Light Side Speed Decks—Revisited



If you've played the Star Wars Trading Card Game since the very beginning, you probably remember the days when Anakin's Inspiration was a staple in every Light Side deck. The goal was to have all your units attack first, thus crippling your opponent's strategy. However, Anakin's Inspiration wasn't the only card that fed into this "blitz" type of deck. Usually, the winner was the person who controlled more Luxury Airspeeders.

Soon after, Sith Rising came and brought with it Unfriendly Fire. This card alone shifted the metagame away from Light Side blitz-type decks.

Fast forward to today and the release of The Phantom Menace. The TPM expansion breathes new life into this strategy, specifically in the form of Discuss It in Committee.

Discuss It in Committee is simply the best card for speed decks. Unlike other "fogs," it doesn't carry the restriction of playing it only if no unit has attacked. This allows you to attack with your units first, then play Discuss It in Committee to protect these units. Since you can play it during damage prevention, Discuss It in Committee also allows you to wait until the results of the dice roll, to see if your unit hits—and it even counters Unfriendly Fire.

Feed a Little Speed to Your Ride!
character
3 Elan Sleazebaggano (A)
1 R2-D2 (G)
1 Han Solo (C)
1 Han Solo (I)
1 Dark Woman (A)
1 Obi-Wan Kenobi (B)
1 Obi-Wan Kenobi (E)
1 Princess Leia (A)
1 Anakin Skywalker (E)
1 Anakin Skywalker (H)
1 Guri (A)
1 Orn Free Taa (A)
ground
4 AT-TE Walker 23X
4 Luxury Airspeeder
4 Unmodified Snowspeeder
1 Anakin's Podracer (A)
1 Luke's Snowspeeder (A)
space
1 Luke's X-wing (B)
1 Luke's X-wing (C)
3 Delta Six Jedi Starfighter
4 X-wing Red Ten
1 Obi-Wan's Starfighter (A)
1 Obi-Wan's Starfighter (B)
2 X-wing Attack Formation
1 Virago (A)
battle
4 Discuss It in Committee
3 Anakin's Inspiration
2 Starfighter's End
mission
4 Homing Missile
3 Podrace
equipment
location
2 Podracing Course
Totals:
14 Character
14 Ground
14 Space
9 Battle
7 Mission
0 Equipment
2 Location

The deck basically plays itself. Set up units with high damage output, attack first, and then play a Discuss It in Committee to win. It also has its fair share of tricks as well. Luckily enough, the more speed you have, the more they truly shine.

Character

The Character arena has a few surprises. Elan Sleazebaggano (A) has never really fared well in most decks. Discuss It in Committee finally gives him his chance. Attack with everyone, play Discuss It in Committee, and suddenly his drawback no longer matters. As a side effect, R2-D2 (G) and Elan Sleazebaggano (A) offer speed boosts under Blockade {TPM}. And while Orn Free Taa (A) has nothing to do with speed or power, sometimes your character swarm can be held off by certain units, such as Darth Vader (K). In this scenario, Orn Free Taa (A) comes in handy.

Ground

Luxury Airspeeders boost the overall speed of your units and thus are key to fuel your Podrace and Podracing Course engine. Remember to retreat down to one unit if Dark Side retreats from the arena and Podracing Course is out. If you have more than two units in the arena, Podracing Course still takes effect (and backfires against you).

Space

Space is fairly straightforward; just try to save your Starfighter's End for Virago (A). Make sure to give it the +20 speed—and if R2-D2 (G) is out as well, that's 110 speed and 11 points of direct damage!

Conclusion

As I said, this deck pretty much plays itself and punishes Dark Side decks that don't have or don't draw answers for it. With Gen Con fresh in our minds, a lot of us are looking for new strategies, but we must remember not to overlook solid strategies from the past!


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