Graven Dreis

David Yun David Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2017-06-12 06:15:42

Graven Dreis (v1.0 W10)


After spending a focus token, you may place that token on any other friendly ship at Range 1-2 (instead of discarding it).

(Rules note: you may spend a focus token during the modification step even if you did not roll any eyeball results.)

Let's not talk about why Red Leader is only Pilot Skill 6 or doesn't have an Elite Pilot Talent. Let's instead discuss the Rebel theme of mutual support and action efficiency...and how quaint Garven's ability is in a world filled with Mindlinked and Agromeched Manaroos.

Instead of try-harding Garven builds, I'm just going to traipse down nostalgia lane with contemporary elements:

Training Wheels - Rank C

(30) Garven Dreis: Predator, R2-D6, Integrated Astromech
(26) Biggs Darklighter: R4-D6, Integrated Astromech
(22) Rookie Pilot: R2/R5 Astromech, Integrated Astromech
(22) Rookie Pilot: R2/R5 Astromech, Integrated Astromech

This is a squad I like to place in beginner's hands. It's fairly vanilla, but they learn how to fly in formation and get to dabble with a few abilities. Biggs keeps Garven alive who provides the offense and tags back a focus token to keep Biggs alive.

Rebel Efficiency - Rank C

(27) Garven Dreis: R2/R5 Astromech, Integrated Astromech
(29) Dutch Vander: Twin Laser Turret
(26) Biggs Darklighter: R4-D6, Integrated Astromech
(18) Zeb Orrelios: Chopper

Garven + Dutch was the Wave 1 bee's knees. So much action efficiency! I miss those innocent days. (Zeb's just filler as the only 3 attack ship that fits.)

Renewable Energy - Rank F(unsies)

(27) Garven Dreis: R2/R5 Astromech, Integrated Astromech
(35) Kyle Katarn: Predator, Twin Laser Turret, Jan Ors, Moldy Crow
(26) Biggs Darklighter: R4-D6, Integrated Astromech
(12) Bandit Squadron Pilot

This is the squad I break out when I put Garven on the table. Kyle with Predator is an excellent (albeit pricey) TLT platform, and Garven + Kyle + Jan fling tokens at Biggs to keep him alive. Any surplus Garven focus tokens are deposited in the Moldy Crow bank.

It's a pity that Red Leader isn't "viable". I hope that X-Wing 2.0 releases someday, and treats him better.

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