My gaming group is currently playing our 4th campaign so we are all reasonably experienced players but it is the first time for me playing the empire. The campaign started out good balance wise with me winning aftermath and the rebels narrowly winning the next few missions. But as the campaign has progressed and rebels pick up more and more xp/gear they just tear though my guys way faster than I can replenish and some missions have been completely one sided. The score now is 6-2 in favor of the rebels. The only other mission I managed to win was "predator and prey" which seems heavily stacked in favor of the empire, especially when played early in a campaign.
I decided to go with inspiring leadership as my class deck because it was new and cool but I feel I do a really poor job getting value out of it. Any advice from more experienced empire players would be greatly apprecieted. The cards I got so far are: Press on, Strategic Planning and Field General.
Side note: Aftermath is stupid. If you want to win the campaign, doesn't matter if you are rebel or empire, take a dive during aftermath. As rebels all you loose is some credits but get a way easier story mission 1 (under siege). And by winning under siege you get the easier story mission 2. This arguably holds true for the next story mission as well. Perfectly designed to get the snowball rolling.