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#1 yoink101



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:36 PM

I watched at bat rep recently where a player with a bunch of academy ties took several evade actions where I would have gone with focus, hands down. Then I realized that with wedge shooting, the evade action actually came in handy once or twice, but the ties lost out on offense.

I usually only take an evade action if I'm using the falcon and I already have a focus lined up for shooting. Are they more worthwhile than that? Do other people use the evade action? I think that with three dice, it's always worth taking focus, especially because it can be used for attacking and defending.


#2 yoink101



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:40 PM

The other exception is soontir fel with ptl. I'll almost always evade and focus for a net of one evade and two focus tokens. Unless there are some good boosting or barrel rolling opportunities, of course.

#3 The_Brown_Bomber



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:03 PM

most of the time i use focus. imperial squads tend to concentrate firing arcs on a single target where possible. focus fire ensures u get the best opportunity to get in some early hits.


i really think this is still quite an unknown in x-wing. i guess u evade with ur guys u really want kept on the table the most? howlrunner for example. iv always thought PTL on howlrunner would be a good idea as she can focus and evade for defense in the same round although i rarely see this combo used.


wave 3 has made doubling up focus actions in the same turn easier to achieve which is quite powerful - recon specialist, kyle katahn.

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#4 DraconPyrothayan



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 05:34 PM

I've done the math, actually.

If you are rolling 4 dice or more, a defensive Focus is better
If you are rolling 3 dice or fewer, Evade all day.


The only times in which Evade are better than Focus at 4 or more dice are when you need to block 1 more damage than you have dice, or when you need to block exactly 1 damage.


Of course, this ignores abilities that would prevent you from using specific tokens or using dice to cancel (Looking at you, Ten, Carnor, and Autoblaster!). Even at 4 dice, blocking 2, 3, and 4 damage are all likelier with Focus than with Evade (though, admittedly, not by much. A 5% greater chance of blocking exactly 3 damage was the largest difference).