Thank you Lagomorphia, jpltanis, Red Castle, tiefanatic and Jo Jo for your comments!
I've yet to see a pure Defender list excel, but then again, it's always been Vessery Onyx Delta.
I'd like to see how Colonel Jendon (Fire Control System) Brath Vessery does...
After playing 25+ games with triple Tie Defenders I am starting to think that it is not a good use of the ships.
Jendon+x2 named Defenders for target locks or Yorr for stress relief could work. In one game I tried Jendon and Vessery and my opponent just melted Vessery in three shots and the shuttle was left there for the slaughter.
From the results of your 2 battle reports - it appears that the Tie Defender is over-rated.
1. It is pricey point-wise.
2. Has no more firepower than cheaper counter-parts.
3. Do not perform well against swarms or quick, agile ships.
As Jo Jo mentioned, the FFG T/D is really different from cannon. While it is pricey point wise I would like to emphasize that the Tie Defenders were able to draw the most elite interceptors into a corner and get quite a few shots into them. If the nearly full health Onyx hadn't fallen (luck) the game would have most likely gone to the T/Ds. Until the Phantoms came out Turr, Jax and Fel were the most slippery ships and getting to shoot them with low pilot skill pilots was extremely difficult! To the Tie Defender's credit, they were capable of luring in the interceptors (hopeless against Phantoms, those ships are in another class).
From Red Castle:
x2 Delta + HLC, Jonus + Predator
I think there are a lot of 2 Tie Defender lists that could work. Thank you for sharing that one, it looks really deadly!
One list I have really liked has been: Vader w/Swarm Tactics, Vessery w/Swarm Tactics and Delta T/D. The ships move at lvl 1, 6, 9 but at least all get to fire at lvl 9 with potentially 5 actions between the 3 ships.
I think the current state of the Tie Defenders and the Tie Advanced really opens an opportunity for a new Imperial Aces or a sub-faction: Zarin's Fleet:
- Tie Avenger: body of a tie advanced but with rectangular spiked wings
- Tie Defender Mass Prototype: body of a T/D but again with rectangular spiked wings
Cards: Grand Admiral Zarin, Admiral Harkov, tractor beam and jamming beam [sensor slots or new beam slot]Tie Avenger title card (increase greens, +1 attack), Tie Defender tittle card (add sensor slot, increased greens, add evade, add boost, +1 shield, native shield regeneration, increased pilot skill (cost of a large ship and then some))...