If you don’t mind some decks being stronger than others, then this is the Vader deck you want to play. It’s fun. It’s unique. It does Vader-y things. And it’s appropriately strong.
DARTH VADER, JEDI HUNTER
by Roman F & Geektopia
Darth Vader, Jedi Hunter
2x Storm Troopers
Weak Ranged Minor Deck
Vader – 12 Talent Cards
4x BATTLE RAGE
A10*/D10*. *Subtract 1 from the attack and defense values for each card in your hand after playing this card.
2x DARK SIDE DRAIN
A5, for each point of damage done with this card, Vader recovers a hit point.
2x I HAVE YOU NOW
Move Vader adjacent to any character. That character takes 4 damage.
Vader does 4 damage to each adjacent minor character. No one may move until Vader’s next turn.
1x YOUR POWERS ARE WEAK
A5. If a defense is played, the player controlling the defending character discards a card for each point of the defense value of the card.
1x MASTER OF EVIL
All players discard until they have only 3 cards.
Theme: An ass-kicking evil dude in a cape
Path to Victory: MASTER OF EVIL or YOUR POWERS ARE WEAK or I HAVE YOU NOW + WRATH + BATTLE RAGE
Strengths: Potentially high attacks, high defense, high direct damage, kills minors, forces opponents to discard, good movement, can get to enemies anywhere on the board, can isolate
Weaknesses: Potentially weak defense, no card drawing power
Strategy: Play a low-card game
Test Level: Very High
What does this deck do: Gets stronger with fewer cards. Wins when cards are low. Makes everyone discard down to 3. Isolates opponents. Punishes you for having strong defense.
Inspiration: We tinkered with the original Vader, and tinkered, and tinkered. Eventually, we figured to really get the type of sluggo ass kicker Vader we wanted, we had to start over to get it. We got it.
Playing JH Vader: Although the Jedi Hunter is clearly stronger than his predecessor, he is a tricky deck to play. BATTLE RAGE encourages you to act early and often and although you can play a low-card game better than most, it’s a gamble. Vader is still like everyone else in that he tends to be stronger with a big hand, but his big hand isn’t as good as some other elite characters’ big hands. However, unlike everyone else, as cards get played, his strength increases instead of decreases. When used to full effect, YOUR POWERS ARE WEAK is a crippling card and MASTER OF EVIL is a game changer.
Playing against JH Vader: Beware YOUR POWERS ARE WEAK. Whenever Vader attacks you, not getting crippled by it should be your primary focus. Also remember Vader kills minors quickly so use their offense early if you get it. Next, Vader can force you to discard with MASTER OF EVIL so be careful about hoarding a big hand. Finally, remember that Vader can get you anywhere with I HAVE YOU NOW. He’s definitely a beast and a high-tier character, but he isn’t that strong defensively so if he gets too aggressive, punishing him with multiple attacks can take him down. When everyone has a full hand, Vader is not that scary, but MASTER OF EVIL can take you right out of the game.