Omega Leader FAQ and Tournament Builds

We are in the midst of X-Wing Store Championship season. While this time of year is full of exciting new squad builds it is also full of difficult rules questions.

No pilot has been more present in the meta and caused more questions than Omega Leader.


Despite being released late 2015 I still see new questions about this TIE/fo every week. Most of the confusion stems from the word “modify”.

What does “modify” mean?

Dice can be modified in the following ways:

Add: To add a die result, place an unused die displaying the result next to the rolled dice. A die added in this way is treated as a normal die for all purposes and can be modified and canceled. Change: To change a die result, rotate the die so that its face up side displays the new result. Reroll: To reroll a die result, pick up the die and roll it again.
Dice can be modified by multiple effects, but a die cannot be rerolled more than once.


Examples of cards/abilities Omega Leader prevents

Don’t even think about using an evade token. It’s not going to work because it is adding an evade result. Here are a few cards that Omega’s pilot ability also shuts down because adding dice results is considered to be modifying.


Your focus token is also useless because changing is not allowed. Here are a few cards that get turned off because changing dice is considered modifying.


Lastly, your target locks are practically useless if Omega Leader has your ship tagged with a target lock of his own. Here are some cards that are also negated because re-rolling dice is considered modifying.



Examples that get around Omega Leader’s ability

Emperor Palpatine can get around Omega Leader’s ability.


Wait what? You just said Omega Leader stops Palpatine because changing dice is considered modifying.

True. If Palpatine is a crew member on the ship that Omega Leader has target locked then Palpatine’s ability is prevented. HOWEVER, if Palpatine is aboard a ship that isn’t target locked by Omega Leader then he can use his ability to help out any ship, including one affected by Omega Leader’s target lock. This loophole has to do with the wording. Because Omega’s ability states “Enemy ships that you have target-locked,” there isn’t anything preventing a non target-locked-Palpatine from modifying your target’s dice.

Some other cards that get around Omega Leader are Crack Shot , Ion Cannon and Wampa.


Basically, anything that cancels dice results are good-to-go.


Omega Leader build

Now that you have a better understanding of Omega’s ability here’s what to expect:


Pretty nasty right? Not only are ships relying on un-modified dice results to evade but with Juke on Omega Leader he is going to change one of your natural dodges to a focus…which you can’t modify. The Comm Relay is there to help ensure Omega Leader always has an evade.


Omega Leader Lists

There are many Omega Leader variants out there but they almost all fall under three archetypes: Tie Swarm, Palpatine Shuttle & friends or Triple Imperial Aces.

Here’s a popular example of a Tie Swarm:

Omega Leader + Juke + Comm Relay

Black Squadron pilot

Black Squadron pilot

Black Squadron pilot

Black Squadron pilot


Swarms are usually pretty good vs fat ships with low defense but struggle against high defense aces. I like this swarm variant because rather than putting all your eggs in the Howlrunner basket this build can do a lot of damage to high defense aces with either Omega Leader or Wampa.

Here’s a popular example of Palpatine Shuttle & friends:

Omega Leader + Juke + Comm Relay

Omicron Group Pilot + Emperor Palpatine

Darth Vader + Veteran Instincts + TIE/x1 + Advanced Targeting Computer


Palpatine lists have been all the rage since he was first released with the Imperial Raider expansion and his lists have seen many variations. A nice thing about this new variation is the amount of dice manipulation and restriction you get with the two new TIE pilots. Also, every ship in the list is a legitimate threat. Who the heck do you target first?

Lastly, here’s an example of a Triple Imperial Ace build:

Omega Leader + Juke + Comm Relay

Soontir Fel + Royal Guard TIE + Push the Limit +Stealth Device + Autothrusters

Darth Vader + Proton Rockets + Veteran Instincts + Engine Upgrade +TIE/x1 + Advance Targeting Computer

Soontir Fel lists are always going to find themselves in the tournament scene and Omega Leader fits nicely into his crew. You better watch your six because this arc-dodge trio is fast and deadly.

Now that you know more about Omega Leader I hope you will not underestimate this little TIE/fo and maybe even consider adding him to your own tournament builds.

6 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    So funny enough, HLC not being able to turn crits to hits turns Omega’s ability into a drawback. It doesn’t make the cannon stop working, it just means it can crit Omega Leader.

    • midwestwargaming says:

      absolutely correct! I didn’t want to bog down too much on that particular interaction but I’m glad you commented on it -Thanks

  2. PirataEstelar says:

    I don’t understand the way that ion cannon card gets around Omega Leader, you receive an ion token, 1 damage an then suffers the other dice results??


  3. PirataEstelar says:

    Sorry for the question above, my mistake, no need answer

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