“That place is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go.”
–Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Star Wars galaxy is split between factions, and for every great power, there another power arises to oppose it. For the Sith, there are the Jedi; for the Galactic Empire, there is the Rebel Alliance; for the Scum and Villainy of the outer rim, there are noble-hearted Smugglers and Spies. These rivalries are the focus of the Opposition cycle, and soon, you’ll be able to delve deeper into the saga with the Meditation and Mastery Force Pack for Star Wars™: The Card Game, available at your local United States retailer on November 10th.
While Meditation and Mastery continues the themes of the cycle by playing on the war between the Imperial Navy and the Rebel Alliance, this Force Pack also marks a return to the Rogue Squadron cycle by introducing new pilots for your Vehicles. With ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets) included in this expansion, you’ll find something for any deck, whether you’re piloting a starfighter through the void of space or seeking for truth among Jedi artifacts.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at just one of these objective sets, which invites you to stalk your prey through the dusty Tatooine night.
Bathed by the light of twin suns, Tatooine is a planet where you might suspect that night would never come. The truth, of course, is that night does inevitably fall, and when it does, many predators emerge that would never show their faces during the day. One of the most dangerous is the Sakiyan Bounty Hunter known as Djas Puhr (Meditation and Mastery, 1189).
Djas Puhr joins the ranks of the Scum and Villainy in the galaxy as another Bounty Hunter who’s well suited to slaying enemy units that oppose him. Unlike other Bounty Hunters, however, Djas Puhr’s power grows as darkness falls over the planet. First, while there are one or more Night cards in play, Djas Puhr gains elite. Then, if there are two or more Night cards in play, Djas Puhr gains targeted strike as well! For only three resources, Djas Puhr can be a powerful unit—provided you deploy him when Night is strongest. You may even choose to boost his unit damage with a Blaster Pistol (Meditation and Mastery, 18), which becomes significantly more important on a unit with targeted strike.
Because Djas Puhr’s efficacy depends so heavily on Night cards, it’s easy to see why most of this objective set is devoted to cards bearing the Night trait. The objective of this set, Hunter in the Night(Meditation and Mastery, 1188), provides two resources to support your Bounty Hunters, and it bears the Night trait. You may also enhance any card you control with Master of the Night (Meditation and Mastery, 1191). Then, when the enhanced card is targeted by one of your opponent’s card effects, you can shuffle Master of the Night back into your deck to cancel that effect, giving you a significant measure of protection against any tricks that your opponent may try to push past you. As an added bonus, this set includes a copy of Well Equipped (Meditation and Mastery, 1166), allowing you to remove a token of any type from one of your units or objectives that has an enhancement. Between Blaster Pistol and Master of the Night, you should be able to use Well Equipped to good effect.
Finally, you’ll want another unit to support Djas Puhr in his most dangerous missions, and few creatures operate better in darkness than the Defel Mercenary (Meditation and Mastery, 1190). This unit bears the Night trait itself, but it also gains a unit damage icon for every Night card in play. If you’re running two copies of this objective set, your Defel Mercenary could have up to six unit damage—more than enough to dissuade anyone who would dare to oppose you.
Nighttime can conceal many evil deeds, but in the Star Wars galaxy, there is always balance. The twin suns of Tatooine will rise again, and whether you’re blasting into hyperspace or longing for the return of night, you’ll be able to pick up your copy of Meditation and Mastery at your local United States retailer on November 10th!
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