Ultimate Buyer's Guide to Destiny!


1. IS DESTINY EXPENSIVE?

Written by CLAUS STAAL

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEYjpgIt's a bit of a tricky question. Currently there are 6 Starter Sets, a Two-Player Starter Set and 8 full expansion sets released for Star Wars Destiny. The game is advertised as a Collectible Card Game (CCG), which essentially means that when you buy a booster pack it will be randomized what cards you will pull from the pack. If you are a collector at heart then Star Wars Destiny is not going to be cheap, although not nearly as expensive as some other Collectible Card Games such as Magic the Gathering.

There are currently 1416 cards printed (some are reprints).

2. EXPANSIONS:
A good place to start is by reading our "Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Destiny" as well as our two articles on "Understanding Cycles" and "Understanding Rotation & Formats", but I'll briefly go through which expansions are available in Star Wars Destiny!Cycles overviewjpg
There are three cycles of cards with the Awakenings Cycle released in 2017, the Legacies Cycle in 2018 and the Convergence Cycle expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The various cycles consist of the following products (I'm adding a buy recommendation to each cycle):Awakenings Cycle BUYERS GUIDEjpg
The AWAKENINGS CYCLE consists of:
  1. Awakenings Expansion
  2. Spirit of Rebellion Expansion
  3. Empire at War Expansion
  4. Kylo Ren Starter Set
  5. Rey Starter Set
You should NOT purchase any products from the Awakenings Cycle UNLESS you intend to play Infinite Format. All products associated with the Awakenings Cycle has rotated out of Standard Constructed Format and is currently only eligible for play in Infinite Format. Even if you find the products at a clearance sale, I'd not evaluate it representing enough value to be worth it! You can find plenty of Awakenings products for sale on the second hand market to meet your needs!
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The LEGACIES CYCLE consists of:
  1. Legacies Expansion
  2. Way of the Force Expansion
  3. Across the Galaxy Expansion
  4. Two-Player Starter Set
  5. Boba Fett Starter Set
  6. Luke Skywalker Starter Set
  7. Rivals Draft Set
The Legacies Cycle will be valid for Standard Format throughout 2019 and of course Infinite Format, while it is no longer eligible for Trilogy Format. I'd recommended buying products associated with this cycle up until August-2019, at which time I'd consider no longer buying into products from the Legacies cycle.
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The CONVERGENCE CYCLE consists of:
  1. Convergence Expansion
  2. Spark of Hope Expansion
  3. Yet unannounced Expansion
  4. General Grievous Starter Set
  5. Obi-Wan Kenobi Starter Set
  6. Allies of Necessity Draft Set
The Convergence Cycle is the newest cycle of cards and products associated with this cycle will be eligible for Standard Format until the end of 2020, while valid for Trilogy Format until the end of 2019. It represents BEST VALUE for purchase as it is! If you were to just buy one Booster Display, I'd definitely buy from the Convergence Cycle. Currently, Spark of Hope is the newest set released, but all sets from this cycle are good purchases.

3. CARD RARITY AND QUANTITY:
The main problem of a Collectible Card Game, according to Darth Gump's mother, is that you never know what you'll get ... A Star Wars Destiny Booster Display is much like a box of candy!gump buyers guidejpg
Just for you to get an overview of what to expect when opening a Booster Display, should you ever decide to do so, I'll briefly go through RARITY and QUANTITY in Destiny.

There are four rarities in Star Wars Destiny, and each are clearly indicated by a colour marking on the respective cards (in the bottom right of the card).
  • LEGENDARY: Purple (comes with a die)
  • RARE: Green (comes with a die)
  • UNCOMMON: Yellow (no die)
  • COMMON: Blue (no die)
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rarity and quantity buyers guidejpgIn the illustration above you can see that a Booster Pack holds 5 cards split into either 1 Legendary OR 1 Rare AND 1 Uncommon and 3 Common cards, while a normal expansion set, like Way of the Force, has a total of (160 cards) of which (17) are Legendary, (30) are Rare, (43) are Uncommon and (57) are common. The distribution into rarities in the Booster Display that you open will be:
  • LEGENDARY: 6
  • RARE: 30
  • UNCOMMON: 36
  • COMMON: 108
  • TOTAL CARDS IN DISPLAY: 180
This means that if all the 160 different cards in the expansion set were evenly distributed in Booster Displays, you would be guaranteed a full play set, i.e. minimum 2 of each card, when opening 6 Booster Displays.

As Forrest Gump's mom would tell you, Booster Displays are NOT made in that way! You'll probably (likely) find a play set of Common/Uncommon/Rare in 2-3 Booster Displays, while a play set of Legendaries could require as many as 8 Booster Displays. Normally people trade for the cards they miss after opening whatever number of displays they purchased.

4. WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS?
For the purpose of advising you on your future purchases, we'll be using 4 categories to define different kinds of player types:
  • A). CASUAL PLAYER
  • B). REGULAR PLAYER
  • C). COLLECTOR
  • D). COMPETITIVE PLAYER

A. CASUAL PLAYER:
The CASUAL PLAYER is here defined as someone who likes to play once in a while. Maybe you would like a deck or two for you and your group of friends to pull out in between roleplaying sessions or as an alternative to long board game evenings. You are probably not going to play more than a couple of games a month, and there might even be longer in between.

If that is an apt description for you, then our recommendation is to buy 2 copies of the TWO-PLAYER STARTER SET or maybe 1 each of the four STARTER SETS from the Legacies and Convergence Cycle. We still feel that the Two-Player Starter Set represents good value for money (even if it rotates out of Standard Format in 6 months).CASUAL PLAYER BUYERS GUIDEjpg
Once you get some games in, you could add 1 Booster Display (choose a box from either the Legacies Cycle or the Convergence Cycle. You should avoid buying cards from the Awakenings Cycle!).CASUAL PLAYER BUYERS GUIDE2jpg
And if you would like to try the draft format, you could even add one of the two Draft Kits: Rivals or Allies of Necessity.

BUDGET:
You are looking at an investment of around 120-150 US$ (prices will vary depending on where in the world you are located).

You can mix boosters from the various sets, but normally you get a discount when purchasing a full Booster Display.

B. REGULAR PLAYER:
If you are a regular player you've probably become addicted to the game and like to be able to put together different decks, maybe 3-4, and you are maybe playing once per week (or at least try and find time for those weekly meet-ups in your Local Game Store or Gaming Club).

Maybe you have already bought some Starter Sets or the Two-Player Starter Set, but realise the limitations it sets for your deck construction. Maybe you've been browsing through the online deckbuilder on swdestinydb.com and can't build half of the decks you'd love to try out ... it's starting to bug you. If that's you ... then you've been sucked in. Welcome to the dark side!WELCOME TO THE DARKSIDEjpg
My first recommendation would be to go hunting for a collection for sale on the second hand market. In any game there will always be a fluctuation of players. Some will leave and new will enter. Securing a collection will save you a lot of money compared to cracking open booster packs, so unless you have a certain affinity for opening new boosters, which I know some do, then there are lots of advantages to simply procuring a cheap collection for sale!

I'd start by looking in one of the many Facebook groups, either local, national or international. The largest group "Star Wars Destiny: Marketplace" currently has more than 6000 members.marketplacejpg
If the collection you buy does not have multiple copies of every single card you wanted, then you can always trade or buy singles!

If you cannot find a collection for sale, or just need to crack boosters, then my buy recommendation would be to start with 2 copies of the Two-Player Starter Sets and two each of EITHER the Boba Fett/Luke Skywalker Starter Sets OR two each of the General Grievous/Obi-Wan Kenobi Starter Sets. You might also want to consider buying one or the other of the Draft Sets: Rivals or Allies of Necessity.REGULAR PLAYER BUYERS GUIDE1jpg
All the Starter Sets have excellent value. As we close in on the next rotation (late 2019), I'd probably go straight for the Convergence Cycle products.

Depending on your budget - and your ability to track down great offers - you could go nuts and buy two copies of all the starter sets, although I'd recommend you don't.

Building on from the Starter Sets, You could consider buying booster displays. 2 full displays of one expansion is generally going to give you at least 2 copies of each common, uncommon and rare card (I've explained about card rarities in the beginning of this article). There's of course no guarantee, but my buy recommendation would be the following order.regular PLAYER BUYERS GUIDE2jpg
If you have to choose between different booster displays, I'd always recommend buying the newest set first. You don't know if you'll still love the game in 6 months from now, and as a rule of thumb: The newer the set, the longer it will hold its value! And having said that, do remind yourself that Destiny is a pretty bad investment from a strictly monetary point of view! You'll have loads of fun, but you'll probably not be able to recoup your initial investment in the long run (unless radical change is taking place).

Generally, I'd split my purchases like this:
  • 4 DISPLAYS: 2 Spark of Hope, 2 Convergence.
  • 5 DISPLAYS: 2 Spark of Hope, 1 Convergence, 1 Across the Galaxy, 1 Way of the Force.
  • 6 DISPLAYS: 2 Spark of Hope, 1 Convergence, 1 Across the Galaxy, 1 Way of the Force, 1 Legacies.
Are you buying more than 6 Displays then I'd go back and look for a collection for sale!

Another consideration is the gaming aspect, and you might want to consider buying more of a certain expansion set to get access to certain characters, for instance:character expansion buyers guidejpg
You can find the lists of cards from each expansion here:

BUDGET:
If you are buying 2-4 Starter Sets as well as 6 Booster Displays, you are looking at an initial investment of around 650-700 US$ (prices will vary depending on where in the world you are located).

*It's always worth asking your local game store for a discount if you buy displays in bulk and there are usually good offers when you pre-order products.
C. COLLECTOR:
Some people are just collectors by heart, and just need to own everything! Star Wars Destiny is a collectible card game, which means that being a collector can easily set you back a bit. There are usually 3 full expansions released every year as well as a minimum of 2 Starter Sets. Do the math, and you'll release that it adds up ... fast!

For any collector, I'd recommend that you start off your collection by buying a collection on the second hand market. There are discounts to be found and you'll get a nice foundation to expand on. Buy singles to fill out the holes in your collection.collector buyjpg
The collectors we've talked to usually buys 5-6 Booster Displays when a new expansion set is released and that will easily give them a full play set of commons/uncommons/rares (it usually takes 2-3 displays to get a play set) while also being enough for a play set of legendaries. Even if you don't get a full play set of legendaries, you can use your spare legendaries to trade for the ones you didn't get!

A way to recoup some of the money spent on displays would be to try and sell off the remaining commons/uncommons/rares, which might be possible if you managed to accrue a second play set of them!
BUDGET:
If you are buying 6 Booster Displays with every expansion set released, you'll be looking at around 600-650 US$ three times a year (prices will vary depending on where in the world you are located).

*It's always worth asking your local game store for a discount if you buy displays in bulk and there are usually good offers when you pre-order products.

D. COMPETITIVE PLAYER:
Although some competitive players are also collectors, many of them don't really care about having a collection of cards. Mads Utzon, The co-host of the YOUR Destiny Podcast, is a good example of a competitive player. He has actually never bought a single booster pack. Instead he has a box of cards tucked away under his bed and I'm sure it has never been sorted out in any way. He buys singles whenever he needs cards for a deck and otherwise borrows whatever he needs for a tournament ... usually from me!
5. TRADING CARDS:
The cheapest way to get cards that you don't currently own, but feel that you need for a particular deck, is to trade with friends or other players from your local play group. You can also check out some of the Facebook pages that we linked to above, where single cards are not only sold, but also traded.

Normally, there will be collectors with loads of commons and uncommons, sometimes even rares, that they'll either give away for free or sell cheap, and Destiny singles bar Legendary cards are quite inexpensive.chance cube price watcg buyers guidejpg
It's always difficult to evaluate the value(s) of cards, but most Star Wars Destiny players use the Chance Cube Price Watch, which is a collated price list from stores around the US and a few outside as well. It's a good indication as to the "market price" of a given single. And while this is a good indication of comparative value of cards, remember that the prices are based off stores, so be sensible when trading!

In Destiny, mostly, unless there's a huge price gap, rares are normally traded for rares and legendaries for legendaries.

6. YOUR DESTINY PATRONS:
If you are located in Europe and you are a YOUR Destiny Patron, you can benefit from our partnership with Rebel Base Gaming. They sell both singles and displays and have extremely competitive prices. They offer patrons cheap postage. You can find out more on our Discord Channel.


7. WHAT MORE TO BUY?
There are so many things you can spend your money on when it comes to Star Wars Destiny. Token sets, sleeves, play mats, transportation and storage for your cards and dice ... you name it. The following recommendations are based on my experiences, and you might be looking for something totally different!mercahndisejpg
  1. I get my acrylic tokens from Buy The Same Token. They are excellent quality and I like how they look very similar to the original cardboard tokens.
  2. I travel a lot with my decks and the storage solution from Feldherr for both dice and deck is awesome.
  3. At the moment I use KMC Hyper Mat sleeves for all my decks. I also know that quite a lot of players like Dragon Shield. It's a Danish company ...
  4. All the goodies are displayed on a custom made play mat used by the YOUR Destiny crew for streaming events.
You probably have your own favourites when it comes to merchandise ... those are mine!

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