Many members of the Destiny Council and the Minnesota destiny community in general recently made the drive out to Fargo for the regional that occurred this past weekend. I (Jon) decided to take a favorite deck of mine: Thrawn Talzin. I won’t go into too much detail about the tournament itself but I will say a few things. First, I was second after the 7 swiss rounds (6-1, I somehow managed to play FOUR OTKs in swiss…..) . Second, I made top 4, and had a real shot at making the Final and/or winning. However, Fantasy Flight had put me in an interesting position by sending out the World’s lottery results the day before. I knew that I had been accepted, and that Will Klein, a fellow team member and my top 4 opponent, had lost the lottery. With this in mind I conceded my top 4 match, not wanting to take away his chance at a World’s seat. All that to say that the deck performed exceptionally well. So the question is, can a Thrawn deck really be tier one? I’d say yes, and I hope this article can help highlight why.
One aspect of deck building that is currently criminally under-explored is one drop upgrades. The usual excuse is opportunity cost, that you simply can’t fit the cards in the deck. However, I feel that if we took the time to actually build decks around one drops, we’d discover some extremely mathematically efficient decks. One drops simply make the most bang for your buck. To help illustrate this, I’ll be discussing one of my favorite decks to play: ePhasma Talzin Greedo.