Both of these new ships add some interesting upgrades to the mix. We cover all the cards for each but lets take a quick look at the Imperial Light Cruiser Upgrade Cards:
For my money I think (and Stable Abe, my guest on the review agrees) Reinforced Blast Doors is going to be a very big hit with Armada players. For a measly 5 points you can discard up to 3 facedown damage cards. That’s a pretty good way to turn the tide in a battle.
As far as the Rebel Upgrade cards they have their own game changer.
Rapid Launch Bays is another meta-shaker from wave 5. What does it do? Basically it allows you to keep squadrons in “reserve” on a ship and then launch them from that ship at a later time (ie, when you need them!) They can then deploy at range 1 of the “mother ship” – they can’t move but they can still attack that round. So now players have a way to carry those slow-but-deadly bombers across the board and then dump them out and swing for the fences. Used correctly this could be a super devastating attack run!
Keep in mind both of these cards can be used by either faction – that means Imperials can also take advantage of those Rapid Launch Bays and the Rebels can use the Reinforced Blast Doors! Taking a CR-90 from almost dead back up to full hull for 5 points seems like it could be pretty mean. Then again, I’m pretty sure there are more than a few combos with big Imperial ships launching a ton of fighters all at once.
Wave 5 promises to shake up the game – in a good way – so if you’re an Armada player you may want to scoop-up these expansions when you can.
As seen in the Star Wars Rebels television show, the Imperial light cruiser is a communications and blockade ship used to help the Empire spread its domain throughout the galaxy. In Star Wars™: Armada, the Imperial Light Cruiser Expansion Pack presents this ship as a fast, small-base Imperial vessel that excels at providing long-range fire support from its broadsides. With its ship, its two ship cards, eight upgrades, and all requisite accessories, the Imperial Light Cruiser Expansion Pack will have you racing around the Rebels’ flanks and into a new era for Imperial tactics!
Phoenix Home Expansion Pack $29.95
Under the command of Jun Sato, the Phoenix Home was the nerve center of the fledgling Rebel fleet, and it makes its way to Star Wars™: Armada in the Phoenix Home Expansion Pack. What this small-base ship lacks in size and firepower, it makes up with its ability to command your fleet. Along with one pre-painted miniature starship, you will find two ship cards, ten upgrade cards, and all the dials, bases, pegs, and tokens you need to control the battle, more effectively coordinating your capital ships and fighter squadrons alike.
Shields to Maximum! Engage them at close range!