Kevin Kam
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The key to this scenario in my opinion is slow-playing the deck and threat management. If you blast through the first stage with too high of a threat you will end up being massacred. Try to manage the staging area carefully and don't add too many progress tokens to the quest early on. Use Spirit to lower your threat and start marshalling allies. Then, once you're confident you can actually take the trolls, make a big push for the end.

This scenario gave us some trouble the first couple times around but when we played it like this it went quite smoothly.
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Sebastian Barth
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jobes2007 wrote:
Is there any sort of strategy advice that could be offered here?

Given your parameters (your sphere split, no rebuilding decks, problem with combat oriented quest), I can say the following:

Have you tried my Hammer and Anvil approach?

It fits your sphere distribution well (if I would rewrite that article I would probably go SPIRIT/Leadership & LORE/Tactics), it is my goto strategy, if I want "two decks to rule them all" without worrying too much about a quick score and it is actually fun to play as both players have a clear game plan while still having some fun interactions available.
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@Joseph, After getting our asses kicked 3 times in this scenario, tonight we had a very closefought victory. We used the same hero's as you do. (Trying to use the same decks to get through the entire Mirkwood Series.) We managed to get through the first part of the quest with some allies and Grimbeorn, and also a rather low threat. It alsmost turned to ruin again when Eleanor got sacked and a treachery card raised the threat by 10! But fortunately we were strong enough to deal with the trolls. As allies the westfold horsebreaker (to ready hero's) and the escort from edoras were a huge help. (The last one is very usefull to give your questing a +4 boost when the trolls arive (8 threat in total) Also forest snare is a very usefull card to take one or more trolls out of the equation. Feints also help a lot. Hopefully this info helps a little. Goodluck on your questing!
 
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I played this with a friend for the first time yesterday, and we got very lucky and beat it handily. I was playing Gimli/Legolas/Frodo, and he was playing Glorfindel/Aragorn/Denethor. We got very lucky and only got Sacked once, with the dwarf who removes a condition was ready and in hand. We used Gandalf with a sneak attack to keep our threat down under 34, as well as that card that reduces everyone's threat by 2. This was the key. I was able to face each troll one at a time, block with a Citadel-plated Gimli, untap with him using, um, that card that taps to ready the hero it is attached to, and kill the troll in one shot with a super-Gimli and Legolas.

Sorry about the lack of card names, but the key is trying to be able to keep your threat under 34 as long as possible.
 
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tomchaps wrote:
I played this with a friend for the first time yesterday, and we got very lucky and beat it handily. I was playing Gimli/Legolas/Frodo, and he was playing Glorfindel/Aragorn/Denethor. We got very lucky and only got Sacked once, with the dwarf who removes a condition was ready and in hand. We used Gandalf with a sneak attack to keep our threat down under 34, as well as that card that reduces everyone's threat by 2. This was the key. I was able to face each troll one at a time, block with a Citadel-plated Gimli, untap with him using, um, that card that taps to ready the hero it is attached to, and kill the troll in one shot with a super-Gimli and Legolas.

Sorry about the lack of card names, but the key is trying to be able to keep your threat under 34 as long as possible.


Thanks for this!

I finally beat Conflict at the Carrock using these heroes. Frodo mostly just kept my starting threat down, actually. Denethor with Song of Kings and Aragorn with Steward of Gondor wreaked havoc on one side while Legolas,Grimbeorn and Beorn actually handled the trolls, all of whom triggered at once, but were sidelined by feints and forest snares to make them manageable.

WHEW.
 
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sirprim wrote:
Have you tried my Hammer and Anvil approach?


My son and I finally beat Carrock on our fourth try using Hammer and Anvil. I was Hammer with LORE-leadership (Bilbo, Denethor, and Gloin). Essential for my part was making Gloin "Steward of Gondor" to accumulate leadership resources quickly and bring in Grimbeorn when he became available - specifically when my son The Anvil was first player. Bilbo of course is great for drawing cards, and Denethor was essential for pushing two of the Sacked! cards to the bottom of the deck.

The trickiest part was managing the quest phase so that we didn't trigger the arrival of the trolls until we were ready.

When the time came, I had two Silverlode Archers and Haldir of Lorien (because we'd done Journey to Rhosgobel out of sequence) plus "For Gondor!" in hand to make the first attack on the trolls count. My son had Legolas, Gimli, and Eowyn, had beefed up Gimli with "Citadel Plate," and had four allies out as well, plus two Feints and "A Light in the Dark" in his hand. So we were able to kill two trolls on the first turn they engaged him, and the other two trolls the next turn. Gandalf never came out, nor did the Forest Snares. We were pretty stoked.

Thanks for the Hammer and Anvil approach. We're going to try it next on Hills of Emyn Muil.
 
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