Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:01 AM
After dozens of battles and several tournaments:
- I have never lost against a Rebel squad with 8x Academy Pilot (my top sixteen placement at Worlds was as much about lucking out with Rebel opponents in round 1-3 and 5 of qualifying as it was anything else)
- I have never won against an Imperial squad with 8x Academy Pilot (Howlrunner supported squads consistently tear me to shreds)
- I am about 50/50 when I have Howlrunner in my squad (I have not noticed this swinging dramatically depending on what upgrades I place on her to protect her)
I am not sure if this is similar to what others experience or just my own experience, but it makes a certain amount of sense since a TIE swarm is rolling two dice a lot of the time, and Rebels tend to roll a lot less green dice in response. 2v1 punches holes in ships a lot faster than 2v3, but with Howlrunner around you at least have decent odds of those two dice ending up hits a lot more of the time.
So as fun as 8x Academy is, I fly Howlrunner in almost every competitive situation if I've got enough other ships around to make her worth it (min 3 but 4-6 is more the range I look for)
Rebel Scum: 3 X-Wings, 4 Y-Wings, 3 A-Wings, 5 B-Wings, 2 HWK-290s, 2 YT-1300, 5 Z-95 Headhunters, 3 E-Wings, 1 Rebel Transport, 1 Tantive IVGalactic Empire Peacekeepers: 11 TIE Fighters, 2 TIE Advanced, 9 TIE Interceptors, 6 TIE Bombers, 2 Firesprays, 4 Lambda Shuttles, 3 TIE Phantoms, 3 TIE Defenders<p>