This article is going to focus on our newly improved assassin droid, IG-88. For those that haven't seen it, a new card, Focused on the Kill, has come and drastically improved what was once the worst unit in the Scum faction. Due to this, I'll be making my first list in this series highlighting him.
So, now we're looking at six points left. Six points is a somewhat annoying point to be at, because there's not a ton of great options for six points. A point more or two would give us Weequays or Bossk, but there are some good options left. The first thing I think of is a elite Nexu, who can jump around, be annoying, rush a flank, hand out bleeding, and perhaps finish off a wounded model. Not exactly a ton of synergy, but there's room for the shenanigans it can bring. It's a solid enough finisher for the list.
The Command Deck
So, the command deck is going to have a major impact on this list, not because it's necessary for the list to function, but because it will add a ton of firepower to the list. There are three shared traits in the list we could focus on, Hunter, Droid, and Brawler. Because the assassin droids are the focus of this list, they will be the focus of the command deck too.
The Never-Leave-Home-Without-Them Cards
Hunter/Droid Damage Boosting Cards
All of these cards will directly increase the damage dealt by your assassin droids. These are all relatively direct, with the only questionable inclusion being Wild Attack, which should mainly be used by the HK droids, who can mitigate the white dice. Does pair nicely with Heightened Reflexes, though, and can give IG-88 a Red-Red-Red-Green attack. "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."
These are cards that are just nice to have for the list. Glory of the Kill can heal either droid, and heals exactly the damage dealt by Blaze of Glory, if the opponent is somehow ignoring IG-88. (So much glory) The timing requires it to be used the turn after Blaze, though. Devotion allows an HK in a good sniping spot to pull out Blaze of Glory, and Price on their Heads allows a similarly positioned HK to get a free 4 VPs if you can kill the squad.
This is really just for Jabba. Double focus or double card pull can be useful depending on the situation.
Thoughts on the List
This is a very vicious list, with a huge damage potential from the combination of very strong droids, focus, and highly impactful command cards. The playstyle will be very aggressive (which is my personal playstyle) and will likely get the alpha strike, wiping multiple models out before the engagement truly begins. Between the HK droids shooting from range, the Gamorreans jumping into the fray, and IG-88 ruthlessly eliminating hostiles, taking the droids head-on will be a losing proposition. Chances are, while running this list, objectives will be merely magnets, drawing targets into the droids' firing lines.
I had a chance to play this list twice recently. The first was a strain list featuring Bossk and Trandoshan Hunters, with some Hired Guns and Tuskens. IG-88 and HK Assassins killing Trandoshans in one shot meant that their force broke quickly and was swept aside. The second list was Boba, Jabba, and Bossk, with elite HKs and some Trando Hunters. A double move plus Blaze of Glory killed the elite HKs on turn one, which did doom IG-88, but allowed me to overrun both flanks.
Overall, I was quite impressed by the damage output. The command cards are particularly devastating, adding a ton of damage to the already lethal droids. IG-88 feels good with this attachment. He feels a lot like Jedi Luke, but trades higher speed and extra utility for pure damage output.
So, what do you think? Would you try anything different? Have you tried the list? What do you think of IG-88 now?