Friday, December 29, 2006

The New King of Rohan

We've seen many examples of minions straddling multiple cultures such as Saruman and The Mouth of Sauron, but this is the first time we've seen a new culture for Aragorn!

This card single-handedly makes Rohan a viable culture once more, introducing numerous strategies for incorporating powerful Aragorn cards into your pure Rohan decks.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

"I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide."

This card simply gave me chills when I first saw it:

In addition to making me feel all tingly, this Gandalf is also quite powerful, being able to pull out a Shadowfax, Glamdring, or any other Gandalf possession you need to fight your opponent's minions. Stack the proper tool set in your deck, and Gandalf's return will turn the tides!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Rule of 10?

Spoilers for Rise of Saruman are now coming on a regular basis, and have revealed this ground-breaking new card:

With this card, you can now break the traditional "Rule of 9" by removing companions from the dead pile, allowing you to play more companions. Mixed in with the already powerful refuge deck, your old "toolbox" Fellowship can now sacrifice itself at will, just to come back later. With the right amount of site control, you can even play a total of 12 companions!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Saruman Rises

The latest set for the Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game is nearly upon us! While the Decipher team tirelessly works away at bringing us the next set, they've released the first spoiler of what these cards will look like, here's a sneak peek at a new Shadow card that will make any Saruman into a minion to be recokned with:

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Downloading Wraiths!

Apologies for the severe lapse in posts recently. While Decipher is gearing up for it's next set, Rise of Saruman, I have been dabbling in other card games such as Magic: The Gathering and Anachronism. Look for new blogs coming soon!

In the interim between The Hunters and The Rise of Saruman, Decipher has released six cards known as the "Wraith Collection" which highlight some of the adventures of the hobbits that was not seen in the Fellowship of the Ring film. Between the Shire and Bree, the hobbits encountered characters such as Tom Bombadil, as well as Wraiths such as:

In addition to being a phenomenally awesome-looking card, this minion is also quite useful, being able to inter-mix with Nazgul Wraiths, and grabbing the most useful one from your deck. Need the right Ulaire Cantea to strip your opponent of weapons or companions? Or do you need the Uliare Toldea that can play for free? What if you need just one more burden to corrupt your opponent? Play the Undead of Angmar, and "download" the Wraith you need!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Hunters are coming!

Decipher has finally finished its next set for the Lord of the Rings TCG. The Hunters will hit the streets on June 9th. Prepare yourself for some strong new cards that are sure to shake up the meta such as:

With the proper planning, this beast can wreak havoc on your opponent's Fellowship late in the game.

Only time will tell how this monster will do in the competitive scene, stay tuned for updates as the World Championships approach!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Elven Sword takes me down at the TOC

My comeback came to an abrupt halt this weekend as I went a lousy 2-2 at the TOC (with one win a BYE in the first round!). I played my Unheeded/Forest Nazgul deck.

My first real match was against Steve, a guy that has played cards with me for quite some time. We knew each others' styles well so it was a fun matchup. He was playing Archery Elves with Evil Men Archery. I was able to fend off the Evil Men archery thanks to Pippin and Merry bouncing back to my hand, but I made a few key mistakes (Farmer Maggot only has 3 viatlity!) that resulted in me having to stop at Site 7, and my opponent was able to out-run me to Site 9. (1-1)

My next match was against Jonathan, a relatively inexperienced player playing Gondor Wraiths Fellowship and a Sauron Shadow. The Gondor Wraiths were quickly overwhelmed by my RingWraiths. (2-1)

My last match was against Andrew, the only undefeated player, whom I feared for numerous reasons, first and foremost: he had helped me build my deck! Andrew was playing Elven Telepathy with Besiegers. I knew it was going to be a tough match, so I played very cautiously and made very few mistakes. The match came down to the wire as we were both at Site 7. I moved to Site 8 when the Tournament Director told us there was only 3 minutes left in the round. I knew that if I took my time I would have a shot at making it to Site 9, but it would be risky. I chose to hurry through my turn and take a shot at Andrew's weakened Fellowship with my Nazgul.

I was able to destroy Andrew's Fellowship, and had Ulaire Nelya on Andrew's ring-bearer, Galadriel, for the win, when I realized why Andrew had put in this card:

With 7 cards in hand, Andrew was able to discard cards to make Nelya strength 7. With the sword, Galadirel was strength 4, and I only dealt 1 wound instead of the overwhelm. I was crushed, but it was a great match to a worthy opponent. (2-2)

Andrew went on to win the final confrontation, and the TOC. Congrats Andrew!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Unheeded Rocks

So I played in a mini-tournament Sunday. Due to my lack of practice, I went a miserable 1 Win/2 Loss, but the experience was great for getting ready for this Saturday's TOC.

The key takeaway I had was that this card is phenomenal:

Look how angry Merry is!

As usual, at first glance this card isn't so special, it's pretty hard to stock these cards and depend on a minion exerting. But what if you can make the minion exert? Suddenly cards like Smeagol, Always Helps which exert a minion to exhaustion become huge powerhouses. For the cost of 2 threats and one exertion, you can kill almost any minion (besides the uenxertable, unwoundable Balrog when he's underground).

Add on cards like Birthday Present to grab the Unheededs back from the discard pile, and your opponent will be the one that's unheeded as you walk to site 9!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Back to the Basics - Online and Championships

It's been almost two months of silence as I plummeted towards that limbo where bloggers let their blogs die. But I have crawled back from the nothingness, bringing updates!

I have actually been out of the Lord of the Rings TCG for quite some time now, but with the Territorial Open Championships fast approaching, I wanted to get back in and see how I could do.

The first step on my comeback journey was signing up for The Lord of the Rings TCG Online. This is a great program that allows you to play Rings anytime you want, with a real opponent, via the wonders of the Internet. If you choose to sign-up, tell 'em Psyjedi sent you! Not only does the program work just like the game, but the beautiful pictures are still there and they even have tournaments online. I highly recommend that anybody wanting to try out the game sign up, you can start for as little as $9.99.

After having refreshed my memory on how to play the game and good strategies, my next step was to pick up some packs to build a competitive deck with. I went to my favorite online store Potomac Distribution and was able to pick up 5 boxes of the latest sets for only $100.

The third step is waiting for the cards to be shipped here via UPS. Once they get here I plan to go to some local league nights to get some experience playing face to face with an opponent, figure out what the current Meta is, and figure out how to beat it.

While I figure out how to make my comeback victorious, ponder this card with me:

Along with Enduring wraiths like Ulaire Enquea, Thrall of the One I could make my comeback quite burdensome for my opponents!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Expanded Middle Earth Arrives!

Well, it's been nearly 2 months since my last post, mostly due to a delay in the shipping of new cards from Decipher. But the wheels are finally turning once more as Decipher releases the Expanded Middle Earth Draft Box. This exciting new product contains a 15 card set of special cards that are related to the books, allowing a wide variety of new deck possibilities including everyone's favorite man of Dale, Brand:

For those unfamiliar with Brand, he is actually from The Hobbit. While not the most powerful of companions, Brand opens up a great new deck-type: Dwarves and Gandalf Men. Along with Gimli or any of the other Dwarves, Brand can give everyone that little boost in strength that makes a difference, and ensure that you are never swarmed again. For the full list of EME cards, visit .
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