I usually play X-Wing with a friend/colleague of mine. He always plays Imperial side and I always play Rebels, but after today's match we decided to trade sides for the next time around. We share ships and we've got only one TIE Interceptor between the two of us.
I would like to run this Interceptor in lieu of Vader because (as a Rebel player) I can't stand the thought of having only 2 attack dice at range 2-3. But in every match we've played with a TIE Interceptor (I believe it has been 5 games), the Interceptor was the first ship to go down for either side, often before it even fires a shot. I am wondering if my buddy is just lousy at maneuvering or these Interceptors require some thought and effort to keep alive.
What has been your experience with Interceptors? Do you usually give them Stealth? Shield Upgrade? Or is the trick simply to maneuvre them well?
I'm thinking about incuding Soontir Fel + Push the Limit + Stealth in my list for next game. His PR is high, so he will move late in the round. If he moves into trouble, I can try Boost or Barrel Roll out of there and play an Evade action and then get a free Focus on top of that. This should ensure that he's fairly difficult to hit.
The trouble is, at 33 squad points, this is incredibly expensive. For the same number of points I can run Vader + Cluster Missiles or a naked Bounty Hunter. Is it worth it to sink these points into the Interceptor?