Hello again! Sadly that white whale of mine known as free time has reared its ugly head. Aside from a rather shoddy deck that I’m not comfortable with sharing yet, the month of March still left me feeling lacking when it comes to Na’asiyah. While I admit I am now easily able to type her name without taking a moment to consider the proper placement of the apostrophe, her proper placement in the card pool is another story. During the final days of the month, while I was deciding whether to continue testing a particular build, Ian from Tales of the Cards released a list far different from my own, but very much in line with what I wanted Na’asiyah to be. Here is his deck: Redemption Song.
Na’asiyah is a great Hero in that she can hold her own out the gate; A self-starter if you will. Toss a resource during defending or attacking and she will significantly boost her average stats (and without a limit to the number of triggers mind you). She only has two real issues. Her resources can’t be played on allies, which depending on your play-style may be a huge deal breaker, and she really needs some dedicated cards to ramp up her resources. One of the easiest options, Steward of Gondor, can easily run aground via the uniqueness rule, leaving players scrounging around for other alternatives. Aside from that, her traits and low threat make her a worthwhile tactics Hero.
In “Redemption Song”, Ian devotes not only cards within his deck but his other two heroes themselves, to better the renegade Corsair Raider. With a turn one Steward of Gondor being played a la Denethor, Na’asiyah can really begin to reap the resource bounty and her shiny new Gondor trait allows Denethor to funnel even more combat boosting resources to her pool. Should any of your key pieces be missing, say, god-forbid, Steward, then Arwen Undomiel in conjunction with Elven-Light will help get you where you want to be. If you already have Steward, then Arwen is vital for picking up some of the more juicy attachments.
Perhaps my favorite attachment, and one I’ll admit I didn’t really consider abusing with Na’asiyah until I saw Ian’s list, is Firefoot. Since Na’asiyah‘s ability has no limits, she can boost her combat to ungodly heights and then proceed to deal out more justice to a second, unlucky enemy. It looks a lot more fun to pilot than the classic Blood/Fire decks. The rest of the attachments are pretty self-explanatory, and all mostly go towards making Na’asiyah even more threatening.
Interesting as well is the deck’s allies, which have almost nothing to do with Na’asiyah. Being a little bit on the Spirit side, the allies included in “Redemption Song” are there to pick up the questing slack. Since Ian has decided to keep away from any janky, Silvan-Trait shenanigans with Na’asiyah, Arwen is free to use her ability on herself, slowly amassing a decent army of questers. These allies are also not reliant on Na’asiyah, which is worth noting.
What I think intrigues me about this deck is how easy it is to make a questing/combat deck without seemingly trying to hard. Sure, there are a lot of pieces to make Na’asiyah the voltron-esque hero she should be, but so long as you have Steward, she can hold her own for a time. Everything else just sweetens the pot. The rest of the deck is otherwise fairly questing oriented. It may not be the best questing deck out there but it can certainly contribute its fair share. Ian did mention that this list was intended to be a solo Na’asiyah build while also being multiplayer viable – Again, its only real issue being any other conflicting Stewards.
Perhaps this is the kind of shell Na’asiyah will find herself for the unforeseeable future; Something that uses Na’asiyah’s ability to have a worthy presence in the combat phases but with a focus elsewhere like questing. Perhaps not. This shell is something worth trying, however, and if you like it, or have ideas of your own, please feel free to comment below or head on over to the deck’s page itself and share your thoughts with Ian!
1x Ceorl (Temple of the Deceived)
2x Dwarven Sellsword (The Drowned Ruins)
3x Errand-rider (Heirs of Númenor)
3x Ethir Swordsman (The Steward’s Fear)
1x Faramir (Core Set)
3x Galadriel’s Handmaiden (Celebrimbor’s Secret)
3x Gandalf (Core Set)
2x Rhovanion Outrider (Temple of the Deceived)
3x Squire of the Citadel (The Blood of Gondor)
3x Westfold Horse-breeder (The Voice of Isengard)
2x Armored Destrier (Temple of the Deceived)
1x Captain of Gondor (The Antlered Crown)
3x Dúnedain Signal (Return to Mirkwood)
1x Firefoot (The Dunland Trap)
2x Rod of the Steward (Flight of the Stormcaller)
3x Steward of Gondor (Core Set)
3x Unexpected Courage (Core Set)
3 Heroes, 50 Cards
Cards up to A Storm on Cobas Haven
Decklist built and published on RingsDB.