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This week we are going to take a brief look at Poe/Maz and the State of the Current Meta. We also have some big announcements here at Ready to Role. We are proud to announce a new sponsor, the conclusion of a giveaway, and a new giveaway!
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POE/MAZ AND THE STATE OF THE CURRENT META
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The Top 8 decks at the 2017 European Championships raise a lot of questions of which nobody has an answer. If Poe/Maz is so good, why didn’t it win? How did the runner-up get through the entire tournament without playing against a single Poe/Maz? Is 3 out of the top 8 spots a respectable showing for Poe/Maz? Poe/Maz? Poe/Maz????
I am not at all qualified to help anyone build a Poe/Maz deck or teach you how to play it. I’m also not brandishing a torch and pitchfork and calling for a nerf. Instead, I simply want to make some observations:
- Poe/Maz is undeniably the most successful deck in the current meta. The Chance Cube is reporting that Poe/Maz is winning 40% of Store Championships. Sure, it didn’t win the European Championships, but it did populate 37.5% of the Top 8.
- There is no such thing as the “best” deck. Tiny Grimes has compiled a list of NINETEEN viable decks. Each of these decks has its strengths and weakness against each of the other decks. We are only one month into Spirit of Rebellion and I believe that players as a whole have not yet scratched the surface of optimization. At this past weekend’s Store Championship, there was not a single duplicative character in the Top 4: eDooku/eVentress, eKylo/eVaderDA (me), eBala/FN-2199,Nightsister, and ePhasma/Guavian/Trooper. This is a wide variety.
- One of Poe/Maz’s specialities is damage to all characters because of Thermal Detonator and U-Wing. This is stifling low-health three character lists. Nobody wants to bring a deck to a tournament that can take 6-9 damage from one die of the most popular deck.
- Poe/Maz is also stifling decks that rely heavily on special sides because of Cunning.
- I expect we will see a reduction in Poe/Maz players once they have won their respective Store Championships. It’s the easy way to that #1 spot on the podium. Afterwards, their hearts may grow three-times their normal size and decide to stay at home or bring a fun deck to the next one instead of taking every store in a 200 mile radius.
- I think we may have weathered the initial blitzkreig of Poe/Maz wins. Players are adapting. As an example, a local player was lamenting that he was unable to resolve his ePalp dice throughout an entire tournament. This is obviously a byproduct of players running more removal to deal with Poe’s dice. At this weekend’s Store Championship, no Poe/Maz deck made it into the Top 4.
- If we see a reduction in Poe/Maz, we’ll see more 3 character lists. The aforementioned Phasma deck, which came in second at Worlds, would instantly become a strong candidate.
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Credit: Marek Okulewicz