Category Archives: Command Decks

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. 

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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.

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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!