THE 2019 OUTER RIM CONVERGENCE DRAFT

The 2019 Outer Rim Convergence Draft sponsored by Watto’s Shop What an exciting time for Destiny. NEW CARDS! What better way to celebrate new cards and get to learn more about them than a fun draft! Our local group went to Card Addicts here in Birmingham, paid our entry fees, and were bound and determined to get those solid pulls. 60 packs were opened amongst 10 players. There were many quite a few solid pulls, including a few legendary characters such as Phasma and Chewbacca. Yes, Crime Lord was pulled. It was sacrificed to the Draft Gods for good favor in the games to come. We finished opening packs in our two groups and off we were to play out our games and declare a winner. The lists you will see below are the Top 4 decks from the Tournament with decklists. Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for what cards are solid in a draft format, and therefore let you know what cards to stay away from in a draft. HINT: High cost legendary characters. Their points cost too much and limit you. WITH THE FIRST PICK IN THE CONVERGENCE DRAFT, THE OUTER RIM PICKS…. ANAKIN SKYWALKER, WAT TAMBOR, AND DENGAR (Piloted by Outer Rim Lanza) What a pairing. At first glance this deck meets all the criteria for a solid draft deck: Rainbow colored, a strong aggro character (Anakin), a secondary character to help boost damage (Dengar), and a great support character to help you make Continue Reading

IT’S PARTY TIME!

Destiny players, it is finally time for CONVERGENCE and ROTATION! Here at the Outer Rim we hope you are able to open as many packs as your heart desires today and get those awesome pulls. We also want to take this split second to thank all of you for allowing us to be a small part of this great community. We enjoy bringing you fun content and will continue to work hard to provide solid content going into Convergence.   If you feel the need to watch others open packs and have a good time come check us out on our stream over at www.twitch.tv/outer_rim_smugglers. It should be a good time and we hope to get fully cracking around 6:30 and end around 10 pm Central time. We will have a mic on hand to answer any questions you may have. Personally I’ll be looking for those final cards to finish my Captain Phasma/Mando Commando deck. Let us know on our social media what decks you are hoping to finish tomorrow and start playing. May the Force be with you Destiny Players.   WRITTEN BY: The Outer Rim Smugglers

EASY AND FUN WAYS TO PLAY DESTINY

A few weeks ago as I began sorting out my Awakenings cards from my Legacies block I started to notice how much money I’ve spent on this game. I’m not upset about it at all because I love this game and love all the experiences it has provided me over the last year. It’s just looking at that massive amount of cards and just thinking to myself “Is there a way to play this game on a limited budget for someone who is a casual player?”. Weird thought, but with this lull in action my thoughts have been more focused on how to grow this amazing game. Convergence is now only one week away, and with that I wanted to go over some options on how a local group or even a new player can get some decks built on a budget to draw in more players and cater to those who simply walk in on local night. Here are a few ways to make this happen: STARTER SETS It’s built into the name. These starter sets come with two characters and around 20 cards each to get you going in your new game of Destiny. At around 15 dollars each they can give you an array of cards to play and help your deck in those fun casual games. One single deck, however, is not legal for a tournament of any sort so if you go this route you will need to buy 2 starter sets, which now run Continue Reading

Where in the World is Alexsandr Kallus?

I first got into Star Wars Destiny back during the middle of the Legacies block. I started with the 2 player set and worked my way from there, building a collection of characters from across the Star Wars Universe. One of the first characters I opened from a booster pack was good ol’ Kallus, the villain of Season 1 of Rebels turned hero in later seasons. I looked at his damage sides and thought this guy would be a great starting character for me to get accustomed to this new game. Let’s take an in depth look at this character and analyze what formats he could be relevant in, if any. Let’s go. KALLUS Kallus is a 14 point for single die, 18 point for elite Red Villain with a 1 melee, 3 melee with a resource cost, 1 range, 2 range, resource, and a blank. That’s 4 damage sides. The only other character with a similar stat line would be Savage Oppress but he has a modified side. Having a die with four damage sides means you can put constant pressure on an opponent to spend money to mitigate a die instead of ramping their resources for supports or upgrades. His Power Action lets you turn a die showing ranged to melee, and vice versa. I’m not sure the Power Action is great unless you go from a 1 range to a 3 melee. That’s about it. The mixed damage sides allow you to pair him with either a Continue Reading

Aphra, Grievous, and the Children

Doctor Aphra has always been an interesting character in both the Star Wars Universe and the Star Wars Destiny game. Since her introduction via the Darth Vader comic series many fans have had a special place in their hearts for her, while others just ask “Who the heck is that”. I fell into the latter category when I first started playing SWD. She looked cool and she has this awesome ability with droids but what does that have to do with the movies? Well after taking the time to read the comics and diving deep into the lore she quickly climbed up the ranks in my list and I have a true appreciation for her and those kick butt droids that follow her around. We already have her two primary droids in play with 0-0-0 and BT-1. Aphra not only allows you to pay one less for the first droid each round but if you deal yourself indirect damage you get to draw a card. That is some serious awesomeness. Not to mention the less talked about feature that is her 2 shield die side. That screams, “ RESOLVE ME FOR INDIRECT” allowing you to draw more cards and deal indirect with 0-0-0. You know most of this stuff already but with the release of Convergence any day, week, month, year, century (My hope now is March. 28th but that’s just my opinion) comes General Grievous, the Droid Armies Commander. He’s not the over costed 13 health waste a good Continue Reading

Watto We Going To Do About Snoke?

First of all, I’d like to apologize for that terrible intro. My 1 month old son walked up to me while building his newest deck and asked me this question verbatim. He’s still trying to learn the game and all so bear with him. Ha. Fine. I made it up. Forgive me. Dad jokes have taken over my life now. Yet, even though as you roll your eyes at this past paragraph you know you are asking yourself this question: What are we going to do about Snoke? He’s already been nerfed once and he is still super powerful. He’s the support your girlfriend told you not to worry about but you do anyways. With Convergence being announced as having a March 28th release date we FINALLY are able to really start thinking about what decks to build and what will be strong initially in the meta. Who should Snoke be paired with to destroy other decks and climb back to the top of the meta ladder? How about a character whose character dice cannot be removed by opponent’s events? Not a bad start. What if this character could make you sick amounts of money to get those vehicles out early and often? Well, thanks to the guys over at Sons of Mandalore (@mandolorepod for you Twitter guys) we have our answer. To get this deck started, let’s talk about a new guy to the field: Watto. WATTO He’s a Stubborn Gambler. He’s a Scoundrel. He’s a Scavenger. He’s the Continue Reading

A Muppet, Gungan, and Duchess walk into a bar…

Ever since Across the Galaxy released in November we’ve been inundated with decks featuring Shadow Caster and how to maximize its potential. L3 and the Rebel Engineers gave it a whirl and were successful early in the meta. They may make a return come rotation but I still think there are better options out there. L3 and the Engineers only give us access to Red and Yellow which is strong for the Shadow Caster itself but for mitigation purposes we need to find a way to include Blue in the deck. Who better to give us a Blue character and generate resources than our favorite green Muppet Yoda. With him we need other characters to fill the red and yellow slots. The bigger decision between these two is who will be the Yellow character. We could go the easy route with L3 but with Convergence there is a new player on the scene that in my opinion is better than L3 in vehicles dice EXCEPT the AtG Millennium Falcon. Her ability and interaction with the Falcon cannot be overlooked. For any other deck, let’s welcome Satine Kryze to the world of Destiny. For red we will just use the classic meat shield Gungan Warrior. He’s useful for great mitigation cards and we will dive more into that shortly. Let’s start with an analysis of the characters in the deck along with the Plot, Armored Reinforcement. CHARACTERS Yoda, Satine, and Gungan equal out to 27 points which lets us use Armored Continue Reading

CONVERGENCE IS COMING!!! CONVERGENCE IS COMING!!!

Well well well. Look who decided to make an appearance finally. We have a date for release of the new Star Wars Destiny set: Convergence. March 28th. Initially here at the Outer Rim we thought it would be March 21st, given the announcement of Adepticon having to change their structure due to Convergence not being legal for standard construction. It would’ve fit in the 11 day window but nonetheless we were wrong and that’s ok. It’s an exciting time for Star Wars Destiny as we usher in a new era and the best R word in the dictionary currently: ROTATION! So what does all this mean these next few weeks? What do you do with your cards you’ve acquired over time? Do you sit idly by and just practice opening packs in preparation for release or do you have 3 decks already built in swdestinydb like I do? The Outer Rim would like to give you a few fun tips on what to do these next two weeks until release. Here’s 5 things to do before March 28th. FIND THE ONE FUN DECK YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY AND BUILD IT! This is even more true if it includes cards that are about to rotate out. Those of you who are originals to the game might want to polish off Jango/Veers for one last ride through town or play the original Rey to gain 35 additional actions one final time. Whatever deck you thought about building for fun and to Continue Reading

Solidarity Tourney Report – Kit/Luke 2nd Place

Recently the Outer Rim hosted their first Solidarity tournament to help build excitement for the next set and maybe even a little rotation hype to play some of the cards that will not see play again until Infinite format is finalized. As the resident mill player in our local group I considered quite a few options involving mill before making a decision to pivot to Blue Hero. The event package and upgrades for this deck, along with a couple lesser used cards normally, make Blue Hero a strong competitor in specialty events such as Solidarity. I’ll go over the deck list I used in the tournament, then explain what cards I would change out and some that were MVP cards throughout the day. CHARACTERS Luke and Kit as a pair are perfect for Solidarity and each other because of how well they compliment each other without having many matching die sides. Both characters can and probably play better on the defensive whether it’s Luke taking shields for himself or Kit, or Kit using his melee dice to block incoming damage to himself. Don’t let that fool you though. They can each put out massive amounts of damage out of nowhere if you ramp up properly. In many of my swiss rounds I would take resources instead of trying for max damage turn one to build a better board state and overwhelm the opponent with dice early. UPGRADES The standard package of Blue Hero upgrades fit here, along with a few Continue Reading

The Bachelorette: Ahsoka

I’m currently in my living room right now thinking of some article to write. It’s 7:00 pm this Tuesday night, and it just so happens that The Bachelor is on TV so my wife is glued to the show about fake love and trying to find that one “perfect” pair among many. Well this got me thinking. Which character in Destiny is looking for that one right partner? Someone to compliment that character through thick and thin and someone who will help the other in case one falls. I looked through the current set of characters before Convergence and there are some possibilities for a Bachelorette: Star Wars Destiny version. Let’s take a look at some of the ones who were close but ultimately did not get the final rose of Destiny.   IDEN VERSIO Iden is someone who throughout her life in Destiny has been searching far and wide for a partner that can promote her style of play which is slow and fair. She wants to roll out and force you to take one action at a time while mitigating dice and cards from you methodically.  As a single character she is GREAT. Her 2 sides are worth the 12/15 cost and allows her to pair with plenty of options, just not anyone that blows you away. She did well in Regionals with Mother Talzin and Armored Reinforcement, but it didn’t perform at the level some (and by some I mean me) thought it could. Unless there are Continue Reading