Grand Admiral Thrawn Commander Upgrade card

Card Text Edit

"After deploying fleets, place 3 facedown command dials on this card. At the start of each Ship Phase, you may reveal and discard 1 of those dials. If you do, until the end of the round, before each friendly ship activates, it gains 1 additional dial matching that discarded dial."

Rules Clarification Edit

When a friendly ship gains a command dial as part of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s effect, that ship can spend that dial to gain a matching command token or spend it at the appropriate time to resolve that command, but the ship cannot resolve the same command more than once during its activation.

When a huge ship reveals its command dial, it only gains a command token matching the dial it revealed. It does not gain an additional token matching the command dial gained from Grand Admiral Thrawn’s effect.

A ship cannot discard a dial it gains from Grand Admiral Thrawn’s effect to discard raid tokens assigned to itself.

Grand Admiral Thrawn’s effect cannot be resolved to place facedown command dials on this card if the ship it is equipped to is set aside before fleets are deployed, such as by Hyperspace Assault’s Setup effect.
Source: FAQ 5.1.1; 2020/03/09

The player reveals the upmost Command Dial of his ship and gains another, matching the discarded Dial from the Commander upgrade card. In this example he reveals a Squadron Command and gains an additional Navigate Command.

A matching command token can be combined with both command dials, to enhance the effects.

How-to use Commander "Grand Admiral Thrawn" - Star Wars Armada Explained (SWAE)

How-to use Commander "Grand Admiral Thrawn" - Star Wars Armada Explained (SWAE)

Instructions and hints by Karneck

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Timing Edit

The effect of this Upgrade Card may be triggered at the start of any Ship Phase. In this round every ship gains an additional command dial during step 1 of ship activation: "Reveal Command Dial".

Trivia Edit

The card was designed by the winner of 2016 World Championship, Josiah Burkhardsmeier.


Appearance Edit

Mitth'raw'nuruodo, more commonly known as Thrawn, was a Chiss male who served in the Imperial Navy, holding the rank of Grand Admiral in the years prior to the Galactic Civil War. He was created by author Timothy Zahn as an antagonist in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire. The figure became very popular and soon appeared in other novels and games of the Expanded Universe. With his appearance in the TV-series Star Wars Rebels he became canon.


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