Preview Jedi and Apprentices in Spark of Hope
“We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.”
–Yoda, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
From Rey learning the ways of the Force from Luke Skywalker to Yoda training the Jedi of the Old Republic, the bond between master and apprentice defines the Star Wars galaxy. Success and failure is passed down from generation to generation, as apprentices surpass those who came before them and become masters themselves.
Spark of Hope continues the themes introduced in Convergence, including an emphasis on subtypes that put Jedi and apprentices on the center stage of conflict for Blue heroes.
Master and Apprentice
In the Old Republic, shortly before the rise of the Empire, Jedi master Yoda (Spark of Hope, 58) helped train the newest generation of Jedi, serving as a protector and mentor for the order. This new version of Yoda can hold up to six shields on his own, and can use these shields to block damage to apprentice characters. As a protective mentor, Yoda can support characters such as Ahsoka Tano (Convergence, 54) and his Defensive Teaching (Legacies, 106) can further maximize his ability to produce shields.
But even the wise Yoda can learn from others. Qui Gon Jinn’s spirit (Spark of Hope, 70) can guide those who seek the unorthodox wisdom of the Jedi Master. For Yoda, this means turning his bevy of shields into a way to defeat your foes, utilizing the power of defense to overwhelm his foes. Though Qui-Gon may have been cut down by Darth Maul, no one is ever really gone and there is still plenty to learn from those who came before.
Yoda can also provide protection to Younglings, (Spark of Hope, 59) new diceless characters that can only be included on your team if you also have a Jedi like Yoda. Younglings are the least-expensive characters in the game, and receive a discount when you place a Blue upgrade on them with their Power Action. Although Younglings start without any threatening abilities, careful guidance from Jedi can help them hone their abilities and fight for the fate of the galaxy.
For a thousand generations, younglings constructed their lightsabers with the help of Professor Huyang (Spark of Hope, 69). Now, the Professor lends his aid to Blue heroes in Star Wars: Destiny, activating after you play an upgrade on an apprentice, and letting you roll in the upgrade’s die if it is a weapon. With a boost to action efficiency, Professor Huyang is the guide apprentices need to take their abilities to the next level.
But it takes intense training to master the power of the Force, it’s not just Moving Rocks (Spark of Hope, 66). It takes a wise master to instill important lessons (Spark of Hope, 71) in their apprentices, and a Refusal (Spark of Hope, 10) to train them can lead to Untamed Power (Spark of Hope, 124).
A Balanced Approach
While mentors often pass down wisdom and knowledge, combat is an essential part of ending conflict in a galaxy constantly at war. Niman Mastery (Spark of Hope, 122) is a new form that gives you control over the dice on the battlefield. But it takes patience and training to truly master this style of combat. Niman Training (Spark of Hope, 123) is the first step an apprentice can take on their way to mastery, allowing you to turn an upgrade die to any side before replacing itself with Niman Mastery from your hand or discard pile.
Attaining a mastery of the Niman form also upgrades your Pushing Slash (Spark of Hope, 118), combining action efficiency with dice manipulation. You can also lure your opponent in with Draw Closer (Spark of Hope, 116), letting you resolve a die without removing it from your pool, and increasing its value if the character is upgraded with Niman Mastery.
The Niman style of lightsaber combat is a balanced form, allowing you to keep your opponent at bay with a measured approach of dice manipulation. Is this the path your team will take to victory?
From Generation to Generation
For generations, the bond between master and apprentice has strengthened those with a connection to the Force. From the earliest days of the Republic to the rise of the Resistance, Jedi have passed on their knowledge, in the hope of forging a better galaxy. Will you walk the path of a Blue hero when Spark of Hope releases in the third quarter of 2019?
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