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Where Kahless Leads, Shattered Mirror Follows

by Charlie Plaine, Shattered Mirror Designer

7th December 2018


It's release day today for Shattered Mirror, and I know you're all excited to dig into the thirty-six (36) new Second Edition cards. But before we're done with articles, I'd like to share a deck I've been tinkering with for awhile. You see, since the start of Second Edition, there have been Klingons without staffing icons. These Klingon "civilians," as they've come to be called with to the Department of Second Edition, often represent children, clerics, diplomats and the elderly. In the games first expansion, Energize, we saw more such Klingons that referenced Kahless, the historic hero of Klingon legend. The "cult of Kahless" has never really been something that's been mainstream for Klingons, in spite of the addition of some pretty nice tools like Worf (Desirous Disciple). Finally, with new cards in Shattered Mirror, the "Klingon Civilian" deck might finally have teeth.

Boreth (Place of Questions) is a huge help for these decks. For the low, low cost of using Qo'noS as your homeworld, you get to download Kahless at the start of your first turn. I'm partial to The Greatest Warrior of Them All with his built-in Warrior's Birthright, but if you're feeling bloodthirsty, The Unforgettable is a good option; either one will trigger the gametext of his followers. The planet's skills, 2 Anthropology, Biology, and Honor are Klingon staples, so it shouldn't be hard to assemble the requirements. In exchange, you get 35 points, access to the hero that turns on your bonus gametext, and a mission that will allow you to play The Sword of Kahless once completed. The only equipment in Shattered Mirror, The Shroud of the Swordnot only boosts your Klingon's Cunning, but can help you get that famed weapon.

Shattered Mirror comes with new Klingons aplenty, including "civilians" like Gorvil and a new version of a familiar face: Ba'el. She makes her second appearance in Second Edition, this time in Klingon red instead of Romulan green. This new version, Ba'el (Reconciling Differences), not only comes with useful skills for this deck, but a premium card advantage ability too. Second Edition has made several people that scan the top four (4) cards of your deck, let you keep one, and put the rest on the bottom, but Ba'el takes that power up a notch: you get to keep all of the civilians you reveal! But a more powerful ability comes with a more powerful cost, as any other cards you reveal get discarded. Cards like this reward skillful deck builders, as they can build decks with the optimum ratio to get the most reliable hits from her ability. Of course, if you get unlucky, then you can recover some of your staffing from the discard pile with Kortar (who also lacks a staffing icon.) And if all else fails, cards like The Promise can give you bonuses from those discarded Klingons - with the added bonus of some card draws courtesy of K'rad.


The deck attached to this article is modeled on many of the Klingon solvers from days past. I've played it in some test games a few times, and it's in a pretty good place, though it's far from optimized. I almost always get to use Ba'el to draw two personnel, and with the low staffing requirements of the K'vort-class ships, I never ran into staffing issues. Of course, the low Range of those ships means you'll want to get two ships out early. Though the original Kang (Honored Warrior) can help with that, he ended up not making the final cut. Feel free to adjust the ratio of ships to your comfort level.

You can pair this deck with any dilemma pile, but I decided to lean on Infestation. Each copy of this dilemma will cost 1 and stop two personnel, with the option of upgrading a stop to a kill with Arne Darvin ("Hero of the Empire"). To give the dilemma pile some more stability, I've paired it up with Chula: The Game and a handful of some of the more effective Chula dilemmas to trigger it. Hopefully, your deck is moving quickly enough to get ahead of your opponent, so this attrition based dilemma pile can hold them off while you claim victory in Kahless' name. If that's not your cup of tea, then feel free to customize the deck or the dilemma pile to your liking.

I had a lot of fun working on Klingons for this expansion, and I hope that you will find them equally fun to play. I want to thank everyone that worked to make this expansion what it is, from my fellow designers, our design director John Corbett, to all of our rules, creative, art, and testing volunteers. Your work is invaluable and very much appreciated.

Shattered Mirror is available for free download today, and will be legal for play in most formats in one week, on Friday, December 14th.

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This deck is currently eligible for the following family or families of achievements:


Print DecklistPrint ChecklistCopy DeckDownload Into DeckPADD

1S191•Qo'noS, Heart of the Empire
46V16•Boreth, Place of Questions
38V17•Maranga IV, Ecological Crisis
1U177•Investigate Alien Probe
38V16•Kavis Alpha, Research Binary Star

Draw Deck (47)
46V72x •The Shroud of the Sword
0VP511x •The Sword of Kahless
1S1432x The Promise
2U932x We Are Klingon
44V111x •Arne Darvin, "Hero of the Empire"
1C2921x B'amara
46V241x •Ba'el, Reconciling Differences
3R1851x •Darok, Martok's Aide
2C1342x Divok
41V241x •Fek'lhr, Diabolical Warden
46V262x Gorvil
7R951x •Jean-Luc Picard, Worf's cha'Dich
40V391x •K'Ehleyr, Uncertain Emissary
2R1361x •K'mpec, Klingon Supreme Commander
46V272x K'rad
4C1531x •K'Tal, Senior Council Member
2U1371x •Kahless, The Greatest Warrior of Them All
1S3001x •Kahlest, GhojmoH of Worf
39V131x •Kamarag, Passionate Orator
1R3021x •Kang, Honored Warrior
2C1402x Khar
16V391x •Klag, Second Officer
1R3041x •Koloth, D'akturak
1R3051x •Kor, Dahar Master
12U931x •Korax, Instigator
1U3061x •Koroth, High Cleric of Boreth
46V291x •Kortar, Slayer of Gods
11P221x •Kruge, Instinctive Commander
38V331x •Kurn, Son of Mogh
2C1452x Losta
8U791x •Quark, Son of Keldar
12U961x Ro'suv
27V131x •Toral, Arrogant Child
46V311x •Vekma, Impartial Appraiser
40V401x •Worf, Desirous Disciple
1U3993x I.K.S. K'Vort
0VP2201x •I.K.S. Rotarran, Ship of Tears
Dilemma Pile (23)
1C151x Chula: Echoes
8U61x Chula: Move Along Home
1C161x Chula: Pick One to Save Two
14U42x Chula: The Chandra
13R41x Chula: The Dice
30V23x Chula: The Game
19V11x Chula: The Precipice
30V32x Chula: Trickery
16V51x Chula: Unfortunate Roll
13U1010x Infestation

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