This past weekend was the first set of Regionals in the ATG meta post Snoke and OTK nerf, and the meta was wide open. We saw all sorts of different decks make top cuts, and a variety of characters were represented. The Destiny Council participated in the Fargo regional (which Andrew won!), and it was a blast to see such a variety of decks perform well. Here is a summary of my thoughts from the Regionals results this weekend (results can be found at I Rebel Destiny).
Darth Vader is a Bad Man
And by that I mean that Vader has established himself as a terrifying force in the meta. Each of the three Regionals with 40+ players saw a Vader make the top cut, with 1 coming out victorious. Another smaller regional was won by Vader as well. Our very own Andrew Rothermel won the Fargo Regional with Vader/Greedo (decklist here), which in my opinion is the best version of Vader currently. The 2 resource side and the ability to abuse Friends in High Places allows this Vader deck to consistently ramp into powerful cards like Rise Again, Vader’s Fist, and Vader’s Lightsaber. This, combined with his big melee sides, allows Vader to hit like a truck. Expect to see Vader decks at top tables going forward.
Han Solo is very good
“Run and Gun” decks, as I call them – decks that action cheat, roll guns, and get out of dodge – had an inconsistent showing this weekend. There were plenty of Jyn/Cassians in the fields, but not a single one made a top cut. Yet we also saw Han/Biggs, Han/Poe, and multiple Han/Qi’Ras make top cuts, with a few of these decks making it to the semifinals. What’s the common denominator in the decks of this archetype that succeeded? Han. He’s everything a deck like this is looking for – he rolls nothing but damage and money. He also allows you to abuse Theed Palace while maintaining a blistering pace, which makes cards like Retreat and Hyperspace Jump that much more accessible. In addition to the run and gun decks, he also made a final this weekend paired with Yoda, which leads me to my next observation.
Yoda + Yellow remains a force to be reckoned with
Yoda made the top cut this weekend paired with all sorts of yellow partners: Leia Boushh, Han, Hondo, and even Chewbacca (piloted by our very own crazy man Jmag). Put Yoda and a yellow character with a special side together, and you almost can’t go wrong. These decks run fast, are able to effectively play some of the most powerful removal cards in the game, and can deal a lot of damage very quickly (though they all do this in slightly different ways). Expect to see a steady diet of these decks going forward.
Fat Vehicles are here to stay
Fat vehicle decks are an archetype new to destiny with the arrival of mods. These decks play big vehicles (usually Shadow Caster or Firespray), load them up with mods, and attempt to reset them for massive damage turns. This archetype had a great the showing this weekend. A Firespray deck won the New Hampshire regional, while a Shadow Caster deck won the North Carolina regional. A number of other fat vehicle decks made top cuts as well. I finished top 8 in Fargo with eLando/Rebel Engineer/Anakin – a deck centered around loading up and resetting the ATG Falcon and/or Shadow Caster – and I imagine the Lando/Wedge decks that made top cuts were also centered around fat vehicles. This archetype has absurd upside (even with the Strategic Planning nerf) and should continue to see play at top tables going forward.
Where does this leave the meta?
I see a triumvirate of archetypes that set themselves apart this weekend: Vader, Fat Vehicles, and Yoda/Yellow. These are the archetypes I would expect to see the most going forward, and should be the focal point of your regionals testing. But the meta is still young. The run and gun decks are terrifying to play against and have established themselves as a part of the meta. Other melee decks (besides Vader) certainly aren’t dead either. And Snoke is destined to make a reappearance – he’s too good not to. This promises to be an exciting regionals season, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!