Saturday, March 21, 2020
Agate Assault A's - The Best New Old Ship?
I was super excited to try out Agate with the Starhawk, and the MC80 Liberty. Heck, I kinda wanted to see how she worked with an MC75 too, or on a MC80 Assault.
But then I tried her out on an Assault Frigate Mk II A.
And she's amazing for the ship. She is somehow exactly what the ship needed to be relevant again, a good ship, and fun as hell to fly!
So, why is this ship so good? It's the perfect combination of fast, hard hitting, and tanky. What it can't out shoot, it can outrun, and what it can't outrun it can out shoot! Let's look at the basic build for the ship.
Assault Frigate Mk2 A (81)
• Kyrsta Agate (20)
• Walex Blissex (5)
• Local Fire Control (4)
• Reinforced Blast Doors (5)
• Paragon (5)
= 120 Points
= 0 Points
Total Points: 120
So, I know what you're thinking. "Biggs, I can just take an ISD for 120 points." Well, you can but this 120 points includes the commander tax (and is a Rebel ship). But what do you get for these points?
You get 12 shields, an effective 9 hull, 2 Braces, 1 Redirect, 1 Salvo, 1 recovered token, and a dice spread of 2R / 1U & 3R / 1U, with an extra black die if you double arc. And you will double arc, because this ship has one of the best arc setups in the game. Or you don't even need to double arc, because you have Salvo, and that is enough to trigger Paragon when you get around to your activation. Not to mention a psudo-ECM effect.
That's actually a lot better than the ISD's 11 shields, 11 hull, 1 brace, and 2 redirects. You can't get another brace, period, and you'd need to take Tagge to get one back! 7 points for an ECM and 20 points at least for a commander... That's expensive.
So, you've got a really, really good anchor for your list, about as cheap and effective as you can reasonably get! Now you're free to take whatever else you want, and you can get a lot of other stuff into a list with 280 points to play around with.
Let me know how you're using the Agate Assault A in your lists!