No Jealousy or Rivalry

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The Sons of Gondor - my Against the Shadow Campaign Deck 1 0 0 1.0

Devaresh 1167

”Yet between the brothers there was great love, and had been since childhood, when Boromir was the helper and protector of Faramir. No jealousy or rivalry had arisen between them since, for their father's favour or for the praise of men. It did not seem possible to Faramir that any one in Gondor could rival Boromir, heir of Denethor, Captain of the White Tower; and of like mind was Boromir. Yet it proved otherwise at the test. But of all that befell these three in the War of the Ring much is said elsewhere."

Appendix A, The Stewards

Faramir is my favorite character in middle earth for many reasons, but among them is the loving relationship between he and his brother Boromir. As soon as I started playing this game I wanted a deck with the two brothers, fighting side by side as they did before the War of the Ring. This deck seeks to heed that dream. If you want to see the art from Blood of Númenor come to life then this deck might for you.

Wait, Boromir in a trap deck?

Now with new cards, I have actually found Boromir to be a strong choice for the trap archetype! He offers one less than Mablung, and no resource acceleration. Instead, he brings additional health, built in readying for extra defense, and a crucial +1 . The other potential candidate is Éowyn. She helps more with potential problem, keeps your engagement low, and can kill something really big once. In the end it comes down to play style, but I have found Boromir’s consistent defense more beneficial to traps as a whole.

So what’s different?

First I stopped trying to put Great Yew Bow on Faramir, so I stopped caring about my threat! If my Ranger Spikes are out he is still attacking for likely 4-5 + and with Boromir and some additional allies, most things will die. I can engage enemies more freely thanks to Boromir (protector of Faramir), and with a Gondorian Shield and Entangling Nets they won’t be doing much.

Also Followed. If anyone has somehow missed it, this is amazing and only gets better with Emyn Arnen Ranger. Thanks again to Boromir defending for me I can set up this combo more aggressively without waiting for Forest Snare.

How does it play?

In your opening hand you want to see Master of the Forge, or Ranger Spikes to either immediately help card draw or questing. While digging for attachments you ‘ll need to adjust priorities to the quest and the group you are playing with. Typical high value targets are Followed, Gondorian Shield for Boromir, and then Forest Snare. Wingfoot goes on Faramir to ready him for enemies if he quests.

Choose your Followed targets quickly and aggressively if you can from the staging area and let Boromir block as needed. Card draw will get you that Forest Snare eventually.

Resource smoothing comes in Gandalf, and Envoy of Pelargir to give us a little more and move a resource to Faramir. Threat is managed with Secret Vigil and Gandalf if need be.

It can start slow in like most trap decks but it can also handle some combat right off the bat. It is weak to treacheries and shadows at times, but with 5 on two different heroes it can take some pretty big licks. The side board offers some options to tailor the deck more toward a given quest as needed. I should note also that quests where the majority of enemies who are immune to attachments will not be the place to bring this deck.

Summary

All in all this deck is very balanced for contributing to questing and combat. It can handle most quests solo, and will provide a valuable asset in multi-player with a balance of other decks. I’ve tested it in both environments to great success, and even built a more thematic Denethor deck to compliment it which I may publish in the future. This deck might not be as flashy as some, but “I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

5 comments

Apr 05, 2018 Odsidian22 228

I had a reached the same conclusion in my Faramir trap deck, Great Yew Bow had to be dropped. It was too clunky and Ranger Spikes and Ithilien Pit could reach the same end with adding to card draw.

I used Éowyn in my build for the early questing push. Never considered Boromir. Great idea. Followed + Emyn Arnen Ranger really puts trap decks in a new light.

Apr 05, 2018 Devaresh 1167

@Odsidian22 Thanks! Really good point on the extra card draw from traps too! I think that’s really what pulls trap decks together. I was using Éowyn before this for my trap decks and she is fantastic. I’ve found that the two most vulnerable times for trap decks are the initial questing phase and when enemies avoid or overrun the traps via surge or a new quest card. Éowyn helps tremendously with the first problem well but Boromir really shines in the second!

Apr 05, 2018 Odsidian22 228

Fastred, Ithilien Archer, and A Light in the Dark are the only ways to push back the annoying creatures that skip the the staging area. Damn Goblin Followers.

I wanted Ithilien Archer + Ranger Bow to be a direct damage combo to bounce enemies from engagement into traps. It's the bow that does the damage not the Archer, so no dice there.

How do you handle shadow effects? Not a lot of room for Song of Wisdom+A Burning Brand for Boromir.

Apr 05, 2018 Devaresh 1167

@Odsidian22 Good question on the shadows. The short answer is most of the time I have found I can just take it on the chin. The most common shadows don’t dent this deck too much. I do have 3 potential solutions for quest with particularly game ending shadows:

1) I would consider switching in 3 copies of Sterner than Steel and hold them in reserve. Boromir should have his shield so you should be able to reliably cancel what would have ended the game for him. Replace the 3 copies of Hands Upon the Bow or 1 copy of Hands Upon the Bow and the two copies of Proud Hunters.

2) Include 2 copies of Song of Wisdom, 2 copies of A Burning Brand, 2 copies of Rivendell Minstrel. Remove Ranger Spear and Secret Vigil, Mablung, and Ithilien Archer.

3) Include 2 copies a A Burning Brand, remove Secret Vigil. Get a Gondorian Shield on Faramir and then A Burning Brand to block if a shadow could potentially kill Boromir.

Hope that helps!

Apr 16, 2018 Onidsen 579

Wow - this deck looks amazing! I'm very impressed - Boromir handles the defensive needs excellently. Between Followed and Emyn Arnen Ranger, questing should be taken care of as well. Just a solid, all-around deck.