Lord of a Fell People

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This is a thematic Rohan deck designed to be paired with a Rohan/Isengard Doomed deck. It offers strong questing power from the start of the game, along with a robust combat presence.

Overview: This deck is a standard Rohan staging area attack deck, using Fastred to send enemies back to the staging area and Éomer to kill them. The threat reduction this engine offers plays a significant role in counteracting the Doomed keyword from the companion deck, and this deck helps compensate for a number of weaknesses there.

Heroes: Éowyn is, of course, a powerful questing hero. However, she makes the core engine of the Doomed deck a little easier to get functioning - Elven-light can be played from the moment the other deck draws it, without waiting to find Protector of Lórien. Other than that, things are pretty straight-forward. Éomer is excellent when paired with the new Guarded player cards, and can potentially kill an enemy guarding one on the same turn you play it, thus negating the extra cost. He should get Orcrist, which will help defray the resource cost of attacking into the staging area, while Éowyn should receive the Necklace of Girion to fund the Rohan allies.

Strategy: Most of the deck is completely straightforward. Spirit allies quest, Fastred receives defense boosts like Dúnedain Warning and Hauberk of Mail, and Éomer gets boosted by Dúnedain Mark and Gúthwinë from the other deck, in addition to Orcrist.

Additional defense above and beyond what Fastred can provide is provided by the Warden of Helm's Deep. At 3 cost, he is difficult to get out in the early game, but makes an excellent target for Send for Aid, and with Legacy of Númenor, can be played as early as turn 2. Further defense comes from the Orthanc Guard from the other deck, helpfully granted sentinel via Arwen Undómiel. In the interim, the Snowbourn Scout is the quintessential chump blocker, and with Gúthwinë in play, you can bring him back again and again. Against quests that feature unpleasant Condition attachments, he is also a perfect target for Bulwark of the West from the sideboard.

Attack power beyond what Éomer can provide is handled via the Riders of Rohan as well as Elfhelm. In addition to 2 extra , Elfhelm counteracts threat gains from the encounter deck, further offsetting the negative effects of the Doomed deck across the table.

An ideal opening hand should have a side quest to power up the Riders of Rohan, as well as some willpower. Legacy of Númenor is also an excellent card to see in the opening hand.