|Oh hello there, I didn't notice you getting choke-slammed out of hyperspace!|
|Team America: World Police gets where I'm coming from.|
Okay so like most ships your two Interdictor variants have a large amount of overlap. Some highlights:
- A high points cost at 90-93 base points. The Interdictor starts off just slightly cheaper than a Liberty-style MC80 (large ship!) and is the most expensive medium ship in the game thus far.
- A very high 9 hull points, tied for the second-highest in the game (behind only the ISD) and an extremely high amount for a medium base ship.
- A competitive Command 2, which is the lowest Command value for a medium ship, making it much less cumbersome in its command requirements than other medium or larger ships.
- An extremely high (best in the game) Engineering 5, which makes it the champion of repair commands. A repair token even gives you 3 repair points, which is an awful lot. Spent together, a repair dial+token is an amazing 8 repair points!
- 4 defense tokens, although keep in mind 2 of those are contain, the weakest defense token.
- A low maximum speed of 2. The good news is it has one click of yaw on each movement joint at speed 2, making better at maneuvering than the VSD at the very least.
- Squadrons 2, which is adequate but not great for its cost. It's not really a capable carrier all things considered but it can pitch in on a crucial turn or two more frequently than the Squadrons 2 Gladiators will.
- 9 total shields, which are just a smidgen on the low end for an Imperial vessel of its size but combined with its 9 hull it has the same total durability as a Victory-class Star Destroyer with 18 combined shields+hull. The two contain tokens help keep this from being too much of a liability by making attacks that hit the hull unlikely to resolve the standard critical effect.
- Experimental retrofit slots, which we'll be covering below. Unique upgrades are always exciting!
First and foremost, it's clear that compared to ships in a similar points bracket that the Interdictor has some selling points but it's not wowing anyone with its raw combat power. With that established, always fill all of your Interdictor's experimental retrofit slots. Always. The Interdictor is counting on applying those unique upgrades to justify its cost increase over a Victory-class Star Destroyer. Effectively, a portion of each experimental retrofit's costs are subsidized into the base cost of the Interdictor. Please use them. Yes, we're getting to them! Be patient 😉.
Second, double-arcing is important. The front arc of an Interdictor is mediocre but the side arcs are better than usual for an Imperial ship of its size. A front arc+side arc is substantially better against most targets and brings your total offensive output up to the same level as a double-arcing VSD or the same total number of dice as the front arc of an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, and coming in two smaller, more annoying, packages. This is extra important given the Interdictor lacks a weapon team slot for using things like Gunnery Teams so getting both of your attacks whenever possible, and preferably against the same target, is important.
|Immortan Joe is not impressed with only getting one attack!|
Because many of the Interdictor experimental retrofits affect enemy ship speed (during play or deployment) and/or alter obstacle placement, Interdictors can give you a leg up in objective play when equipped properly. It can be worth making a small bid for second player when using an Interdictor set up to strongly play the objective game and to consider those objectives carefully so they synergize with your experimental retrofit suite.
In short, the Interdictor is more of a support/denial ship with some combat and repair options and getting use from its support/denial upgrades will determine whether it was a useful inclusion for your fleet. As a quick side note, it does prevent enemy fleets from jumping to hyperspace in Corellian Conflict, which gives it more strategic importance there. We won't be covering CC in this article, but it's even better in that format.
It has only one, and the name is not imaginative!
|"So did you mean the Interdictor Interdictor or an Interdictor Interdictor?"|
As usual when discussing upgrade cards, let's discuss some particulars on how this works:
- The ability triggers upon the activation of any ship at all anywhere in the game (including the Interdictor itself). This means at the start of the activation, not during the activation.
- The Interdictor title itself is exhausted (taps, for you MtG-familiar folks out there) to ready (untap!) 1 other (non-Interdictor) card equipped to the Interdictor ("this ship").
Because the Interdictor's usefulness is based strongly around what experimental retrofit it's equipped with and it's the only ship in the game (...for now) that can use them, we should talk about them before going any further.
|Just make sure to install that hobbit-proof fencing. They seem to keep showing up and throwing rings into it.|
The G7-X Grav Well Projector messes with ship deployment speed. There are a lot of things to note about its effect:
- The token can go anywhere in the play area. Normally due to its effect range, it's best to place it at your opponent's distance 3 deployment line (see the example below).
- In the case of Fleet Ambush it can be great fun to put the token in the ambush zone.
- The effect applies to any ship that deploys, even later in the game. Normally this is pointless after fleet deployment (and the tokens can be removed once the first turn starts), but when a ship deploys due to Hyperspace Assault or Admiral Raddus or the Profundity title, the G7-X grav well token can make it speed 0! Sneaky!
- Remember that the effect applies to any ship"at" distance 1-3 rather than "within," which means if even a tiny piece of the ship is in the debuff zone, speed 0.
- You can use the G7-X on your own ships if for some reason you want to be allowed to deploy your ships at speed 0 (normally the minimum is 1).
The important thing to note about its ability is that the token projects an extremely large circle of "you'll be sad if you deploy here."
For the strongest example, here is a deployment zone with two G7-X tokens in it (which would require two Interdictors, but bear with me), with the red circles representing the "speed 0 zone." Because the token measures distance 1-3 in a radius, the total circle is over one foot in diameter: it takes up a considerable amount of real estate and will tell the opposing player 1/3 of their deployment zone is rather unpleasant to put ships in. Many players will avoid the circle entirely, but if you don't have a way to really punish your opponent for starting at speed 0, clever opponents may be willing to accept starting at speed 0 in the bubble and deploy their entire fleet there (or most of it, with nearby ships starting at speed 1). This will delay when your fleets start fighting by about one round, but in some cases, that's not a big problem and can actually be beneficial in a way, so make sure if you're using the G7-X that you give your opponent a good reason to want to avoid that circle: good examples would be because it delays reaching a scoring objective or because your speedier elements will be able to quickly outflank (or in some cases, even attack) his slow ships very early.
In short, the G7-X is helpful for a number of reasons but like many of the other experimental retrofits, it shines when used in objective play, so try to leverage that to the best of your ability by choosing objectives that synergize with it.
- If you intend to use the G-8s you must do so before an opponent's ship's Determine Course step (also known as "when you flop your maneuver tool around and agonize over navigate commands). Your opponent then gets to decide if and how he wants to spend his navigate tokens/dials in response to the G-8s going off.
- Remember that the speed debuff is temporary. It's only in effect for that one maneuver then the speed reverts back to normal.
- The FAQ has clarified that because the speed reduction is temporary, you are effectively treated as being one speed below what is showing on your speed dial. This is important for G-8's interactions with speed-changing effects like navigate commands.
- For example, a ship at maximum speed is targeted by the G-8s. It can't use a speed buff to "get back" to maximum speed because it is already at maximum speed, it's just temporarily going slower.
- You can, of course, otherwise speed up to bring your effective speed more into line with how fast you wanted to go, but that speed increase is permanent (until changed later), unlike the G-8s effect, which is temporary.
- The FAQ also included that extra moves (such as Engine Techs or Quantum Storm) can be affected by G-8s, which in general will stop them from happening altogether (as those extra moves are speed 1, which is reduced to 0).
- The G-8s only affect one maneuver, so you would need to hold off on using G-8s against the regular maneuver and then use them on the extra maneuver for them to do this.
Because the G-8 Experimental Projector exhausts to use during an opponent's activation, it enjoys being paired with the Interdictor title so you can use it twice in a turn.
|Unknown to most Imperial crew members, the Interdictor's systems are secretly powered by a droid rave happening deep within the ship.|
- The timing windows on Grav Shift Reroute (hereafter GSR) are very important:
- The GSR token is placed after deploying obstacles and before deploying fleets. This means you can premeasure to get the most obstacles of interest in your GSR bubble and then put the token down.
- The actual movement of obstacles happens after deploying fleets. All your opponent knows during deployment is that there is a token on the table and which obstacles it can affect. This can be extremely nerve-wracking and sometimes very powerful in actual implementation.
- When moving obstacles, keep in mind that the obstacle itself can be moved to within distance 2. This means you need to be sure that despite any repositioning or turning of the obstacle, its end position doesn't have any protrusions that made any part of it move beyond distance 2. If you intend to reposition/turn the obstacle, I find it helps to measure from the current obstacle distance 2 in the direction you want it to go and then you can spin it around a bit but ensure it doesn't go past that distance 2 line.
- Another thing to note about moving obstacles is they can move in whatever direction you like so long as they're within the GSR token bubble. You can pull them together, push them apart, shove them wherever. Just make sure the obstacle stays within 2 of its original position is all.
- In instances where obstacles have tokens on top of them (like Dangerous Territory), the tokens come along for the ride. Just make sure not to move obstacles on top of tokens already on the table, as that's specifically disallowed.
|Man, EPCOT got weird.|
- The Interdictor is a friendly ship to itself, you can use it on your own Interdictor
- It's important to distinguish that the friendly ship needs to be at distance 1-3 of the Interdictor and the attack against it needs to be at close range. You need both of these elements to be true to use the Targeting Scrambler.
- Because it triggers during the Spend Defense Tokens step, I recommend using the Targeting Scrambler first and then deciding what other tokens to spend once you see how the rerolled dice turn out.
Targeting Scrambler enjoys being used with the Interdictor title for the same reason as the G-8 Experimental Projector - being able to use it twice in a turn (in two separate enemy activations, mind you) can be quite powerful for reducing incoming damage to your fleet.
|I'll get you, space frisbee!|
The Suppression Refit is my opinion the default Interdictor chassis. I feel this way because it is slightly cheaper than the Combat Refit, access to Disposable Capacitors (for only 3 points, bringing it up to the cost of the Combat Refit) largely removes the benefit of the Combat Refit's edge at long range, and it has access to two experimental retrofit slots. Given experimental retrofit upgrades are one of the strongest reasons for including an Interdictor in your fleet, having access to two of them is pretty appealing. We've talked a lot about the experimental retrofits above as well as some basics of Interdictor use and those all apply here.
Offensive Retrofit slot
You need a good argument not to fill this slot with Disposable Capacitors. For a very affordable 3 points, your Interdictor can once per game use its blue dice against ships at long range. This allows your Interdictor to start seriously contributing to combat one turn earlier, to some extent improving its otherwise-mediocre combat performance
Ion Cannon slot
Because the Suppressor Refit is packing a decent number of blue dice, would like some extra oomph in the aggro department, and should preferably be double-arcing, it's recommended to treat it as an oversized CR90B and equip it with SW-7 Ion Batteries or Heavy Ion Emplacements. The SW-7s have the benefit of being cheaper and more reliable if you just want the Interdictor contributing regular amounts of moderate damage that's awkward to use defense tokens again. The Heavy Ion Emplacements have the benefit of being able to add an explosive burst of damage against shielded enemies, which can help set up tougher enemy ships for subsequent attacks from other sources or even future double-arcs from the same Interdictor which will start hitting the hull quickly.
Support Team slot
It's rare for Imperial ships to get access to this slot at all and the Interdictor has a lot more meaningful options with it than you'd first think. I generally recommend two of them (although you can definitely make others work), and the primary recommendation is Engine Techs, which offer access to an extra click of yaw and accompanying speed-1 maneuver when used, which can provide the normally-sluggish Interdictor with a welcome burst of speed and some tighter turning to line up double-arcs. It also allows for double-ramming,which can be very appealing when you're sitting comfortable with 9 hull. Otherwise, Projection Experts have some value in the Interdoctor build, which we'll be getting to shortly.
You have a lot of good options here, both Imperial-specific and generic. A few that come to mind immediately:
Wulff Yularen is great for on-demand token regeneration, usually to help feed whichever command-specific support crew upgrade you're using, although Taskmaster Grint can fulfill a similar if more limited role more cheaply. Commandant Aresko can find a welcome home as an officer on an Interdictor with the Interdictor title, as you can use his ability up to twice per round to get some free command tokens. The only issue with Aresko is you need to be careful to stay near friends and it helps if those friends are usually doing commands the Interdictor wants tokens from (but free tokens are still good, really, it's just Wulff is usually better unless you're getting tokens you actually want with Aresko).
If you'd like to make the Interdictor even tankier, you have a lot of good options there too. Minister Tua allows you to equip a defensive retrofit (I would recommend Electronic Countermeasures, especially with the Interdictor title) for even more tankiness. The Damage Control Officer is solid on an Interdictor due to its two contain defense tokens - you can substantially reduce damage from a wide variety of non-standard critical effects. I saved my favorite for last - if you're using Grav Shift Reroute in my expensive "Tanky Tech Triangle" build, I highly recommend Captain Brunson.
Failing all that you can always use every Command 2 ship's favorite "might as well" officer, the Skilled First Officer.
Grav Shift Reroute + G7 Grav Well Projector + Disposable Capacitors
These two experimental retrofits go well together for making objectives relying on obstacles quite strong for you. You can include other elements in as you please, but these two are the cornerstone. You can include Admiral Titus on another ship (I'd use a different officer for the Interdictor) to further mess with enemy speed early on while you lock down your objective points.
Wulff Yularen or Taskmaster Grint + Projection Experts + Targeting Scrambler + Interdictor title + Disposable Capacitors
The "Interdoctor" is all about making life easier for your nearby ships and increasing your tankiness. With Wulff Yularen able to provide an infinite repair token + a repair dial, you can use Projection Experts to send 2 shields out to help other ships and still have 6 repair points left to regenerate 3 shields of your own. Combine that with Targeting Scrambler and your Interdoctor can be a potent source of damage prevention for your fleet. This build works fine with either Interdictor chassis given the only requirement for experimental retrofits is the Targeting Scrambler. If you're using it on a Suppressor Refit, fill the remaining slot with whichever experimental retrofit you prefer. When using this build with Tarkin, you won't need Wulff for the tokens so replace him with another defensive officer.
Tanky Tech Triangle
Interdictor title + Grav Shift Reroute + Targeting Scrambler + Captain Brunson + Heavy Ion Emplacements + Engine Techs + Disposable Capacitors
This build is not cheap at 125 points, but you get one of the tankiest ships in the game that doesn't need to rely on defense tokens, should your meta be loaded with lots of anti-defense-token tech. Simply put, you're looking to arrange obstacles in such a fashion that you can benefit from Brunson all game while throwing a hurdle or two in front of enemy ships. With Engine Techs, you can line up double-arcs (to get those Heavy Ion Emplacement crits in pretty reliably, starting at long range due to Disposable Capacitors) and rush into close range when it benefits you to use Targeting Scramblers (this trick is great against ships that were going to be unloading at you with full dice at medium range anyways - you might as well get a reroll in there, right?). With the Interdictor title you can refresh Targeting Scrambler or Brunson (depending on which one you need most) between activations.
For +3 points, the Combat Refit differs from the Suppressor Refit in a few ways:
- Replaces 1 anti-ship blue die in the front and side arcs with a red die
- Gains a black die for its flak
- Loses one experimental retrofit slot
On a side note, I can't figure out why FFG removed an experimental retrofit slot and didn't replace it with some other kind of upgrade slot. If they had given the Combat Refit a turbolaser or defensive retrofit slot, for example, I wouldn't be so down on the the poor thing.
Desirable upgrades are pretty much the same as the Suppressor variant, only with a special focus on how much worse the ion cannon choices become for no real gain in efficacy. Overall, I'd recommend leaving the Ion Cannon slot empty on a Combat Refit. If you'd like to put something there anyways, then I'd recommend High Capacity Ion Turbines to add an extra blue die to the side arcs, but you really should just go back to the Suppressor variant.
If you have an Interdictor build in mind that only requires one experimental retrofit and doesn't want any others (some Interdoctor builds, perhaps), then it can still work on a Combat Refit Interdictor. I don't recommend it, but it can be done.
Commanders that synergize with Interdictors
Bringing the Interdictor up to 11 hull makes it a rather serious problem to remove, especially when that Interdictor equips a defensive officer and/or is using Targeting Scrambler. Make it a full-fledged Interdoctor and you've got a ship that makes killing Motti's ships even tougher than usual. The main downside is you can find your fleet particularly slow (say you're using VSDs and Interdictors), but with good objective choice and something like Grav Shift Reroute added in you can hopefully get some benefit from a small bid for second player.
Grand Moff Tarkin
Because Grand Moff Tarkin can run a variety of fleets, there's a few different ways to use Interdictors with him. My favorite is running an Interdoctor build and having Tarkin spam repair tokens later on. With a whole fleet repairing continuously, it can be difficult to crack through into your heavier ships. I won't claim this particular combination is top tier, but it is fun.
Vader at first seems an odd choice here, but he actually works fairly well with an Interdictor. Because the Interdictor has 2 contains to spend for rerolls, Vader can get blue critical upgrades like Heavy Ion Emplacements to fire pretty consistently. This combined with rerolling blank red dice and in most cases accuracy results from both dice colors ups the damage output of the Interdictor fairly well. The Interdictor itself can also add some fun tricks to Vader's fleet, making it a bit more nuanced. Good uses of Targeting Scrambler can also allow some of your ships to avoid problems caused by exhausted defense tokens due to Vader whipping the crews into shape. The main problem with this combination is the expense (Tarkin has this issue too): Vader himself is an expensive commander and the Interdictor is a relatively expensive ship that punches below its weight class. It can be tough to get a fleet that feels "complete" at 400 points here. At 500+ points, it's much less of an issue.
An Interdictor, especially something heavily fortified like the "Tanky Tech Triangle" build, can function as a capable flagship for Screed. Screed can get your Heavy Ion Emplacements triggering every round and dropping shields so his cheaper black-dice ships can run in with Assault Concussion Missiles and give someone a very bad day. Targeting Scrambler can also be quite helpful at keeping your Gladiators and the like alive when they come up against serious opposition.
It seems like a weird pairing, but hear me out: Sloane's squadrons want to go after unshielded hull zones to help accelerate the process of discarding redirect tokens. The Interdictor itself wants to go after ships without brace tokens so its Heavy Ion Emplacements can rapidly remove shields and then the Interdictor can start funneling damage directly into the hull without interference. Although the Interdictor itself is mediocre as a carrier, adequate carrier support external to the Interdictor can allow a Sloane Interdictor fleet to do very well - if the Sloane squadrons get to the target first, they will try to strip the brace token. If the Interdictor gets to the target first, it will try to strip the shields. And with a "Tanky Tech Triangle" -style build, it can be difficult to remove Sloane from the board as quickly as your opponent would prefer, keeping her squadron buff going for several rounds.
The Interdictor used to be a fairly mediocre ship, but wave 7 has redeemed it with Heavy Ion Emplacements and Captain Brunson, giving it options for defense-token-independent tankiness and shield-stripping burst damage it lacked before. I no longer discourage its use in competitive play. Give it another try if you haven't already!