Newbie Trap

From LOTR-TCG Wiki

A newbie trap is an informal game term. A newbie trap is a strategy, option, or card that appears attractive (particularly to new players) but is actually terrible. A hypothetical example might be a card that says, "If your opponent plays a character named Roger, Jim, or John, they lose the game immediately." Winning instantly is a powerful effect, but a new player might not recognize that LOTR TCG doesn't have any characters named Roger, Jim, or John. A strategy that is deceptively weak, deceptively complicated, easy to screw up, or just infamously unsuccessful could be described as a newbie trap.

Moria Tentacles and Gondor Wraiths are somewhat infamous for being newbie traps, although they have occasionally been used successfully.

Newbie traps are an example of a negative play experience. Fixing newbie traps is one of the main goals of the PC Errata project.


Gameplay
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