|Pre-calling it right now.|
Alright guys, Imperial Aces is officially upon us and I'm very happy with my set of 4 of each ship. I'm going to be pretty blunt here, the only thing that I'm happy about is the fact I got better painted ships. When you look at what the actual set offers you from a competitive standpoint, it's actually quite lackluster. Out of everything that they give you, you have one viable named pilot in the form of Carnor Jax and the other unnamed being the Royal Guard Tie. Everything else in the box is loaded with upgrades and that does nothing but increase the cost of a ship that's already considered overpriced.
There, I said it. I think the Imperial Aces box is a wash compared to what the Rebels got this time around. When you look at the Rebel Convoy, you'll notice that Rebels got a ton of new tools to play with. Not only are there more options to field for the X-Wings, but new Droids and missiles that inflict stress as well. I pointed this out a couple of posts before, but why do I feel that the stress-inducers is a direct counter to Interceptors with Push the Limit. To make things even more laughable, FFG kindly decided to provide 2x copies of PTL to every box of Imperial Aces. I think they know deep in their hearts that Interceptors live and die by their actions. An Interceptor under stress that he cannot shake is as good as dead. When shooting at said target, you're basically nothing more than a 12 point Academy Pilot, but wait, you're actually a 30+ point elite pilot ship, 1/3 of your list's total firepower and durability.
To make matters slightly worse, when you check out the Rebel Aces box, you can't help but feel jealous. Where the Imperial Aces box is filled with stuff you wouldn't realistically take in a competitive game, you have a box that not only expand your options on A-Wings but B-Wings, but make them better. A-Wings can get cheaper and you can load them up with double EPTs. B-Wings get a few options and a new sensor that allows them to move at PS0, making sure they can always take their actions and not get blocked, not even by PS1 Academy Ties. I just hope that the Imperials get some better upgrades and fast, because Enhanced Scopes, Advanced Sensors, A-Wing Test Pilot and Chardaan Refit was something I hoped Interceptors would get.
Then, you have the people. Man, some people on the FFG forums and other places on the net seem to have difficulty understanding what we're seeing here. One of the most popular arguments for these players is: "we'll see how it plays out." I'm sorry, but when someone uses that argument on me, it's basically telling me you're incapable of logical thought and/or lack the experience to make an accurate projection. Any experienced player will be able to judge scale, power, weigh the pros and cons, understand cause and effect, just by reading cards and letting their superior experience, game knowledge and skill guide them. Saying "we'll see how it plays out" is quite simply a pillowfort for lesser players who lack the tools to decipher what's in front of them.
I know that sounds harsh, but it's the truth. It exists in this game, other games, competitive sports, in business and in other aspects of the real world. No great leader or successful person ever said "let's wait and see how it plays out". They analyze, develop theory, critique, and learn all they can from what they have in front of them before they put their actions into motion. This is what this blog is for and the reason I've built it up is so we can discuss higher-level gaming.
Now let's discuss!
Now let's discuss!