Understanding "Rotation and Format" in Destiny


1. ROTATION:
Written by CLAUS STAAL

ROTATION is according to the official article released by the game designers:
"... a process used to reduce the size and complexity of a game. As newer products are introduced, older products are removed. Two of the three formats in Destiny use “rotation” to shape their pools of cards and dice."

Or put differently: Fantasy Flight Games (the producer of the game) want the game to develop within a limited framework (the size of the card pool). And they also want new players to be able to get into the game without buying thousands of cards. The game designers can do this by making sure that only the latest releases are eligible for official tournament play (thereby making the official aspect of the game, the tournament scene, as inclusive and open as possible).

Releases have been sorted into "CYCLES" (that is various sets that have been bundled together according to their release date) in order to determine which sets are up for rotation and when.

2. LINKS:
1. FFG ARTICLE ON CYCLES, ROTATION AND FORMATS
2. OUR BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO DESTINY
3. OUR GUIDE TO "CYCLES"

3. INFINITE FORMAT IN STAR WARS DESTINY:


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This is the easiest format to remember. Infinite Format allows for every single card to be used. It is the Star Wars Destiny equivalent of Magic the Gathering "Vintage". Not really much to say about it. If you own the card, you can use it!

Currently that includes cards from the following CYCLES:

AWAKENINGS CYCLE:
EXPANSIONS: Awakenings, Spirit of Rebellion and Empire at War.
STARTER SETS: Rey Starter and Kylo Ren Starter.

LEGACIES CYCLE:
EXPANSIONS: Legacies, Way of the Force and Across the Galaxy.
STARTER SETS: Two-Player Starter, Luke Skywalker Starter and Boba Fett Starter.
DRAFT SET: Rivals.

CONVERGENCE CYCLE:
EXPANSIONS: Convergence and Spark of Hope.
STARTER SETS: Obi-Wan Starter and Grievous Starter.
DRAFT SET: Allies of Necessity.

It looks as if Fantasy Flight Games want their Organized Play Open Circuit, i.e. Galactic Qualifiers, to support Infinite Format, and while it has not been particularly popular outside of those events, I suspect we'll see much more support for this format in the future, although it will probably still be a niche format compared to Standard Format. We have also published an article on how you can use Infinite Format to build up and boost your local gaming community!

NB. There are currently 1416 cards in use in Infinite Format.

4. STANDARD FORMAT IN STAR WARS DESTINY:
Currently Fantasy Flight Games is running their entire Organized Play Competitive Circuit, from Store Championships to World Championship, in Standard Format, which is then considered the official premium tournament format. The expansion sets and cycles that make up Standard Format change as new sets are being released and currently include:YOUR Destiny Standard Format GRAPHICSjpg
Now, the most confusing thing about the format description is that it says in the official statement that "products that are part of an unreleased cycle" can also be used. It basically means that if a product is released early, i.e. new starter sets or yet another draft kit or similar, it will immediately be available to use in all three formats: Infinite, Standard and Trilogy. This is mostly relevant towards the end of a cycle, which for the Convergence Cycle most likely will be towards the end of 2019!

The addition of the last paragraph is a "historical remnant" from a time when Fantasy Flight Games were infamous for not being able to release product on time as well as releasing products almost totally at random. It has gotten A LOT BETTER recently although the latest release Spark of Hope has had some problems in relation to worldwide distribution.

In April 2019, we had our first rotation in Destiny with all the products associated with the Awakenings Cycle up for rotation:Awakenings Cyclejpg
None of the products from the Awakenings Cycle is eligible for Standard Format, and if you have any of those cards you can ONLY USE THEM IN INFINITE FORMAT! It is therefore NOT ADVISABLE to buy any of those products unless you expect to play Infinite Format or you are a collector who wants to complete your Star Wars Destiny Collection!

This essentially means that all products released in the Legacies Cycle as well as the Convergence Cycle is eligible for Standard Format, but when the NEW CYCLE officially begins (after the release of a full expansion set to complete the Legacies Cycle AND the release of the first set in the "New Cycle"), then the Standard Format will look as follows:NEXT Standard Format YOUR Destiny3jpg
This future change to the Standard Format is likely to take place in the beginning of 2020! Which at that time means that all your "Legacies Cycle" cards will rotate out of Standard Format and Trilogy Format, and after that will only be valid in Infinite Format, just as is the case now with the Awakenings Cycle.

NB. There are currently 922 cards in use in Standard Format.

5. TRILOGY FORMAT IN STAR WARS DESTINY:
For an even more limited format, meaning more restrictive in the cards that can be used, Destiny use the TRILOGY FORMAT. The Trilogy Format is the "easiest format" to enter for a new player because it exclusively uses the newest cards, which also means the card pool is much smaller (currently 356 cards as opposed to 922 cards currently in use in Standard Format and 1416 cards in use in Infinite Format).TRILOGY Format YOUR Destiny3jpg
The same "rule of thumb" as in the other Formats applies to Trilogy Format: If FFG decide to release a product associated with a future set (unreleased set) before the end of a current cycle, i.e. the Convergence Cycle, it would automatically be included in the Trilogy Format. CONFUSED? PERFECT!

6. OVERVIEW OF THE FORMATS:
This graphics show the various cycles and products associated with each cycle, while the yellow/blue/green bars indicate each cycle's eligibility for the three different formats.
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We will continuously update the various formats here and make sure that they are up to date!

LAST UPDATE July 5, 2019