04 February 2013

Named Pilots-Backstabber

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Card: Backstabber (TIE Fighter) 16 Pts.
Card Text: When attacking outside the defender’s’ firing arc, roll 1 additional attack die.
Ability is an Action?: No.
Excels at: Attacking
Quick Take: Most folks run TIEs straight at their opponents to get into Range 1 to help compensate for only having 2 attack dice.  While Backstabber can do this, and does it very well getting a massive 4 attack dice if still managing to stay out of his target’s firing arc at Range 1, I think perhaps a more important use for Backstabber is to provide some more long range fire support- something missing in the Wave 1 Imperial arsenal. For whatever reason, a lot of folks don’t seem to realize that Backstabber’s ability works regardless of range, so from an attacking perspective, he’s more or less an X-Wing so long as he’s outside his target’s firing arc, which when you've got as many moves as a TIE fighter, shouldn't be that hard.

Flying Backstabber on flanks where he can more properly exploit his special ability is a great move. Pairing him up with Vader as the rovers accompanying a TIE pile supported by Howlrunner is the basis of a great Imp swarm list.  
Elite Skills/ Upgrades: None.

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