That's exactly what I'm starting to "hate" (hate being a bit harsh but i,ts the only word I have in mind after 2 horrific games) about X-Wing: If you don't kneel to the cookie cutting you don't really stand a chance against in leagues and up.
I'm in a "casual" league where you mostly see the same "cliché" squads you all talk about here.
I must say though that I don't condemn or spit on those lists and they're all great and work awesomely well but you can't get wins and have fun when you keep losing, bad rolls apart, against those list with your "for fun" squad.
Leagues and competitive play as it's place expecially with a game like X-Wing but maybe it's just not for me.
Then I have to ask why even ask the question or frame it as you did? It seems odd to me to ask the original question and then respond with this post. I think you'd be better off with a list or idea and them ask how to tweak it. My above response is ironic in that I go to pains to try and design a less played squad, but that doesn't seem like what your post was asking for at all.
The game, with two factions and a handful of ships will favor certain combinations. Frankly it's a testament to the game that that there are as many that work. And, with wave four, epic play, etc...the options will continue to expand..
Edited by AlexW, 17 February 2014 - 11:05 PM.