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A bomb is an informal game term for a strategy—invariably a Shadow deck strategy—that patiently builds up the perfect hand and support area before "going off" and winning the game all at once. Such decks usually use a some sort of combo to ensure they get the most value possible out of that one perfect turn.

Some example bomb strategies:

  • Overrunning the Free Peoples player with a swarm of many minions, or perhaps a larger-than-usual number of very strong minions. Generally, swarm decks are only called "bomb" decks if they somehow play many more minions in a single turn than is normally possible.
  • Decks that corrupt the Ring-bearer with many burdens all at once. For example, playing multiple copies of Lost to the Goblins (1R189)LOTR-EN01S189.0 card.jpg in one turn, after you've filtered out almost all of the Free Peoples cards out of your deck.
  • Little Snuffler (13U52)LOTR-EN13S052.0 card.jpg decks that kill the Ring-bearer in region 1 in the Shadow Phase. This is weak variant of the Ninja Gollum deck.

Game Setup Starting FellowshipBiddingMulligan
Deck Building Considerations UniquenessX-ListR-ListErrataFormat
General Strategies BeatdownBombCorruptionDirect Wounding/Undirected WoundingHand ExtensionRun/StopSkirmish CancellationSwarmWin ConditionWound Prevention
Deck Archetypes Auto-Corruption BombBeasterlingsElventsForestgulsHobbit HospitalFruit LoopsGondor KnightsGondor RangersGondor WraithsMoria ArcheryMoria BeatdownMoria NavyMoria SwarmMoria TentaclesNazgul BeatdownNinja GollumOrc CorruptionRainbow WoundingSauron GrindSauron InitiativeSauron RoamingSauron ThreatsSolo SmeagolSouthron ArcherySouthron InitiativeStupid SwarmSuper FriendsTelepathyThreatgulsToken TanksTroll SwarmUruk ArcheryUruk MachinesUruk TrackersWarg Super Swarm
Rules Rule of 4Rule of 9
Mechanics BearDiscardDraw DeckExertExhaustedFellowshipInitiativeIn Play/Leave PlayMove LimitReconcileRoamingSite ControlSpotStackSupport AreaThreats
Gameplay Terms BoatBodyBroken/NPE/OPBuff/NerfChokeChump BlockingComboCultural EnforcementCyclingDead DrawFatFilterFloodGasGlueGrindHand ClogHateInteractionLoopMatchupMetaMillNewbie TrapNukePilePower CreepPumpRainbowRecursionRemovalResourceRogueRule of 6SideSite ManipulationSplashSubcultureTankTutor/DownloadValue EngineWhiff