To add to the discussion about character cards, im hoping for cards with pictures of the pilots on rather than the ships. im slightly dissapointed that ffg have gone for computer style art for the cards rather than hand painted pictures, im hoping they release a pilot deck expansion with images taken straight from the rogue squadron graphic novels.
As far as ion cannons go, is it the tie advanced or tie defender that is also mounted with them?
The TIE Defender is armed with 4 laser cannons and 2 ion cannons (plus a missile or torpedo payload).
The inclusion of Imperial Ace Maarek Stele seems to suggest that we can see a future TIE Defender expansion, because both Maarek Stele and the TIE Defender were first introduced in the computer game "TIE Fighter", and the inclusion of the former suggest the future inclusion of the later. Also, the Lucasarts' Star Wars space sims seems the most logical source for the first additions to this game once the fighters that appear in the original trilogy of movies have been covered.
The inclusion of starfighters introduced in the Star Wars computer space sims would mean the coming of the Z-95, R-41 Starchaser and T-wing for the Rebel side, and the TIE Defender, Starwing gunboat and Missile Boat for the Imperial side. The late "Star Wars Galaxies" MMORPG had a few more candidates from the "Jump to Lightspeed expansion", as the Longprobe Y-wing and Rebel Gunboat for the Rebels, and more TIE variants for the Imperials.
BTW, the Ion Torrent icon looks to me like some stilized lightning motif surrounding a circular object, as a representation of the electrical disruption created by an ion cannon hit.