I had this situation come up in a solo game, and I wasn't sure of the correct play... any thoughts?
In the planning phase...
Durin's Bane, 19 damage, 2 Counter-Spells attached
2 Great Cave Troll
Gimli, Citadel Plate, 2 Damage, 1 Resource
Hama, Watchful Eyes, 2 Resources
Legolas, Watchful Eyes, Rivendell Blade, 2 Damage, 1 Resource
Eagles of the Misty Mountains
Eagles of the Misty Mountains, 4 eagles attached
Events in discard:
Khazad! Khazad!, Feint, Quick Strike, Swift Strike, The Eagles are Coming
What's the play here? Do you quest, hoping to avoid taking the trolls? Try and finish this turn, before Durin's Bane starts regenerating?
I don't have this quest yet so I might be wrong but looking at your play area you can only generate 8 willpowers at max.
I would say ditch questing and try to deal as much damage as you can to Durin's Bane this turn, then hopefully you can pit it the next turn.
There are lots of interesting options.
You need to get lucky to win, so I'd play to get lucky. If the trolls engage you are done for.
Plan A. (Be lucky in the quest phase)
Quest with the smaller eagle (2 WP) and hope you don't get more than 1 threat.
Block Durin's Bane with Gimli.
Attack with Hama, Legolas and the big Eagles (12 - 3 = 9 damage).
Return quick strike with Hama, discarding the bow.
Add 2 more encounter cards ....
Refresh phase. Regen 3 = 25 damage on Durin's Bane.
In the refresh phase play quick strike and hope it is not countered. Attack with the eagle. If this works the Balrog will have no hit points remaining, if not it will have 2 hp.
Activate The Dark Pit, exhaust any 3 characters and hope.
Plan B. (Be lucky with the dark pit)
Quest with the small eagles and Gimli
Block with Legolas (he will die)
Attack with Hama and big Eagle = 6 damage, return Quick strike
Add 1 encounter card
Refresh. Quick strike with eagle (Barlog will have either 5hp or 2hp depending on the counter spells)
Plan B is probably safer but Legolas won't get home to tell the tale.
I'd chose Plan A if most of the high threat encounter cards had already gone or if you suspect the rest of your deck is mainly low cost cards.
What did you do and did you win?
I quested for 2 with the eagle and took the Trolls. I lost.