By Cory J– October 24, 2013
I’ve been trying out various builds since I got my Wave 3 ships and I wanted to do a list dump of builds I’ve tried and builds that I want to try.
Luke’s Daggers (2BX)
I wrote about my first stab at Wave 3 here (http://teamcovenant.com/darklighter/2013/09/24/wave-3-game-report-lukes-daggers/), Luke’s Daggers.
Luke + Push The Limit (PTL) + R2 Astromech + Advanced Proton Torpedoes (APT)
Dagger + Heavy Laser Cannon (HLC)
Dagger + HLC
APTs are fun and it handily defeated my friend’s squad, but I found that HLC ships aren’t that fun for me to fly. Too much fly at the enemy, K-turn, repeat. Though I will admit that maybe I’m just flying them wrong or my opponent made it too easy for me to do that.
Turr Gets Init
Omicron Group Pilot (OGP) + Vader
Turr + PTL
Kath + Veteran Instincts (VI) + Recon Specialist (RS) + Proton Bomb
Next is a squad that I put together to try out the Shuttle and Proton Bomb. I flew the Shuttle terribly and came out of the game with a bad impression of it. I’ve since seen my friend fly one better than I did and would like to try it again, but man did it suck in this game. Kath died fairly early and she never got to drop her Proton Bomb. I managed to win this one because Turr was a beast taking down a Firespray and two TIEs solo. The Firespray had Rebel Captive on board which definitely made things trickier. I’ve tweaked this build and would like to try it again eventually.
Outer Rim Smuggler (ORS) + Chewie + Anti-Pursuit Lasers (APL)
Ten Numb + Marksmanship + Sensor Jammer
Dagger + Ion Cannon
I ran this to test APL, Sensor Jammer, and Ten. Unfortunately, nothing hit the ORS, Sensor Jammer only triggered once, and Ten only got 1 Critical Hit. This was a short game as my opponent made some piloting errors which landed his Firespray on an asteroid and then off the board two turns later. I want to try something similar again and would like to try Engine Upgrade on the ORS.
Roark + Ion Cannon Turret
Wedge + Adrenaline Rush + Shield Upgrade
I hadn’t tried a HWK yet and Roark is the one HWK pilot I like the most, so I came up with this. I also wanted to see if Adrenaline Rush worth the 1pt. I never got to use Adrenaline Rush, but Roark helped the Rookies shoot first and got a few ion shots in himself too. I like him a lot.
Rhymer is Fun
Rhymer + PTL + APT + APT
Black + Draw Their Fire (DTF)
Alpha + Shield Upgrade
Alpha + Shield Upgrade
I ran this to see if Rhymer is worth his rather high cost (in my opinion). I’m paranoid, so I ran a Black + DTF alongside him to make sure he wouldn’t pick up a bad crit before getting his APTs off. I’d also been meaning to see if Alpha + Shield Upgrade could work, so I threw them in to fill out the squad. Rhymer did well, one shotting Backstabber, then Soontir to end the game. Rhymer + APTs are fun. He is the bane of small ships everywhere.
Jan + Ion Cannon Turret
Green + PTL
Blue + Fire Control System (FCS)
Blue + FCS
I finally got Jan to the table after endlessly trying to justify her cost in my head (http://teamcovenant.com/darklighter/2013/07/26/jan-ors-what-am-i-missing/). She worked out OK, so I could see myself trying her again. I sure do like being able to roll 5 dice. I still struggle a bit maneuvering B-wings and I need to play them more before I’ll feel as comfortable with them as I do with X-wings.
More to try
I have a few ideas for squads that I want to try. Some ideas are more complete than others. So here goes.
Wedge + Swarm Tactics + Shield Upgrade
Blue + HLC
Ibtisam + VI + HLC
I came up with this shortly after I played Luke’s Daggers. Usually I don’t like 3 small ship builds, but this one hits early, hard, and B-wings absorb damage a bit better than most small ships. It looks pretty powerful to me, but needs to kill ships before it starts losing them.
Deadeye + RS
Kath + Deadeye + RS + APT + Concussion Missiles
+48 pts (maybe 2x Sabre + PTL?)
I’ve wanted to try a Deadeye + RS Firespray since I saw it suggested by John Dimaggio on this site. Seems like Robert has had some success with it too. Once I figure out what I want to fly with it, I’ll have to get it to the table.
Yorr + Advanced Sensors + HLC
Sabre + PTL
Sabre + PTL
Mauler + Adrenaline Rush
This is one of the shuttle builds that I’ve been toying with. Not too different from lots of Yorr builds that have been posted.
OGP Strikes Back
OGP + Vader
Black + DTF
I was inspired by Greg Duncan’s tourney build. It just looks like fun and another build I could use to hone my shuttle maneuvering.
Tycho + PTL
At some point I wanted to try a fun build with 3 PS8 Rebels. Jan is PS8, but I don’t think she works as good in a 3 ship build. Need to figure out how to spend the rest of the points still.
That’s all for now, there sure is a lot of variety with Wave 3 out. Can’t wait to try out some more.