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CardShark Content - Carl Craig (4/26/2003)

Starting Fellowship:
The One Ring, Isildur’s Bane
Frodo, Old Bilbo’s Heir
Gimli, Son of Gloin
Merry, Friend to Sam

Site Path:
1. The Riddermark (Pull Aragorn)
2. Uruk Camp (Anti Uruk’s)
3. Barrows of Edoras (Increase chance of pipes + swarm)
4. Ered Nimrais (Anit large fellowships)
5. Helms Gate (good for my orcs)
6. Hornburg Armory (I have a lot possessions)
7. Hornburn Wall (good for swarm)
8. Wizards Vale (no much other choice)
9. Palantir Champber (if the have any burden’s then its my last ditch to overwhelm them)

Free Peoples (39):
3x Gandalf, White Wizard
1x Aragorn Heir of Elendil
2x Gandalf’s Pipe
2x Aragorn’s Pipe
2x Gimli’s Pipe
1x Frodo’s Pipe
1x Bilbo’s Pipe
1x Gaffer’s Pipe
4x Longbottom Leaf
4x Old Toby
3x Trust Me As You Once Did
1x Glamdring
1x Gandalf’s Staff
1x Narya
1x Shire Country Side
1x Bilbo Retired Adventurer
2x Fireworks
3x Servant of the Secret Fire
1x Deep in Thought
1x Ottar
1x A Wizard is Never Late

Shadow (39):
4x Goblin Armory
4x Goblin Scavengers
4x Goblin Scimitars
2x Denizen’s Enraged
1x Depths of Moria
1x Fool of a Took
4x Host of Thousands
1x They are Coming
3x Goblin Flankers
3x Moria Orc
4x Goblin Runners
2x Goblin Swarms
2x Relics of Moria
2x Goblin Pursuer
2x Goblin Wallcrawler


Strategy:
Bid high – like 5-6 to go first, once your pipe’s get going you’ll get rid of all of those pretty easily.
Pull Aragorn with The Riddermark.
The only thing to remember with this deck is that if you pull 2 copies of the same pipe, to hold onto the other copy until you get past site 3 just incase their playing with a golden hall.

Apart from that you have the pipes to remove burden’s + wounds which uses Gandalf’s and Aragorn’s pipes (the most important ones), the other pipes are just there for numbers.

Take an archery wounds as burdens if you can and then remove them later.
The Trust Me’s are there to keep you on top of things during skirmishes. You don’t really have to win them, just stay alive – although you will want to win them if you need to keep up with your opponent should they run ahead.

Bilbo’s there to recycle the pipeweed (hence the use of Frodo Old Bilbo’s Heir) + there’s 2 fireworks for the same reason.

I don’t need to go into detail for the SH side – its simply a basic moria swarm, but this is the obvious choice as a counterpart for a pipe deck, as you can rummage through you deck at a rate of knots’ thus getting what you need. There’s no need to panic about the deck size you will sore through that with no problems.

Final Word:
This is more of a fun deck to play around with – it can annoy your opponent with the amount of wounds/burdens you can take. There’s no need to remove twilight as you should be able to take on most things using the Trust Me’s and remember winning skirmishes isn’t important, you just wanna keep your guys alive.

Note for Standard Formant: The only ‘X’ list card used in the above deck is Ottar for going through your deck quickly should you need to. If playing this deck in Standard Format simply change Ottar for Lindenroot – this will give you another strong companion, with a good special ability VS Isengard – but more importantly he lets you discard 2 cards during the assignment phase ;-)

Have Fun ;-)







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