Prince Xizor

David Yun David Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2017-10-12 01:10:27

Prince Xizor: 31 points, PS 7, EPT (v1.0 W11)

"When defending, a friendly ship at Range 1 may suffer 1 uncancelled [HIT] or [CRIT] result instead of you."

Prince Xizor's ability heavily encourages a strategy of committing to his survival into the endgame, where hopefully he serves as an effective finisher.

This means Veteran Instincts for Pilot Skill 9 arc dodging, and Autothrusters is an auto-include. Fire-Control System follows to provide some semblance of offense. Toss in the two titles and you're sitting at 34 points, but he's effectively more expensive as you also want to make an initiative bid. A cheap Illicit, particularly Inertial Dampeners is also enticing.

At the time of Xizor's debut, the most effective wingmen were spammed Z-95s. That gave Xizor plenty of cannon fodder to eat hits for him. However, Z-95 swarms continue to lose efficacy, and the new Mk. II title provides 3 additional squad points that Zs don't know what to do with. I elected to swap 4 of them out for Bossk:

Crimeboss - Rank C

(34) Prince Xizor: Veteran Instincts, Autothrusters, Fire-Control System, StarViper Mk. II, Virago
(51) Bossk: Veteran Instincts, Mangler Cannon, Boba Fett, Dengar, Gunner, Glitterstim
(12) Binayre Pirate

The Pirate shadows his royal bossness and siphons off a few blows (or serves as budget Biggs). Bossk provides a powerful threat that further draws attention away from Xizor. Ideally, you'll be able to trade the Pirate and Bossk for everything that Xizor can't handle solo.

Bossk can be outfitted in numerous alternative fashions. Crack Shot is superb for punching through Bossk's crits, but I wanted the flexibility of moving either him or Xizor first. Cluster Missiles with Guidance Chips can provide more burst damage than the Mangler Cannon, but Mangler pairs for steadier output with Gunner. 4-LOM crew's ability is powerful; I just love Boba Fett something fierce, particularly in this lower agility, upgrade heavy environment. Tactician is also a meaningful consideration.

Ultimately, this isn't a competition squad. The meta is currently defined by PS 10 Captain Nym, and paying for 9 (particularly without turrets or bombs) is lackluster.

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