A Suit of Armor Around the Galaxy

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dr00 · 11922

Star-Lord <3 Iron Man

Star-Lord leadership without Blaze of Glory?!?!?

A dr00 Leadership deck without Strength In Numbers??

What is this madness? This is Iron Guardian (of the Galaxy)

The deck concept is very simple: play Guardians of the Galaxy, find Iron Man as quickly as possible, then load him up with everything. Due to his upgrade discount and Guardians of the Galaxy's subsidization plan, every upgrade is FREE* on Iron Man.

*by free we mean resource neutral since they will cost 0 and the card you draw will replace the one you spent.

Iron GuardianThis isn't even my final form!

Star-Lord's hero ability and Honorary Guardian, coupled with Iron Man's own Avengers trait open up a multitude of available attachments.

And by the time Iron Man finishes building his suit, he'll be a 5 THW, 4 ATK ally with 7 HP that deals 1 every time he activates and can activate twice per round. One copy of First Aid is included to help keep him healthy, but you can include more copies if you wish and/or include Innovation (which, incidentally I was using until I sat down for the write-up! Thanks for the reminder, George Kaplan).

Allies - For the remaining allies, I have chosen as many with card draw abilities as possible (Ironheart, Maria Hill, and Nick Fury) while also avoiding any Avengers (sorry White Tiger!) so that Call for Aid will always find Iron Man. Blockingbird is great as always, but there are some wonderful alternatives, such as Adam Warlock, Beta Ray Bill, Major Victory, Spider-Man, or any of the neutral guardians allies: Drax, Gamora, Groot, Martinex, or Rocket Raccoon.

Call for Aid has multiple uses despite having only one Avenger. In actuality, it for that reason Call for Aid has other lines of play. Keep in mind that once you have played Iron Man, calling again will deck yourself immediately and deal you an encounter card. For many heroes, there is not much value from that (paying a card and receiving an encounter card just to reshuffle). However, Star-Lord benefits from having extra encounter cards in front of him, whether you are building for a large Sliding Shot or simply trying to get the most out of Star-Lord's Helmet or Jet Boots. That said, you may find that 2 copies is enough, but I would definitely not recommend going to 1; you want to find Iron Man and start building as quickly as possible.

Band Together pulls its weight as it's quite easy to have 2-3 allies at a time, and you'll always have at least 1 giant Iron Man ally. Late game, it can help pay for Sliding Shot or Gutsy Move for some fun combo turns.

Guardians of the Galaxy only allows you to have one in play, but it's so crucial to the deck that 2 copies are included. You could go to 3 or drop down to 1. Keep in mind that you can play them for other players (even if they don't have any Guardians characters) just if you want to get it out of your deck once you have your own. Just remember that it only works while all of your characters are Guardians, so while you are in hero form, it's always on for Star-Lord, but when you go to alter-ego, it only works if he and every ally you have is a Guardian already or has Honorary Guardian. Just something to keep in mind while playing and for changing up the deck.

And finally, Knowhere helps give you some more ally options and will also help subsidize those costs as well, but it's not as much of a priority as it is for other decks.

Looking to the future: Sidearm (War Machine spoiler) sounds like a great fit, so definitely keep that one in mind. And really, keep an eye out for any 0-1 cost basic or leadership ally attachment. Any non-avengers allies will be helpful, especially if they can draw cards; and with the upcoming new box, hopefully we'll have plenty of new non-avengers to choose from.

Until next time, see you, space-guardian.

Iron Guardian

19 comments

Oct 20, 2021 Marctimmins89 · 13

This is so clever! Bravo, sir.

Oct 21, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@Marctimmins89 tyty! glad you appreciate it. i hope you enjoy it :D

Oct 21, 2021 George Kaplan · 300

Been trying something like this with Rocket. Closest thing to a Miracle deck I experienced in Marvel Champions!

Oct 21, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@George Kaplanooh, Salvage sounds really fun after a call for aid to get your best tech upgrade back on top of your deck. I definitely need to try this with other guardians.

Oct 21, 2021 George Kaplan · 300

@dr00 yes, with Salvage and Tinkering, you can draw and draw lots of cards. I also play an Honorary Guardian on Rocket for keep he being Guardian in Alter-ego and still have the Guardians of the Galaxy response. In adittion, I run Innovation for more uses of Iron Man and have Yondu there too with Inspired, Laser Blaster and C.I.T.T. It's more greedy but i love it.

Oct 21, 2021 dansport005 · 1

Definitely going to have to try this one! I've not really been moved to play Star-Lord at all just yet for whatever reason but this should do the trick

Oct 21, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@George Kaplan you know, i was actually using Innovation when i was playing the deck and totally forgot about it when doing my write-up! haha, maybe that's why 1 copy of First Aid was enough. I tried C.I.T.T. but ended up only using it once over the many games i tried. i also ended up not using Major Victory at all, but i like the idea of them. maybe i just need more testing to find the right scenario.

@dansport005 glad to hear! i hope you enjoy it. The Blaze of Glory shenanigans definitely aren't everyone's cup of tea, but hopefully this one is :D

Oct 31, 2021 Brian-V · 14971

When I want to find a great deck that's also fun to play I always see what @dr00 is doing. You always have some of the best deck ideas, @dr00! And this write up with the pictures is absolutely hilarious! Expert Marvel Champions deck building and @dr00 are synonymous. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

Nov 01, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@Brian-V always appreciate you, bro.

Nov 09, 2021 takabrash · 1

I really haven't connected with Star-Lord as a True Solo player so far, but this deck is really changing that! I'm starting to see why people like him so much.

Nov 09, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@takabrash glad you're enjoying it! glad you've found a deck that works for you

Nov 16, 2021 bigfomlof · 1

Oh, man! So good! Thanks for all you do here--the decks are just a part. It's what you add, my friend, to our conversations. Great deck!

Nov 16, 2021 dr00 · 11922

hey @bigfomlof! thanks for the kind words! and thanks for having me on your show. can't wait till the next one :D

Nov 17, 2021 Sidewinder2809 · 1

Love this! Even better if the second player brings a cheeky energy spear along to the party

Nov 18, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@Sidewinder2809 haha, indeed! ranged, overkill, and piercing twice a turn with 7 ATK and an additional ping for 1 is truly a sight to behold

Nov 22, 2021 Odysseus · 1

This is the most enjoyable leadership deck i have played yet and i've been playing since release. Very well done, sir :D

Nov 23, 2021 dr00 · 11922

@Odysseus hey i really appreciate it! glad you're enjoying it! that's very high praise indeed :D

Nov 29, 2021 MisterCram · 1

I just played this deck against the Hood (first time playing Hood and first time as Star Lord). I had so many encounter cards coming my way, it was insane lol. It also allowed for a massive Sliding Shot to finish the game out. I look forward to trying it out against some other Villains. Thanks!

Nov 29, 2021 takabrash · 1

@MisterCram I'm planning to do the exact same thing here in a few!