The UK Nationals were last weekend and a total of 75 players took part to compete for the title of UK Champion. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but I do have the data from the event. Thanks go to one of the judges, Steve Stewart, for giving this information to me.
For this tournament, the recentlyreleased twoplayer decks would be legal. This creates a very shortlived meta (some have dubbed the ‘twoweek meta’), as Empire at War is released in the UK on the 21st September and will completely change things.
As expected, the decks present were heavilyinfluenced by the new product (and rightly so; there are lots of good cards in that set).
In this article we have the full standings of the tournament and top 16 decklists, as well as some brief analysis of the information.
As there is a lot of information, to make it easier to navigate I have added some handy links below.
Links
Standings After Swiss
Teams Used
Characters Used
Top Cut Results
Winning Decklist
RunnerUp Decklist
Top 4 Decklists
Top 8 Decklists
Top 16 Decklists
Summary
Standings After Swiss
The number after a character indicates which version of that character was used. For example, Vader1 refers to Darth Vader Sith Lord, and Vader2 refers to Darth Vader Dark Apprentice.
An asterisk next to the number of wins indicates that the player dropped before the end of the tournament.
Rank 
Team 
Wins 
1st 
eVader1/Royal 
6 
2nd 
eQGJ/eRey1 
6 
3rd 
ePoe1/eMaz 
6 
4th 
eKylo2/eFN 
6 
5th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
6 
6th 
ePalpatine 
6 
7th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
5 
8th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
5 
9th 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
5 
10th 
eBala/FN/Phasma2 
5 
11th 
ePhasma2/Death/Storm 
5 
12th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
5 
13th 
eKylo2/ePhasma2 
5 
14th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
5 
15th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
5 
16th 
eKylo2/eFN 
5 
17th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
5 
18th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
4 
19th 
eKylo2/eFN 
4 
20th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
4 
21st 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
4 
22nd 
eVader1/Phasma2 
4 
23rd 
eKylo2/ePhasma2 
4 
24th 
eVader1/Royal 
4 
25th 
eKylo2/eFN 
4 
26th 
eUnkar/TIE/Phasma2 
4 
27th 
eVader2/Grievous 
4 
28th 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
4 
29th 
eVader1/Raider 
4 
30th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
4 
31st 
ePoe1/eRey1 
4 
32nd 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
4 
33rd 
eJango/ePhasma2 
4 
34th 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
4 
35th 
ePalpatine 
4 
36th 
eVader2/eKylo1 
3 
37th 
ePoe2/eRey2 
3 
38th 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
3 
39th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
3 
40th 
ePalpatine 
3 
41st 
ePalpatine 
3* 
42nd 
eRey1/Acolyte/Padawan 
3 
43rd 
eVader1/Phasma2 
3 
44th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
3 
45th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
3 
46th 
eLuke/Rey1 
3 
47th 
ePalpatine 
3* 
48th 
eVader2/eKylo1 
3 
49th 
eLuke/Rey1 
3 
50th 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
3 
51st 
eKylo1/FN/Storm 
3 
52nd 
eJango/ePhasma2 
3 
53rd 
eLuke/Rey1 
2 
54th 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
2* 
55th 
eHan/eRey1 
2* 
56th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
2* 
57th 
eBaze/eSnap 
2 
58th 
eVader2/eKylo1 
2 
59th 
ePoe1/eMaz 
2* 
60th 
eLuminara/eRey1 
2 
61st 
ePoe1/eMaz 
2* 
62nd 
ePoe1/eMaz 
2* 
63rd 
eVader2/eKylo1 
2 
64th 
eAckbar/Hired/Hired 
2 
65th 
eBaze/eSnap 
2 
66th 
eMothma/Smuggler/Smuggler 
1* 
67th 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
1* 
68th 
eVader1/Phasma2 
1* 
69th 
ePadme/Maz/Trooper 
1 
70th 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
0* 
71st 
eKrennic/Death 
0* 
72nd 
eLuke/Rey1 
0* 
73rd 
eSnap/Maz/Rey1 
0* 
74th 
ePalpatine 
0* 
75th 
eVader1/Raider 
0* 
As you can see from the table above, in addition to the six players that were 61, there were eleven players on a 52 record. Since they’d announced that there would be a top 16 cut, this meant that one of the 52 players would miss out!
As it turned out, the player that finished 11th wasn’t able to stay for day two, so the 17thplaced player was bumped up into the top cut.
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Teams Used
Rank 
Team 
Frequency 
1st 
ePoe1/eMaz 
11 
2nd 
eVader1/Phasma2 
9 
3rd 
ePalpatine 
6 
4th 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
5 

eVader2/ePhasma2 
5 
6th 
eKylo2/eFN 
4 

eLuke/Rey1 
4 

eVader2/eKylo1 
4 
9th 
eBaze/eSnap 
2 

eJango/ePhasma2 
2 

eKylo2/ePhasma2 
2 

eVader1/Raider 
2 

eVader1/Royal 
2 
14th 
eAckbar/Hired/Hired 
1 

eBala/FN/Phasma2 
1 

eHan/eRey1 
1 

eKrennic/Death 
1 

eKylo1/FN/Storm 
1 

eLuminara/eRey1 
1 

eMothma/Smuggler/Smuggler 
1 

ePadme/Maz/Trooper 
1 

ePhasma2/Death/Storm 
1 

ePoe1/eRey1 
1 

ePoe2/eRey2 
1 

eQGJ/eRey1 
1 

eRey1/Acolyte/Padawan 
1 

eSnap/Maz/Rey1 
1 

eUnkar/TIE/Phasma2 
1 

eVader2/Grievous 
1 
Poe/Maz being the most popular team will probably surprise no one, but Vader (Sith Lord) and the new Phasma being the second most popular might do. Being able to activate Vader multiple times in one turn via Leadership and The Price of Failure must have been too tempting!
Palpatine being more popular than Rainbow Nines was also interesting to see (one of them made the final as well!).
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Characters Used
Rank 
Character 
Frequency 
1st 
Phasma2 
22 
2nd 
Vader1 
14 
3rd 
Maz 
13 
4th 
Poe1 
12 
5th 
FN2199 
11 
6th 
Rey1 
10 

Vader2 
10 
8th 
BalaTik 
6 

Kylo2 
6 

Palpatine 
6 
11th 
Kylo1 
5 

Nightsister 
5 
13th 
Luke 
4 
14th 
Snap 
3 
15th 
Baze 
2 

Death 
2 

Hired 
2 

Jango 
2 

Raider 
2 

Royal 
2 

Smuggler 
2 

Storm 
2 
23rd 
Ackbar 
1 

Acolyte 
1 

Grievous 
1 

Han 
1 

Krennic 
1 

Luminara 
1 

Mothma 
1 

Padawan 
1 

Padme 
1 

Poe2 
1 

QGJ 
1 

Rey2 
1 

TIE 
1 

Trooper 
1 

Unkar 
1 
The new Captain Phasma was the mostused character at the tournament, with nearly onethird of the players using her. She is most likely going to feature in a lot of villain teams going forward, thanks to her cheap points cost and good dice.
The rest of the top ten characters were no great surprise, but this close to Empire at War we weren’t really expecting any.
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Top 16
eVader1/Royal 
defeated 
ePoe1/eMaz 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
defeated 
eVader1/Phasma2 
eKylo2/eFN 
defeated 
eVader1/Phasma2 
eKylo2/ePhasma2 
defeated 
ePoe1/eMaz 
eKylo2/eFN 
defeated 
eQGJ/eRey1 
eVader1/Phasma2 
defeated 
eBala/FN/Nightsister 
ePoe1/eMaz 
defeated 
eVader1/Phasma2 
ePalpatine 
defeated 
ePoe1/eMaz 
Top 8
eVader2/Phasma2 
defeated 
eVader1/Royal 
eKylo2/eFN 
defeated 
eKylo2/ePhasma2 
eVader1/Phasma2 
defeated 
eKylo2/eFN 
ePalpatine 
defeated 
ePoe1/eMaz 
Top 4
eKylo2/eFN 
defeated 
eVader2/ePhasma2 
ePalpatine 
defeated 
eVader1/Phasma2 
Final
eKylo2/eFN 
defeated 
ePalpatine 
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Winning Decklist
eKylo2/eFN by Danny Adlem 
Battlefield – 
Mos Eisley Spaceport 
Upgrades (14) 
Supports (0) 
Events (16) 
1x Captain Phasma’s Blaster 

2x Boundless Ambition 
2x Crossguard Lightsaber 

2x Clash 
1x Force Illusion 

1x Deflect 
2x Holdout Blaster 

2x Doubt 
2x Lightsaber 

2x Enrage 
2x Rocket Launcher 

1x Imperial War Machine 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Isolation 
2x Z6 Riot Control Baton 

2x Lightsaber Throw 


2x Logistics 
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RunnerUp Decklist
ePalpatine by Simrandeep Pone 
Battlefield – 
Otoh Gunga 
Upgrades (11) 
Supports (0) 
Events (19) 
2x Force Illusion 

2x Deflect 
1x Force Lightning 

2x Doubt 
2x Force Push 

2x High Ground 
2x Force Speed 

2x Isolation 
1x Force Throw 

2x Mind Trick 
1x Mind Probe 

2x No Mercy 
2x Sith Holocron 

1x Now You Will Die 


2x Overconfidence 


2x Rejuvenate 


2x Rise Again 
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Top 4 Decklists
eVader2/ePhasma2 by Leighton Pointer 
Battlefield – 
Emperor’s Throne Room 
Upgrades (12) 
Supports (0) 
Events (18) 
2x Z6 Riot Control Baton 

2x All In 
2x Force Illusion 

2x Deflect 
2x Holdout Blaster 

2x Clash 
2x Mind Probe 

1x The Best Defense… 
2x Force Speed 

1x New Orders 
2x Sith Holocron 

2x Dug In 


2x Tactical Mastery 


2x Doubt 


2x Logistics 


2x High Ground 
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eVader1/Phasma2 by David Payton 
Battlefield – 
ObiWan’s Hut 
Upgrades (11) 
Supports (0) 
Events (19) 
1x Z6 Riot Control Baton 

2x Boundless Ambition 
2x Force Illusion 

2x The Price of Failure 
2x Force Speed 

2x Leadership 
2x Praetorian Guard 

2x Force Strike 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Trust Your Instincts 
2x Dark Counsel 

2x Doubt 


2x The Best Defense… 


1x Dug In 


1x Sound the Alarm 


2x Isolation 


1x New Orders 
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Top 8 Decklists
ePoe1/eMaz by Robert Kane 
Battlefield – 
Cargo Hold 
Upgrades (8) 
Supports (6) 
Events (16) 
2x Cunning 
2x UWing 
2x Hit and Run 
2x Thermal Detonator 
2x Millenium Falcon 
2x Retreat 
2x DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol 
2x Planetary Uprising 
2x Hyperspace Jump 
2x Rocket Launcher 

2x Smuggling 


2x Field Medic 


2x Dug In 


2x LothCat & Mouse 


1x Electroshock 


1x Defensive Position 
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eVader1/Royal by Chris Marooth 
Battlefield – 
Cargo Hold 
Upgrades (8) 
Supports (2) 
Events (20) 
2x Force Illusion 
2x Emperor’s Favor 
2x Deflect 
2x Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber 

2x Feel Your Anger 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Isolation 
2x Force Speed 

2x No Mercy 


2x Rejuvenate 


2x Lightsaber Throw 


2x Trust Your Instincts 


2x Manipulate 


2x The Price of Failure 


2x Force Strike 
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eKylo2/eFN by Miles Tamplin 
Battlefield – 
Mos Eisley Spaceport 
Upgrades (14) 
Supports (0) 
Events (16) 
2x Lightsaber 

2x Logistics 
2x Crossguard Lightsaber 

2x Isolation 
2x Rocket Launcher 

2x Doubt 
2x Z6 Riot Control Baton 

2x Enrage 
2x Holdout Blaster 

2x Clash 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Boundless Ambition 
1x Captain Phasma’s Blaster 

2x Lightsaber Throw 
1x Force Ilusion 

1x Deflect 


1x Imperial War Machine 
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eKylo2/ePhasma2 by Mat Webb 
Battlefield – 
ObiWan’s Hut 
Upgrades (15) 
Supports (0) 
Events (15) 
2x Force Illusion 

2x Overconfidence 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Doubt 
1x Captain Phasma’s Blaster 

2x The Best Defense… 
2x Imperial Discipline 

2x Isolation 
2x Promotion 

2x Enrage 
2x Crossguard Lightsaber 

2x Trust Your Instincts 
2x Force Choke 

1x Deflect 
2x DH17 Blaster Pistol 

2x As I Have Forseen 
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Top 16 Decklists
eVader1/Phasma2 by Chris Drew 
Battlefield – 
Moisture Farm 
Upgrades (16) 
Supports (2) 
Events (12) 
2x Force Illusion 
2x Imperial Inspection 
2x Doubt 
2x Force Speed 

2x Force Strike 
2x Force Throw 

2x Leadership 
2x Makashi Training 

2x Overconfidence 
2x Praetorian Guard 

2x Rise Again 
2x Sith Holocron 

2x Sound the Alarm 
2x Vibroknife 


2x Z6 Riot Control Baton 


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eBala/FN/Nightsister by Mark Gibson 
Battlefield – 
Secret Facility 
Upgrades (14) 
Supports (4) 
Events (12) 
2x Captain Phasma’s Blaster 
2x Aftermath 
2x Bait and Switch 
2x F11D Rifle 
2x Salvage Stand 
2x Friends In Low Places 
2x Holdout Blaster 

2x He Doesn’t Like You 
2x IQA11 Blaster Rifle 

2x Imperial War Machine 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Logistics 
2x Vibroknucklers 

2x The Best Defense… 
2x Z6 Riot Control Baton 


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ePoe1/eMaz by Jack Westaway 
Battlefield – 
Cargo Hold 
Upgrades (11) 
Supports (6) 
Events (13) 
2x Lone Operative 
2x UWing 
1x Dug In 
2x Rocket Launcher 
2x Millenium Falcon 
2x Hit and Run 
2x Thermal Detonator 
2x Planetary Uprising 
2x Field Medic 
2x Second Chance 

2x Long Con 
2x DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol 

2x Negotiate 
1x Cunning 

2x Our Only Hope 


2x Hyperspace Jump 
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eVader1/Phasma2 by Simon Smithson 
Battlefield – 
ObiWan’s Hut 
Upgrades (8) 
Supports (0) 
Events (22) 
2x Vibroknife 

1x Clash 
2x Force Speed 

2x Dug In 
2x Z6 Riot Control Baton 

2x Doubt 
2x Force Illusion 

2x Boundless Ambition 


2x Deflect 


2x The Best Defense… 


2x Force Strike 


2x Leadership 


2x Tactical Mastery 


2x Lightsaber Throw 


2x Feel Your Anger 


1x Trust Your Instincts 
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eVader1/Phasma2 by Kayne Harrison 
Battlefield – 
Maz’s Castle 
Upgrades (12) 
Supports (0) 
Events (18) 
2x Vibroknife 

1x The Price of Failure 
2x Lightsaber Pike 

2x Isolation 
2x Captain Phasma’s Blaster 

2x Trust Your Instincts 
2x Rocket Launcher 

2x Leadership 
2x Holdout Blaster 

2x Feel Your Anger 
2x Force Speed 

2x Doubt 


2x Take Cover 


1x Sound the Alarm 


2x Deflect 


1x I Have You Now 


1x Recon 
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ePoe1/eMaz by Lee Taylor 
Battlefield – 
Emperor’s Throne Room 
Upgrades (9) 
Supports (7) 
Events (14) 
1x Maz’s Goggles 
2x Millenium Falcon 
2x Defensive Position 
2x Thermal Detonator 
2x UWing 
2x Hit and Run 
1x Bowcaster 
1x Launch Bay 
2x Let the Wookiee Win 
1x Cunning 
2x Planetary Uprising 
2x Field Medic 
1x DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol 

2x Electroshock 
1x Poe Dameron’s Blaster 

2x Dug In 
1x Rocket Launcher 

1x New Orders 
1x Fast Hands 

1x Friends In Low Places 
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eQGJ/eRey1 by John Paul Stevens 
Battlefield – 
Cargo Hold 
Upgrades (11) 
Supports (2) 
Events (17) 
2x Jedi Robes 
2x Luke’s Protection 
2x Caution 
2x Force Speed 

2x Willpower 
2x Vibroknife 

2x Distraction 
2x Makashi Training 

2x Close Quarters Assault 
2x Rey’s Lightsaber 

2x Overconfidence 
1x One With The Force 

2x Riposte 


2x Synchronicity 


2x Guard 


1x Force Misdirection 
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ePoe1/eMaz by Chooi Oh 
Battlefield – 
Emperor’s Throne Room 
Upgrades (7) 
Supports (8) 
Events (15) 
2x Thermal Detonator 
2x UWing 
2x Dug In 
1x Rocket Launcher 
2x Launch Bay 
2x Defensive Position 
2x DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol 
2x Millenium Falcon 
2x Field Medic 
2x Fast Hands 
2x Planetary Uprising 
2x Hit and Run 


2x New Orders 


2x Electroshock 


1x LothCat & Mouse 


1x Our Only Hope 


1x Friendly Fire 
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Summary
The winning deck was Kylo Tormented One and FN2199, beating Palpatine in the final. Congratulations to Danny Adlem (of the Three Man Meta podcast) on becoming UK Champion!
New Kylo is a force to be reckoned with, and although being paired against a monoblue deck in the final makes his ability seem stronger, it is nonetheless very good.
FN2199 continues to show what a powerhouse he is. He’s now featured in the winning team of three major tournaments (UK Nationals – Kylo/FN, Gencon – Bala/FN/Nightsister, European Championships – Unkar/FN/Storm). I know there is talk of an errata/nerf. We’ll have to see what effect Empire at War has on FN’s supremacy.

Hero 
Villain 
Top 16 
5* 
11* 
Overall 
27 
48 
[*After the swiss portion of the tournament, there was one extra villain player that made it through. However, they dropped from the tournament, which meant that the 17thplaced player (a hero player) was bumped up into the top 16 portion of the event.]
As you can see from the table above, it was about twothirds villains in overall attendance and top 16 placings. This isn’t unexpected, as so far in Destiny, villains have had the greater number of viable character combinations. Empire at War is looking like it might redress the balance, but only time will tell.
Anyway, I hope that you have found this information interesting. It has been nice to see that easilyavailable starter decks cards and characters were being used to good effect; it’s an encouraging sign to new players that they can quickly start using higher quality decks.
Cheers,
Tim
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Ace analysis. I had a few mates who played in the tournament, some of which came high up, but it’s interesting seeing all the other decklists.
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