It’s the most, wonderful time… of the month! It’s time for a new Star Wars LCG preview from the upcoming Force Pack, New Alliances. As we approach the second pack of the Endor Cycle, I feel compelled to make sure you are not missing out on one of the coolest tokens we have ever made, the Primal Token.
This bad boy is themed after our little friends from Endor. The Primal Token is shipping for free with every pack of the Endor Cycle to Covenant Subscribers (learn more and subscribe) – so sign up now to start your set! Now, onto the preview.
So this seems good, but we need to start with the bad. It is quite conditional in that you need to A) not have the Force and B) rely on you or your opponent to have and play a Mission card. Compounding the former, the Sith is an affiliation known for its ability to gain and maintain the Balance of the Force – so how often do you really need this to trigger?
That said, the Jedi are ever more annoyingly good at grabbing the Force and relying on it, making a surprise Force flip all the better. This objective also creates a new decision point for your opponent if they are playing Missions – stick to the gameplan and consistently lose Balance, or alter the gameplan and back away from Mission-based strategies. Perhaps most importantly, this ability gives Sith immediate access to cards that require the Balance of the Force, like Rage.
All in all, this is a solid objective. Its dependency on Missions leaves question marks, but assuming Missions are worthwhile (which I think they will be), this objective will become a supreme annoyance for the Light Side. Let’s continue!
For those that may not know, Boc (more info here) served under Jerec and is one of the seven Dark Jedi faced by Kyle Katarn in protecting the Valley of the Jedi. Yeah, that’s pretty cool. Plus his art makes him look totally intense. As a fan, I LOVE seeing these characters get added to the game in that beautiful FFG art style!
As a unit, he’s pretty good. The biggest boon is that he is a three cost unit that you want on the board, currently a weak slot for Sith. This is part of what makes Sate as good as he is. Boc’s stats are good, his traits are perfect, and assuming you play a Mission card for him to attack his value is off the charts! Having an Elite unit with three icons at three cost opens solid first and second turns that weren’t possible before. Overall, I’m a fan!
If you look at this guy and aren’t immediately squealing in your brain, take another look. Breathe. Then squeal. It really helps to contain the excitement. This guy is incredible! Not only is that art siiiiccck, but a 0 cost… let me repeat, a ZERO cost, unit with an objective damage is something that you write home to your mother about. Seriously. Wait though, there’s more!
It also comes packed with a fantastic action! Why does this action matter, you might ask? It immediately calls to mind the discard style Sith cards from the past, especially Arden Lyn. Put Arden into play and draw a card? Okay! Force your opponent to discard the last card in their hand and top deck, just before you or they attack? Alrighty! Attack with this unit, strike, and then sacrifice?!! You see where I’m going here. Oh, and it’s a sacrifice. If you aren’t immediately having vivid images of the biggest, baddest Star Destroyer this side of the Expansion Region (i.e. Executor), then you haven’t been paying attention.
Did I mention that it’s free? ZERO. COST.
If only this was the text on Mara Jade’s or Darth Vader’s lightsabers… A non-unique enhancement that grants a unit damage and an edge enabled tactics? BAHHHHHH.
This is my favorite dark side lightsaber to date, unquestionably. I tremble at the thought of a Mara Jade, Vader, or Palpatine with this. Pardon me while I go grab my Darth Vader Snuggie™ to quell the trembling.
I’d give this card bonus points simply for the edge icons and the art, even if the text were blank. While certainly not on the level of Twist of Fate, this is a great Edge card that is going to get better the more people attempt to play around it (i.e. the more times they get burned by it).
So, watch out. Secret Objective is making its rounds this cycle!
Oh my, oh my! Can we talk about this art for a second? Jerec never looked so awesome, or terrifying. This is actually my favorite Mission so far, for roughly 66 reasons. You see what I did there?
So, worth noting that this Mission is free. In my current Rebel Han deck (you know, the Mission one), my only issue with the Missions is I rarely want to use a card and a resource to get the Mission into play. This being free makes it immensely more playable. That said, six health is tough for Sith. Tough I tell you! Sith can already struggle destroying objectives, so having a six health Mission may not be doable. The payoff needs to be…
Oh my, indeed! Thematically 66 damage to enemy units of a shared trait is, well, something else. It’s also well balanced, removing the option to name Character or Vehicle. You can still name traits like Force User or Fighter or Capital Ship, but it likely prevents a full board clear. Either way, this Mission is worth completing!
This could easily just end a game. As I tend to mention, the real power a card is the effect it has even when it does not actually trigger. This simply being on the table forces your opponent to be on edge. I like that. It also makes them less likely to go all out to block other objectives, while being even more terrified of Secret Objective. Great synergy here!
The most striking card from this objective set is Dark Genocide. It is the one I’ll think about later today. The real beauty of this set, though, is the sum of its parts. I desperately (oh, if you could see my face right now) wish there was a Sith event in this set. Without an event, it likely only slots in as a one-of in most Sith decks.
Of course, I have this sneaking suspicion that an oddball, Sith discard deck is gaining the tools it needs to be real. I am more than certain someone will sneak a tournament win with a deck like that before people realize it is good! What do you think of the set? Care to chase a Sith discard deck?
Until next time, may the Force be with you!