1. WHAT IS THE GUIDE ABOUT?
Written by CLAUS STAAL
LAST UPDATE: January 2020
Getting into a Collectible Card Game (CCG) is difficult. You have so many questions, I know I did, and chances are that you'll feel a bit overwhelmed and maybe eventually just give up and leave the game altogether before even getting started. DON'T!!!
Star Wars Destiny is an amazing game, and this comprehensive guide will hopefully help you answer most of your questions, help you avoid spending too much money or save you from some of the frustrations that others have had, but could have easily been spared.
I've separated the article into different parts, and you might know everything about one part, while you want more information about another, in which case you just skip the parts that you already know everything about!
2. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE PLAYING STAR WARS DESTINY?
Often you'll be concerned whether or not you'll be able to find someone to play Star Wars Destiny with on a regular basis. Maybe you and your partner, or a small group of friends, bought into the game, made your first few purchases, but you don't want to be "stuck" playing with the same group of people constantly. Finding a local play group can be essential to the feeling of the game "being worth the investment".
Although there are no exact data to be found on the number of people actively playing Star Wars Destiny, be aware that Destiny is not nearly as popular or as widespread as Magic the Gathering, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh. The big three, the aforementioned CCG's, are played everywhere and you can walk into almost any gaming store in the world and find a fairly large group of people playing those games. Magic has more than 20 million players worldwide!!! Comparatively Destiny probably only count some 10.000+ players.
You might not even have a proper play group in you local area, and although the game is incredibly good, it is still a niche game compared to the established giants. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to this. One advantage is that you'll have a great deal of influence on the development of you local scene, while a disadvantage is that you'll experience gaming nights with very few people showing up, and that can be dissuasive, to say the least, for putting a lot of hard work into community building.
I'm not saying this to dissuade you from getting into the game, but for you to understand that if you just started playing Destiny, it is not a game with tens of thousands of players everywhere, far from it. At my first tournament, in March 2017, there were 4 players! 3 of the 4 players had come along on my accord, and I was expecting to meet a minimum of 20+ players. If we hadn't shown up there would have been 1 player at the event!
In Copenhagen (Denmark), a Nordic capital of approx. 1.000.000 people, we are now a regular play group of 20+ players, which is considered big in the European Destiny scene, and the play group has definitely gone through its ups and downs. Now, it looks like it's stagnating and it's been a while since we've seen new players join. Many are the stories of local communities that are totally "dead" ... doesn't mean the game is dead though.
There's no doubt though that you'll need to put some work into establishing a good local scene. This "Community Building 101 article" by Italian community builder extraordinaire Filippo Bosi is a good place to start! He also did an excellent article on how to start doing demo-games in your local store!
NB. The data to come out of the current Prime Championship tournament season (October 2019 - present) does indicate a slight decrease in the tournament attendees! Whether or not that means that fewer people are playing Destiny generally is still unknown.
3. WHAT KIND OF SCUM ARE PLAYING?
This is where the real reward lies. Once you have your local play group up and running, you'll realise - at least I did (and I hear similar stories from many other places) - that the kind of people that do play Star Wars Destiny are just amazing. We've had Magic players join our Destiny group and they all say the same: "The people, and the community as an extension, are just amazing. Inclusive, friendly and incredibly caring".
(Photo of the YOUR Destiny group together with lead designer Jeremy Zwirn at Worlds 2018).
It really has to do with the anatomy of the Star Wars Destiny groups. Many of the players are a bit older (compared to other CCG's), in their mid-20's and up, have full time jobs and family obligations. For most of those, Destiny is not only a way of gaming, but also of socializing. It's also about enjoying the game (obviously), but it is something that gives them space to do something "for themselves" in an otherwise busy everyday life.
In our local gaming club, ASK, we've arranged a traditional Danish Christmas Lunch, a BBQ and various impromptu social gatherings. Such activities would have been hard to create had it not been for the personal qualities of the people involved in the play group.
The people playing Star Wars Destiny are just MY KIND OF SCUM!
4. IS DESTINY EXPENSIVE?
Well ... Destiny is NOT cheap! The game is advertised as a collectible card game, and it can easily become very expensive if you are a collector (i.e. you want to own every single copy of the card in the game and preferably multiple copies of it). There are currently (as of January 2020): 9 full Expansion sets, 6 Starter Sets, 1 Two-Player Starter, 2 Draft Sets, which makes for a total of: 1576 cards.
That's obviously going to set you back quite a hefty amount if you are aiming for multiple copies of the whole lot. There's a tentative "Buyer's Guide" later in the article, but for now I'll just mention that there are several ways to get into the game without breaking the bank (unless you are a collector - in which case you are looking at an initial investment of upwards 2000$). This is of course nothing compared to the fact that I recently saw a BETA BLACK LOTUS (the most expensive MtG card) for sale on eBay for 249.999,00$.
There are quite a few places where you can find older sets on offer, and there is a small, but decent second hand market for Destiny singles and collections, as well as Facebook groups and stores that also have singles in stock.
Some of the more popular groups on Facebook for sale/trade/buy are:
The second hand market is nothing like Magic where there are millions of potential buyers, but because of the relatively small player base, you might end up with loads of cards that will never see anything but the inside of a binder stocked away underneath your bed. Destiny ISN'T a good investment from a strictly monetary perspective.
5. WHAT ARE "CYCLES", "FORMATS" AND "ROTATION"?
So, you just bought your first Starter Set (maybe the Two-player Starter Set, which is still considered a good starting point), find a great offer on some Destiny Booster Displays somewhere on the dark web, and now you suddenly hear about this phenomenon of ROTATION, and you start wondering if you made a wrong choice in buying whatever you ended up buying.
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" (various sets that have been bundled together according to their release date) in order to determine which sets are up for rotation and when (we'll deal with what the rotation in Star Wars Destiny looks like a bit later).
The FIRST CYCLE of cards that were released is called the "Awakenings Cycle" (from the name of the first expansion in the set: Awakenings). The set can be recognized by all the product sealing being predominantly BLACK. The set consists of:
1. Awakenings Expansion Set
2. Spirit of Rebellion Expansion Set.
3. Empire at War Expansion Set.
4. Kylo Ren Starter Set.
5. Rey Starter Set.
The SECOND CYCLE of cards that were released is called the "Legacies Cycle" (from the name of the first expansion in the set: Legacies). The set can be recognized by all the product sealing being predominantly WHITE with RED writing. The set consists of:
1. Legacies Expansion Set
2. Way of the Force Expansion Set.
3. Across the Galaxy Expansion Set.
4. Two-Player Starter Set.
5. Boba Fett Starter Set.
6. Luke Skywalker Starter Set.
7. Rivals Draft Set.
The THIRD CYCLE of cards that were released is called the "Convergence Cycle" (from the name of the first expansion in the set: Convergence). The set can be recognized by all the product sealing being predominantly WHITE (marbled) with BLACK writing. The set consists of:
1. Convergence Expansion Set
2. Spark of Hope Expansion Set.
3. Covert Missions Expansion Set (Release: Jan 17, 2020)
4. General Grievous Starter Set.
6. Obi-Wan Kenobi Starter Set.
7. Allies of Necessity Draft Set.
The product in the "dashed box" (3) is yet unannounced and an unreleased product of the Convergence Cycle, but is expected to release at the end of 2019.
That gives you the following cycles of cards:
6. THREE FORMATS IN STAR WARS DESTINY:
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:
EXPANSIONS: Awakenings, Spirit of Rebellion and Empire at War.
STARTER SETS: Rey Starter and Kylo Ren Starter.
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.
EXPANSIONS: Convergence, Spark of Hope and Covert Missions.
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 1576 cards in use in Infinite Format.
6.1. STANDARD FORMAT IN STAR WARS DESTINY:
Currently Fantasy Flight Games is running their entire Organized Play Competitive Circuit, from Prime Championships to the 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:
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:
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 the first set in the "New Cycle"), then the Standard Format will look as follows:
This future change to the Standard Format is likely to take place in medio 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 1082 cards in use in Standard Format.
6.2. 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 516 cards as opposed to 1082 cards currently in use in Standard Format and 1576 cards in use in Infinite Format).
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!
6.3. OVERVIEW OF ELIGIBILITY:
Mashed into a simplified graphical overview, these sets are currently eligible for play in the three different formats:
7. THE HOLOCRON DOCUMENTS:
"Holocron documents" is a silly name Fantasy Flight Games use to describe their "rules documents" for the various formats. If you are still in doubt whether or not a given expansion is available for a certain format, just go to those documents. You can find them in our resource section or just click the link below.
A couple of important notes regarding the Holocron Documents are:
- The changes made to the points cost of characters in the game. If a character is mentioned with a points change in the Holocron that change takes precedence over any points cost printed on the actual card.
- Many characters have had subtypes, i.e. Leader, Trooper, Advisor, etc., added to their characters, which are not printed on the actual card. The Holocron, again, takes precedence over the actual card.
- The restricted list for each format. The restricted list indicate a list of cards of which you can only choose 1 to include in your deck. You can still bring two or more copies in your deck of any card, but you can only ever include 1 card from the restricted list.
All ERRATAS (of which there are quite a few) and BANS (of which there are currently none) will be written into the Holocron Documents, while the FAQ and Rules Clarifications can be found in the Rules Reference Guide (we will look at that in the next section).
Changes to the points cost of characters in the game is called "Balance of the Force" (it is a Star Wars game after all), and can be found on the second page of each Holocron Document. This is important as you don't want to start constructing decks with characters that cannot be played together because their points cost have been modified.
The Holocrons are updated all the time so be sure to check them out regularly. Normally Fantasy Flight Games will issue a press release whenever the Holocrons are updated.
8. WHERE TO FIND THE RULES:
So, you decided to spend your money on buying some booster packs, displays or even a collection, and suddenly you have a lot of questions concerning rules and so on ... There a lot of of things that are not covered in the small rules pamphlet that is included in the Starter Sets.
A good advice is to get your first couple of games in with someone who already knows the game quite well ... but as we already talked about, your local gaming community might be non-existing, which means that you'll often be left on your own.
I started out watching this video, and while it's almost 3 years old and does lack quite a few things (including game mechanics that has been introduced later), it is still a good basic introduction to the game.
If you are already past this step, and do have basic knowledge of the game, maybe you already had your first 10 games in, but are still left with a lot of questions on details of the game, then it might be time for you to look through the "RULES REFERENCE" (RRG).
A game like Destiny is bound to develop quite fast and rules/cards might have to be clarified or even changed (errata'ed) to reflect how the game should work, not just in theory, but also in reality.
The RULES REFERENCE is the definitive guide to rules questions. It's a 31 page document and while most players will never read it from start to end, it is definitely worth studying if you intend to play in a local tournament or just have random rules questions that the pamphlet doesn't offer the answers to. Does it mean that you'll get every single rules question answered there? Probably not, but it's a good starting point! I have it downloaded to my iPad which means that I can search for keywords in the document, which is handy if I need to look up something specific.
It says in the bottom of the document which version it is. We are currently operating under the Rules Reference Version 2.2. (October 2, 2019).
If you still have a lot of unanswered questions, then you can always go to one of the many Facebook Groups, either local, national or international to seek answers to you questions. The largest group with some 12500+ members is STAR WARS: DESTINY. It's moderated, and although there are still some badass internet warriors there, it's probably one of the best community resources you'll have access to.
If you cannot find the answer to your questions in the Rules Reference, then Fantasy Flight Games also publish Official Rulings and Rules Clarification in a community thread on their website and you can submit rules questions here!
9. WHAT TO BUY?
There's a lot of stuff that can be bought for Star Wars Destiny, and it's really only your wallet that limits you.
I usually tell people to buy from their LOCAL GAME STORE (I even wrote an article about why), but if that's not an option, then there are loads of online retailers that carry Star Wars Destiny products!
I always recommend that you buy depending on your needs!
10. I'M GOING TO PLAY AGAINST MY BEST FRIEND ONCE PER MONTH:
Buy 2 x Two-Player Starter Sets, maybe add in 2 x Allies of Necessity (the Convergence draft set) and a few booster packs (preferably from the Convergence cycle). That should keep you and your friend happy for the first couple of months, and if you still like it, you can add on.
And why wold you buy two of each? Because in Star Wars Destiny characters are defined as being played with either 1 or 2 dice. A NON-UNIQUE character is normally played with 1 die whereas a UNIQUE character can be played with either 1 or 2 dice. It is indicated on a character whether or not it's UNIQUE. When a character is played with 2 dice it is referred to as an "Elite Character".
Because characters normally come with just a single die, i.e. the characters in the Two-Player Starter Set, you'll need to buy two of the sets in order to play your characters ELITE (with 2 dice).
This sometimes frustrates players a bit, because they realize that they now have 2 cards for the characters where they in fact only need 1 card, but only purchased the last card to get the second die. Unfortunately that's how it is! BUT you also get access to another (second) copy of a lot of other usable cards. So it's not ENTIRELY wasted.
11. I'll PLAY A COUPLE OF TIMES PER MONTH:
Now, you'll probably want to add to your collection, because the original purchase you made severely limited the variety of decks (characters teams) you could play.
My first recommendation would actually be to BUY A COLLECTION. In a game like Destiny there will always be players getting out of the game. That's inevitable. And while it's a pity, we do want players to stick around, this is actually your chance to procure some cheap cards.
Second recommendation would be NOT TO BUY BOOSTER DISPLAYS! Unless you are actually building a collection there is almost no sense in buying a bunch of booster displays. If you are looking for particular characters, either because you want to build a specific deck or just because you love those characters, in most instances you'll be better off just buying those characters as singles, whether from friends or stores.
The three most expensive cards in the game are currently evaluated between 33-40 $US, and while this can seem like a lot, it is rare to see cards this expensive. Most cards that are commonly used in Destiny are inexpensive (less than 1$/card) and most of the "expensive cards" will be around 10$/card. I'll talk about evaluation of cards later.
Many Standard format decks can be purchased in full as singles for as little as 50$, while most will be around 150$, but compare that to the purchase of 2 Booster Displays where you'll end up with tons of cards and dice you don't need, then I know where I would put my money!! Although there is always the possibility of trading cards, but if your local gaming scene is small, chances might be slim.
12. I'LL PLAY REGULARLY IN MY LOCAL GAME STORE:
Alright, now we are talking.
If playing regularly, maybe as much as once per week in your Local Gaming Store or with a larger group of friends, and you want to be able to field as many decks as possible, then I'd definitely recommend buying a collection as your starting point adding Booster Displays to make up for the sets that are incomplete. You might not be a collector, but if you need access to every single card in the game, then expect to put down some cash.
DO NOT VIEW IT AS AN INVESTMENT!
I've heard a few players talk about Destiny as an investment. It's a bad investment just like a car is a bad investment. There are absolutely no guarantee that your cards will retain their value, so do yourself the favor and just look at the cards from a pragmatical perspective. They'll enable you to do exactly what you wanted: Play Destiny (and possibly every deck imaginable).
In the YOUR Destiny Podcast Episode 17, we briefly talk about the topic of buying cards, and we use Mads Utzon, co-host of the podcast, as an example of the buying pattern of an exclusively competitive player. Mads has never bought a single booster pack. He purchased 2 Two-Player Starter Sets and 2 Rivals Draft Sets, that's it! Any other card he has ever needed for any competitive deck he played at tournaments, he has either borrowed or bought as singles.
13. I WANT TO TRADE, BUT WHAT ARE CARDS WORTH?
Cards in Star Wars Destiny are separated into 4 different RARITY categories:
- Common (marked light blue)
- Uncommon (marked yellow)
- Rare (marked green)
- Legendary (marked purple)
When you buy a BOOSTER PACK and/or a FULL BOOSTER DISPLAY (36 Booster Packs), you'll receive the following distribution of cards (into rarity):
RARE and LEGENDARY cards come with a die associated, both COMMON and UNCOMMON cards do not have die.
The distribution of Uncommon/Common/Rare/Legendary in the fifth expansion for Star Wars Destiny, "Way of the Force", was:
- TOTAL NUMBER OF CARDS IN SET: 160
- 57 Common = 35%
- 43 Uncommon = 27%
- 43 Rare = 27%
- 17 Legendary = 11%
But the second hand market is a "buyer's/seller's market", sometimes it's to the advantage of the seller and sometimes to the advantage of the buyer. Capitalism man ... In order to not get "cheated" in a trade most people will usually consult a guide of prices for singles, which often (although not always) reflects the buyer/seller situation on the current market.
Sometimes prizes do change dependent on the meta, i.e. Handcrafted Lightbow, which in the early Spirit of Rebellion meta wasn't played often and was considered too weak to regularly feature in decks whereas it went through a renaissance in the Legacies meta and often featured in decks and the price was adjusted accordingly (it's now down to 5$ again):
There are a few guides for figuring out what the price is for a single Destiny card. The resource that is being used the most is the CHANCE CUBE: PRICE WATCH hosted by the Star Wars Destiny content creator network The Chance Cube.
While that is not a definitive price guide it is a good starting point for players who have no idea how to evaluate their cards. The prices in the Price Watch are accumulated from the prices of Destiny singles in stores across the US and a few stores outside of the US as well (showing high, low and average prices).
14. WHAT IS THE TOURNAMENT SCENE LIKE?
(WAITING FOR UPDATES - Jan 2, 2020)
Once you have played your first games and want to test how "good you really are", you might want to get involved in the tournament scene. And while the Star Wars Destiny tournament scene is nothing compared to Magic the Gathering, that has a fully sponsored PRO TOUR, Pro Tour Qualifiers and fairly good monetary prizes involved, the Destiny tournament schedule is generally good and diversified.
OFFICIAL Star Wars Destiny Tournaments, those that are regulated by Fantasy Flight Games Organized Play, are separated into the following tiers:
ORGANIZED PLAY COMPETITIVE CIRCUIT:
- RELAXED TIER (Season events and Store Championship).
- FORMAL TIER (Prime Championships)
- PREMIER TIER (Grand, Continental and World Championship)
- PREMIER TIER (Galactic Qualifiers)
Different tiers use different rules for the organization of the tournament, i.e. how many rounds are being played, and you can find all of the Tournament Regulations here. There are also different expectations to the players depending on the tier of the tournament being played (RELAXED TIER tournaments are supposed to be for everyone no matter their skill level or knowledge of the game while PREMIER TIER competitions expect of players to have thorough knowledge of the game, the rules updates, etc. and will be played in a competitive atmosphere).
The organization of various events depend on the tier, but are generally speaking:
- RELAXED TIER events are organized by Local Game Stores that will buy official promo kits from Fantasy Flight Games Organized Play department. Most stores will be able to get their hands on several Season Event kits and one Store Championship kit. It is up to your Local Game Store to order and purchase these within a set deadline. If your LGS is not particularly active with Destiny, it might be a good idea to ask them to order it.
- FORMAL TIER events, Prime Championships, are also organized by Local Game Stores, but supply is much more limited. Not all Game Stores will receive a kit, and they need to apply for it from Fantasy Flight Games Organized Play department.
- PREMIER TIER events, like Grand Championships, are organized by Fantasy Flight Games. These events are huge, sometimes tickets can be difficult to get because of demand, and in 2018 there were reserved tickets for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, with just a portion of the tickets available for the general public (the same will be the case for Worlds 2019, while Worlds 2020 is advertised as an "invite only" event).
You can find our full tournament guide here as well as some links to articles we've compiled about getting ready for tournaments!
15. WHAT ARE TOURNAMENT PRIZES LIKE?
As already stated, if you are coming in from the competitive Magic the Gathering scene (or any other high stakes game) you'll be sorely disappointed with the tournament prizes in Destiny.
THERE ARE NO SPONSORSHIPS AND NO MONETARY PRIZES!
This a general policy for Fantasy Flight Games. Agree or disagree, but that's how it is.
If you are in it for the big bucks, I'd actually recommend that you take up Poker, and then you can enjoy Destiny on the side. I know that people often talk about Magic as the benchmark of earning money from playing cards, but that's silly, when according to the June 2018 update on all-time earnings the TOP10 for poker players compared to the TOP10 MtG players were:
I know that it sounds like a jab at Magic, and it really isn't. I'm just saying, if the monetary prizes are what fires up your engine, why not go all in on it? Sometimes putting things in perspective alters the way you see them.
Prize Kits for Star Wars Destiny tournaments are more moderate and have previously consisted of :
Usually prizes includes Alternative Art Cards (regular cardboard for participation and Acrylic spotgloss for top spots), Acrylic Tokens for the game, Play Mats for the top players and a Trophy. Most of it can be kept to spice up your games and make your decks look flashy or be sold on the second hand market. Prices on the second hand market for collectible items are "ok" and in some instances have been enough to fund a trip for a player who wanted nothing but the experience and glory, and couldn't care less about the various prizes.
GALACTIC QUALIFIERS, a tournament format now discontinued by Fantasy Flight Games Organized Play, used a different system of prizes unique to the "Organized Play 'Open' Circuit". I wrote an article about that ... you might still find those acetate cards for sale - that's where they came from.
If you are buying prizes, i.e. cards/tokens/play mats, on the second hand market just be aware of what kit you are buying from. A play mat from a Store Championship should not be evaluated as highly as a play mat from a Regional Championship, which in turn should be less worth than a Nationals play mat. There will be hundreds of Store Championship play mats while play mats from Nationals will be much more scarce. Generally speaking, buying alternative art cards, etc. is much cheaper after a couple of months, whereas straight after a tournament it's incredibly overpriced.
Some of the cards are printed in a gibberish language called "Aurebesh", and it is the "official" Star Wars language. Be aware that normally the quality of the alternative art cards is different from that of your normal cards, and you'll be able to see the difference on the back (sometimes the size also differ slightly).
The content creator Amanda Reynolds aka JediGeekGirl from I Rebel - A Star Wars Destiny Podcast keeps an archive of every single promotional product released by Fantasy Flight Games for Star Wars Destiny. If you are a true collector you might find some of the products quite difficult to come by as they were released in EXTREMELY LIMITED quantities (and the price follows that limited availability!).
16. WHAT CARDS/TOKENS ARE LEGAL?
Star Wars Destiny is being distributed around the world in plethora of languages, including: English, German, French, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, etc. (I've probably missed a lot of languages).
All cards published by Fantasy Flight Games, whether pulled from a booster pack or bought on the second hand market are legal for official games, no matter the language.
There are a number of custom made (often referred to as fan made) alternative cards made, sometimes circulated at tournaments, given as gifts to patrons by content creators or even sold in web stores, and while many of them are super cool and extremely well made, they are not legal at tournaments. If you do decide to bring one, you should always consult the Tournament Organizer (TO) to hear about specific legality at that tournament and bring the original card just in case!
In the Tournament Regulations document released by FFG, they note about legality:
There are a lot of cool stuff that can be used to swag up your games of Star Wars Destiny:
- *). All tokens are displayed on a custom made play mat used by the YOUR Destiny crew.
- 1). Original FFG tokens that can be won in various tournaments.
- 2). Third party token set from Buy The Same Token.
- 3). Third party Power Action Tokens donated by CPH Laser Design for YOUR Destiny.
17. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
There are basically no limitations to what you can spend your money on as a Destiny player. There are so many things out there.
At some point you might wonder how to store your cards and dice, what sleeves to use for your cards, and what play mat to choose (if you haven't already won one at a tournament). Maybe you need a dice tray or whatever else merchandise you can imagine. It's up to you and the size your wallet to decide what you want to spend your money on!
The only requirements for tournament play relates to card sleeves:
So, if you intend to participate in a larger Destiny tournament you'll need to get hold of some opaque sleeves for your cards! Chances are that you'll want those any ways as to not wear your cards down after the first riffle shuffle.
NB. Opaque Sleeves means sleeves that does not reveal the backside of your cards.
18. MORE READINGS:
We constantly release articles on our website, but these links might be particularly useful for you:
- Tournament Players Guide
- Explaning Destiny - Archetypes
- Deck Analyses
- Across the Galaxy Set Review
- Way of the Force Set Review
19. CONTENT CREATORS & RESOURCES:
Now you've spent most of your money on Star Wars Destiny cards and merchandise, and you are all fired up for your first tournament! And you realize that it would be great to know a bit about what's going on in the world of Destiny.
There are a lot of content creators in Destiny, and you can spend most of your day looking at other people's deck builds, read articles about how to become a better Destiny player, get advice on everything from specific deck match-ups to what stuff you should buy (but that's probably already too late!).
The following is a suggested list of content creators that I myself either regularly listen to, read or consult. I do not pretend to have a full overview of every single content creator out there nor do I assume that I'm right on the buck in my estimation of them (if you are one of the content creators mentioned and feel my characterization is off, please contact me):
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I'd be an idiot though, if I did not start off by saying that I think you should listen to the YOUR Destiny Podcast, read our articles (and you're already off to a good start by getting this far in the current article), see our YouTube videos and follow our live streams on Twitch.
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- The Knights of Ren Podcast always talk about loads of interesting things, both competitive and casual, while keeping a light atmosphere. They release podcasts bi-monthly.
- The Jedi Trials are competitive players and talk about the current meta while giving regular news as well. They release podcasts bi-monthly.
- I Rebel - A Star Wars Destiny Podcast is hosted by JediGeekGirl and Sarah Evans and have loads of guests in the studio to discuss Destiny. They release podcasts bi-monthly.
- Discard to Reroll is probably one of the best produced podcasts on Destiny available. The quality is studio quality and the host Mr. Chip is really funny with a great voice. They release podcasts monthly.
- The Chance Cube Network is a "live podcast" with great ambience, news from the world of Destiny and some cool synergy between the hosts and guests. They release podcasts weekly.
- Golden Dice Podcast talk news and competitive play and usually release podcasts monthly, although more frequently during tournament seasons.
- Jackalmen Games go over spoilers, news and do tournament reports.
- Dice of Failure Podcast is engaging in meta discussions and tournament reports.
- The Garbage Will Do is a UK based podcast for casual players.
- Arrow Brook Gaming release bi-monthly podcasts primarily focusing on competitive play.
- TheHyperloops are some of the most productive content creators out there. They always release a vast amount of articles, tech-videos and really cater for the competitive players. Their hosts are some of the best Star Wars Destiny players around.
- The Destiny Council are great deck builders, superb players and release articles fairly often and release the occasional video as well.
- I Rebel - A Star Wars Destiny Podcast also has a website with articles and a tons of statistical material! If you wanna know when, where and how often something happened this is the place to go.
- The Chance Cube Network use their website for resource materials and probably the most visited page in Destiny: The Chance Cube Price Watch. They also provide a vast amount of great live coverage from US based tournaments on their Twitch account.
- Artificery produce great articles, have a base of amazing tournament players and probably the best livestreams for Destiny.
- Team Covenant offers a broad range of activities, release videos, exclusive interviews and articles. They produce content in absolutely top quality!
- Golden Dice Podcast release articles once a week and also run live streams on their Twitch Account.
- Arrow Brook Gaming is spearheaded by some of the best players in the game, including the current World Champion, and occasionally release articles for their website.
- Jackalmen Games are mostly known for constantly making cards and dice available for Table Top Simulator, but also release articles and other goodies on their website.
- Outer Rim Smugglers is a relatively new website producing articles for beginners and competitive players alike.
- Arrow Brook Gaming release LOADS of game play videos using competitive decks.
- Jackalmen Games release TTS game play videos as well as make podcasts available on their Channel.
- Dice Commando release high quality live game recordings.
- Outer Rim Smugglers release TTS game play videos.
- T3-Gaming release loads of high quality live game recordings.
- MGB - Monk's Gaming Battlefield release lots of TTS videos using all sorts of decks.
- L8 Night Gaming release weekly videos with various competitive decks.
- Star Wars Destiny Deckbuilder (SWDESTINYDB) is the premium online deck building resource. They include new cards as soon as they are spoiled and allow you to create decks directly in the database, save them and even export to Table Top Simulator.
- Table Top Simulator is invaluable for competitive and casual Destiny players alike. We'll soon release an in-depth guide to how to get started with TTS.
- Fantasy Flight Games is owned by Asmodee, one of the world's largest distributors of games. Sometimes it happens that you buy a booster pack, and the Rare or Legendary card in the pack is mismatched with the die. It doesn't happen too often, but it is bound to happen at some point or the other. Asmodee actually has pretty good customer service when it comes to replacing product pieces that are broken or missing. The RULE for mismatched products is: If your card does not correspond with the die included in the booster pack, Asmodee will send you a replacement card for the corresponding die. They do not replace the die unless it is damaged! ALWAYS KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS as proof of purchase, otherwise Asmodee is not going to replace your damaged product! Also remember to read the FAQ on their Customer Service Policy for Star Wars Destiny Products. Use this link to submit request for a replacement product.
LAST UPDATED January 2019: