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Although one imagines that the dark, deep places in the earth are not the most hospitable for the animal friends of Radagast, nevertheless when the call comes out as to who would dare face the perils of the ancient Dwarven mines, while Boromir was insisting that one does not simply walk into Moria, Radagast knew three other foolhardy heroes who would have no problem with it at all.

Once again it is time for Eowyn, Legolas, and Thalin (recovering from a not-so-mortal-after-all wasp sting) to leap into action trailing all manner of eagles and horses in their wake. Thankfully to supplement their blind zeal (and the fact they all forgot the lyrics to the song of wisdom), a band of Dwarven miners drunkenly shouting "Khazad-dum! Khazad-dum! Khazad-dum!" are staggering close behind.

My pre-notes
So I broke down and bought ever more deeply into the Lord of the Rings Card Game. I thought about taking my Denethor deck first through the new quests, but the Radagast themed deck has gone through everything and is a well oiled machine so I wanted to see how it worked against the new pieces. Not one to turn down new cards, I will try to restrain myself to modifying for expansions as I open them...so I should have surprises for a good long while. In the new deck, I've kicked the Lore to the curb, boosted the counts of Landroval and Descendant of Thorondor by 1 each, and added in a full complement of zigil miners and a nice free-to-play tactics card for dwarves that can help them and Thalin be more useful. Hopefully I'll be able to get through the Khazad-dum and Dwarrowdelf packs with a largely consistent deck.

Radagast and Friends Deck
Heroes:
Eowyn (S)
Thalin (T)
Legolas (T)
Neutral Cards:
Radagast x 3
Spirit Cards:
Dwarven Tomb x 1
The Favor of the Lady x 2
Hasty Stroke x 2
A Test of Will x 2
Power in the Earth x 2
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x 2
The Riddermark’s Finest x 3
Unexpected Courage x3
Ancient Mathom x 3
Zigil Miner x 3
Tactics Cards:
Horn of Gondor x 1
Landroval x 2
Descendant of Thorondor x 2
Feint x 2
Support of the Eagles x 2
Winged Guardian x 2
The Eagles of the Misty Mountains x 3
Vassal of the Windlord x 3
The Eagles are Coming x 3
Blade Mastery x 3
Khazad! Khazad! x 3
52 cards

Into the Pit
Initial Hand: The Eagles are Coming!, Vassal of the WIndlord, The Galadhrim’s Greeting, Zigil Miner, Blade Mastery, Unexpected Courage (mulligan) (Cave Torch attached to Eowyn)
Initial Threat: 27
Initial Staging Area (Active Location: East Gate) Cave In, Goblin Swordsman

Turn 1
Resource
-Draw Eagles of the Misty Mountains
-Eowyn1, Thalin1, Legolas1
Planning
-Play Eagles of the Misty Mountains: Get Nothing
Quest
-Quest with Everybody (6W)
-Add Cave In, Signs of Conflict (Threat = 29), Burning Low to the staging area, Exhaust Cave Torch (no enemy) (1T)
-Discard Blade Mastery to increase Eowyn’s will
-Add 6 progress to East Gate
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-NA
Combat
-NA
Refresh
-Threat = 30

Turn 2
Resource
-Draw Khazad!Khazad!
-Eowyn2, Thalin2, Legolas2
Planning
-Play Eagles of the Misty Mountains (Thalin0, Legolas0)
-Play Zigil Miner (Eowyn0)
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn, Zigil Miner (5W)
-Add Crumbling Ruin to the staging area (Exhaust Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Discard a Khazad!Khazad!) (1T)
-Finish East Gate, Add First Hall to staging area
Travel
-Travel to First Hall (Threat=33)
Encounter
-Goblin Swordsman (GS) engages
Combat
-Goblin Swordsman attacks, Thalin defends (shadow deals an extra wound) Thalin takes two wounds,
-Legolas attacks GS, kills him, add two progress, complete First Hall, Add Bridge of Khazad-dum to the staging area
Refresh
-Threat=34

Turn 3
Resource
-Draw Radagast
-Eowyn1, Thalin1, Legolas1
Planning
-Play Vassal of the Windlord (Thalin0)
Quest
-Zigil Miner goes mining for 5 (discard Unexpected Courage, Eagles of the Misty Mountain…darn)
-Quest with Eowyn, Thalin (5W)
-Add Fouled Well to the staging area (discard K!K! to stop surge) (6T)
-Discard Unexpected Courage to Boost Eowyn’s will
-0 progress
Travel
-Travel to Bridge of Khazad-dum
-Exhaust Cave Torch to add 3 progress to Fouled Well (no enemy)
Encounter
-NA
Combat
-NA
Refresh
-Threat = 35

Turn 4
Resource
-Draw Blade Mastery
-Eowyn2, Legolas2, Thalin1
Planning
-Play Radagast (Eowyn0, Thalin0, Legolas0)
-Exhaust Cave Torch to remove fouled well, Add Goblin Follower, engages us
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn, Radagast (6W)
-Add Fouled Well to the staging area (discard Blade Mastery to stop surge) (3T)
-Add 3 progress and finish Bridge of Khazad-dum
Travel
-Travel to the Fouled Well
Encounter
-NA
Combat
-Goblin Follower attacks, VotW defends, is killed and attached to EotMM
-Thalin, Legolas, Zigil Miner attack Goblin Follower for 6, kill him, add two progress to Fouled Well
Refresh
-Threat = 36

Turn 5
Resource
-Draw The Eagles are Coming!
-Radagast1, Eowyn1, Thalin1, Legolas1
Planning
-Play the Eagles are Coming!: Gain VotW
-Play VotW (Radagast0)
Quest
-Exhaust Cave Torch to finish Fouled Well (no enemy)
-Quest with Eowyn, Radagast, Thalin, EotMM+1 (9W)
-Add Signs of Conflict (Threat=38), Stairs of Nain (2T)
-Add 7 progress, proceed to 2b, Add Patrol Leader to the staging area
Travel
-Travel to the Stairs of Nain, Exhaust Legolas
Encounter
-Patrol Leader engages
Combat
-Patrol Leader attacks, Defend with VotW, he’s dead so attach to EotMM
-Patrol leader gains an invulnerability from a shadow, so no attack
-Zigil Miner goes mining for 5 (we’re ambitious), discard Radagast and Power in the Earth, (Eowyn6)
-Play Galadhrim’s Greeting (Eowyn3) Threat=32
Refresh
-Threat = 33

Turn 6
Resource
-Draw Winged Guardian
-Radagast1, Eowyn4, Thalin2, Legolas2
Planning
-Play Winged Guardian (Thalin1, Radagast0)
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn (4W)
-Add Goblln Swordsman to staging area (GS) (1T)
-Add 3 progress to location (2P)
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-GS engages
Combat
-GS attacks, Radagast defends (GS invulnerable), Radagast takes two wounds
-PL attacks, Winged Guardian defends (PL gets +3 from shadow), Winged Guardian killed and added to EotMM
-Thalin, EotMM+3 attack PL for 7 damage, (GS discarded, no damage)
-Legolas attacks GS, kills him, add 2 progress (4P)
-Zigil Miner goes mining! For 5 (discard Horn of Gondor and Ancient Mathom)
Refresh
-Threat = 34

Turn 7
Resource
-Draw Zigil Miner
-Radagast1, Eowyn5, Thalin2, Legolas3
Planning
-Play Zigil Miner (Eowyn3)
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn (4W)
-Add Goblin Scout to staging area (3T)
-Add 1 progress (5P)
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-NA
Combat
-PL attacks, Zigil Miner defends, is killed
-Legolas, EotMM+3, Radagast, Thalin attack PL for 11 damage, (GS discarded so no damage)
-Zigil Miner goes mining! For 5, Discard Thorondor and Radagast (Legolas8)
Refresh
-Threat = 35

Turn 8
Resource
-Draw Support of the Eagles
-Legolas9, Thalin3, Eowyn4, Radagast2
Planning
-Play Support of the Eagles on Legolas (Legolas6)
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn, Radagast,Thalin (7W)
-Add Signs of Conflict (Threat=37), Goblin Follower to the staging area (4T)
-Add 3 progress, (8P)
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-GF and GSc engage
Combat
-PL attacks, Zigil Miner defends, he’s dead
-GSc attacks, undefended, 1 damage on Legolas
-GF attacks, EotMM defends, he’s fine
-Legolas attacks PL (using Support of the Eagles)for 8, he’s dead, add 2 progress (10P)
Refresh
-Threat = 38

Turn 9
Resource
-Draw Winged Guardian
-Radagast3, Eowyn5, Legolas7, Thalin4
Planning
-Play Winged Guardian (Radagast1)
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn (4W)
-Add Branching Paths (2T)
-Add 2 progress, proceed to 3B
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-NA
Combat
-GF attacks, WG defends, GF gets +2 from shadow so WG is killed and added to EotMM
-GSc attacks, Radagast defends, he’s fine
-Legolas attacks GF (using Support of the Eagles EotMM) for 8, kills it, add 2 progress (2P)
-EotMM attacks GSc, kills them
-Exhaust Cave torch to add 3 progress to branching paths (adds a Goblin Swordsman from exhaust, add Cave in, remove the progress (0P))
Refresh
-Threat = 39

Turn 10
Resource
-Draw Favor of the Lady
Planning
-Play Favor of the Lady on Eowyn (Eowyn3)
Quest
-Quest with Eowyn, Radagast, Thalin (8W)
-Add Crumbling Ruin, Exhaust Legolas, Discard Favor of the Lady, he’s OK
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-GSw engages
Combat
-GSw attacks, EotMM defends, they’re fine
Refresh
-Threat = 40

Turn 11
Resource
-Draw the Eagles are Coming!
Planning
-Play the Eagles are Coming! Gain: Landroval
-Play Landroval, Radagast0, Legolas5, Thalin2
Quest
-Quest with Thalin, Eowyn, Radagast (8W)
-Add Goblin Scout (3T)
-Add 5 progress (5P)
Travel
-NA
Encounter
-GSc engages
Combat
-GSc attacks, Landroval defends (GSc invulnerable)
-GSw attacks, EotMM defend (Shadow boosts attack to +5, but EotMM have 6defense, so they’re fine)
-Legolas attacks GSw, kills them, add two progress (7P)
Refresh
-Threat = 41

Turn 12
Resource
-Draw Ancient Mathom
Planning
-NA
Quest
-Quest with Everybody!!! (except Legolas and EotMM) 9W
-Add Burning Low to the staging area (0T)
-Add 9 progress (12+P)
VICTORY!!
Score = 41 + 120 (12 rounds) + 2 wounds on Thalin + 1 wound on Legolas – 4 location victory points
160

NOTES: This was a very fun quest, probably the best quest in Lord of the Rings I have played, but I always like the ones I won without feeling like I got too lucky. The Zigil Miner certainly seemed important to this quest though. As always, call me out on anything I did wrong. This was the first time I played this quest.
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Nice report, but I think you need to take a look at the latest FAQ

Sigil Miner got nerfed... hard.

He now gives resources equal to the number of cards that match the cost you called from the top two.

I see you play with Power in the Earth, do you really think that is a good card?
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can you use Eagle flavored deck inside moria's scenarios ? they cant fly inside moria if i remember correctly
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Infyra wrote:
Nice report, but I think you need to take a look at the latest FAQ

Sigil Miner got nerfed... hard.

He now gives resources equal to the number of cards that match the cost you called from the top two.

I see you play with Power in the Earth, do you really think that is a good card?


Well, there's no accounting for when a card game gets "patched" if you don't read the FAQ. In later games I'll try to remember this rule. That really does diminish the Zigil Miner value, but it's probably needed if you're combining him with anything that lets you peek at your own deck (if anything does that...nothing springs to mind right off).

Power in the Earth is only worthwhile if there are 1 threat cost areas that you don't want to have to deal with. But there's so much hand discarding with Eowyn, having a couple specialized situation cards like that is not so bad. A good judge of a card not worth keeping is what I discard when given a choice. Power in the Earth'll probably vanish as I get better cards in expansions.
 
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dprijadi wrote:
can you use Eagle flavored deck inside moria's scenarios ? they cant fly inside moria if i remember correctly


There's no explicit rules I can find in the material I have that says Eagles aren't allowed. Whether it defies "realism" is a different story, but mechanically I don't see a problem with it.
 
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i play a tactics/leadership deck with 9 eagles in it - really don't see a problem with using these eagles in caves. these Eagles can't be bigger than, say, beorn, and if he is down there then why can't the bird be down there? doesn't need to fly. Tactics questing is broken without Eagles of the Misty Mountains.

rwinder: if you are looking for good cards for your deck, i would suggest getting The Long Dark and Over Hill Under Hill. Using Hama's ability with Foe-Hammer, Feint and Thicket of Spears really opens up a lot of opportunity in the tactics sphere, and he is the same cost as Thalin.
 
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nssxxx wrote:
if you are looking for good cards for your deck, i would suggest getting The Long Dark and Over Hill Under Hill. Using Hama's ability with Foe-Hammer, Feint and Thicket of Spears really opens up a lot of opportunity in the tactics sphere, and he is the same cost as Thalin.


I have the other expansions, but I'm trying to space out opening them so I don't get overwhelmed and have something to look forward to, but, yes, Hama is probably a good character to swap in for Thalin.
 
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dont take it the wrong way, i love the eagle themed deck and i love tactic deck =D

i just a bit troubled about using eagles inside moria.. i feel like using a battleship on a small lake .. or using jetplane to drive around the city.. seems illogical..

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Why exactly? How big do you think an eagle is?
 
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nssxxx wrote:
Why exactly? How big do you think an eagle is?
Given that Gwaihir could carry Gandalf (plus a bit of luggage) pretty damned big.
 
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