Dalan Oberos

David Yun David Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2017-09-30 01:38:26

Dalan Oberos: 30 points, PS 6, EPT (v1.0 W11)


"If you are not stressed, when you reveal a turn, bank, or Segnor's Loop maneuver, you may instead treat it as a red Tallon Roll maneuver of the same direction (left or right) using the template of the original revealed maneuver."

Dalan is an obscure bounty hunter character who has been given a seriously cool pilot ability in X-Wing. Unfortunately, his Pilot Skill is just shy of being able to actually exploit it. He desperately wants to move last, but he tops out at PS 8 with Veteran Instincts. That simply doesn't suffice, so we'll be relying on Intelligence Agent and blocking to provide positioning superiority.

If that's what we're focusing on, I want Advanced Sensors for superpositioning. FFG's diagram above depicts what Dalan and Sensors can accomplish together. Instead of 1 banking into enemy fire, a barrel roll to the left followed by a 1 bank Dalan Roll places the enemy in your sights.

Autothrusters is mandatory. That just leaves his EPT. I pondered try-hard options like Predator, but I determined that this squad was never going to be serious and elected to double down on positioning funsies with Stay on Target. Dial up any 1 or 2 speed maneuver. Dalan can then Advanced Sensors focus or reposition with a roll/boost, change his dial to a turn or bank, then amend that into a Dalan Roll if desired. These permutations achieve just about every conceivable position and facing.

Well, now he's stressed. Scum's only option for stress removal is Wingman and we want to be able to Stay on Target every chance we get. (Yes, Wingman is terrible and expensive, but we're pursuing FUNSIES.) I added a pair of Bumpmasters to provide sturdy and support and redundancy.

Dalan Rollin' - Rank F(unsies)

(36) Dalan Oberos: Stay on Target, Autothrusters, Advanced Sensors, Inertial Dampeners, StarViper Mk.II, Virago
(32) Contracted Scout: Wingman, Intelligence Agent, Feedback Array, Anti-Pursuit Lasers/Ion Projector
(32) Contracted Scout: Wingman, Intelligence Agent, Feedback Array, Anti-Pursuit Lasers/Ion Projector

Block, zap, arc dodge, repeat!

[EDIT: Wingman is even more futile than I'd initially thought. Here's a more traditional Torp Boat build that gives up on the notion of Dalan Rolling every turn:

(36) Dalan Oberos: Stay on Target, Autothrusters, Advanced Sensors, Inertial Dampeners, StarViper Mk.II, Virago
(32) Contracted Scout: Trick Shot, R4 Agromech, Plasma Torpedoes, Intelligence Agent, Rigged Cargo Chute, Guidance Chips
(32) Contracted Scout: Trick Shot, R4 Agromech, Plasma Torpedoes, Intelligence Agent, Rigged Cargo Chute, Guidance Chips]

[EDIT #2: A reader pointed out that Oberos' ability and Stay on Target don't work in conjunction. The trigger is the same, but the wording is such that I'm inclined to agree. Regardless, even as two discrete abilities, they still grant Dalan a stunning array of options.

Finally, this likely works better as a Guri squad. Just forget about Dalan rolling and focus on the Stay on Target. Guri then provides the necessary mod with her ability.]

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