UK Nationals 2017 – Tournament Data & Analysis

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 recently-released two-player decks would be legal.  This creates a very short-lived meta (some have dubbed the ‘two-week 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 heavily-influenced 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.

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Standings After Swiss
Teams Used
Characters Used
Top Cut Results
Winning Decklist
Runner-Up 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 6-1, there were eleven players on a 5-2 record.  Since they’d announced that there would be a top 16 cut, this meant that one of the 5-2 players would miss out!

As it turned out, the player that finished 11th wasn’t able to stay for day two, so the 17th-placed 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 FN-2199 11
6th Rey1 10
Vader2 10
8th Bala-Tik 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 most-used character at the tournament, with nearly one-third 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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Runner-Up 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 – Obi-Wan’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 U-Wing 2x Hit and Run
2x Thermal Detonator 2x Millenium Falcon 2x Retreat
2x DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol 2x Planetary Uprising 2x Hyperspace Jump
2x Rocket Launcher 2x Smuggling
2x Field Medic
2x Dug In
2x Loth-Cat & 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 – Obi-Wan’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 DH-17 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 F-11D Rifle 2x Salvage Stand 2x Friends In Low Places
2x Holdout Blaster 2x He Doesn’t Like You
2x IQA-11 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 U-Wing 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 DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol 2x Negotiate
1x Cunning 2x Our Only Hope
2x Hyperspace Jump

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eVader1/Phasma2 by Simon Smithson
Battlefield – Obi-Wan’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 U-Wing 2x Hit and Run
1x Bowcaster 1x Launch Bay 2x Let the Wookiee Win
1x Cunning 2x Planetary Uprising 2x Field Medic
1x DL-44 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 U-Wing 2x Dug In
1x Rocket Launcher 2x Launch Bay 2x Defensive Position
2x DL-44 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 Loth-Cat & Mouse
1x Our Only Hope
1x Friendly Fire

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Summary

The winning deck was Kylo Tormented One and FN-2199, 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 mono-blue deck in the final makes his ability seem stronger, it is nonetheless very good.

FN-2199 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 17th-placed 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 two-thirds 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 easily-available 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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