I used this deck for the eighth 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.
At great cost, the Fellowship has escaped the darkness of Khazad-dum. The loss of Gimli son of Gloin when he gave his life trying to combat Durin’s Bane, a Balrog of Morgoth, weighs heavily on them. But, having awoken the ire of the Orcs of Moria, they have no time for rest. Being met by Celeborn of Lothlorien in the Dimrill Dale, the surviving members of the Company are denied refuge in The Golden Wood, but are given supplies and offered an escort as far as The Falls of Rauros. Grateful for any aid, The Fellowship now make their way to Amon Hen, where they shall decide what course they shall follow as they continue their quest to destroy The One Ring.
Celeborn forms the backbone of this deck as his ability to boost the stats of all Silvan allies as they enter play should prove invaluable. Stand and Fight will allow us to recurr cheaper allies like Naith Guide and Woodland Courier, or even make the most of Galadriel’s ability to give us free attachments. Sneak Attack too can be used for this, especially with Woodland Courier chipping away at locations and Greenwood Archer in the combat phase readying a hero and providing 2 extra. Mirkwood Long-knife will be put on Celeborn along with Unexpected Courage or even, if our threat is not too high, a Light of Valinor to allow him to make the most of his high and . Elf-friend will be scattered about the two decks where needed to provide as much ultility for the Silvan Tracker’s healing ability. Elrohir will defend against the weaker Uruks in this quest, but for the beefier ones we’ll have to rely on Sam Gamgee buffed with Dúnedain Warnings and a Hobbit Cloak.
This deck represents the surviving members of the Fellowship as they journey down the Anduin to The Falls of Rauros. They are accompanied by Celeborn and an honour guard of the Galadhrim, as well as a contingent of Silvan elves from Mirkwood led by their prince, Legolas Greenleaf. The allies and events in this deck represents this escort following them from the trees and woods lining the western shore of the Great River, with ‘enters play’ abilities representing the power of their nature to strike unseen from the trees, using the element of surprise to their advantage.
The play-through using this deck can be found here: