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This deck focuses on 3 important aspects: Eagles, Hobbits, and Secrecy (If you are looking for a deck to highlight Éowyn, I'm sorry. You'll have to look elsewhere). Although the deck is -heavy, it can hold its own during questing and has some fun easy combos.
With the recent addition of Éowyn, there are new options for decks to include 2 heroes and start in secrecy. This deck takes advantage of this new possibility to empower the hobbit heroes and swarm the table with powerful eagle/Istari allies for cheap/free. Even Bill the Pony wants to get in on the action.
Below I will discuss some of the card choices and why they are important to the deck:
Bill the Pony: Bill is great for a couple of reasons. Obviously he benefits the hobbits by boosting their HP and his free cost (thanks to Sam Gamgee) is great. Even though you can play him for free, his cost is still considered to be 2 which makes him great to combo with A Very Good Tale. Also, Bill is one of the few non-eagle allies in the game with the "creature" trait which means he can soak some damage and take advantage of Radagast's healing.
Radagast: This guy doesn't see much play, and it's no surprise why; His cost is high, his stats are low, and his ability is super-niche. This deck aims to get around his shortcomings in a few ways. Ideally you can play him for cheap or free by using Timely Aid or A Very Good Tale. His stats don't seem so bad when you only pay 1 resource for him. Once he's on the board there are 17 allies that you can use his resources to cast or heal.
Gandalf/Secret Vigil: These cards are the only way to drop threat and keep you in secrecy. In a perfect scenario you would play Secret Vigil onto an enemy in the staging area, Sneak Attack Gandalf into play during combat (dropping your threat), and use him to kill the attached enemy. Also, don't forget about the action window at the end of the round to combo Gandalf with A Very Good Tale when you do eventually hard-cast him.
Dagger of Westernesse/Hobbit Cloak: While these cards are not technically "secrecy" cards, they both trigger off of having a lower threat than the enemy's engagement. Just more reasons that a low starting threat is crucial here. The cloak goes on Sam Gamgee and the daggers go where ever you want.
Timely Aid: This is the key secrecy card of the deck. By my count there are roughly 13 allies that are great to find with this card, and 6 that are okay. Assuming you find one of these cards, this enables you to start swarming the board with eagles by comboing with A Very Good Tale.
What are you looking for in an opening hand?:
-Allies with an efficient resource curve
-NEVER EVER do you want Radagast in an opening hand.