Announcing the Fourth Force Pack in the Opposition Cycle for Star Wars: The Card Game
“His High Exaltedness, the great Jabba the Hutt, has decreed that you are to be terminated immediately.”
–C-3PO, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Scrap Metal, the fourth Force Pack in the Opposition cycle for Star Wars™: The Card Game!
Throughout the saga, Star Wars has been defined by rivalries and conflict. Luke Skywalker, hero of the Rebellion, is opposed by Darth Vader, one of the Dark Lords of the Sith. Han Solo, a smuggler from the Outer Rim, is tracked by Jabba the Hutt and his teams of bounty hunters. Princess Leia Organa is taunted and questioned by Grand Moff Tarkin. These enmities and threats bring the characters to life, and now, you can bring some of these rivalries into your games of Star Wars: The Card Game with Scrap Metal, the next Force Pack in the Opposition cycle.
Like the other Force Packs of the cycle, Scrap Metal comes with ten new objective sets (two copies each of five distinct sets), each challenging the way you view the battles between the factions of Star Wars: The Card Game. Here, you’ll find a host of new versions of iconic characters, including Jabba the Hutt, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Jek Porkins. With plenty of new fate cards to bring new tension to every edge battle, the rivalries that exist between factions are about to become more explosive and dangerous than ever before!
Crime Lord of Tatooine
Among the criminal elements of the Outer Rim, few command as much power as Jabba the Hutt. From his palace on Tatooine, Jabba can order a death mark on anyone in the galaxy, instantly dispatching dozens of professional hunters to fulfill the contract. Now, with a new version of Jabba the Hutt, you can orchestrate the rise of your Scum and Villainy from behind the scenes.
Most of the stats on the new Jabba the Hutt (Scrap Metal, 2011) are instantly recognizable from the earlier version of Jabba the Hutt (Edge of Darkness, 375). Across two versions, Jabba the Hutt has the same cost, damage capacity, combat icons, and the text, “This unit cannot be targeted by enemy events.” Still, the new version has gained the elite keyword, keeping him from being focused for long, and an ability that can give you a significant economic advantage: you automatically reduce the cost of the first Bounty Hunter unit or Scum and Villainy event you play each turn by two!
Imagine playing a powerful Bounty Hunter like Boba Fett (Between the Shadows, 666) for just two resources—or paying a single resource to play Captured (Edge of Darkness, 373) on any enemy unit. With Jabba the Hutt, you can easily save enough resources to make up for his cost, even as you use his tactics icons to control the battlefield. In fact, if you play Jabba the Hutt early enough, your resource superiority could give you a crippling advantage over the course of the game.
As you might expect, Jabba’s objective set comes with both another Bounty Hunter unit and a Scum and Villainy event to make use of his special ability. The Freelance Hunter (Scrap Metal, 667) can be played for free if you have Jabba in play, giving you another unit that’s well suited to attack an enemy objective. Or, you could play Hutt's Hospitality (Scrap Metal, 2014), an event that simply allows you to destroy any Character or Droid unit with a printed cost of two or lower. Best of all, this event has almost no restrictions on when it can be played, allowing you to potentially tip the balance of an engagement in your favor at a moment’s notice.
The crime lord of Tatooine has considerable resources at his disposal, and two of the other cards in this objective set give you ways to ensure you always have the events you need in your hand. Twi'lek Sycophant (Scrap Metal, 2012) allows you to search the top five cards of your deck for an event card and add it to your hand. Then, after you’ve played your events, you can bring them back to your hand with this set’s objective, His High Exaltedness (Scrap Metal, 2010). This objective reads, “Interrupt: When an objective is destroyed, return a Scum and Villainy event card from your discard pile to your hand.” Whether you’re recurring Threat Removal (Jump to Lightspeed, 837), Shadows of the Empire (Between the Shadows, 674), or Show of Force (Between the Shadows, 687), this objective can quickly prove worthwhile when it’s paired with Jabba the Hutt.
Once you’re playing most of your events for free with Jabba the Hutt, the biggest remaining downside to your Scum and Villainy events is the restrictions that come on each card. Fortunately, with Jabba’s criminal empire at your disposal, you can put a Death Mark (Scrap Metal, 2013) on anyone. This enhancement is attached to an enemy Character or Droid unit, and the enhanced unit now counts as matching the targeting requirements of all Scum and Villainy events. With Death Mark, you can now use Hutt’s Hospitality to destroy nearly any unit in the game, or Springing the Ambush (Lure of the Dark Side, 541) to quickly capture your enemies. No matter which events you use, a Death Mark makes your entire deck run more smoothly.
Build an Empire
Whether you support the Galactic Empire or seek to tear it down, you can find your place in the galaxy among the new objective sets from this Force Pack. Experience the rivalries and conflicts of the Star Wars galaxy with the newest expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game!
Look for Scrap Metal at your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2016.