“I did the Greedo, where he either is really great or dies because it just made me laugh.” — Rob Daviau, creator of Star Wars Epic duels.
Still the most recent addition to the core group of decks prior to the new Trilogy, a fun one we break out every once in a while. This version still dies.
Greedo with Dr. Evazan & Panda Baba
by Roman Farraday
Ponda Baba & Dr. Evazan
7 HP Each
14 total cards
Shared Strong Ranged Minor Deck
Greedo – 7 Talent Cards
3 x GOING SOMEWHERE?
A4. If this attack does damage, target may not move on his next turn.
2 x SUDDEN ARRIVAL
Move Greedo adjacent to any character. Then do 2 damage to one character Greedo can attack. Playing this card does not count as an action.
1 x I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS…
A8*. *Play this card face up in front of you without attacking as one action. On any turn after this one, you may use an action to attack with this card.
1 x DESPERATE SHOT
A8*. *If you do not destroy the defending character with this card, Greedo takes 8 damage.
Ponda Baba – 2 Talent Cards
2 x HE DOESN’T LIKE YOU
Choose a character adjacent to Ponda Baba. That character may not defend your next action this turn. Then move one of your characters up to 4 spaces.
Dr. Evazan – 3 Talent Cards
2 x I DON’T LIKE YOU EITHER
A3*. If this attack is not blocked, the attack value is 6 instead of 3.
1 x YOU’LL BE DEAD
A8. Dr. Evazan must be adjacent to play this attack. After attacking, move the defending character up to 2 spaces.
Theme: Scum and villainy.
Path to Victory: HE DOESN’T LIKE YOU + I DON’T LIKE YOU EITHER or YOU’LL BE DEAD or DESPERATE SHOT or I’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS…
Strengths: Strong attack power with three A8s
Weaknesses: Low hit points, low defense, easy to kill off characters and cards
Strategy: Live long enough to pull off some fun combos
Test Level: Low
Tier: 3C (lowest of the low)
Inspiration: There’s a lot of history to this one!
Originally, Greedo came with Boba Fett. This was unsatisfactory to many players of Epic Duels because Greedo was pathetically weak, which seemed fine, but he also really weighed down Boba, which didn’t seem ok. A second problem for Star Wars purists was that Greedo and Boba Fett are not really associated in Star Wars, except for loosely by both being bounty hunters who work for Jabba. They never appear in the same scene. They never even appear in the same movie. (Unless you count newly edited versions, which our group does not).
At the same time, there’s no question Greedo belongs in the game, right? Everyone had a Greedo action figure. For a while, we had him as Jabba’s minor, a direct association. We had a slightly more powerful version of Greedo than the original, and he worked as a dangerous henchman minor for Jabba. But we always really wanted to give Jabba some Gammorean Guards. Meanwhile, the idea of a Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba deck was kicked around for a while, but never really pursued for several reasons. Mainly, would you really want to play that deck beyond comic value? And how weak would it have to be to fit into the Geektopia universe? Could those 2 bar thugs even lay a finger on someone like Darth Sidious or Yoda?
We finally had the solution: Greedo starring in his own deck! We know Sultan agrees. Greedo was a star to fans who grew up when Episode IV was synonymous with Star Wars. Greedo is a dueling character in the original film, and now stars with 2 characters who actually appear in the same Mos Eisley sequence as Greedo, even if they aren’t directly associated. Plus it gives Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba a place and purpose in the Epic Duels universe. Finally, the combination of three dangerous thugs makes it at least plausible that they could give a Jedi some trouble. Of course, for the Epic Duels universe, that means they have a chance to win the battle. Getting it to be the weakest deck yet still strong enough to win is the trick to manage with this one, and I think we’re close.
Notes: We haven’t seen this deck much and when we do, it’s typically in all-shooter matches. What we have seen is that although dangerous in principle, it’s very easy to knock off Greedo’s minors and start taking threats away. Greedo doesn’t have a whole lot to scare you with all by himself. I don’t know that we’ve seen a good game from this deck, but with 3x A8s, 2x A6-if-not-blocked and 2x cannot-block-next-attack, a good game seems possible.