Thematic Saga - Road To Isengard
This is the Fellowship I used for Road To Isengard in my Thematic Saga run (which includes the 2 PoD quests that are inserted after the 1st quest in Black Riders.) I beat the quest twice with this Fellowship in less than 5 tries. I have 2 core sets and used cards thru the Haradrim cycle. The beginning of my Saga run is here: https://www.ringsdb.com/fellowship/view/5145. The previous quest, Helm's Deep, is here: https://www.ringsdb.com/fellowship/view/6772.
Boons: Anduril, Sting (not used), Old Bogey-Stories, Tireless Ranger (Sam - not used), Noble Hero (Aragorn), Mithril Shirt (not used), Glamdring (not used), Leader of Men (Aragorn), Intimidation (Legolas)
Burdens: Gandalf's Delay, Panicked, Overcome By Terror, Fear of Discovery, Pursued By The Enemy, Overcome By Grief, Ill Fate (Fortunately, most of the Burdens are not in play in this quest.)
This Fellowship has the Rohan armies assisting the Ents with taking down Isengard. Kind of thematic -- but I'm kind of boxed in by my hero choices for Helm's Deep. I think it works.
One of the most interesting decisions here is deciding how many rounds to commit to Rousing the Ents. On one of my wins, I roused 2 (in 2 rounds) and in the 2nd win I roused 3 (in 3 rounds). On a previous "win", I roused 3 in 2 rounds which was great --- but I had so many rules mistakes in that game that I did not count the win. It is possible to get really lucky and get 2 Ents in 1 round, which would be glorious.
Neither of the wins were that difficult. Just make sure to clear locations judiciously with the Ents. Build up your questing power for the final stage. In my 2nd win, I was able to clear the stage and defeat Saruman in a single round (thanks to Rally The West). Also, in my 2nd win, both decks had 4 cards in hand --- so I earned the Palantir and dodged the Burden.