Contributor Miika returns with some thoughts about the current state of the game and another in-depth look at deck construction! -Ian
So far, the past year has been quite impressive for LOTR LCG. Not only has the Dream- Chaser cycle almost reached its climax (weird, it still feels like it just came out), but The Flame of the West Saga expansion has also filled the final piece for the Lotr Saga expansion series that has been around for a while now. And if that wasn’t enough, the next cycle has also been spoiled in the form of The Sands of Harad, ready to be released in the last quarter of the year!
The release of The Drowned Ruins means that we are now more than halfway through the Dream-chaser cycle. On the one hand, I am deeply excited to see the conclusion of what has been the best cycle yet. On the other hand, it is somewhat bittersweet to see such a highly anticipated cycle move towards the rear view window. Still, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, as there’s plenty of content to be had before we bid farewell to the Dream-chaser and watch it sail over the horizon! The Drowned Ruins pack introduces a brand new hero to the game, and once again we see a hero that was created by Fantasy Flight. However, like Thalin, Beravor, and Eleanor before him, Argalad is actually a transplant from an earlier Fantasy Flight game: Middle-earth Quest. Unfortunately, that game is no longer available from FFG, but the heroes are apparently still making their way to our beloved card game. Aragalad is a Silvan elf, and he embodies the “hit and run”, sniper style of his people. Just where in the pantheon of heroes will this new addition fall? Read on to find out!
The time has finally arrived for the release of the third scenario in the Doom Mastered cycle! If you are not familiar with what this means, the Doom Mastered cycle is a series of player cards and quests that continues the custom First Age expansion I created based on the characters and events of the Silmarillion. In particular, the Doom Mastered cycle follows the tragic story of Turin Turambar.
Piero returns with another Spotlight Slapdash! Please read the following in the spirit of a healthy ribbing or roast. Enjoy! -Ian
The end is upon us!! It’s been two weeks since a FFG news article! We haven’t had any card spoilers for packs due in 2018 yet! Might as well sell your collection, folks. This game is dead, or at least so say the occasional but steady stream of Cassandras on the internets. And just like the cardboard inspiration for this article, The End Comes, these threads are good for a laugh but won’t inspire you to build a deck (if you’re unsure what The End Comes does, stop wondering and don’t bother. Just keep reading). So journey with us now to lands where Sauron rules, as we visit the top 10 “this game is dying” threads. Warning: good-natured community member roasting follows.
It’s been rather hot and heavy with the new player card reviews here at TftC, but there’s still always room for turning the clock back a bit to look at some older cards. Dwarf decks have long gone out of style, not for reasons of power, but for reasons of fatigue/boredom. Fire up a finely tuned Dwarf deck of the swarm variety and you will still be astounded at its ability to roll over a scenario, although more recent scenarios do put up a better fight than those of yesteryear. Still, players have largely grown tired of Dwarf decks, a phenomenon likely amplified by the fact that this archetype ruled the roost when there were so few other options. The collateral damage of this general distaste for all things Dwarf is that many Dwarf-focused cards have fallen by the wayside in the current meta (state of the game).
This overview brings us to the victim/focus of today’s spotlight: Heavy Stroke. A rather unique Tactics event that amplifies damage, the truth is that Heavy Stroke never really found a place, even in the golden age of the Dwarf deck. Has its continuing relegation to the dusty corners of card binders everywhere been a result of the fact that it is just a terrible card? Or does it deserve another shot at glory, with player antipathy towards Dwarves keeping it down unjustly? You’ll just have to read on to find out the final verdict!
Here’s Glowwyrm’s take on the events of Temple of the Deceived! -Ian
Glowwyrm here to review the events from the Temple of the Deceived. This might be the best player card cycle we’ve ever had. The hits just keep coming, and the events in this pack are all solid, and they all have the chance to be game-changing. So without further ado, let’s dive into the cards.