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Video: Palantir vs. Nightmare Hills of Emyn Muil

by on March 27, 2015


Please enjoy the first ever TftC video playthrough featuring the Galadriel Gets A Palantir deck against the Nightmare Hills of Emyn Muil scenario!


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  1. Where did you get that RAD alternate Glorfindel art from?!

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Tom H., OCTGN and graphic design maestro, made it!

  2. Glad you’re making videos. It was great fun to see this deck in action. Edifying, and entertaining!

  3. Well done Ian.It is good to see your deck in action. I hope that this is not your last video.

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Thanks! I do plan to make more. I’m not exactly sure how often at this point, but there will definitely be some in the near future.

  4. You made the Palantir work! The playthrough also gave you a great chance to showcase how the extra scrying can combo with Ride Them Down and the Minas Tirith Lampwright to most excellent effect. Very cool solo deck~

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      That was perhaps the best use of Ride Them Down for me yet, taking out a whole giant worm in one charge!

  5. Futonrivercrossing permalink

    One of the best playthroughs I’ve seen – keep it up :))

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Wow, that’s high praise. Thank you!

  6. Does Rauros Falls in the active location still count as an Emyn Muil location in play at the end?

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      It does. I made a boo-boo at the end and totally spaced on there being an active location for some reason. Video brain, I guess. I did peek at the next card and it wasn’t a location, though, so I would’ve won it at the completion of the quest phase.

      • I hear you. I made a whole video with the wrong starting threat on a Gandalf deck and didn’t notice until I’d posted it for a day. “Video brain” indeed!

  7. ecthelionthethird permalink

    The first time I’ve ever enjoyed watching a playthrough of The Hills of Emyn Muil.

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Heh, the Nightmare version is more interesting thankfully!

  8. There were a couple of minor errors I saw in the playthrough, but nothing of consequence.

    At the end, you asked what decks and quests we would like to see you play with next. I would love to see a modern Gondor deck take on something like Encounter at Amon Din or Trouble in Tharbad.

    • Michael permalink

      As this is also on my own agenda at the moment, I would second the vote for a Gondor deck to take on Encounter at Amon Din (preferably Nightmare). 🙂

      • Michael permalink

        (if not completely nightmare, then at least with the Nightmare setup/forced rules please 🙂 )

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Roger roger. Sounds like a fun challenge!

  9. Glowwyrm permalink

    Great video! What a cool deck, I’ll have to try it out sometime. Just one suggestion on something that’s easier to see when you’re not the one playing: on the turn when you lost Emery, you could have defended with Arwen, given her defense boost to herself, taken the one damage on her, and left both of them alive. It’s a situation that hardly ever comes up because Arwen is typically exhausting to quest (though now that Galadriel is around it happens more often), but Arwen can exhaust to defend and boost herself. It ended up being inconsequential to the outcome, but it’s a handy trick. Just something I noticed. Hope you make more!

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Thanks! The Arwen trick can definitely be useful, but I’m so used to using her for questing only that sometimes it slips my mind. Glad you enjoyed the video!

      • Fasolt permalink

        Great playthrough, I really enjoyed watching your deck’s omniscience determine your strategy.
        In turn 10, when you scry the upcoming cards with the Palantir and find the second Tunneling Nameless Thing, would it have been possible to do the following?

        1. Play Minas Tirith Lampwright.
        2. Commit Northen Tracker to the quest to fully explore Amon Lhaw.
        3. Reveal A Hurrying Darkness, which gains Surge as, with Amon Lhaw gone, there would no longer be any locations in the staging area.
        4. Discard Minas Tirith Lampwright and name ‘enemy’ to discard Tunneling Nameless Thing.

        Since Minas Tirith Lampwright doesn’t expressly require a printed Surge keyword, I figure this would be a good way to make the quest card’s Forced effect work in your favour.

        • TalesfromtheCards permalink

          That’s an interesting one. The phrasing of Lampwright is “after an encounter card with surge is revealed”, so I’m wondering what exactly satisfies the condition of “encounter card with surge”.

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