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Darkling Door 4737
This is a thematic deck built for an ongoing series on my blog, Darkling Door.
Theme: The Grey Havens
Played Against: Nightmare Voyage Across Belegaer
"Upon the shores of the Gulf of Lhûn the Elves built their havens, and named them Mithlond; and there they held many ships, for the harbourage was good. From the Grey Havens the Eldar ever and anon set sail, fleeing from the darkness of the days of Earth."
—Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age, The Silmarillion
A top-of-the-discard-pile combo deck where every turn feels like a new puzzle to solve.
- Lay of the Nauglamír is an excellent board accelerator. Play it as soon as you can after you draw it, shuffling back anything that can't be played from the discard pile.
- Getting one copy of Master of the Forge does wonders for helping you hunt for Song of Battle in the early game. If you draw a second Master, discard it at the appropriate time.
- Song of Battle usually goes on Galdor, since the deck is otherwise lighter on cards.
- Whenever possible, use Salvaged Supplies to give Círdan the Shipwright an extra resource each round.
- It's easy to activate Gaeronel's bonus each round. What's trickier is keeping her ready for combat. Light of Valinor, Lembas, and recurring Harlond Lookout are good ways to do so.
- Whether you use Gaeronel as a defender or an attacker varies from round to round, based on which of the other Allies you've managed to get out, and which cards you can seed the discard pile with.
- Because Círdan the Shipwright is constantly discarding something every round, you won't be able to keep the Wandering Spirit near the top of your discard pile. Use it that way for a round or two, and then trigger its ability to keep your Ally count up.
- You can use To the Sea, to the Sea! to seed the discard pile, even outside of the planning phase if you didn't have any Allies worth playing that round.
- The number of cards that combo with one another in this deck are far too numerous to list them all; try it out and see what I mean!
► For more analysis, check out my blog post on this deck.