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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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Unavailability of older Pod Eps

We have temporarily removed our back episodes before Ep 74. Publishing to new platforms means we need to be pod safe in our music choices. Until we determine our next step on this, those older episodes will be unavailable. If you have them already, you will not be affected. We’ll keep you in the loop on our progress here.

Episode 73: COSMIC GAMBITS!

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This week Dustin and Matt discuss everything that’s amazing and cool about the BRAND NEW Cosmic Gambits Expansion for the Digital Star Realms App. Also, News from the Colonies and QUICK HITS!

Check out this episode!

Episode 64: Two Time Legend

This week on Megahaulin, Dustin and Matt get to interview Jimmy “Ghostlawns’ Morris!! What a huge interview! All this and more in this week’s episode! Check out the Megahaulin Strategy Blog for all show notes and tournament results!

Show Notes

White Wizards at PAX (includes Coalition Fighter Image and brief Star Realms Lore around the origin of the ship)
http://www.whitewizardgames.com/white-wizard-games-pax-east/

Star Realms Authority Counter Dice @ Legion Supplies
https://www.legionsupplies.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=387

Survey Ship Story Thread (winner gets a copy of AGES by CrShaner – group join required to review this posting)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/starrealmsfanpage/search/?query=Survey%20Ship

Tournament Results

Sunday Casual 36 (112 Players, Double Elim)
Arcesius (Champion)
Domola (2nd)
Cfudge (3rd)
MarauderMo (4th)

Sunday Casual 37 (Single Elim)
Bryistupid (Champion)
AgentSeto (2nd)
WetYeti (3rd)
Darklighter (4th)

Star Realms Cup
Domola (Champion)
WestDaddyUtd (2nd)
Eucser (3rd)
Julian Shirland (4th)

Explorers Cup
TheTexan (Champion)
KenGold (2nd)
Krissymonkey (3rd)
bekstar (4th)

 

 

Episode 64: Two Time Legend

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This week on Megahaulin, Dustin and Matt get to interview Jimmy “Ghostlawns’ Morris!! What a huge interview! All this and more in this week’s episode! Check out the Megahaulin Strategy Blog for all show notes and tournament results!

Check out this episode!

TheCutter’s Epic Training Blog #4

I am back, and the training continues.

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White Wizard Games has formally announced their latest Kick Starter, and it is the highly anticipated Epic digital app! Here are some pertinent resources:

Epic Digital Card Game by Robert Dougherty — Kickstarter

Epic Digital Card Game – Dark Draft

Epic Digital Card Game – Constructed

Naturally I backed it; #251. Included in my package are some event tickets. The announcement referenced in-app tournaments and even chances to qualify for 2017’s World Championship. There is much to learn yet, and I would love to win my way in this year.

Before I go packing my bags, I should probably recap last year’s event.

How did it go competitively? I was humbled. I did get some nice wins. I felt at-least-in all of my contests, including a dark draft against grand champion, John Tatian. I came up against builds similar to my own in constructed. I took an Evil/Sage control/recursion build, which was popular.

The rest? Outstanding. I could gush on all day about the White Wizard crew and their volunteers. I could do an entire separate entry about all of the events. We crowned a new Star Realms Legend in close friend, Dustin Brehmer (Dusto) and our first Hero Realms Legend in regular convention traveler, Julian Shirland (jshirland). I met many Star Realms friends and rivals in person. Dustin Clingman and I recorded two hours of on-site interviews for the Megahaulin Podcast including a full episode exclusive with Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle.

Check that out here:

Podcast Episode 60: State of White Wizard

There is much more out there about the White Wizard Games Fair. Here are a couple of well-made video features. I am partial to the Star Realms bit!

Epic World Championship retrospective

Epic World Championship Finals 2016

Star Realms Retrospective

I want to thank Martin Dickie. He helped in my initial learning of Epic and then again getting around Framingham, where he resides. I was also grateful to meet Tom Sorenson. We continue to learn with his builds today.

So now I am counting down the days.

I do have concerns. I addict HARD. 18000 games of Star Realms has weakened my social agenda. I can’t wait to let Epic kill it off entirely.

Kickstarter backers get to play in March. Next Month!