Grey Wanderers (Dis)Assemble!


Some Janky craziness trying to (ab)use The Grey Wanderer to make a "solo" Gandalf a real Voltron powerhouse.

Why not make a 4 players fellowship where all the decks have The Grey Wanderer contract and 3 of them (using Folco, Caldara and TaBoromir) are only used to setup the fourth (which would have Gandalf as the hero of course) with all the possible toys he can use (all the Master attachments, the Staff, Shadowfax, Narya, the Pipe, Strider, cards with Message from Elrond and resources with Parting Gifts and so forth?)

Of course it's not a good idea for those quests where the setup is influenced by the number of players (which are quite a lot right now), but otherwise would it be worth it? Only time will tell.

I used a lot of songs to try and give Gandalf all the spheres so he can also play cards from the hand without having to rely on the contract off-sphere play. I put the Master attachments in 3x so that if I draw them in the starting hand I can use the contract to search for others attachments like songs (for Gandalf or the other heroes to facilitate some play), the Wizard Pipe, Strider and so forth. I added all the side quest cause I wasn't finding more good attachments or events to include, but I guess having 3x Gather Information in play might be useful.


May 09, 2020 Jtothemac 300

You have to at least try to get Folco to have Desperate Alliance. 7 threat reduction for Gandalf!! Doom it up! Haha

May 10, 2020 bobbymcbobface 64

Just wondering, might it be better to have one of the non-Gandalf decks drop Grey Wanderer and use (MotK) Galadriel to pull out a cost 3 or less attachment?

May 10, 2020 Jtothemac 300

@bobbymcbobface I don't think that works because you have to play Galadriel from your hand in order to trigger her ability.

May 10, 2020 bobbymcbobface 64

@JtothemacOops, yeah, you're right.

May 11, 2020 DurinVoronwe 1

Nice! What about adding Justice Shall Be Done to the non-Gandalf decks?

May 11, 2020 Alonewolf87 489

I was totally sure I added Justice Shall Be Done to the non-Gandalf decks, but it seems I was mistaken, thanks for pointing that out @DurinVoronwe

@Jtothemac I thought about Desperate Alliance Folco, but it took quite a lot of effort to do that consistently. I guess I prefer to be more consistent in getting Gandalf all his toys then to have it start in the single digit as threat.

May 11, 2020 doomguard 104

ice idea. somethoughts:

it is not needed, to make the gandalf-deck as grey wanderer. that gives much more possibilities. in this combination: would add some recourcefull in the gandalfdeck. my experinece with gandalf is, that flame of arnor is not as good, in this case i would cut 2 of them and add a dwarven tomb and 1 will of the west. then if the goal is, to give him all spheres, then add 1 copy of blood of numenor and gondorian fire. with steward and contract and recourcefull he will have enough res.

would add deep knowledge in the folkodeck. support of the eagles in the boromirdeck is not a good idea, then he cannot play anything other, right?

May 11, 2020 Alonewolf87 489

@doomguardYou are right about the Resourceful in the Gandalf deck. Blood of Numenor and Gondorian Fire are a good idea too (even if an already much abused one).

Deep Knowledge might be a good idea, though I wanted to avoid increase the Gandalf deck threat as possible. Support of the Eagles might be the only thing the Boromir deck will end up playing (besides the free attachment) but it could very well be worth it depending on the hands. One small hope for the Boromir deck is that if it gets Strength and Courage and Captain's Wisdom in the starting hand it could fish Song of Kings as the Wanderer attachment to play Captain's Wisdom (even 2 if you are very lucky) in the first resource phase and have 1 extra resource (since 1 would go to play Strenght and Courage) to play something else.

May 11, 2020 doomguard 104

i thought the mainreason for the borimirdeck is to play strenght and courage. and you cannot play both, right?

May 11, 2020 doomguard 104

to me, the priotity is: strength and courage, staff (both possible), if not one of them, shadowfax, then at least the support. if you play deep knowledge at folko you increase the chances to get the important ones. i would not fear the increase in the gandalfdeck. you have 3 greetings. if you are afraid of thread you could add some keen as lances.

put more songs in boromirs deck. at least for the horn. (its restricted and gandalf have no place for restricted. you can also put some golden belts in it.

May 11, 2020 Alonewolf87 489

@doomguard Yeah the main objective of the Boromir deck is to play (or put into play with the Wanderer) Strength and Courage and something else amongst the choice in hand. It's possibile, though it will take some luck, to play both Strength and Courage and the Support.

Probably you are right about the Deep Knowledge.

The idea is to give Gandalf one more restricted attachment besides the Staff depending also on the songs I have availabe, it could be the Burning Brand, the Horn of Gondor or the Silver Circlet. It greatly depends on the starting hands of the three suicidal decks, but if I have to choose amongst those three I would go for the Burning Brand.