Burglar's Turn - Noldor Discard

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Igloo 57

Here is my first shot on using the new The Burglar's Turn contract. Take a look at let me know what you think!

Loot Deck

My thought on building the loot deck was to try and not worry so much about whether I get specific cards out but instead used as generic augments to hero roles, if that makes sense. With 4 of each "type" of card, this should help with the consistency issue of using the loot deck.

Arwen Undómiel is my main quester. Loot that could go on her will be Celebrían's Stone, Silver Circlet, Necklace of Girion. I also have tendency to put The Arkenstone on her, but could really go on anyone.

Erestor will be my main defender. Loot that could go on him will be Citadel Plate, Cloak of Lórien, Mithril Shirt and Elven Mail.

Haldan is then the main attacker. Loot that could go on him would be Orcrist, Glamdring, Durin's Axe and Legacy Blade. I wish there were some non-restricted items or items that go on allies that could fit here so I could use more than two of these on Haldan.

I then round out the remaining loot deck slots with some resource acceleration in Horn of Gondor and Magic Ring. (Orcrist and Necklace of Girion are the other two resource cards)

Card draw is also present in Glamdring and Magic Ring. Once it comes out, I will be replacing Silver Circlet with Stone of Elostirion (which gives the hero +2 and lets the player draw an additional card during the resource phase)

Main Deck

The main deck is focused mostly on getting allies out quickly while playing on some “attachments on active location” shenanigans.

Strider's Path is a fun card in this deck and can be great on turn 1 if a location is pulled and you held the resources back for it. If you were able to play Dunedain Pathfinder as well and put a location into the staging area, you will also have a location to travel to if you were able to clear the active location created by Strider's Path.

Distant Stars is a way to cheat a piece of loot into play. The best time to use this card is after questers are declared so that Haldan will remain ready. One draw back though is that if used multiple times, you start to strip out locations, giving you less opportunites to get loot out.

Gather Information is an odd card in this deck in that the card you get will most likely get discarded. Usual targets will be Lords of the Eldar, Glorfindel, Elrond's Counsel, Well Warned (if I will be engaging anything) or Will of the West (if I need to reshuffle the discards back into the deck).

Strengths - The deck is a fairly strong questing deck with some location control in managing the active location. Also, the deck does a good job in driving down threat which really helps in controling what is coming down and engaging you.

In multiplayer games, the side quests will be beneficial to everyone at the table. Although there is a home for almost all of the loot attachments, these can be spread out to other players if they can be further optimized. The Arkenstone is a perfect example.

Weaknesses - I choose not to put A Test of Willl in the deck since the deck does not have any ability to hold onto cards. Also, the deck can struggle with putting together enough attack to knock out large enemies on a consistent basis.

7 comments

Jan 12, 2020 Christian_Medic 478

I don't think Distant Stars works for Burglar's Turn as it requires you travelling to work, I would trade all 3 for 3 Mirkwood Explorers and then you are cooking with wizard fire.

Jan 12, 2020 Sfrug 225

Looks good! I was just testing a The Burglar's Turn deck using the same three heroes, and some of the same cards, but a different basic mechanism. Yours may be better, though. :) Still I think this hero combination is a good one for it.

Jan 12, 2020 TritonWreck 117

If Distant Stars doesn’t work you can use The Evening Star. It kind of sounds like what you were describing above so maybe you meant to use this card?

Jan 13, 2020 Igloo 57

Thanks for the comments!

Regarding Distant Stars...If the question is around whether the new location revealed would get a new loot card out, I agree that it does not since you are not traveling to it and just making it the new active location. What I was trying to say is that Distant Stars can get the loot in play by discarding the current active location with the loot attached. Sorry that was not clear. I found the card useful several times when the loot was attached to a location with a high number of quest points (+1) and was able to replace it with a location that would be quested over so I could then travel to a new location.

As to the other card suggestions,

Mirkwood Explorer was in the deck concept originally, but I cut it as it was expensive and not a noldor. I could see replacing Mirkwood Hunter. Elladan and Elrohir could be other cards to cut. Mirkwood Explorer is definitely a card that could find a place here.

I had not considered The Evening Star. I like how if I saw the card in my opening hand, it would be an auto discard but would power an effect in the future when I may have more opportunity to play it.

Sfrug...great minds and all that! Arwen Undómiel and Erestor are a good combo for card draw and resource acceleration while Haldan works well with the contract.

Jan 13, 2020 Hippoboy 2

Like the deck a lot. Distant stars is still a non-bo with the contract. The contract says "when the active location is explored..." so Distant Stars will discard the location and the loot will also go to the discard pile

Jan 13, 2020 Igloo 57

I see the argument. However, I am going by the fact The Burglar's Turn also specifically states that the attached item is guarded, which in the past, Distant Stars is considered perfect tech. To me, the intent is to treat the attached card the same as a guarded card. Is there an official ruling? Anyways, depending on the interpretation, the cards suggested by Triton Wreck and Christian_Medic are good replacements!

Jan 14, 2020 Levanthalas 1

I would suggest getting clarification on Distant Stars, because The Burglar's Turn specifically says that you get the attachment when the active location is explored, rather than leaves play.

But all in all, looks like a fun deck!