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X-wing 2.0 – Darth Vader the menace of the Imperials August 19, 2018

Darth Vader is one of the most feared pilots of the galaxy, and for good reason, he is arguably the best pilot in the star wars universe bar none.

His abilities in 1.0, was simple, perform 2 actions per turn. No stress shenanigans, just 2 actions straight up. Add in engine upgrade and bam, boost, barrel roll to your hearts content.

In 2.0, he appears thusly:

He’s clocking in at 70 points, which makes him one of the more expensive ships out there. He can link focus->barrel roll, lock and barrel roll.

His ability allows him to perform as many actions as he wants as long as he has force charge.

Interesting throw away here…”After you perform an action, you may spend 1 (force point) to perform an action” this means he can abuse this with…

Now ideally, I would suggest using Supernatural reflexes, simply because it is awesome.

I was going to talk about how advanced sensors focus->barrel roll would be awesome, however, there is a lot of conjecture at the moment if advanced sensors allows the use of linked actions.

Something I hope they clarify (at this stage I’d argue no it doesnt, but I hope it does).

So the reality here is, this is your most likely setup:

Darth Vader — TIE Advanced 70
Supernatural Reflexes 12
Fire-Control System 3
Homing Missiles 3
Stealth Device 8
Ship Total: 96

Its one of the better load outs for him, you could drop the homing missiles, but thats just depending on your taste. FCS is probably worth it here, simply because it allows you to re-roll a dice, but keep that all important target lock.

I’ve taken stealth device here, but you could take say afterburners, which would trigger Vader’s ability allowing you to perform an additional action.

My way of looking at this as currently built:
Barrel roll (supernatural reflexes) -> non red maneuver -> focus -> lock (ability)

The afterburner variant would be this:
Barrel roll (sr) -> non red maneuver ->afterburner boost -> lock (ability)

Both options are strong, and are quite useful, sure you are spending 2 force a turn but with careful planning you could make sure that you would use this at the right time.

What does Vader work with? At this stage I’d say he is best with a miniswarm like this

Darth Vader — TIE Advanced 70
Supernatural Reflexes 12
Fire-Control System 3
Homing Missiles 3
Stealth Device *
Ship Total: 96
Black Squadron Ace — TIE Fighter 26
Crack Shot 1
Ship Total: 27
Black Squadron Ace — TIE Fighter 26
Crack Shot 1
Ship Total: 27
Black Squadron Ace — TIE Fighter 26
Crack Shot 1
Ship Total: 27
Academy Pilot — TIE Fighter 23
Ship Total: 23

This gives you options, allowing you to hunt with vader and push your opponent into the path of the tie swarm, crackshot ties are pretty scary.

Something to consider. I sure as hell will be.

Next time I’ll be talking about Guri and the crazy star viper.

See ya!

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