Welcome Destiny players, to the JustPlay Star Wars Destiny Tier listing, where we rank the most popular decks in terms of relative power level!
We have a thriving Destiny community at JustPlay and we have been playtesting Destiny since it was released. We playtest many different ideas, in many different matchups, both in paper and online; we also build and playtest popular decks that pop up online. This puts us in a strong position to rank decks and their place in the meta.
Without further ado, we present to you...
Star Wars Destiny Tier List (updated 17/01/17)
Tier 1 - Decks that consistently perform well, have a significant amount of raw power, and play many of the best cards in the format. These are the decks that all other decks need to be able to beat.
- "Training Day", Hero Midrange - eQui-Gon Jinn/eRey
- "Younglings", Hero Midrange - eRey/Padawan/Padawan
- "Jangeers", Villain Aggro - eJango/eVeers (many variants of this deck, usually around aggro vs control cards)
- "Mono Blue Sith", Villain Midrange - eKylo/Vader (also eDooku/eKylo variant)
Tier 1.5 - Decks that are slightly weaker than Tier 1, but consistently perform better than Tier 2, and are difficult to place in either tier.
- "VaderRaider", Villain Aggro - eVader/Tusken Raider
Tier 2 - Decks that are very strong but don't quite have the consistency or raw power of Tier 1 decks, and are often countered by Tier 1 decks.
- "PadMill", Hero Control/Mill - ePadme/some combination of Rebel Troopers and Hired Guns
- "Hyperloop", Hero Control - Poe/Hired Gun/Hired Gun (expect this deck to be banned/erratad out of existence soon)
- "Swarmtrooper", Villain Aggro - 4x First Order Stormtrooper (dual-colour or rainbow variants with Bala-tik and/or Nightsister are the same tier)
- "Han-Rey", Hero Aggro - eHan/eRey
- "Jabba-Vader", Villain Control - Vader/eJabba (also eDooku/eJabba variant)
- "JangoTroopers", Villain Aggro - eJango/2x First Order Stormtrooper
- "Luke-Ackbar", Hero Aggro - eLuke/Ackbar
Tier 3 - Decks that are commonly seen in the meta and are very capable of winning but lack either the consistency or raw power level to compete with higher Tier decks.
- "Stabs and Bangs", Villain Aggro - eGrievous/Jango
- "Grievous-Dooku", Villain Aggro - eGrievous/Dooku
- "FinnBar", Hero Aggro - eFinn/eAckbar
- "Phasma Troopers", Villain Midrange - ePhasma/2x First Order Stormtrooper
- "Qui-Gon Finn", Hero Midrange - eFinn/Qui-Gon Jinn
- "Han+2", Hero Midrange - Han/Hired Gun/Hired Gun (sometimes eHan/Hired Gun or Han/2x Rebel Trooper)
- "Ackbar+2", Hero Midrange - Ackbar/Guardian/Guardian (sometimes Ackbar/Guardian/Hired Gun for access to yellow)
Some Things to Note!
- As with any tier list, remember that tweaks to the standard decklists and player skill will always play a big part. A tier 2 deck played by a great player will beat a tier 1 decks with an average player. A tier 3 deck with luck and skill, or good metagame tweaks, can win a tournament.
- The Destiny community currently names decks by their character lineup. This is often confusing as what many people will call "Vader Raider" for example is a Tier 2/3 deck - the Vader/Raider deck that we're using in our Tier list is different to what you'll commonly see. We've used deck names where possible to avoid confusion, and linked to decklists as much as possible.
- When we say "deck x beats deck y", we don't mean 100% of the time. In a CCG, with lots of random elements, you're looking for win ratios of 60-65%~ over a large sample size of games to say that a deck is "beats" than another deck.
- There are a LOT of possible decks in a CCG! Therefore the tier list comprises only the most popular decks that are seeing regular play across many channels.
- "Control" is not, for the most part, a deck archetype in Destiny - it is simply a reference to the number of control cards played. Most decks have some form of control, and even many aggro decks pack a similar number of control cards to "control" decks. Most decks are what we would term "midrange"; that is, decks that pack plenty of damage and plenty of control. There are only a few decks that seek to win by going all-out damage, and only a few decks that seek to win by dealing damage very slowly.
What do you think of the current Tier rankings for Star Wars: Destiny?
Check back soon - we'll be keeping this list regularly updated as the meta continues to develop and the Q1 organised play season continues!
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