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Telepathy is an Culture Elven.svg Elven strategy, usually meshed with other strategies like Elvents or Gil-Galad Looping. It originated in Movie Block, but remains strong throughout the rest of the formats. Telepathy focuses on manipulating the top cards of the deck with tools like Gandalf, Manager of Wizards (7R37)LOTR-EN07S037.0 card.jpg and Back to the Light (18R6)LOTR-EN18S006.0 card.jpg, then using your tailored top cards to win skirmishes with Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg and similar cards}}.

Core Cards[edit]

The basic core of every telepathy deck

Most versions of telepathy rely on the classic Gandalf, Manager of Wizards (7R37)LOTR-EN07S037.0 card.jpg and Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg combo. Paired with a high-costing shadow like Sauron Besiegers and Sudden Strike, you can place a minion such as Sauron, The Lord of the Rings (9R+48)LOTR-EN09S048.0 card.jpg on top of your deck. Usually the starting fellowship in Movie Block consists of Glorfindel, Revealed in Wrath (9R+16)LOTR-EN09S016.0 card.jpg and Legolas, Archer of Mirkwood (5P121)LOTR-EN05S121.0 card.jpg so you can forego Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg against Nazgul and keep your fellowship healed. Once you get to post-Shadows formats, however, the starting companions become more varied. With the rise of Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor (18R12)LOTR-EN18S012.0 card.jpg, meshing telepathy with his token looping abilities became the standard telepathy deck. As a bonus, he can recur your Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg at the cost of threats. As such, threat removal such as Golrfindel, Eldarin Lord or Into the West (7C23)LOTR-EN07S023.0 card.jpg is necessary. In addition, the powerful Elrond, Witness to History (12R17)LOTR-EN12S017.0 card.jpg can help to fuel Into the West (7C23)LOTR-EN07S023.0 card.jpg or even recur your Culture Elven.svg Elven cards.

Building the Deck[edit]

Movie block[edit]

For a strong Movie Block telepathy deck, you generally will want either Galadriel, Bearer of Wisdom (9R+14)LOTR-EN09S014.0 card.jpg or Frodo, Courteous Halfling (4R301)LOTR-EN04S301.0 card.jpg as your Ring-bearer. If you intend to play other Culture Elven.svg Elven events other than Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg, it is beneficial to play Frodo and then start Galadriel, Lady Redeemed (10R11)LOTR-EN10S011.0 card.jpg. You will also want to start Glorfindel, Revealed in Wrath (9R+16)LOTR-EN09S016.0 card.jpg with either Legolas or Arwen (Arwen, Echo of Luthien (10U5)LOTR-EN10S005.0 card.jpg is often played). Gandalf, Manager of Wizards (7R37)LOTR-EN07S037.0 card.jpg is a must, as there are no better tools to manipulate your deck. You will need four copies of Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg, as there are no real good recursion methods for them. If you play other events, using Círdan, The Shipwright (10R8)LOTR-EN10S008.0 card.jpg as a backup is a solid addition. Elf-song (1C39)LOTR-EN01S039.0 card.jpg, Narya (3R34)LOTR-EN03S034.0 card.jpg, or Sam, Son of Hamfast (1C311)LOTR-EN01S311.0 card.jpg are all viable burden removal options. Depending on your meta, playing counters to certain strategies like Southron Archery, Nazgul Corruption, or Corsairs can be beneficial, if you can find the space.

Post-Shadows formats[edit]

In formats such as Expanded and Standard, the archetype changes dramatically. Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg and Gandalf, Manager of Wizards (7R37)LOTR-EN07S037.0 card.jpg are still keystones, but there are more options for the other cards. Galadriel, Bearer of Wisdom (9R+14)LOTR-EN09S014.0 card.jpg is usually the Ring-bearer, and you start Gamling, Defender of the Hornburg (11R147)LOTR-EN11S147.0 card.jpg to tutor Erkenbrand’s Horn to grab Celebring, Elven-smith (18R7)LOTR-EN18S007.0 card.jpg (which in turn grabs Galadriel's Silver Ewer (18R11)LOTR-EN18S011.0 card.jpg) and Woodhall Elf, Exile (18C17)LOTR-EN18S017.0 card.jpg. Arwen is usually the other starting companion, either Arwen, She-Elf (15R11)LOTR-EN15S011.0 card.jpg or Arwen, Royal Maiden (19P6)LOTR-EN19S006.0 card.jpg. Most cards from the Gil-Galad Looping strategy are incorporated, covering burden and condition removal, plus an infinite card draw loop. Círdan, The Shipwright (10R8)LOTR-EN10S008.0 card.jpg is rarely used, as you rely only on a few events, namely, Forearmed (6U16)LOTR-EN06S016.0 card.jpg and Attunement (12C16)LOTR-EN12S016.0 card.jpg.

However, if you choose to mesh telepathy with Elvents, you often will take a different route. Most likely, you will start a similar fellowship, or you will play Elladan, Son of Elrond (14R2)LOTR-EN14S002.0 card.jpg and Elrohir, Son of Elrond (14R3)LOTR-EN14S003.0 card.jpg. While you will probably still use Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor (18R12)LOTR-EN18S012.0 card.jpg, you will probably not use his loopable ability. After that, you will pack your deck with Culture Elven.svg Elven events, plus Gandalf and Círdan, The Shipwright (10R8)LOTR-EN10S008.0 card.jpg.

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