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Wednesday 1E Roundup - 17 APRIL 2019

by Charlie Plaine, Acting Director of First Edition

17th April 2019

Welcome to the Wednesday 1E Roundup, a weekly column looking back at the past week in the world of First Edition as well as a preview of the week ahead. If you've got an event coming up and you'd like to be featured in this column, feel free to contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich.

The Big News

The season finale of Star Trek Discovery airs this week. I'm aware that the show is polarizing among Trek fans, but I have largely enjoyed the series since it's debut. I wish it was more widely available and not behind a paywall, but I'm fortunate to be in a position to pay for CBS All Access so I can watch the show. I've found Season 2 to be much better than Season 1 and very enjoyable. My favorite aspect of Discovery is the cast, which is fantastic from top to bottom. My biggest wish is that the show would slow down and let there be more moments between the characters instead of rushing from moment to moment; in fact, some of my favorite scenes have been the ones where the writers take their time. I'm eager to see how Season 2 ends, and where that might lead to Season 3. If you're a fan, check out the show; if you aren't, I'd urge you to give Season 2 a try. It's worth it!

The Road to Worlds

We had two regionals this past weekend, in West Melborne, Florida and Ypsilanti, Michigan. Daniel Matteson (OKCoyote) won the Cardassia Regional with a fun-looking Ferengi deck, while Jon Carter (pfti) took the field in Michican with a Borg deck. Both took time to answer my questions for the Road to Worlds interviews, which appear below.

Cardassia Regional - West Melborne, Florida winner Daniel Matteson (OKCoyote)
Deck Title: Ferengi-Nor 2019 (Daniels's deck is also attached to this article below.)
Deck Archetype: Midrange Solver
Play Engines: Ferengi Military Operations, Tower of Commerce, Attention All Hands
Draw Engines: Continuing Mission, Kivas Fajo - Collector, The Traveler: Transcendence, Guest Quarters, Promenade Shops
Bonus Point Mechanics: Assign Mission Specialists

Empok Nor

Daniel's Commentary:
Why did you choose the deck that you used? What other decks did you consider using?

I haven't played constructed 1E since 2017 Worlds (I've played plenty of sealed) so I was knowingly out of practice. Since it was my first time playing in so long, I wanted something that wasn't ultra-competitive, that I would have fun playing. Empok Nor is a fun card that nobody has run in at least two years. I thought I might break it back out and give it a shot, maybe take players by surprise. I played a similar deck a few years ago (also using TNG Ferengi) and had fun with it. I enjoy picturing the smaller Ferengi toting around armloads of guns they have no business using.

How did the relatively recent ban of QI or errata to Temporal Benefactor impact your deck choice?
The Quantum Incursions ban just meant I had to change out a couple of my wall dilemmas. My crew actually would have been well prepared for QI. As for Temporal Benefactor, I really didn't want to play a 22nd-century deck. I feel they're currently overpowered and (at least until I've studied recent sets more) a bit too complex for me. The errata made me less concerned with feeling like I had to play 22nd-century to win, and I thought maybe I even wouldn't have to face any decks with Benefactor. (Spoiler alert: I did.)

What sorts of decks were you hoping to face while playing your deck? What decks did you hope not to face?
Hoped not to face battle or Benefactor. Sean O'Reilly (Jono)'s deck in the final round had some of both.

Prior to this tournament, did you have much experience playing this deck (or decks like it)? Did you learn anything new about it when you played it this time?
Yeah, I played it once, many years ago, and took second place (I forgot to keep Quark's Isolinear Rods in play against Thomas Kamuira (bosskamiura) and he Computer Crashed my equipment downloads). One major change was the removal of the Mercenary Raiders engine, as the last time I played the deck was before that errata. I replaced this with more mission specialists to get personnel out more quickly, as well as more personnel that could be downloaded (such as Kivas Fajo and Calandra). Kivas Fajo was pretty exclusively the draw engine here, but Guest Quarters/Promenade Shops/The Traveler: Transcendence all helped a little.


Did you use any situational cards (cards that you wouldn't expect to be useful in every game)? Are there any whose usefulness exceeded your expectations? Were there any that you wouldn't include if you played the deck again?
Admiral J.P. Hanson was in the deck as a possible download. If my opponent seeded anything under Empok Nor, I'd download him into play with Defend Homeworld/Temporal Micro-Wormhole as his double Leadership would be great for the likely Friendly Fire I'd expect to see. However, he never got used, as I never had anything seeded under Empok Nor.

Universal missions always comes with the risk of mission theft. Were you worried about using five [Univ] missions?
Not a whole lot. I was hoping my opponent would be too confused trying to figure out what I was doing to try for them, and further hoped the high span and weird affiliation icons would be enough to deter them. I did pack an HQ: Defensive Measures just in case.

What would you nominate as the MVP card from your deck?
Believe it or not, Birta. I found myself having difficulty staffing my D'Kora Transport on turn one, and so Birta with his command star ended up being my go-to Defend Homeworld download!

Do you have anything else you'd like to say about your deck?
It was a weird day for me, with a bye and two modified wins. One of those wins came from Sean O'Reilly blowing my ships up and holding me scoreless, but losing points to his own Quinn and my Lack of Preparation. I feel like I tripped, fell backwards, and stumbled into a victory, but I sure had fun playing this deck regardless of the outcome.

Qo'noS Regional - Ypsilanti, Michigan winner Jon Carter (pfti)
Deck Title: Strike this mother...... out!
Deck Archetype: Borg Interference
Play Engines: They Will Be Coming, New Arrivals
Draw Engines: New Arrivals
Bonus Point Mechanics: Irrelevant

Stone Knives and Bearskins

Jon's Commentary:
Why did you choose the deck that you used? What other decks did you consider using?

I chose this deck for three reasons. 1) I wanted to try something new (and if I was going to learn Borg, I wanted to learn the craziest version). 2) I didn't have time to build my own deck. 3) It seemed a good counter to Robin's KCA deck. His deck is wicked fast, but shooting/assimilating it down could put a real damper on his day. The only other deck I had in mind was my Vulcan Stop Kirk Contact Deck. But that would have needed serious dilemma reworking to be ready for all sorts of decks.

How did the relatively recent ban of QI or errata to Temporal Benefactor impact your deck choice?
Not a lot, this deck was already fine with QI and could mess with benefactor decks well.

What sorts of decks were you hoping to face while playing your deck? What decks did you hope not to face?
One (or main) ship decks are the easiest targets. A deck with lots of reporting locations and ships all over might be able to avoid the capacity of this deck to lock you down. MACOs are also good against Post Garrison, as they have Security for days to stop the Undetected Beam Ins. I was lucky against Aaron McCullough (aabecame) that I assimilated most of them before he could easily solve planets.

Prior to this tournament, did you have much experience playing this deck (or decks like it)? Did you learn anything new about it when you played it this time?
Not at all. I had only played Borg once in a Road to Talos IV tournament. (Editor's Note: A Road to Talos IV tournament is one where the card pool is limited to sets from a particular era of the game. They start with just Premiere, and subsequent events add more expansions.) That was a closed cardpool of only First Contact and before, so it was a very different play experience. Asking Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone) about how to play this type of deck, he said to mess with them first then go score points. This proved to be the pivotal advice. This not only let me build super-crews capable of plowing through most dilemmas but had the opponents on the back foot (if not conceding) most games.

Did you use any situational cards (cards that you wouldn't expect to be useful in every game)? Are there any whose usefulness exceeded your expectations? Were there any that you wouldn't include if you played the deck again?
Stone Knives and Bear Skins was the hero. It prevented Jarrod Cafaro (Takket) from using all of the guns he downloaded and let me do some key assimilating. I haven't totally figured out the timing of Harness Particle 010 (never completed it in any of the games in testing or tournament). For me I need to either add some kind of probe rigging or just go alternative point scoring methods.

This was an OTF Legacy tournament, but you didn't use any 1EC cards in your deck. Was there a particular reason? Were there any that you considered?
Two reasons: 1) Time; simply put I did not have a good few weeks to remember what cards are out there. 2) I just don't know those cards. I have never really used them so they don't come to mind without a good search.

What would you nominate as the MVP card from your deck?
Stone Knives!

Do you have anything else you'd like to say about your deck?
Kev is a supreme deck builder. I am not sure I will play Borgs again, but this deck is a real multitool of trek.

This Day in Trek

April 17th, 1995 was the original airdate of the Deep Space Nine episode "Through the Looking Glass." In this episode - the second of the series set in the Mirror Universe - Sisko is forced to play the part of his mirror doppelganger in order to save the rebellion. It's one of my favorite episodes, and I think it's one of the episodes that really started to set DS9 apart from its predecessors. Sisko's character goes through good development during the events of the episode as he's forced to make tough choices and face his "wife." If you have the ability to watch this episode, it's worth your time! Here's the original episode preview from twenty-four years ago:

Tournament Reports

The only tournaments this past weekend were the two regionals, so let's dig into those events. Up first was the OTF Complete Constructed event in Florida, which as mentioned above was won by Daniel Matteson (OKCoyote). Five players enjoyed three rounds of Trek, and four different affiliations featured in the decks: Romulan (played twice), Ferengi, Hirogen, and Vulcan. Four of the five decklists are available, including runner-up Matthew McClain's (Indyguy1183) Romulan [TNG] deck. Sean O'Reilly (Jono)'s Vulcan High Command took third place, but the scores were all close. It looks like it could have been anyone's event to win!

On Sunday, four (4) players threw down in Ypsilanti, Michigan in the OTF Legacy Constructed tournament. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, only Jon's Borg deck is available. However, Jon's also written a tournament report for the event, from which we can glean some more information. David Bowling (tomek) took full advantage of the backwards compatible cards to play a Voyager shuttle-drop deck, but ran into back luck against Jon's Borg. Aaron McCullough gave [SF] MACOs a shot, while Jarrod Cafaro was also playing Empok Nor, this time paired up with [TNG] Klingons.

Meanwhile, if you played in any events, scheduled or unscheduled, formal or casual, let us know! Send me an email or a private message, and I'll be happy to advertise your event or games to the world in a future column. My contact information is at the bottom of every column each week.

Tournament Previews

Upcoming Championships
Roseville, Minnesota, USA
Regional Championship
Sunday, 27 April
OTF Complete Constructed
Online, The Internet
Regional Championship
Friday, 3 May
OTF Complete Constructed
San Diego, California, USA
Regional Championship
Saturday, 4 May
OTF TNG Sealed Limited
Beccels, United Kingdom
Regional Championship
Sunday, 5 May
OTF Complete Constructed

It's a quiet weekend for First Edition with no scheduled tournaments taking place. If you and your friends are ever getting together to play Trek, be it a tournament, some deck building and chat, or just some kitchen table games, I'd be happy to feature it in this column. You can schedule it in our tournament software, or just contact me at the links at the bottom of every column.

But looking ahead, we've got four (4) regional events across the globe over the next month. Next weekend, just after the release of Avengers: Endgame, there will be an OTF Constructed Complete regional in Roseville, Minnesota. The event currently features five (5) pre-registered players, not including tournament host Kris Sonsteby (LORE), but including the highest ranked player in the world, Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone). Kevin's been the highest rated 1E player since May 2018, and is riding a twenty-four (24) game win streak. He's obviously the man to beat in Minnesota, but don't count out the other pre-registered players: Jeremy Huth (9of24), James Heaney (BCSWowbagger), Robin Bielefeldt (robbie4boy), and Justin Kaufman (CrimsonRavage). Anything might happen in this event, though the smart money is probably on Kevin.

The following weekend features the start of an online regional, being hosted by Brian Sykes (Armus), and kicking off on Friday, May 3rd. To participate, you'll need to have Lackey and Skype, but it's otherwise free. Five (5) players are preregistered, including #3 ranked player Jon Carter, Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot), Greg Dillon (Latok), Austin Chandler (DarkSabre) and some scrub - Charlie Plaine (MidnightLich). It should be fun!

On Saturday, Johnny Holeva (jjh) is hosting an OTF TNG Block Sealed event. Here's his description of the event: "OTF Sealed TNG Starter Decks 2.0 + Premiere Pack (4) Draft $10 Entry. This is the PERFECT tournament for anyone who wants to have a fun afternoon hanging with friends, drafting packs, talking Trek, and playing no-stress 1E. I'll bring TNG Starter deck 2.0 printouts (FED, KLG, and ROM) for players and assign affiliations randomly before the draft. Please bring sleeves and card backers. We'll draft Premiere (4 packs) so you can customize your deck. And there will be a few surprises. Three rounds of TNG fun. Foil prizes for all from my Trade Box! $10 entry covers the printouts, packs, and Regional fee. Email me with any questions. Please pre-register. What better way to celebrate Star Wars Day in San Diego than at Casa de Holeva with friends?! Hope to see you Saturday May 4, 2019 @ Noon!" Sounds amazing!

Finally, on Sunday, Paddy Tye (KazonPADD) is hosting the 2019 Beccles Bloodbath as a regional. Four (4) players, including the host and Alex Dixon (alexd), who are #13 and #14 in the world, will play and have a good day of Trek.

Short Takes (In Other News)

Jem'Hadar Birthing Chamber

The Time Capsule

This time last year, we were smack dab in the middle of spoilers for Metamorphosis, the expansion that brought an end to converting backards compatible cards. I wrote an article about the Jack Pack (Jack, Lauren, Patrick, and Sarina from "Statistical Probabilities") including how the cards evolved from concept to finished product. Since their debut, they've shown up in a half dozen decks each, which is a good (but not great) showing.

Five years ago, the final challenge for Make it So was set. In this challenge, finalists Adam Hegarty (Chewie) and James Monsebroten (Orbin) were tasked with creating their own fifteen (15) card virtual expansions, starting with picking their own design teams, setting the themes, and designing the cards. Ultimately, James Monsebroten (Orbin) would be the winner; his first expansion as an official lead designer, The Cage, will be releasing soon.

That's all for this week's roundup of First Edition news and events. For more news, you can follow The Continuing Committee on Facebook, Twitter, or bookmark our front page. News about upcoming First Edition projects can be found in the most recent Project Status Update from March 2019. If you've got an event coming up and you'd like to be featured in this column, or if you have comments about this column's content, feel free to contact me at cplaine@gmail.com or on the forums via PM to MidnightLich. Until next week, may you expand your power in the universe and live long and prosper.

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Mission (6)
31 V1x Deliver Message
P3x Geological Survey
C2x Market Research

Seed Deck (30)
5 V1x Dead End
7 V2x Explosive Decompression
8 V2x Exposed Power Relay
7 V2x Friendly Fire
4 V1x Jol Yichu'!
12 V2x Lack of Preparation
10 V2x Murder Investigation
13 V2x Pursuit Just Behind
14 V2x Rules of Obedience
13 V1x The Ghost of Cyrus Ramsey
1 V1x Q's Tent
10 V1x Temporal Micro-Wormhole
11 V1x The Unrelenting Lust for Profit
12 V1x Ferengi Trading Post
25 V1x Tower of Commerce
R1x Empok Nor
21 V1x Attention All Hands
44 V1x Continuing Mission
61 VP1x Quark's Isolinear Rods
18 V1x Assign Mission Specialists
26 V1x Assign Support Personnel
28 V1x Defend Homeworld
41 V1x D'Kora Transport

Site (6)
5 V1x Docking Ports
10 V1x Infirmary
11 V1x Ops
13 V1x Ore Processing Unit
16 V1x Science Lab
18 V1x Security Office

Draw Deck (81)
34 VP1x Space-Time Portal
4 V1x El-Aurian Phaser
C1x Engineering Kit
C1x Engineering PADD
C1x Engineering Tricorder
C1x Ferengi Disruptor
U1x Ferengi Disruptor Rifle
C1x Ferengi PADD
17 U1x Ferengi Whip
13 V1x Gold-Pressed Latinum
U1x Hypospray
C1x I.P. Scanner
C1x Medical Kit
U1x Medical PADD
C1x Medical Tricorder
5 V1x Mr. Tricorder
C1x Science Kit
U1x Science PADD
C1x Tricorder
6 V1x Trilithium Weapon Control PADD
C1x 1st Rule of Acquisition
15 V1x HQ: War Room
138 VP10x Kivas Fajo - Collector
10 V1x Surprise Party
179 VP1x The Traveler: Transcendence
24 V1x Ferengi Military Operations
39 U1x I'm a Doctor, Not a Bricklayer
18 V2x Assign Mission Specialists
14 V1x HQ: Defensive Measures
39 VP1x HQ: Secure Homeworld
64 R+1x Admiral J. P. Hanson
13 V1x The Trois
66 V1x Baht
U1x Berik
U1x Birta
R1x Bractor
67 V1x Captain Picard
68 V1x DaiMon Bok
69 V1x Dr. Arridor (The Next Generation)
34 V1x Dr. Farek (The Sky's the Limit)
26 V1x Dr. Reyga (Life From Lifelessness)
74 U1x Falar
U1x Goss
70 V1x Gozar
71 V1x Kayron
U1x Kazago
72 V1x Kol (The Next Generation)
12 V1x Krunk
C1x Letek
73 V1x Levin
R1x Lurin
76 C1x Mordoc
U1x Morta
U1x Nibor
75 V1x Obol
R1x Omag
U1x Par Lenor
C1x Prak
76 V1x Quark (The Next Generation)
77 V1x Rata
C1x Solok
U1x Sovak
13 V1x Taar
22 V1x Tog
U1x Tol
10 V1x Aletia
U1x Anya
41 V1x D'Kora Transport
97 V1x Kurdon
207 VP1x Jovis
98 V1x Batris

Q-Tent Side Deck (13)
C1x Plasmadyne Relay
U1x Metaphasic Shields
U1x Wolf
C1x Dr. Borts
11 V1x Follis
C1x Qol
C1x Calandra
206 VP1x Kivas Fajo
C1x Narik
91 U1x Reginod
R1x Salia
8 V1x Guest Quarters
14 V1x Promenade Shops

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