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Fly Better Podcast

Welcome to the Fly Better Podcast, the best source to become an Ace Pilot! Every week Dee, Ryan, and Dallas bring you the latest news, tips, and deep dives into the world of X-Wing Miniatures. Awarded the Best US X-Wing podcast at the 2018 Goldies. Now with 2 out of 3 hosts having won a Regional. Skreeeeeee!

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S2E02 - Marcelo and Nino: XTC Champions

The week we have a very special pair of guest all the way from Spain. Marcelo Soto and "Nino" Veiga were both member of Team Spain, who went on to win XTC, the largest team event in the world. They talk about their strategies, try to fix some jank, and give the flyboys a debate over two enemy animals. [00:00:00] Intro Questions [00:18:00] XTC Talk [00:40:00] Jank Tank [01:00:00] Spanish Nationals Fly Better! Marcelo's Jank Squad Nino's Jank Squad Dee's Jank Squad

1hr 59mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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S2E10 - XY Lim: New Points Powerhouse

ALERT! ALERT! NEW POINTS CHANGES HAVE ARRIVED! This week we are joined by the Singapore Grand Champion, XY Lim to help us dissect these major changes. Are 5 X-Wings too good? Is First Order overhyped? What happened to Soontir?! All this an more answered! [00:06:30] Questions for XY [00:14:00] Rules Reference Changes [00:35:00] Points and Hyperspace Changes! Follow along with this Points Update Document made by Paul Fuller! FLY BETTER!

1hr 56mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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S2E46 - Drew Brody and Concord Dawn

This week Concord Dawn top 4 participant Drew Brody comes on to talk about a new bug killer, WOOKIES! [00:00:00] Interview Questions [00:30:00] Wookies > Geonosians? [01:00:00] Concord Dawn Top 16 [02:00:00] Coppa Starfighters Italia Top 8 Fly Better!

2hr 18mins

22 Sep 2020

Rank #3

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MP108 - The Annual Worlds Saltfest

Did you get a ticket to worlds this year?  If you did congratulations!  If not, then you are in a large group of X-Wing players that are feeling rather salty.  Guest Tyler Tippett joins us as we discuss the kerfuffle and why everyone is so unhappy at FFG.  We then analyze some more regional and System Open results as the meta continues to stabilize. [00:00:00] Intros [00:05:00] Worlds Registration Kerfuffle [00:48:00] Regional/System Open Roundup! [02:08:00] Meta Roundtable/Closing Notes Fly Better! Patreon.com/mynockpodcast

2hr 23mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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Mynock Flight Academy 01: The Templates

Welcome to Mynock Flight Academy! What is Flight Academy? Flight Academy is a monthly “back to basics” episode to help both fresh new recruits and grizzled veterans alike.  For our newer players, Flight Academy acts as a foundational building block to learn the important fundamentals of X-Wing. For our more seasoned pros, think of this as a refresher course of various elements you may have forgotten, or skipped over in your own self-education of the game. To make it easier to listen to past episodes, we’ll be giving these episodes their own number. It’s our intent that a year from now, new players will be able to listen to just these 12 episodes and feel that they have a good primer into how to elevate their game.  The advice you’ll gain in these sessions should transcend metas and be useful regardless of what the current “powerhouse” is. Today, we overview the templates and maneuvers, which are the most fundamental element of X-Wing. [00:00:00] Intro [00:10:00] Maneuvers Overview [00:33:00] Straights and other Basics [01:24:00] Banks [01:48:00] Turns [02:03:00] Advanced Maneuvers This doubles as Mynock Podcast Episode 151. Show Notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gAreNwIlRHZr7tuB3wHIG40AZQVHEJKSPOqNRI3J5_Y/edit?usp=sharing

2hr 43mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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MP137 - The Rules Robot

Happy Second Edition Week everyone! With 2.0 nearly here, we bring on the master of rulings, Chris "Chico" Brown, as a guest.  He's known for creating the best Tournament Organizing software available, Cryodex, as well as being a phenomenal judge.  Chico walks us through some of the tougher rules that all players, both new and old, will have to deal with in X-Wing's new iteration.  [00:00:00] Intros/Shout-Outs [00:26:00] Rules Talk Fly Better!

1hr 59mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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MP139 - eFettciency

We have our first Second Edition tournament results! With Boba Fett wreaking havoc across game tables, the Mynocks analyze just how good he really is as well as his current optimal loadouts. Following that Dee leads a discussion on all three factions' various ways to field 5 Three-Attack dice ships and the pros and cons of each. [00:00:00] Intros and Shout Outs [00:12:30] First Swath of 2.0 Tournament Results [01:08:00] Efficiency Fly Better!

2hr 22mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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MP009 - Flying Casual with Doug Kinney

Alderaan may not be back, but we are! Today we have an amazing guest joining us, the first ever X-Wing World Champion Doug Kinney! He's here to talk about Flying Casual and other important stuff.  Check the rundown! [00:00:00] Interview with World Champion Doug Kinney [00:17:50] Campaign Against Cancer April 9th! [00:27:00] Tournament Updates! [00:30:18] Cards and Trays by Doug [00:45:20] Flying Casual and Better [01:08:00] Revisiting Balance. [01:12:40] The most lore friendly ships/cards [01:26:00] Ship spotlight, the Scumterceptor [01:38:00] Card Spotlight and Rookie Tips [01:59:00] Art of X-Wing: Squad Building [02:37:00] Final Words/ Shout-outs Check out Doug's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ankenyconstructiontoys/ FLY BETTER!

2hr 43mins

29 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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S2E48 - Crait Roundup With Some Scrub

This week we bring on a Top 4 participant of the Crait Galactic Qualifier. He's pretty okay at the game, but seems to have trouble winning. [00:00:00] Intros [00:15:00] Bossk is Back? [00:40:00] Crait Top 32 List Discussion Fly Better

2hr 18mins

6 Oct 2020

Rank #9

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MP138 - < italics > You're Welcome < /italic >

Warning: Strong Language Used in This Episode We bring on a very important guest this week...Coach Aaron Krull! He's here to gives us the truth about Second Edition from the perspective of a game store owner.  Are 7 factions really a necessity? Also we talk in depth about the pros and cons of FFG's new squad builder.   [00:00:00] Intros [00:07:00] Gold Squadron Classic Plug DONT SKIP [00:17:00] Second Edition is HERE! [00:29:00] The App [01:17:00] Extended vs Second Edition [01:35:00] Rules Talk with Dee Fly Better!

2hr 26mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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MP016 - TIE Defender 101 w/ Guest Biophysical

Have you ever dreamed of flying in one of the most elite ships in the entire Imperial Fleet? Do you want to K-Turn and still take actions?  Do you want to fire an ion cannon THEN fire your primary? Do you want a FREE evade token for moving quickly through a dogfight?   Well then recruit, the TIE Defender might be for you!  This week Ryan and Dee interview possibly the greatest Defender Pilot in the history of X-Wing...the legendary Biophysical. Yes this is the guy who was WINNING by running just Rexlar Brath and Colonel Vessary...pre Defender fix!   So paint on some blood stripes and buckle up, it's going to be one heck of a ride. FLY BETTER! Bell of Lost Souls Facebook Group Direman.com

1hr 5mins

10 May 2016

Rank #11

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S2E44 - Sami-Petteri Ulvinen: Swipe Right to Gorgol

This week we bring on guest Sami-Petteri Ulvinen to talk about his excellent Dathomir Top 8 Imperial squad. Then the entire Top 32 is broken down with additional guest Scott Collins!

2hr 54mins

8 Sep 2020

Rank #12

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S2E09 - Nam-My Le: CommentaCzar

This week we bring on one of X-Wing's top commentator's Nam-My Le! He walks us through what makes good commentary and how we as a community have grown as casters. He then takes on Dee in a First Order vs Republic Jank Tank! Rules to Fly Better LVO Side Event https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qaz8T8OcxFVk_2Qu__g1Wpbqw3-JOryk8zXpP-rfovk/edit?usp=sharing

1hr 41mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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S1E20 - Worlds 2019 Decompress

The Flyboys talk about their experience at Worlds 2019.

2hr 21mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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MP063 - System Open Results and The New Meta

You may fire up your earbuds when ready! This week we review all of the system open results (yes even ones pre-FAQ) and talk about what lists are relevant to the current meta.  Still trying to figure out a world's squad?  Let this episode help guide you through the murky waters of what lists could be "good" or "viable" for worlds! [00:04:00] System Open Round Up: Mustafar [00:23:00] Kashyyyk [00:36:00] Yavin [00:43:00] Lothal [00:58:00] Endor [01:00:00] Naboo [01:16:00] Tatooine [01:28:00] Hoth [01:43:00] Brazillian Nationals [01:55:00] What is even happening at Star Wars Celebration? Fly Better!

2hr 8mins

11 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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S2E03 - Oliver Pocknell: World Champion

This week the Flyboys bring on Oli Pocknell, your 2019 World Champion! He discusses his pursuits build a larger community and spread X-Wing's popularity. Make sure you stick around after the outro music to hear Mandalorian discussion! Fly Better! Oli's Worlds Battle Reports:  Mandalorian Mayhem Charity for Second Life:

2hr 55mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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MP135 - Defenders, Death Dash, and HepTUGon

We have an extra large episode this week (with a side of beef).  The main focus is Second Edition list building, with a concentration in "broken" or undercosted pilots and upgrades.  With a fresh meta right around the corner it's important to identify and discover what the new staples of each faction might be.  There's a lot to discuss, so set your hyperdrive and let's get going! [00:00:00] Mynock Open [00:16:00] Shout Outs [00:25:00] Second Edition List Building - Empire [01:26:00] Rebels [01:50:00] Scum Register for the Mynock Open at MynockSquadron.Com Fly Better!

3hr 22mins

28 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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S2E45 - HMP, LAAT, and Xi Previews

Hold onto your flight sticks because this week we take a look at the preview articles for the September 2020 releases of X-Wing! Can you sideslip your way to victory with the CIS HMP Gunship? Is the LAAT the support ship the Republic has been looking for? Can the Xi shuttle breath new life into the First Order? Find out!

2hr 32mins

15 Sep 2020

Rank #18

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MP056: FULL META ROUND UP

Ryan, Dee, and Dallas hit Kashyyyk System Open to heartbreaking results. But we got to see a solid overview of the unsettled Wave 10 meta. There is still clearly room for older standbys as well as undiscovered country. However, Paratanni (Manaroo, Asajj Ventress, and Fenn Rau) ruled the day! [00:00:00] Intros [00:04:00] Beef! [00:10:25] The Current Meta: Scum [00:42:00] The Current Meta: Empire [01:53:00] Ryan and Texx's Runs [02:27:00] The Current Meta: Rebels [02:50:00] End Notes

2hr 58mins

22 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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S2E04 - Asa Graf: The Prettiest Eyes in X-Wing

This week Asa Graf, of Back to Dials Fame, joins the Flyboys to talk about the major System Open Changes, CIS strategies, terrible Imperial Squads, and more!

2hr 29mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #20