[PLT] Escape from Umbar (Minimum Purchase)

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This is a deck built from just Core Set + The Sands of Harad cards for Path Less Traveled, an ongoing series on my blog, Darkling Door.

Played Against: Escape from Umbar

Leading the deck

This deck is pretty straightforward as far as solo decks go.

Each Hero plays a designated role: Éowyn quests, Gimli defends, and Legolas attacks. The Allies in the deck are also balanced to support these roles in equal measures—with just about anybody who has at least 1 falling under the "questing" role.

There's one wrinkle to the deck worth noting: because of Gimli's ability to give Legolas +1 , it's often worthwhile for me to send Legolas on the quest as long as Gimli has a resource to spare. I do this less for the 1 Legolas contributes (although every little bit helps) but moreso for the +1 that Gimli can grant him as long as he's exhausted—it's not uncommon for 1 to be the difference between killing an Enemy and having to keep it for one more round.

Other than that, the deck is basically just a collection of inexpensive but useful cards; it's fairly adaptive to a changing board state, and would make a good deck for someone who hasn't played a tri-sphere deck yet, but would like to give it a try.

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


Nov 14, 2017 Wandalf the Gizzard 789

I’m curious as to why you included Common Cause over Test of will or Hasty Stroke. I suppose you could exhaust Legolas with it to ready Gimli if you didn’t quest with him.

Nov 14, 2017 Authraw 2374

@Wandalf the Gizzard Well, the Treacheries in this quest aren't too bad (with one exception, if you're about to clear the quest) so I decided to pass on A Test of Will. The thought behind Common Cause was so that Gimli could essentially "ready himself" in case I found myself engaged with too many Enemies and in need of an extra defense, but in practice if I get caught with too few defenders and I need to exhaust my attacker just to ready a defender I'm probably unlikely to recover from that anyway. Hasty Stroke would probably be a fine replacement.