Finding the Spark
Preview Leaders and Troopers in Spark of Hope
“In every corner of the galaxy, the downtrodden and oppressed know our symbol and they put their hope in it. We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic. That spark, this Resistance, must survive. That is our mission.”
–Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Through every generation of the Star Wars galaxy, leaders have provided a spark of hope to their soldiers and tacticians. It’s these troopers who believe in their cause, and fight to ignite the spark of hope against overwhelming odds, or search the galaxy looking to extinguish the spark before it can grow.
Spark of Hope continues the themes found in Convergence, while introducing new ways to defeat your opponents in Destiny’s epic duels. Look for diceless characters to fill out your team, a new form of Lightsaber mastery, and an emphasis on subtypes like Jedi, Sith, leaders, and troopers.
Lighting the Spark
While regimes like the Empire and the First Order rally their troops around fear, rebels rally around their leaders and the purpose they provide to a galaxy in turmoil. During the darkest hour of the Resistance, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Spark of Hope, 75) provided a spark of hope to rebels on the run. In Star Wars: Destiny, Holdo can still provide that spark when all seems lost, allowing you to ready a vehicle after she is defeated, or playing one at a discounted cost with her special symbol. This can allow you to utilize new vehicles like the B-Wing (Spark of Hope, 86) to ignite the spark of hope and find victory with overwhelming firepower.
Holdo becomes even more valuable if she is equipped with the Admiral (Spark of Hope, 136) title, an expensive upgrade that can see you activating your characters and vehicles multiple times a turn provided you roll its special symbol. While it is an expensive investment, You Are In Command Now (Spark of Hope, 132) provides a discount to these resource-heavy titles that can drastically shift the course of a game.
Holdo is a leader that stands out from the rest, willing to do whatever it takes to protect a small band of rebels from complete destruction. She even went so far as to perform a Lightspeed Assault (Spark of Hope, 81) to save the last remnants of the Resistance. This event requires great sacrifice, but a Firm Resolve (Spark of Hope, 87) can ensure your band of heroes has a chance against overwhelming forces. With some clever setup, you may even be able to Take Control (Spark of Hope, 85) of an opponent’s vehicle and use that for your lightspeed assault, softening the blow to your own forces while dealing heavy damage to your opponent.
But what's a leader without loyal troopers to follow them into battle? If it wasn’t for the skill and sacrifice of those on the front lines of the battlefield, there would be no victory. The Hoth Trooper (Spark of Hope, 78) is one of the new diceless characters in Spark of Hope, but can still deal damage to your opponent every time they are activated. At five points, Hoth Troopers can fill out your team, and their resolve and a strong leader can push your team to victory.
An Endless March of Terror
The villains of the Star Wars galaxy don’t rely on hopes and dreams of the future, instead they find their power in skill and fear. Gideon Hask (Spark of Hope, 21) is a commando in the fearsome Inferno Squad, completing missions with an efficiency seen nowhere else in the galaxy. If Gideon is leading your troopers, he can get the most out of them by rerolling their dice with his Power Action, even if they've already been activated for the turn. Since Gideon is a trooper, this ability can target himself, and allows him to take advantage of several trooper-specific cards in Spark of Hope.
Gideon can utilize the AT-RT (Spark of Hope, 134), a vehicle specifically made for troopers on the front line of the battlefield, with a special die filled with modifiers that can freely modify trooper dice. The flexibility offered by this vehicle is second-to-none, simply making any die roll better, regardless of the symbol.
Mudtroopers (Spark of Hope, 22) can also utilize the AT-RT to great effect. The Mudtroopers allow you to reroll a die showing a blank after you activate the Mudtroopers or a leader character. With two blank sides themselves, the Mudtroopers are the perfect target for their own ability, providing a high level of consistency to your team for just eight points.
Lighting a New Path
The spark of hope is not an easy thing to ignite. It takes sacrifice, and those willing to do whatever it takes to keep hope alive against those who would extinguish it throughout the galaxy. Will you find a way to ignite the spark with the heroes of the galaxy, or destroy it completely with dastardly villains?
Light a path for the galaxy in Spark of Hope (SWD18), available now for pre-order from your local retailer or our website!
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