Drawing from the success and popularity of the Palp, Vader and Soontir list I was looking for something that drew from the core mechanics of the list with Palpatine's dice influence but I've never been fond of interceptors (or I can't fly them to save myself...) so was looking for something else to fill that void and created this list.
Omicron Group Pilot - Emperor Palpatine, Ion Projector
Darth Vader - TIE/x1, Veteran Instincts, Advanced Targeting Computer, Engine Upgrade
Juno Eclipse - TIE/x1, Push the Limit, Advanced Targeting Computer, TIE MKII Engine
Firstly I must say I was keen to run the ATC to see how well it went and after sealing 4 straight wins it's an incredible and potent tool for the TIE Advanced. Getting into range 1, throwing 3 dice and then adding a critical hit is generally enough to remove shields from most ships and on the second run through destroy them. Combined with another ship and an opening volley from the Shuttle I would generally kill a ship on the opening joust.
A few things about the list however are worth explaining. Veteran Instincts on Vader was to ensure I had a counter for a VI Whisper and/or any other ace that I could come across. Ion Projector was a bit of a fail safe to ensure that when small ships took off after the Shuttle I could slam on the breaks and hopefully dish out some ion tokens on them for a turn or two allowing the two TIE Advanced to swoop in for the kill shots.
I certainly do miss Predator on Vader however. I have got into range 1 and rolled blanks forcing me to use the target lock which is frustrating. This list suffers against swarms of any kind though, naturally I'm not dishing out quite enough fire power to have a massive influence and cards like Ruthlessness certainly come to mind to combat that.
This is the first time I've used the Emperor in a list and as impressive as it is to change a single dice result I'm unsure if it's worth 29 points to do. I'm interested to drop it all together and add in another TIE Advanced sporting from ATC goodness.
Link to X-wing Squadron Builder here.