Hello all and to those in the US, welcome back from your holiday weekend!
Energon Invitational Qualifier season is going strong as we enter the final month, and we’re seeing a ton of excitement as people are punching their tickets to the Energon Invitational at PAX Unplugged.
Today I would like to give a heartfelt congratulations to Navarre Di Carlo for taking home the invite and share the deck that he piloted to victory at Dice Bag Games in Duncan, BC.
Optimus Prime, Battlefield Legend
General Optimus Prime
3x Peace Through Tyranny
2x Treasure Hunt
2x Ramming Speed
3x Leap into Battle
3x Roll Out!
2x Press the Advantage
1x Plasma Burst
1x Bolt of Lightning
3x Ion Blaster of Optimus Prime
3x Grenade Launcher
3x Improvised Shields
2x Force Field
2x Bashing Shield
1x Reflex Circuits
3x Matrix of Leadership
3x Energy Pack
2x W-5 Gyro blaster
1x Enforcement Batons
2x Disruptive Entrance
2x Squish Them Like Bugs
The first thing that stands out is that in contrast to the Pre-Siege “Twin Primes” decks, which were heavily Blue, this is a mixed icon deck with a lean towards Orange. It’s maindeck icon mix is 32 orange, 2 white, and 16 blue. With General Optimus Prime’s Focus, (and Bold+Tough that he shares with the team), this allows Navarre’s team to punch hard while still maintaining a reasonable defense. An additional reward for running this mixed deck is that he has access to a wider suite of actions for Optimus Prime Battlefield Legend’s Bot-mode ability. In particular, cards like Treasure Hunt give a lot of card advantage but are not typically seen in the old two-tall builds like Twin Primes.
Focus also mitigates the downside of otherwise very powerful blank cards like Plasma Burst and Bolt of Lightning. We’re looking forward to see how the arrival of the Focus ability impacts deck building as mixed decks like this one see more and more success.
Newcomer on the scene Energy Pack does a ton of work, magnifying the high armor values of all of the Primes plus the defensive portion of the deck. This unexpected infusion of health at a key moment can completely shift the momentum of a matchup.
This deck sports a very flexible sideboard, with options against wide teams (Squish Them Like Bugs), Bold teams (W-5 Gyro Blaster), and especially action-dependent teams (Espionage, Disruptive Entrance, and Infiltrate). I’m also a big fan of the singleton Reflex Circuits, which is effectively “pre-sideboarded” into the main deck and can give you some surprise bonus value against Melee characters.
Finally, the sideboard option into Nemesis Prime is not to be overlooked, as it gives a ton of late-game scaling against any defensive team with low-damage output.
Congratulations once again to Navarre, and best of luck to all of the competitors in the next four weeks of Energon Invitational Qualifier events. If you haven’t qualified yet, contact your local game store to find out if they’re running one this month!
We hope to see you at the Energon Invitational in December!