Sauron Grind

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Sauron Grind is a Shadow Culture Sauron.svg Sauron culture deck strategy that focuses on a mix of indirect wounding and direct wounding. It is a strategy vulnerable to condition hate, as most of the grinding is done by conditions, namely, Under the Watching Eye (1C281)LOTR-EN01S281.0 card.jpg and Orc Bowmen (1R264)LOTR-EN01S264.0 card.jpg. The other key component is the direct wounding card Hate (1R250)LOTR-EN01S250.0 card.jpg, which is used to snipe a companion at low health.

Core Cards[edit]

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The core of the deck is a cycle of Fellowship Block Culture Sauron.svg Sauron cards, all focusing on wounding. Under the Watching Eye (1C281)LOTR-EN01S281.0 card.jpg slowly exhausts your opponent's fellowship, making them more vulnerable to your other tools. Orc Bowmen (1R264)LOTR-EN01S264.0 card.jpg capitalizes on those exertions with archery to finish off companions. Hate (1R250)LOTR-EN01S250.0 card.jpg is icing on the cake, assasinating a key companion like Aragorn or Gandalf, or potentially killing a healer like Elrond, Venerable Lord (10R9)LOTR-EN10S009.0 card.jpg or Legolas, Archer of Mirkwood (5P121)LOTR-EN05S121.0 card.jpg.

Fleshing Out the Deck[edit]

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To play your Under the Watching Eye (1C281)LOTR-EN01S281.0 card.jpg, you'll need Culture Sauron.svg Sauron trackers. Some of the most popular trackers are Orc Scouting Band (1U270)LOTR-EN01S270.0 card.jpg, Orc Cutthroat (5U104)LOTR-EN05S104.0 card.jpg, Orc Patrol (5U107)LOTR-EN05S107.0 card.jpg, and Grishnákh, Orc Captain (5R100)LOTR-EN05S100.0 card.jpg. Additionally you can play the initiative trackers from Return of the King, on the off chance that you have initiative.

To deal with condition hate like Secret Sentinels (2R20)LOTR-EN02S020.0 card.jpg, Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11)LOTR-EN10S011.0 card.jpg, and Grown Suddenly Tall (4R92)LOTR-EN04S092.0 card.jpg, you can recur your conditions with Dead Marshes (5R95)LOTR-EN05S095.0 card.jpg and deal with either the healing Galadriel, Lady of the Golden Wood (3R17)LOTR-EN03S017.0 card.jpg, or the condition-tossing Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11)LOTR-EN10S011.0 card.jpg, you can play Terrible as the Dawn (3R103)LOTR-EN03S103.0 card.jpg to either kill Galadriel or cripple their fellowship. As a bonus, if they're playing Galadriel, Bearer of Wisdom (9R+14)LOTR-EN09S014.0 card.jpg, a well-timed Terrible as the Dawn (3R103)LOTR-EN03S103.0 card.jpg can even win you the game.

You will also need high-vitality minions to play Hate (1R250)LOTR-EN01S250.0 card.jpg in the maneuver phase. Some good choices would be Orc Archer Troop (7U294)LOTR-EN07S294.0 card.jpg with its inherent archery wound, Orc Seeker (7R306)LOTR-EN07S306.0 card.jpg with the added bonus of being a tracker, or even Orc Slaughterer (10R95)LOTR-EN10S095.0 card.jpg for the strength.

Finally, an answer to a Rainbow Freeps is an option. Culture Sauron.svg Sauron is not strong in the realm of multicultural hate, but splashing a minion like Southron Leader (7R166)LOTR-EN07S166.0 card.jpg or Gríma, Chief Counselor (5R51)LOTR-EN05S051.0 card.jpg is an option. To combat large fellowships like Ents or Noble Leaders, you can play a classic Úlairë Enquëa, Lieutenant of Morgul (1U231)LOTR-EN01S231.0 card.jpg to put pressure on them.

Example Decks[edit]

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 ManipulationSplashSubcultureTankFetchValue EngineWhiff