Tuesday, April 14, 2015

X-Wing builds evolving...

So, Emon was fun and I like the idea…  Just not sure the Firespray has enough to actually either a) do enough damage to justify the point cost (45-46 points) or b) can survive well enough to actually keep my in the running with “Margin of Victory” becoming a big thing now…  Wound up doing fairly well over the weekend at the “Top Guns” event with the build of Emon in his Firespray and a pair of Hired Guns in Y-Wings (Warthogs with Engine Upgrades).  Wound up 2-1 but with the Firespray dying in every game, my MoV was not so great, putting me to the middle.  Flew well against Alan’s Imperial list, and Emon’s Firespray REALLY does a number against the TIE Interceptor.  Double Stressed Soonter Fel usually dies the next turn, so the Push The Limit (PTL) card that he loves so much is a weak spot with Tactician on the field.  The Firespray usually does no damage with the 3 Dice attack, but the Stress still hits…  And those Y-Wings hit HARD when they get in close.  Game 2 was against a pair of YT-1300’s…  Chewbacca in the Falcon and Lando in another.  I flew pretty poorly against this.  I split up, meeting in the middle while the YT’s simply flew around the edge of the board knowing they had 360° arc, could cover each other and have a ridiculous number of Shields and Hull to punch through.  I should have simply lined up, chosen one and run right at it, incoming fire be damned…  I’d take some damage to be sure, but one YT to deal with is a LOT easier…  Game three was against another Imperial, close game.  Faced a Tie Defender, Decimator and a TIE Advanced I think…  Know it came down to the Decimator with its huge Hull against my last Y-Wing with 2 Hull left…  Got in behind as it flew into the Asteroids and got the kill before it could free itself…  Great game, came down to the last few Hull on each of our last ships… 

Which does point out that the Emon build does REALLY well against “Aces” builds with the few high quality small ships which are otherwise  difficult to deal with…  He simply does not survive well though.  The Firespray is not quite maneuverable or survivable enough to go toe to toe with the other big ships.  Lacking any EPT, I cannot easily modify the movement with PTL or Expert Handling.  Nor does it really put out THAT much damage with only the basic 3 Dice Attack…  Decent, but not great Arcs.  STAW and the Turrets here spoiled me for this…  The Excelsior with essentially a 270° Arc?  Yes, please…  Or Dash with a Mangler?  But an unmodified attack like this is just not enough to threaten either of the big threats…  Unlikely to hit the agile Auto Thruster equipped things nor will it do enough to the really big ships…  Assuming it even hits the Falcon when it is flown with things like C3-P0, Lando, Evade tokens everywhere, etc…  The Y’s are nice, but can be avoided and even set up like this are still flying tanks, and they turn like them…  So, thinking of switching for a bit to an Aggressor…

Syndicate Thug — Y-Wing
18
Autoblaster Turret
2
Unhinged Astromech
1
Engine Upgrade
4
BTL-A4 Y-Wing
0

Syndicate Thug — Y-Wing
18
Autoblaster Turret
2
Unhinged Astromech
1
Engine Upgrade
4
BTL-A4 Y-Wing
0

IG-88C — Aggressor
36
Expert Handling
2
Advanced Sensors
3
Heavy Laser Cannon
7
Autothrusters
2



If I am reading it right the timing for Expert Handling and the Advanced Sensors works out such that I can take the Barrel Roll, get the Stress token, then do a Green maneuver (which is almost the whole dial really), and clear the Stress…  Or of course a Boost, free Evade, then even something like an S-Turn to bring the HLC to bear…  With the Autothrusters it should be REALLY survivable against things like the Turrets and even Swarms if I can keep my distance…  So, either the pair of Y-Wings or?  Something else for 50 points…