Win Without Questing?

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Sfrug 9

Sfrug has updated this deck: Win Without Questing?, Take 2

Update: I have an updated and (partially but not fully) whittled down version of the deck here. Thanks to Aurion for his comments on version 1! Check out his version of this idea here.

I wanted to know if one could win without questing — a nice challenge, given that questing is, generally, how one wins the game. This is my attempt to do that.

Please note: this deck is still under construction. (There are so many cards in it because I am still figuring out which I need and which I don't.) I am imagining it going against one of the simpler scenarios. I am new to the game, so I don't really know if this will work. (Or if maybe it's already been done!)

The strategy: put two Blade of Gondolins on Legolas. Pump him up as much as possible with other attachments (not restricted, since BoG is restricted & we've filled those slots) — Captain of Gondor, Dúnedain Mark. Then load him with readying attachments — as many Unexpected Courages as you can find, Lembass, Miruvor. And then have him kill things, putting 4 progress points on the quest/location each time.

The only other way I know of to put progress directly on a quest is Ravens of the Mountain, so it's in here, as is Scroll of Isildur in case I need to recall it for another go-around.

Meanwhile, use threat reduction as much as possible to counter the effects of not questing — Merry will reduce threat each turn an enemy comes out (when there's no enemy, he'll be exhausted to employ a Ravens of the Mountain), The Galadhrim's Greeting and Favor of the Valar will be played, etc. And the Lore Aragorn has his one-time full threat reduction, to be hoarded & used carefully.

Another thing that's in here is as much location management as I can find (leaving out those allies that quest to use it): The Evening Star, Strength of Will, Expert Trackers, Arod & Asfaloth, Eryn Galen Settler, Greyflood Wanderer, The Riddermark's Finest, Woodland Courier. Hopefully these can dispatch the locations, so that Legolas & Ravens of the Mountain can actually make progress on the quest.

Other things: other than the one-time threat reduction, Aragron is for defending. I threw in a few cards to pump him up — Raiment of War, Gondorian Shield in case I don't get Raiment, Blood of Númenor, plus some healing with Ioreth. A few other allies will defend too — Defender of Rammas, in particular, but also Jubayr and Déorwine — so that Legolas can kill multiple enemies in a round.

That's most of it. Dúnedain Hunter is to go look for enemies for Legolas to kill, and maybe help him kill them if necessary. A Good Harvest is resource smoothing. I wish I had better resource production in this deck, but I can't think of what it would be.

Now, of course, I need to narrow this down and to play-test it. I don't have OCTGN — I have a Mac & it doesn't seem to work on that — and I don't own all these sets, so I haven't been able to do the latter yet; I thought I'd do the former once I manage to play-test it and see what I wish I had and what I'm not using.

Comments & Suggestions would be very much appreciated.


Oct 09, 2018 tigormiti 653

I would suggest Ever Vigilant and Doom Hangs Still

Oct 09, 2018 Sfrug 9

Both good ideas. The problem is they're both leadership, and that is the one sphere I left out of this tri-sphere deck! Now, I did throw in three leadership cards — Dúnedain Mark — because so much depends on pumping up Legolas, and there are so few cards to pump up a character's attack which are not restricted attachments! My thought was to pay for those with A Good Harvest. But those are limited. I think I might toss in one copy of Doom Hangs Still, hoping to play it on the same round I play one (or more?) of the Dúnedain Marks. But it's stretching what I imagine the resource smoothing in this deck can take.

Oct 09, 2018 Aurion 301

You definitely want to include 3 copies of Wait no Longer.

Oct 09, 2018 Aurion 301

Have just realised how many cards you have in this deck and no card draw! You really want to try and work out which cards are vital to making your strategy work, then cut down the rest of deck for consistency. I would suggest Legolas, blade of gondolin, arod and wait no longer as your starting point.

Oct 09, 2018 Sfrug 9

Yeah, as I said in the note, this is a work in progress; one of the main things I am interested in is getting people's ideas on what I can eliminate!

Oct 09, 2018 Aurion 301

This is my attempt:

Oct 09, 2018 Sfrug 9

Thanks! That looks fun. Now if only I can get OCTGN working on my mac, I will give it a run.