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This is the Darth Vader + Royal Guard deck that I played and won with at the 2017 Covenant Tulsa Store Championship. As you will notice, the deck only has eight dice upgrades. I started experimenting with the idea of lower upgrade counts in decks and recently wrote an extensive blog about how I evaluate upgrades.
Going into the Store Championship, Poe Maz was the deck people were talking about most. In testing against the deck, I quickly developed guidelines to follow to increase my odds in the Poe Maz match:
- Mulligan for control
- Control Poe dice if possible
- Attack Poe first
- Claim the battlefield if possible
- Do not play upgrades if it will restrict my control options
The Vader + Guard deck, as I built it, is well suited for the Poe Maz match. The two most important factors are Guardian on the Royal Guard and the damage curve of this deck. Guardian is a safety net for when I do not draw a control card. If Poe rolls a ranged damage, I can control one of his dice without using a card or resource to protect Darth Vader. In the meantime, cards like Lightsaber Throw, No Mercy, Force Strike, and Price of Failure let me do significant damage and almost always defeat Poe before he can defeat Darth Vader.
You can read this deck and my thoughts on Poe Maz in my most recent blog.