Caldara revisited (post FAQ 1_9)

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Taurelin has a newer deck inspired by this one: Mono Spirit best-of

Even after the current release of FAQ 1.9, which affected Caldara seriously, I believe our favourite deck remains a valid choice for most scenarios. Providing a lot of willpower to the quest, being able to cancel nasty effects, constant threat management, and the potential to quickly bring a bunch of high-powered allies to the table are still qualities that are needed in the game. With a little adaptation Caldara should still be able to do the job.

Major changes:

  • Caldara's action can only be used once each game. That means, we have to plan for one central round (early / mid-game). So Sword-thain and Prince Imrahil are more important than ever to get the most out of it (=3x each).
  • There is not much need for Fortune or Fate any longer, but we still need additional ways to bring discarded allies back to the field. Stand and Fight is the obvious choice here (for allies who are not named Glorfindel).
  • We have to get used to actually pay for some of our allies. As an addition to Arwen Undómiel, Hidden Cache is included to provide extra resources. Emery and Erebor Guard are cheap allies that fill our discard pile and make Hidden Cache trigger.

Minor Changes:

The sideboard includes some additional options, e.g. Rider of Rohan + side-quests, some stronger allies for combat-heavy scenarios, some multiplayer-material and some pet-cards of mine.

Thanks to @13nrv for the original deck, and cheers to all Caldara-fans and mono-spirit-players.


Nov 20, 2017 Seastan 24098

Nice work! Happy to see other people sticking with Caldara!

Nov 21, 2017 Taurelin 218

Thanks a lot, @Seastan. Your support is highly appreciated.

Some playtesting results (all solo, all normal mode, all 1st attempt):

  • Journey along the Anduin
  • Voyage across Belegaer
  • A storm on Coba's Haven

Dec 14, 2017 Taurelin 218

Beaten Journey along the Anduin (nightmare) -> solo, 1st attempt

Apr 08, 2020 Gizlivadi 817

Thinking of rebuilding my Caldara deck after a while, but without Círdan. How does this lineup hold up after a couple of years?

Apr 08, 2020 Taurelin 218

@Gizlivadi To be honest, I haven't picked up Caldara in a long while. Don't get me wrong. I loved the Caldara-archetype to pieces and still prefer Mono-Spirit, But nowadays I tend to simply use the hero-setup Arwen Undómiel, Galadriel, Glorfindel, which also enables all the good cards and strategies that spirit has to offer: Cancelling, constant low threat, serious questing and location control (+ the additions provided by Nenya ).

Check this deck for reference:

Also, if you desperately wish to have early-game access to allies like Jubayr, today one can simply use Messenger of the King.

Apr 13, 2020 Gizlivadi 817

I mostly want to play Caldara herself, heh. I hope though that the last contract as some people have speculated lets you start with 4 heroes. That would give back a lot more power to the deck.