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A long time ago someone told me about a one hero deck that someone play in US. You can see his post here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1076754/samwise-brave-single-hero-solo-deck Back at this time this was very rare and I thought that Sam Gamgee was a pretty good hero to do this. My first test told me this deck was awful. So I change cards, one after the other and I come to this deck who he can even challenge half of the nightmare packs.
The purpose is easy: because we don't have heroes we will have allies. Tons of them. The most important cards to have in beginning hand are resourceful, steward of Gondor, Timely aid and a very good tale. We even play tome of atanator to replay a very good tale for 3.
About the allies I try to have some of them really cheap and some other with good abilities or one big stat. No one is essential but knight of the white tower, Erestor and Faramir help a lot.
We are not idle is use only to cycle so you will draw more faster the cards you need. Strenght for arms is really good since you can send everyone in quest then beat two ennemies. With Faramir ability it is also very useful to win straight even if 40 of will is needed.
Gandalf is very great here. He can make you back on secrecy, draw cards to get the event you need, kill an enemy and be exhaust on a very good tale (on the restoration phase, right before he died, this is very cool).
Until recently a small package of off-sphere allies were played (Beorn, Fyrial, Gildor, tracker of the north) since I don't need to play them with event, Beorn is good too with sneak attack and with Gildor I can put them back on my deck. I can still discard them on Erestor if I don't have any of this options. In some scenario winning is very hard without one of them. But since it is hard to get them in play and because of new good allies I replace them from now.
I don't play any attachment that boost Sam. Strider don't work since Sam already ready and 5 character are in play very soon (or you will die, strider or not). Hobbit cloack and staff than cancel shadow are better but since I have no heal I get to a point where I can't block with Sam. So I prefer just to play more allies and block with them.
Thanks for reading me.