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Wednesday 1E Roundup - 12 JUNE 2019

by Charlie Plaine, Director of First Edition

12th June 2019

Five Year Mission

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 Cage, the newest virtual expansion from The Continuing Committee, will be releasing on Friday, June 21st. Featuring sixty-three (63) new First Edition cards, The Cage kicks off the Original Series block with an expansion focused on the Federation, personnel native to 23rd century missions, gender-based dilemmas, and hunting space monsters. We've spoiled over a dozen cards on our site already, with even more on our social media! Check back every day between now and the 21st for more and more hints and what you'll see in The Cage.

The Road to Worlds

Last week, we looked at the results of the Online Regional that was won by Jon Carter (pfti), piloting an eyebrow-raising Khan deck. I finally caught up with Jon to ask him some questions about the deck and how it works, so that's what we'll be taking a look at in today's column.

Online Regional winner Jon Carter (pfti)
Deck Title: Revised Sexy Eel Time (Jon's deck is also attached to this article below.)
Deck Archetype: Interference
Play Engines: New Arrivals, Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold
Draw Engines: New Arrivals,
Bonus Point Mechanics: Assign Mission Specialists
Tournament Reports: Read Jon's report.

Ceti Eel

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

I chose this deck because I wanted to look at what power and rules issues that it raises. As we move into TOS block there are going to be cards that move around this deck and I wanted to do some testing of what we might want to keep an eye out for

Was there something or someone that put this deck on your "might be a problem" radar?
Niall (Editor's note: Niall Matthew, a.k.a. sexecutioner) played this deck against me and it seemed really strong. Specifically the lack of battle/capture protections makes this objectively better than those options as there are not really any explicit counters besides killing Khan and/or shutting down the transporters.

What sorts of decks were you hoping to face while playing your deck? What decks did you hope not to face?
This deck can handle most things. Ship battle and Borg were my worries. Luckily for me, a single card left out by James (A Change of Plans) let me stay in that game 'til I could cause problems.

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?
I have done lots of interference, and the key is to be ready to strike in two ways. 1) As fast as possible and 2) when they least expect it. The only impediment to me achieving the former is the limited options of where to seed Cold Station 12 (the loss of 2EBC cards actually reduces this to a single mission I think). Quantum Slipstream Drive takes care of the other half. Being able to stack some level of ship battle, personnel battle, and taking makes this very flexible.

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?
Dimensional Shifting was a late add. It was really useful against James, as it let me use multiple ships to chase and board ships. It was a lot of flexibility.

Do you feel anything design has done recently pushed this deck from "good" to "too good"?
Having a seedable Khan makes this deck ready to go on turn 1. Benefactor also makes sure you can have transporter skill as needed.

What would you nominate as the MVP card from your deck?
Ceti Eel hands down. It makes the deck work and devastates.

Do you have anything else you'd like to say about your deck?
I think that either limiting Ceti Eel or just improving Stratagema are good options to soften this deck. (Editor's note: A thread discussing this deck and the power of Ceti Eel is currently ongoing on our forums. Let us know what you think.)

Tournament Reports

The Trek Masters Series event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota took place this past weekend, with six (6) players drafting from Kevin Jaeger's (Hoss-Drone) cube. In the end, local player Mark Muston (mark_mustonjr) overcame a first round loss to claim victory, playing an unknown Bajoran/Federation deck. Kris Sonsteby (LORE), who dealt Mark his loss, took the runner up position with a Bajoran/Klingon deck.

Making up the rest of the field, Kevin Jaeger piloted Cardassian/Romulan to 3rd place, and Jeremy Huth (9of24) took 4th place with a Bajoran/Federation deck. Also playing Cardassian/Romulan was Keith Rupp (malakim2099), who took 5th, and 6th place was claimed by Zlatan Terzic (ZlatanT23) with a Borg deck! Kevin has agreed to an interview for a future column, where we'll talk about the Cube's origins, play patterns, and more. So stay tuned for that!

Elsewhere in the world, it was a quiet weekend of 1E with only one other tournament in Eden, New York. As I predicted, tournament host Robin Honeycutt (robin1234) was able to rally his fellow enthusiasts enough to get four (4) players together. He's doing Q's work and teaching new players, which is amazing. Robin ended up winning the day with a side-deck heavy [TNG] Klingon deck. According to Robin's tournament report, his continual sparring partner Mark Panna (Shambinks) was playing his favorite Starfleet MACO deck. The aforementioned newer players, Tyler Clark and Amanda Guether, played [TNG] [Kli] and [Fed] [OS] respectively.

If you played in any events, scheduled or unscheduled, formal or casual, let us know! We'd love to feature your events in this column! 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.

Upcoming Championships
Wien, Austria
Regional Championship
Saturday, 15 June
OTF Complete Constructed
Wien, Austria
Austrian National Championship
Saturday, 16 June
OTF Complete Constructed
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
North American Continental Championship
Saturday, 23 June
OTF Complete Constructed
Manchester, United Kingdom
North American Continental Championship
Saturday, 23 June
OTF Complete Constructed

Tournament Previews

This weekend the spectacle continues with the one of the last regionals of the season in Austria, followed by the Austrian National Championships the next day. Three players - Julius Melhardt (Clerasil ToB), Martin Felber (Enabran), and Michael Albrecht (Ein Gast...) - are signed up for both events. Combined with host and former World Champion Stefan Slaby (Winner of Borg), these are shaping up to be events with fierce competition. Lucas Thompson's prediction contest rages on, so click that link and pick the winners of these two events.

It hasn't officially been flagged yet, but rumor has it that a late addition to the Regional schedule has popped up in the Andoria region; specifically, West Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday, June 30th. Hosted by Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13), this will be the only regional to take place after The Cage becomes legal, so it should be very fun to watch.

Of course, the weekend before is the Double Continental Championship weekend. Both the North American and European Continental Championships take place on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. The North American Continental Championships are being held in Atlanta, Georgia and currently show eleven (11) pre-registered players, while the European Continental Championships are in Manchester, United Kingdom and have seven (7) players scheduled. Across those two events, there are eight (8) players in the Top 20, which will make for some fierce and amazing competition. We can't wait to see what happens!

Short Takes (In Other News)

That's all for this week's brief 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. My next office hours will be on Tuesday, June 18th at 6 PM Pacific. 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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This deck is currently eligible for the following family or families of achievements:

Mission (6)
36 V1x Amnesty Talks
8 U 561x Escape Gulag
23 V1x Intercept Dignitary
24 V1x Launch Military Strike
19 V1x Observe Stellar Rebirth
27 V1x Seek Illicit Relic

Seed Deck (30)
1 R1x The Genesis Device
2 V1x Buried Alive
U1x Dead End
3 R 111x Forsaken
3 R 121x Gomtuu Shock Wave
P2x Hippocratic Oath
12 P2x Male's Love Interest & Plague Ship
6 V2x Medical Crisis
14 V1x Rules of Obedience
25 R2x The Cloud
13 V2x The Ghost of Cyrus Ramsey
C1x Battle Bridge Door
93 VP1x Q's Tent: Civil War
P1x Spacedoor
5 V1x Temporal Benefactor
15 V1x Temporal Conduit
C1x Invasive Beam-In
14 V1x Cold Station 12
P1x Husnock Outpost
26 R1x Make It So
29 V1x New Arrivals
2 VP1x Tribunal of Q
39 C1x Assign Support Personnel
33 U1x Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold
97 R+1x Khan

Draw Deck (48)
22 C3x Quantum Slipstream Drive
19 C19x Ceti Eel
10 P2x Dimensional Shifting
73 C3x Nanoprobe Resuscitation
U2x Smoke Bomb
43 V1x David Marcus (Life From Lifelessness)
35 V2x Jaya
96 R1x Joachim
99 C5x Mas'ud
14 C 991x Navaar
28 V1x Persis
104 C5x Sarod
107 C2x Wajahut
8 U 811x Arik Soong

Q-Tent Side Deck (13)
U1x Ready Room Door
43 U1x Starfleet Type III Phaser Rifle
47 U1x Captain's Log
R1x Defiant Dedication Plaque
50 U1x Lower Decks
U1x Masaka Transformations
19 C1x Temporal Investigations
U1x Commandeer Ship
50 C1x Lam
30 VP1x Malik
U1x Jem'Hadar Warship
U1x Husnock Ship
39 P1x Lokirrim Vessel

Q the Referee Side Deck (13)
U1x Mirror Image
U1x Intruder Alert!
U1x It's Only a Game
27 U1x Obelisk of Masaka
28 C1x Panel Overload
29 U1x Q the Referee
U1x Reactor Overload
34 C1x White Deprivation
U1x Oof!
U1x Scorched Hand
U1x The Juggler
U1x The Wake of the Borg
41 U1x Defend Homeworld

"outside the game" (4)
34 C1x Emblem of the Empire
37 R1x The Art of Diplomacy
40 V1x Raakin
126 R+1x U.S.S. Reliant

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