Command Deck Strategies Part 2: The Unity and Biolord Walsh

Editor’s note: This is Part two of our Command Deck Strategies Series. We also recommend last week’s article discussing The Alliance and Fleet Director Nandi.

Star Realms recently released the Command Decks feature into the digital app. This has lots of players asking, “How do we play them?” This guide is to help players understand the cards that come with the deck, including a broad overview of how to use them and some quick strategy tips to employ against each possible opposing commander.

Who should play BioLord Walsh of the Unity? Someone who balances the value of cards at certain points in the game makes a great candidate. The Unity deck leverages several higher level concepts of Star Realms, such as control of the trade row, choosing between damage and trade on several cards, and placing discarded cards on top of the deck. 

Continue reading

Welcoming Daryl Gessler

We’re super happy to welcome Daryl Gessler (IGN: DG3) as a new contributor to Megahaulin!

Daryl is a huge sports fan and a lifelong gamer. He’s also been a a 2 time Star Realms Dodgeball medal winner! Further, Daryl also describes himself as “probably the biggest enthusiast of the Frontiers core set”.

Welcome Daryl!

Command Deck Strategies: The Alliance and Fleet Director Nandi

By Derek Thompson aka Aldaryn

While paper Star Realms players are excited about High Alert finally arriving for Kickstarter backers, digital players have another huge reason for hype: Command Decks are upon us! Players can choose between seven different commanders (even the Kickstarter-exclusive High Admiral Jochum), and face off against other players using a commander of their own choice. My favorite commander from the beginning has been Fleet Director Nandi, and I think I am currently the person in the world with the most games of Star Realms played with this commander (maybe five hundred games or more), and that number is only going to go up. So, here are my best tips for piloting Nandi to victory. 

Why Nandi?

I do not think Nandi is the best commander overall – Jochum is. After all, she only gets five cards a turn while everyone else gets six or even seven. She’s also often at the mercy of the trade row, and in that sense a bit fragile. She’s also very hard to use well; you will definitely make mistakes.

Continue reading

New Command Deck Strategy Series!

Great news for regular readers of Megahaulin! We’re starting a new series that reviews each individual Command Deck with an eye towards strategy. You’ll be able to learn about how best to use the Command Gambits, Individual Card commentary for the starting deck and guidance for matchups against other commanders!

This week, we’ll be featuring Command Deck: The Alliance with Fleet Director Nandi written by the brilliant Derek Thompson. Other articles from a wide range of writers will follow in the coming weeks!

If you were wondering, yes, the French language version of the card pack was on purpose! I just love seeing Star Realms being published in other languages.

If you’d like to contribute an article on one of the Commanders (other than Nandi) or on any other Star Realms strategy topic, drop us an email at megahaulin@gmail.com!

Podcast Episode 99B: Blob the Builder

This week, Dustin and Rick complete the preview coverage of the Star Realms HIGH ALERT set. This time discussing the Kickstarter exclusive FIRST STRIKE.

Our one sentence review? BEWARE BLOB THE BUILDER.

All cards discussed in this episode can be viewed in our previous Card Gallery Post.

Podcast Episode 99a: INVASION!

This week, Dustin and Rick review the recently release HIGH ALERT: INVASION pack, card by card. 

You can view all the cards previewed in this episode here.

We also discuss the sibling game of HERO REALMS. Similarities of the game with Star Realms as well as unique differences!
Check out HERO REALMS here.

Podcast Episode 98: Requisition

This episode, Dustin and Rick talk about the new HIGH ALERT: REQUISITION Deck with a focus on Playability, Cost to value and just all around fun/impact to the game.

You can see all the cards mentioned in this episode in our special HIGH ALERT: Requisition Deck Preview