Doubling down on deckbuilding challenges

While Seastan has rapidly garnered a well-deserved reputation in the community for his innovative and highly effective deckbuilding, what I have personally found even more interesting have been his ideas for deckbuilding challenges. Random Walk to Mordor of course I took a run at an instance of on this blog, and I was also very intrigued by his more recent Minimum Purchase idea. Not being one to shy away from a challenge, nor indeed one to shy away from stealing ideas for my own content from other people, I wondered “How would it be if I combined those two forms of challenge?”
So, this is the answer. Two decks, with six randomly determined heroes, playing a random quest, and building those decks from a card pool of only the minimum packs required to play the quest in question and have access to all the randomly selected heroes. I don’t have a special program written for the randomising like Seastan, but random.org and a couple of ordered lists did just fine:

A Random Walk to Mordor – Minimum Purchase Edition: Deckbuilding.
A Random Walk to Mordor – Minimum Purchase Edition: Attempt 1.
A Random Walk to Mordor – Minimum Purchase Edition: Attempt 2.

Well, that probably would’ve been a bit easier if I’d remembered to add the extra starting resources for Easy mode, but never mind. I also probably could’ve built the decks a bit better – there were a few things I put in that I really didn’t need and could’ve replaced – the kind of thing which I’d usually fix after test plays, but in this case I went straight from building the decks to recording the playthrough with no testing period in between. If anyone’s curious, I’ll put the decklists in here as well:

Deck 1

Heroes:
Dain Ironfoot
Gimli
Bilbo Baggins

Allies (30):
Faramir x2
Longbeard Orc Slayer x2
Pelargir Ship Captain x3
Snowbourn Scout x2
Veteran Axehand x3
Daughter of the Nimrodel x2
Erebor Hammersmith x2
Ered Nimrais Prospector x3
Gleowine x2
Miner of the Iron Hills x2
Gandalf (Core) x3
Beorn x1
Gondorian Spearman x3

Attachments (7):
Celebrian’s Stone x1
Steward of Gondor x2
Horn of Gondor x1
Dark Knowledge x1
Protector of Lorien x2

Events (13):
Campfire Tales x3
For Gondor! x2
Sneak Attack x2
Feint x2
Radagast’s Cunning x2
Secret Paths x2

Deck 2

Heroes:
Brand Son of Bain
Theoden (Ta)
Dunhere

Allies (20):
Boromir x2
Gondorian Spearman x3
Veteran Axehand x3
Lorien Guide x2
Northern Tracker x2
West Road Traveller x3
Gandalf (Core) x3
Wandering Took x2

Attachments (12):
Citadel Plate x2
Horn of Gondor x1
Spear of the Mark x3
Unexpected Courage x1
Steed of the Mark x2
Song of Travel x3

Events (18):
Feint x2
Quick Strike x2
A Light in the Dark x2
A Test of Will x2
Dwarven Tomb x1
Hasty Stroke x2
Stand and Fight x3
The Galadhrim’s Greeting x2
Forth Eorlingas! x2

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