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 (v2.0 W12)

When defending, you may change 1 of your [EYEBALL] results to a [EVADE] result.

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. In a meta dominated by B-Wings, Luke's ability was worth the sacrifice of downgrading Blue Squadrons to Rookie Pilots.

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.

It's tough to keep this squad updated; I had to relinquish the 4-ship archetype:

Farm Boy - Rank B

(33) Luke Skywalker: Draw Their Fire, R2-D2, Integrated Astromech
(35) Lowhhrick: Expertise, Inspiring Recruit, Tactician
(32) Braylen Stramm: R3-A2, Gunner, Alliance Overhaul

Luke isn't the endgame powerhouse he used to be, but this squad brings damage mitigation, heavy stress control, and a steady grinding offense. Particularly amusing is Braylen clearing up to three stress a turn; a stressboat with its actions intact is some subtle disrespect.

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

Jonathan Gomes

Great minds think alike! During that first Regional, someone informed me 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

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

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