The Heir in Itillien

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Ithilien Trappers (Gondor Lore) 1 0 0 1.0

Odsidian22 173

This is an attempt at using Faramir. This deck has some function of attacking the staging area through a little set up, but I would say it's mostly a "standard" trap deck.

Damrod, Heed the Dream, and Daeron's Runes form the draw body for the deck. You are looking for a cheap ranger ( Guardian of Ithilien, Ithilien Tracker ) for direct damage. This helps Faramir later on.

Ranger Spear + Ithilien Archer and Faramir is the primary attack power for the deck. The Archer will push an enemy back into staging, boosting Faramir, who can then attack the staging area with Great Yew Bow along with the bonus Faramir gets. I think The bow beats Ithilien Pit to me because there is more freedom in targeting with the bow.

The direct damage from the Ranger Bow and Gondorian Spearman can remove weaker enemies.

With Éowyn you get access to the Tactics sphere without more attachments and she gives you great will power out the gate. She also gives you a respectable starting of 26

I would say this deck is still a work in progress, as of now it's beaten Journey down the Anduin. I welcome any and all suggestions or advice for this.

6 comments

Dec 30, 2017 Taurelin 64

I've never built a trap-deck myself, but this one is one I'd actually give a try, especially because it seems to support Faramir very well. I like the way you find and recycle your key cards, with Envoy helping to pay for them (you have Gondor/Noble in both spheres).

Would you consider it a solo or multiplayer deck? For solo-play, Eowyn might find it a bit hard to bring enough willpower to the table all alone. I think at least one of your Wingfoot should be played in the main deck, and you might also consider some more supporting allies like Firyal, Ghân-buri-Ghân or maybe Bofur. Some kind of location-management (The Evening Star) could also be useful.

Dec 30, 2017 Odsidian22 173

I haven't tried it on multiplayer yet. #I was normally questing with Éowyn, Damrod, and an Ally early. With them Envoy of Pelargir, and Ithilien Lookout Ive quested for 10+. I don't own Firyal but I'll try Ghân-buri-Ghân sometime.

Dec 30, 2017 Taurelin 64

I've just tested a slightly modified version of your list - together with a Noldor support deck - against Foundations of Stone. I often use that scenario for playtesting, because you can see how the decks work in co-operation and individually, because they have to manage a part of the quest on their own.

It worked very very well, and it is a lot of fun to play. Thanks a lot for the inspiration!

Jan 03, 2018 mduckworth83 592

Looks really interesting, I always love to see a new angle on a trap deck. I have tried lots of Faramir combinations but haven't thought to use tactics Eowyn yet.

I think one of the challenges you are going to find with this deck is the starting threat. I've always found myself limited on most Faramir builds to 6 and 5 threat heroes just to help you stick more enemies in the staging area longer (where you want them!) I normally pair him with a Hobbit or Glorfindel in order to do just that.

I can't think of how many times I've tried to make Great Yew Bow work in a deck like this and have never really been able to pull it off. To be honest, I've never been able to pull that card off in any deck. It always seems to be over costed for what it does and is too fiddly to get out and working before threat gets too high and everything engages you.

I can't ever give up Ithilien pit in these types of decks, as it just does too much work with Damrod! It's basically a 0 card card draw that enables this kind of deck to do exactly what it wants to do....and sets up combos with Ranger Spear, Forest Ambush, etc. Honestly, in this deck I'd probably give up Entangling nets before the pit, since you are really not wanting to engage enemies anyway...making it a "lose less" card.

I gave you a star because I like where you are trying to go with this and I want to see where you end up with it. Please keep us updated.

Jan 03, 2018 The BGamerJoe 298

Nice work! I haven’t used the Great Yew Bow in years! I tested the deck against a couple quests and wrote up my experiences and thoughts on my blog: lotrdecktest.wordpress.com

Thanks for sharing your deck!

Jan 03, 2018 Odsidian22 173

Thanks for all the suggestions. I was actually still playing this deck everyday before the new year.

@The BGamerJoeIve actually never drawn Anborn, so I thought to swap him for another Defender too. Or another Mablung. The new Ranger and trap for Crossing of Poros look like auto includes for this. Thank you, I didn't know they were coming.

@mduckworth83The base idea I had was Ithilien Archer+ Ranger Spear pushes an enemy back into staging so Faramir can take the Great Yew Bow action to snipe them with his bonus.

You are right in that the starting threat is too high and lacks the general for a more traditional staging area attack deck, but that way you still make us of Faramir's ability.