I think the Shuttle is in a decent spot right now, moderately balanced with a good amount of options. Used statistically some of the time!
However, with the newer ships and the change in the barrel roll for large ships, I was thinking that it would be okay to indulge in some wishful thinking for shuttle improvements.
Firstly, I think there should be at least some shuttle with an EPT. Now that the barrel roll has been changed a bit, I think its okay to possibly see Expert Handling on the Shuttle. It would greatly help its maneuverability.
I think the Shuttle's dial is interesting and really useable, but it would be nice to see some cheaper options for more maneuverability. Adv Sen and EngUp cost 7 points, and do nothing to help increase the firepower of the shuttle, which it sorely needs to be cost effective. in this day and age of super maneverable ships, its also harder to force opponents to stay in the Shuttle's arc.
(All that said, I tried a shuttle with EU vs some interceptors, and got trashed. How do you guys fly this thing??? I tried zooming across the board to engage the other side too, but he was handily able to fly past my arc. Planning on sticking to my known flying plan of slow flying and no EU.)
I also like pairing the shuttle with MORE ships, like backstabber and mauler and dark curse. the added guys make it harder to avoid the shuttle's arc too.
Apart form that, I want to see the uniques improved. Changing howlrunners cost to more is hard, but you can easily make a shuttle reprint containing Jendon, Yorr, and Kagi for 1 or even 2 points less than they are now.
They just aren't worth it. The stats show it too. Nothing but the OGP is used in tournaments. Maybe Yorr shows up once in about 50 players. Usually not the winning list either.
Yorr is worded almost uselessly. Can't be used against Jam or used with Soontir or Opportunist, which would be the best uses for him.
So far he is restricted to putting PTL interceptors on a leash. Removing K-turn stress is just not worth the 24 pts.
Really, all Yorr needs is just more useful wording. Notice i didn't say "better". Yes, its better, but really, his wording just purposely screws him.
It would be nice to see some system upgrade that allows for better stress shedding too. Would help the phantom and the b-wing in nice ways too.
Jendon is really useless and nerfed. His ability only works on R1, it should really work on at least R2 if not R3 like the other support passers: Kyle, Jan, Garvin, Dutch. All of the Rebel ships have more use because they don't leash their teammates to a R1 formation.
Also, Jendon should have a EPT at PS6.
It would be interesting to have a title that allows the pilot to gain an EPT. Maybe restrict it to named uniques only.
Kagi is a laughing stock. No country for old clonies. His ability is really limited and should allow his cost to be reduced considerably. If Jendon goes down in cost by 1 or 2, Kagi could easily go down 2. Oh, and EPT would be great. =)
So maybe just a Title equipable to unique pilots only that gives -1 and an EPT?