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  1. Yes, absolutely - this is not meant to be a whining thread like the others. It's a link to a strategy article. The article I posted was actually very useful for me to understand practical decision making in terms of IDs. I thought it would be nice to share it. I am not bothering to read the 50+ pages of whining a teeth gnashing, and I regret some people brought it into this thread.
  2. You can joke, but this stuff is real now my friends... The card gamers have been through all this. Maybe we should stop whining and start listening. I think it's also worth pointing out that many of the card gamers had an initial negative reaction to IDs, but none of the companies backed down. IDs are integral to tournament play in pretty much all swiss format tabletop games. Looks like we better get used to it.
  3. Here's an interesting, detailed article on using intentional draws to your advantage: http://thecharizardlounge.com/2015/01/07/a-practical-guide-to-intentional-draws-at-pokemon-city-championships/ The basic math is all in there, but the most interesting part of the article is "Playing From a Position of Power", which discusses more advanced strategies on how to use IDs to manipulate the seed order and matchups in the final cut. The article is on a Pokemon blog, but it's all relevant for X-wing now, apparently...
  4. This is a really good point. I was too harsh earlier...
  5. I was totally shocked and depressed listening to this. I have never experienced X-wing players with this kind of attitude or appraoch to "winning". The host said everyone in SoCal plays like that. Is this true? A lot of fun that must be. Luckily we don't have any MtG players crossing over in our area.
  6. Has there been an official ruling on the Palpatine issue yet? My interpretation from reading the cards is that Vulf is correct, but I'd like to see a confirmation from FFG. It's tournament season and these are increasingly popular cards. Settling this should be a priority.
  7. So is Accuracy Corrector negated by Omega Leader TL? Thanks!
  8. If Omega Leader is hit by a TLT on a ship it has target locked, is it correct to interpret that the TLT is prevented from canceling its damage (canceling dice is formally a modification)...? Thus Omega Leader would receive the natural TLT damage along with the +1 damage? Same for Ion Cannons and other similar secondary weapons? (HLC crits may or may not be different because the modification happens earlier in order of operations. TLT and IC happen late.)
  9. No way. Imperial lists are dominating the store championships right now. They've won most of the big championships in hyper-competitive metas so far: Las Vegas, Atlanta, Phoenix, DC. Imps didn't win Raleigh/Durham, but they were half of the Top 4.
  10. I'm curious to know how you other imp ace pilots (i.e. phantoms, interceptors, vader) having been dealing with BTL stresshogs...? Do you try to maneuver around to get behind them? Do you rush them to get into R1? Do you bait and switch with a flanker? Do you slow roll through the stress to take them out ASAP? What's been working for you?
  11. In my area some stores have already received approval from FFG and have announced SC dates, while some stores haven't heard back from FFG yet. Last year in my area there was even one store that didn't receive approval and their SC kit until February or March - well after SC season was already underway. Kind of strange. But, yeah, as mentioned above, FFG probably won't post their list until mid-January some time.
  12. - The two top squads at the 2015 World Championship had X-wings in them, so "X" is definitely NOT out of the game. - You are arguing that upgrades that affect stress and obstacle interactions "dumb down" the game? This doesn't make sense to me. They add an extra level of strategy and sophistication that take the game far out of the beer and pretzels realm IMO. Many of the top players rely heavily on stress dealing and stress mitigation tactics. The new cards coming up will increase the number of strategies available. - Can you articulate what "major element" of the game is being removed by upgrades and pilot abilities that affect stress and obstacle interctions?
  13. Switching to the Overcast app fixed everything! I'm happy to be back on the S&V train! ...dumped the Apple Podcast app into trash folder...
  14. I also use iOS Podcasts. It works fine for wifi streaming, but I can't download this one particular podcast for some reason. I try it and it gives me an error message. Downloads used to work for S&V, and it continues to work just fine for all the other podcasts I listen to. So who knows...? Maybe I'll try Overcast as recommended above.
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