I think what I dont like most about Destiny is its lack of action or reactions. I want to play Dodge or Block in response to my opponent resolving their dice. Not forgo my entire turn to discard damage that may or may not be coming my way. To me that's counter intuitive to a game I want to play.
I love Star wars, I love card games, and I love rolling dice. I should LOVE Destiny, but I don't.
Bear with me. I have played 2 games of Destiny with the starters but I am a designer so I can still see what this game is.
The whole game is about creating dice advantage over your opponent. Not more dice (though being able to roll 4 dice that you can resolve next action is strong) but rather a collection of dice combinations that give you advantage. It isn't about what you roll but what you turn your dice to and what you take away. The entire goal is to eliminate the enemy before you can't draw cards. To me every single action is a block or a dodge. Each action you get is your chance to react to your opponent.
Tierdal states this is tactical and to a certain extent I agree, but unlike the LCG where you get your cards and make several tactical decisions based on the overall strategy of *that hand* in Destiny your strategy is the same, deal damage and get advantage. Each action is a tactical choice based on the overal strategy of the game (which has some influence from your deck/characters on how you achieve the goals).
So really every action is a choice. Do I react to my opponent or do I push forward with my strategy, possibly opening myself up. It is always dodge, block, strike, and occasionally riposte or lunge.
Breaking that down
Dodge/Parry - influence an opponents dice so they can't use it on you
Block - prepare defence (shields are a good example, but this also includes preparing more dice, resources or enhancements)
Strike - use dice against your opponent
Feint - resolve an action to draw out an action from your opponent in a less damaging way.
Riposte - ambush cards that essentially gives you a Parry where you can follow up with a Strike
Lunge - a combination of ambush cards that allows you to lay down a strong attack with little recourse from your opponent.
This is the game. It is most definitely a duel and probably at its most thematic when you stick Vader alone vs Luke alone or any other similar Jedi v Sith duel. But it's equally thematic when it Han and Leia vs an AT-ST and 2 Scout Troopers (these cards might no exist but you get the point). In the gun fight you probably replace my Fencing terminology with something else. For example Block = Cover.
I'm not saying I think the game is super deep. I haven't played it anywhere near enough to know that and I can't actually afford to play it. But I do think this game is all about blocking and dodging, just in a more controlled way. It's not "take that" like the LCG can be where you do something and the opponent has a reaction that shuts you down. It's more measured. It's about gaining advantage little steps at a time.
I doubt this will make you love the game. I don't personally love the game. But I can see why people do.
I do agree on the dice. I don't like them at all. They really take away from the Star Wars theme for me. I would have preferred jelly crystal style dice in the Lightsaber colours. It's weird that Kylo Ren doesn't roll red dice. I also find them impossible to read online. This game sucks to watch on video (sorry Yodaman, you guys are really trying to tell us what thendixe facings are at least). I almost would have preffered clean sides so it just showed blank or gun or resource and the special side was the only side that had the picture of the character. But again that is just my visual thing and something that is easy to get past. I wasn't sure I liked the borderless design of the LCG when I first saw the cards but you what I really like about the LCG now. The freaking card design and art work.
Anyway that's my 2c on Destiny gameplay.
I do hope that LCG gets Rogue One stuff too and soon but I can wait. The freaking Death Star is on its way and next pack is Hera!!!!