- Having played my first tournament against decks with
Crusade/Explorer/Corporate/Legacy Piles (from the Crusade expansion), I
thought I'd give my impression and see whether others agree or disagree:
1. Piles make your deck one step faster.
2. Any deck will be improved by adding a Pile.
3. You can't play without them unless you like a real challenge.
1. Piles make your deck one step faster: I mostly saw Explorer piles in
play. New Team resulted in three free promotions; Pieces of the Puzzle
resulted in +1 influence; Marata Fleets resulted in 24 free military;
various other cards added characters or conflicts as free draws. The
promotions were each about a turn's worth of influence, the Marata
fleets likewise (i.e. you could get the same thing "the conventional
way", but it would cost you a turn to promote or sponsor a decent
2. Any deck will be improved by adding a Pile: The cost of adding a
Pile to your deck is negligible or nonexistent. But even if the pile
were full cards the like of Carn Mollari, Hunter-Prey, and Master of
Deception, that's a character for sponsoring things, a conflict you can
play aftermaths on, or another aftermath for Legacy, extra cards for
Telepathic Scan to draw, extra cards to shuffle back in with Different
Perspectives, Imperial Telepaths, etc. And the cards are *considerably*
better than Carn, Hunter, and Master. :-)
3. You can't play without a Pile unless you like a real challenge:
Because of the previous points, playing without a Pile is like playing a
sport with five players when the other guy has six. Sure, in hockey
you occasionally score when the other team has a power play, but why
choose to play like that (unless there was a mismatch in player skill
you're trying to even out)?
I must congratulate Precedence for their marketing and -- as a player --
condemn Precedence for making an expansion that you can't live without.
Previous expansions have all provided some new, nice cards that could
make old decks marginally better, and provide some new decks and ways of
playing (i.e. Drakh, ISA, Psi Corps), but you could -- if you chose --
skip an expansion and get along just fine. Or just buy a handful of
packs and trade for the cards you need to make your old decks "keep
up". Many of us probably bought several booster boxes anyway, but I
never felt "forced" to buy before Crusade. I wonder what future
expansions have in store?
I'm anxious to hear from you who have more experience with Crusade
Piles. Are my first impressions correct?
- At 13:49 1/01/01 -0700, you wrote:
>Having played my first tournament against decks withI'm from Barcelona and i'm haven't received the Crusade boosters yet... I
>Crusade/Explorer/Corporate/Legacy Piles (from the Crusade expansion), I
>thought I'd give my impression and see whether others agree or disagree:
would like to know what is all this Crusade Piles thing... Thanks a lot.
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