I have the opportunity to play in 3 Kessel Run tourneys, and after much debating, i think I've narrowed down what I am going to play. Although which list I play at which venue remains to be seen.
My Imperial build:
Darth Vader with Swarm Tactics, Mauler Mithel, Backstabber, APX3
The thought behind this one is to fly in 2 wings. The AP's will set up first, 2 in one wing, and 1 in the other. then i will see how my opponent reacts to this and sets up. Then I have the option of having my 2 wings look like this:
Vader, Mauler, AP and Backstabber, AP, AP
Vader, AP, AP and Mauler, Backstabber, AP
How I set them up will depend on what i think my opponent will be doing with his squad. Either way I provide a tough choice: does my opponent go after the juicy Vader target, hence getting stabbed in the back? or does he try to prevent getting stabbed in the back and leave vader alone? Either way, it should make for a fun game. I think wings of 3 TIEs can navigate asteroids much better than a giant swarm, especially with the opponent's ships in there as well, which is why I'm going for the 2 wings theory.
Wedge with R2F2 and Torps, Horton with Ion and torps, Dutch with Ion
I know, it's 3 ships, don't yell at me. Again I fly in 2 wings, Wedge and Dutch in one, and Horton in the other. While my opponent is busy taking shots at Wedge, Horton flanks with torps and Ion. Wedge uses his action for R2F2, while Dutch gives him a free target lock. This one is more of a fun squad, and I know it will also be a challenge to win with, but I like to be challenged.
Wedge with Swarm tactics and R2F2, Rookie pilotX2, Gold Pilot with Ion
This one is a variant of what Nick played against me in the Worlds Finals. the ships are the same, but the upgrades are a little different. Honestly, I think this is the best 4 ship Rebel combo, and it leaves room for customizable upgrades. I can play this as 2 wings or as one squadron, either way is fine. The trouble is my opponent will be focusing on Wedge, so he needs to be worth his points before he gets taken out. I've played against this squad, i know how to beat it, as I'm sure all of you do too. But there is a reason Nick got to the Finals with it, as it is good against Rebel builds.
Well, there they are. No, I'm not playing the same squad I won with at Worlds. I'm trying different things to see how i do with them. I hope to get some practice in this weekend. See you in Kessel!