We’ve seen two major events in the last year feature Sith splashing Scum and Villainy: Tom Melucci’s World Championship list and Josh Johnson’s Gencon National Championship list. Both lists featured heavy hitting Sith units followed by strong green support Mains and Events. So, as we head into the final week of testing for Worlds 2016, where does Scum currently reside?
Since Gencon, a lot has happened to Scum. The biggest shakeup involves the latest FAQ, in which Scum was hit pretty hard with the nerf bat. The first nerf was to the green administrator of spice – Moruth Doole. He received the added text of ‘Limit once per turn’. This slows down the Green Machine, but will it be enough?
In addition to the errata, Scum and Villainy was hit with two restriction pairings: Masterful Manipulation can no longer be played with The Spice Trade and The Slimiest Scheme can now not be played with the just-released I Don’t Like You, Either objective. The reasoning behind the Scheme restriction is pretty obvious in that the last thing Scum needs to be doing is chaining Chain Reaction. The Masterful Manip restriction is meant to directly impact the strength of those two sets working in relation to one another.
But errata’s and restrictions aren’t the only thing shaping Scum leading up to World’s 2016. In addition to minor setbacks, they’ve also been given quite the helping hand in the form of two new sets that seem like they have a lot going for them.
Heartless Tactics sure has a lot going for it in terms of a solid main, a resource, and an amazing event! It’s not often that Scum gets three Force icon Elite units, so Dengar sure feels like he’s already bringing a lot to the table. Great defense as long as you’ve captured someone and you’re looking at a pretty awesome 4-drop unit. His support unit is rather uninteresting, but his decent resource and great event are really why you’re looking at this objective set. Preparation and Planning isn’t the kind of fate that gets my attention, but it is important to note that it makes A Price on Their Heads only cost 3!
I Don’t Like You, Either feels like a mixed bag, but my gut says that it will see plenty of play in the near future. On the surface, it reminds me a lot of Plan of the Prophetess – a set where most players were utilizing it for its non-unit cards rather than the units. I don’t see a lot of strength or abuse from Dr. E or Ponda, but the objective, enhancement, and event are all stellar. I also really like that the set comes with a resource, though I must admit that I don’t see the thematics behind the resource being Prized Possession. A ‘Mos Eisley Cantina’ would have been more than excellent here!
Josh Johnson’s list from Gencon sported four one-of Scum objectives with Masterful Manipulation, The Spice Trade, Hunter for Hire, and Schemes and Intrigues. Obviously the Xizor and Doole pairing no longer work, but if you’re looking for a solid Sith/Scum list, a simple change might be to drop Doole in favor of a Heartless Tactics. You’re unit count will go down and you’ll lose some synergy, but it’s a strong inclusion given the restriction.
With the reprinting of Captured in Heartless Tactics, another question Scum pilots will have to answer is whether or not Pilot Fett still has a home as a singleton among mono-Scum builds. The unit/enhancement used to serve as a strong inclusion as focused removal, but now that Captured is housed in a strong objective set the need for including a pilot-based objective set doesn’t feel as necessary. And with the strength of Captured combo’d with I Don’t Like You, Either, how much additional room can be dropped for two copies of these two new objective sets?
BTS Boba Fett, one of the most lethal killing machines ever printed in Star Wars LCG, very rarely sees play due to other, more optimal, Scum choices. But has the release of such strong, new Scum sets changed the usefulness of No Disintegrations? A Flamethrower on Dengar or Bane Malar doesn’t seem too shabby, in terms of overall damage output!
It’s a whole new world for Scum and Villainy, lately. Great new sets, questionable errata and restrictions, and strong pairings with other affiliations.