find here). There were a few changes, most minor, but one very significant one.
But an interaction with this new rule has sparked a significant amount of controversy. Namely, how Reinforcements affects Victory Points. Does it make the Trooper unit worth an extra 3 points? Does it steal 3 VPs from the opponent?
I feel that the rules on it are fairly clear, though I'm uncertain which was the intention. I think this is important to understand, and I will attempt to show my thought process on how Victory Points now work.
Victory Points are now calculated, rather than earned, for killed models. You add the figure cost of each defeated model, then add earned Victory Points, then assess whether the game continues. This calculation will be done continually throughout the game. When a model is killed or VPs earned, the calculated number will change. It's important to make the distinction that a model killed does not earn Victory Points.
Let's compare it to a mission objective. From the Lando expansion, "Priceless" Relics. "For each artifact a player controls, they count as having an additional 6 VPs." The wording is different because objectives typically earn you VPs (which are thus permanent), but the effect is the same. In the same way you have VPs while you control a relic, you have VPs while a figure is defeated. When it becomes untrue, you no longer have those VPs.
I hope that this was clear enough to show how I've come to the conclusion I have. If you've come to a different conclusion, feel free to comment what made you conclude differently.
What Comes Next?
So, with this change coming alongside a wave of Jabba's Realm, I think we'll see an even greater diversity amongst the lists we see being run. I think Troopers are never going away, though. While this was a definite strength of the archetype, Troopers have no lack of strengths to compete in the meta. I expect they will be less omnipresent, but a strong contender to matter where you go.
But I want to know what you think. Do you disagree on my interpretation of the rules? Do you think this will completely wipe Troopers out as a viable option? Feel free to leave any thoughts in a comment.