In my previous post, I lamented my inability to play the imperials and how I just before my two latest tournaments gave up on imperial lists to return to the comfort zone of flying heavily shielded rebel ships. This has to change, and initially it looks good.

I played two test games at my FLGS against my regular opponents (who also are in the process of crafting new competetive builds).

My as so far untitled list consited of:

Turr Phennir (25)
Push the Limit (3)
Royal Guard TIE (0)
Stealth Device (3)
Shield Upgrade (4)

5x Obsidian Squadron Pilot (13)

 

In my first match I faced:

Wedge Antilles (29)
Push the Limit (3)
R2 Astromech (1)

Luke Skywalker (28)
Draw their Fire (1)
Shield Upgrade (4)
R2-D2 (4)

Biggs Darklighter (25)
Shield Upgrade (4)
R5 Astromech (1)

The initial exchange proved somewhat lackluster fpr both forces but once Biggs went down my TIEs blocked the less maneuverable X-Wings and despite Luke’s Draw their Fire saving Wedge twice from death the ace X-Wing pilot finally succumbed from the focused fire from Turr and my TIEs. As time was called I had an unscathed Turr and two undamaged TIEs versus a shieldless Luke.

My plan to use Turr as a flanker worked wonders and he managed to avoid being shot at for the enitre game.

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In the second game I was up against:

Rookie Pilot (21)

“Dutch” Vander (23)
Ion Cannon Turret (5)

Garven Dreis (26)

Biggs Darklighter (25)

 

In this game I was (most likely bolstered by my previous victory) too reckless with Turr and sent him in to kill Biggs in the first exchange, risking exposing him to the return fire from Garven. I did manage to destroy Biggs in the first round of combat, but I also lost Turr from the combined fire of Garven and an Ion hit from “Dutch.”

Fortunately, my Obsidians carried the day by blowing “Dutch ” to kingdom come in a spectacular show of 12 red dice (four TIEs at range 1)  all rolling hits in the following turn as the slow Y-Wing was unable to avoid my swarm’s fire arc.

Once we were down to my TIEs versus Garven and the Rookie it was only a matter of time. Victory for the Empire!