We are incredibly lucky to be players of this game at its current state. New scenarios and player cards come out with smoothish consistency, the community is vibrant and active, and every day new decks and ideas are released into the wild. It’s easy to get caught up in all of this and try a different deck from one play session to the next which is something I am most certainly guilty of, especially due to the blog. Thankfully, a little deck I built last August has remained sleeved and in my bag, traveling with me from session to session, quest to quest.
This month I wanted to cover a remarkable Hero that has made appearances in a vast number of my decks and those of many others. While Pippin truly shines with his Hobbit kin, his global ability along with the card advantage he provides makes him one of the best Lore Heroes in the game. Better yet, Pippin is surprisingly splashable. Read on for more!
I wanted to change things up for this next Filling Up The Corners. In fact, I mentioned turning this column into something more varied in my New Year’s post. Well, here it is. Comics have been popular for quite some time, for those non-rock dwelling people who wind up watching a Marvel movie or two each and every year… we all know this. Personally, I enjoy watching the movies, but don’t feel encouraged to jump into the sprawling storylines spanning months or even years in comic book form. A friend introduced me to more “contained” stories, and in my journeys I have come across a storyteller I think everyone should experience at least once. That person is Rick Remender.
Huzzah! This Saturday Miss Took was out being an adult and doing adult things while I got to stay home and play. No work, no schedule, and a chance to play the newest, and first, Adventure Pack from the Haradrim Cycle… The Mûmakil! Read on to see what I thought…
Okay, I have to admit something. For the past couple of weeks I have been toying around with Elfhelm deck possibilities. None of them have stuck with me. There were some lists that bloated to 60+ cards that were ultimately reduced to the nifty 50 needed, but none of them ever felt right enough for me to hit the publish button. While my desire to build an Elfhelm deck remains strong (can’t wait for Burst Into Song), I decided I’d refer back to the community. RingsDB user Xikitins has provided a unique entry into the Elfhelm archetype that has a lot going for it.
When I first played Ruins of Belegost the first thing that struck me was the art. The depiction of the creatures that inhabited the derelict were as fascinating and mysterious as they were fierce. I saw Naurlhug and was affixed by his drake-like appearance and his molten body, barely able to contain some inner fire. Then I played the quest and started encountering the Artifacts found amidst the rubble and I became entranced, and felt the desire to see more remnants of the second age. Who was responsible for said artifacts? Lucas Durham.
This month we cover a Leadership Hero with an ability that I don’t think we as players expected to see. Taking a queue from games like A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Elfhelm offered a global buff depending on whether or not certain requirements were met. Did he create a brand new type of deck? For the rest of January I will be exploring if this deck archetype holds up in the current meta, or if we are just a few mounts short of a Rohirrim.