Return to Mirkwood - Progression Series #9
A pair of decks intended to be played against Return to Mirkwood, for use in the Lord of the Rings: the Card Game Progression Series.
This is a scenario with an encounter deck full of locations, so attempt to get at least one Northern Tracker out as quickly as possible – use Theodred to ensure that this happens, if the combat deck draws one first, and use Steward of Gondor and Song of Wisdom on Eowyn as quickly as possible. Always commit Thalin to the quest, so as to defeat Mirkwood Bats before they surge. Unexpected Courage will allow both Dwarf heroes to quest and attack as necessary. The encounter deck only contains 7 strong enemies, so use Forest Snare and Feint for Hill Trolls, and blocking allies for copies of Attercop, Attercop. Both decks contain threat reduction, so as to help the player assigned to guard Gollum, and note that they begin below 30 threat, to avoid mandatory first round Troll engagement. Some quest phase specific advice:
Phase one: assign the quest deck to guard Gollum more often than not, so as to offset the combat deck’s threat gain in phase two.
Phase two: assign the combat deck to guard Gollum, and allow the questing deck to do its thing.
Phase three: assign Gollum based upon what players have in their hands.
Phase four: ideally, the combat deck should be able to guard Gollum and complete the scenario in short order.