(Cover art by Jovan Delic)
LOTRED is nearly finished! I love this set of 6 new LOTR decks featuring some of the most powerful entities in Middle Earth. Lots of fun stuff going on with each deck and frankly, it’s fun to design powerful decks as opposed to more balanced ones. When I say “nearly finished” I mean that we need your feedback to know if it’s finished or not. If you’re going to play any of these, let us know.
Minors: Elf Archers (strong)
Theme: Action manipulation
Bread and Butter: 3x HADHAFANG: A3, after attacking you may attack the same character again with this card without using an action. The character may defend the new attack.
Big attack: 1x IMMORTAL BLADE: A11, draw a card. You must have 2 available actions to play this card and it costs 2 actions.
Game changer: 1x 3000 YEARS OF WISDOM allows you to take 3 actions on your turn OR grant an immediate action to an ally.
Minor: Elendil (strong)
Theme: Father dies, powers up son.
Bread and Butter: 3x LAST ALLIANCE: A5, after attacking move all allied characters up to 3 spaces.
Big attack: 1x BROKEN BLADE (Elendil): A6*. *If Elendil has been destroyed, Isildur may play this card as his own with an attack value of 12 then remove from the game.
Game changer: 1x LAST HOPE lets you search the discard OR draw pile for BROKEN BLADE and put it in your hand.
Minors: Ents (strong)
Theme: Move and root.
Bread and Butter: 3x LAST MARCH. A5. After attacking, you may move Treebeard up to 4 spaces. Then move Ent #1 up to 4 spaces and move Ent #2 up to 4 spaces.
Big attack: 2x NASTY LITTLE ORC: A4*. *If Treebeard did not move this turn, the attack value is 8.
Big move: 1x RELEASE THE RIVER! Choose a straight line away from Treebeard. All characters in that line receive 4 damage. Treebeard may not move until your next turn.
Minors: None (single character)
Theme: Discarding to power up and cycling through deck quickly.
Bread and Butter: 3x DURIN’S BANE. A6/D6. After attacking or defending, you may discard a card to do 2 damage to the defending or attacking character, if adjacent.
Big attack: 1x FLAME SWORD. A*. *Attack value is equal to the number of cards in your discard pile, rounded down.
Game changer: 2x ROARING INFERNO. Look at the top 5 cards of your draw pile. Put 3 in your hand and discard the rest.
Eye of Sauron
Minor: Mouth of Sauron (strong)
Bread and Butter: 4x CORRUPTION. Choose a character. That character takes 3 damage, or the player controlling that character discards 3 cards, or any combination up to 3, plus one for each CORRUPTION in your discard pile.
Big attack: 2x SERVANTS OF SAURON. A6. Play face up when attacking. You may attack any character on the board. (The Mouth of Sauron also has up to 4 A8s).
Sauron the Dark Lord
Minors: Mordor Orc Archers (weak)
Bread and Butter: 3x DARK MACE. A8. You may attack all other characters adjacent to Sauron with this card. They may defend.
Big attack: 1x INVINCIBLE. A12. Sauron may not defend or play SEARING TOUCH until the start of his next turn.
Big move: 1x SEARING TOUCH. Choose a character adjacent to Sauron with 5 or fewer hit points. That character is destroyed.
Game changer: 2x LORD OF THE RINGS. Move all characters in play, including Sauron, up to 3 spaces each.
Elrond and Isildur might be too good relative to Sauron but they’re all really fun decks.