Lothlorien Marches to War

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"In the North also there had been war and evil. The realm of Thranduil was invaded, and there was long battle under the trees and great ruin of fire; but in the end Thranduil had the victory. And on the day of the New Year of the Elves, Celeborn and Thranduil met in the midst of the forest; and they renamed Mirkwood Eryn Lasgalen, The Wood of the Greenleaves." - The Return of the King, Appendix B

This deck is the first part of a fellowship that is dually inspired by this moment in the War of the Ring when the victorious Elves of Lorien and Mirkwood met in the middle of Mirkwood and renamed it, and by my love of playing Silvans (what's more fun than playing a Silvan deck? Two Silvan decks!).

Lothlorien Marches to War


It is very important to get Nenya out ASAP so that Galadriel can contribute her 4 when needed and can help pay for cards. If Nenya takes awhile to show up, the deck can stall, but with Galadriel keeping your threat low and drawing an extra card each turn you should be able to weather the storm and eventually get going. In a pinch, deck two can help dig for it with Heed the Dream. (Note: You could also include Mirror of Galadriel for one more way to fetch Nenya, but I personally don't love dealing with the random discard). Celeborn will contribute his 3 from turn 1, and should be able to stay ready for other uses via Naith Guide and Light of Valinor (though this can also be tossed across the table to Argalad). Eventually, Host of Galadhrim will allow you to make large questing pushes. Wingfoot can also go on Haldir of Lórien to allow him to quest and ready if an enemy shows up.


Ideally, you won't be forced to engage too many enemies, but a combination of Feigned Voices (pull back the Galadhrim Weaver to constantly recur this), Defender of the Naith, and Celeborn can serve in a pinch. Because your allies aren't exhausting to quest on their first round, you often will have at least one option if you are forced to chump.


Haldir of Lórien can snipe into the staging area, particularly once he is powered up with weapons from deck two. Otherwise, you will be largely depending upon the army of ranged archers from deck two to take down enemies. Mirkwood Runner can also drop three damage on any non-immune enemy on the round he enters play.

Miscellaneous Strategy

Unexpected Courage will go on Galadriel so that she can fuel card draw, threat reduction, and questing. Healing is provided by Silvan Tracker, and the lone copy of Lembas can save Galadriel if she starts taking archery or direct damage. Galadhrim Minstrel plus The Tree People is another key piece to your engine, hopefully allowing you to pull back a 1-cost ally (or Galion) to bring out someone more expensive again and again. Galion is such a great card that I can see the argument for running multiple of him, but one copy of Silvan Refugee works almost as well and prevents the build-up of dead cards in hand. Don't forget to always target the Silvan Refugee for return to hand events!!!

Woodland Courier can bounce in and out to help with location control (and adding in Hithlain can double her impact if you run up against a location-heavy quest). Quicker Than Sight is an under-rated card imho that stands in nicely for Hasty Stroke (remember that you can trigger it to cancel a shadow across the table :) ).


Final Thoughts

There you have it! I enjoy running this fellowship two-handed, especially against challenging quests that feature forests (Return to Mirkwood, The Three Trials, etc.). If I were to optimize a bit for increased power (at the expense of theme), I would definitely include Arwen Undómiel, Steward of Gondor, and Faramir in deck one to provide: quicker access to sentinel for Thranduil, more resource-generation (probably for Galadriel), and more questing support respectively. Hopefully you enjoy taking Silvans out for a spin!