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Defending the Federation's Turf

by Maggie Geppert, Staff Writer

11th November 2020

Valuable Real Estate

When Salvaged Attack Ship, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing and Benjamin Sisko, Resourceful Captain came out in Far Beyond the Stars, I was intrigued by their flavor being tied to being at a [Dom] mission. I thought that was a clever way to shake up mission selection and created the possibility of a whole new deck type. This [Dom] mission theme for an [ES9] deck was further expanded in The Omega Directive when we got Bajoran Sector, Engage Enemy Forces and Reese, Grizzled Survivor. Apocalypse Rising brings us new cards to expand this theme of your [E] and [Fed] [DS9] personnel working together and benefitting from being at [Dom] missions.

The deck I bring to you today goes for the two-mission win, using Bajoran Section and The Siege of AR-558 in conjunction with a bonus point strategy to bring me over 100 points. (Note: I could have put in Signal for Rescue at 45 points, but there's such a thing as theme!) Joseph Sisko, Creole Chef, Hollow Hospitality and the Salvaged Attack Ship boost my personnel's attributes for the big missions, so I didn't feel the need to stock the U.S.S. Enterprise-J.

Vargas

There are a couple of ways I plan to get the 10 bonus points I need to got around the corner of this strategy. The first one is quite old, and I was surprised to find it. The U.S.S. Enterprise-C, Yesterday's Enterprise, which is a ship I don't remember seeing until I was looking for bonus point strategies for this deck will net me an extra 5 points if it is at a [Kli] mission when I complete it. Nearly all my missions also sport a [Kli] icon, so it feels like a natural, if non-thematic, fit for the deck. My other two strategies come from this new set. Yesterday our social media outlets revealed the new card Valuable Real Estate. With this card, I can dare my opponents to abandon what they're doing to come prevent me from scoring 5 points at the beginning of my next turn. And if they do decide to try to settle on my planet, I have just the thing to remove their presence: Nadia Larkin, Dutiful Soldier can begin combat and kill one of my opponent's personnel if she wins. She is complemented by today's cards of the day, Vargas, Shell-shocked. When you win a combat involving him, he scores you 5 points. Nice!

So, what if your opponent won't come and play? This is where my dilemma pile comes in. When I don't have Valuable Real Estate out, I plan to use Arena and Hippocratic Oath to bring people over to AR-558 to duke it out for those bonus points. I have stocked my pile with some attribute-reducing dilemmas like The Clown: Bitter Medicine and A Living Death to make sure Arena hits and brings someone to me. Otherwise, this pile is a pretty standard attrition pile.


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Missions
Headquarters
1U162•Earth, Home of Starfleet Command
Planet
50V4•Cardassia Prime, Secure Homeworld
3U109•The Siege of AR-558
Space
50V2•Bajoran Sector, Engage Enemy Forces
26V24•Penetrate Enemy Lines


Draw Deck (53)
Equipment
4C321x Emergency Transport Unit
Event
40V111x Desperate Counter
22V132x •Holding Cell
31V152x •Hollow Hospitality
5P71x Medical Teams
2C692x Unexpected Difficulties
52V43x •Valuable Real Estate
Personnel
Federation
1C2511x Altman
1C2541x Bandee
44V72x •Benjamin Sisko, Resourceful Captain
25V371x Boq'ta
41V191x •Chu'lak, Calculating Killer
0AP161x •Elim Garak, Federation Agent
33V401x •Elizabeth Lense, Valedictorian
26V331x •Enrique Muñiz, Dependable Troubleshooter
1U2641x •Gideon Seyetik, Great Terraformer
1C2651x Hoya
0VP2461x •Jadzia Dax, Science Officer
2U1231x •Joseph Sisko, Creole Chef
1R2691x •Julian Bashir, "Frontier" Physician
52V181x •Kellin, Losing Faith
40V321x •L.M.H. Mark I, Scintillating Personality
31V401x •Leyton, Suspicious Executive
33V411x •Lojal, Investigative Ambassador
0VP861x •Luther Sloan, Man of Action
4U1441x •Miles O'Brien, Repair Chief
1C2781x Mills
52V202x •Nadia Larkin, Dutiful Soldier
52V211x •Nog, Sharp-Eared Sentinel
1C2801x Paulson
30V491x •Paxton Reese, Stellar Cartographer
50V101x •Reese, Grizzled Survivor
1C2851x T'Lor
52V222x •Vargas, Shell-shocked
17V651x •William Ross, "Temporary" Ally
13R841x •Worf, Defiant Commander
Ferengi
52V251x •Quark, Frontline Observer
Non-Aligned
38V341x Ah-Kel
38V371x Dar
12C1001x •Gav, Diplomat
Ship
Federation
44V162x •Salvaged Attack Ship, Sheep in Wolf's Clothing
10R1102x •U.S.S. Enterprise-C, Yesterday's Enterprise
1C3931x U.S.S. Excelsior
Dilemma Pile (40)
Dual
0VP1111x An Issue of Trust
12C13x Arena
4C61x Back Room Dealings
0VP1761x Chula: The Chandra
41V22x Dereliction of Duty
4C151x Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
0VP91x Hard Time
0VP2941x Hippocratic Oath
37V31x In Development
24V61x Insurrection
26V41x Intimidation
0VP1671x Moral Choice
0VP2061x Pitching In
0VP2351x Polywater Intoxication
14U131x Shocking Betrayal
15V71x Show Trial
3U283x Skeleton Crew
0VP1022x Swashbuckler at Heart
0VP362x The Clown: Bitter Medicine
31V111x The Weak Will Perish
2C251x Timescape
Planet
1U11x A Living Death
0VP2091x Greater Needs
10C121x Necessary Execution
37V51x Pillage and Plunder
12U191x Vault of Tomorrow
8R201x Zero Hour
Space
38V21x Covert Extraction
0VP891x Gomtuu Shock Wave
29V71x Inquest
7R81x Molecular Reversion Field
33V41x Mutinous Guests
8R131x Outclassed


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