Wesley's STCCG card of the day #45

Hi, folks,

today's card is a dilemma that isn't really a dilemma but a nasty choice:


Dilemma, planet, rare.
Primitive Alien begs for help. Ignore her (discard dilemma) OR help her and earn 5 bonus points, but all away teams here are stopped.
"Alien child from Drema IV. Her radio pleas for help wrer answered by Lt. Commander Data in violation of the Prime Directive."
This card has three uses. First, throw it under one of your opponent's missions, especially if you play a dilemma-heavy, fast deck. Especially if your opponent's away team is decimated you might hold him off for another turn at a low price. Of course, this works best against not-so-experienced players as they will probably take every chance to gain five points for free (well not so free, but they don't realize)

Second, use it as a quick push over the 100 limit. With three solved missions, you quite often get stuck at 95, so it would be nice to know a place where you can take the remaining five without risk. Of course you could do the same with a Particle Fountain, but this takes up a slot in your play deck instead of your seed cards.

Third and best, there is a deck type that works with this card. Just place a Sarjenka last (encountered first) at your outpost to somehow make five points with whatever crew (single Ensign Chump?). Stock 22 other Dilemmas to make your draw deck as small as possible. Next, just throw lots of RB, Temporal Rifts, Incoming Messages at your opponent so they won't be able to complete any mission. Add a few Kivas Fajos and Travellers to make your card play faster. This deck will obviously win 5-0 unless your opponent has lots of Amandas. Best about it is that you won't need more than one personnel card... Just imagined telling your opponent: "I will beat you with NO ships and only a Mot the Barber as Personnel" and keeping that promise. Nice surprise too for tournament finals if deck rebuilding is allowed between rounds.

Favorite combo(s):
Ratings for : SARJENKA

Wesley's rating:                5.0
Jon's rating:                   4.2
Allen Castaban's rating:        6.0
Tim Kwong's rating:             8.0
Habib's rating:                 6.0
Bryan's rating:                 5.5
Jeff's rating:                  0.8 (Oh, 1.0, of course)
Holt Kernodle's rating:         2.0
Simon's rating:                 8.0
Data's rating:                  2.7
Jason's rating:                 Doesn't have
AVERAGE RATING:                 4.84

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Wesley Crusher, the new STCCG Lord

"A couple of lightyears can't keep good friends apart"