At our local game shop, we really enjoyed the 500-point fleet building in the Corellian Conflict. So, when it was time to run an event with the new 2017 Spring Tournament Kit we decided to run it at 500 points.
seen some in the Armada community advocating bumping the standard
tournament size up to 500 points. I've not been convinced we need to do
that overall, but it seems fun for a one-off event. Read more to take a
look at the fleet I will be taking.
decided to revise the Rebel fleet I was using in the Corellian
Conflict. I'd both had a lot of success and a lot of fun with the
fleet. I still felt like I could build it better given the chance to
improve it. I had only ran 4 very upgraded ships in that fleet and
wanted to rebuild it to include 5 ships. I also wanted to really tune
it to my objective choices. I also enlisted the help of the guys from
the Boring Conversation Anyways show to help me brainstorm through the revision process. We had a lot of fun coming up with some out of the box ideas.
Basic Plan & Formation
basic plan for the fleet is one that I have had a ton of success with
for a long time. A gunline with a trailer/slasher to maneuver in late
game and finish off damaged ships or keep people from outmaneuvering my
gunline. Read more on that tactic HERE.
lend themselves to a few different objectives. Advanced Gunnery is
almost always a solid choice and Fire Lanes is so good with gunlines
that very few people will choose to play against it. When playing with a
gunline I often find that my opponents choose the Blue objective that
I've chosen. None of the core objectives really fit that well, but the
new objective, Sensor Net, has some real potential as a gunline
objective. Sensor Net can potentially allow for a large number of
objective points to be collected, but really requires some use of the
Strategic keyword. That will mean including a couple of VCX-100s in the
the gunline itself an MC-80 Command Cruiser goes great with the
Advanced Gunnery objective. Originally I used an Assault Frigate MkIIb
as it makes a solid companion to the MC-80 and can benefit from a
Gunnery Team to really improve my ability to fire off broadsides. An
MC-30 could also work, you give up a little bit of firepower at
long/medium ranges, but gain some at close range and can also use both
the Gunnery Team and TRCs.
other important ship in this fleet is the Trailer. I have found that a
Nebulon-B with the Salvation title is perfect in this role. It is a
good mix of firepower, maneuverability, and low cost.
running a gunline, Admiral Ackbar is the go-to and for good reason. He
doesn't necessarily do much for Salvation, but I have used his ability
there when opponents have actively dodged its front arc.
GR-75 Medium Transports flotilla is a great, cheap activation and can
help by both pushing squadrons around and grabbing Sensor Net tokens. I
have used TRCR90s with this fleet in the past, but in this case the
VCX-100s give me a new opportunity. Their Relay ability works really
well with Yavaris. That is too fun not to try. Two Neb-Bs in an Ackbar
fleet is certainly unconventional, but in this case I think it is worth
Even in a 500 point fleet I'm trying to stick to my upgrade budget. That was a real challenge in the Corellian conflict. Aside from Home One, the MC-80 gets Toryn Farr to help with the squadron game, Fighter Coordination Team to help the VCXs move those tokens, and Leading Shots to help with the red dice. the MC-30 gets Gunnery Teams and TRCs to make the most of those Red Dice and Lando to help with survivabililty. Yavaris gets a Skilled First Officer in case I need to do something other than use a Squadron Command.
The 2 VCX-100s will be helpful with lots of objectives and using their Relay ability, but more will be required. I've found the Jan/Biggs combo to be great with a gunline. A couple of more X-Wings and YT-1300 for Biggs to pass the damage too will make a nice resilient squadron group to help the VCXs do their thing.
Here's what it looks like:
Ackbar's Mustache Ride
[ flagship ]
MC80 Command Cruiser (106 points)
Admiral Ackbar (
Toryn Farr (
Fighter Coordination Team (
Leading Shots (
= 165 total ship cost
MC30c Scout Frigate (69 points)
Lando Calrissian (
Gunnery Team (
Turbolaser Reroute Circuits (
= 87 total ship cost
Nebulon-B Escort Frigate (57 points)
Skilled First Officer (
= 63 total ship cost
Nebulon-B Support Refit (51 points)
= 58 total ship cost
GR-75 Medium Transports (18 points)
= 18 total ship cost
1 Jan Ors (
1 Biggs Darklighter (
2 VCX-100 Freighters (
2 X-Wing Squadrons (
1 YT-1300 (
So, that'll be the fleet I'm playing this Saturday in a 500 point tournament. Which of course I have now spoiled for anyone else attending, but who doesn't love a challenge?
What do you think?