Sick Bay – Sarcophagus from PysonicHobo

Ship of the Dead – Update for Patch 1.1

The first patient to the Sick Bay comes from PysonicHobo who is looking for some tweaks and advice on playing the Sarcophagus.  I’m a huge fan of this deck, as seen in our first article “The Ship of the Dead”.  That was written prior to patch v1.1 being released, so how has that patch and the effect on the meta changed the Sarcophagus deck?

The list PysonicHobo started with was:

Maquis Raider 2
Vidiian Type 1 2
Bird of Prey 2
IKS Qu’Vat 1
Kamarag 1
Kor 1*
Lursa 1*
B’rel Bird of Prey 2
IKS Ning’tao 1
Kras 1
Hugh of Borg 1
IKS Chang 1*
IKS M’Char 1
IKS Rel’Ka 1
IKS Vor’nak 1
Kruge 1*
K’t’inga Battlecruiser 2
Val Jean 1*
D7 Cruiser 2
Kronos One 1*
Vor’cha Battlecruiser 2
IKS Toh’Kaht 1
Rogue D’deridex Warbird 1

This is a solid list, but we can definitely offer some advice on tweaking it to better fit the current meta.

As a general strategy, I still don’t think you ever want to use the ultimate ability.  The +6 attack is great, but keeping your strong ships hidden is more important.

The meta has moved to a more aggressive, and wider game recently.  There are a lot of haste ships and 1 & 2 cost guardians everywhere.  In my experience, so far, I find Koloth to be a better way to combat that than Kruge.  At the time of the first article, a few weeks so, Kruge was a workhorse, but with the faster meta, getting rid of 1 small ship just doesn’t cut it as well now.

Kurn is still a great board clear also.  Playing Lursa is always reasonable, so I would recommend taking out Kruge for either Koloth or Kurn.  I lean more towards Koloth right now, but for someone that has Kurn and not him, Kurn is still great at clearing the board.

Kor is still a must play in this deck.  Giving a ship trample and allowing you to use your basic ability is so important.

Because of the smaller, wider boards we are seeing, I am finding IKS Mo’Kai to be more useful than the Toh’Kaht.  Drawing a card is great, but the tempo swing gained from Mo’Kai is huge.  In a game where you can only have 4 ships in play, stealing one is devastating.

I didn’t use Kronos 1 in my first version, but at 5 energy now, I think that is totally reasonable to play over IKS Duras.  A 6/6 with Stealth and Overkill for only 5 energy is amazing value, and fits perfectly into this deck and if I were going to take out either IKS Duras or IKS Chang, it would be Duras.  It’s a fantastic ship, but Chang hits really hard.

The D5 Tanker can also fit well into this deck.  At 2/3, it is good at managing smaller guardians, and gets you extra energy, which is crucial in this deck.

The version of this deck that I am currently using looks like this:

Elim Garak 1* (Or Rom)
Colonel Worf 1
Maquis Raider 2
Vidiian Type 1 2
Bird of Prey 2
IKS Qu’Vat 1
Kor 1*
B’rel Bird of Prey 2
D5 Tanker 2
IKS Ning’tao 1
Koloth 1*
Kras 1
IKS Chang 1*
IKS M’Char 1
IKS Rel’Ka 1
IKS Vor’nak 1
K’t’inga Battlecruiser 2
Val Jean 1*
D7 Cruiser 2
Vor’cha Battlecruiser 2
IKS Mo’Kai 1
Kronos One 1*

In an aggressive deck that likes to use the basic ability, Colonel Worf is pretty solid.  1 energy for +3/+1 is great value.

By using Koloth instead of Kurn we can make use of some other non-stealth ships, like the D5 Tanker.

I would also switch Lursa out for Elim Garakat first.  He is a great way to get any ship out of your way for a turn, and to give you a great tempo swing.  If while playing the deck you always find yourself low on cards, you can switch back to Lursa, but in a deck where you are trying to hide your ships from your opponent, you may not be able to take advantage of Lursa’s core breach effect as well as with other decks.  That spot could also be Rom, who can accomplish the same thing in a different way.

I still find this a ton of fun to play.  Building a huge Klingon army is so much fun.  It may not get you to the very top of the leaderboard, but it still performs very well and does great against popular decks like the Refit.

Let us know what changes you might make to this deck, or if you try it, how it works out for you in the comments below.

Also, thank you to PysonicHobo for sending your deck to the sick bay. I hope this gives you some things to think about and help your deck perform better.

 

 

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