Hi all! This is the official challenge entry by ziotoo4.
If you lost something, here the rules:
40 point fleet, deathmatch.
0LR characters allowed.
Need at least one "doctor" crew, or at least 2 crew that protect other crew, OR a crew that says "this ship's crew cannot be eliminated unless this ship sinks"
Also, one Musketeer or Marine is required.
Hi! For this fleet, a deathmatch fleet, i decided to try something new...that is, i wanted to use the marine flaw on submarines. Basically, a Marine can shoot while the submarine is submerged.
That is why i added USS Mercury (the best sub on the loose) as well as a marine on it, and a firepot specialist. Since losing the marine means losing much of this fleet's strenght, i added Montana Mays, a captain and doctor...all together!
And so, the two requests of the challenge (doctor and marine) were fulfilled.
Now, i had 13 points left and a canceller to buy. Why? Simple. Uss Mercury is powerful only as long as it remains a submarine. And most fleets have been carrying around a canceller crew, lately. So, i needed another canceller to deny the enemy one. If the enemy fleet doesn't have a canceller...well, it's better, because you can shut down extra actions, helmsmen, ecc.
With 11 points i therefore bought another submarine: the Mobilis. It's slow and has bad cannons. Still, considering that a canceller costs 5 points, and that submarines have immunity from being shot at, the Mobilis was definitely the right choice. An helmsman brought its speed at S+S, so that it could follow USS Mercury wherever it went.
The tactic is plain simple: move the Mercury and the Mobilis paired. USS Mercury shoots with the marine and a firepot specialist, or, if you want, with his Marine and the three 2L cannons. Mobilis simply follows it to cancel nasty abilities that could damage any one of the 2 ships.
I like this fleet, and, though the doctor is not very useful for the fleet, the marine, instead, is essential. Soi believe i creatively re-elaborated the requisites of the challenge (isn't it, dear judge? )
I think this fleet has a good chance of winning against any other IND
challenge fleet: two submarines and a firepot specialist mean a lot in a deathmatch game....It's a slow combo, but there aren't many opportunities to pick fast AND powerful ships (or even extra action crew) when you have to use 1/4 of your point total with a doctor and a musketeer...
Let me know what you think and...ciao!
note: USS Mercury is listed as if it costed 14 points, but it doesn't. It costs instead 16 points!