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This is a Vilya deck that uses (MotK) Gildor Inglorion to optimise Vilya and card draw.

Gildor Inglorion combines the advantages of Imladris Stargazer and Wizard Pipe into a single action, allowing you to time the deck. The main advantages of (MotK) Gildor Inglorion are that: he is available immediately and; he is eligible for Unexpected Courage.

How to play:

Credit to Seastan for the Ally selection, which is almost directly copied from his One Deck.

I would welcome any thoughts, comments or suggestions.


Jan 02, 2021 jvader 127

+1 asfoloth -1 Gildor because you don't need more than one

Jan 02, 2021 AJ_800 266

Thank you for taking a look at the deck.

Unfortunately I do indeed need two copies of Gildor.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. Messenger of the King triggers at the end of setup (after player card draw and mulligan) and only searches the deck (not your hand). So if I mulligan for Vilya and get the only copy of Gildor in hand, I cannot make him a Hero with Messenger. Having two copies of him in the deck decreases the probability substantially that all copies of him will be in my hand after a mulligan.
  2. If MotK Gildor is destroyed, I need a backup as I have no other cards that re-order the top of the deck or swap cards from hand with the deck. The extra copy can be recruited as an Ally in this situation.

Jan 03, 2021 Sfrug 329

Cool twist on the Vilya deck.

Jan 04, 2021 doomguard 1245

3 master of the forge? would replace at least 2 (gleowine, ioreth, quickbeam)

with 3 runes and 3 head the dream and mulligan that should be enough to get vilya.

Jan 04, 2021 AJ_800 266

@doomguardThank you for the suggestions. Master of the Forge isn't just in the deck to ensure that Vilya is found reliably and quickly (although you are correct that this is his primary task).

Master of the Forge is also in the deck because the other attachments are important targets after Vilya is found.

(MotK) Gildor Inglorion exhausts to use his ability, so Unexpected Courage is a priority to make use of his stats for questing, defending or attacking.

Elrond exhausts to use Vilya, so Unexpected Courage is a priority to make use of his stats for questing, defending or attacking.

Glorfindel raises threat when he exhausts to quest, so Light of Valinor is a priority. Additionally, there is only one copy of Asfaloth in the deck.

I believe that these attachments increase the value of the Heroes beyond the value that more cheap Allies would add to the deck.

Jan 04, 2021 AJ_800 266

A further benefit of Master of the Forge is that he provides a deck shuffle if the cards at the top of the deck are not immediately useful.

Jan 04, 2021 doomguard 1245

if you want more actions, why not using lembas and/or miruvor?

with master you need master, then perhaps find next round a courage. with lembas or miruvor you have sooner your actions and perhaps time to find without master.

i think within the top 3 cards an your hand there is allways an card thats worth using vilya on. and you allready have some shuffeling with head the dream.

Jan 05, 2021 AJ_800 266

@doomguardI do like Lembas and Miruvor, especially the additional utility they give beyond readying, but I don't like discarding them.

Personally, I find Master of the Forge to be an Ally that keeps on giving throughout the game. He helps me set up Vilya reliably, helps me get my other key attachments, and then keeps finding me additional attachments to both thin the deck and give me backup copies. I can also use him to block a 1 enemy attack or chump block with him against something bigger.

I appreciate what you are saying though and my preference may just result from my personal play style.