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    xanatos135 reacted to Boom Owl in ETA Reactions   
    This doesn’t line up with the games I have played (all hyperspace only). Ani definitely can get by without patience (3 force is a ridiculous starting amount) but adding it makes him that much more forgiving. You will eventually need to defend against multiple shots. Patience makes a bunch of different scenarios substantially less sketchy. Lets you regen and stay in the fight. 
    The ETAs party trick is not taking damage and spiking damage in key moments. Every extra purple charge helps. 
    For 2 pts it gives a ridiculous amount of tactical flexibility and you definitely don't need to use it every activation round to get value.
    If an init kill is there for the taking and your not under threat after than you make decisions based on the board state. Given the phase Patience triggers you have all the info you need to make those calls.
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    xanatos135 reacted to Boom Owl in ETA Reactions   
    Updating with some way to early reactions: 
    Limited # of games all hyperspace only. Played a couple test games of the following, more with the second list than the first: 
    Ani Obi Aayla with 3x copies of Patience Predator Hull for 189  Ani Obi + VVV with 2x copies of Patience for 190  An Pred + Obi Pred + V + V Besh Thermal + V Besh Thermal 200  Initial impression are basically this:
    Predator makes their offense super reliable. Definitely getting multiple 3-4 dice shots a game from each individual ETA.  Makes Evade the default action unless I am not defending or repositioning out of arc   Gives you "full" offensive mods while bonked  Reduces the need to ever Purple Lock  I feel like they offer similar offensive threat to Fang Fighters but more flexibility  Dangerous from various ranges with far better time on target and less predictable movement
      Patience makes force management pretty easy Getting to Range 1 bullseye and Depleting for 3 dice is pretty normal and advisable  Even depleting down to 2 dice at R`1 outside of bullseye is a reasonable thing to do  The fact it is not range dependent is incredible 
      Hull upgrade is gravy Adding this makes the ETA feel like a hybrid between Whisper and Fang Fighter  Similar and often better offensive fire power, improved defense and mobility  Every one of these ships feels like Whisper in terms of offensive output with better mobility and defense 
      Purple Talon Rolls  Again with Patience you worry less about using this and should have the force to use it  The boost into talon lets you go a bunch of different places. Being able to roll or boost or action after the Talon is massively useful 
      Purple Target Locks Setting up target locks is possible since these recycle flank well and have the opportunity to regularly Predator sort of replaces this out right and makes it a Lock if you can, ignore it otherwise type deal  You rarely "need" to target lock with these things 
      System Phase Repositions Should be familiar territory for everyone. Can't emphasize enough how much this keeps your dial open turn to turn  I find the availability of Predator and low cost of Patience make me use this much more aggressively than I probably would otherwise  Building flanks is largely trivial since you can pretty easily modify your positioning/distance/angle leading up to engagements  Escaping via Double Reposition is slightly more difficult but its still a single repo ship with boost or roll. These absolutely arc dodge.  Engagements play out the way they normally do for Whisper.  Multiple ETAs can move like Phantoms + the added boost making it simple to create recycled kill boxes.  The 2 bank instead of 1 bank brings them closer to the fight but thats ok and can work around it with boost instead of roll and hard 1 turns  More or less ETAs are really good at leaving open a bunch of options open round to round and escape routes (though you can still get trapped kinda) During the planning phase opponents definitely have to choose to "threaten" pretty wide areas and process a bunch of possible options 
      Ani and Obi can likely handle a bunch of matchups Need to do more testing but 4 hull Pred Patience Ani and Obi are strong enough to manage a variety of 2v4 matchups. Its early but the pair definitely felt like more than 109-127 points on the table  Both of their abilities are strong with Ani tossing locks, stress, deplete, strain out the airlock and Obi tossing clutch focus tokens  Dedicated i3 Vs seem like their friend if points/bid allow  Running the pair in lists up to 200 points seems like it gives a ton of options for dealing with hyper swarm matchups (though 200 pts probably isn't necessary). 
      Aayla's ability is incredible Seriously spikes durability converting blanks to eyes given all the force charges available Durable on her own and still a serious offensive threat with Pred + i5 + 4 dice shots + 2 force etc.  Thanks to patience she can work around having 1 less charge than the Ani/Obi  
      I don't know what the correct list will be because I don't know what the matchups will be  However Patience/Predator/Hull feels like the correct upgrade combo unless your making room for more ships  Way to early to say what the matchups look like against various other Hyperspace things  So yea overall I am not surprised by the price given how cheap CLT Athers already were. I am surprised that the ETA has both a Talent and a Mod slot. Seems to mitigate a bunch of the constraints that I enjoyed playing around during pre-points proxy testing. Next Hyperspace ETA list I think I will try is Pred Ani + Pred Obi + Pred Shaak + Ric for 200. I am guessing that is not optimal though and that there are ETA lists that can afford to bid without risking to much in terms of matchups. 
    TLDR: I need to do more matchup testing from both sides of the table but it seems good in Hyperspace. 
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    xanatos135 reacted to Gupa-nupa in Custom Damage Deck   
    Hey Guys!
     
    Ive been working on a custom damage deck as a pet project and I would appreciate it if you would fill out a short google form! (https://forms.gle/EzefBiLu3pcEFcLQ6) 
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    xanatos135 reacted to SavouryRain in ETA Reactions   
    That's even worse lol:
    92% of the time Whisper takes no damage. Not having SD brings that up to 40%.
    My point was that I've noticed a lot of people complaining about the Eta being OP and in need of a nerf days after being released yet other similar combos that have been in the game since Day 1 don't have people stamping their feet.
    It's also telling that those same broken combos that don't have people complaining also happen to be some of the most popular ships as well.
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    xanatos135 got a reaction from Silver_leader in ETA Reactions   
    I don't think this is better. Soontir has a better offense, but he needs to be constantly looking for the bullseye to get his free focus, so both ships need the bullseye to work optimally. That alone kind of makes up for the worse weapon of the eta outside bullseye.
    Then, the eta's force means that whatever happens they will always have the chance of chaging at the very least an eye to an evade to keep their stealth device. Soontir has elusive, but that needs him to perform red maneuvers, not being able to use any of his 2 actions, and removes predator so the better gun is even more questionable. 
    Etas don't have double reposition after moving but they also don't stress very often, while Soontir can get stuck in a bad spot with a stress token and not be able to get out of there with a blue maneuver without bumping. The eta is just more flexible and can avoid rocks or ships way more easily, plus the purple talon roll is huge. 
     
     
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    xanatos135 got a reaction from 5050Saint in ETA Reactions   
    I don't think this is better. Soontir has a better offense, but he needs to be constantly looking for the bullseye to get his free focus, so both ships need the bullseye to work optimally. That alone kind of makes up for the worse weapon of the eta outside bullseye.
    Then, the eta's force means that whatever happens they will always have the chance of chaging at the very least an eye to an evade to keep their stealth device. Soontir has elusive, but that needs him to perform red maneuvers, not being able to use any of his 2 actions, and removes predator so the better gun is even more questionable. 
    Etas don't have double reposition after moving but they also don't stress very often, while Soontir can get stuck in a bad spot with a stress token and not be able to get out of there with a blue maneuver without bumping. The eta is just more flexible and can avoid rocks or ships way more easily, plus the purple talon roll is huge. 
     
     
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    xanatos135 reacted to Blail Blerg in Call for suggestions: What are you having fun with that we should try??   
    Surprisingly we had exactly the opposite conclusions. Arcs piloted corrected really don't die. Whereas I was wholly unimpressed with T70s at their previous price point. 
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    xanatos135 reacted to Sandrem in Fly Casual X-Wing Simulator   
    Fly Casual v1.7 - November 2020 points/rules update, online mode fixes
    Download: https://github.com/Sandrem/FlyCasual/releases/tag/1.7
    Support: https://www.patreon.com/Sandrem
     
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    xanatos135 got a reaction from Blail Blerg in Call for suggestions: What are you having fun with that we should try??   
    I tried in fly casual a list the other day: delta-7 Obi with CLT and sense, eta-2 Anakin with stealth device, predator and brilliant evasion, a generic LAAT and a 25 pt torrent. 
    I really like how sense and the eta-2 ability work together, but better to keep sense on another ship since the eta needs its force. The main difference with the delta is that you have to think more where you want to end and it also sucks to finish your maneuver and not have the bullseye, since you don't get 2 actions. Anakin's ability is also better on delta-7 Obi than on himself (more red maneuvers). 
    The LAAT rerolls really helped Anakin given the lack of white lock, and I think maybe predator was a bit of an overkill. Outmaneuver or daredevil would have been nice. 
     
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    xanatos135 reacted to T70 Driver in New toys this week!   
    My group plays Aces High a lot and I'm looking at Anakin for 75 point games. This is what I've come up with for that format....
    Eta-2 Actis - •Anakin Skywalker - 75
        •Anakin Skywalker - Hero of Coruscant (56)
            Marksmanship (1)
            Autoblasters (3)
            •R7-A7 (3)
            Stealth Device (8)
            Extreme Maneuvers (4)
    Total: 75

    View in the X-Wing Squad Builder
    I'm also thinking about swapping the Stealth Device for Afterburners. If I were to play Anakin in a regular game I'd drop the Stealth Device....maybe. 
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    xanatos135 reacted to ForceSensitive in New toys this week!   
    I'm really excited to do down some named Torrents and watch as people have to actually read cards for a change. Going to be all like 'wait, what's that guy do??'.
    Awwww yissss.
    Come to think of it. Didn't the designers say in an interview once that the initial point costs on Torrents were because the playtester groups had somehow favored the named pilots over the generic pilots anyway? And that it asked what they thought they were worth.
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    xanatos135 reacted to theBitterFig in Jedi ace training   
    I don't like Juke.  It's really expensive, and frequently isn't even that good.  Spending your single normal action on an Evade token each turn is really limiting.  There will be times it's fine, others where you'd do better to do something else, then your expensive Juke goes to waste.
    Instead, I'd go Predator + Brilliant Evasion.  Aalya and BE go together quite naturally--she turns a friendly ship's die to a focus, and BE handles two focus results.  Predator is going to dovetail nicely with what you already want to do: get bullseyes.  Ion sets those up, Predator provides the payoff and reward.  You'll also be more free with your actions to Boost or Roll if need be.
    This frees up points to upgrade Luminara (is there a specific reason for her here?) to Plo Koon, to get three Init 5s.
    Aalya (Brilliant Evasion, Predator, Ion Cannon, Stealth Device) 69 ETA Obi-Wan (Brilliant Evasion, Predator, Ion Cannon, Stealth Device) 67 Plo Koon (Brilliant Evasion, C1-10P, CLT) 59 Bid 5 I don't know whether Ion Cannon is great.  It's nice to have a 3-dice attack when you don't have bullseye, but I don't know whether it'd be better than, say, R5 Astro to remove damage cards.  However, it's a new ship, seems worth trying, and probably helps line up some nice and easy Bullseye shots.
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    xanatos135 reacted to j_man_04 in Balancing lists against each other   
    It’s a free, community-built tool to help tinker with lists. Will prepare you for a high level event? Not really. Is it still a valid and useful tool for players? Absolutely. So maybe try the whole  “if you don’t have anything nice to say” thing because people dedicate a lot of time to create and maintain this app for the community. 
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    xanatos135 reacted to mcintma in Squad Builder Opinion Please   
    Anyone else find it slow?  Much slower at certain 'loading points' than previous app for me. Could be that everyone is hitting it at once due to the novelty ...
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    xanatos135 reacted to ClassicalMoser in Imperial HyperspAces WTF?   
    Oh I like it. Sabers are the new Soontir. 35 means 5 with room for lots of upgrades or 4 with a shuttle. A year ago the Alphas were basically that price.
    Also 6 procket RZ-1s...
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    xanatos135 reacted to Hiemfire in Official App is Updated -- with new expansion points and Epic ships.   
    I wish it'd apply the changes to the action bar that are done by the upgrades.
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    xanatos135 reacted to Nyxen in Official App is Updated -- with new expansion points and Epic ships.   
    With the LAAT in the game, does the republic as a faction ever target lock again?
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    xanatos135 reacted to Frimmel in Official App is Updated -- with new expansion points and Epic ships.   
    In the new builder ETA Anakin can equip Hate. 
    Eta-2 Actis - •Anakin Skywalker - 59
        •Anakin Skywalker - Hero of Coruscant (56)
            Hate (3)


     
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    xanatos135 reacted to Darth Meanie in Jango All The Way   
    Bells.  Jango Bells.
     
    Oh, what fun it is to fly in an up-gunned Firespray!!


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    xanatos135 got a reaction from Cuz05 in "Odd Ball" will be finally viable?   
    I like Oddball with sync console and ion missiles. Even if his shot only makes the attacked ship to spend a focus or evade it seems worth it at 35, those ion missiles are so cheap now. 
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    xanatos135 reacted to Darth Meanie in Jumping back into X-wing....maybe   
    Yeah, don't listen to them anyways.  N-1s rock, and I have won many a game with them.
    While it's true they are fragile, as an ex-Imperial pilot I'm a firm adherent of the school of Don't Get Shot. 🤣
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    xanatos135 reacted to CoffeeMinion in Jumping back into X-wing....maybe   
    Republic can be very fun! It’s also going to be a different ballgame than Rebels. The ships you’re getting will need more finesse to fly than the average Rebel ship, IMO.
    Torrents are some of the clunkier filler ships you’ll encounter in the game. Don’t expect amazing or fancy things from them. However, their points cost has settled down to the point where they can give good value. Their five health and evade action make them take a while to die. Tucker can get a lil’ more action economy with his ability. Blue Squadron Protectors with Dedicated (aka Dedicated Blues) can help keep squadmates alive. They’ll never be great but they can do work.
    The Aethersprite is a potent, but sometimes fragile, acey ship. Its 7B config used to get all the attention, but Calibrated Laser Targeting (or CLT) has proven its power as well. It’s very easy to overspend on tricking one out, and it’s also easy to get one killed. But this will probably be the backbone of the force you’re getting. (You may also end up wanting a solo expack of it to get the rest of the pilots.)
    The N-1 is... a bit iffy, IMO. Young Anakin with Passives and Torps can be a big gun. Ric with Daredevil can hit hard, but may have trouble maintaining time on target. All of the above can be toppled by a stiff breeze. You may have to experiment with N-1 loadouts to find one you like, or maybe you’ll be luckier than I’ve been.
    Beyond that, Republic has some other great stuff. The LAAT is a capable enabler/support ship. The ARC packs a big, meaty punch. The BTL-B Y-Wing is, IMO, the best of the Y-Wings, with its improved durability. I hope you enjoy your new stuff, and may the Force be with you!
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    xanatos135 reacted to FTS Gecko in Points for HoH and Tie Brute/Heavy are up.   
    How dare you.
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    xanatos135 reacted to Stay OT Leader in LAAT/i: what do   
    I fear Barrage Rockets range on a medium base that moves early and will close range and can’t k-turn.  You’ll fire em once and never again.
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    xanatos135 reacted to Sandrem in Fly Casual X-Wing Simulator   
    Hotfix is released, link is the same: https://github.com/Sandrem/FlyCasual/releases/tag/1.6.1
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