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CardShark Content - Carl Craig (6/30/2003)

Starting Fellowship:
The One Ring, Isildur’s Bane
Frodo, Reluctant Adventurer
Arwen, Evenstar to her People
Haldir, Emissary of the Haradhrim

Site Path:
1. Eastemnet Gullies (Grab Legolas)
2. Wold of Rohan
3. Barrows of Edoras (Increase chances of getting Elves out early in the game)
4. Westemnet Hills (Heal Arwen when she’s got Asfaloth)
5. Deeping Wall (Grab Saruman from Library)
6. Hornburg Armory (I have a few possessions)
7. Hornburn Causeway (anti large fellowships)
8. Wizards Vale
9. Orthanc Balcony (Grab Saruman from Discard Pile at –2 cost)

Free Peoples (35):
2x Legolas Greenleaf
4x Elven Bow
1x Alliance Reforged
1x Break the Charge
1x Tale of Gil-Galad
1x Gwemegil
1x Asfaloth
1x Balglin
1x Long Knives of Legolas
1x Bow of the Galadhrim
1x Elrond Lord of Rivendell
3x Galadriel, Lord of Lorien
3x Elven Sword
2x Feathered
1x Ferevellon
1x Lorien Swordsman
3x Supporting Fire
1x Orophin
1x Rumil
1x Secret Sentinals
1x Naith Troop
1x Sing

Shadow (35):
4x Agents of Orthanc
4x Desertion
4x Rohirrim Traitor
2x Twisted Tales
2x Caradhras has not Forgiven Us
2x Saruman Servant of the Eye
2x One of you Must do this
3x Grima Wormtongue
1x Tower of Orthanc
1x Palantir of Orthanc
2x Banished
2x Leechcraft
1x Rohan is Mine
3x Unferth
2x Banner of Isengard

Strategy:
It doesn’t matter if this deck goes first or second, so don’t bother bidding. Going first will allow you to pull Legolas without any worries, but he’s not staple to the well being of the fellowship side anyway so don’t panic, there are enough other companion’s you could pull that will be of use.

The new Arwen is the centre piece of this deck, with the use of Galadriel and healing the site 6 allies every turn, using Arwen’s ability has never been easier – unfortunately it has to be of open format for this to work effectively, but hey Galadriel’s the only xlist card you need ;-)

The fellowship side is mainly about taking your time, don’t move excessively. You will find that the elves have enough punch to be dealing a bit of archery and living to tell the tale through a skirmish or two ;-)

The shadow side is all about being a pain, there’s still enough in there to do some damage, although there are a few condition’s too – so if your opponent’s playing heavy anti-condition’s then your in trouble.


Final Word:
The elves as a stand alone culture still aren’t strong enough in competitive play, but hopefully this deck will give a little insight as to how close their coming to being a competitive stand alone culture.
The Isengard Men maybe even further away from being useful on their own, esp when Banner of Isengard is the only form of weapon they can use (wow +1 str), but hey I’m really just trying to give you a look at what is possible here and what older cards may work with this newer sub-culture of Isengard Men.

I’d say one more expansion that concentrates on opening up the Isengard Men + Stronger Skirmishing Elves, and we’ll see these types of decks more frequently, but until then I hope you have a little fun playing around with this deck idea ;-)


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