Wednesday, July 26, 2017

X-Wing, Red Raccoon SC this weekend, build testing...

So, big SC coming up on Saturday.  I’d like to be in the top half there as they are giving out some really neat mats as prizes for the top 16.  Limit of 32 for the venue, and it is a pretty nice place…  Least as far as I could tell the few times I’ve actually been there.

Narrowed it down to 2 potential builds with the outside possibility of maybe something else…  CPT Nym is the key to the 2 most probable builds, one Rebel and one S&V.

S&V:
Dengar Nym (100)
Captain Nym (Scum) — Scurrg H-6 Bomber
30
Veteran Instincts
1
Autoblaster Turret
2
Bomblet Generator
3
Advanced Sensors
3
"Genius"
0
Havoc
0
Ship Total: 39

Dengar — JumpMaster 5000
33
Push the Limit
3
Extra Munitions
2
Cad Bane
2
Unhinged Astromech
1
Cluster Mines
4
Engine Upgrade
4
Punishing One
12
Ship Total: 61


The S&V one is more exciting I think…  More my play style, but it does face some VERY hard matchups against the Fairship Rebels and Triple Skurrg builds…  I have to go in fast, hit hard and dodge arcs.  A possible change would be to drop the Cluster Mines and Cad Bane for a K-4 Security Droid on Dengar (free Target Locks) and swap PTL for Expertise for the conversion of Focus on attacks.  Makes him annoyingly accurate, with 2 potential shots/turn.  4 points left over for EU on Nym or Proton Torpedoes perhaps for Dengar?  Makes for a decent Range 3 first hit…  Well, against everything but the Rebel silliness… Maybe upgrade the ABT to TLT for Nym?

Rebel:
Nym Miranda 1 (100)
Captain Nym (Rebel) — Scurrg H-6 Bomber
30
Veteran Instincts
1
Twin Laser Turret
6
Bomblet Generator
3
Accuracy Corrector
3
R5-P8
3
Long-Range Scanners
0
Havoc
0
Ship Total: 46

Miranda Doni — K-Wing
29
Twin Laser Turret
6
Extra Munitions
2
Assault Missiles
5
Sabine Wren
2
Cluster Mines
4
Conner Net
4
Advanced SLAM
2
Ship Total: 54


The Rebel one is solid…  Boring in a lot of ways because it really is just “Follow me while I snipe you with TLTs”.  Miranda can swoop in and bomb something and punish folks who insist on flying in formations like say, Rebel Fairship builds.  High PS Imperial builds will also be “less happy” to see this since I can do the dual bombing run with the K-Wing and Skurrg to really have a great chance to off a few of the more fragile Imperial ships quickly.  Then it is just back to the “Chase Me” with TLTs and Miranda Regenerating and Nym punishing you for daring to shoot him…

Off chance I fly something else really odd like an “Ace Type” list with Nym, Kavill and N’Dru perhaps…  Amusing, but since this is a SC with decent prizes (money on the table), doubt I’ll fly something fun/amusing when I have the option for the FAR more competitive list here…

I know a lot of people were lamenting the fact that the Rebel Wookie/Biggs(/Rex) combo makes for a list that simply will not die…  Having faced it now a few times I’d agree it is difficult if you joust it.  I’ve had good luck dancing on the edge of Range 3 or rolling into it and bumping with S&V Nym in “Fuck All Y’All” bombing mode…  Hit them in a flank, drop the bomb then you’ll likely either have your ABT or Primary weapon to shoot…  4 Dice Primary or 2 Dice unblockable, so not bad in either case…  But the chance to roll in, hit with the Bomb, usually getting 2-3 of their ships in the radius then shooting from the limited selection you have…  MIGHT be Biggs in any case, but still, every little bit counts there.  With my Rebel Nym list I brought the Assault Missiles just for that…  Well, that and a lot of the other things that are flying in tight formations these days. Damage all around is nice and even if they shift the Damage, the Missile still hits and so everyone in Range 1 still takes a Damage the way I read it…  But even then, Arc or Range control to pick off the outside of the Formation to mess up their silly combo…  NOT easy by any means of course, but possible.  Getting in the one kill then skating away is perhaps not the most “fun” way to play, but again with money on the table and facing a list like this?  Do what you have to in order to get the win I guess…  Fun lists are for “fun” events J