Gandalf Stormcrow

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My latest attempt at creating a workable Strider deck! This deck starts at a minuscule 14 threat for two main reasons: Strider and Gandalf! A quick glance at this deck shows that several slots are taken up by his arsenal (Gandalf's Staff, Shadowfax, Narya) but the wizards himself is not a hero. This is because the goal is to get Gandalf into play by turn 3, and either ride him to victory, or to ruin.

Starting Hand: Strider, Resourceful or Necklace of Girion are the main cards to see, as they give the resource generation and questing power this deck needs to get humming. Thurundir gurantees Gather Information will be in your starting hand as well to fill in anything that is missed. Gandalf is great to see in the opening hand, but will usually be what Gather Information is used to get from the deck.

Resources: On turn 1, this deck only has two resources to work with. Any Resourceful drawn should be played as soon as possible to help afford the needed expensive cards (#Gandalf, #Treebeard). After a few rounds, this deck should be earning at least 4 resources a round coming from Resourceful, Necklace of Girion, Treebeard or Gandalf's Staff.

Gameplay This deck starts small and meek with a large questing push, but should move into a more dominant position once Gandalf is in play. His ability to quest for four and defend/attack for four transforms this deck into a military powerhouse, particularly when he is backed up by Treebeards Ents and Shadowfax.

6 comments

Jun 22, 2018 Raiderjakk 39

Nice use of Necklace. I experimented with a similar ideaand it was fun to play.

Did you run with Ents mostly for stats?

Jun 23, 2018 tickler 196

Why don't you add Folco Boffin? Take the one green ressource, then get rid of him!

Jun 23, 2018 Wandalf the Gizzard 1282

^^

Jun 23, 2018 pconnors 90

@RaiderjakkI ran ents because i haven't really played many ent decks, and I wanted something that fit with Gandalf and a Ranger. The core of this deck should work well with a bunch of different secondary themes, Ents being one possible combo!

@tickleryeah........ that would be an improvement 100%..... two problems:

  1. I don't have him yet
  2. I hate him

Jun 24, 2018 Raiderjakk 39

Good reasons. Folco is alright - just hate discarding a hero.

Jun 30, 2018 The BGamerJoe 2863

I enjoyed playing several games with your deck and I featured it on my blog: lotrdecktest.wordpress.com

I beat several quests with it and had a great time. Thanks for sharing it!