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I used this deck for the eighteenth 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.

While this deck has few allies, the ones it does bring are key to keeping things moving. Rivendell Minstrel provides not only 2, but uppon entering allows you to fetch a Song from anywhere in your deck. This could be something as ubiquitous as a Song of Battle or Song of Wisdom to help smooth out our resource generation [the latter is actually essential for us to be able to pay for The Great Hunt], but also card draw with Drinking Song or action advantage with Swift and Strong. Regardless, any Song we play should trigger copies of Love of Tales that we have out, hopefully generating at least 2 resources every time.

The other main component of the deck is trying to damage enemies in the staging area. Keeping our threat low is key to this, so Secret Vigil will be a much needed source of threat reduction. Bilbo Baggins's direct damage effect serves us well in chipping away at enemies, but the chief font of damage ought to be coming from Faramir. Great Yew Bow will allow him to pick off enemies, bolstered by Dagger of Westernesse and Unseen Strike, as well as Ranger Spikes fueling his natural ability, and so should be one of the cards you mulligan for or dig out with Gather Information or Heed the Dream. Should enemies slip past and engage you, Feint and Gaffer Gamgee can be used to ward them off until Faramir delivers the killing blow and proves his quality.

This deck represents Faramir and the aid he is able to give Samwise in their efforts to rescue Frodo. While Sam draws courage from memory of those left behind in the Shire, Faramir arms himself as best as he is able to lend strength to Sam. He makes the most of his skill with the bow, striking at enemies unseen at the most opportune moment for maximum advantage.

The play-through using this deck can be found here: https://theroadlotr.wordpress.com/the-saga/

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