Corsair War Galley (8U59)

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Corsair War Galley (8U59) is a Culture Raider.svg Raider Possession from the Siege of Gondor set.

Collection Info
Title Corsair War Galley
Unique No
Collectible Yes
Set 8 - Siege of Gondor
Rarity U - Uncommon
Card Number 59
Language EN - English
Revision 0
Gameplay Info
Playable Yes
Culture Culture Raider.svg Raider
Side Shadow
Card Type Possession
Item Class Support Area
Twilight Cost 1
Game Text When you play this possession, you may add a Culture Raider.svg token here. While you can spot 6 Culture Raider.svg tokens and a Culture Raider.svg Man, the Shadow has initiative, regardless of the Free Peoples player's hand.

Regroup: Add Twilight 1.svg for each Culture Raider.svg token you can spot. Discard this possession.

DE - German
Card Name Kriegsgaleere der Corsaren
Game Text Du darfst eine Culture Raider.svg Marke auf diese Karte legen, wenn du sie ausspielst. Solange du 6 Culture Raider.svg Marken und einen Culture Raider.svg Menschen entdecken kannst, besitzt die Schattenseite die Initiative, unabhängig von der Handkartenzahl des Freien Völker Spielers. Sammeln: Erhöhe den Einfluss um (1) für jede Culture Raider.svg Marke, die du entdecken kannst. Lege diese Ausrüstung ab.
FR - French
IT - Italian

Technical Info
Wiki Base Card ID LOTR-EN08S059.0
GEMP ID 8_59
LOTRO Hex ID 6B 23 A1 07
LOTRO Image ID 08_059


Corsair War Galley is a potent initiative tool for the Culture Raider.svg Raider culture. With Corsairs' various token-adding tricks, it is easy to gain the threshold of 6 Culture Raider.svg Raider tokens on any card.

Because of the fact that Corsair War Galley spots Culture Raider.svg Raider tokens on any Culture Raider.svg Raider card, you can easily gain initiative and cycle your hand with Ships of Great Draught (8R65) . This fits snugly in either an Initiative Southron or Corsair strategy, as both need initiative to be completely effective, and having recursion in Ships of Great is a helpful bonus.

Within the Corsair archetype, gaining initiative allows for powerful cards like Corsair Lookout (8U56) and Wind That Sped Ships (8C66) to function. When you have multiple copies of the War Galley and a fleet of boats in your support area, you can discard a galley to allow for a well-timed Fierce in Despair (7R148) .

Corsair War Galley enables the Southron Initiative strategy, wherein you use the Southrons from Return of the King and Southron Invaders (6C81) in conjunction with Ships of Great Draught (8R65) and the War Galley (sometimes also with a few Corsairs for token adding) to direct-wound your opponent to death.

When playing this card, you need to watch out for possession removal, such as Roll of Thunder (4U99) , Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11) , and in Expanded and Standard there is Throne of Minas Tirith (17R36) and For the Mark (12C114) . To counter this, you can play multiple copies of Ships of Great Draught (8R65) to recur it, and you can play multiples of the Galley itself, as it spots all Culture Raider.svg Raider tokens in play. Another counter to this card are the Mount Doom initiative conditions, such as Glimpse of Fate (10U12) and Hardy Garrison (10U33) . An easy counter to this is to simply play your worst minion, triggering the conditions, then play the rest of your hand.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit]

Synergizes With...[edit]

Strong Versus...[edit]

  • The cycle of initiative conditions from Mount Doom, as you can simply play your most worthless minion first
  • Any strategy that likes having initiative

Weak Versus...[edit]