*Blows dust off of Plano cases*
While I have been on an X-Wing hiatus, I haven't been out of touch and I watched a good bit of Regional streams recently. I'm happy to see so much diversity in the cut, but it seems the meta is still settling and a dominant list still hasn't been found (though the usual suspects still find themselves at top tables).
As if it ever lost it's value, I can't help but think that blocking has slipped under the radar as a really important mechanic. Obviously this is not lost on everyone - an Imperial player made the cut with a naked Academy Pilot (citation needed) that simply terrorized his opponents with blocks and pot shots. More so, with munitions, and to a lesser extent, bombs being stronger than ever, so much emphasis is being placed on range control and getting (or shedding) target locks. The natural disruption to both of these things is, of course, blocking (and Countermeasures). Is it worth discussing more?
When the Silencer was still unreleased I began musing about his wing-mate and came up with a list I called War Pigs, mainly designed to get lead with Oicunn and clean up with Kylo. I think now, having seen what is in the meta, this list would not be very successful, as Oicunn dies way too fast, but the danger he poses if you isolate an opponent's ship cannot be denied.
Kylo Ren (TIE Silencer) — TIE Silencer
Push the Limit
First Order Vanguard
Ship Total: 47
Captain Oicunn — VT-49 Decimator
Ship Total: 52/51
Each faction has it's "Bumpmaster" if you will, but finding one with the constitution and damage output to survive a few rounds with Nym/Miranda will be difficult. Maybe it's more of a strategy with more versatile and defensive ships.