat = no progress

Engagement:
Forest Spider and Dol Guldur Orcs engaged me.

Combat:
Dol Guldur Orcs attack goes undefended: Shadow Card = Exhaustion: Everyone takes 1 damage, killing Eowyn.
Forest Spider's attack is defended by Wilyador: Shadow Card = Swarming Insects: Wilyador takes 3 damage from the shadow effect and 2 damage from the attack.

Refresh:
Wilyador now has 18 wounds and my threat is now 30.

Staging Area:
Enchanted Stream is in the staging area.


Round 5:
Resource:
5/5

Draws:
A Test of Will
Gandalf

Planning:
I play Gandalf, placing 4 damage on Forest Spider, killing it.
I play Lore of Imladris, healing 5 wounds from Wilyador (he now has 13 wounds).

Quest:
I send no one questing.
Athelas revealed (again!?): Mirkwood Flock attached.
0 willpower vs 3 threat = I raise my threat by 3

Engagement:
Mirkwood Flock engages me.

Combat:
Wilyador defends against Mirkwood Flock: Shadow Card = Forest Grove (no effect): Wilyador takes 1 damage.
Bilbo defends against Dol Guldur Orcs: Shadow Card = Dol Guldur Orcs: Dol Guldur Orcs gets +1 attack: Bilbo takes 1 damage.
Gandalf attacks Dol Guldur Orcs, killing it.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Caught in a Web is moved to the bottom of the deck.
I ready Denethor with UC.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Black Forest Bats is moved to the bottom of the deck.

Refresh:
Wilyador now has 16 wounds and my threat is now 34.

Staging Area:
Enchanted Stream is in the staging area.


Round 6:
Resource:
1/4

Draws:
Rivendell Minstrel
Faramir

Planning:
I play Rivendell Minstrel and grab a Song of Kings from my deck.
I play Song of Kings on Bilbo.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: The Necromancer's Reach is moved to the bottom of the deck.
I ready Denethor with UC.
Denethor checks the encounter deck: Swarming Insects is moved to the bottom of the deck.

Quest:
Rivendell Minstrel and Bilbo quest.
Black Forest Bats revealed.
3 willpower vs 3 threat = no progress.

Engagement:
Black Forest Bats engages me.

Combat:
Black Forest Bats goes undefended: Shadow Card = Eyes of the Forest (no effect): Denethor takes 1 damage.
Wilyador defends against Mirkwood Flock: Shadow Card = Driven by Shadow (effect does nothing): Wilyador takes 1 damage.

Refresh:
Wilyador now has 19 wounds and my threat is now 35.

Staging Area:
Enchanted Stream is in the staging area.


Round 7:
Resource:
1/2

Draws:
A Burning Brand
Protector of Lorien

Planning:
I play Protector of Lorien on Bilbo.
Denethor exhausts to claim an Athelas.
I ready Denethor with UC.
Denethor exhausts to claim another Athelas.

Quest:
I Sneak Attack Faramir.
I exhaust Faramir to give each of my characters +1 willpower.
Rivendell Minstrel, Wilyador, and Bilbo quest.
Dol Guldur Beastmaster revealed.
I discard the remaining 9 cards from my hand to give Bilbo +9 willpower.
16 willpower vs 4 threat = 12 progress.
I advance to the final stage of the quest!

I have 2 Athelas and heal Wilyador of 10 points of damage, but it is not enough to save the poor eagle and he can no longer endure his wounds. Wilyador passes on while the remaining party is crashed by birds, bats, and orcs. Our heroes will soon meet Wilyador again.


The loss of Eowyn was not as detrimental at that point of the game as I expected it to be.

My strategy was to try to move through the encounter deck as fast as possible, trying to find Athelas. Denethor was used for this purpose, moving anything that didn't lead me to Athelas. Bilbo helps get me through my own deck to find Lore of Imladris among other things.

I was trying to hold out as long as possible until I could draw another Gandalf and Lore of Imladris. If I was able to get those two cards, I think I could have Sneak Attacked Gandalf to get a third Athelas and then healed Wilyador for another 5 points before moving onto the final stage of the quest. Alas, I was not so fortunate and Wilyador was even less so.

Perhaps next time...

EDIT: I just realized a mistake in round 5. Bilbo would have died from the Dol Guldur Orcs attack since he already had 1 wound. I forgot to place the wound on him from the shadow effect in round 4. Whoops!
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jakub praibis
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Hello, is this the same deck you sent me once? Or have you made some substantial changes? Nice report.

I love the picture of yours - quite Gandalf style!
 
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Haha, thanks!

I thought it was pretty close to the same deck I sent you, but after double checking that, it looks like I've made quite a few changes since then, some subtle, some more significant.

This is my current build.

Deck Built with CardGameDB.com LotR Deckbuilder

Hero (3)
Bilbo Baggins (THFG) x1
Denethor (Core) x1
Eowyn (Core) x1

Ally (17)
Rivendell Minstrel (THFG) x3
Son of Arnor (Core) x3
Faramir (Core) x2
Northern Tracker (Core) x3
Westfold Horse-Breaker (THfG) x3
Gandalf (Core) x3

Attachment (19)
A Burning Brand (CatC) x3
Protector of Lorien (Core) x2
Steward of Gondor (Core) x3
Dunedain Warning (CatC) x3
Celebrian's Stone (Core) x1
The Favor of the Lady (Core) x2
Unexpected Courage (Core) x3
Song of Kings (THFG) x2

Event (14)
Sneak Attack (Core) x3
A Test of Will (Core) x3
Stand and Fight (Core) x2
The Galadhrim's Greeting (Core) x3
Lore of Imladris (Core) x3
 
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Jon Kolman
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Very nice session. Great job on the deck building!
 
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Interesting to include two copies of Son of Arnor...he never seemed like a winner to me. Like Longbeard orc slayer better, though I see well that the extra cost can be hard.
 
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The Forest Spider is part of the Passage through Mirkwood encounter set, so shouldn't be in this scenario, I believe.
 
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