This past weekend I took a relatively unknown deck to the US National tournament – eAphra/Executioner/Executioner, AKA “Curtain Call” (since those Executioners love coming back on stage). I went 7-1 in the swiss rounds, claiming the top spot from my day and proceeding to the round of 32. Unfortunately, I lost a close match in the round of 32, ending my tournament there. Below is the story of the deck and the story of my tournament. Hope you enjoy!
Early results from the Way of the Force meta are in, and it appears we are living in a 3-wide meta – 12 of the top 16 decks from UK Nationals last weekend were 3-wides, leaving no doubt that wider decks have taken over the meta. This leaves effects that trigger after character deaths in a great spot. Previous cards like Aftermath and Bala-Tik should pick up more value in this meta, and I expect them to start to see more play. But there’s an additional card that triggers after death, one that more recently came onto the destiny scene – the Executioner. The Executioner has been overlooked thus far, seen as a pretty average non-unique character, similar to a FOST but costing 1 additional point. But with the meta in 3-wide mode, the Executioner suddenly becomes a lot more spicy, with opportunities for multiple procs of the passive in a game. As such, we’ve been exploring some builds including Executioners in the lead-up to NOVA, and are excited to share them with you. Hope you enjoy!
In this edition of Deck Building 101, I’m going to go in depth on removal cards, what makes them good or bad, and how to decide on removal for you deck. The inspiration for this article was some discussions with Jon about what kind of removal he likes vs what kind of removal I like. I prefer cards like Doubt and Hasty Exit, which he dislikes putting is his decks. On the flip side, he loves having cards like Flank is his deck, while I tend to shy away from those sorts of cards. So who’s right? The answer is, well, complicated. There are different characteristics that give value to removal cards, and depending on what you are trying to do with your deck you will value certain types of removal cards more than others. The goal of this article is to explain what those characteristics are, and to help give you some insight into choosing the right removal cards for your deck.
UPDATE: A rules interaction we had not considered affects how this deck plays. Because you cannot resolve a die more than once in the same action, you cannot use Fifth Brother’s special on an upgrade die and resolve that die in the same action. Additionally, you cannot use two Fifth Brother specials on the same die in the same action. This breaks up the All In play, and leaves the deck open to mitigation. Though Fifth Brother’s special still has a high upside, this likely pushes the deck out of any consideration for Tier 1 status.
We will leave the rest of the article up as a token to the importance of carefully considering rules interactions before publicly talking up a deck ;).
It’s early in the Way of the Force meta, and we have been exploring decks like crazy. One of the decks that has come up recently as a contender is Fifth Brother / Snoke, a deck with which Jon won a recent store championship (decklist found here). Today, we’re going to take some time to explain the theory behind the deck, why it works, and why we think it might be a contender for Tier 1 status. At the end, Jon answers the question we know you’re already asking: isn’t Kylo2 just better than Fifth Brother?
As Jon and I continue to explore the possibilities with Way of the Force, I thought I’d revisit a character from Legacies who failed to live up to his legendary status: Fin – Soldier of Necessity. I’ve always felt that his die is extremely strong for his point cost (4 sides with value 2 or higher), but try though I might I could not quite get him over the hump in the Legacies meta. I tried both Finn/Han2 and Finn/Luke2 extensively, and while both decks were good, they were not Tier 1 quality. With a new set and new potential partners, let’s see what we might be able to cook up in the Way of the Force meta.