20 June 2016

FEAR -> ANGER -> HATE -> SUFFERING: REPOST from notabadpilot.com

Sometimes we at the metalbikini find pure wonderful content from other blogs. This is definitely one of those days. This post from notsuchabadpilot.com takes the information found on list juggler regarding NOVA (it's the second definition. wink wink)  regional championship and gives us a good window into what the current X-Wing meta looks like right now (mind you, I have a feeling that it is going to change drastically when the new expansions, including the Imperial Special Forces, come out)


Image Stolen from the notsuchabadpilot.com  (Also click for bigger image)
In short, it would seem that the majority of lists from arguably some of the top pilots in the game at the moment, is either Palp Aces or a 2-Scout+Zuckuss combination. Unfortunately, my (Jeb) favorite list whisper/Rear Admiral Chiraneau doesn't seem to be winning championships.

I think that the meta heavily favors the Palp aces (which I am a bit sick of to be honest). The other day a new player asked me what he should buy in order to be competitive in the tournament scene and much to chagrin I had to respond "The Raider". He shied away from me with a look of horror - ok well not exactly - but he was a bit shocked. I was not exactly happy to tell him this news, but it is not exactly any different from when Fat Han reigned supreme due to C-3PO. I am personally excited for a meta shift away from the Palp Aces lists. It is getting boring with you have mirror match after mirror match at recent tournaments.

Overall make sure your list can beat any version of Palp aces and 2 scouts with Zuckus. They are listed below (please note that these are not exhaustive nor comprehensive combinations of Palp aces):

2 Scouts with Zuckus
Zuckuss + Veteran Instincts + Gunner
Contracted Scout + Deadeye + Extra Munitions + Plasma Torpedoes + R4 Agromech + Guidance Chips
Contracted Scout + Deadeye + Extra Munitions + Plasma Torpedoes + R4 Agromech + Guidance Chips

 Palp Aces

Version 1 -
Omicron Group Pilot + Sensor Jammer + Emperor Palpatine
The Inquisitor + Push the Limit + Tie/v1 + Autothrusters
Soontir Fel + Push the Limit + Royal Guard TIE + Autothrusters + Stealth Device

Version 2 -
Soontir Fel + Push the Limit + Autothrusters + Stealth Device + Royal Guard TIE
Carnor Jax + Push the Limit + Autothrusters + Stealth Device + Royal Guard TIE
Omicron Group Pilot + Emperor Palpatine

Version 3 - 
Omega Leader + Juke + Comm Relay
Captain Yorr + Emperor Palpatine
Whisper + Veteran Instincts + Advanced Cloaking Device + Fire-Control System + Agent Kallus

In the end, I (Nic) miss my Fat Han list and wish for it to return to counter Palp aces. Perhaps a Fat Rey is in my future (I wont spoil my tentative list at this time - that is a tale for another time)??

Stay classy