Questlogs using this decklist
Journey to the Cross-roads - 2 Players - 2018-12-01
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Derived from
Saga Deck 4.1: A Knife In The Dark 0 0 0 4.0
Inspiration for
Saga Deck 6.1: The Ring Goes South 0 0 0 7.0
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RedSpiderr has a newer deck inspired by this one: Saga Deck 6.1: The Ring Goes South

I used this deck for the fourth 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.

After a disastrous visit to Bree, the company were ambushed by the Ringwraiths on the approach to Weathertop. Frodo has been stabbed by a Morgul Blade, and a shard has broken off inside him. The company are now in a race against time to get Frodo to Rivendell, where Elrond the Healer resides, Frodo's last hope. But as they make their way to Imladris, the Nine close in to finish what they had started.

The Deck: This scenario focuses on speed, and so we are trying to pack in as much questing as possible. Cards like Lindon Navigator and Quickbeam are excellent questers, while The Evening Star helps blast through locations building up in the staging area so, again, we can get through the quest stages as quickly as possible. Out of the Wild should 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 this quest. Bill the Pony is ever useful as he provides a universal hit-point boost, Friend of Friends was also fantastic and again it ended up on Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee. DĂșnedain Warning and Hobbit Cloak again should keep defenders like Tom Cotton and Sam Gamgee alive and kicking. Fast Hitch lets hobbits attack after questing. We've put in in Sarn Ford Sentry for extra card draw, and her 2 is really good value for money.

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 Frodo's company desperately trying to get to Rivendell in time. Frodo had been stabbed by the Witchking at Weathertop and is succumbing to his wound. On the way, various agents and scouts for Elrond are looking out for the halfling, trying to help them on their way and escape the Nazgul.

The play-through using this deck can be found here: https://theroadlotr.wordpress.com/the-saga/

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