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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from Odanan in In the Captain's Chair - Preview Huge Ship Movement and Damage in Star Wars: X-Wing   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/18/in-the-captains-chair/
    Four bonus attack ?! Turbolaser look scary too !
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from heychadwick in In the Captain's Chair - Preview Huge Ship Movement and Damage in Star Wars: X-Wing   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/18/in-the-captains-chair/
    Four bonus attack ?! Turbolaser look scary too !
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from ScummyRebel in In the Captain's Chair - Preview Huge Ship Movement and Damage in Star Wars: X-Wing   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/18/in-the-captains-chair/
    Four bonus attack ?! Turbolaser look scary too !
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Magnus Grendel in Quick builds   
    I've been trying to talk some of my local players into using the escalation format for a furball event.
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from CoffeeMinion in In the Captain's Chair - Preview Huge Ship Movement and Damage in Star Wars: X-Wing   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/18/in-the-captains-chair/
    Four bonus attack ?! Turbolaser look scary too !
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from Sithborg in In the Captain's Chair - Preview Huge Ship Movement and Damage in Star Wars: X-Wing   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/18/in-the-captains-chair/
    Four bonus attack ?! Turbolaser look scary too !
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Quick builds   
    I actually play a lot escalation with friends and we want to create a tournament event because it's a fun format and more tactics than expected.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to kris40k in X-Wing becoming Y-wing ?   
    Quick Build is Best Build
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from ClassicalMoser in Fly Casual X-Wing Simulator   
    Ia still don't use Ailerons too !
    Thank you for all your work by the way ! I really like the software and it's easy to use it.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Managarmr in New points are up!   
    Looks like they just made ships hyperspace legal, no point changes otherwise at first glance.
    Seppies:
    Sun Fac 54, Chertek 39 (that's a steal!)
    And I was right, generic lowest Y-wing in Republic 2pts more expensive than Rebel counterpart.
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from heychadwick in Dear Separatists: I <3 U   
    Seem Energy Shell Charge and Kraken is not always a "auto-include" for Separatist !
    Congratulations to the winner !
     
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    Arkanta974 reacted to ChahDresh in Grand meta-analysis-- what we can learn from one wild month of Extended   
    TL;DR: In terms of internal and external balance, in terms of playstyle and list diversity, X-Wing is in a really good place.
    It’s time for some meta-analysis! August saw a whirlwind of high-profile Extended tournaments across four continents. The July points change left us wondering what the game might look like. This run of events in August was our best chance to find out. So: What have we learned?
    For the purposes of this analysis, I looked at cut-making lists from six events: the Australian System Open, NOVA Grand Championship, German Grand Championship, European Championship, Canadian Grand Championship, and the Buenos Aires Open. For commonality of analysis I am looking only at Extended events. Lists that made cuts at these events are the ones we might say are, at least, Good. It is a given that disentangling the list from the pilot can be challenging, which is why a broad look across all of these events can be useful. It’s also why I’m not including GenCon in this rundown: that event was run with only the vaguest idea of what might be good, so we might fairly say the field was weaker (due to more experimentation and fewer reps).
    Caveats aside, let’s dive in!
    GENERAL FINDINGS
    Total lists in this sample: 154
    Faction breakdown: 42 Imperial, 32 Republic, 19 Scum and Villainy, 17 First Order, 16 Rebellion, 15 Resistance, 12 Separatists
    Average ships per list: 3.9
    Empire and Republic lead the standings in cut-making lists by a considerable margin. That said, none of the factions are locked out by any means. Even the lower-scoring factions had lists top Swiss or win events outright. This is especially true of Separatists, who were extremely slow to gain adherents but who have really come on lately, including winning in Australia. If you were to compare this breakdown with other multi-faction games (or even X-Wing in its previous edition!), it looks quite good.
    The average number is dragged up-up-up by Separatists. Don’t be fooled, though: numbers balance was all over the place! A third of the lists were 3-ship lists, but there were also five 2-ship lists and four 8-ship lists, and considerable numbers of 4-5-6. This is a far cry from late 1.0, which were basically half 2-ship lists and half 3-ship lists, with 4-ship lists a minor presence of 5+ nonexistent. Here, you’re just as likely to run into THE OCHO as you are a big-small combo.
    THE EMPIRE REIGNS
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 14 out of 14
    Average ships per list: 3.5
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: TIE V1 (30 ships across all lists)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: Lambda-class Shuttle (23 lists with at least one Lambda)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Darth Vader (17)
    Percent of TIE Interceptors piloted by Soontir Fel: 100%
    When it comes to internal balance, no one tops the Empire. Every single one of the Empire’s ships appeared in at least one cut, including a lone TIE Aggressor (who’s laughing now?!). The joke about how Soontir flies all the Interceptors is funnier when the opposite is true for the faction writ large. Every Phantom pilot made a cut (that ship’s demise was greatly exaggerated); every Lambda pilot made several cuts. More than half of all Empire lists brought a Lambda, both with Palp and without. It may fly like an inebriated cow, but its support abilities, durability, and reasonable firepower have made it a staple. It appears to be the best support ship in the game and is a major asset for the faction.
    Everyone loves Vader, though, and he was the most common unique pilot for the Empire. The price bump in the July adjustment hasn’t driven people away from the Dark Lord, and he has rewarded the loyalty of many.
    There are too many Imperial archetypes to list.
    LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 4 out of 4
    Average ships per list: 3.7
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: Aethersprite (50 hulls across all lists)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: Most-played ship by list presence: Aethersprite (26 out of 32)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Obi-Wan Kenobi (24)
    Number of Torrents not piloted by Gold Squadron Troopers: 0
    I think we can safely declare Obi-Wan the winner of the July points change. (Insert “Hello there!” meme.) The Republic is defined by the Aethersprite, which features in more than 3/4s of its lists; and the Aethersprite is defined by “the Negotiator” Kenobi. Only two out of 26 players opted against Obi-Wan as a pilot for their Aethersprite.
    The Torrent is defined even more precisely by the Gold Squadron Trooper. When a ship is there to be chaff, it just doesn’t make sense for it to be expensive chaff.
    One of the Republic’s main features is the relative interchangeability, points- and function-wise, of Ric, a 104th Battalion ARC, and a pair of Torrents. This is most apparent in two archetypes: Anakin plus Obi-Wan, and Sinker-plus-stuff. The former features many variations on Ric, a Torrent, or two Torrents; the other features many different mixes of 104ths, Torrents, and Ric. All of this explains how the most common single list for Republic is Anakin-ObiWan-Ric, and yet the average squad size is almost four. The Republic boasts both strong swarms and top aces. That’s a rare thing indeed.
    SCUM FESTERS
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 15 out of 19
    Average ships per list: 3.8
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: Khiraxz (13 ships across all lists)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: Fang Fighter (8 lists out of 19 with at least one Fang)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Old Teroch (8)
    Initiative 6 Scum pilots in our sample: 0
    I was amazed when I saw it, but Old Teroch has pulled off a coup and usurped ownership of the Fang Fighter from Fenn Rau. No Fang made the cut without Old Teroch in the cockpit, and none of Fenn’s I6 Scum buddies showed up either.
    This is representative of the faction as a whole. Scum is the bizarro-Empire in that most of its ships have found success with only a single pilot. The Fang, HWK, Lancer, Mining Guild TIE, and Y-Wing all made multiple appearances, but only ever with one of their pilots. This strongly suggests that it is the particular abilities they bring that’s desirable or cost-effective, rather than their ships.
    Nevertheless, Scum has good diversity in terms of which ships appear, largely because their major archetypes don’t have overlapping pieces. Their most commonly effective lists are Torkil-Seevor-3xMarauder, Ketsu-Teroch-Kavil, and 4-LOM-Latts-Koshka-Nashtah Pup. There are no common elements amongst these lists, other than that they’re all focused on debuffing the opponent and putting them in uncomfortable positions. How scummy!
    FIRST ORDER ON THE ATTACK
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 4 out of 4
    Average ships per list: 3.6
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: TIE /sf (29 ships across all lists)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: TIE /sf (14 lists out of 17 with at least one /sf)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Kylo Ren (12)
    Number of Upsilon pilots besides Tavson: 1 out of 9 (in a list that already had Tavson)
    Remember how I said Republic was special because it was effective with both aces and swarms? The First Order can duplicate that in a single ship: Quickdraw was everywhere, and there were also three 5-ship /sf lists that made cuts. A few lists combined these approaches, with Quickdraw and generic /sfs together.
    The Upsilon continues to be all about Tavson, as the Silencer continues to be dominated by Kylo (only one list used Blackout without Kylo already in the squad). The points change has drawn in a couple of TIE /fos, but not many. Kylo, Tavson, and /sfs define the First Order—and those are pretty darn solid building blocks.
    REBELLIONS ARE BUILT ON HOPE
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 12 out of 17
    Average ships per list: 3.5
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: X-Wing (15 ships across all lists)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: X-Wing (11 lists out of 16 with at least one X-Wing)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Wedge and Ten and Braylen (5 each)
    Number of Rebel lists with more than 4 ships: 0
    A full 2/3ds of Rebel lists (10 in all) were four-ship types, and half of those were built on Braylen and Ten’s continued excellence. The points increase to the classic “Beef Wedgington” archetype has split the Braylen-Ten team apart from Wedge, but those elements now anchor lists of their own. None is pervasive, though; Luke, Garven, and Thane also do their part to ensure the X-Wing is prominent in “X-Wing”.
    One interesting phenomenon is the relative rarity of generic pilots for the Rebellion. With only ten out of their 57 ships being flown by a generic rather than a unique pilot, the Rebellion depends more than any faction besides Resistance on the skills of its pilots rather than the efficiency of its ships. Speaking of…
    THE SPARK OF RESISTANCE
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 5 out of 6
    Average ships per list: 4.1
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: T-70 (21 ships across all lists)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: T-70 (12 lists out of 15 with at least one T-70)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Finn (10)
    Ratio of Heroic to all other talents (including no talent): 3-to-1
    This is the true home of heroes. Only six generic pilots appear in the whole sample out of 61 ships; and of the 39 ships with access to the talent slot, 30 chose to take Heroic. These are some heroic heroes. Small-base heroes, specifically: only one large-based ship (a lone Chewbacca) made a cut.
    Heroes come in fours, apparently. 2/3s of Resistance lists were four-ship lists. The contents of those lists varied quite a bit… apart from Finn. The Big Deal has rapidly become a Resistance staple. It looks like you can do a lot of different things with Finn, a T-70, and flavor to taste—the T-70 is as solid as they come for workhorse ships.
    That said, 5 A-Wings continues to be splendid, even with the (effective) loss of L’ulo as an X-Wing in disguise.
    AGGRESSIVE SEPARATION
    Number of faction ship types that made cuts: 4 out of 4
    Average ships per list: 7.3
    Most-played ship by number of hulls: Vulture (70) (!)
    Most-played ship by list appearances: Vulture (12 lists out of 12 with at least one Vulture)
    Most-played pilot by list appearances: Trade Federation Drone (12); most-played unique pilot is Captain Sear (8)
    Average Vultures per list: 6
    Have you spotted the swarm players yet? I spotted them! The big evolution in Separatist play has been the realization that Energy Shell Charges might not be necessary after all; plenty of cut-making lists included only Grappling Struts, or nothing at all, on their Vultures. No Separatist went to battle with fewer than four Vultures (and that player was rolling with three Hyenas).
    That core of Vultures, though, still leaves points to play at the margins. We see plenty of variations. Classically, you get a Belballub with a tactical relay calling shots for the swarm, and we saw that; but we also saw double Belballubs, Belballub-Hyena, double or triple Hyenas, and an Infiltrator. And that Infiltrator player, the one bold enough to try something others didn’t dare attempt, won the whole darn thing in Australia.
     
    And that, perhaps, is the final takeaway. There are so many different things finding success, from so many different factions. While I’ve tried to highlight the things that are doing well—and there are some things that are unambiguously Good—the number of different styles and archetypes defies easy characterization.
    In a way, this is liberating. It means you can fly what you love—and, if you’ve put in the reps and know how it works, odds are you’ll be fine.
    It’s a good time to be playing X-Wing.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Crabbok in Nantex and Y-wing Quick builds   
    I'll be including the quick builds in my unboxings.  The first of which is going up in the morning.  
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    Arkanta974 reacted to apoapsis in Sun Fac cost - how many is too many?   
    Polish quick build from the Legion Krakow group

    That's afterburners, predator, shield upgrade and possibly ensnare for 3 threat. Note that most of the quick builds have two talents, so it's likely actually like that for the ship. Two of the quick builds have 2 mods so that's possible too.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Caduceus01 in Nantex and Y-wing Quick builds   
    I just saw an unboxing of the two new ships from Legion Krakow but they failed to show the quick builds. Does anyone have these that can post that information? It would help to get an approximation on how much these things will cost and to see the slots.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to PanchoX1 in つ ◕◕ ༽つ SUMMON NEW POINTS ༼ つ ◕◕ ༽つ   
    ༼ つ ◕◕ ༽つ Summon updated hyperspace legal ship/upgrade list ༼ つ ◕◕ ༽つ
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Darth Meanie in FFG Live X-Wing Huge Ship Showcase was Sept 5th, link to the YouTube recording in the first post.   
    Surprised no one has mentioned:
    MISSION COMPLETION CAN HAPPEN REGARDLESS OF SHIPS DESTROYED!!
    Winning without Total List Kill has come to X-Wing!!
    And I think I need a yellow engine glow CR-90, dangit.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to ClassicalMoser in FFG Live X-Wing Huge Ship Showcase was Sept 5th, link to the YouTube recording in the first post.   
    Gozanti = 60 points before upgrades, but they want a lot of upgrades generally
    CR90 on the stream is 146 before upgrades but with them all is close on to 200
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    Arkanta974 reacted to kris40k in FFG Live X-Wing Huge Ship Showcase was Sept 5th, link to the YouTube recording in the first post.   
    No more auto-destroyed on ramming, just some damage. I'm glad to hear that.
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from heychadwick in FFG Official, Faction art decorated Damage Decks!!   
    What? I see negativity here ! I heard the community need to be more happy !
    I will take the Separatist and Empire damage deck for sure.
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Dr Moneypants in FFG Official, Faction art decorated Damage Decks!!   
    Shut up and take my money!
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    Arkanta974 reacted to kris40k in FFG Official, Faction art decorated Damage Decks!!   
    They look cool, and are now an easy way to replace damaged or lost cards. 
    👍
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Hiemfire in FFG Official, Faction art decorated Damage Decks!!   
    Forgive the title. Just a bit excited.
    Article:
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/9/3/beautiful-destruction/
    /grumble The ******* Fang is the wire frame for the S&V deck. Could they stop with the Mando worship already... 😒
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    Arkanta974 got a reaction from Darth Meanie in 3.0 Is Not the Future of X-Wing   
    I still want my Tie Hunter ! I like the look of this ship !
    Anyway I hope the card and missions pack will work and others will follow. 
    With Epic Ships , why not a campaign box a la Armada next ?
     
     
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    Arkanta974 reacted to Kehl_Aecea in 3.0 Is Not the Future of X-Wing   
    Don't give up on the TIE Hunter! Remember what we went through with the Gunboat??

    Oh no... just by mentioning it, I've probably summoned.... THEM...

    ANYWAY, I'm convinced the card and mission packs will be a hit and I while the Epic Missions box will most likely be a bunch of disconnected missions, I'm sure we'll get a campaign box at some point!
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