The Rebels won the wave, and it wasn’t even close. The margin of their victory is in the vicinity of 20 X-wing and 7 Y-wing pilots killed to two million Death Star personnel dead.

The TIE Silencer is decidedly not finishing what Darth Vader started. The gunboat is a useful tool that will never live up to its message-board reputation. And Scum, in a supreme act of hubris, flaunted its position at the top of the metagame by releasing blister pack full of cards meant to make the faction worse

The good guys, meanwhile, get a dream upgrade for their best ace, a soft buff for their flagging flagship fighter, and cheap access to the very powerful coordinate action. While I try to make the Resistance Bomber work in anticipation of some movie that’s coming out tomorrow (see above photo of me about to get tabled), here are fun builds for your consideration:

1) Advanced Optics Poe (43 points)

Poe Dameron (PS9) — T-70 X-Wing 33
Veteran Instincts 1
R2-D2 4
Advanced Optics 2
Autothrusters 2
Black One 1
Ship Total: 43

Everyone warned me how good Poe would be with Advanced Optics, and I’ll admit I didn’t really get it. Intensity Poe with Comm Relay seemed stronger because two tokens are better than one. Alas, the ability to Talon Roll and still modify your attack and defense dice is a little too good to ignore. The best pilot in the Resistance is now resisting both the First Order and the effects of stress. Plus, he hits much harder since he will take a target lock most turns. Even as a longtime scum partisan, I’m find myself starting every list with this Poe build and working backwards from there.

2) Laaaaauunch! Nym (41 points)

Captain Nym (Rebel) — Scurrg H-6 Bomber 30
Veteran Instincts 1
Twin Laser Turret 6
Bomblet Generator 3
Trajectory Simulator 1
“Genius” 0
Havoc 0
Ship Total: 41

The “Genius” nerf was obviously targeting Scum Nym (boo hoo), but it took an underreported toll on his Rebel counterpart. The ability to Talon Roll and drop a bomblet into the rock cluster on turn three—and then hold it there while Nym ran away—gave savvy players a huge advantage in board control. Now Rebel Nym can get that first bomblet deeper into the asteroid field, and do it without having to take a pesky stress token. There’s a lot of potential with Captain Nym and the Resistance Bomber for this same reason.

3) Chopper Horton (38 Points)

Horton Salm — Y-Wing 25
Twin Laser Turret 6
Extra Munitions 2
Bomb Loadout 0
“Chopper” (Astromech) 1
Seismic Charges 2
Vectored Thrusters 2
Ship Total: 38

For when you can’t afford Miranda! Admittedly, this one needs testing. But a Y-Wing with built in attack mods seems like the  best place for “Chopper” Astromech.

4) Flight-assist Wedge (34 points)

Wedge Antilles — X-Wing 29
Expertise 4
Flight-Assist Astromech 1
Integrated Astromech 0
Ship Total: 34

Another card that has proved more fun in practice than I anticipated, Flight-Assist Astromech does more than help you keep arc. It makes standard X-Wings faster, helping expand Wedge’s usefulness as a flanker.

5) Flight-assist Wes (31 points)

Wes Janson — X-Wing 29
Veteran Instincts 1
Flight-Assist Astromech 1
Integrated Astromech 0
Ship Total: 31

See above.

6) Proton Pack Crimson Specialist (36 points)

“Crimson Specialist” — B/SF-17 Bomber 27
Trajectory Simulator 1
Ordnance Silos 2
Proton Bombs 5
Deflective Plating 1
Ship Total: 36

Four Proton Bombs—a 20 point value—for just seven points. You’d be crazy NOT to do it! This little weirdo was the MVP of my recent Bomber-Bomber-TIE store kit list. A proton bomb dropped adjacent to the corner of his base got Advanced Optics Poe (killed despite having all his shields), Test Pilot Blackout, and a “Rattled” Fenn Rau. The pilot ability is definitely more interesting than chucking these very expensive tokens five-forward out the front.

7) Reroll Shuttle (21 points)

AP-5 — Sheathipede-class Shuttle 15
Weapons Engineer 3
M9-G8 3
Ship Total: 21

(To the tune of “Now This Is Podracing”): Now This Is Jank!

8) Maul Attack Shuttle (24 points)

Ezra Bridger — Attack Shuttle 20
Wired 1
Maul 3
Phantom 0
Ship Total: 24

Popped this sucker out of Kanan the other day. After months of Zeb-to-the-rescue it felt like I had traded in my penknife for…a slightly larger penknife.

9) Ezra Stressbot (25 points)

Ezra Bridger (Sheathipede) — Sheathipede-class Shuttle 17
Wired 1
Gunner 5
R3-A2 2
Ship Total: 25

Finally, duh.

I’ve met lots of X-Wing players with varying levels of interest in the movies. I even played a guy once who hadn’t seen the Force Awakens by the time it was already out on DVD. And that’s all cool.

But if you’re like me, you’re having a great week. There’s a new movie starring Luke Skywalker and Poe Dameron is an top-tier X-Wing Miniatures Game option. Not a Jumpmaster in sight.



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