Luke Skywalker

David Yun David Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2017-06-14 04:45:51

Luke Skywalker: 28 points, PS 8, EPT (v1.0 W10)

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Luke Skywalker was the foundation of the squad I flew in my first two Regionals (2014 season, Wave 3). He took me to top 16 in the second one. (My X-Wing BFF Steven Gonzales adopted the squad and made Top 16 in both.)

(33) Luke Skywalker: Draw Their Fire, R2-D2
(25) Biggs Darklighter
(21) Rookie Pilot
(21) Rookie Pilot

Biggs does Biggs things, and stays alive longer with Luke pulling crits off. After Biggs dies, Luke does the same for the Rookies (or endures if he's targeted first). It was the ultimate tech for splitting enemy fire. In the endgame, Luke generates bonus evades and regenerates his way to victory. (Joe Desmond, remember our first match?) In a meta dominated by B-Wings, Luke's ability was worth the sacrifice of downgrading B-Wings to X-Wings.

I believed in my squad building, but I didn't discover until later that Jonathan Gomes had made Top 4 at 2013 Worlds with:

(37) Luke Skywalker: Draw Their Fire, R2-D2, Shield Upgrade
(21) Rookie Pilot
(21) Rookie Pilot
(21) Rookie Pilot

How was this 4X squad good? Luke Skywalker was simply that resilient. Any other X-Wing's unmodified evade expectancy is 0.75. Luke's is 1.19, nearly 60% better. Luke Skywalker was the Poe Dameron prototype. Until power creep gradually edged him out (starting with Wave 4's Whisper), Luke was a T-65 X-Wing standout.

Here's the updated version:

Farm Boys 2.0 - Rank B

(33) Luke Skywalker: Draw Their Fire, R2-D2, Integrated Astromech
(25) Biggs Darklighter: R4-D6, Integrated Astromech
(19) Zeb Orrelios: Intelligence Agent
(22) Rookie Pilot: R2/R5 Astromech, Integrated Astromech

R4-D6 is particularly effective with Luke drawing crits away. Zeb maintains the offense at a budget (to afford the astromechs), and is an exceptional blocker. Sadly, the squad trends toward "casual" as Luke just isn't the endgame powerhouse he used to be. The game has gravitated toward overwhelming offense, and Luke's ability can't quite repel firepower of that magnitude.

David Yun David Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2017-07-15 02:07:51

Jonathan Gomes

We interviewed Jonathan Gomes is this episode of the Mynock Squadron Podcast.

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