First off, as the title says, I'm giving Picasso the credit for this list. He brought it to my attention on another thread, and I think this list is so good that it deserves its own thread. I'm kinda hoping this thread will evolve into a Wave 2 meta thread, but any meta talk must include this list, because it is just that powerful.
First the bad things about this list:
-58 points invested into the Falcon is a lot. Sorry, did I say that right? I meant, a LOT. If the Falcon goes down, you'll be hard pressed to win on points alone.
-in playing against this squad, the best result I could hope for was for him to do 1 damage on his first attack, so I tried to use my actions (focus and Evade) in such a way that I only took 1 damage if i could help it. So, if the defender can do so, you're not doing as much damage as you could be.
-Wedge hurts the Falcon, bad. Especially with Torps
- yeah, that's about all I can see for detriments.
I played this squad today, and i played against this squad today. Here's how it went:
the first game, i ran:
Academy Pilot X5
Ziggy ran the Falcon, and he was honestly taking down a TIE per round. My strategy was to take the Xwings out first, so that he could only attack once per round afterwards. i managed to take the Xwings out, and I put a hurt on the Falcon (5 hull left), but it wasn't enough. The rolling and re-rolling was just so much that he was doing usually minimum 2 damage per turn, often more than that with Han alone. Then the Xwings would clean up before i killed them. Ziggy piloted the Falcon in such a way that it didn't matter much if I blocked him, because all that meant was that he couldn't use marksmanship. And honestly, Marksmanship is just the icing on the cake of this squad. It's nice if you get it, but it's not necessary.
The second game I played this squad against a Wedge/Dutch/Garven list. I lost 1 Xwing early to Wedge and a Range 1 primary attack from Dutch, but after that, I didnt lose another ship. Han did take a lot of damage, but he dished out a whole lot more. I even got the "If you hit something you take damage" crit card, but it was later in the game, and I managed to avoid hitting anything.
This list is ridiculously powerful, and definitely something to be reckoned with. I haven't played multiple Interceptors against it, but I have a feeling it will handle them without much difficulty. I would guess that the way to beat this squad is to just target Han with everything you have, but then even if you do, you still have 2 Xwings to deal with, and they are more than capable of doing plenty of damage by themselves.Even though I took out Ziggy's Xwings, I had lost so much by that time that I just couldn't hurt the Falcon enough to win.