I am a Spanish veteran player and I always miss advanced tie in tournaments, only is used to field Vader but the 21 points a basic advanced tie cost dissuade all player from using it.
Now there is no need of choosing an advanced tie if you want to bring missiles, there are other chances.
There is opinion that missiles and torpedoes are not as effective as they should, just one more dice (and negating an extra defense dice when cast at range 3). There are some extra effects for each missile but usually they doesn't worth the points they cost. They are just a one time use things... and 4 o 5 points are a lot.
Anyway if you think on field a bomber, Awing or advance tie always comes to this:
advanced tie 21 + 4/5 (missile/torpedo)
a wing 17 + 4/5 (missile/torpedo)
bomber 16 + 4/5 (missile/torpedo)
But people take into account that the 1 or 2 of initiative doesn't guarantee to be able to shot the missiles. So people tendo to choose:
advanced tie 23 + 4/5 (missile/torpedo)
a wing 19 + 4/5 (missile/torpedo)
bomber 18 + 4/5 (missile/torpedo)
If you don't load those ships with some upgrades and weapons they are not useful, even sometimes that imply to field other ships to have a TL free action or a skill to be able to reroll the attack dice.
In conclusion if you think about how many point do you need, usually you find more trustable to rely on a regular xwing for 21 points or 2 tie fighters for 24 points.
Is there any chance to improve/change this?
Is FFG going to do something regarding this? because now we see that Imperial aces expansion is close, but interceptors were a little expensive for an alpha 18 points but now they show an interceptor with 6 initiative and 22 points, they are very good man, but what about those other ships?
In fact now we are starting to see that ywings are being replaced for HWK since:
ywing 18 + ion turret = 23
HWK 16 + ion turret = 21 but if you want to field a hwk 19 + 5 = 24 then you have a 4 initiative able to give a 12 initiative bonus. Much better isn't it?
So... what about something like this?
Edited by negroscuro, 23 October 2013 - 04:12 AM.