Decks are listed in rough order of power level to give you the idea. Original, unmodified decks are listed in italics.
The total range of power level is about the same as the original Hasbro Epic Duels set, with the boundaries being set by Darth Sidious, who is about in line with original Obi-Wan; and 4-LOM & Zuckuss, who are about in line with the original Jango, meaning Sidious would probably go 14-2 vs. 4-LOM, the way Obi-Wan has against Jango in online matches — but note that 4-LOM can win against Sidious if the draws go his way. Greedo is a fairly new deck intended to be even weaker than the others.
As far as the Tiers, it is somewhat arbitrary where they start and end, as the top deck in each Tier is clearly better than the bottom deck of its respective Tier, so I broke them into sub-Tiers. Within each sub-Tier, I think any of the decks could potentially be swapped around, but within Tiers 2 and 3, I could see some decks moving a subgroup up or down, so all this stuff shouldn’t be taken too seriously and is just for fun.
To view the full list of decks, including some of the newer ones, go here.
Yoda, Defender of Kashyyk
Master Mace Windu
Darth Vader, Jedi Hunter
Darth Plagueis & Sidious
Obi-Wan & Anakin
Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Knight
Anakin Sith Apprentice
Luminara Unduli & Barriss
Dooku Jedi Knight & Qui-Gon
Grievous Jedi Hunter
Anakin Skywalker & Padme
Luke & Leia
Sith Lord Vader
Boba Fett & Dengar
Saesee Tiin & Agen Kolar
Nute Gunray & Droidekas
The Great Jabba
Old Ben & Young Luke
Adi Gallia & Stass Allie
We don’t have that much experience with these so if you do, please share!
Luke Skywalker, Grand Master – Tier 1B
Rey & BB-8 – Tier 2B, maybe even Tier 2A
Finn & Poe – Tier 2B, probably closer to Tier 2A than Tier 2C
Supreme Leader Snoke – Tier 2B or so.
Kylo Ren – Tier 2C before I upped DARK SURGE, maybe Tier 2B now
Jyn Erso – Tier 3A at least
Director Orson Krennic – Tier 3A probably
Chirrut & Baze – They were Tier 3B before I increased Chirrut’s HP, maybe Tier 3A now
General Hux – Tier 3B most likely
Cassian & K-2SO – Tier 3B, as weak as they come
Where each ORIGINAL Epic Duels deck in a 2v2 game would fit into these tiers.
Tier 1A: Original Obi-Wan is hands down the best, most consistent 2v2 player in the game, especially with his ridiculous FORCE CONTROL card. He’s in a class by himself.
Tier 1B: There’s a gap between Obi and Emperor. The original Emperor is included in this tier.
Tier 2A: There’s another gap between original Emperor and original Maul, who is included in this tier. I know some groups think Maul is nearly as good as Obi-Wan but in our play experience, he was always a tad weaker than Obi and is not as solid a teammate as Emperor Palpatine, who has strong minors and damage from anywhere. Still, Maul is better than Anakin/Dooku/Mace.
Tier 2B: Anakin/Dooku/Mace and to many including us, Yoda. This tier includes original Anakin.
Tier 2C: I know I’ve seen players who value original Boba Fett almost as high as Anakin/Dooku/Mace, but others who would put him at Han’s level. Let’s call him somewhere in between that. We would probably include unaltered Luke & Leia here too, though we’ve always valued Luke a little more highly than others.
Tier 3A: Boba and Han are both clearly better than Jango, that much isn’t really debatable. Han is probably not quite as good as Boba, though. Vader might fit into this tier as well.
Tier 3B: Jango really belongs here by himself among the original decks, though Vader might join him.
- Darth Sidious is intended to be the strongest deck, about as good as original Obi-Wan. Yoda and Mace are intended to be up there with him. Mace Windu is the best pure melee fighter, and might be the best deck overall, but Sidious is a better teammate than he or Yoda due to his direct damage from anywhere. Yoda’s Wookies make him a better teammate than Mace.
- Tier 1B exists because every time we game, we like to do a “Battle for the Universe” with Darth Sidious vs. Yoda of Kashyyk and each with a teammate, but it never works out if Mace is Yoda’s teammate because there’s no fourth deck strong enough to go with those 3. Meanwhile, decks like Darth Vader Jedi Hunter and Dark Side Anakin can really dominate against weaker foes and certain types of decks. Obi-Wan’s offense is watered down but he hasn’t lost a lick of defense, while both original Emperor Palpatine and a powered-up Dooku are great, great teammates.
- Tier 2A is probably the hardest to define. These are all better than the average Tier 2B deck but not quite Tier 1, not to us. Even Maul, I know Epic duelists who think he’s great and Tier 1, and there are solid statistics in how well Maul performs in 1v1, but in 2v2, our group has never found Maul to be consistently be among the best decks. It’s important to note that this was true within that first week of us playing the game, well before we started adding decks to the set, and has remained true. At the same time, we think Maul is definitely better than original Dooku, Mace and Anakin. He has a Tier 1 ceiling but can’t consistently hang with the best decks and isn’t a great teammate, in our opinion.
- Quinlan, Shaak Ti and Plo Koon are all Tier 2A decks, a little better than Tier 2B, and as such are probably higher powered than where they probably should be based on their characters, but we like the decks and aren’t inclined to change them much at this point. All three have been powered down already over the years, but all are capable of dominating, even against tough opponents.
- The other Tier 2A decks like Qui-Gon and Luminara, that’s more where we intend for them to be.
- Tier 2B decks are your standard Tier 2 decks, about as strong as original, unaltered Dooku or Mace and includes original Anakin (who we’ve always like a tad better than Dooku or Mace). These are otherwise your standard Jedi like Aayla Secura, Ki-Aid-Mundi and Saesee Tiin & Agen Kolar. Nute Gunray is there too, probably a tad stronger than we intended, but was tweaked for a GenCon Tournament and needed to be Tier 2B for it, and we’ve stuck with that version. He’s nasty, that Nute. Our Boba & Dengar deck is the strongest shooter in the set and belongs here. In 3v3, that might be the best deck overall.
- Tier 2C is another tricky one, and some of these decks could probably go up or down a tier. Of the original Hasbro decks, Boba & Greedo would fit here, likely a tad stronger than original Han but would not make the cut in a straight Tier 2 tournament. When the Epic Duels online community put together a tournament set where all the decks were to be Tier 2, it was initially agreed that Boba wouldn’t be tweaked. After discussing with the Geektopia group, however, Greedo was given some small tweaks to help the deck a bit. There’s a feeling that Boba is better than Tier 3, just not quite Tier 2. We’d probably put original Luke in this category too, who has dominated 2v2 games with I WILL NOT FIGHT YOU, and with Leia surviving in a 2v2 game, is probably a tad better than Han. As of this writing, all of Tier 2C are melee decks that just don’t have quite as much in terms of overall staying power or offsetting killing power to hang consistently with Tier 2B decks. All of these decks, of course, can do things and all are capable of winning games, but I can just tell you that when playing against Tier 2B decks, Asajj routinely gets her head kicked in, while Old Ben and Bultar Swan have their moments but more often look outmatched. All could play in a Tier 2 tournament, some of these might even turn out to be Tier 2B decks once we get more games in with them. However, except for maybe the fragile Jabba, none of these decks are really capable of dominating a game and all including Jabba could also turn out to be Tier 3A decks.
- The Tier 3A decks could probably sneak into a Tier 2 tournament and not look wholly out of place, if you believe that about good old, unaltered Han & Chewie. These decks are all shooters but what they have in common is that the best game out of any of these decks is really, really good, and they’re not quite as fragile as the Bounty Hunter decks except maybe our tweaked Jango & Zam, who has added offense to with their trademark superior movement.
- Tier 3B decks like IG-88 and Lando typically get blown to smithereens early but when they don’t, they’ve dominated games. We don’t want to get into having any characters incapable of playing any others, so as all these decks have low HP and yellow decks, they have to be very, very dangerous, or risk being completely worthless in a game of Epic Duels. The idea is that original Jango & Zam — in the opinion of our group, clearly the weakest original deck — would fit into this Tier but I’m not even sure that original deck could hang here (though they do have great movement).
- Greedo is intended to be the weakest deck, but even his deck has 3x A8, 2x A6 if not blocked, and 2x cards that don’t let you block the next attack, so it is quite possible for him to defeat Darth Sidious in a straight 1v1 match, if he gets the right draw and Sidious gets a bad one. The quick description probably makes the deck sound stronger than it is, but with cards spread across 3 characters and 2 of the 3 A8s having severe penalties, it’s hard for Greedo to get much going with any consistency. The point is it CAN be done, and that’s how it needs to be.