Happy Fourth All! Wherever you may be and however you may be celebrating Independence Day (or your general Saturday evening if you don’t live in the states) I hope you are having a great time and staying safe 🙂
Now with that out of the way let’s get right to it. Here is my last post for May/June’s Hero of the Month: Galadriel!
Although not a very catchy title, I have named this deck “With the Favor of the Lady” and though it focuses on Boromir, it’s with Galadriel‘s blessing (and her access to the Spirit Sphere) that help the deck shine. Also, I have included the very new Spirit Hero, Merry.
The deck is something I’ve wanted to build for quite awhile, thanks in no small part to an interview I had with Brandon at Cardboard of the Rings regarding Boromir (you can read that here). The deck always had Boromir and Galadriel in my head but I always struggled with the third Hero. Though I’m pleased that I get to give the new Merry a try, I often used Frodo for defense and Spirit Glorfindel is an excellent choice if you want a consistent quester as well as another combatant to support Boromir. For this build, the premise is to beef up Boromir (which is always the premise I’d say) with various attachments between the two spheres. Outside of that there are a few other allies and events to round out the deck and give it a little bit of functionality in more than just combat.
There are sixteen allies in this deck and each of them has their own specific role with a couple secondary roles that may overlap. In the Three-Of category we have Galadriel’s Handmaiden, Envoy of Pelargir, and Imladris Stargazer. The handmaiden serves as reliable threat reduction to Boromir’s readying ability. She’s also a decent quester and if it comes down to it can chump block and help provide resources to Boromir thanks to an attachment I’m sure you can already guess. The envoy helps by giving Boromir resources. Like the handmaiden, she is also a body that we can use to chump block. Lastly the Stargazer was included near the end of my building this deck. This deck has a lot of Two-Ofs and Imladris helps us fetch the cards we need (she also has a nice synergy with Miruvor). For the Two-Of category we have Arwen Indomniel and Bofur for questing (and of course for Arwen she helps give Boromir an added boost in defense) and Defender of Rammas for well… defending 🙂 And for kicks and giggles I threw in a copy of Hama for extra defense as well and his ability to leave play easily.
Now the attachments are a little more numerous. This deck contains twenty-two to be exact and most of them want to go on Boromir. Specifically these are Blood of Numenor, Gondorian Fire, Gondorian Shield, Spear of the Citadel, Captain of Gondor and Horn of Gondor. The copes all vary among the attachments. I did include a third Horn of Gondor in lieu of other Two-Ofs as I wanted to help ensure I get the Horn sooner rather than later. Then, if I have the resources to spare and want to throw down a Gondorian Shield and Spear of the Citadel, I’m comfortable sacrificing the Horn after a few turns. Miruvor shows up here with three copies as well. In a dream scenario I’d like to use Miruvor to get a resource on Boromir and for the second choice put the card on top of the deck. Then, and this is a big then (hence dream scenario) I would like to exhaust Imladris Stargazer to look at the top five cards of the deck and then rearrange the Miruvor and in a sense recycle it for later use. This may be too janky but I’ll have to see with testing. Mirror of Galadriel is here to help find the cards we need. Since a lot of our attachments are meant for Boromir, we’re potentially going to have a lot of extra copies in our hand. This may work in our favor and one of these extra copies will most likely be randomly discarded from the Mirror’s effect as opposed to the card we need. Finally Secret Vigil is included for even more threat reduction.
The least represented in terms of numbers, there are only twelve event cards in the deck. There are three copies of A Test of Will to cancel any nasty when revealed effects and three copies of Gondorian Discipline. Two things are clear for this deck, resources are going to be tricky and Boromir is going to be in the midst of combat. Discipline helps with both of these since it first and foremost cancels any incoming damage but it also has my favorite resource cost of zero! In a multiplayer game I suppose Discipline has the added utility of going to any Gondorian character and not just your own, further justifying three copies. There are also two copies of Behind Strong Walls for the same sort of protection Discipline offers, but the fact that it costs a tactics resource keeps it from having a full suite of three copies. Though I wanted three copies of Elrond’s Counsel I had to trim something down to 2 to keep the deck at 50 cards. It’s likely that I’ll remove the singleton Hama and add a third Counsel. Either way, Counsel is great for this deck as it helps us add some willpower to the quest (which we will be struggling to do) but more importantly gives us a cheap and easy way to reduce our threat. Lastly there are two copies of Hasty Stroke. Like the Counsel it’s possible that three copies are better than two for this deck. We are going to be in a lot of combat and we’re bound to come across a devastating shadow card that could cost us Boromir (or the game).
A couple quick, final notes about this deck. First, this deck is not going to be questing that much. Though a couple allies in here will be questing they’ll most likely turn in to chump blockers in a turn or two (except for Arwen). This leads me to my next note. This deck may rely a little too much on chump blockers and so will suffer a bit in quests that punish us for doing so. It’s also possible that as we see more cards released for this cycle that a deck such as this can see more consistency (since we were promised more Hobbit cards and Noldor focused cards… yay!).
Even so, it was fun building this deck and like pretty much every deck I put on this Site, I can’t wait to tinker with it some more and improve it.
If you can think of any improvements or changes you would make, please feel free to chime in below! Look out this Monday or Wednesday for my announcement article for July’s Hero of the Month. A quick hint: It will be Lore!
-The Secondhand Took
Deck: With the Favor of the Lady
Total Cards: (50)
1x Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
1x Boromir (The Dead Marshes)
1x Merry (The Wastes of Eriador)
2x Arwen Undomiel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
1x Hama (The Treason of Saruman)
2x Defender of Rammas (Heirs of Numenor)
3x Envoy of Pelargir (Heirs of Numenor)
2x Bofur (The Redhorn Gate)
3x Imladris Stargazer (Foundations of Stone)
2x Captain of Gondor (The Antlered Crown)
3x Gondorian Fire (Assault on Osgiliath)
2x Secret Vigil (The Lost Realm)
2x Spear of the Citadel (Heirs of Numenor)
2x Blood of Numenor (Heirs of Numenor)
2x Mirror of Galadriel (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Miruvor (Shadow and Flame)
3x Gondorian Shield (The Steward’s Fear)
3x Horn of Gondor (Core Set)
3x A Test of Will (Core Set)
2x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
2x Hasty Stroke (Core Set)
2x Behind Strong Walls (Heirs of Numenor)
3x Gondorian Discipline (Encounter at Amon Dîn)
Side Quest: (0)