A Sword-day: Arise, Arise, Riders of Théoden!

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Devaresh 969

This deck has also been featured on my blog:

https://reflectioninhennethannun.wordpress.com/2018/05/31/deck-spotlight-a-sword-day/#more-351

Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden! Fell deeds awake, fire and slaughter! Spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered, a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises! Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!

Théoden, Return of the King

This is my Rohan deck centered around the leave play mechanic and turning Éomer into an absolute monster!

How does it play?

In your opening hand you want to see Elven-light, but A Good Harvest, Open the Armory, or Gúthwinë are all good as well. However the main card drawing engine will be Elven-light. The goal of this entire deck is to get Gúthwinë on Éomer so he can start recurring Rohan allies out of the discard and gettting his attack boost every round!

We have no leadership hero so we will need either A Good Harvest or Song of Kings to be able to get Gúthwinë into play.

The overall strategy is pretty simple, destroy things with Éomer while most everyone else quests, but the tactical decisions of the deck can be complex. Deciding which allies to bring back, how to attack to maximize trample damage, and so on!

Star allies of the deck are definitely Riddermark Knight and Elfhelm! I have been surprised at how good Elfhelm in particular is!

Summary

This deck is strong, and well rounded. I’ve played it primarily solo, using it in my campaign to beat Helms Deep. It can also work very well in multiplayer and the unique allies can be subbed out in case of conflict.

If you like Rohan and you want to give their discard mechanic a try, give this Deck a try! Hope you enjoy it! If you do let me know how it goes!

4 comments

Jun 01, 2018 死锁 57

why you take Keen as Lances

Jun 01, 2018 Devaresh 969

@死锁 Keen as Lances is there as an optional threat reduction. Rohan doesn’t have great options in regards to that so it basically came down to Gandalf, Favor of the Valar, or Keen as Lances. I chose Keen as Lances because I don’t have access to Sneak Attack and I can trigger Steward of Orthanc off it if needed. Also I can use it as card draw I don’t need the reduction. Most of the time you won’t need it, but it’s there as a toolbox card.

Jun 01, 2018 死锁 57

According to your reason, I believe Gandalf works better than Keen as Lances in most of situation.Gandalf cost 1 more in average,a little bit flexible (I don't think play it in other phase can do some thing more) and cannot trigger Steward of Orthanc,but you gain 1 more threat reduce ,the third option,and a big ally for one turn.At least I think you put Keen as Lances in sideboard rather than Gandalf.

what's more,for reduce threat ,The Galadhrim's Greeting could do much better,and Elven-light is enough for draw,So I think Keen as Lances maybe is not a good idea.

Jun 01, 2018 Devaresh 969

I understand what your saying, and it’s never a bad idea to play Gandalf, in playing however I found I preferred Keen as Lances. It also reduces in cost every time you play it where as Gandalf does not. I didn’t use The Galadhrim's Greeting for thematic reasons for than anything else.

Elven-light is good enough, as long as you have it in your opening hand. The secondary draw effects are to help give some secondary options if needed. I’ve found the redundancy of effects helps to provide better consistency over the course of many games.