No Legend Decks

One of the frequently debated topics in the Star Trek Adversaries Discord is whether or not Legendaries are necessary, and how competitive can a new player be without them?

The below lists and commentary are curtesy of Zhugebob.  He has been able to demonstrate the capability of getting towards the top of the leader board without the most hard to come by cards in the game.

Constitution Refit

Refit is probably one of the hardest ships to play without legendaries do to its control-themed nature. Even so, in the right hands, this no-legendary Refit can still work wonders.

Proper use of the crew here is vital. Pike, Hirogen Beta, Kim, Wesley Crusher and Reginald Barclay each counter one of the main archtypes. It might be worth trying to retreat the ships you play them on in order to put them back into the deck against certain opponents.

Early game board control is also critical. Notice that there are no 1 drops in this deck and it runs a rather odd inclusion: Stolen Nebula Class. Many people dislike that ship, but it’s quite comparable to the Klingon 2/1 with a core breach summon. While it doesn’t do 2 damage to the face when it dies, the 1/2 stat line is actually better for dealing with many of the 1/1 ships you are likely to encounter in the early game. The Refit runs lots of “sticky” ships that are hard to remove so that you’ll always have a place for crew and you’ll always keep your opponent off-balance when they try to clear your board. This is to buy you time to use the Constitution Refit’s unparalleled Core Cards to outlast the enemy.

I eagerly accept the challenge to play this deck without a single legendary, but you’re welcome to add in the one or two that you might have right now. I highly recommend Rom (for purging recursive cards like Burnam or the Duras), Harry Mudd, Enterprise E, and Borg Cube as these cards tend to translate to card advantage.

Decklist

Gorn 1
Stolen Nebula Class 2
Tellarite Patrol Ship 2
Travis Mayweather 1
Type 15
Shuttlepod 2
Christopher Pike 1
Constellation Class Starship 2
Hirogen Beta 1
Hirogen Heavy Warship 2
Miranda Class Starship 2
Wesley Crusher 1
Andorian Recon Cruiser 2
Harry Kim 1
Mercenary Hideki Fighter 2
Reginald Barclay 1
Voth Research Ship 1
D’Kyr Destroyer 1
Kazon Heavy Carrier 1
Andorian Battle Cruiser 2
D’Kyr Class 1
USS Challenger NCC-71099 1

 

Miranda

The Miranda is all about its retreating and Area of Effect damage (AoE).

You’ll often want to only use the special as it gives you an incredibly useful ship for retreating that is hard to deal with. You’ll also almost always want to have the AoE core card “Covered Retreat” ready for a turn when your opponent floods the board with ships to try to deal with your own small retreat ships.

Kim is vital for the deck as he gives another useful tool for retreating and clearing the enemy board. Disguised Retreat is also a great core card for combining with Kim and Covered Retreat to do huge board clearing effects.

Interestingly, in my experience, I’ve found the no-legendary Miranda variant to be stronger than my legendary variant when matched up against aggro decks like the NX. As it turns out, there are some major advantages to having lots of sturdy low-cost ships. If you are lucky enough to be blessed with a spare legendary replicator, I would highly recommend Tuvok. Even with him in the deck, there’s still a good chance of only getting to use him once or never drawing him the entire game, but having an extra AoE body in the deck doesn’t hurt.

Decklist

Gorn 1
Reyga 1
Stolen Nebula Class 2
Tellarite Patrol Ship 2
Travis Mayweather 1
Type 15 Shuttlepod 2
Constellation Class Starship 2
Hirogen Beta 1
Hirogen Heavy Warship 2
Miranda Class Starship 2
Wesley Crusher 1
Andorian Recon Cruiser 2
Harry Kim 1
Reginald Barclay 1
Voth Research Ship 1
D’Kyr Destroyer 1
Kazon Heavy Carrier 1
USS Glenn NCC-1030 1
USS Odyssey NCC-71832 1
Andorian Battle Cruiser 2
D’Kyr Class 1
USS Challenger NCC-71099 1

 

NX Class

SMOrc. But seriously, the face is the place.

The NX is the most aggressive flagships that all players start with. Because it’s aggression based, it needs fewer legendaries than other decks. This makes the NX probably on of the strongest ships for the F2P Player.

The challenge of the deck arises from knowing when to use and when to save your special for a powerful ultimate (which is almost always) and when to value trading against their board rather than going for the enemy flagship. You want to deal damage to the enemy flagship of course, but sometimes you can do more damage overall by removing an enemy healing ship first or dealing with that Kumari that keeps nuking your board every turn.

If you do still have a legendary to get, I’d highly recommend the Val Jean or the Augmented Bird of Prey which do give quite a bit of value in what they can bring to the table… now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go listen to the SMOrc song again.

Decklist

Janice Rand 1
Maquis Raider 2
Type 7 Shuttlecraft 2
Ardra 1
Gorn 1
Reyga 1
Tasha Yar 1
Tellarite Patrol Ship 2
Travis Mayweather 1
Type 15 Shuttlepod 2
Columbia NX-02 1
Hirogen Beta 1
Hirogen Heavy Warship 2
Kazon Fighter 1
Miranda Class Starship 2
USS Merrimac NCC-61827 1
Reginald Barclay 1
Kazon Destroyer 2
Kazon Heavy Carrier 1
USS Glenn NCC-1030 1
USS Odyssey NCC-71832 1
Kazon Troop Carrier 2

Note:

While these lists contain no Legendary cards they do contain Epic level cards.  If there are items that you do not have, certainly jump in the Star Trek Adversaries Discord and ask in the Deck Strategy channel or reach out to Zhugebob#7881.

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