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The BGamerJoe 828
The hardest part about a sidequest deck is that you need to actually complete sidequests right away or your deck flounders. This deck aims to start strong and complete several sidequests within the first few turns while it assembled a small band of elite allies to help charge through the quest after Thurindir’s lust for sidequest fun has been satisfied.
Opening Hand Look for the Vigilant Dúnadanin your opening along with at least one sidequest. Light of Valinor is always nice as well so you can quest for the full 10 and still have a decent defense out of Cirdan if you need it right away. The Long Defeat and The Road Goes Ever On are also nice to see since you can get value out of them right away.
Getting a Silver Harp on Cirdan right away is also massively helpful as ur doubles guy basic draw every turn.
Leverage your high starting willpower to complete several sidequests to power up your characters before moving on into completing standard quest stages. getting the Vigilant Dúnadan into play is your main priority so you can start dealing with enemies as they come. The Storm Comes/Vigilant Dúnadan is the only combo you really need and all the rest of the cards will help but aren’t necessary right away.
Eowyn not only keeps the starting threat low and provides a huge amount of starting willpower, but once she gets Snowmane and Golden Shield, she can defend against the larger enemies that the Dunedan isn’t so keen on facing. Once Rallying Cry has been completed, she can defend for 6 after questing for 5.
Cirdan provides more starting willpower, fast card draw and the opportunity for threat reduction by Elrond's Counsel. His favorite attachment is Silver Harp. Light of Valinor and Narya are nice on him but they aren’t high priority for this deck. He could provide a nice +4 boost for a timely Tale of Tinúviel, but I removed that card because I kept not using it (and everyone is doing it).
Thurindir is the primary killer, but Legolas can help and draw more cards while he’s at it.
I’ve found The Long Defeat massively helpful in multiplayer and worth including in a solo deck for its flexibility. Between Cirdan, Foe-hammer, The Long Defeat, Legolas and Daeron's Runes, you may draw your entire deck in a longer game. I would include 1x Will of the West in when going up against quests that tend to run long.
After clearing The Storm Comes you can clear sidequests as they come into your hand or fetch whichever seems most advantageous at the moment with The Road Goes Ever On. Keep Watch and Rally the West are usually the next highest priority.
Once you’ve cleared a nice selection of sidequests your heroes will be questing for 16-18 willpower and either attacking or defending, the Dunedan will be doing most of the defending and the other allies will just be along for the ride.
I’ve tested this deck against some of the basic “test quests” and it’s done great, and I also managed to handily beat Escape from Umbar with it while clearing all these sidequests!
It is a bit of a “turtle deck,” but that 10 starting willpower gives it a “snappier” and more aggressive feel.
I’m having fun with it! Let me know how it works for you!