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Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Set: Bounty Hunters

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2006

Image from Wizards.com

Ratings:  Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

100 pt: 1.5
200 pt: 2.6


Sith Dragon


Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Cost: 45
HP: 120
DEF: 14
ATK: +7
DAM: 30

Double Attack; Rigid: DR 10; Droid; Mounted Weapon

Today we get another preview! This time we get a sneak peak at the tank droid. This is a sweet looking piece. At long last we can reenact our wookiee berserkers jumping off of it doing our loudest impersonation of the Tarzan yell. YAY!

OK. Now that we have had our fun doing that we can set this on your favorite display shelf and bury the card in our binders of unplayed minis. Don't get me wrong. The stats on this thing are incredible. Being a CIS droid its attack can be amp'd up to an impressive +19 attacking twice for 30 DAM. The DR 10 on 120 HP will help it last a long time against shooters, BUT for one more point you can go with the X-1 and get 10 more HP, +2 DEF, +1 ATK and get molecular shielding, which will go a lot father than damage reduction in scaring your opponent. 10 less DAM is still 10 less DAM and is no risk to you. Molecular shielding makes you risk your own health to attack it.

100pts: Needs a bigger format to get all of its help in.

200pts: A very solid piece that will do very well in your CIS army, but it is just too overshadowed by the X-1. They should have upped the stats, abilities, or health or something to make it better than the X-1 because molecular shielding is just too good to pass on, but if you want to be competitive, this piece will do nothing for you unless you do not own X-1s.

"Dude, the fat guy totally just blew up!" -Pink 5

Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
45 points
HP: 120
Def: 14
Att: +7
Dmg: 30

Droid, Damage Reduction 10, Double Attack, Mounted Weapon, Rigid

The CATD is not the most exciting piece in the set. It is, however, a pretty solid piece, and it looks cool. It's a great, big, Double-Attacking-for-30 ranged attacker, which your opponent will have to work fairly hard to kill. The problem is that at 45 points, the most obvious piece to compare it to is the X-1 Viper Droid. For a measly one more point, you can have 10 more Hit Points, another point of Attack, and trade in Damage Reduction 10 for Molecular Shielding. In general, the X-1 is probably the better buy, if for no other reason than the mere threat of Molecular Shielding will frequently make your opponent simply not attack, which is the best damage reduction imaginable. Consequently, I don't expect the Tank Droid to see much competitive play, which is a shame, because it looks so much cooler than the Viper.
Overall rating in 100: 1.5 (you generally shouldn't play Rigid Huge pieces in 100 for map reasons)
Overall rating in 200: 2.5 (you could do a lot worse, but it's so much easier to just upgrade to the Viper)

Corporate Alliance Tank Droid

Faction: Seperatist
Cost: 45
HP: 120
DEF: 14
ATK: 7
DMG: 30

Damage Reduction 10
Double Attack
Mounted Weapon

Welcome to another review week for the anticipating Bounty Hunter set. Starting this week is a familiar piece seen on the battle of Kashyyyk against the Wookies, which is none other than the CATD.

For starters, paying 45 points for a droid, I expect something worth my time. Now, is it worth it? Let's see. The hit points are so-so, as X-1 has better, the Defense makes this thing a huge target, the attack is good for a droid (gets much support being a droid), and the 30 damage is rather nice. So far if isn't too bad, right?

Being a droid has its ups and downs, as any other piece does. Of course, this being a droid isn't too shabby, since otherwise you would have had to listen to me complain about the attack power in the last paragraph. Its Damage Reduction 10 and Double Attack makes this piece deal more damage while able to take some itself. However, Mounted Weapon hurts, as combining fire is nice, but its not a serious loss. After all, if you are going deep with droids, you'll already have 19 attack when standing still. I think it'll be fine. Lastly, Rigid. Don't use a small-corridor map. Simple.

In 100 point, it costs too much to use. If you want to use a huge droid that deals a good amount of damage, then you can use X-1 Viper Droid. After all, shields can usually be better than Damage Reduction, since if you're gonna get hit by melee attackers in 100 PT tourneys, they will most likely be lightsaber-wielding beatsticks like Bane, Vader and whatever the Republic has to throw at you. In 200, it's okay, but I think that you can do better than that. It's a good poor-man's droid piece, let's put it that way.

In 100: 2/5
In 200: 2.8/5

"Countdown: 10 Days Until Bounty Hunters!!!"

Zeroph Zeal
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid

Points: 45
Hitpoints: 120
Defense: 14
Attack: +7
Damage: 30

Abilities: Droid, Damage Reduction 10, Double Attack, Mounted Weapon, Rigid

Bleh. This is the first mini in the new Bounty Hunter set that I can honestly say I'm dissappointed about. A sub-par unit that is simply outmatched by a superier unit. If you don't know, I speak of the X-1 Viper Droid. Let's take a look at it anyways, shall we?

For 45 of your precious points, its stats are quite sub-par. 120 hitpoints is just above average, but 14 defense and +7 attack is simply horrible. The 30 damage is nice, but +7 attack isn't going to help you achieve that.

Its abilities are pretty standard and are quite like the X-1 Viper Droid (so I'm not going to go into deep detail about them like usual), with one exception, it trades in its key Molecular Shielding for Damage Reduction 10. Yay.

I think the best use this thing will serve is as a piece someone uses when they can't get thier hands on an X-1 Viper Droid, or if you have exactly 45 points remaining in a squad. I mean the General
Grevious+Battle Droid Officer+Super Battle Droid
Commander combo will still work with this, making it a quite nifty +19 30 damage double attacker, but for a single more point, you can get Molecular Shielding (at the cost of Damage Reduction 10), Fringe, 10 hitpoints, 2 defense, and +1 attack. Can you say overshaddowed by a better unit? My thoughts exactly.

Sorry for the half-minded review, its late and I was really expecting something better than this. A final
note: Molecular Shielding > Damage Reduction 10. Take this from a avid droid user, this droid isn't too impressive.

100 point: 1/5 X-1 isn't great here... why would this be different?

200 point: 2/5 Can work okay here, but we have better and its only an Uncommon too! Actually, I believe a 2 is very generous for this.

Sculpt: 4/5 I like it. But, I do like the X-1 more.

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