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From the Comprehensive Rules 4.0:

Site cards represent locations in Middle-earth, and are used to chart the progress of the game. Nine sites are placed in your adventure deck. (See building your deck.)

Site cards have a dark compass in the upper left corner. This symbol is used on sites from the Shadows expansion set onward, differentiating them from sites found in previous sets (which use a different compass symbol, and may also use a block symbol).

If your fellowship moves to a site that has not been played yet, one of the Shadow players must place a new site on the adventure path. (See moving your fellowship.) To determine which player, look at the site you are moving from. Each site has an arrow at the bottom center of the card. This indicates who is to play the new site, with -> meaning the Shadow player to your right and <- meaning the Shadow player to your left. In a two-player game, there is only one Shadow player at a time, so that player always plays the new site.

That player looks through his adventure deck and chooses any site to play as the next site. It takes on the next consecutive number on the adventure path as its site number. It also takes on a region number. Exception: See format.

The first time the first player moves during the game, a Shadow player looks through his adventure deck and chooses the next site to place on the adventure path. It becomes site 2. The next time a site is added after that, it will be site 3. Both of those sites are in region 1.

You may play a copy of a site on the adventure path even if an opponent’s copy was already played as an earlier site and is still active. The copies are treated as different sites, with each given a different site number.

Some cards allow a player to play the next site on the adventure path at times when the fellowship is not moving. These may be used even when the next site is already there. In such cases, the new site replaces the old one; put the old site back in its owner’s adventure deck. The new site takes the same site number the old site had, so that there is always only one site 1 in play, one site 2, and so on. When a site is replaced, all cards played on or stacked on the old site are moved to the new site.

Shadow players may take control of sites on the adventure path and the Free Peoples player may liberate controlled sites. Various card effects refer to these controlled sites as well.

See also culture, kinds of cards.

Sites have unloaded keywords like battleground, dwelling, forest, marsh, mountain, plains, river, and underground.

List of Fellowship Block Sites[edit]

List of Towers Block Sites[edit]

List of King Block Sites[edit]

The King Block site path is used for Movie Block, the somewhat less-popular King Standard format, and the rarely-played King Block format. Since most of the sites are fairly general, the same considerations more or less apply in all three formats.

At site 1, most of the options choke, reducing the twilight pool for decks using three hobbits, an elf, or Culture Rohan.svg Rohan mounts. One notable option can help Culture Dwarven.svg Dwarven decks set up a key condition, and it's often important enough that they bid just to get their starting site. The other options are negligible bonuses for Gandalf or Culture Gondor.svg Gondor and rarely used. Except for Dunharrow Plateau (7U329)LOTR-EN07S329.0 card.jpg, the impact is generally minimal.

Site 2 goes the other way, punishing a Free Peoples player who loses initiative by playing too many cards on their first turn. The punishment varies depending on the site: two options make it easier to play minions (and are more or less interchangeable), while one simply stops the Free Peoples player as long as the Shadow player plays at least one minion. Again, these sites are mostly interchangeable depending on taste.

Site 3 helps Free Peoples decks set up in exchange for threats. Hall of the Kings (7U339)LOTR-EN07S339.0 card.jpg is the generically most-useful site: it's useful to any Free Peoples deck that isn't already running up against the Rule of 4 that turn. The others are more situational. The Dimholt (8U117)LOTR-EN08S117.0 card.jpg is only useful to Gondor Wraiths. Base of Mindolluin (10U117)LOTR-EN10S117.0 card.jpg is very important to Gondor Knights (usually to grab Sixth Level (8U44)LOTR-EN08S044.0 card.jpg), and largely useless for most other decks. Beacon of Minas Tirith (7U338)LOTR-EN07S338.0 card.jpg is useful to decks that want to exert a character to set up, such as decks running Denethor, Lord of Minas Tirith (10R28)LOTR-EN10S028.0 card.jpg. Tower of Ecthelion (7U340)LOTR-EN07S340.0 card.jpg is the odd one out, since few decks in this format want to triple move from site 3 to site 6, but it's occasionally played because it's unlikely that it will ever benefit the opponent's Free Peoples deck. These sites mean that most Free Peoples decks will set some threats unless they make a conscious decision not to, and setting a threat or two in the first turn or two (perhaps with Captured by the Ring (7C53)LOTR-EN07S053.0 card.jpg or Rallying Call (10U47)LOTR-EN10S047.0 card.jpg) can slow down your opponent's Free Peoples development somewhat.

Site 4 allows the Shadow player to convert any random burdens (such as from a starting bid or The One Ring, The Binding Ring (9R+1)LOTR-EN09S001.0 card.jpg) into some sort of benefit. Anduin Banks (7U341)LOTR-EN07S341.0 card.jpg is the most generically useful to the Shadow player, although Pelennor Prairie (10U118)LOTR-EN10S118.0 card.jpg is almost as easy to use and can discard conditions that are protected by a card like Pippin, Friend to Frodo (1C306)LOTR-EN01S306.0 card.jpg. City of the Dead (8U118)LOTR-EN08S118.0 card.jpg can grab powerful Enduring minions that are popular in this format, like Úlairë Enquëa, Thrall of the One (10R68)LOTR-EN10S068.0 card.jpg, Shelob, Her Ladyship (10R23)LOTR-EN10S023.0 card.jpg, or Orc Slaughterer (10R95)LOTR-EN10S095.0 card.jpg, albeit at a high cost. Osgiliath Fallen (7U342)LOTR-EN07S342.0 card.jpg and Pelennor Plain (7U343)LOTR-EN07S343.0 card.jpg are hard for the Shadow player to use at all, but sometimes they're used specifically because of that.

Site 5 is, by design, one of the hardest sites for the Free Peoples player, with relatively high twilight numbers and harsh benefits for the Shadow player, often involving a difficult choice for the Free Peoples player. All of them are popular in different decks. Steward's Tomb (10U119)LOTR-EN10S119.0 card.jpg has the highest twilight number and prevents a number of defensive strategies. However, it cuts both ways: Culture Dunland.svg Dunland decks can't protect their minions with Hides (4R19)LOTR-EN04S019.0 card.jpg and Enduring Nazgul like Úlairë Enquëa, Thrall of the One (10R68)LOTR-EN10S068.0 card.jpg can't heal themselves, so it's not well-suited to some Shadow decks. Crashed Gates forces the Free Peoples player to choose between placing threats (assuming they have enough room after site 4!) or allowing the Shadow player to control a site. Often, players choose this site if they are running Culture Dunland.svg Dunland or Besieger Shadows, or simply expect their opponents to not be running those Shadows. Pelennor Flat (7U345)LOTR-EN07S345.0 card.jpg is well-suited to discard or corruption Shadows. City Gates (7U344)LOTR-EN07S344.0 card.jpg is often the least dangerous site 5, and it has the additional benefit that if you enter the site with capped threats and the Shadow doesn't make use of any of them, the site will still often remove more threats than it placed. It's handy for Culture Raider.svg Raiders or Sauron Threats, which will almost always make use of the threats.

Site 6 is is a rubber band, making it easier for the Free Peoples player who's behind to catch up. There are seven versions of the site, and six of them heal companions of a particular culture if you give up the sanctuary healing by double moving. (They generally heal all companions of a given culture, like Minas Tirith Second Circle (7U349)LOTR-EN07S349.0 card.jpg, but Minas Tirith Fifth Circle (7U346)LOTR-EN07S346.0 card.jpg heals just heals Gandalf himself multiple times.) The seventh, Minas Tirith First Circle (7U347)LOTR-EN07S347.0 card.jpg, is a rubber band that snaps on anyone trying to get ahead by bypassing site 6, with a harsh penalty that will almost always force a stop.

Site 7 punishes Fellowships with six or more characters in different ways, but does nothing to Fellowships that respect the Rule of 6. Notably, all of them give a consistent six twilight. Ruined Capitol (7U355)LOTR-EN07S355.0 card.jpg simply forces a stop as long as the Shadow player plays a minion, and it's one of the most popular choices, especially since it can't be used to punish someone going from 5-7. Osgiliath Crossing (7U353)LOTR-EN07S353.0 card.jpg is also popular, since it allows the Shadow player to draw many cards (to use up the excessive twilight that large Fellowships often generate) while empowering their Enduring minions. Osgiliath Crossing (7U353)LOTR-EN07S353.0 card.jpg can set up a deathblow by forcing the Free Peoples player to double move, although it's useless if the Free Peoples player simply wipes out all of the minions or went 5-7 that turn. Pelennor Grassland (7U354)LOTR-EN07S354.0 card.jpg has almost no effect except maybe helping Enduring minions, so it can be useful in decks that plan to reach site 7 with a large Fellowship.

Site 8 offers culture-specific benefits to the Shadow player at the cost of consuming threats, but, unfortunately, not all Shadow cultures have a site, and some of the benefits are not great. As with site 7, all of them give a consistent eight twilight. Morgulduin (7U358)LOTR-EN07S358.0 card.jpg is one of the best, and so strong that many non-Culture Ringwraith.svg Ringwraith decks use it to retrieve a utility Nazgul like Úlairë Enquëa, Lieutenant of Morgul (1U231)LOTR-EN01S231.0 card.jpg. Northern Ithilien (7U359)LOTR-EN07S359.0 card.jpg is also popular, and works well with a deck using a Culture Gollum.svg Gollum splash, turning the threats from Captured by the Ring (7C53)LOTR-EN07S053.0 card.jpg into burdens. Morgul Vale (7U357)LOTR-EN07S357.0 card.jpg is a serviceable benefit for Culture Sauron.svg Sauron decks. Cross Roads (7U356)LOTR-EN07S356.0 card.jpg is marginal: most Culture Raider.svg Raider decks except Easterlings have other, better uses for threats. Watchers of Cirith Ungol (10U120)LOTR-EN10S120.0 card.jpg has a completely negligible effect, even for the Morc decks it's meant to enable: those decks would really rather run Morgulduin, or, failing that, spend those threats on cards like Morgul Destroyer (7U190)LOTR-EN07S190.0 card.jpg. It's occasionally used because it's terrible, since it will not benefit the opponent's Shadow hardly at all.

Site 9 is the endgame, and all of the options are very straightforward, and largely a matter of taste. They even all have the same twilight number: 9. It largely comes down to your Shadow deck's relationship with threats and burdens. Would you like more threats (or just a generically good site that supports almost all decks)? Dagorlad (7U360)LOTR-EN07S360.0 card.jpg. Would you rather finish off an almost-corrupted ring-bearer? Slag Mounds (7U363)LOTR-EN07S363.0 card.jpg. Haunted Pass (7U361)LOTR-EN07S361.0 card.jpg is a little shakier, since you need to consume the threats you'd certainly rather turn into wounds, but it can be worth it to make your draw more consistent or punish Free Peoples players who roll into site 9 with a large threat stack, expecting Dagorlad. The odd one out is Narchost (7U362)LOTR-EN07S362.0 card.jpg, which is worse than Slag Mounds in a corruption deck and useless to any other sort of deck, and thus almost never played.

The site path, as a result, encourages a certain pace. Except for Culture Dwarven.svg Dwarven decks, bidding high doesn't bring much in the way of benefits except for going first, since most of the initial sites are weak and site 4 can punish excess burdens. For the move from 1-3, it strongly discourages overplaying cards on the first turn with the site 2 penalties for losing initiative, as well as the small bonuses at site 1 to situational choke tactics. Skipping past site 3 is discouraged because, as with other formats, you're not only losing out on the healing, but also possibly the gametext helping your deck to set up. Unlike earlier formats, there's no version of site 3 that favors certain Shadow decks, though. Site 4 favors the Shadow somewhat, but site 5 is the pivot. Steward's Tomb (10U119)LOTR-EN10S119.0 card.jpg can be the hardest site in the format! A well-developed Fellowship can often go 3-5, but most often Free Peoples players who are in the lead will aim to go 3-4 then 4-6, to get the hardest move out of the way the beginning of a turn rather than the end, and follow it by moving into the relatively easier site 6. It's difficult to go 3-5, 5-7 as the player in the lead, since you'll generally get no benefit from the opponent's site 6 (and, even in a mirror match, any opponent could be running Minas Tirith First Circle (7U347)LOTR-EN07S347.0 card.jpg against you). But a 3-5, 5-7 move is generally doable for the player trying to catch up, and it effectively blanks two of the possible sites you could face at site 7. The path also discourages decks that try to bulk up their Fellowship at site 6, because site 7 could unpredictably punish them for it. After that, it's just Shadow-favored sites to close out the game, notable mainly that they tend to interact with the threat and burden piles.

List of War of the Ring Block Sites[edit]

List of Hunters Block Sites[edit]




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