The Eagles Comeback Album

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WanderingTook 868

Synopsis

After years spent wasting away atop the Misty Mountains with psychodelic drugs and loose women, the Eagles are ready for their comeback.

Design

[EDIT: So I jumped the gun and forgot that Aragorn was not Noble (seriously..?) So no Proud Hunters in this version of the deck.]

When Mablung was released, Eagles went through a bit of a resurgence. Sadly, that resurgence was short-lived, because even with Mablung on board, getting tickets to the Eagles is expensive.

Thanks to a few specific pieces that we've received since the Angmar Awakened cycle debuted (most notably Amarthiúl), it's time for the Eagles to return to the stage.

And the best part? There is no Steward of Gondor in this deck. It doesn't need it. Seriously. That means that this deck is about as multiplayer-friendly as you can get.

Strategy

If you start me up I'll never stop:

  • There is enough redundancy in this deck that you don't really need to mulligan for a specific card.
  • In general, you want to see Eagles and some sort of resource acceleration in your opening hand. My preference would be Sword of Númenor, so that I have something with which to trigger Foe-hammer.
  • A first round Gondorian Shield is gravy.

Money (It's what I want):

  • Amarthiúl provides access to the cards, without hampering your resource generation. Keep an enemy engaged with you, so that you have three resource pools to draw from. If you're feeling lucky, keep two enemies engaged for the bonus resource.
  • Mablung is your money belt. Dúnedain Hunter, Aragorn, Wait no Longer, and (situationally) Follow Me! all trigger Mablung's ability. As a bonus, these cards are all triggered in different phases, so you can stack them up to trigger Mablung repeatedly within a single round.
  • Sword of Númenor lets you profit from killing things.
  • Tighten Our Belts and Wealth of Gondor are fallback options; if you don't need them, play them on a friend!

Draw, draw, drawing. Na na na na na:

Oh let me be your sledgehammer:

Sideboard

  • Some quests don't play nicely with Wait no Longer. If required, swap them out for Behind Strong Walls.
  • This deck gets rich; and I mean filthy rich. In multiplayer games, you might consider swapping in Errand-rider to give your friends a boost.

Performance

This is a blast to play. For best results, pair with decks that quest heavily and offer you card draw.

2 comments

Aug 10, 2018 sappidus 491

I took a minor variant of this deck to my meetup, and the decription is dead-on: a total blast to play! I was a little skeptical of the claim of easy-peasy resources, but it was actually too rich at times (we were playing Lost in Mirkwood, which has a treachery that punishes unspent resources)—thank heaven for Born Aloft-Gandalf. Nice work, @WanderingTook!

Aug 11, 2018 WanderingTook 868

Thanks for trying it out @sappidus! I'm glad it lived up to the hype. I can see Orcrist replacing Sword of Numenor in the future, but it still gets the job done!