We’ve had some great spoilers this week (I know Cassian was kind of spoiled earlier in a magazine, but I want to mention him so we’re going to go with it), so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts, and some decks I’m excited about trying.
How strong is she: Pryce is quite strong. The double specials allow for special chaining, as well as cheating regular damage sides when you control the battlefield. That +1 on the special is really crucial to her value though (without it her special is just a focus, which makes her die pretty meh), so I don’t think she’ll see much competitive play outside of fast decks. She sneakily works really well with Throne Room, as you can claim the battlefield to use her special, getting the +1 out of it even if you weren’t controlling the battlefield beforehand.
[Edit: turns out I’m probably wrong about the Throne Room synergy, as a previous ruling with Docking Bay and Lookout Post suggests that control of the battle field does not commence until after the claim effect is completely finished. This is very sad for Pryce, but Throne Room is still a pretty good battlefield for her.]
Remember that time in pre-nerf EAW when 17/13 Villain combinations were killing everyone? The balance of FN, Phasma, and Unkar left these 3 guys hanging with no partner. Talzin and Anakin have made decent pairings for Kylo, but there haven’t been any good ones for Bane or Baby Vader. Will we see a comeback of these killer 17/13 pairings with Arihnda Pryce? Kylo/Pryce will be good for sure, but I think we might see Cad Bane and Baby Vader back in the spotlight as well with an excellent partner in Pryce.
How strong is he: Ezra is also very strong. With 2 base sides and a sick power action at 8/11, he could see a lot of competitive play. 8 health is low, but that’s really his only weakness. You’ll have to find ways to get cheap upgrades on him (cards like force speed and hunker down), but using his Power Action for 1 card shouldn’t be too hard.
Vehicles – drawing cards is really powerful in vehicle lists, so Ezra’s power action gains a lot of value in these decks. There are tons of potential combinations for vehicle decks, but this is the one I came up with on the spot: solid damage off the bat from Ezra and Guard, cheap vehicle magic with Rose and guardian to protect her, with Ezra’s card draw adding to deck consistency. Add Ezra’s Lightsaber (which is real good) in there to help trigger the Power Action. You could even take out an Ezra die for Long Term Plan if you wanted to give that a shot. In any case, this particular lineup might be garbage, but look for Ezra to see competitive play in some sort of vehicle list.
How strong is he: meta defining strong. A yellow hero character at 10/14 with solid dice and a mini-palp ability? Yes please – his die values are essentially 2-3-2-2-2. I think Cassian could challenge for top character in the set, and will see a ton of play in both damage and mill decks. And that art is sick!
I’ve always felt that Finn was one of the most underrated characters from Legacies, who was just missing the right partner. The math on his dice are nuts with 4 sides at 2 value or higher. And I actually had good success with eFinn2/eHan2 early in Legacies meta, against everything except mill. Cassian is a million times better than Han2, and I’m super excited to try him with Finn.
How strong is he: Fifth brother’s die is pretty average overall, and there are much scarier options at 16 (*cough* Boba Fett). His special has some upside, but is going to be a blank quite often. His health is really good, but other than that, there’s not much to get excited about. However…
Fifth Brother’s Lightsaber is absolutely gross, and is especially disgusting on Fifth Brother. Between that and Maul’s Lightsaber, blue villain has access to probably the two most powerful 3 cost upgrades in the game. We’ve already seen Seventh Sister take a huge leap from the EAW meta, in large part because she works so well with Maul’s. So what make’s me think that Fifth Brother may see significant play, is that eSeventhSister/eFifthBrother is likely the best character combination for abusing those sabers. And although Fifth’s special doesn’t work well with Maul’s, he still has 2 free base sides to pair with the modifiers. I’m definitely going to give this deck a shot.
Exciting Dice Cards
Fifth Brother’s Lightsaber: I already mentioned this card briefly when talking about Fifth Brother, but this card is nuts. Essentially, the die has values of 2-3-4-2-2. There are a lot of modifiers, but on Fifth Brother it doesn’t even have that downside. And getting to add the extra damage afterwards is sneakily way better than having the damage on the die, as it gives added flexibility (especially when an opponent’s character has 1 health left) and helps avoid wasted overkill damage.
Ezra Bridger’s Lightsaber: This card is also nuts good. 1-2-2 base sides on a 2 cost redeploy saber? Sign me up for some of that! It’s only real downside is the lack of base melee sides to pair with modifiers. But because all the damage sides are black and the upgrade has redeploy, this card may also flourish in vehicle decks. It may even be better in those decks than it will be in saber decks.
Planetary Bombardment: I have three cards to remind you of: Friends in High Places, Delve, and Imperial Backing. Paying 6 resources for anything is a lot to ask, no matter how high the damage sides are. But if you can cheat this baby out for cheaper…
That’s it for today! There have been some super excited reveals this week, with a lot of characters I expect to see play in the meta game. I hope you all are as excited for Way of the Force as I am!