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Star Wars TCG Qualifiers: Sedalia, Missouri

On June 5th, the 2004 Star Wars TCG Championship Series came to Sedalia, Missouri. Jess Phillips of Team: Cheat the Game took 1st place—and provided the following comments on his winning decks.

As always, our congratulations to the winners of completed Qualifiers, and best of luck to all SW:TCG players still in competition. (See this listing for a complete schedule.)

Light Side

"Throughout the Star Wars TCG Qualifier season, I tried several different decks... basic Jedi, Dining Hall, and even a Quorum. But in the end, I just didn't feel comfortable with any of them, so I went with 'Cannibal Chewie.'

"In this deck, I tried to combine the best of both worlds. I took two Light Side decks that had been dominating the Qualifier season (Chewie Re-animator and Dining Hall), and attempted to make some abomination between them that would answer anything my opponents threw at me.

"My fellow teammates from Team: Cheat the Game, and a few other teams—Team Cliegg and Team Tony Danza, just to name a couple—tried numerous combinations throughout the season. We knew Dining Hall and Re-animator were the two best decks for Light Side, but that didn't stop us from playing around with a Quorum or regular Jedi decks. One member of our team took 2nd place in Oklahoma with a Dining Hall deck, and that pretty much tipped the scales in its favor."

Cannibal Chewie
3 Chewbacca (G)
1 Guri (A)
3 IG-88 (A)
1 Lando Calrrissian (A)
1 Lando Calrrissian (C)
1 Lobot (B)
2 Luke Skywalker (J)
2 R2-D2 (F)
1 R2-D2 (G)
1 Yoda (E)
4 Bespin Twin-Pod Cloud Car
4 Cloud City Wing Guard
3 Jawa Sandcrawler
2 Wedge's Snowspeeder (A)
1 Luke's X-Wing (B)
1 Luke's X-Wing (C)
1 Millennium Falcon (B)
1 Millennium Falcon (E)
4 Millennium Falcon (F)
1 Obi-Wan's Starfighter (A)
1 Obi-Wan's Starfighter (B)
4 X-Wing Attack Formation
2 Attract Enemy Fire
3 Change in Destiny
4 Pilot's Dodge
2 Yoda's Intervention
2 Yoda's Lesson
4 Han's Promise
1 Jedi Council Summons
4 Cloud City Dining Hall
16 Character
13 Ground
14 Space
13 Battle
5 Mission
0 Equipment
4 Location

Dark Side

"On the Dark Side I also tried several different things: Dark Jedi, Death Star, Creatures, and even the Jawas deck. So about a week before the tournament, I had to decide between Jawas or Creatures, and Creatures came out on top. As it was my second version of the Creature deck, I already had a little time to think about its construction.

The Ban-ana Boat
4 Kouhun
4 Massiff
4 Nexu
4 Scurrier
4 Bogwing
2 Geonosian Picadors
2 Krayt Dragon
4 Orray
4 Reek
1 Death Star (A)
4 Mynock
4 TIE Fighter DS-61-9
4 YV-664 Light Freighter
2 Lost in the Asteroids
4 Lull in the Fighting
2 Dissolve the Senate
3 Homing Missile
2 Search for the Rebels
3 Kessel System
2 Wampa Cave
16 Character
16 Ground
13 Space
6 Battle
7 Mission
0 Equipment
5 Location

What the Future Holds

"There have to be changes to my Dark Side deck because of the banned/restricted list. And these changes are just starting to be tested. The main thing I'm looking for is a way to keep the insane build that Kessel System provides. For that, I instantly thought of Death Mark and Jabba's Death Mark. With the low build of the deck, these two should fit in fairly well.

"Now, on to replacing Lull in the Fighting and Lost in the Asteroids. Slipping Through instantly came to mind, and the recently spoiled Discuss It in Committee from The Phantom Menace. I would say both of those will find their way into the deck.

"As for the Light Side, changes are in order, but where and what are two questions that will remain unanswered until we see the full force of The Phantom Menace. Just seeing the Sidious (D) makes any Light Side player cringe. Teamed with Nexu, Force Denial will once again become a major power. As of yet there is not a reliable answer to Cloud City Dining Hall, other than Search for the Rebels or replacing the Location, so we will have to wait and see on that one as well."

—Jess Phillips