There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? Thanks to the wonderful people behind Cardboard of the Rings, there has been a movement to spotlight decks from those of the community who may not have been noticed otherwise. For the sake of variety and a fun “tag” to any community decks on this site, I would like to introduce Gildor’s Counsel a series on this blog devoted to decks built by members of the community. First up on the spotlight: “Quest, Quest, Quest” featuring Eleanor!
“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.”
Despite my cheesy Star Wars reference in the beginning I have to say, it does feel like there has been a change in the community, an awakening, with these community spotlights. Because this game is full of some of the best people around, it was only a matter of time that someone took the step forward. Became the “Merry and Pippin” pebbles that would start a small avalanche. I, for one, love the idea and, like many of the blogs I have read and followed, will gladly join this movement and help in any way I can.
The above quote is spoken by Gildor Inglorian to the Hobbits during the early chapters of Fellowship of the Ring. He is attempting to open their eyes and indicate to them that the world is much larger than they would have believed, not only in what lies ahead of them but in what came before them, for instance the thought of those existing in their home long before Hobbits even came to call their land, The Shire. It’s an eye opening experience to the Hobbits, and I thought the quote appropriate to the mission behind the Community Spotlights and then with that, came the name “Gildor’s Counsel.”
Okay, enough explaining the column. On to the deck! In an effort to keep spreading awesomeness that is: “Eleanor is still a great hero!” I wanted to spotlight a deck that featured her. Alas, there is still not much on RingsDB. Going off of the general mindset behind the Spotlights and using deckbuilders who aren’t prominent or don’t have blogs meant my choices were even slimmer. Then I came upon the deck, “Quest, Quest, Quest” built by The White Wizard.
As the name suggests, this deck is all about questing. It’s pretty straightforward in its Hero selection. Cirdan and Eowyn make up for 8 Willpower out the gate. Eleanor, filling the third slot and making the deck a Mono-Spirit build in the process, gives the deck some flexibility in its ability to handle a few wrenches thrown by the encounter deck via her cancelation ability. A good smattering of the allies have 2 Willpower or more (Arwen Undomniel, Rider of the Mark, and Bofur) to further the primary goal of the deck. Those that don’t (Sailor of Lune or Northern Tracker) either have the ability to increase their willpower or provide some other powerful effect to further questing in another capacity. In the case of this deck it is typically through location control.
The attachments are on the light side with only 3 copes of Miruvor and 1 copy of Unexpected Courage. Though I would like to see a few particular attachments added to this list, I like that the ones included provide extra utility to our Heroes.
The events are slightly more numerous than the allies, making up half the deck to be exact where the allies only did slightly less so. Where this may prove problematic, the various events present a tool kit to handle many different situations. The obvious Test of Will and Hasty Stroke provide hard cancelation to “when revealed” and shadow effects. Dwarven Tomb, Stand and Fight, and Fortune or Fate allow for some recursion and not just for the deck itself but for other decks as well. Threat reduction, readying, and even enemy manipulation are all achievable with the event cards present in this list.
With decks trying to do so much these days it’s nice to see a deck (which admittedly tries to multi-task as well) try to do it in a simpler form. It might be better just to have a Mono-Spirit Questing deck just… quest, but there are enough player cards in the current meta that even staying in-sphere provides some extra functionality that may not have been possible otherwise. The other thing I like about this deck is where it can go. The White Wizard‘s list uses cards up until “The Grey Havens” deluxe expansion and for those players who may not need to rely on the core set as much, there is room to take it even further (without even stepping into the cycle’s APs).
To have some fun with it, I made a deck of my own using The White Wizard‘s list as inspiration. In keeping with the Spirit of his deck (pun intended) I maintained the decision to have a deck built just for pushing out willpower, staying mono-sphere, but also providing alternative support to other players. Look for that list at the bottom of this post but before that, please check out the entire list for “Quest, Quest, Quest” below. Lastly, I encourage you, if you have a spare 10 minutes, to take this deck for a spin and see what you can come up with. Feel free to use the same restrictions I did, or throw all rules out the window! Just make sure to fill out the “inspired by” field on RingsDB!
As always, thanks for reading!
-The Secondhand Took
3x Arwen Undómiel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Bofur (The Redhorn Gate)
2x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Háma (The Treason of Saruman)
3x Lórien Guide (Core Set)
2x Northern Tracker (Core Set)
3x Rider of the Mark (Road to Rivendell)
1x Sailor of Lune (The Grey Havens)
3x Zigil Miner (Khazad-dûm)
2x A Test of Will (Core Set)
1x Dwarven Tomb (Core Set)
3x Elrond’s Counsel (The Watcher in the Water)
3x Elwing’s Flight (The Grey Havens)
1x Fortune or Fate (Core Set)
2x Hasty Stroke (Core Set)
2x O Elbereth! Gilthonial! (Shadow and Flame)
2x Renewed Friendship (The Redhorn Gate)
3x Stand and Fight (Core Set)
2x Strength of Will (Core Set)
2x The Galadhrim’s Greeting (Core Set)
2x Will of the West (Core Set)
Cards up to The Grey Havens
Decklist built and published on RingsDB.
My deck built using “Quest, Quest, Quest” as inspiration: “Mono-Spirit Support“