Winning and Losing: Does it Really Matter? – OHG004

A new episode is here and so is a new holocron. We spoke specifically about the changes to Running Interference and Maul’s Lightsaber.

If you are playtesting, do not consider the win or loss to be the most pertinent aspect of the game. In fact, put very little stock into it unless the following criteria line up:

  • Your opponent is a top tier player using an optimized deck
  • You faced some adversity
  • You find that you are consistently winning more games than you lose with the deck
  • You have faced a true variety of the “meta” decks

Top Tier Deck/Top Tier Player

If you are playing a mid-level player using a deck they are trying out and win, what did you really learn? That you are better than mid-level players? That the deck they are using isn’t quite good enough? It’s really hard to tell how good your deck is until you have seen consistent wins against good players piloting good decks.

Did you face any adversity in the game?

Most decent decks do well when all of the stars align. You get your lower costed upgrades early coupled with good low cost mitigation while your opponent draws no mitigation and higher costed upgrades. As a result, you defeat their primary character quickly and go on to an easy win. The “win” feels good, but it is an outlier. You won’t always draw into the best possible cards and your opponent won’t always draw into the worst possible cards. You can begin to feel more confident in a deck when you face some adversity during the game and are still able to find the wins.

Consistency is Key

There will be games you should have won that you lose and games you probably should have lost that you win. However, if you play 10 games against good opponents piloting good decks and can win 7-8 of those games, you might just be on to something.

True Variety

Beating up on a couple of deck types, even when piloted by a good player, does not necessarily mean that your deck would hold up in a large-scale tournament. Sure, your deck might have done great in your local meta against the aggro decks you frequently see, but have you played against a mill deck, a control deck, or a balanced deck? Until you can answer yes to those questions, you still have plenty of testing to do.


Chris has been writing and podcasting about things that interest him for many years. Only Hope Gaming is the culmination of those endeavors. Currently, he's a co-host on Only Hope Gaming's podcast, Battle of Endor, The Nucleus, and The Mad-Libbers.