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FFG: Now Available – New X-Wing Aces & More

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Oct 31 2020

Fantasy Flight Games has an X-Wing Weekend of releases! The Heralds of Hope Aces Pack and a new TIE/rb Heavy are inbound.

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Heralds of Hope Squadron Pack $49.95


The spark of hope has ignited! Now, the Resistance rises to meet the First Order, seeking to break its tyrannical hold over the galaxy!

This Squadron Pack includes iconic heroes such as Poe Dameron and Temmin “Snap” Wexley, featuring new abilities based on their appearance in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. These brave pilots launch into battle in two T-70 X-wing starfighters featuring updated paint schemes and they are joined by even more new Resistance pilots flying an RZ-2 A-wing with an updated paint scheme.

All told, you’ll find 10 T-70 X-wing ship cards and 6 RZ-2 A-wing ship cards in this expansion, giving you even more pilots to choose from. Additionally, 25 upgrade cards invite you to further customize your Resistance squadrons, while five Quick Build cards help you get these pilots and upgrades into the fight as fast as possible with convenient preset selections.

TIE/rb Heavy Expansion Pack $29.95

The TIE/rb Heavy is one of the largest TIE variants produced for the Galactic Empire and is often assigned to patrol routes where it is expected to fight without the support of a carrier or escorts. Thanks to its robust armor, swiveling laser cannons, and integrated MGK-300-series droid intelligence, this vessel lives up to its nickname: the “Brute.”


The TIE/rb Heavy Expansion Pack includes everything you need to add one of these imposing ships to your Galactic Empire squadrons, beginning with a beautifully detailed, pre-painted miniature and a medium plastic base. Four ship cards give you the freedom to choose your pilot, while 12 upgrade cards invite you to customize your ship to fir your needs. Finally, two Quick Build cards offer helpful combinations of pilots and upgrades to get you into the fight right away.


A Quick X-Wing Update

Fantasy Flight Games has decided to rebalance some of the points for the Nantex-class Starfighter. You can read more on the reasons why the change happened HERE. Basically, there was an issue with a particular set of versions of this ship and the Ensnare/Tractor changes. It led to some “unfun” gatekeeping for middle-tier lists. In order to correct this, the points for this particular combo have been adjusted.

“This points change is aimed to break up the current incarnation of the 6-Nantex list, but not to push the Nantex swarm archetype out of the game entirely. The Petranaki Arena Ace will move to 35 points, and the Stalgasin Hive Guard will move to 33 points. The aces are also being adjusted slightly, accordingly.


That means that by downgrading some or all of their ships to the Initiative 3 Petranaki Arena Ace (or Gorgol!), players will be able to have 6 Nantexes in a list. Our testing suggests that removing the list’s ability to have a deep bid or lots of upgrades, and pushing the initiative lower, will help many middle-tier lists compete with the Nantex swarm. This should give other efficiency lists a chance to defeat it, and thus create more room for aces to fly against those lists.”

There’s more details as to the “why” behind the changes and the reason for the timing. If you’re interested it’s a pretty good write-up by FFG’s Game Developer Max Brooke.


Pilots, report in and prepare for launch!

Author: Adam Harrison
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