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As my username may suggest, I've been awaiting Radagast eagerly. This deck is just so dang fun.
Hirgon makes so much sense here, allowing eagles to flood the board, and Eowyn adds the best threat cost to will power ratio in the game, no brainer.
The ideal card in your starting hand is Radagast's Staff, however the deck is still potent without it. Daeron's Runes, Gandalf (perhaps via Gwaihir's Debt), or Word of Command will help you retrieve it in due time.
Running the deck:
This deck can run solo, but its weakness is willpower. Consistently, you can send 6 to 8 from Hirgon, Eowyn and sometimes Radagast, though unless he's going for his Response, I prefer to keep him back to defend.
Once 2 allies like Eagles of the Misty Mountains, Meneldor and Gwaihir come into play, your available will go up, and you can get extra actions out of those soon-to-be-stacked Eagles of the Misty Mountains with Radagast's Staff. It's important to quest successfully consistently, though, to get Hirgon's ability going.
You can amass an incredible fleet of eagles between the reduction conferred by Radagast's Staff and Hirgon - minus 3 to the cost of any eagle is tremendous. This means a free Meneldor, or a 1 cost Eagles of the Misty Mountains every turn.
Eagles of the Misty Mountain is the heart and soul of the deck, easily powering up to massive combat stats (my personal best is 15 and 15 *). But how do you get those allies in and out?
- Vassal of the Windlord and Winged Guardian do it themselves.
- Chump block with Descendant of Thorondor and Meneldor and also trigger their abilities as they go.
- Use Gwaihir's ability to bring in an eagle from the discard pile, when it leaves at the end of the round, relocate it to under Eagles instead of your hand.
- You can replicate #3 with Flight of the Eagles and Gwaihir's Debt.
*N.B.: While it is fun to get an ultra beefed up Eagles of the Misty Mountains, it may not make the most strategic sense. In all likelihood, two Eagles running at +4 and each will be more effective than one running at +8.
Other fun nonsense:
This card allows you to fetch that critical piece you need - like Radagast's Staff - or something silly and awesome like Justice Shall Be Done. When do you trigger it? Perhaps after Radagast commits to the quest without exhausting, or perhaps by exhausting Gandalf during the refresh phase.
Gwaihir and his debt both require you to return the eagle you fetch to your hand at the end of the round. But if they're not in play, no worries! So, before the round ends and they go away, return them to your hand with Flight of the Eagles. This mitigates the cost of Flight - that eagle ally was going away anyhow!
I think this works, would love your thoughts on it... If another player is controls Bard son of Brand and your beefed up Eagles of the Misty Mountains perishes, I believe all the eagles underneath it go back to your hand. That is a fun - though excessive - way to rejuvenate your game.
Thanks for reading and happy playing!