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Saga Deck 10.1: Helm’s Deep 1 1 0 11.0
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Saga Deck 12.1: The Passage of the Marshes 1 0 0 13.0
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RedSpiderr has a newer deck inspired by this one: Saga Deck 12.1: The Passage of the Marshes

I used this deck for the eleventh 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.

Theoden King is dead. The fortress of Helm's Deep held fast against the onslaught of Isengard, but it came at a terrible cost. Many of Rohan's finest warriors fell defending their homeland, and Theoden himself paid the ultimate price as he lead forth his knights in a sally that broke the siege. But despite the victory at Helm's Deep, Isengard is not a spent force and the traitor Saruman must be dealt with, once and for all. Perhaps there may even be a chance that Gandalf yet lives, hidden away in the bowels of Orthanc, and that it might not be too late to save him.

During the game, this deck's purpose it primarily to provide the questing power necessary to clear out the locations in Road to Isengard. Éowyn boosted by Windfola will contibute 6 each turn. Celebrían's Stone and Unexpected Courage are both intended for Aragorn to make the most of his great stats, and some subtle sphere smoothing. Ride to Ruin and The Riddermark's Finest are included for some pinpoint progress placement, the latter hopefully recurred by Gamling, and West Road Traveller will help ensure that we're dealing with the right location at the right time.

This deck should also be used to absorb the worst of the oncoming attacks. The Day's Rising will go on Erkenbrand, who should get an Armored Destrier on him as soon as possible. Galadriel can help with this, as can Gather Information. Snowbourn Scout is to be used to absorb some of the harsher Wizardry effects of this quest, whether it's discarding or exhausting him. Sneak Attack/Éomund can be utilized for an emergency readying, but this won't effect any of the Ents in Deck Two. Instead, Grim Resolve can be used for a final turn push, where everyone is thrown at the quest at the same time as Saruman is taken out.

This deck represents the survivors of Helm's Deep and the garrison of Edoras marching on Isengard. Though initially unaware of the Ent's own plans on Orthanc, the men of Rohan quickly lend their aid to the Ents however they can. The inclusion of Glorfindel and Galadriel is representative of Glorfindel's efforts along with Celeborn to persuade the Ents of Fangorn to join the War of the Ring and strike back at Saruman's encroachments against them.

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