Anborn Or Bust

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Turn 1 Anborn+Sword Thain+Wingfoot 1 0 5 1.0
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There's this awesome and super-janky combo where you take Anborn, name him Sword-thain, and attach Wingfoot. Commit Anborn to the quest, name "enemy" as your card type, and every time an enemy is revealed you ready him and then trigger his response. This deals one damage to every enemy and increases their engagement cost by five.

Pair him with Thalin and every enemy that comes down the pike enters play with two damage tokens already on him. A Gondorian Spearman and Spear of the Citadel makes it four damage tokens before they can even get off an attack. That's really good! Hall of Beorn tells me that there are 452 different enemies in the game to this point, and 214 have four or fewer hitpoints. That's 47% to start, and it doesn't account for the fact that (A) lower-HP enemies tend to have more copies per quest than their higher-HP counterparts, (many of whom are bosses or uniques), and (B) many of the higher-HP enemies are not revealed from the encounter deck, or else they're immune to player card effects, so you couldn't Thalin/Anborn them anyway. I'd wager that 4 damage is enough to kill off a solid majority of all enemies in actual play.

This is not a balanced, well-rounded deck. This is a deck that says "screw it all" and does everything in its power to get that combo on the board and running by the end of the first planning phase. There's barely any willpower. There's barely any attack power. There's just as much resource acceleration and card draw as you can possibly cram into 50 cards while still leaving room for 3x Anborn, 3x Sword-thain, and 3x Wingfoot.

Here are the ways you can get the combo out early: Sneak Attack + Anborn + Sword-thain lets you get him out for the 5 resources you start with. Legacy of NĂºmenor lets you pay for him the old-fashioned way and have enough left over to still Sword-thain him. A single Captain's Wisdom, Gaining Strength, Wealth of Gondor, or We Are Not Idle gives you the extra resource necessary to afford Wingfoot, too.

One important note, though: make sure you play all of your draw effects during the first resource phase so if you draw into a Captain's Wisdom, it's not too late to play it.

Gandalf is a great way to use extra Sneak Attacks, but you'll have so many resources that you can easily afford to play him the old-fashioned way, too. He's strong draw when you're hunting for your pieces, he can offset the threat gain from all y