Direct Dale Damage Doing Duty

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Durins_Father 1396

When Open the Armory was released, I really wanted to make an Armoury deck that features a lot of Weapon and Armour attachments. With Wilds of Rhovanion giving us the excellent Bow of Yew, we got even more targets for it. This sparked my thought of a direct damage deck which retrieves a lot of armour and weapons, plays it on Beregond, and then distributes the attachments to the allies.

Thing is, the deck can't quest for a lot. Thalin only has 1 and your allies should definitely be attacking or defending. So an accompanying deck that quests hard should definitely be a good fit for this deck. Alternatively, you can consider adding cards like Trained for War or Grappling Hook to make more use out of values.

The idea of this deck is to get a bunch of weapon and armour attachments on Beregond and then swap them to your allies with the Long Lake Trader. You can also reduce the cost of your next attachment with Bartering. So you play a Gondorian Shield on Beregond, return it with Bartering and then play for instance a free Spear of the Citadel on a Gondorian Spearman. After that, you can replay the Gondorian Shield on Beregond for free, resetting the cycle. You can also do this with other attachments.

I included Elf-friend for free Bow of the Galadhrim and Rivendell Blade that can go on Beregond before going to your allies. be aware that you do not go over his 2 Restricted slots though, you may have to pull back some attachments with Bartering before you do this. Lembas was included to heal your heroes and to perhaps ready Argalad if you use him for Hands Upon the Bow.

The rest of the deck is a very combat heavy, with plenty of tricks to explore. This deck has some good direct damage effects that can ping the enemies in the staging area for a while. Straight Shot is one of my favourite cards, so I added it since you can reduce the defence of most enemies with Marksman of Lórien and Rivendell Blade on for instance Legolas.

I have not yet tested this deck, but I will make adjustments to it in the future once I get some games with it. Please try it out for yourself and comment some suggestions on what to take out and what to replace it with.


Jul 08, 2018 SamthemanGamgee 340

Very interesting deck idea, I do like direct damage, but if you play bartering returning a gondorian shield, the spear would cost one on the spearman

Jul 08, 2018 Durins_Father 1396

I keep forgetting that the Shield is just 1 cost, you are right. But you can still barter cards like Raven-winged Helm and the spear itself to become free. Glad you liked the idea behind the deck @SamthemanGamgee, I will playtest it a little with my gaming groups and perfect it if needed.

Jul 08, 2018 SamthemanGamgee 340

Very true, that is a neat combo!

Jul 09, 2018 doomguard 29

play dale without a dale-hero ^^ nice idea

Jul 09, 2018 TheChad 3554

I was thinking of building a deck with these heroes! thanks for this!

Jul 09, 2018 jtwilliams37 106

Looks fun, thanks for posting!

Jul 09, 2018 TheChad 3554

I think you need Foe Hammer instead of Gandalf. If your threat starts creeping up you should be okay because killing enemies that engage you will be easy.

Jul 09, 2018 Durins_Father 1396

Thanks for the feedback and the words of support guys. Foe-hammer could certainly work, though I also like the 4 damage bomb that Gandalf provides. But Foe-hammer will be easy to pull off with so many weapons in the deck. Threat isn't really a concern, but I think that Secret Vigil can help with that if it is a problem. I should maybe get a sideboard together :P