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Saga Deck 17.1: The Battle of The Pelennor Fields 1 0 0 18.0
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Saga Deck 19.1: The Black Gate Opens 3 1 2 20.0
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RedSpiderr has a newer deck inspired by this one: Saga Deck 19.1: The Black Gate Opens

I used this deck for the seventeenth 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 has been captured, and now Sam is left with a choice: enter the Tower of Cirith Ungol and try to rescue his master and friend; or press on with the quest, abandoning Frodo to torment and death. This choice, of course, is no choice at all, and with Faramir at his side the brave Master Samwise draws upon all reserves of his courage and sets out to rescue Frodo.

Drawing its strength chiefly from its low threat, this deck attempts to throw as much willpower as possible at the quest. Fireside Song is key here, as there is no upper limit to how many songs a hero may have. To that end, the deck is filled with as many songs as possible, from the expected Song of Kings and Song of Travel, to the more unconventional Song of Eärendil and The Fall of Gil-Galad. Song of Hope is a free song, but with Rod of the Steward Sam can get his willpower consistently boosted turn after turn. The low number of cards help in this, as there will be more resources to pour into Song of Hope.

There are plenty of threat reduction effects in this deck as well. Once a Hobbit Pipe or two are found, drawing these effects should become easy enough to do turn after turn. Some, like the eminently powerful The Shirefolk and the more niche Smoke Rings and Elevenses will only effect this deck, while The Galadhrim's Greeting can lower the threat of the partner deck as well. Unlikely Friendship can also help keep our partner deck’s threat low, while Brace of Coneys can be used to target either deck.

This deck represents Samwise Gamgee and his courage. Drawing strength from memories of the Shire, and his friends and companions from that place, and with a song of hope in his heart, Sam is bolstered in his heart as he goes forth to rescue Frodo.

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