There are numerous tournament formats to be found in Star Realms. We’ll start covering these a bit more as their popularity has increased quite a bit in recent years. If you ever get bored with “basic” Star Realms, just know that there are a myriad of options available and today we’ll introduce Dodgeball.
Dodgeball was originally the brainchild of MarauderMo inspired by AceGeiger’s Zombie Tournament (Mo was also the author of the Endurance Challenge). After several pickup games and rules refinement, CrankyDay, with the support of SilentAl and several others, had built a framework which has led to seven seasons and counting of league play as well as numerous smaller events.
If you’re a player who loves going aggro and overwhelming your opponent before they can even get their strategy started, the McCready is the Commander for you. Skill-wise, a player who knows how to sneak in every point of damage possible and loves streamlining their deck is going to thrive with this command build. Plus, if you’re someone like me who loves drawing cards as much as they hate the math involved with scrapping strategies, then good news: The Union is the deck for you.
You need to be a player who can stick to a focused strategy without any distraction, modifying it slightly based on gamestate and match up. If you are a dedicated aggro player, this is your chance to zoom the microscope in on this linear strategy and refine your play until it is as efficient and effective as possible. In summation: burn baby burn.
You start with 60 authority and draw 6 cards per turn (3 if you’re going first). The Union’s starting deck is blisteringly fast, boasting an impressive 16-25 starting damage and few enough deadweight cards that scrapping is not needed. More importantly, the clunkiness of adding a single card that does not fit your strategy will greatly outweigh any scrap benefits later in the game as most games end shockingly quickly. Speaking of which, be prepared to wait a long time between rounds in the in-app tournaments.
With all that said, are you Mc’Ready to play McCready?
This week, Dustin and Rick explore new Community terms that have become popular (Mirror Match, Row Punch) as well as answering some detailed strategy questions. Check out the Megahaulin Glossary at: https://megahaulin.com/glossary/
A good amount of discussion focuses on the recently released Commander Deck Strategy Article for Biolord Walsh as Star Realms Commanders continue to take the community by storm!
Lastly, a fair amount of focus on the Online Competitive Star Realm Scene including the start of Dodgeball Season 07, where both Rick and Dustin are on the same team! (Go Team Megahaulin!)
This podcast episode was originally broadcast live on our Twitch channel! Dustin and Rick talk about Star Realms: Commanders with an emphasis on the new Strategy Series. Lots of Origins talk and fun times!
The title comes from a new format that Dustin invented on the cast called “The Gauntlet”!
A note that this episode was not recorded in our typical manner, hence the bit of echo/reverb. Effort was made to reduce this, so you shoulda heard it before.
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”.
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 email@example.com!