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Beginner Deck: Bajorans

by Lucas Thompson

22nd July 2022

"The Prophets will be guiding me." The Bajoran religion is built upon the wormhole aliens whom they refer to as the Prophets. The Prophets do not experience time in a linear manner; the Bajorans' spiritual link with these aliens is represented mechanically in the game by unparalleled access to the discard pile (which stands in thematically for the past - the cards you have already seen).

The Prophets' influence in Bajoran gameplay is represented through equipment with the Orb keyword, and events and interrupts with the Prophet keyword. While normally you would need to complete a mission to use an equipment with the Artifact keyword, the version of Bajor that this deck uses sidesteps that requirement. That's a good thing, because you will want to gain extra overcome dilemmas with the Orb of Time early and often, and the Orb of Prophecy and Change will allow you to swap high cost personnel in your discard pile with low-cost personnel in play. The newest Orb, the Orb of the Emissary will help retrieve Prophet-keyword cards for personnel to use.

The only Prophet keyword card in this deck is Accession, an interrupt that allows you to add a personnel to your mission attempts without either paying the cost to play them, or giving the opponent more dilemmas to use against you. But, before you rush to play it, you may also want to hold on to it to use with one of the new personnel. Kasidy Yates can use it to gain skills from a personnel in the discard pile (especially useful if dilemmas stopped all your Archaeology personnel), and Akorem Laan will allow you to move personnel in play (making it very difficult for your opponent to guess who you've brought to a mission attempt).

Sisko's Prophet-related ability is possibly the most powerful in the deck. He allows you to change the sequence of upcoming dilemmas, potentially spoiling your opponent's plans. That said, your opponent will know you have him in play, so you've got to ask yourself if they prepared the dilemma stack you're facing with Sisko in mind. Lots of gamesmanship... once you're not playing against another beginner deck. The beginner decks use dilemma pile that are largely composed of general-use dilemmas for which the sequencing doesn't often matter. Sisko will really shine against opponents using at least slightly more advanced dilemma piles.

Once you're comfortable with this deck, you might want to personalize it. It is loosely based on this 2019 Regional-winning deck by Michael Van Breemen, with an emphasis on using new cards from the set The Menagerie. You may take inspiration from that deck list, or consider these cards:

More Prophet Cards
- Cryptic Revelation is a good, general-use Prophet card that can go in most decks, and I'm fond of using Trial of Faithto give my opponent tough choices. But just take a look at a search result for all of the Prophet cards and see if any appeal to you.

Discard Pile Manipulation
- Days of Atonement is another popular discard pile filler for Bajorans; use that to get more copies of Bareil and Opaka or maybe Emissary Sisko for use with your Accessions and the Orb of Prophecy and Change. Borum, Selfless Hero is another popular way to cheat your high-cost high-integrity personnel into play.

Evil Bajorans
- Even a deck that focuses on Integrity missions can benefit from Treachery personnel. Dukat, Anjohl Tennan is already in the deck, but Basso Tromac is another popular jerk that you could include. With a couple more Treachery personnel, you could use one of the most powerful mission-solving interrupts in the game, Covenant.

General Use Cards
- Some cards can just go in any deck - and often do because they're so useful. An extra counter per turn from Surprise Party wouldn't go amiss. And once you've played a few games, you'll see how the reboot from Unexpected Difficulties can be game-changing. Alvera Tree Ritual is subtler - you basically play it for free, and not only does it protect you from any dilemma pile manipulation, but it can also be used offensively. If you keep track of which dilemmas you don't use, you can proactively use the Ritual to shuffle your dilemma pile at opportune times.

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30V24•Bajor, Blessed of the Prophets
0VP203•Gateway, Historical Research
2U100•Investigate Maquis Activity
7U52•Selay, Transport Delegations
58V14•The Celestial Temple, Seek Prophetic Guidance

Draw Deck (35)
30V121x •Orb of Prophecy and Change
58V21x •Orb of the Emissary
30V131x •Orb of Time
0VP303x •Indebtedness
30V213x Accession
58V151x •Akorem Laan, Misguided Mystic
0VP1461x •Bareil Antos, Esteemed Vedek
58V161x •Benjamin Sisko, Corporeal Intercessor
4R1021x •Dukat, Anjohl Tennan
0VP1711x •Jadzia Dax, Elder
58V171x •Kasidy Yates, Resolute Bride
58V181x •Ke Hovath, The Sirah
17V521x •Kira Nerys, Lela
1S2171x •Li Nalas, Legend of Bajor
41V161x •Miles O'Brien, Ill-Equipped Storyteller
6P401x •Odo, Curzon Odo
30V371x •Opaka, Healer
1U2221x •Ranjen Koral, Student of B'hala
17V531x •Shakaar Edon, First Minister of Bajor
1C2252x Shandor
0VP401x •Solbor, Faithful Attendant
4U1091x •Surmak Ren, Medical Administrator
4C1101x •Treyam, Militia Soldier
1C2273x Weld Ram
0B13x Vedek Assembly Transport
24V411x •Xhosa, Sponsored Transport
Dilemma Pile (30)
0VP2802x Adopted Authority
0VP1261x Back Room Dealings
0VP1762x Chula: The Chandra
0VP1971x Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
22V41x Healing Hand
22V51x Honorable Pursuit
37V32x In Development
26V42x Intimidation
21V51x Mark of Gideon
0VP1671x Moral Choice
0VP2672x Old Differences
0VP2351x Polywater Intoxication
15V71x Show Trial
31V111x The Weak Will Perish
31V121x Unconventional Consideration
43V31x Environmental Contaminants
38V41x Hard of Heart
17V82x Miner Revolt
0VP2681x Rogue Borg Ambush
0VP891x Gomtuu Shock Wave
29V72x Inquest
8R131x Outclassed
29V121x The Needs of the Few

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