On 5 April, there was a Destiny tournament on TTS, co-organised by Mark Lockett (UK Destiny legend) and Rebel Base Gaming.
24 players battled it out for the title, with Keir Sweeney (I can’t help mentally substituting Santage for Sweeney) taking the top spot with Chopper Droids. Runner up was Jawa Scavenger/5 Jawa Junk Dealers/No Allegiance, with Jabba/Wat/Messenger and ReyLo making Top4. I feel I should add that 3 out of the Top 4 were Scottish.
It looks like this is the first of many UK TTS tournaments (assuming we’ll be in lockdown for the next 3 months at least) and it went off without a hitch. For those wondering, none of the games were recorded, but the team are looking into making this a reality for future tournaments.
Here’s Mark Lockett himself on the event:
I think the whole thing went down really well and scratched a Destiny itch for all those players that took part. It was great to get to chat with players from all over the UK and to our two newly adopted Italians. I felt there was a great atmosphere as people could just forget about the outside world for the best part of a day to all play a game they love. I have to say a big thank you to all the players for making it easy for me to run.
I feared that people might drop if they weren’t doing so well, as it would be easy to walk away from an online tournament that you’ve not had to travel to, but all players played through all 6 rounds. TTS should also get a nod of thanks as it held up quite well for us even though it was very busy on the day (one of my biggest fears was that TTS could cause a problem). We did have to restart one game 10 minutes into a round but it worked out.
Everybody had read the info I sent out and all the prep I put into learning how discord works and how I could put this together really paid off.
I think everyone would have happily played without any prizes but I appreciate they all wanted to help out our local stores. I’m actually looking forward to the next one even more as it was a blast. I wonder how many players we can get for that one?
I’d like to give special thanks to Tom Reed who jumped in at the start of the tournament to prevent a bye situation.
My aim is to run these events every 3-4 weeks supporting a different store each time. Ian Barnard of Watto’s Card Yard has agreed to team up for the next one.
The field of players included some of the top players from the UK and beyond, and the character lineups represented a wide range of deck archetypes. We’re going to be following this article up with deck analyses of all the Top 4 decks, but for now I thought I’d have a look at the field of decks and what this says about the current meta.
Here’s the full lineup along with results after Swiss, which I think gives a good snapshot of the meta as it stands:
5-1 eChopper, eC-3PO, R2-D2
5-1 eJabba, Wat Tambor, Sentinel Messenger
5-1 eRey, eKylo Ren
5-1 Jawa Scavenger, 5 Jawa Junk Dealers, No Allegiance
4-2 4-2 eKragan Gorr, ePyreeVader, eIden
4-2 eTrandoshan, eTrandoshan, Imperial Death Trooper
4-2 eVader, eIden
4-2 Krennic, 4 Jawa Junk Dealers
4-2 eThrawn, eTrandoshan
3-3 eChopper, Kanan Jarrus, Kashyyk Warrior, Valourous Tribe x2
3-3 eKragan Gorr, ePyre
3-3 eChopper, eC-3PO, R2-D2
3-3 eMaster Smuggler, C-3PO, R2-D2
3-3 eKragan Gorr, eImperial Death Trooper, Armoured Reinforcement
3-3 eQui Gonn-Jin, eYoda
2-4 eChopper, eC-3PO, R2-D2
2-4 eTrandoshan, eTrandoshan, Imperial Death Trooper
2-4 Wat Tambor, Doctor Aphra, 2 Jawa Junk Dealers
2-4 eCount Dooku, eMother Talzin
2-4 eKragan, Palpatine
2-4 eBoba Fett, Executioner, Executioner
1-5 eZeb, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Spectre Cell
0-6 eKrennic, Sentinel Messenger, Imperial Death Trooper, Construct the Death Star
DNS eSatine Kryze, eLor San Tekka, Gungan Warrior, Armoured Reinforcement
DNS eChewbacca, eHan Solo, Valourous Tribe
This tournament shows that the meta is (moderately) fresh and varied. Sure, if you just look at the top 4 decks, 3 are old classics, but I’m cautiously optimistic that as time goes on more new decks will rise to the top (though I fear that droids still need a nerf).
I think considering the card pool increased from 926 to 1086 (an increase of only 17%), there’s been quite a shake up.
It’s a shame that the Satine and Chewie players didn’t make it, because without them 4 of the 7 remaining hero decks featured R2 and 3PO, with 2 Kanan/Chopper decks and a Qui-Gon/Yoda deck making up the rest.
Villain on the other hand look like they have a few more tricks up their sleeves, with decks focusing around Trandoshans, Kragan, supports as well as several one-offs like Boba/Executioner, Iden/Vader (more on this classy deck soon), Construct the Death Star and Dooku/Talzin.
I can’t wait to see what the next tournament brings, especially as it looks like they’ll be enforcing a don’t bring the same deck again rule.
In the meantime, stay safe and keep on innovating.
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