Moria Navy

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Moria Navy is a Shadow deck, first appearing in Movie Block and occasionally appearing in any other format that allows the key cards, including Expanded and Austrian. It's a bomb combo deck that combines the card draw and twilight generation of Moria with the hand extension and recursion of Corsair Raiders to play huge swarms of minions all at once.

For your turn where the combo goes off, you play all of the Shadow cards you can, discard any extra cards to play more minions with They Are Coming (1C196) , and then refill your hand with Under Foot (10C52) . Under ideal circumstances, you can play Under Foot multiple times, since almost all of your minions are cheap or free.

Key support cards include:

There are several variations of this deck. The original deck did not include the Plundered Armories (1C193) combo. You can add a Gollum splash with Gollum, Plotting Deceiver (7R58) for an extra body in the swarm, and possibly follow that up with Evil-smelling Fens (5U22) to retrieve combo pieces and/or Hobbitses Are Dead (7R61) as a The Tale of the Great Ring (10U116) counter. An Isengard splash is also possible, usually including Isengard Orcs like Isengard Warrior (3U61) to allow support cards like Saruman's Snows (1C138) . You can also include Evil-smelling Fens (5U22) , four copies of Foul Tentacle (2C58) , and one copy of Huge Tentacle (2R66) , to have several more self-downloading bodies for the swarm, but this means your deck is even more vulnerable to condition removal.

This deck is conceptually similar to Stupid Swarm, in that it is a multicultural swarm bomb deck, so many of the strategies for that deck can be applied to this one.

Since this deck is a swarm combo deck, it has the usual weaknesses of swarm and combo decks. Its swarm weaknesses are heightened by the fact that it really wants to kill all at once in a single turn, so anti-swarm cards like Power According to His Stature (1R308) , Aragorn, Ranger of the North (1R89) , and The Tale of the Great Ring (10U116) are even more of a problem than usual. To deal with TTotGR, you can run Drums in the Deep (1C168) , which is free, or Wind That Sped Ships (8C66) or Hobbitses Are Dead (7R61) , which can recur themselves. Unlike most swarm decks, you have card draw to spare, so you can afford these.

The deck also has problems with any Free Peoples deck that can discard its conditions and boats. Ships of Great Draught (8R65) and Host of Moria, Legion of the Underdeeps (9R+41) can recur these, but against strong removal cards like Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11) or Blood Runs Chill (8R3) there's only so much you can do. If nothing else, the deck does still mostly work as a swarm deck even when you can't have the combo go off, but this will always be a hard matchup.


Game Setup Starting FellowshipBiddingMulligan
Deck Building Considerations UniquenessX-ListR-ListErrataFormat
General Strategies BeatdownBombCorruptionHand ExtensionRun/StopSkirmish CancellationSwarmWin ConditionWound PreventionWounding
Deck Archetypes Auto-Corruption BombBeasterlingsBerserkersBouncing HobbitsElventsForestgulsHobbit 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/NerfChokeComboCultural EnforcementCyclingDead DrawFetchFilterFloodGrindHand ClogHateInteractionItemLoopMatchupMetaMillNewbie TrapPilePower CreepPumpRainbowRecursionRemovalResourceRogueRule of 6SideSite ManipulationSpeed BumpSplashSubcultureTankOther Terms