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  1. AlexW

    Xwing Prime Championship wave 3 allowed

    I don’t get it. They keep switching something for the link to change?
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    Xwing Prime Championship wave 3 allowed

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7CpSL3GUsc This link?
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    Kylo is also on a ship that is more resilient, too, but (and this is something I keep harping about the force) the built in action economy of autothrusters and vectored thrusters is just more efficient right now. Paying the force point is a tougher choice than stressing on the thrusters ship. Of course, Kylo gets the best of both, but I think it's that the Silencer is just a better platform, so -- at least unless cost changes -- it may be a problem with the sprite.
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    Spare Parts Missing from Builder?

    Nevermind first part of my post. It's showing up for me. If you have Calibrated Laser Targeting, remember, you won't be able to equip it because that takes a mod slot.
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    Wave 3 Card Availability

    I'm sure we wouldn't have any discussions of what "appropriately costed" means or what was actually included in those packs...;) but yes, it might help a bit. At the same time, it seems that FFG has decided that isn't feasible for them for whatever reasons, so I'm sure that they would if they thought they could make money off of it. On the plus side, the ARC pack does have four bases and, when combined with the rebel conversion pack dials, you can at least fly multiples of the ships more easily than a lot of ships if you don't need the upgrades in the pack. And to fly two of the same generics you'd just need to borrow one pilot card.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    It helps that Y wings went down in cost as well (I think). In addition, since the most common ship she is on is a U-Wing, I don't think it's insignificant that she changed that ship's cost, and thus the minimum bar for including her, from 51 points to 45. That also changed the value of the ship she is on from around a 15-20% increase to just around 4%, depending on which pilot she is with. There may be something to that 25% of a list threshold (being that she is usually seen in 4 ship lists) which suddenly makes her a much more valuable target for the opponent. That's all just theory, of course, but it does change your opponent's win condition since she goes from unlikely to being the most valuable ship in your list to one of the most valuable.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Hmmm, maybe resistance isn't as good as people think, but if a faction is good, it's going to get played a lot and it can be tough for it's numbers too keep up with the percentage in the cut. Meanwhile, other factions are played by players who are more dedicated to a faction or list may have more success and that may actually be, in some cases, more important than the actual faction choice. I also think saying you won't want to play a list based on superficial construction (faction, number of ships) is a bit reductionist.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Lu'lo reminds me of 1.0 Lockdown. He's an obvious choice because of how efficient he is and how easily he fits into any Resistance list.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    So, the format was an invitational and Hyperspace lists?
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    I missed it somewhere, but what was the tourney, specifically, that this won? Was it at the Krayt Cup?
  11. AlexW

    Ahsoka and Cody form the Stream

    No, but that wasn't my point -- I didn't say they were "bad" -- but Initiative increases do come with cost (because they have value) and is especially important on ships that, at least to some degree, rely on positioning and repositioning for their survival. Ahsoka presents an interesting challenge in terms of cost being a combination of I3, a force user, and having a strong ability that is in a spot where it can't be leveraged to the extent it could be on a higher PS pilot (which isn't a bad thing). FWIW, I"ve always agreed with those that thought that the middle In. pilots are the best place for the strongest abilities in terms of game balance, though it isn't always the most exciting. I do think it is a lot of it is in the cost, as I mention above and think that adjustment was in the right direction, but we'll have to disagree on value of those ships. In looking at recent results in hyperspace trials, I don't see a lot force users at all represented amongst named pilots (especially outside of Luke). If you think I'm missing some, please let me know, and ironically, Kylo had one of the bigger wins in a large tournament recently. The central issue with force, though, isn't points, imo. It can be fixed with points, but I still think there's a problematic design with additional points investment in force users that goes behind the initial up front extra cost you pay for it. I just don't think every force ability and talent that has a positive effect should always require a force point to be spent (Predictive Shot's conditions highlight this for me and think it's the perfect example). I won't go into it more here since I already mentioned it above, but I'll add that it was a mechanic that I was excited about and think should be important in X-Wing but hasn't felt that way to me so far.
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    Ahsoka and Cody form the Stream

    Don't forget she's I3 (though Jake isn't much better). It's really all in the pricing, and to date, force users have had a kind of double tax put into them -- they pay more for their flexibility and then are given a limited resource with which to use their pilot ability, force talent, or just save it for mods. Jake's cost for those triple action is a stress token and a more limited dial, but he can do that every turn, whereas -- you mention-- Ahsoka can't. Of course, I don't think he -- or any RZ1 see play anyway as is do they? So, if Ahsoka higher cost than Jake, that extra value of basically having a completely open dial, isn't going to mean much, I don't think.
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    Ahsoka and Cody form the Stream

    Too much on that platform with only two force, and at that initiative, imo. She might cost that (or more), but I don't think she'll be competitive then. She probably needs to come in under 40, but I don;'t think she will.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    No, they aren't all great (though I've seen Nien used really well), but it was a comparison to Silencers. They all have a focus on action efficiency, which is really where they were trailing the silencers. Yeah, all that is sweet! Vader can get all that and a great pilot ability, too.
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    Carolina Krayts is the best X-Wing podcast

    Yeah, in a comparison of force users, though I was more trying to compare the ships generally. Also of note in your comparison, I have played games against Kylo (haven't run him myself yet) and his ability is also pretty much non-existent, whereas the other two regularly leverage theirs.