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As of right NOW, Wave 5, there's 4 different Modification Turbolasers. You can only have ONE modification on your ship at a time, so let's see if we want these or if we want something else on our ships. All of these are adding in or messing with Red Dice, so keep that in mind.
Why would you want this?
More dice, more damage, or creating ranges. I've had good success putting one of these on a Torpedo MC30 with Ackbar. What THAT does is give me attacks at Red Dice range and Blue Dice range for a relatively cheap cost. It ONLY affects your side arcs, though, so anything that wants dice improving its front or all over doesn't want this. You CAN put this on a LMC80 or a Nebulon, but the smarter plan is to improve a good arc, not "fix" a "poor" side arc of theirs.
Because this is 10 points, and because it's a modification, it's not often seen/just thrown onto a ship "because you can." Many ships would rather have improvements on their damage or preventing full defense token usage. However, this still sees work on MC30s, Assault Frigates, and Arquitens. This is GREAT on Arquitens, especially, as they're so dependent on their side arcs, and with a Concentrate Fire Command that's 5 red dice. And having just lost 2 matches this last weekend against several of them working in tandem, it HURTS. BADLY. With the only ONE turbolaser slot on the H1MC80, you don't usually want these, even with Ackbar. Ackbar's already adding in 2 extra red dice for you, the smarter plan is to mitigate your opponent's defense tokens (below) or reroll your red dice that don't deal damage 3/8 times instead of just adding in more dice.
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So who's taking it?
ISDs, VSD-Is, Nebulons, LMC80s, and Assault Frigate builds that are trying to double arc your ships. Not an Arquitens or MC30 though. Again, improve your best arcs, don't fix the downsides. This section is short as it's basically just like Enhanced Armament above. If you're trying to determine which one of these two you want (if you want them!), figure out how you want to be attacking your opponent's ships the best, then improve your better arc. Weirdly, as Ackbar is already adding in more red dice, you don't want Enhanced Armaments (usually, like I said above). However, most ships using their front arcs to fire at things DO want Spinal Armaments. However, putting Spinals on there prevents you from most other Turbolaser upgrades. Stuff that throws its damage out the front and can take Gunnery Teams appreciate Spinals.
Your plan for BOTH of these 2 upgrades is to just add more dice and use that to overwhelm your opponent. As they're both red dice, having ways to reroll those dice if/when they miss are super helpful (Leading Shots, Concentrate Fire tokens).
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So who's taking this then?
Ships that want an extra red dice ANYWHERE but that don't want to pay 9-10 points for Spinal or Enhanced Armament. You can add it anywhere, which is nice, but with the fact that you only get one attack, it's a little hard to swallow, personally. With a Concentrate Fire order, you can add in another die, but again: one attack. I can see it on an Arquitens, or maybe a VSD, but with our next Turbolaser existing now, it's a bit of a harder sell.
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Who wants it?
Most ships can take advantage of it and are fine using it. Arquitens are happy with it, I've debated CR90s, I love it on Nebulon B's, VSDs are happy with it for those long range attacks, it's a GREAT little upgrade. You don't necessarily want it when you're rolling a LOT of Red dice, but when you have 2-3 Red Dice on a ship, it's not a bad choice.
Special cases and Who Wants Them
Right now, there's one upgrade that goes in this section, and when you see it, you'll understand why.
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Who takes these?
CR90s love these, MC30s have a decent reason to use them, and Arquitens and any Star Destroyer (VSD or ISD) with Captain Needa in the Officer's slot could get use from these. If you're putting these on a ship with only 1 Evade token (Arquitens, Nebulon B's, Assault Frigates), you either need to use it for TRCs or use it to prevent damage from hitting you at long range (or use Tagge. I played a guy on Saturday who was using him with 3 Arquitens with TRCs. It was MEAN.) I'd suggest only giving up the token if you're dead (under Rieekan) or on your way out (there's an ISD in your front arc that you're about to ram and have a bad time with). But most ships that want this are those with 2 Evades, so they can use this and still be able to evade if necessary, especially if they're one of the last ships activating that turn.
If there's one thing that we love, it's having Accuracies to prevent Defense tokens from being used. We have 2 of these of import, here, with different levels of value.
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The problem with it is that because it adds a dice, it has to be expensive. But how often do you NEED a second accuracy icon? You need to generate one, and it shuts down flotillas if you can get one, but eesh, a lot of work for an extra dice. What you CAN do with this on a LMC80 is roll your initial attack pool, use H9s to set one of the Red dice to accuracy (if you haven't rolled it already), add a dice from QTC, and then reroll everything with Leading Shots. I mean, it's a THING, but that's 18 points. Not the greatest use of points in my mind, as I feel I can do better with Spinal Armament.
I WANT to like this card, but the cost makes it very expensive. If I bring Home One, that's a minimum of 113 points. Combine that with whatever other ship I've got, it's just a very difficult thing to build around. It MIGHT work on a Torpedo Frigate with these and maybe Ordnance Experts to get significant damage, but that's 192 points (without OE) to get a Combo that KINDA works but not really well.
I've tried it on a Battle Cruiser LMC80 paired with H9s (below) and had some luck; shutting down 2 defense tokens can mean some GREAT damage rolls get through and hurt your opponent's ships. Plus, if you roll decently well enough (not guaranteed) at long range (definitely not guaranteed) you can change 1 dice to an accuracy, add in the second with QTC, and lock down BOTH of a flotilla's defense tokens. THAT is mighty fun, watching it explode at long range.
With Wave 6 coming out, though, it might see more use. The Quasar having only 2 defense tokens and the Hammerhead having 3 (but one is a Contain!) means you can theoretically use these against flotillas and those ships, locking down any ability for those ships to keep themselves alive. We'll have to see, but keep in mind that no matter what you do, you NEED an initial Red Accuracy before you can do anything with it. With only 1 side out of 8 having that icon, you either need a way to guarantee it shows, or a way to manipulate the dice to get there. Speaking of manipulating dice...
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Who wants these?
In our flotilla existent meta, everyone who can take them and get a benefit from them. Torpedo MC30s especially, as they can change a Blue Dice (that ALWAYS has an Icon) to an accuracy. Eric's build of an ISD-I with High Capacity Ion Turbines also really loves these, being able to (again) change a Blue dice to any side it wants there. I've had good luck with these on LMC80s, and they're good on a VSD-II.
Ruining Defense Tokens
Currently, there are two ways of preventing Defense tokens from being used to their full potential.
Who wants this?
Ships that can put out significant damage. "You can only redirect 1 of the 3 coming at you" versus "You can only redirect 1 of the 7." ISDs usually use and love these, but MC80s (either type), I've run them on an MC30 under Sato (and THAT's evil!) rolling a mess of black dice. Brace, don't brace, you're not redirecting most of this. H1MC80s love these, especially under Ackbar. Just get all that damage coming in at one arc that really can't push it around. Mmm, MMMM, TASTY!
And then we have Heavy Turbolaser Turrets. As near as Eric and I can figure, FFG created this as a pseudo XI7s for Brace. The PROBLEM is for this to be worth it, you need to be putting in enough damage that they can't just redirect their problems away. Given THAT, and the fact that there are more ships with Redirects than Braces (and some without Braces at all!), the smarter option most of the time seems to be XI7s. Combining this with the fact that you just can't tell WHAT you're going to roll, damage wise, means you don't actually know what it's going to do for you. If you roll 3 damage total (front arc of an MC30), your opponent will likely be fine with that. If you roll 7 or 8 from your side, they'll likely use the Brace alone. That'll keep most ships alive, but it doesn't eliminate their other shields for your other shots.
And I think that's a large part of my issues with it. Any large ship with a Brace Token would suffer way worse by having the Brace Accuracied away as opposed to having it told that he can only Brace one or not use other tokens. For the exact same cost, you can put XI7s on there and rolling 1 Accuracy makes for sad times with the ability to neither Brace (that's where the Accuracy goes!) nor Redirect well. In a meta with flotillas (so, all of them?) who want Accuracy generating tech, XI7s do better there, as opposed to HTTs. I can't recommend them.
Who wants this?
Well, there has to be someone. I'm not sure who. If you're determined to make them work, put them on something that fires a squillion damage (ISDs, LMC80s, H1MC80s with Ackbar) and fire them at ships with a full complement of Defense Tokens (Brace, Redirect, and Evade - So Assault Frigates, Peltas). The more they CAN'T use, the harder their choices become. If they just brace it, they're taking a lot of damage and potentially wiping a side's shield. If they only Evade and Redirect it, you've got several Defense Tokens exhausted and a mess of shields wiped out. Follow it up with an attack into the same area next turn and you're gold. If you're determined to make it work, that is. Maybe put it on a Scout MC30 with Ackbar and Ordnance Experts? Or use TRCs like everyone else does for more guaranteed damage...
Here's where we put the upgrades that don't go in any of these other sections.
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