Machine Gun Elladan

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This deck is meant to handle about 50% of the defense and 100% of the attack in 3-4 players, and not much else.

Basic Strategy

Mulligan for Orcrist, or dig it out with Open the Armory. Once it's unguarded, attach it to Elladan. Now Elladan is attacking for 5 , and every time he kills an enemy he recoups the cost of readying himself. With some other attachments to boost his attack strength (Dúnedain Mark, Glamdring), and give him ranged (Rivendell Bow, Dúnedain Cache), he can wipe the entire board of enemies every turn with no help. And with Glamdring you also draw a card for each enemy killed. Insane!

Other cards

Steward of Gondor goes on Elrohir to help him trigger his ability and pay for attachments. Beravor is just here to help get all the pieces out quicker. Once you've set up you can use her on other players because Glamdring will start flooding your hand anyway.

Heir of Mardil is for Elrohir. It basically just lets you get a ready out of him after triggering Steward of Gondor each turn (so you'll want to wait until the first time Elrohir defends in the combat phase to trigger Steward).

Mariner's Compass is here to help you grab your guarded attachments quickly. If Orcrist gets guarded by a location, just shuffle it away to instantly gain control of the guarded attachment. The new location that gets added to the staging area will not be guarding it.

The Errand-riders are for helping out other players and for shuffling around your own resources. On turns where they aren't needed they can use Mariner's Compass.

We Are Not Idle is just used for a free draw, since there are obviously no dwarves in this deck.

Blade Mastery is for emergency situations where Elladan is 1 short of killing an enemy or Elrohir is 1 short on defense. It can also be used to help out other players. I was actually a little surprised at how effective this card was in the 4-player game I played. It ended up saying the lives of one player's Beregond and another player's Gandalf! And it was of course incredibly satisfying to surprise the table with this niche card.

I strongly advise playing the deck alongside someone running 3x Arwen Undómiel ally, because it makes your job of setting up Elrohir much, much easier. Otherwise, you will need to swap in Dúnedain Signal from the sideboard (maybe for We are Not Idle, Compass, or Glamdring). You might also want to find room for the The Wizards's Voice, which is a fabulous card in high player counts to help you deal with defense for a couple rounds until your machine gun is set up.

11 comments

Jan 22, 2019 Bullroarer Took 79

Can confirm this deck is for real. It is not a solo deck though. Runs well alongside a blue/green quest & control deck. (Running Arwen ally)

Jan 23, 2019 The Broken Meeple 44

I figured this combo would work, but I would fear I'd get bored with the deck just mowing down everything in sight. Presumably it works ok in 2 player also. I haven't even played 2 handed yet, but certainly won't ever see a 3-4 player game.

Jan 23, 2019 Wandalf the Gizzard 1315

I don't know, @The Broken Meeple. That's the case with lot's of combo decks, but I can't say no to obliterating orcs with the twins! :D

Jan 24, 2019 talonhawk01 2

Elladan is particularly good for those swords. I've also done something similar with a Sword-thained Legolas and Hour of Wrath for insane card draw. Definitely a bit less reliable though. xD

Jan 25, 2019 Seastan 25650

@The Broken MeepleActually I would not recommend this for a 2-player game. You just won't see enough enemies to make it worthwhile. And it also means that the other deck needs to handle the questing for both players because this deck contributes 0 .

Jan 25, 2019 SamthemanGamgee 414

I want to bring this to gencon

Jan 25, 2019 Thorsome 15

Would using Proud Hunters to fuel Elladan work till you find orcrist or pay for Elven Mail

Jun 02, 2019 Cassan 1

@Seastani dont get We Are Not Idle.. how do you use it?

Jun 02, 2019 Seastan 25650

@Cassan It's just a deck thinner. You use it to draw a new card and that's it.

Aug 02, 2019 Jtothemac 321

Any thoughts on swapping out beravor? The lore splash is nice and I can see that master of the forge is pretty legit for this, but I'm wondering if I could run another leadership hero to help pay for all the leadership.

Aug 02, 2019 Seastan 25650

@JtothemacSteward of Gondor goes on Elrohir so you should have plenty of leadership resources. But Gildor Inglorion might be a passable alternative to Beravor.