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Interview With the Newest Legend & Tournament Recap

Legends Tournament Recap

WWG recently ran an online Star Realms Legends Series Event, on June 20, 2020.  While there have been a couple online Legends events in the past (which were fan-run), this was WWG’s first official foray into the online tournament scene.

It began with 125 players battling through 7 Swiss rounds, after which the Top 8 would advance to a final single elimination round.  The winner of that final single elimination round would be crowned the newest Legend!

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Having a Healthy approach to Star Realms (and gaming in general) – Part 2

By Ryan Powell – aka Hypaspist

In part 1, (which you can find Here) we talked about having a healthy approach to gaming, and how that pertained to your approach to any given game of Star Realms outside of an actual game.

Today, we are going to focus more on some facets that relate directly to any given game of Star Realms you might play.

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Rise of Empire! The Next “Big Thing”!

Rob and Debbie of White Wizard Games (WWG) announced the next “big thing” for Star Realms during their April 28, 2020 live stream:

A competitive 2-player legacy-style game with the working title, “Rise of Empire.”

Rise of Empire will be a prequel to the original Base Set, focusing on the birth of the Star Empire faction and its rebellion from the Trade Federation.  Rise of Empire hits Kickstarter in Fall 2020, according to Rob.

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Frontiers Events!

by Rick DeMille (aka Darklighter)

A new digital Star Realms set entered Open Beta yesterday: Frontiers Events!

Frontiers Events was a promotional set of 8 new Event cards included with the Frontiers Kickstarter. This article introduces the Community to these new Events, with a few thoughts on each.

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Endurance Challenge Season 4 Results!

The Endurance Challenge, one of several fan-made Star Realms Leagues, just wrapped up its 4th Season.

  • Description: In the Endurance Challenge you start with 100 “health”, and are matched up with other players in Swiss-like pairings. If you win, your health doesn’t change. If you lose, your health is reduced by the point differential by which you lost, e.g., if you lost 25 to -13, then 38 pts would be subtracted from your health.
  • When your health is reduced to 0 or lower, you’re out. Last player standing wins.
  • Special Rules: Due to the nature of this event, we enforce a few specific rules, e.g., you must always play all your cards, and you must always use all damage you generate on your turn. In other words, no withholding damage or cards in order to artificially extend a game.

What’s in a Season: A Season consists of 5 separate Endurance Challenge (EC) events, followed by an Endurance Invitation Challenge (EIC) which includes the top 32 performers over the 5 events of that season.

The Season 4 results!

Season 4 Invitational (EIC 4) Winner: Hypaspist

EIC 4 was a 3-stage event that included the top 32 performers of the 5 events of Season 4.

In Stage 1, the 32 players were organized into 8 groups of 4. Players played each other player in their group once. The 12 players with the lowest cumulative point differential among all their games were eliminated.

In Stage 2, the remaining 20 players were matched up against another player according to Swiss-like pairings (e.g., 2 players with the highest cumulative point differential are matched up, etc.). Beginning after round 2, the 4 players with the lowest cumulative point differential are eliminated, until only 4 players remain.

In Stage 3, the final 4 players play each other 3 times. The player with the highest cumulative point differential from all 9 games is the winner.

In EIC 4, Hypaspist was joined by stips, nearlygod, & Bungo in Stage 3. Hypaspist took first place, with nearlygod coming in second.

Winners of EC 16-20

Season 4 also included 5 individual Endurance Challenge events…EC 16 thru EC 20. Here are the results of those events.

EC 20 Winner: SabelA

  • SabelA won with a net point differential of 307 pts
  • Zwivix and Lux16 also made the finals

EC 19 Winner: Dusto

  • Dusto won with a net point differential of 502 pts
  • MightyStig and ColinMacLeod also made the finals

EC 18 Winner: jshirland

  • jshirland won with a net point differential of 629 pts, which is 2nd best all-time!
  • Bungo and CCKinnison also made the finals

EC 17 Winner: Deegan

  • Deegan won with a net point differential of 667 pts, which is a league record!
  • Wheels and EvilOverLord also made the finals

EC 16 Winner: Wheels

  • Wheels won with a net point differential of 349 pts
  • bryistupid also made the finals

Lifetime KOs through Season 4

A “KO” is when a player wins by 100+ pt differential in a single game.

1. Jimenhimself (6)
1. Nimral (6)
1. Vidarrr (6)
4. Deegan (5)
4. SonofThoth95 (5)
4. rawlinpa (5)
4. Zwivix (5)
8. bwlandry (4)
8. Carnie (4)
8. CrankyDay (4)
8. dommola (4)
8. Tunaslap (4)
13. 11 players tied at (3)

Interested in participating in the next Endurance Challenge Event? Join the Facebook Group and watch for the next signup event. The first event of Season 5 will start around Feb. 28th.

Card Tier List – Quick Access “App”

 

If you refer to the Megahaulin Card Tier List from time to time, we’ve created a quick access “app” you can save to your phone/tablet (or access via a browser on your computer).  Here are a few screenshots.

 

For access, simply click this link.  It will open in a browser, from which you can add the list as an icon to your home screen (see example above).  Here are instructions if you’re not sure how to do that.

No, it’s not actually an “app”; you can’t find it in the app store and it’s not installed. But it’s designed for phones and you can save it to your home screen so it opens on your phone like an app.

Suggestions for features for the “app”?  Let us know in the comments below.

Look for Stellar Allies to be added to the Card Tier List soon!

The Reshuffle: A Strategy Guide (2nd Edition)

by Rick DeMille aka Darklighter

Why a 2nd Edition?

I wrote an article for the Megahaulin blog in 2015 about strategy considerations surrounding the reshuffle in Star Realms.  “The ‘reshuffle’ in Star Realms,” I wrote, “produces some unique strategy considerations, particularly in the on-line game where you must play all cards in your hand.”

Things changed.

Following the Colony Wars update to the Star Realms app, you no longer had to play all cards in your hand, which is consistent with the physical game rules.  You now have the option to “End Turn” before playing all your cards.

EndTurn

So, while many of the principles in my 2015 article are still relevant, other parts of that article no longer apply.

Finally, after hundreds of requests – mostly from myself – I updated this article given that the app no longer forces you to play all your cards.

Basic Principles

The “reshuffle” in Star Realms produces some unique strategy considerations, particularly when you will reshuffle mid-turn.

For example, playing a draw card (e.g., Corvette) when your draw pile is empty will cause your deck to reshuffle during your turn. Any cards in your current hand will not be included in that reshuffled deck. Instead, the cards in your current hand will sit in your discard pile until the next time your deck reshuffles. In other words, when you reshuffle during your turn, the cards in your hand are essentially “lost” for one deck; you will have to wait until your deck reshuffles again to have access to those cards.

This can be good when you are “losing” starter cards for one deck; for one deck those starter cards aren’t diluting your deck. But this can be a bad thing when “losing” stronger cards. Let me set the stage with two examples.

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