A Necessary Alliance

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Seastan 20586

Can we squeeze 2 entire archetypes into one? This deck attempts to deliver theme of the elves and dwarves at The Battle of the Armies with its inclusion of Thranduil with his silvan army and Thorin Oakenshield and Dáin Ironfoot with their dwarf army.

I think it's obvious that the deck is not quite as powerful as a silvan-only or dwarf-only build. But if you want to get a taste of both traits without going two-handed, this deck can perform adequately.

Early game

The early game is the roughest part, but luckily you've got a decent quester (Thorin Oakenshield, with 4 thanks to Dain) and two solid defenders in Dain and Thranduil to carry you through to mid-game.

Try to get a few allies out quickly so that you can start using A Very Good Tale to build up your board. Getting to 5 dwarves in play is a good target to aim for as it gives Thorin an additional resource each round.

Mid game

Continue developing your dwarven and silvan armies.

With only 3 , Dain and Thranduil might be a bit battered at this point, so finding an Ancestral Armor for Thranduil might be a good option in mid-game.

The guarded objectives are here mainly for thematic reasons. But they aren't necessarily bad to play in mid-game, as the presence of Henamarth Riversong allows you to plan around the encounter deck. For example, if you play them when you see a card with surge on the top of the deck, that card will end up guarding the attachment, but will not trigger its surge, basically allowing you to play the guarded attachment without the downside. I've also used a guarded attachment to get rid of a nasty treachery that I scouted out with Henamarth.

Late Game

Late game with this deck is a breeze. You should have more than enough willpower with Dain and The Arkenstone (Thorin alone will be questing for 7 with the Necklace!)and plenty of attack strength coming from the silvan archers.

Just as the goblins were recovering from the onslaught and the elf-charge was halted, there rose from across the valley a deep-throated roar. With cries of “Moria!” and “Dain, Dain!” the dwarves of the Iron Hills plunged in...


Mar 14, 2019 CDavis7M 112

I love the theme and I'm a 1 handed fan. Very nicely done. I wonder if we can add the Eagles and Beorn to this deck. 2 handed is probably required at that point.

Mar 14, 2019 Seastan 20586

Fitting Eagles in would be pretty tricky. As would adding in Dale. I think if you want the full "5 Armies" you'll have to bring at least 1 other deck.

Mar 14, 2019 electronjon 23

Two great traits that trait great together!

Mar 15, 2019 Pericles 1

To quote Tony the Tiger, "This deck is trrrrrrrrrrait!"

Mar 26, 2019 Zamomin 67

Has anyone tried this deck against "Battle of the Five Armies"? I would be curious to hear how well it performed.