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Spirit Hero Poll #2 Results

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The time has come to finally put the second edition of the favorite Spirit hero poll to bed. The first run of the Spirit hero poll was conducted early in the days of this blog. Which Spirit heroes have grown in popularity? Which have fallen from favor? Which of the newer heroes have endeared themselves? Let’s get some answers!
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Arts of the Enemy: Part 1 (Gaining A Foothold)

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During the Council of Elrond, it was the lord of Rivendell himself that warned against examining too closely the ways of darkness. After Gandalf related the fall of Saruman, Elrond cautioned:

It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.

Such advice is wise when facing down a Dark Lord or taking the fate of the world in your hands. However, for the purpose of getting better at a game that can often be quite punishing, we are going to be casting these wise words into the fires of Mount Doom, with all due respect to Elrond. In this new article series, I am going to be focusing on the other side of the coin from the Deck Building 101 series: gameplay strategy itself. While deck building gets a ton of attention and is certainly an important aspect of LOTR LCG, making the right decisions when playing is equally important if you hope to avoid a grisly fate.

In Part 1 of Arts of the Enemy, I will be taking a look at one of the most crucial parts of the game: gaining a foothold in the first few rounds so that you are not swept away. I would argue that the early game is the most vital part of a game of LOTR LCG for the vast majority of scenarios. Getting established quickly and effectively is often the difference between a more and less powerful deck or player.

This sounds great in theory, but how exactly can you become a master of the early game in practice? Read on to follow this three step program! Read more…

Contest: Hero Reskin Winner!

Everett returns with a bit of an apology and a long-expected winner! -Ian
I just want to start off with an apology. I was having trouble deciding between two entries back in June, then life happened and I completely forgot about this contest. My fault, point all the fingers you want, send me death threats, shout Dawn Take You!, cast me into Mount Doom, etc. But on the bright side, the award of Holiday Tokens is now much more fitting with the holidays here (totally planned this by the way, wink wink). So without further ado, the grand prize winner is…

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City of Corsairs: Hero Review

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The City of Corsairs Adventure Pack brings the Dream-chaser cycle to its triumphant conclusion. As a quest, this scenario is pretty fantastic, forcing players to both navigate the seas once again and fight an epic battle on land. It is definitely challenging, but provides a fitting conclusion to what has been my favorite cycle thus far. In terms of player cards, some of the recent offerings have been a bit more on the niche side, so it will be interesting to see how the final pack shakes out in terms of power level as we review these cards. First up of course is a brand new Tactics version of Prince Imrahil. Imrahil is actually one of the more fascinating characters in The Return of the King, as he clearly seems to be of noble lineage and significant importance, yet we don’t learn too much about him (and he is omitted entirely from the movies). The Leadership version of Prince Imrahil was one of the very first heroes, and has maintained relevance throughout much of the life of the game, especially given that he is the only hero version of himself in town. Read on to find out where Tactics Imrahil fits in the overall picture!

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A Shadow of the Past and the Metagame

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Enjoy this guest post from the Wandering Took, as he explores the ins and outs of an often-maligned card! -Ian

Introduction to the Metagame

Over the course of a game’s life, cards will wax and wane in popularity depending on the current state of the metagame. The term “metagame” has many definitions, but in the context of our beloved card game, we loosely define it as the general consensus of what cards or decks are powerful given the current composition of the card pool.
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Campaign Mode: Road to Isengard (Part 2)

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After a lengthy hiatus, the official TftC campaign returns! When last we looked in on our heroes, they were busy fighting in one of the biggest and most important battles of the age: Helm’s Deep. It was a close affair, but Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Glorfindel, and company were able to stave off the army of Saruman. Now it’s up to them to confront Saruman himself and put an end to the treachery of the white wizard. In Part 1 of this article, I explained the changes I made to my decks to prepare for the Road to Isengard scenario. This time, we’ll see how it actually plays out!

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A Storm on Cobas Haven: Allies, Attachments, and Events Review

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As mentioned last time, I’m going to be doing a lightning round review of the player cards of A Storm on Cobas Haven in an attempt to play a little catch-up. In an attempt to limit my inevitable tendency to expound at length, I’ve restricted myself to a maximum of four sentences per card. Brace yourselves, there’s a storm coming!

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