Things have been rather busy lately. Though the recent holiday and some other family related matters have made it difficult to focus on this amazing game I have tried to make one last deck featuring March’s Hero of the Month: Prince Imrahil!
Where my last deck with Imrahil was a purely mechanic driven one, this recent deck tries to be more thematic than anything else. The deck, not so cleverly titled For Gondor! features Imrahil (naturally), Leadership Boromir, and Mablung as well as many other cards that benefit from having the Gondor trait.
Of the three Heroes, two of them, being Boromir and Prince Imrahil, represent the Leadership Sphere. Being Princes among men, these noble warriors benefit from having allies on the board. While Boromir provides a global buff to the many Gondorian allies, Imrahil receives a buff as they leave play (either through effects or combat). Rounding out the deck is Mablung, of the tactics Sphere, Ranger of Ithilien and constant combatant of evil. While Boromir and Imrahil lead their allies through battle, Mablung fights on the front line, and the more he engages an enemy the more resources he gains (which works well given that he is the only source of Tactics resources in this deck).
This deck contains a modest number of allies, only 18 to be exact. I find this smaller than what I normally build towards. Key allies are Defender of Rammas to handle any tough enemies, Faramir for questing, Errand-Rider for resource smoothing, and Gondorian Spearman for direct damage and chump blocking, the latter of which helps to trigger Prince Imrahil’s ability. To round things out we also have some copies of Herald of Anorien, Henneth Annun Guard, and Pelargir Ship Captain.
The 18 attachments in this deck mostly serve to bolster Mablung or Imrahil or to enhance Boromir’s global buff. 3 copies of Captain of Gondor are included to attach to Boromir so that he may serve as defender or attacker. Gondorian Fire is meant for either Mablung or whatever hero has Steward of Gondor attached. Gondorian Shield can go on any Hero. Imrahil may be a preferable option as he is the only consistent source of readying and can therefore defend and attack. Visionary Leadership can go on Boromir, turning Boromir into a global boosting powerhouse providing a bonus not only to our characters attack power, but willpower as well. Heir of Mardil, though it would be absolutely amazing on Mablung, can only be legally attached to Boromir or Imrahil. Heir may best be used on Boromir, since Imrahil already has a decent chance of readying. Combined with an event card I’ll mention shortly, Heir of Mardil can turn into a decent readying effect for the firstborn son of Denethor.
Our 14 events are pretty straightforward. Gondorian Discipline, Behind Strong Walls, and For Gondor, all provide some sort of defense to our characters and Heroes. For Gondor has the added bonus of providing an attack bonus to our characters as well. A Very Good Tale, which seems to be a staple for me lately, ensures that we get our allies on the table when we need them. I’m slightly worried on the card however, since we have only 18 cards in our 50 card deck that are allies. These may be trimmed or eliminated after testing. Lastly, we have Wealth of Gondor, at its worst this 0 cost Leadership Event is a very good source of resource smoothing/regeneration since it can hit any of our heroes. It can also be used on Boromir, should his resources fall to 0, and better yet can ready him should he have Heir of Mardil attached to him as well.
Though my posts regarding Imrahil have been taken quite some time to post, I hope you’ve enjoyed these two lists I’ve built. Look for an article from me in the coming week or so, as we cover a very popular Hero for April’s Hero of the Month!
Until then, let me know what your thoughts are on this build or on Prince Imrahil in general. I hope everyone has had a great Holiday/or 3-day weekend. Good night!
– The Secondhand Took
Deck: For Gondor!
Total Cards: (50)
1x Boromir (Heirs of Numenor)
1x Prince Imrahil (A Journey to Rhosgobel)
1x Mablung (The Nin-in-Eilph)
3x Gondorian Spearman (Core Set)
3x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Numenor)
3x Errand-rider (Heirs of Numenor)
2x Faramir (Core Set)
2x Herald of anórien (Trouble in Tharbad)
2x Henneth Annûn Guard (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Pelargir Ship Captain (The Morgul Vale)
3x Captain of Gondor (The Antlered Crown)
3x Gondorian Fire (Assault on Osgiliath)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
3x Visionary Leadership (The Morgul Vale)
3x Heir of Mardil (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Gondorian Discipline (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
3x A Very Good Tale (Over Hill and Under Hill)
3x Behind Strong Walls (Heirs of Numenor)
3x For Gondor! (Core Set)
2x Wealth of Gondor (Heirs of Numenor)