A part of deck building and theory crafting is trying to find ways to gain advantages over your opponent. Hand advantage, though less important in Destiny than in some other games (due to drawing back your hand each round), is one possible area to exploit when considering possible combinations of characters and cards. An easy example of a character who gained you hand advantage was the original Darth Vader, whose ability essentially gained you a 20% card advantage over the opponent each round (5 vs 4 cards). The advantage this presents is subtle but important – more cards means you have a better chance of maximizing your round than your opponent does. So in today’s addition of Magnuson Madness, I’ll be looking at a combination that maximizes card advantage – Dooku3 + Separatist Conspiracy.
Before Worlds 2018, support decks and upgrade decks had largely been kept separate. Then the Hyperloops brought out Drive By Shooting, a deck that combined the most efficient vehicles with the most efficient upgrades. Since then, support decks have continued to sprinkle in powerful upgrades (like Handheld Cannon), understanding that the more above the curve cards you can include in your deck, the better. As I’ve been theory crafting Convergence, I’ve noticed that my Middle/Middle decks have trended in a similar direction – they all seemed to be including Megablaster Troopers. We’ve reached a point where a number of the most efficient cards are supports and the pool of good upgrades is shallow. So my thesis is this – for Middle/Middle decks to rise to the top in the current meta, they need to find ways to include powerful supports, while still operating in a way that is different from the traditional 3-wide ramp support decks. The following are 3 examples of how this can be done.
In a world in which Destiny has become saturated with amazing supports like Vader’s Fist, Megablaster Troopers, and Entourage, slow support decks have become the norm. How do faster 2-wide decks compete in this kind of meta? One of the most important ways a faster deck can gain an advantage over slow support decks is by abusing a powerful battlefield. In the past, battlefields like Frozen Wastes and Emperor’s Throne Room have been some of the few that gave fast decks a distinct advantage. With those battlefields rotating, where can we turn going forward? The answer, I think, is Mean Streets.
Another set, and another round of character rankings! In the Convergence version, I’m going to take a little different tack – grouping the characters together, not only based on how good I think they’ll be but also based on what kind of Destiny character they are. Let’s see how it goes!
Today marks the start of a new series we’ll be doing at the Destiny Council, called Magnuson Madness. Jon and I have garnered a reputation for out of the box deck ideas, some of which have turned out to be successful. We’re going to lean into that reputation in this new series, in which we explore some of our crazy ideas – theory crafting and imagining what might be possible. And who knows, maybe one of them will turn out to be the next Aphra/Executioners.