Screening A High Value Target
|Block the high value target from flankers.|
The Clonisher as folks are calling it is an abomination upon this earth that hungers for the tender flesh of your most expensive ships. Clon himself says that with his "triple tap" he can reliably blast apart anything short of a Motti ISD.
So, what can someone to do slow down this beast or some other powerful flanker? Squadrons and/or a cheap ship to screen your big ship. Madaghmire nearly managed to pull it off with just squadrons alone, but what you really want is a cheap, throwaway ship to eat the flanker's attacks. You can chew up the opponent with your squadrons, and prime it for destruction the next turn. Something cheap, like a CR90B or Raider 1 with minimal upgrades are your best bet, as they trade for a Clonisher at a near 2:1 point rate.
You Don't Always Have To Squadron Command
Look at that picture again. Would it have been a good plan to activate those Y-Wings to attack the Clonisher prior to his movement? No, they would be horribly out of position for the next turn. Sometimes you can get a pseudo ship activation just by leaving squadrons unactivated in the path of your opponent's ships. This goes back to screening.
Objectives are Important
I've talked a bit about which objectives were chosen to be played in each game, and which ones actually gave a noticeable boost to Second Player. Having a good finger on the pulse of your local meta and what people are bringing should have a strong impact on your list building and objective selection.
For example, everyone seemed to build for Precision Strikes and Fleet Ambush, which made those really bad objectives to have available for when First Player was choosing. Meanwhile, not one person took Intel Sweep, and Contested Outpost and Fire Lanes both benefited Second Player a significant amount.
Intel isn't Invincible
|Not enough Intel for the whole class.|
Intel doesn't quite have the ability to be everywhere at once, just by the very nature of how it works. A properly wide net can catch some fish even if a few can slip through here and there. Best case scenario in the picture above, Dengar frees up 2 Bombers.
You can hold down a Bomber Ball (Rhymer or Otherwise) by just properly splitting up your interceptors to engage from multiple angles. You can even position them to focus fire on at least the first round of shooting if you get them in with a squadron activation.
On an unrelated note, Steel Squadron officially hit over 100,000 page views! Frankly, I'm very happy about this milestone, and a bit disappointed it happened while I've been in my studying slump. Here's to the next 100,000 - with hopefully some good articles coming out a bit more regularly after this week.