To Catch a Jedi, a Tales of War Deck

Written by MrsSomethingStarWars

Ahsoka Tano on the run! After an attack on the Jedi Temple, Anakin Skywalker’s young Padawan found herself accused of murdering the person responsible for the bombings. With no choice but to run, she was chased by her Master, who begged her to turn herself in.

Knowing there is little hope of being cleared of the crimes, Ahsoka decided to find out the truth and prove her innocence on her own….

To Catch a Jedi is the nineteenth episode of season five of The Clone Wars. This episode is the second installment of a three-episode story arch bringing the season to its shocking conclusion. In this episode, we find a desperate Ahsoka Tano striking a bargain with the nefarious Asajj Ventress in the depths of Coruscant in an effort to set the record straight. Band of Outcasts, a Tales of War deck puts their fate in your hands.

Developing this deck was definitely a process. Originally, the deck was built to amplify each character’s abilities. It focused on melee damage, resource production, and downgrades. It wasn’t until I rewatched the episode that I realized my deck did not capture the spirit of the mission. Ahsoka and Ventress did not set out to kill their opponents. They were evading capture while gathering evidence to clear Ahsoka’s name, so she, in turn, could petition the Senate to pardon Ventress.

Ventress says so herself, she has turned a new leaf and “didn’t kill a single one” of their would-be captors. Creating an aggressively offensive deck was off the mark, so I rebuilt the deck as a mill deck. While my options were expanded by including hero and villain cards in the draw deck, I was limited to Force Users which restricted my ability to use cards like Buy Out. In my research, I uncovered Three Rules to Mill By. Fantasy Flight Games released this article a little over a year ago and addresses the controversial archetype of mill. I recommend reading the whole article, but to summarize, it goes into detail how mill exploits a necessary mechanic of the game. Making the decision to pursue mill was not easily made, but ultimately best fit the theme of this deck.

The new and improved Band of Outcasts deck utilizes shields, healing damage, and focussing dice as its key mechanics. There are only 7 sides showing discard, so focussing is essential to maximize usage. Then there are the cards which allow you to discard the top card of a deck. This requires settling in for the long haul. 


That’s all I have for you today. Next time, I’ll be covering the foil of this deck; Tarkin, Barriss and [TBD]. As they conspire to bring Ahsoka Tano down for the fall.

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