After some interesting rounds, the tournament comes to a close with one last game. I am excited to see that one squad at the final table is not using any discounted ships, while the other sports three T-65 X-wings and uses its 9 saved points toward the purchase of a Z-95. Here is the final table match:
23 Biggs w/ R4-D6, IA
38 (x2) Rookie w/ R2, IA
26 Gold w/ R3-A2, TLT, BTL-A4
13 Bandit w/ G Chips, Thread Tracers
36 Guri w/ Mindlink, Autothrusters, StarViper mk II, Virago, Sensor Jammer, BMST
32 Fenn w/ Mindlink, Autothrusters, CDP title
30 Teroch w/ Mindlink, Autothrusters, CDP title
LeoArthur’s protected R3-A2 will give Remi some challenges, especially if Guri is not the target. A double stressed Fenn or Teroch could die quickly, especially with that Thread Tracer to help improve Rebel offense against the first target. Remi has almost full control over when, where, and how the fight goes… if he can avoid losing ships to heavy fire, he can ace the game. It’s a classic joust list vs ace list fight, which is always a fun game to play and watch. How solid each player is in their role will determine the winner.
I’ve been pondering what LeoArthur’s list might have looked like without the T-65 discount. He still would bring Biggs and Stresshog; otherwise it’s not the same toolbox. He’d be looking for a larger number of guns, and to maximize his firepower with them. Maybe it would look like this?
26 Biggs w/ R2-D6, IA
26 Gold w/ R3-A2, TLT, BTL-A4
48 (x2) Blue w/ FCS
The list is a little weaker. Less firepower on the first combat turn, fewer bodies on the field, less squad durability by roughly 1-2 shots depending on enemy gun caliber. The Barrel Rolls on the B-wings is a significant improvement to mobility through obstacles on approach and to close quarters combat, though. If a few more points were available, maybe the B-wings bring Tractor Beams. I could also see Vectored Thrusters on the Gold and BB-8 on Biggs, to make the squad a little more able to position itself.
I’ve also been pondering how much better Mindlink has become, now that the game has S&V ships that almost never do red maneuvers. All of Remi’s ships can operate without ever doing a red move, and would prefer to race in and out of combat when pursued by enemy guns. What would his list look like, if Mindlink was not a card? He’s looking to get “two actions” on ships when he needs to Focus and also do something else, mainly. Might it look like this?
34 Fenn w/ PTL, Autothrusters, CDP
32 Teroch w/ PTL Autothrusters, CDP
32 Guri w/ PTL, Autothrusters, Star Viper mk II
The list can’t get 2 Focus on any ship other than Guri; Guri loses both Sensor Jammer and BMST which were nice tools to have. Positionally all ships actually become much stronger, and all ships can now stack TL+F at the same time which they could not really do before unless Guri was as Range 1 of something. This list looks comparable to the one Remi is using, but more vulnerable to counters. One reason for Mindlink becoming VERY popular has been that effective counters to it don’t really exist — the full-squad stress mechanic does not really hurt Mindlink lists all that much. Jumpmasters and Lancers can do green moves all game, as can Fangs. Star Vipers are a bit weaker to stress, but the new Star Viper mk II title really helps there to keep the ship mobile and able to turn around. When Mindlink came out, no ships for S&V existed that were able to ignore the downside of the card (except maybe the lowly HWK).
FINAL GAME RULES
This final game will not go to time. It will be played until one squad is destroyed, or until one player concedes. The obstacle rules for the tournament remain unchanged; huge ships are legal to use. Both players are expected to be sporting at all times, part of which means not taking advantage of the other player’s sportsmanship deliberately. (I expect no issues from either player. Both are great guys and always fair minded.) I’ll ask spectators not to kibitz, or to banter excessively without permission from both players to do so. Either player may request silence from the crowd.
Remi and Leo are playing on Saturday, July 29th — game time is at 9AM (EST), 1PM (GMT/UTC).
Good luck to both players, and I should be there to TO the final game.