As incredulous as it may sound I’m beginning to believe in my twin T70s. Their record isn’t a patch on the Firesprays (T70s are currently 7-5), but the more I fly them the more I enjoy them, and the more potential I think they have. Sure they are as unforgiving as you might expect when things go wrong, but they are so much fun to fly.
I think this build of Poe is exactly what I want it to be, and as much as I have niggles with Nein I genuinely can’t think of a way to make him more useful than the snap stress. I don’t think he’s ever fired his Advanced Proton Torpedoes, but he gets in there and makes peoples lives uncomfortable.
I’ve played 4 games with them this week, every game I’ve gone into I’ve had the mentality that this is their last game, that they’re going to to retire and I’ll be trying something else. They went 2-2 in my games during the week, if that had been 1-3 I’d probably have written them off, but even in 100-0 losses they show their potential.
In the interest of full disclosure I should probably admit to having flown the Firesprays this week too… only 4 games with them. I’m sorry, I’m weak! They did win all four games though… They’ll be cropping up centre stage again really soon….
If you’ve been reading The X-Philes from the start you’ll know that I haven’t actually changed this list since I started flying it, and today is probably going to be it’s last fly out because I need to try other things out… like more than two 6 hull ships.
- Push The Limit
- Sensor Cluster
- Advanced Proton Torpedoes
- Black One
- Snap Shot
- Pattern Analyzer
- Advanced Proton Torpedoes
At Firestorm Cards in Basingstoke today I was debating taking Wedge instead of Nein. But when you see 2 Telgars (or Dentels depending on which shop you are local to) a Rau-Boat and a host of other horrid lists hit in the field of 12 player, deciding to fly something more familiar becomes a relatively easy choice. What can two T70s do against such reckless hate?
Game one. Chris flying Dengar and Ketsu. Unfortunately tractor beams, when crewed by a gunner are fairly horrific for small based 2 agility ships. Nein got rolled onto a rock, taking a damage, then flew off the rock, taking a damage. Having taken 3 damage from the initial shot, he was out of the game.
Poe put up an unbelievably plucky performance against the two big based ships. Taking the Shadowcaster down from full to two health while dodging everything that Dengar could throw at him was pretty impressive. It was only a matter of time until they got the better of him and he too met his maker. There’s just not a lot you can do against tractor beams! BUT if I could have landed that extra 2 points of damage on Ketsu, then one on one with Dengar I think Poe would have stood a real chance.
My next game would bring arguably the WORST decision I’ve made in piloting terms for months. Flying against Nick and his 2 K-Wings (which he has been flying solidly for several weeks) was always going to be a challenge. Stupid ships and their silly Sabine fueled bombs.
It started so well. Esege died faster than he could blink, importantly dropping the cruel and vicious Sabine. Then Miranda Homing Missiled Nien, before Poe got Conner Netted, but its ok right? I know I’m Ioned, all I have to do THIS turn when I reveal my green dial is barrel roll away from the table edge to give myself the maximum amount of room and just take those two TLT shots from Miranda on the chin with autothrusters and a focus… I skip the take actions step, but BB8 triggers before then so it’s ok.
Except when for some inconceivable reason you decide to roll towards the edge of the board instead and watch your heroic ship inevitably fly off the board. Poe against Miranda would have been a long drawn out game which could have gone either way, but I threw away the chance of finding out if I could have taken her down.
The third game was by far the most entertaining of the day. Grand Moff Andrew Pattison of the infamous 186th Squadron and I have been flying at events together for a couple of years now, and this is the first time we have actually played each other. It was one hell of a game… He had a Hux shuttle and 3 (yes THREE) tie strikers. Total respect to for even trying to process that much adaptive ailerons.
There were some dice in this game…
- Poe unloaded 5 APT hits into the duchess, who proceeded to roll all paint and spend a focus and evade token to only take one damage
- Poe rolled 4 NATURAL CRITS against the shuttle, which of course went to remove 4 shields…
- A stressed Duchess at range three took a pot shot at Nien, rolling a a natural 2 crits and a hit, only for Nein to blank out and die. One bit of paint to go with the autothruster and he could have survived one more turn, or shot back at a least!
With 2 strikers vs Poe, Andrew was sure Poe would win, I was sure Poe would lose. I made the mistake of hitting some debris, and Poe went from the aggressor to the defender, having to clear stress and push the limit every turn to have a hope of surviving. With 2 strikers following it was only a matter of time until the Hero of the Resistance dropped. But he put up such a good showing of it, 5 more minutes and I’d have scraped a win on points.
The final game of the day was against Robert, with Jess, Braylem and a Resistance Sympathising Falcon, I thought it was Rey for a moment and wanted to cry a bit inside cause she’s evil. Nein was fairly traded for Braylem and most of Jess. That was the stress bots gone.
Poe then took out Jess before hunting down the Falcon by chipping it to death from range three. I did make a very silly move which could have cost me the game while Jess was still on the table but got away with it. Fortunately the resilience of range 3, autothrusters, Poes ability and sensor cluster paid dividends and the game was won.
9/12 wasn’t the worst result… reason for more optimism!
The day was rounded off with a reminder of what makes X-Wing so very great: The people who play it. Sitting down with Andrew, Jesper and Alex of the 186th, playing a couple of great board games, (KingDomino and Century: Spice Road if you’re interested) and ordering a couple of giant pizzas was probably the best part of the day. Cheers guys.
For all my complaining about the cost of Poe he is worth every penny. If he was a bit cheaper I wouldn’t complain… I am less convince by Nien being 43 points, but that’s future Phil’s problem.
I’m going to have to drop the Advanced Protons. They are potent, but not great on Poe because he inevitably has to spend his focus of them which he’d kind of like to keep most of the time. Whilst on Nein they only ever triggered twice (admittedly to great effect). The two T70s have done me proud, finishing their run on 8-8, but now to change that and see what else I can do. Pretty sure Poe is going to stay the same, albeit without the APTs, 67 points to play with… I have some ideas…
THE X-WINGS WILL RETURN
If you’re looking for local tournaments to go and play at head over to the 186th Event Calendar to see what’s going on near to you.