What I do is not drop any troops at all and just use starship to lead the way. Here are the 3 Starship attack options:
1. WITH YARVIN 4 IN PLAY - Use an Awing to take out the most Eastern Shield Generator then with the HQ exposed hit with as many X-wings as possible.
2. WITHOUT YARVIN 4 BUT WITH U-WING SKIN - Again use an Awings (2 this time) to take out the most Eastern Shield Generator. Target the U-wing hit so it makes contact only on the HQ (might need 2)
3. BE LIKE LUKE SHOOTING WAMPRATS! - This one takes a lot of practice, but when you get it you will cheer with joy! There is a weak spot where the lvl 8 sheild DO NOT cover the HQ (Pictured below) you need to hit it directly in the exact same spot with X-wings 4-5 times and the HQ will blow and you will have secured the Planet!....
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