I was running Palpatine, Vader and Juno Eclipse which I created that morning to have some fun and get a handle on the Advanced Targeting Computer card.
My first match up was with Tim who by any stretch of the imagination doesn't suffer from X-wing addition like myself so it probably wasn't going to be a fair representation of my list. He was running a Corran Horn and Dash list and I was able to focus on Dash and once his shields were gone Vader snuck into range 1 and delivered the final blow with the added critical from ATC and some influence from the dark side no doubt.
It was merely a task of cornering poor Corran Horn then who eventually took a space bath.
My second game was going to be a true test of the list facing off against my regular sparring partner Todd who had developed a disturbingly deep bond with Whisper backed up with Rear Admiral Chireneau. The problem I'd always had against this list was purely the high pilot skill on Whisper and the possibility to appear in no less than six million places. Two things swung this match for me hard firstly I'd laced one of Todd's brownies and it worked its magic and he crashed Whisper into the back of the Decimator allowing Vader to rid it of it's shields. Secondly it sped through the Shuttle and gained an ion token allowing me to nail it the next turn. Rear Admiral Chireneau wasted no time however taking out Juno Eclipse and the Emperor but it was a patient Vader who sat at range 3 pinging in critical hits banking them up to bring the Decimator down. It was a great game and I was very happy with the result.
Vader took the flank whilst Juno escorted the Shuttle into battle, the opening exchange didn't result for much but it allowed the Shuttle to block one of the Aggressors and the TIE's came in for the kill ridding it of it's shields and allowing me to guess fairly accurately where it would end up.
My brother dumped out a proximity mine for Vader to chew on but it only ate a shield luckily enough. It was IG-88B's final act of defiance before being destroyed. At this stage the Shuttle took off with no shields to get out of danger whilst the pair of TIE's circled the wounded prey thanks to the extra actions and Juno's pilot talent really came in handy here (and the whole day really...). Ultimately I would get into range 1 and pour on the critical hits resulting in another win.
The Shuttle deployed in the centre whilst the TIE's negotiated some asteroids to hit the flank. Methodically I begun taking out the A-wings although the Shuttle took a smashing and eventually was destroyed after distributing a few ion tokens. When the dust settled after the first or second exchange Vader was cruising around with 1 hit point left and I don't believe Juno was looking much better against 3 A-wings in various states of disrepair and ordnance.
I stayed at range 2-3 the whole time not inviting any unwanted rockets my way and split up chasing down the Rebels and managed to seal another win. This was a really tough game and immediately I was concerned to face a swarm with this list which runs a pretty specialised gimmick.
As always Scott was gracious in defeat and was keen to run his list again. I think it will be come even sharper with the release of guidance chips later in the year and if I had my time again which I'm sure the re-match will come I think I'd perhaps even spread my deployment a bit further.
In conclusion a fantastic day was had by all I was very luck to be able to play 4 games of X-wing against 4 great people.
Thanks for reading.