When it comes to starfighters, none are more adaptable than the E-Wing. When speaking of terms of in-game performance, the E-Wing brings a lot more to the table than what originally thought possible before. Combining the best of both speed and attack capabilities, the E-Wing is an essential starfighter for any Rebel squadron to include.
The E-Wing Expansion Pack is coming for X-Wing Miniatures, and it will be essential to any Rebel players hiding out there in space. Fantasy Flight has posted a preview of the Expansion Pack, showing off all it can do when put to the table. From the preview, here’s what the E-Wing will bring to the game:
- The E-wing is the only starfighter that combines the ability to equip both an Astromech Droid and a system upgrade, permitting such defensive combinations as an R7 Astromech partnered with the Sensor Jammer upgrade from the Lambda-class Shuttle Expansion Pack, or opening the way for the tricks permitted by combining Advanced Sensors with R7-T1.
- Because the E-wing has a base agility value of “3” and the option to equip an Astromech Droid upgrade, it’s also the only starfighter in the game capable of ramping up to an agility value of “5” through the use of both the Stealth Device modification (from the Slave I Expansion Pack) and the R2-F2 Astromech Droid. Against an opponent firing at your E-wing from Range “3,” that’s six defense dice!
- Along with the B-wing, the E-wing is the only Rebel starfighter to feature the barrel roll action in its action bar, which combines well with the Advanced Sensors upgrade and permits the starfighter an astonishing range of potential movement each turn. Unlike the B-wing, though, the E-wing has a maneuver dial with more green maneuvers than red ones. As a result, E-wing pilots with high pilot skill values and good ideas about how best to use their actions and maneuvers should be able to Outmaneuver their foes each round and line up clear shots.
- Finally, when it’s piloted by Corran Horn, the E-wing is the only starfighter that can perform an attack in the End phase.
With the right upgrades and pilot the E-Wing can be an unstoppable force in any squadron. I really like the idea of a starfighter that’s so customizable but it takes some strategic thinking to outfit it correctly so that it’s not a point-sink. You can pre-order the E-Wing Expansion Pack now, and get ready to beef up your squadron for the next battle!