Playing Darth Vader After Rotation

This Friday at 6pm CST, I will be playing in the Covenant Masters Finale Trilogy event (and we will be streaming it on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch)! With the release of Convergence comes the rotation of sets 1, 2, and 3 out of standard play. Knowing this was on the horizon, I decided to build a different deck for each of the Swiss rounds!

These are the decks I will be playing on stream:

Darth Vader + Jawa + Retribution
Doctor Aphra + Snoke + Executioner + Bitter Rivalry
Kylo + Anakin
Palpatine + Veteran Stormtrooper + Retribution
Rey + Han
Yoda + Luke Skywalker + Stolen Intel

Darth Vader has been my favorite Star Wars character since I was 8 years old. I knew as soon as I started building six new decks for Covenant Masters that I would be building one with Darth Vader, a Terror to Behold.

Without the first three sets, Vader loses a lot of tools that made it worth pairing him with Greedo before rotation. I decided to pair him with the Jawa to gain access to Retribution, a 1-point plot, and to gain an action whenever you use the power action on Theed Royal Palace.

Below is the current version of my Vader deck!

Battlefield: Theed Royal Palace

Plot: Retribution

Characters:
Jawa Scavenger
Elite Darth Vader

Upgrades: 9
x1  Dagger of Mortis
x2  Darth Vader’s Lightsaber
x2  Force Jump
x2  Bloodlust
x2  Treasured Lightsaber

Support: 1
x1  Vader’s Fist

Events: 15
x1  Become One
x2  Clash
x2  Conflicted
x1  Dark Ritual
x2  Doubt
x2  Fear and Dead Men
x2  Hidden Motive
x2  Mislead
x2  Respite
x2  Triple Threat
x2  Witch Magick

Deck Overview: If you want to play a deck that makes you feel like you’re Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One (here is the scene, in case you need to see it one more time), this deck is pretty close! His character dice are the best in the game and every time your opponent removes any number of your character dice, Retribution lets you deal a damage to your opponent. Paired with Vader’s power action, which lets you roll any of his removed character dice back into the pool, he becomes nearly impossible to control.

Opening Hand: Witch Magick lets you reveal the top three cards of your deck and heal a damage from a character for every odd-costed card. The deck includes ten even-costed cards (Treasured Lightsaber, Doubt, Fear and Dead Men, Hidden Motive, Respite), so I am always looking to keep those cards (except Fear and Dead Men) in my opening hand. These are all good early and let you thin your deck of even costed cards to make Witch Magick more consistent later in the game. Paired with Vader’s 15 health, he can be quite nearly impossible to overcome!

Finishing Moves: Darth Vader is so powerful that this deck can win just by keeping him on the table for an extra turn or two. There is a one of Dark Ritual in case things go poorly and they are able to defeat Darth Vader quickly, along with a slew of healing and control cards to keep him alive. Once you get a few upgrades on Vader though, he will start cutting down characters left and right! If you happen to roll into resources and have Vader’s Fist in hand, that’s another card that can easily seal your victory.


I have been excited about rotation since before the release of Across the Galaxy. It is clear that the Destiny design team has learned so much from the design of the early sets, so I am excited to see both the staple cards from the first few sets go away and the new tools decks like this one get with the release of Convergence!

If you’re planning to get a Convergence Saga Set (like me) I recommend doing so soon. You can see the shipping estimate in the title, which currently reads ‘within one week’. We recently ran out of ‘on release’ sets and expect to run out of the ‘within one week’ sets in the next few weeks!

If you prefer booster boxes, check out our Destiny Booster Box Subscriptions. It works like an automatic pre-order system, where you sign up (for free) to automatically receive booster boxes as new sets are released. You don’t get charged until a week or two before release and if you are in the U.S., boxes tend to show up on release.