Kris Van Beurden
Earlier today, my intrepid rebel squadron faced my wife's TIE defenders on the maiden trip of those defenders in her fleet.
Lt Blount + Ion Missiles + Swarm Tactics
Blue Squad Pilot + Ion Cannon
Gold Sq Pilot + Ion Turret
Colonel Salm + Ion Turret
Brath + HLC + Stealth Device + Predator
Vessery + HLC + Stealth Device + Predator
I know her as a pretty cautious pilot, so I throw caution to the wind and advance my ships as far as I can, taking some B- and Y-wing stress. She flies the full green-5 with both defenders and takes some potshots at my ships. I say "potshots" but I mean -4 shields for the B-wing and -3 shields and 1 damage for Salm. The return fire is pretty limited, only the B-wing can fire and he deals no damage.
Round 2 sees the end of Colonel Salm as Rexler Brath reaches a flank shot at range 1 and fires once more four hits against zero evades. My B-wing takes some more damage while Vessery is "hit" by Blount. Tally: 1( damage vs 1.
In the subsequent rounds (I can't remember all of it in detail ) she finishes off my B-wing (I think already in turn 3) while Brath is ionised by the Gold Y-wing.
My 2 remaining ships round the large asteroid and reach the flank of the K-turning Brath while Vessry is K-turning all the way at the other side of the asteroid field - Brath is ionised once again. I totally miscalculate my subsequent move and rather than arriving in Brath's flank, my Lt Blount ends up at range 1 of Brath, exposing his own starboard flank - with Vessery closing in fast. The Gold Y-wing takes some damage, Blount evaporates and I surrender.
Final damage tally (including the surrendered Y-wing): 28 vs 7.
I had my doubts about the 2x defender built, but this was a tragedy ...
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That's pretty awesome. The Defender is becoming one of my favorite ships. Just tonight I suffered a brutal loss when I misplayed my opening and ended up down to just Brath against a Firespray, Phantom and Interceptor. He held on to make a game of it at the end killing the other two small ships but he Firespray got him in the end.
I think I need to buy another one so I can try your wife's list!
I have a list giving Vessery Veteran Instincts while Brath carried outmaneuver? Both of them had homing missiles, ion cannons, and engine upgrades. I was impressed when I flew it and managed to win my first match, but loosing initiative against another 8 list managed to get me a loss. Mostly I guess because I couldn't get a bearing on my enemies and lost one of my ships early.
Two-ship lists are risky, no question there.
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I've had surprising success with this:
Brath + Predator
Omicron + Darth Vader (or just Yorr)
Both defenders are effectively shooting as if they had a TL+F stack, thanks to Vessery's free TL ability, and the shuttle is no slouch either since it usually picks off a fighter that survives the defenders with an auto-crit.
Alternatively, Yorr is fun since he makes the defender dial a lot better by soaking up the stress. This means he can't do his 0 maneuver and makes him harder to fly, and I prefer the Vader shuttle for this reason.