Just picking up my first core set, but I am curious if there is a good ratio I should try to stick to?
Or should I pay more attention to possible point totals?
Core set has 1 X-Wing and 2 Tie. (2:1) Should I keep this ratio in expanding or does it really depend on the pilot and points?
Should I just get more Tie Advanced expansions and skip the regular Tie expansions?
Should I try to keep the 2:1 ratio Imperial to Rebel?
Am I concerned about something that doesn't even matter because of the point system?
Note: I did watch a rather quick 150 point match where a swarm of tie fighters with Darth Vader creamed the 150 point Rebel squad. Not even close, mostly because of the amount of concentrated fire.
Good questions, and this is something I didn't know either until I picked up my first models. I started with a core set and one each of the wave one expansions. This is a great place to start if you want to collect both factions worth of ships. It'll get you 3 Rebel ships up to (and even slightly over) 100 points, and 4 Imperial ships that can be kitted out to around 92 points. Obviously at home and with your friends you can play with whatever point totals you want, however the game is designed around 100 points, and that is what all official tournaments use as well as any game nights I've been to. So if you want to get so you have 100 points of each, grab one more Tie Advanced or Tie Fighter.
Now if you're concerned about maximum numbers of models you may need, here are the numbers of a single ship type you can fit into one 100 point list:
X-wing - 4
Tie Fighter - 8
Y-wing - 5
Tie Advanced - 4
So with those numbers of each model, you can create every 100 point list combination.
Final disclaimer, is that none of this takes into consideration the wave two stuff due out in February.