The Path of Wisdom

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This is a thematic deck built for an ongoing series on my blog, Darkling Door.

Theme: Noldor

Played Against: Nightmare The Watcher in the Water

"It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy!"

Gandalf, The Council of Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring


This is a discard-focused Erestor deck that relies on strong Noldor Allies for combat.

The key Attachment is To the Sea, to the Sea!, which along with Arwen Undómiel's resource-generating ability helps to smooth out the cost curve of the deck and make it easier to afford expensive Allies like Gildor Inglorion and Glorfindel. Because of this, To the Sea, to the Sea! is the card I usually mulligan for (although with 10 cards in my opening hand, the odds of seeing it early on are good regardless).

The combat phase is handled primarily by Allies like Guardian of Rivendell. As such, Attachments like Raiment of War and Elven Mail are intended primarily for Allies rather than Heroes in this deck. It doesn't take long before I have an Ally with 3 - 4 and 5 hit points, and plenty capable of handling the combat phase as effectively as any Hero. By the end of the game I usually have two or three of them.

The Heroes are primarily used for questing. Because of that, I don't end up missing the bonuses that Elladan would receive if Elrohir were present—he's really just here to quest for 2 each round and provide me with the resource icon, and he doesn't need Elrohir around for any of that.


This deck was tailored specifically to defeat Nightmare The Watcher in the Water with a specific theme in mind, but the core concept of leaning on powerful Allies for combat turned out to be pretty fun. If I wanted to try this deck in against a different quest, I would remove Forest Snare and Henamarth Riversong and add an extra copy of Silver Harp to get back up to 50 cards. I'd also consider swapping in Aragorn in place of Elladan.

It's also worth noting that a recently spoiled card from The Mountain of Fire would go great in this deck.

► For more analysis, check out my blog post on this deck.