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Saga Deck 13.1: The Journey to the Crossroads 2 0 0 14.0
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Saga Deck 15.1: Passing of the Grey Company 2 1 0 16.0
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RedSpiderr has a newer deck inspired by this one: Saga Deck 15.1: Passing of the Grey Company

I used this deck for the thirteenth quest of my Saga Campaign. I am going to try and keep it as thematic as possible, stemming from the 'What If?' of 'What if Gandalf didn't escape from Orthanc in The Fellowship of the Ring?' Please note, I don't own all the cards, so am not able to make the most powerful thematic deck theoretically possible, but constrained by what I have, here is my best attempt.

Frodo and his companions have escaped with their lives following the great battle in Ithilien. In the aftermath, they resolve to continue on their path to Cirith Ungol, despite urgings from the men of Gondor that the safer road would be to Minas Tirith. Nevertheless, a few brave men of that city, led by Faramir's own brother Boromir, have agreed to escort them at least to the Morgul Vale, or further if their courage holds, for few who venture into that country ever return.

Given the punishment this quest has of allies, attachments and cards in hard (i.e. events waiting to be played) this really punishes all three types of cards we can muster. As a result I am going to double-down on attachments, hoping that I can outpace the encounter decks punishment of them. Helping me in this with be card-draw provided by Foe-hammer, which is a bit situational, and Rod of the Steward, which would be our primary source of cards. Given the low cost-curve of our cards here and the vast amount of resource acceleration provided by Steward of Gondor, Proud Hunters, Mablung and Sword of Númenor, paying for these extra cards shoudl not be a problem. This will be made easier when we can shuffle resources about with Errand-rider, who could incidentally trigger Heir of Mardil as a side-effect.

Otherwise, this deck will function best when engaging a enemy every turn with engagement cost higher than our threat. Faramir will let us use an ally to quest and attack, Mablung will net us more resources and Sam Gamgee can ready to be used again. Dagger of Westernesse and Staff of Lebethron both trigger off said enemies, as does Boromir, Hobbit Cloak and Taste it Again!. Ring Mail and Gondorian Shield will keep our heroes alive while Spear of the Citadel can help chip away at Shelob's shield of resources so we can attack her directly that bit quicker.

This deck represents the few brave men of Gondor helping Frodo and Sam on their path to Cirith Ungol. We have a very few allies, including Boromir and Anborn, while the majority of the rest of the deck is focused on the equipment our characters can carry with them on their task, as the opportunity for reinforcements in the middle of Toroch Ungol will be scarce indeed, forcing our heroes to rely on their wits and what they have to hand.

The play-through using this deck can be found here: