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RedSpiderr has a newer deck inspired by this one: Saga Deck 3.1: Fog on the Barrow Downs

I used this deck for the second quest of my Saga Campaign. I am going to try and keep it as thematic as possible, stemming from the 'What If?' of 'What if Gandalf didn't escape from Orthanc in The Fellowship of the Ring?' Please note, I don't own all the cards, so am not able to make the most powerful thematic deck theoretically possible, but constrained by what I have, here is my best attempt.

Despite being dogged by Black Riders, Frodo and his companions make it across the Brandywine and escape to Crickhollow. They could not have made it without the aid of many friends and allies they met on the road, whether by fortune or fate. Haladon, a Dunedain from Sarn Ford; Luthien, a Sindarin Elf residing in Rivendell; Findol, an Elf of Lindon; Bofur and Dori, Dwarves of Erebor; Farmer Cotton and Rosie, hobbits from Westfarthing; and Gildor Inglorien of the House of Finrod.

The Deck: This deck is primarily designed to handle the questing side of the deck. Cards like Lindon Navigator and Quickbeam are excellent questers, while The Evening Star helps blast through these all-important locations building up in the staging area. Leave No Trace should help dilute the victory display with locations with no victory points so Old Man Willow's forced effect might sting a bit less. Out of the Wild should also accomplish the same effect, but can also be used to neuter the worst treacheries ahead of time. Naith Guide and Rosie Cotton are the enablers for the deck, and indeed its partner's, targeting the heroes who need their boosts the most at that time.

As before, this deck supplements its partner in handling them. I found Bill the Pony to be invaluable last time as he provides a universal hit-point boost which saved my bacon in the end. Friend of Friends was also fantastic, though it ended up on Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee, as opposed to Merry as I originally thought, but we'll see what happens this time. DĂșnedain Warning and Hobbit Cloak again should keep defenders like Tom Cotton alive and kicking. Fast Hitch lets hobbits attack after questing and None Return can make sure that once defeated,

The economy of this deck should be relatively easy to set up. With very few cards costing more than 2, once the Song of Kings and Song of Wisdom are on the heroes then cards should be played every turn. Elf-stone can help with the more expensive allies, and Ranger Provisions also speeds up the process, or can be used to help its partner deck if needed. Bilbo Baggins's native ability will help both decks with their card draw, negating Gandalf's Delay completely after two turns, and Frodo's Intuition is worth its metaphorical weight in gold in this deck.

Thematically, this deck represents the allies that Frodo has gained during his escape from the Nazgul continuing to help him leave the Shire. Since Frodo crossed the Brandywine there has been no opportunity to gather no more companions so all the allies in this deck are part of the one used in A Shadow of The Past.

The play-through using this deck can be found here: