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Luke Skywalker, Champion of the Force
Set: Alliance of Empire

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2007

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Ratings:  Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

100 pt: -
200 pt: -

 

 

 
Sith Dragon

 

Sith is back! Well after a nice long rest, I am back. Thanks to teneyedman for taking over while i was gone. I hope to hear more from him again as we move along. Being a slow week i am going to give you a bit of a treat for those who have not been on the wizards boards recently. Rob (one of the creators) gave us a nice Christmas gift last week, so without further a do, here is a review for the Luke Skywalker we have all been waiting for - Luke Skywalker, Champion of the Force from the forthcoming Alliance and Empire set.

Luke Skywalker, Champion of the Force
Rebels
Cost: 49
HP: 110
DEF: 20
ATK: +13
DAM: 20

Melee; Double Attack; Flurry Attack

Force 2

Force Renewal 1; Force Alter; Force Leap; Jedi Mind Trick; Knights Speed; Deflect; Use the Force

At long last we not only have a Luke that is playable, but one that is actually an excellent piece. Stat wise he is finally strong enough to stand with many of the Jedi from the Republic faction. His 110HP can take a beating. His 20 DEF is very good and the +13, while it may stretch a bit against Vader and Kun, is still very good. He has double attack, which is so-so depending on what abilities he has. Luckily, they gave this Luke a nice touch without giving him either triple or twin to jack up his cost by giving him flurry attack, an ability that only CS Yoda has had to this point. I will come back to this at the end.

Luke's force powers are very good and very well chosen. Anytime they give a Jedi force renewal its a good thing. In today's game they pretty much need to have it if they are any good as a Jedi. Alter is good for getting rid of those nasty crits. Handy, but wont be used very often. Leap is a great ability to have even though its rarely used. Being based by a power Jedi with triple attack can be a death sentence. Its nice to know you always have a way out of a jam if you need it. Jedi Mind Trick is another good thing to have even though it seldom works. you can use it to hopefully activate a character and get away from them at the same time. Its best used against non-force users so they don't get the reroll, but if you can get it off on a major force user, it can be a big advantage. Knight speed is a great add to Luke. It is just that much less space you have to sit in the open while trying to cross the board. It will help get in that extra attack, or get behind that wall so you don't get obliterated by your opponent's shooters. Deflect is a good anti-shooter defense as well.

Stop right there are we have a fig that for 49pts is still very good, versatile and worth the 49 points, although it would be a bit high, but of course every great character has a gimmick, and this is where we come back to the 'use the force' ability. Tauntaun Luke had this ability and it was an pretty cool think given Ben and then Yoda, but the piece is so weak that it was never more than a gimmick team, but now we have a piece with some staying power that can make excellent use of this. The great thing is that when you use ' use the force' you will automatically activate flurry attack for an extra attack. There is your triple attack with the damage bonus to boot! Now if you have a dead Ben you can use force points twice in a turn, so you can 'use the force' twice on your double attack effectively giving him four attacks! That racks up a whopping 120 DAM without help. If you can sneak a Chagrian in there you add another 40pts of DAM. Get Han in there and have Luke swing at an unactivated character, you get to add ye another 40 DAM for the four attacks. That's 200pts of DAM in one activation!!! Now granted that is an almost perfect set up, and the chances of getting all of those pieces in position are very slim in the end, but still. You are only paying 49 pieces for this! And on the rare occasion that you roll a crit on a flurry you will get even yet another attack!

That is some absolutely sick offense. The only catch is that you have to watch out for opposing Yodas, Maces, and Jinns with their anti force abilities. As if that were not enough, Luke has access to some of the best team pieces in the game with the rebels. 110HP not enough? add in Chewie RH. +13ATK not high enough? add in Ackbar for the possible +17. 20 DAM not enough DAM? Add in Han RH and/or a Chag Merc. not getting enough force with force renewal? add in Ben and Yoda. Yoda also brings in the dreaded force stun to help slow your opponent down.

Still not enough? Well we know that the Han in this set will have an ability that will negate all meddling with initiative, so anticipation, recon and Thrawn all go out the window. Although we have no clue what he does, we now have pictures to confirm that we are getting an Obi-Wan, Force Ghost. I have little doubt that he will have some sick force influence on the game. And we have yet to see anything on the rest of the team either, so let there be no doubt that while Luke is a great piece in and of himself, he has no shortage of back-up to call on, which is fitting for the rebel faction. Look for this Luke to really stir up the tourney scene!


"Dude, the fat guy totally just blew up!" -Pink 5
 


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