Set: Clone Strike
Date Reviewed: April 27, 2006
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Today we review
the Battle Droid Officer. This will probably be the
shortest review I ever write for a useful figure.
There just isn't that much to say. Here we go.
9 points and the Special Ability, Fire Control,
which gives non-Unique droid allies +4 Attack
regardless of range or line of sight. The BDO's
stats don't matter. You only need one, because
multiple BDO's Fire Control will not stack, and you
can keep it hidden in the farthest corner of the map
you are battling on. No droid squad at 200 should
ever be played without one. At 100, there are maybe
one or two droid builds that could afford not to run
him, but even then, if you can fit the 9 points, you
are much better off for doing so.
Bottom line: If you don't have this piece, get on
eBay now, and buy one. I would easily pay about $7
shipped for this figure. Remember, Clone Strike is
out of print, otherwise you wouldn't even have to
think about going this high for an uncommon. Trust
me, though, if you play tournaments or use droids
often, this piece is a must have. The Seperatists
have made something of a comeback in the 200 point
DCI scene; where X-1's with boosted Attack values
are great counters to the rule of Thrawn; and the
BDO, and to a lesser extent, the Super Battle Droid
Commander make it possible, giving the Viper the
Attack it needs to dish out it's twin 30 Damage with
This particular droid has a really nice sculpt, as
well, and looks very fitting holding it's binoculars
in the left hand, with a raised pistol in the right.
Buy it if you don't already have it, play it, and
wonder how you used droids without it.
Writing a review of the Battle Droid Officer is
almost pointless. The simple fact is, if you’re
using non-unique droids in a Separatist squad (and
they’re not just there to combine fire with your
real pieces), you should include a Battle Droid
Officer. If not, you shouldn’t (‘cause, you know,
Obviously Fire Control is the big, important part of
the BDO’s card. It works like the best Commander
Effect ever. It’s like if Michael Jordan and
Leonardo Da Vinci were combined and given a
Commander Effect, it would be Fire Control. First of
all, it gives +4 to Attack to all your non-unique
droids. It doesn’t even discriminate against
commanders, like so many CEs that only work on
followers. It also works anywhere on the map, rather
than the mamby-pampy “within six squares” of so many
lesser Commander Effects.
But the single thing that might be the most
remarkable about Fire Control is that it isn’t a
Commander Effect, which means... wait for it... it
stacks with actual CEs. Even a lowly basic Battle
Droid, with a normal Attack rating of +0, can shoot
at a respectable +8 with the help of a BDO and
either Super Battle Droid Commander or General
Grievous, Supreme Commander. Those droids that start
with a +8 (the Destroyer, Bodyguard, Hailfire, and
X-1 Viper droids) get to shoot at a +16, as high as
anything currently in the game.
The bottom line, as I alluded to above, is that the
Battle Droid Officer is so good as to not even
really be optional in any squad that relies on
non-unique droids. If you don’t have one, get one
(yeah, it’s Clone Strike, but at least it’s only an
Overall rating in 100: 5
Overall rating in 200: 5
Overall rating at pretty much any other point value
you care to name: 5
Fire control: non-unique droid allies gain +4 ATK.
AS I said in the Monday review, had i known about
the rule change for CE's I would have redone this
week completely. Today we look at THE staple for
Droid armies - the Battle droid officer. At 9 pts
this guy is going to easily fit into all of your
armies with ease. After triple threat week this guys
stats may seem pretty weak. They are not good, but
for a 9 pt character they are not too far out of the
ball park either. However, this lil guy is someone
you are going to tuck into the deepest recesses of
the map and keep him hidden there. You play this guy
for one reason only - his ability.
Now note this is an ability. Under the old rules
this stacked with any CE. He could give your droids
a +4 and they could still benefit from the CEs of
others that increase their ATK (generally this was
with Grievous). This little guy gives your droids a
+4 without having to stay still or be within X range
of the BDO. It is field wide with no restrictions.
Now under the new ruling, If you play 'small ball'
(to coin a baseball term), you can have the BDO,
Grievous SC and the SBD commander all in a squad to
give your non-uniques up to a +12 ATK on top of
whatever their base is.
100pt/200pt: It doesn't matter which format you are
running. If you are Speratist droids you HAVE to add
this guy. If I run so much as a single destroyer
droid in an army, I add this guy. The 9 pts is worth
the +4 it would give to any of your droids even if
there is only a single destroyer or bodyguard. Just
to remember that this guy is never to be involved in
the battle or he will go down in a hurry. Keep him
secret. Keep him safe.
"Dude, the fat guy totally just blew up!" -Pink 5
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