Unlike rating art, which is contradictory to its purpose, as Mr Keating will tell you in Dead Poets Society (most recommended), rating strategic capability of a player’s deck in the Lord of the Rings the Card Game can be much more objective. The following concentrates on just that, dividing quality of a deck (including its heroes) into 16 strategic categories (category #17 is entirely devoted to theme, though that often goes hand in hand with strategy too). When reviewing a deck, zero to five stars will be assigned to each category to illustrate at what areas the deck excels and which it neglects. When the given deck is then tested against various quests over a number of games, one should be able to conclude which areas are essential in defeating which scenarios. The star rating is subjective in a way but given with the best intentions at objectivity, and intense experience of the game since the beginning of its existence.