Crownless Kings: On the Hunt for Gollum

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This is an attempt at a more-or-less thematic deck for "The Hunt for Gollum" Adventure Pack in the Shadows of Mirkwood cycle. In this scenario, the heroes are searching for Gollum at the request of Gandalf in the Anduin Valley between the Misty Mountains and the Mirkwood Forest. Rumours have suggested that Gollum is in this area, and the heroes are looking for clues that might put them on the elusive creature’s trail.

Lore Aragorn is a windmill slam pick for this quest from a thematic perspective, given that he and Gandalf searched for Gollum for a decade or so, through the vales of Anduin, Mirkwood and Rhovanion. It made sense to me that there would be a Silvan elf guide with him (Mirlonde), and of a quest of this importance, why wouldn't Gandalf request that Elrond send Glorfindel - the greatest warrior of this or any age to aid Aragorn? Anyways, like LOTRLCG in general, the thematic flavour is a bit loose.

The deck itself has no particular surprises, and relies on Song of Kings and Song of Travel for 'mana-fixing' so that the main attachments - Celebrían's Stone, Steward of Gondor and Sword that was Broken - are all readily available. Rivendell Minstrel and Master of the Forge work in tandem to put these cards into the hand. I also typically mulligan if I don't see either Asfaloth or Light of Valinor in the opening hand - Glorfindel is a beast with either, and a monster with both.

There isn't much outside of the heroes themselves for threat reduction - Aragorn and Mirlonde keep threat low throughout this quest. The events are few, but targeted at card draw and treachery avoidance.

I'm in two minds about the high cost Elven allies Gildor Inglorion and Haldir of Lórien - on one hand they have hero-like stats, suit the theme of the deck, and Gildor's ability in particular is incredibly useful for card tutoring. But, they are hugely expensive, and inconceivable without the resourcing fixing of the Steward of Gondor.

Otherwise, this is a straight forward and reliable deck that puts some of the strongest cards in the game to effective use.

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