1) Nope, don't believe it. First and foremost, the only way someone could get at this is as a playtester. The whole point of playtesting is to get multiple points of data to measure the impact of a change, so almost certainly not all playtesters have the same set of changes to work from. IE., revealing the rules YOU have is also likely revealing your identity (or at least down to the groups testing that set of changes), meaning you are about to get your NDA revoked and can never work for FFG again. Who would do that?
2) Too much, and at this point, is anyone still flying SaltMasters? The last nerfs did them in pretty bad - it's all about the Scurrg, now, as well as the continuing Biggs menace...
Flew my shiny new dual aggressors on release day. Got vaped instantly by Nym, whose claim to fame is so nasty he can warrant no sobriquet. We all know the combo, VI, Title, Genius, Bomblets, Autoturret and Acc Corr, and we all learned immediately why we hate it.
I said X-Wing doesn't need that! We should be focussing on smart maneuvering and planning! And I went home and fumed about it. The next day I said you know what, screw it and I got me a Nym. I figured you know, I love X-Wing, but I want to win me some tournaments. I came up with a pretty basic Nym and Dengar list using engine upgrade and cruise missiles for a little more options and I am having a blast.
I played two games tonight against cruise missile jank and I have some tips. The first match used two bombers a TAP and an Aggressor withThread Tracers to set up a nasty cruise missile AND Advanced Protorp wall that obliterated Nym in one round. If flown correctly as this list was, cruise missiles can provide a very valid threat, and coupled with Adv Prots, well let's just say I elected to run from Bombers with a full health Dengar. Let that sink in. Lol. I won that match by outrunning the bombers and picking off ships one at a time, but at any point I could have lost Dengar in a wall of 5 dice ordnance. My second match was against another very similar list but using TAPs over Bombers and Omega Leader as well as another Aggressor. By this point I had my list figured out and was able to use Nym better.
Despite all his obvious merits he still needs to be flown correctly as do his wingmen. With one green die and usually no defense mods at all Nym melts like wax to pretty much anything. With more and better red dice ships like the H6 need desperately to stick around and justify their points cost. Dengar also needs to be careful of who and what is shooting at him since you can now pull a 4k turn with or without a TL and throw 5 red dice down range. So yeah, it's a pretty bang up list. Dengar and Nym is hot dice and probably will be for awhile. But it's not that insane and Nym definitely has counters and isn't an autowin.
So this wave, I said join em. And you know what, I'm having fun with it. Maybe if you're having problems with the new jank, fly it yourself and see what happens. I guarantee you it isn't as bad as it seems. Nym is actually kind of a wimp, especially if he doesn't get the Cad Bang bomb hits. Try flying Nym against a good regen Poe pilot and see where 2 auto damage gets you.
Also, look out for cruise missiles. The k-turn is now exactly four dice better than it was last week.
Given it is a single trigger, you can pretty definitively only drop 1 bomb per bomb upgrade via the mapper
Em then kicks in and lets you use the remainder for the actual game
So youre getting six clusters max with mapper
I ran sunny in a store champ saturday. My favorite moment was shooting at range 3 with Suppressive fire. I could shoot 2 dice at Rex or 1 at Braylen. Opted to take the single die at braylen for the auto-trigger of sunny's ability. Rolled the hit, added the second. Who needs 2 dice?