Mighty Istari

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The Hunt for Gollum - 1 Player - 2021-03-25
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Mighty Istari 2.0 9 4 2 1.0
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Truck 663

Truck has a newer deck inspired by this one: Mighty Istari 2.0

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No Radagast? Here's why:

"The Nine have come forth again," said Gandalf, "they have crossed the river. So Radagast said to me."

"Radagast the Brown!" laughed Saruman, and he no longer concealed his scorn. "Radagast the Bird-tamer! Radagast the simple! Radagast the Fool! Yet he had just the wit to play the part that I sent him. For you have come, and that was all the purpose of my message. And here you shall stay, Gandalf the Grey. And start a heavy metal band with me! Radagast is more of a jazz guy, so he is out!"

Saruman ripped off his hood and revealed himself to have long dreadlocks.

"Oh, so that's how it's going to be!" said Gandalf, "LET'S GO!!"

The Ring goes to Gandalf, gameplay is pretty much just get restricteds on them, Gandalf defends and commits with Shadowfax and Saruman commits and attacks with Unexpected Courage, which you can find with Word of Command.

Good adds would be Strider and more copies of Unexpected Courage, but I do not own more cores or the drowned ruins.


Feb 19, 2021 Raiderjakk 40

Never thought to use that contract with less than three heroes. Interesting.

Feb 20, 2021 Truck 663

@Raiderjakk I didn't realize either until I put in Gandalf and Saruman and was like "Oh, shoot, This thing's threat is 27 already," I looked at the contract which I thought made you have to use 3 heroes and was like, "YES!!!!"

Feb 20, 2021 kjeld 77

Drop in one Helm of Secrecy and then you can have the "third" hunter drop in partway through!

Feb 20, 2021 Raiderjakk 40

Three Hunters with Gandalf only would be an interesting twist.

Feb 21, 2021 AutumnRose 24

You could add in Folco Boffin for a free lore resource in the first turn and a free threat reduction of 1. And you still get to keep the two-hero deck after he yeets himself in the first turn.

Feb 21, 2021 AutumnRose 24

Oh wait, never mind on the Folco idea. I just realized it doesn't work with Saruman.

Feb 21, 2021 GreenWizard 160

Boromir could be an option. You could keep him around to buy weapons for the wizards, then ditch him later.

Feb 21, 2021 Truck 663

@AutumnRose The Folco thing does work, but he is not in my card pool.

Feb 21, 2021 Truck 663

@AutumnRose nevermind, you are right.

Feb 21, 2021 Truck 663

Card draw is amazing, surprisingly. I rarely use Gandalf's Staff for anything so at the end of the Combat Phase is just draw a card, and playing cards off the top of your deck with Wizard Pipe and Gandalf expands my hand so much shat I rarely end the game with more than 15 or 16 cards in my deck.

Feb 22, 2021 Truck 663

I just beat all of the dream chaser quests except for the city of corsairs with this deck.

Feb 23, 2021 Emmental 202

I love the idea of two hunter deck. I will probably make my own version someday with different cards (less songs, changing restricted...).

You really should include Strider btw.

Feb 23, 2021 Truck 663

@Emmental What restricteds would you change? Strider is not in my card pool as I said in the description.

Feb 23, 2021 Emmental 202

Sorry, i have not read this part of the description ^_^'

The restricted i think of if Legacy Blade, perfect if you want to flip contract. Also you could throw in a War Axe or a Ancestral Armor (it costs only 3 with the reduction, and with steward and gandalf staff it's easy to get) if you want stats.

I think the Staffs are really core items, so they should be ×3

Btw i just remembered having made a similar deck, but with Frodo Baggins as third hero (you have 7 more starting threat but Frodo will keep it in check, and you get another reading for Gandalf).

Feb 23, 2021 Truck 663

@Emmental Legacy Blade, but no Side Quests? War Axe didn't seem practical because Gandalf never attacked, and I would never put Song of Battle on Saruman. Ancestral Armor is not in my card pool (neither is Legacy Blade) and the staffs always come out.

Feb 23, 2021 Emmental 202

Well i though a Song of Battle was a perfect fit for a heavy metall band leader like Saruman ;-)

Legacy Blade without side Quest, yes. For the same reason people put Round Shield in every Three Hunter Deck : a 0-cost attachment that can help flip contract anytime when needed (and eventually be replaced after). IMO it looks like A Burning Brand fills the same role in your deck (Saruman does not defend and Gandalf has Inner Strength), but for cost 2 ressources instead of 0.

Do you have Armored Destrier ? It's another great readying option for Gandalf.

Feb 23, 2021 Truck 663

@Emmental You deserve an award. Song of Battle will be going to Saruman every day of the week, twice a week for three decades.

A Burning Brand can go to Gandalf, as long as you play it off the top of your deck, which with Wizard Pipe, is highly possible. The no-cost attachment is a good idea... But I don't think I have any in my card pool. I do not have Armored Destrier, either. Click on my user profile for my owned expansions.

Feb 28, 2021 Truck 663

I think this is my One Deck attempt. Yeah, whole Dream Chaser cycle... Definitely.